Week 5 has finally arrived, providing additional pitfalls for fantasy owners as bye weeks, injuries, and playing time concerns continue to mount up. Luckily, the good folks at Rotoworld have you covered with the best fantasy football analysis in the business. This week, there are several intriguing NFL matchups on the schedule that we will be covering, with Seattle traveling to Cincinnati and New England returning after a week off to visit Dallas. Be sure to check in early and often here at the Rotoworld Week 5 Live Blog, as we will be discussing all the fantasy action as it happens. Injury updates, backfield committee splits, target totals, and other analysis will be coming to you live as Week 5 happens.
(3:35 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * Early reports fear a torn ACL for Jamaal Charles, but MRI results are still on the way. Tough break for Charles owners, and Charcandrick West will be a hot waiver wire name this week.
(3:32 PM): Matt Jones just scored for Washington, but nobody has performed in this backfield so far today. Alfred Morris has 13 yards on seven carries and Jones is at just 14 yards on eight carries. Chris Thompson has 33 total yards but this backfield is in rough shape today.
(3:30 PM): Todd Gurley is rolling today with 89 yards rushing on 25 carries. The Rams are trailing the Packers late but Gurley is still getting work.
(3:27 PM): And just like that Seattle gives up a second touchdown to Tyler Eifert. Eifert has four catches on eight targets for 41 yards and two scores. That makes five touchdowns on the year for the Bengals tight end.
(3:24 PM): Seattle D/ST is your fantasy defense leader so far today. The Seahawks have one defensive score on the day as they lead Cincinnati.
(3:17 PM): Two catches and 29 yards for Julio Jones today on seven targets. Atlanta has just two field goals on the day.
(3:14 PM): No update yet on Jamaal Charles, but apparently the injury looked awful for the All-Pro running back. Charcandrick West is handling the rushing duties for the Chiefs at this point, and has 26 yards on four carries.
(3:11 PM): With no Alshon Jeffery or Eddie Royal today, Marquess Wilson is leading the way for the Bears with 57 yards on four catches. Matt Forte is leading with six targets, and Joshua Bellamy has chipped in with four grabs. No catches on three targets for Martellus Bennett surprisingly.
(3:09 PM): Blake Bortles is having a decent game today, with 200 yards and three touchdown passes. He just connected with T.J. Yeldon for the third score of the day. Bortles has one pick, but his interception numbers this year are an improvement on 2014.
(3:07 PM): Ryan Mathews just punched in a short touchdown and now 57 total yards on the day with the score. DeMarco Murray has received more touches but has been less productive that Mathews today, which has been the case so far this season. It looks like Mathews may hold flex value even with Murray healthy.
(3:05 PM): Jacob Tamme (79), Kamar Aiken (78), and Josh Huff (78) are your leaders in receiving yardage today. Solid bunch.
(3:00 PM): Joe Flacco with his second rushing TD of the game as the Ravens lead the Browns. 11 carries for 37 yards for Justin Forsett but Flacco sniped both goal line scores.
(2:55 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * Jamaal Charles appears to have a leg injury and is being helped off the field. Updates to come.
(2:54 PM): Antonio Andrews just scored for Tennessee, and he appears to be the leader in the Titans’ backfield but he still has just five carries for six yards on the day. Goal line-back status at least for Andrews but this situation is sticky.
(2:50 PM): Thomas Rawls just ripped off an incredible touchdown run as he scored from 69-yards out. Rawls now has 13 carries for 135 yards and a score today as Seattle leads Cincinnati 17-7 on the road.
(2:47 PM): Not much going today for T.J. Yeldon, but Allen Robinson is chipping in for fantasy owners, with four catches for 35 yards and a touchdown.Yeldon has 28 rushing yards on seven carries.
(2:45 PM): Kicker News! Cleveland’s Travis Coons leads the way so far today with three first half field goalds. Atlanta’s Matt Bryant is struggling on the other end of the spectrum with two misses so far this afternoon.
(2:43 PM): Matt Forte quietly had a solid first half with 68 total yards on 11 carries and four catches. Just six first half carries for Jamaal Charles in that same game.
(2:41 PM): Only two touches today so far for C.J. Spiller, who has two catches for -8 yards after his heroic overtime play in Week 4.
(2:38 PM): Julio Jones now with one catch for 20 yards on five targets. Leonard Hankerson is back in the game and TE Jacob Tamme has done most of the work for the Falcons. Jones is in the game, however.
(2:34 PM): Tight End Gary Barnidge is keeping his momentum rolling and has 56 receiving yards today already after a couple strong showings in recent weeks with Josh McCown back under center.
(2:28 PM): Early-game Halftime Target Leaders:
Matt Forte (6): 4 rec, 31 yds
Jamaal Charles (4): 1 rec, 26 yds
Gio Bernard (4): 3 rec, 18 yds
Chris Thompson (4): 3 rec, 22 yds
Jeremy Maclin (8): 6 rec, 46 yds
Riley Cooper (7): 2 rec, 21 yds
Kamar Aiken (7): 4 rec, 78 yds
Pierre Garcon (6): 2 rec, 32 yds
A.J. Green (6): 5 rec, 65 yds
Jacob Tamme (9): 7 rec, 79 yds
Zach Ertz (6): 4 rec, 52 yds
Tyler Eifert (4): 1 rec, 14 yds, 1 TD
(2:24 PM): Both Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell with four carries today for Cleveland. Duke is up to his usual receiving tricks, however, with four catches for 32 yards. Johnson is the back to own in Cleveland.
(2:19 PM): Boobie Dixon has jsut two carries and one catch on the day for Buffalo. Boom Herron hasn’t been much more effective, but does have four carries this afternoon. The entire Buffalo offense is scuffling as the team has just 51 total yards.
(2:14 PM): The Doug Martin show continues in Tampa, as Martin found the end zone for a second time and has 116 total yards to go with his two scores. Charles Sims has mixed-in sparingly as Martin has led the way.
(2:09 PM): Seattle just intercepted their first pass of the season as Earl Thomas picked off Andy Dalton in the end zone.
(2:04 PM): Devonta Freeman is still handling the bulk of the running work for Atlanta, with eight carries today to just two for Tevin Coleman in his return from a rib injury.
(2:02 PM): TE Jacob Tamme is off to a fast start with Atlanta’s receivers banged up. Tamme has five catches on seven targets for 67 yards.
(2:00 PM): Doug Martin is the early fantasy star of Week 5 and he just found the end zone to go with 113 total yards through a quarter and a half.
(1:56 PM): The Tennessee backfield continues to be a mess, with both Dexter McCluster and Bishop Sankey getting four early carries while Antonio Andrews has just one carry for no gain. Andrews does have two catches, however. This backfield is not worth messing with for fantasy purposes.
(1:54 PM): Sam Bradford does have two picks, but is now up to 160 yards and a touchdown after finding Josh Huff for a 41-yard score.
(1:51 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * Atlanta wide receiver Leonard Hankerson is heading into the locker room. Updates to come.
(1:50 PM): Doug Martin is off to a nice start for the Bucs. Martin has 96 total yards on nine carries and one reception today. Charles Sims has three carries so far for 22 yards.
(1:45 PM): Another slow start for Sam Bradford, as the Eagles quarterbacks has thrown two early interceptions as Philadelphia trails New Orleans 7-0. Hopefully he gets things rolling late like he did in Week 4. Bradford does have 106 yards today.
(1:40 PM): Ryan Mathews has entered the game for the Eagles and is immediately outproducing DeMarco Murray. Murray is at 14 yards on six carries while Mathews has racked up 29 yards on just three carries. Mathews also has two catches for 17 yards today.
(1:37 PM): Tight End Derek Carrier found the end zone in Washington for a seven yard score. Carrier is a great bye week fill-in right now and can help tight end-needy teams with Jordan Reed hurting.
(1:36 PM): Matt Jones and Alfred Morris have split the backfield work so far in Washington. Neither back has been successful up to this point, but Jones does have a 17-yard reception.
(1:33 PM): Todd Gurley looking to follow-up his Week 4 performance and will get lots of work today. Gurley has six carries already for 17 yards as the Rams trail Green Bay 7-0.
(1:30 PM): Ben Watson just scored for New Orleans as they lead the Eagles 7-0. Five carries for 33 yards for Mark Ingram, with just one carry for Khiry Robinson. One catch so far for C.J. Spiller, but no carries quite yet. Willie Snead was targeted three times on the drive.
(1:28 PM): Two early carries for Boom Herron in Buffalo, no touches for Anthony Dixon yet. Tyrod Taylor is 0/4 as the Bills haven’t got anything going.
(1:23 PM): Brian Quick just caught his first pass of the season for St. Louis. Quick was active for the first time in Week 4, but didn’t register in the box score. Quick was fantastic last season before injuring his shoulder and should be on the watch list of fantasy owners everywhere.
(1:20 PM): Seattle quickly answers Cincinnati as Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 30-yard score. Wilson was 2/2 for 34 yards on the drive. Running back Thomas Rawls looks sharp as well, running for 43 yards on five carries. No carries for Fred Jackson yet.
(1:19 PM): Joe Flacco punched in a short yardage touchdown run as the Ravens lead the Browns 7-0. Cleveland now takes over and we will see if they keep running back Duke Johnson involved in the passing game this week.
(1:16 PM): Boom Herron got the first carry in Buffalo although Anthony Dixon was on the field first for the Bills. We will keep an eye on this split today.
(1:14 PM): With Baltimore hurting for receivers this week with Steve Smith out, Kamar Aiken has three early targets from Joe Flacco.
(1:12 PM): Tyler Eifert finds the end zone in Cincinnati as Andy Dalton went 4/4 on the Bengals’ opening drive. Seattle will now look to answer in their first drive of the day. Dalton and the Bengals had no issue with the Seattle defense on that first drive, which was highlighted by a long 44 yard catch by Marvin Jones.
(1:09 PM): Ty Montgomery kicks the Week 5 scoring off with a touchdown catch in Green Bay. 31 yards on the score as Montgomery continues to fill in as Aaron Rodgers’ WR3.
(1:02 PM): Ok, here we go. Good luck in Week 5 everyone!
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