NFL Barometer: Thielen Groovy
NFL Barometer: Thielen Groovy

This article is part of our NFL Barometer series.

The NFL season is picking up steam, and it's hard to believe five weeks are already in the books. We now have some decent sample sizes to work with, which allows both fantasy surprises and pretenders to start coming to the forefront. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at what an eventful Week 5 helped clarify for us in the fantasy realm.

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Carson Wentz, Eagles: There was at least some question of how quickly Wentz would look like himself after a late start to the season due to last December's ACL tear. The 2016 first-round pick seems to be easing any concerns after a so-so Week 3 debut, as he's completed 57 of 85 attempts for 659 yards with a 4:0 TD:INT over the last pair of contests, eclipsing the 300-yard mark in each. He also corroborated the fitness of his knee by taking off on five occasions for 26 yards in Week 5 against the Vikings, and with Jay Ajayi now out for the season with his own ACL injury, Wentz may have even more offensive responsibility moving forward.

Deshaun Watson, Texans: Speaking of players rebounding from serious knee injuries, Watson has definitively eased fantasy owners' minds with his early-season performance. The former Clemson Tiger has thrown for over 300 yards in four of five games, including at least 375 in each of the last three. Coupled with a solid 65.1 completion percentage, eight touchdown passes, and another 201

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Juan Carlos Blanco
Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for over 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, NFL, CFL and Arena Football for Rotowire.com, including serving as the beat writer for teams in multiple sports. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports as well.
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