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Week 5 Recap: Wondrous Wayne and Bradshaw the Beast

posted by Jeff

Week 5 produced two monstrous performances, as Ahmad Bradshaw topped 200 yards on the ground and Reggie Wayne cracked 200 through the air. I assume that if you own both these players, you didn’t even watch the late games and spent your time doing something productive like carving a pumpkin to look like Norv Turner and then throwing it off your roof. Anyway, back to week 5, which was action packed with blowups, injuries, and the final straw in the Chris Johnson saga. Some noteworthy notes below:

 

Drew Brees: The Saints collected their first win of 2012 and Brees put up another big time fantasy line with 370 yards and 4 touchdowns while throwing a touchdown pass for a record 48th straight game. Brees is averaging a beefy 344 passing yards per game and didn’t miss a beat despite being without Lance Moore and Jimmy Graham being limited by a bum ankle.

Andrew Luck: The 2012 #1 pick dropped a career high in passing yards (362) and even chipped in his first career rushing touchdown while leading the Colts to a comeback win over the Packers. Luck knows who pays the bills in Indy as he continued to give Reggie Wayne a monster workload. Luck has got a slew of nice matchups looming, so his stock will continue rising.

Alex Smith: The 49ers steam rolled Buffalo on Sunday, and Smith led the way with 303 yards and 3 touchdown passes. Yes, Smith has improved, but he is still nothing more than a bye week fill in depending on his matchup. San Francisco is VERY good, but Smith isn’t a fantasy starter yet.

Robert Griffin III: RG3 didn’t do much against Atlanta before being smacked in the dome and knocked out of the game with a “mild” concussion. The ‘Skins are hopeful that their savior will be ready for week 6, but that will be determined this week. Kirk Cousins is, well…not awesome, so hopefully RG3 hurries back.

Michael Vick: The Philly turnover machine was at it again on Sunday, as Vick lost two more fumbles giving him 5 on the year to go with his 6 interceptions. Vick has been terrible so far in 2012, but his talent is too great to rot on your bench at this point.

Ahmad Bradshaw: 30 carries for Bradshaw in week 5, which the Giants back promptly turned into 200 yards. With Bradshaw obviously healthy and Andre Brown leaving early with a head injury, there is a solid workhorse situation in New York. Play Bradshaw with confidence (until his next injury), but keep in mind a stretch of tough defenses is on tap.

Jamaal Charles: Take out week 2, and Charles is averaging 137 rushing yards a week. I said AVERAGING! Charles is awesome and is kicking tail despite his team having absolutely zero threat of passing. Beast.

Matt Forte: The Bears ramped up Forte’s workload in his 2nd game back from injury and he responded with 107 yards on 22 carries. This is a great sign, and now Forte gets a bye week to rest up even more. After the bye week, Forte faces Det, Car, and Ten in a trio of nice matchups. Mucho points await.

Ryan Mathews: Mathews emerged from the Jackie Battle depth chart crisis better than ever, as he ran for 80 yards and a score on 12 carries, and chipped in 6 catches for 59 yards to boot. The performance was great for fantasy owners, but unfortunately not for Charger fans, as the team somehow forgot their best player on the sidelines during the critical points on Sunday night’s game. The Chargers, once again, proved that they have no idea what they are doing.

Cedric Benson: The Packers lost their lead back to injury on Sunday after a mere 20 rushing yards on 7 touches. Injury details will be released this week, but Alex Green took over for the Pack after Benson left. Old Cedric may want to stay injured next week, as the Packers face Houston’s defense.

Chris Johnson: 15 carries. 24 yards. This. Guy. Sucks. If you find anyone in your league willing to take him, dump this junker.

Reggie Wayne: A HUGE afternoon for Wayne, as he racked up 212 receiving yards and a touchdown on 13 catches. Week after week, Wayne continues to prove he is a target hog and that he can still produce at elite levels. Through 4 games, Wayne’s lowest weekly output has been 6 catches for 71 yards. Lowest. Keep riding this Colt, especially in those daily/weekly contests.

Brandon Marshall: BMarsh is now averaging 99 yards per game and has 3 scores in 2012, while remaining Jay Cutler’s top/only target. Like Forte, expect the big numbers to continue after Chicago’s bye week as the Bears face some buttery soft defenses.

Marques Colston: In weeks 4 and 5, Colston has a total of 18 catches for 284 yards and 4 touchdowns. In the game of fake football, that is what we call dominance, or as the French say, “a butt load of points.”

Percy Harvin: 38 catches through 5 games and touchdowns via kick return, reception, and run illustrate just how dynamic Percy Harvin is, and he was at it again this week. 108 yards receiving and a couple scores highlighted yet another strong performance from this speedster. Washington is on deck, so expect another big day.

Josh Gordon: 82 yards? 2 touchdowns? Sounds awfully nice, but don’t go blowing your top waiver priority on this guy, who only has 9 grabs on the year.

Tony Gonzalez: Tony G caught 13 passes for 123 yards and a score in the best performance of what has been an incredible season for the 36 year old tight end. You simply cannot argue with this Hall of Famer being a top option for the rest of the season. Good thing you skipped Gronk in round 2 and opted for Gonzalez later! You’re so smart!

Jimmy Graham: 1 catch for 4 yards wasn’t how Graham’s owners wanted to spend Sunday night, but those are the breaks in this game of fake foozball. Pay attention to the news out of New Orleans this week to see just how badly the ankle injury suffered on Sunday night will impact the NFL’s best tight end.

Dennis Pitta: Just a quick note to prove that Pitta is indeed alive and was not kidnapped prior to his week 4 goose egg. Pitta caught 3 balls for 22 yards in the Baltimore/Kansas City crapfest on Sunday. He is still a TE1 option despite the recent lull in production.

 

Jeff

Jeff was the only 7th grader at Sumner Jr. High playing fantasy football in 1995. When he isn't on the diamond playing softball or on the couch watching NFL RedZone, you can catch him on Twitter @Jeff_Brubach.

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19 Comments

  • I would list them in that order, and I think thats a good offer as well

    • Unfortunately for me he ended up dealing with someone else. He gave Foster, L.Fitz, and Vincent and got Charles, Gore, and Welker. I’m jealous of the guy getting Foster because he has Forte as well.

  • How would you rank these receivers for the rest of the season?
    Fitz
    Smith
    Vincent

    Also is Lynch and Wallace for Foster and Smith a good offer? I offered Murray instead of Lynch first but he declined with no counter.

  • Think Vick is a decent buy low target in a multiple QB league? What type of RB or WR would you offer for him? Thanks.

    • I think he is decent as a buy low target. I would start with offering Rb2 or WR2 types

  • I’m targeting an owner who is 1-4. What would be a good offer? He is very weak at rb. I would love to get Julio. Would something like one of my top 3 backs and Wallace for Julio and BJGE be too much to give? Also what if I added RG3 on my end and Rodgers on his end? I could also try to get a TE since Graham got hurt.
    His Team
    qb- Rodgers, Peyton
    rb- BJGE, Greene, Jacobs
    wr- Julio, Nicks, Little, Blackmon, Kerley
    te- Vernon, Tony G

    My Team
    qb- RG3, Stafford
    rb- McFadden, Lynch, Murray, Pierre
    wr- Jordy, Wallace, Hartline, S.Rice, Hawkins
    te- Graham

    • starting rosters are qb, rb, rb, wr, wr, te, w/r/t

    • Maybe Murray would be ok to work that first deal, but I think I would stay put with what you have and play Murray at your flex. The RG2/Rodgers swap would make the deal more appealing though. See if that works.

  • ppr. waiver #1. need rb/wr. thinking starks or green , howling or
    powell. thoughts? any suggestions on wr? also offered ridley and wayne for matthews and stevie johnson. thoughts? tx.

    • ps my other rb is mccoy. wr is desean.

    • I would go with the GB pair before the AZ pair for RB. Maybe Wright or Hawkins for WRs if they’re available. For the trade, I like the Mathews side slightly better but its close

  • being offered matthews and stevie johnson for my ridley and wayne. PPR League, my other WR are Harvin, Maclin, and T Smith – my other RB’s are Foster and Murray — should i take it, drooling over starting matthews and foster every week

    • I would pull the trigger. Mathews is awesome and although losing Wayne hurts, the rest of your WR aren’t terrible plus you’d pick up Stevie. Foster/Mathews/Murray would be outrageous. Go for it!

    • the poor guy is 0-5, I think u should throw in foster as well

  • His team consist of bryant, hartline, rg3, witten, heath miller, welker, desean jax, benson, shonn green

    • If the guy is indeed 0-4, he probably would be willing to be a bit more flexible in order to shake things up. I would target Mathews, and offer D. Martin paired with one of your WR. Maybe hit him up prior and see if he is concerned with the RG3 concussion situation, as he might want one of your QB’s in the mix as well.

  • Dear jeff, my team needs a running back. I’m trying to get ryan mathews. I have arian, d. martin, j. Nelson, tor. Smith, luck, leshoure and vick. I’m keeping arian, everyone else can go. He also has mcfadden, I wouldn’t mind him either. Did I forget to mention this guys team is 0-4. What would be a fair trade to get one of these guys?

  • What do you think of Mendenhall going forward? What would be good value for him now?

    • He’s the man in Pittsburgh from here on out. If you’ve got some extra RB depth with him returning, shoot for a higher end WR2 and start from there.

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