Fantasy Football Week 5: The Top Performers at Every Position

Barry LeonardAnalyst IIIOctober 8, 2012

Fantasy Football Week 5: The Top Performers at Every Position

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    Week 5 of the NFL season provided a few great individual performances. However, fantasy football scoring was down in Week 5. The high for the week was 31 points and no quarterback earned more than 28 points.

    Quarterbacks who usually dominate the top of the scoring lists found themselves in unfamiliar territory.  

    Cam Newton, Joe Flacco and RGIII all disappointed their owners. There were some players who really helped their owners, but for the most part scores were just mediocre

    The following slides recap the top scorers at each position from Week 5.

    The point totals are from ESPN standard scoring.

    Touchdown passes are worth four points. Every 25 passing yards earn one point. Rushing and receiving touchdowns are worth six points and every 10 yards rushing and receiving gains one point.

QB: Drew Brees (28 Points), Alex Smith (28 Points) and Andrew Luck (28 Points)

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    Three quarterbacks tied for the top spot in Week 5. One is a familiar name, the other two will come as a surprise to some fantasy football players.

    Of course Drew Brees would top the list in Week 5. He played in prime time on national TV and set an NFL record with 48 straight games with a touchdown pass.

    Brees saved his best performance of the year for the national audience, throwing for 370 yards and four touchdowns.

    Alex Smith had a surprise performance in Week 5, rewarding any owners who chose to start him with 28 fantasy points. Smith torched the Buffalo defense for 303 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 45-3 San Francisco victory.

    Perhaps the biggest surprise on this list is rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck was impressive on Sunday and played a big role in Indianapolis' shocking 30-27 upset of the Green Bay Packers. Luck tossed two touchdowns and added one on the ground.

    Twenty-eight fantasy points is not a huge day for quarterbacks, but on a day where fantasy scoring was down, owners will gladly take it.

RB: Ahmad Bradshaw (26 Points)

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    Andre Brown who? New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw showed fantasy owners on Sunday that he is fully healthy and is the one to start out of the New York backfield.

    Bradshaw ran wild against Cleveland in Week 5. He carried the ball a whopping 30 times for 200 yards and a touchdown.

    Chances are if you own Bradshaw, you had a decent week. Owners who were still apprehensive due to the injury risk will surely be kicking themselves for missing out on his Week 5 production. His performance should ease any worries moving forward.

WR: Marques Colston (31 Points)

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    Colston went over 20 fantasy points for the second straight week. He had a monster game on the national stage Sunday Night.

    Colston caught nine passes for 131 yards and three touchdowns.

    In a game that saw quarterback Drew Brees throw four touchdowns, Colston and his owners really benefited from the passing attack. Colston showed his ability to get down the field. His longest reception of the night was 40 yards.

    Colston is a streaky fantasy player based on the fact that the Saints have many weapons on offense and Brees likes to spread the ball around. Weeks 4 and 5 were good to Colston's owners and they will now hope for more of the same.

TE: Tony Gonzalez (18 Points)

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    The old guy showed us once again that he's not ready to give up. Gonzalez, who had scored double-digit fantasy points in three of his four games this season did it again in Week 5 against Washington.

    The reliable tight end was targeted 14 times by quarterback Matt Ryan. Amazingly, Gonzalez caught 13 of the 14 passes, racking up 123 yards and a touchdown. Fantasy owners enjoyed great production from the Atlanta tight end, getting 18 points for his effort.

    Gonzalez easily took the title of top fantasy scoring tight end for Week 5. San Francisco's Vernon Davis was second behind Gonzalez with 10 fantasy points.

K: Blair Walsh (13 Points)

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    The Minnesota Vikings continued their surprising start to the 2012 season, easily rolling past the Titans 30-7. Anytime a team scores that many points, it's probably good news for owners of the kicker.

    That was the case in Week 5 for Minnesota rookie kicker Blair Walsh. Walsh, who's having a stellar rookie season, earned his fantasy owners 13 points by nailing three extra points and three field goals.

    The kicker made field goals of 42, 36 and 26 yards.

D: Chicago Bears (28 Points)

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    In Week 5, the Chicago Bears joined the ranks of elite fantasy defenses, if only for one week.

    The Bears dismantled the hapless Jaguars 41-3.

    The "Monsters of the Midway" caused two interceptions and a fumble. Fortunately for fantasy owners, interceptions were not good enough for the Bears. Both picks ended up being returned for touchdowns.

    The first one came by Charles Tillman who returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown. Not to be outdone, Lance Briggs also picked off a pass and took it 36 yards to the house.

    The Bears, who are owned in 100 percent of ESPN leagues, certainly made life easier for owners on Sunday. Anytime that you can get 28 points from a defense usually means you end up with the fantasy victory.