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QB: Mitchell Trubisky (CHI)

The former North Carolina Tar Heel had an outstanding performance Sunday against the Buccaneers. With 354 passing yards, 6 passing touchdowns and 53 yards on the ground, Trubisky was about as spectacular as an NFL quarterback could be. Trubisky is still fairly new as an NFL starting quarterback and had a bit of inconsistency in the three starts before his Week 4 clinic against Tampa Bay. The Bears have a bye this week, but pick up Trubisky if you need an insurance policy at QB. He is a solid player who could develop into something much more.

RB: Nyheim Hines (IND)

Indy’s QB Andrew Luck threw for nearly 500 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday, and two of those touchdown passes went to Nyheim Hines. Although Hines rushed only four times for ten yards, he hauled in nine receptions for 63 yards, and caught those two aforementioned touchdown passes. All in all, he had a 28-point game in an ESPN PPR standard scoring format league. These are very respectable numbers from a running back who has not received much attention from the media or defenses alike. However, if he is able to continue to be an effective dual-threat option out of the backfield for the Colts’ offense, you might want to think about picking him up for your team.

WR: Taylor Gabriel (CHI)

I usually don’t like to write about two players from one team, however, Gabriel caught seven of Mitchell Trubisky’s passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. Gabriel, in my opinion, is a highly underrated talent. Heck, I thought he was so good that I picked him up in one of my leagues and started him this past week. It paid off for me. Perhaps picking Gabriel up and starting him Week 6 against the Dolphins after the Bears’ bye week could pay off for you, too.

TE: Geoff Swaim (DAL)

An amazing thing happened on Sunday – the Cowboys offense actually looked like the Cowboys offense. Zeke was slashing through the Lions’ defense, Dak Prescott was actually throwing the ball to players that were on his team and Jason Garrett clapped so much that I thought his hands were going to fall off. Jerry Jones is happy, and so is Cowboys’ tight end Geoff Swaim, who reaped the benefits of the Cowboys’ offensive onslaught against Detroit, catching three passes for 39 yards and a touchdown. Respectable numbers for a tight end that is only owned in 0.3 percent of ESPN leagues. Swaim could be the new go-to tight end for Big D, a position that has been lackluster ever since Jason Garrett left for the broadcast booth.

D/ST: Green Bay Packers

Clay Matthews was not fined or arrested for any hits this weekend, as far as I know. However, the Packers defense did show up in a big way against the Bills, shutting them out, recovering a fumble and picking off rookie QB Josh Allen twice. It was a solid outing for Green Bay’s defense, who have been very consistent on that side of the ball, with the omission of Week 3’s game against the Redskins, where they gave up 31 points and lost. Green Bay plays San Francisco this week before heading into a bye week. Their defensive performance of this past week could be duplicated and even improved upon against San Francisco, who lost their starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo for the season, due to a torn ACL.

K: Ka’imi Fairbairn (HOU)

Fairbairn had a tremendous game against Indianapolis on Sunday, which culminated for him in a game-winning field goal. He went 3-for-4 on field goal attempts including the last-second kick, along with four made extra points. Fairbairn is emerging as an up-and-coming kicker who should be on your roster, especially if your starting kicker has been struggling or has an approaching bye week.


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