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.