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Published: Oct. 8, 2015 at 08:33 p.m.
Updated: Oct. 9, 2015 at 05:17 p.m.

Week 5 Fantasy Stock Watch

Through the first four weeks of the season, we've seen plenty of surprises and disappointments. We've panicked and relaxed on any number of players. But most importantly, we've started to shake out which guys will perform and which ones will flop. We're keeping up with it all in the Fantasy Stock Watch.

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  • The Rams rookie running back finally had the breakout we'd all been waiting for with 146 rushing yards in the win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4. Gurley is still likely to share snaps with Tre Mason for the time being, but if the Georgia product continues to run the ball this effectively, he will take over the bulk of the touches in short order. 10

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    Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams

    The Rams rookie running back finally had the breakout we'd all been waiting for with 146 rushing yards in the win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4. Gurley is still likely to share snaps with Tre Mason for the time being, but if the Georgia product continues to run the ball this effectively, he will take over the bulk of the touches in short order.

  • A decline was expected with Graham going to Seattle, but no one expected his production to fall off a cliff. Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell says he's trying to get Graham more involved, but part of that would include having an offensive line that can give Russell Wilson time to target him. As long as every passing play turns into a scramble drill, the big tight end is going to have a tough time being productive. 9

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    Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks

    A decline was expected with Graham going to Seattle, but no one expected his production to fall off a cliff. Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell says he's trying to get Graham more involved, but part of that would include having an offensive line that can give Russell Wilson time to target him. As long as every passing play turns into a scramble drill, the big tight end is going to have a tough time being productive.

  • The days of Roddy White as a complement in the Atlanta passing game are at an end. In his place comes the fifth-year receiver from "The U". After four forgettable seasons in Washington, Hankerson has found a niche with the Falcons. Hankerson is on pace to shatter his career-highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns. As long as he's getting on the field in this high-powered offense, he'll be a worthwhile fantasy option. 8

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    Leonard Hankerson, WR, Atlanta Falcons

    The days of Roddy White as a complement in the Atlanta passing game are at an end. In his place comes the fifth-year receiver from "The U". After four forgettable seasons in Washington, Hankerson has found a niche with the Falcons. Hankerson is on pace to shatter his career-highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns. As long as he's getting on the field in this high-powered offense, he'll be a worthwhile fantasy option.

  • This is looking like a big swing and a miss for plenty of us. Cooks was supposed to be a borderline WR1/2, but right now he's the 49th-ranked wideout -- just behind Kenny Britt, Jermaine Kearse and Malcom Floyd. Whether it's Drew Brees or Luke McCown, Cooks just isn't making plays and it looks like Willie Snead is the better pass-catching option in New Orleans. 7

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    Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints

    This is looking like a big swing and a miss for plenty of us. Cooks was supposed to be a borderline WR1/2, but right now he's the 49th-ranked wideout -- just behind Kenny Britt, Jermaine Kearse and Malcom Floyd. Whether it's Drew Brees or Luke McCown, Cooks just isn't making plays and it looks like Willie Snead is the better pass-catching option in New Orleans.

  • Believe it or not, Bortles is the 10th-ranked fantasy quarterback through the first four weeks of the season. That makes him better than both Peyton Manning and Drew Brees right now. The second-year quarterback has shown some flashes of productivity and with a talented young receiving corps, Bortles is worth playing when the matchup is right. 6

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    Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

    Believe it or not, Bortles is the 10th-ranked fantasy quarterback through the first four weeks of the season. That makes him better than both Peyton Manning and Drew Brees right now. The second-year quarterback has shown some flashes of productivity and with a talented young receiving corps, Bortles is worth playing when the matchup is right.

  • Break up the Jaguars? Not quite. But with all of the attention on Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns has crept in and begun making plays. The next expectation will be for Hurns to find some consistency. After a huge Week 1 in 2014, he all but vanished for the rest of the season. Here's hoping that a year of experience will hold him in good stead. 5

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    Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

    Break up the Jaguars? Not quite. But with all of the attention on Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns has crept in and begun making plays. The next expectation will be for Hurns to find some consistency. After a huge Week 1 in 2014, he all but vanished for the rest of the season. Here's hoping that a year of experience will hold him in good stead.

  • There's always concern about a sophomore slump and while it might be too soon to put Evans in that category, things aren't looking good. The Bucs receiver has battled injury, an erratic rookie quarterback and an overall poor offense while averaging just 6.65 fantasy points per contest this season. A matchup against a middle-of-the-road Jaguars secondary could help a little bit ... as long as Jameis Winston can actually get him the football. 4

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    Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    There's always concern about a sophomore slump and while it might be too soon to put Evans in that category, things aren't looking good. The Bucs receiver has battled injury, an erratic rookie quarterback and an overall poor offense while averaging just 6.65 fantasy points per contest this season. A matchup against a middle-of-the-road Jaguars secondary could help a little bit ... as long as Jameis Winston can actually get him the football.

  • The hype for Ameer Abdullah was deafening at the start of the season. Admittedly, I was among those who helped fuel that train. But things have slowed considerably for the rookie running back since the preseason. Detroit's offense is struggling and with Joique Bell injured, Abdullah has carried a heavier workload than anyone imagined. There could be better days to come for a talented player, but for now the arrow is pointing down. 3

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    Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions

    The hype for Ameer Abdullah was deafening at the start of the season. Admittedly, I was among those who helped fuel that train. But things have slowed considerably for the rookie running back since the preseason. Detroit's offense is struggling and with Joique Bell injured, Abdullah has carried a heavier workload than anyone imagined. There could be better days to come for a talented player, but for now the arrow is pointing down.

  • <p>Maclin deserves a spot on this list simply because he scored a touchdown while playing wide receiver for the Chiefs. Alex Smith is doing more to get the speedy receiver involved in the passing game, targeting him 24 times in the past two weeks. That's translated into 19 catches for 284 yards and a score. Look for that type of attention to continue in the weeks to come.</p> 2

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    Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

    Maclin deserves a spot on this list simply because he scored a touchdown while playing wide receiver for the Chiefs. Alex Smith is doing more to get the speedy receiver involved in the passing game, targeting him 24 times in the past two weeks. That's translated into 19 catches for 284 yards and a score. Look for that type of attention to continue in the weeks to come.

  • The Eagles offense as a whole has underperformed this season and while Agholor isn't the worst fantasy offender, the rookie who once had sleeper potential hasn't lived up to the hopes. The inconsistency in Philly's offense has had an impact with Agholor seeing an uneven amount of targets and returning even more uneven fantasy numbers. Until things turn around in the City of Brotherly Love, it's time to fly away from this bird. 1

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    Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

    The Eagles offense as a whole has underperformed this season and while Agholor isn't the worst fantasy offender, the rookie who once had sleeper potential hasn't lived up to the hopes. The inconsistency in Philly's offense has had an impact with Agholor seeing an uneven amount of targets and returning even more uneven fantasy numbers. Until things turn around in the City of Brotherly Love, it's time to fly away from this bird.