Fantasy football stock watch: Brandin Cooks no longer on Houston Texans’ back burner

These players saw their fantasy values increase or decrease most based on their performances in Week 5:

Sizzlers

QB Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders: Carr outdueled Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes in a high-scoring barn-burner, throwing for a season-high 347 yards against the Chiefs. Getting rookie deep threat Henry Ruggs back might be the key to Carr's success.

WR Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers: The second-rounder out of Notre Dame had a combined six receptions heading into Week 5. After the dust settled in a win over Philadelphia, Claypool eclipsed all of his season totals with seven receptions for 110 yards and three touchdowns. He added three rushing attempts (one resulting in a fourth touchdown) to cap a fine fantasy day.

WR Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans: A fizzler just last week after failing to catch a single pass, Cooks routinely roasted the Jaguars, pulling down eight receptions for 161 yards and a touchdown. The Texans not only have a stretch of games against weaker secondaries statistically over the next four weeks, they get to play Jacksonville again in that stretch.

Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks caught eight passes for 161 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars in Week 5. (Photo: Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports)

RB Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals: Even though Edmonds had just three carries to Kenyan Drake's 18, he broke off an explosive 29-yard touchdown run and added five receptions for 56 yards. Superior production should lead to even more playing time.

WR DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks: Metcalf has totaled at least 90 receiving yards in every game this season. He was targeted a season-high 11 times in Week 5, and he turned them into 93 yards and two touchdowns — including the fourth-down game-winner in the final seconds.

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Fizzlers

QB Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers: Playing for the first time in three weeks because of an ankle injury, Garoppolo was benched at halftime after completing just seven of his 17 pass attempts for 77 yards and a pair of interceptions. It is possible he was rushed back to the field, but he hasn't taken the next step in his development that the team hoped he would.

WR A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals: If there was any reason to hang onto Green before this week, the hamstring injury he suffered during a zero-catch Week 5 should be the last straw. It's Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins going forward.  

TE Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons: A preseason sleeper, Hurst has seen plenty of targets, but has had difficulty converting them into receptions. This past week was his worst ratio yet: six targets, but just two catches and 8 yards. 

TE Tyler Higbee, L.A. Rams: After a three-TD performance in Week 2, Higbee has turned into an afterthought in the Rams offense with just seven receptions total over the past three games. Gerald Everett is back to being the team's top receiving option at the position.

TE Mo Alie-Cox, Indianapolis Colts: The Colts depth chart has been turned completely upside down. Alie-Cox and fellow tight end Jack Doyle combined for zero receptions in Week 5 while Trey Burton caught five of his six targets.

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