Wide receivers went absolutely bonkers in Week Five, hauling in pass… after pass… after pass.
In fact, if you tallied up all of the receiving yards by the top five wideouts this week, you will have traveled almost a half a mile—2,403 feet to be exact. While one of these receivers might have single-handedly won the week for you, let's get caught up on what the other positions players did as well.
Top Five Quarterbacks:
1. Matt Hasselbeck – 241 Pass Yds, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, 23 Rush Yds - After sitting out the past two weeks due to injury, "Mr. Clean" came out firing on Sunday. The Jags had no answer for the Seahawks' passing game, and Hasselbeck took full advantage, while not appearing hampered by the rib injury that kept him out of action.
2. Donovan McNabb – 264 Pass Yds, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 30 Rush Yds – Like his counterpart above, McNabb did not appear bothered one bit after returning from a rib injury of his own. With the Eagles already having had their bye, McNabb should be all systems go for the remainder of the season.
3. Matt Ryan – 329 Pass Yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 1 Rush TD – Matty Ice was as cool as could be on Sunday, as the Falcons jumped all over the 49ers early and often. The most encouraging thing to be taken from this game is the fact that Ryan rekindled the magic with "Rowdy" Roddy, as eight of his 22 completions went number 84's way.
4. Peyton Manning – 309 Pass Yds, 3 TDs, 1 INT – "Mr. 300" is having one of his best seasons to date, as his five 300-yard games to start the season are a fantasy owner's dream come true, especially in leagues that award bonuses for milestone games. The only thing that can stop Manning right now is a bye, but he should more than make up for it against the lowly Rams in Week Seven.
5. Ben Roethlisberger – 277 Pass Yds, 3 TDs, 1 INT – The clock has yet to toll midnight on Big Ben's extremely productive fantasy season thus far. Sunday marked the third time in as many weeks that Roethlisberger totaled more than 275 yards passing, as coach Mike Tomlin has opened up the playbook this year.
Top Five Running Backs:
1. Ahmad Bradshaw – 110 Rush Yds, 2 TDs, 1 Rec, 55 Yds – Bradshaw is lightning in a bottle and then some, as he needed only 11 carries to do all his damage. He gauged the Raiders' defense almost every single play, and made the most of his playing time in a blowout win.
2. Michael Turner – 97 Rush Yds, 3 TDs – "The Burner" had his first monster game of the season, even though he has quietly managed to score in three straight. He was a top-five fantasy pick this season for a reason, and Sunday showed why, as he was able to deliver against a tough Niners' defense.
3. Cedric Benson – 120 Rush Yds, 1 TD, 2 Rec, 16 Yds – Benson made Ray Lewis and company look pedestrian on Sunday, and that is by no means an easy task. So far this season, Benson has looked every bit of the player that was supposed to be the next "big thing" when the Bears drafted him fourth overall in 2005. The Bengals are not afraid to hand him the rock, as the offensive balance Benson has provided is a big reason why the team is 4-1.
4. Ray Rice – 69 Rush Yds, 0 TDs, 7 Rec, 74 Yds, 1 TD – Rice did a little bit of everything on Sunday, as he was both the Ravens' leading rusher and receiver. His score was also as impressive as it gets, as he took a short pass that looked "dead to rights" and turned it into an electric run after the catch.
5. Clinton Portis – 57 Rush Yds, 1 TD, 2 Rec, 17 Yds, 1 TD – CP finally found the end zone for the first time this season, and it's about time. When he's not battling an injury, it's good to see that he can still be productive, although he has been far too inconsistent this season.
Top Five Wide Receivers:
1. Miles Austin – 10 Rec, 250 Yds, 2 TDs – No, that is not a typo. This performance came out of nowhere, as half of Romo's completions went to the Cowboy miracle man, or "Mr. Y.A.C." (Yards After Catch) as he shall now be called. He took simple routes and spun and stiff-armed his way into the end zone not once, but twice.
2. Roddy White – 8 Rec, 210 Yds, 2 TDs – It took a while, but the chemistry is back in "Hotlanta." It's pretty unbelievable how this performance isn't even tops at the receiver position, but I don't think you'll hear many complaints from "Rowdy" Roddy's owners. There was never a cause for concern because of White's slow start, and Sunday supplied that affirmation in a big way.
3. Jeremy Maclin – 6 Rec, 142 Yds, 2 TDs – Two touchdowns was a prerequisite for receivers to make the list this week, and the rook had his coming out party in the process. Maclin made the most of his playing time, and showed good concentration on both of his scores from more than 40-yards out.
4. Andre Johnson – 8 Rec, 101 Yds, 2 TDs – AJ slightly edged out Larry Fitzgerald in the battle of the league's best receivers, as he got back on track in the PPR department after hauling in just six catches in his past two games. Johnson's second score of the day showed just how strong he is, as he pinballed off defenders to somehow cross the goal line.
5. Nate Burleson – 6 Rec, 98 Yds, 2 TDs – Burleson is starting to party like it's 2004, when he had his breakout year with the Vikings. Sunday's performance marked Burleson's third big game of the season, and he is someone to keep an eye on in the next couple of weeks.
Top Five Tight Ends:
1. Kellen Winslow – 9 Rec, 102 Yds, 2 TDs – It's pretty remarkable how Kellen "the soldier" Winslow is still able to excel, when the opposing team knows that he's the Bucs' only offensive threat. He bounced back in a big way after two very sub par performances, and remains a must-start fantasy tight end.
2. Heath Miller – 5 Rec, 54 Yds, 1 TD – Miller has now found pay dirt for the third time in two games, as the Steelers continuously look for ways to get him the ball. He's emerged as one of the more reliable tight ends in the game, while being a major threat inside the red zone.
3. Visanthe Shiancoe – 4 Rec, 49 Yds, 1 TD – Shiancoe has now scored in three of the Vikings five games this season, although sometimes it isn't pretty – ala Week Two (1 Rec, 1 Yd, 1 TD). He's a risky start every week, but his ability to find the end zone so consistently makes him tempting to use.
4. Owen Daniels – 8 Rec, 94 Yds, 0 TDs – Daniels gives you consistency from the tight end position, and Sunday was a perfect example. He'll give you a few flashy games throughout the season, but more often than not, he'll be a player you can rely on week-in and week-out.
5. Jeff King – 2 Rec, 30 Yds, 1 TD – It's a merry-go-round as far as the tight end position goes in Carolina. You never know if Dante Rosario or King is going to be the one to get touches, therefore making both of them irrelevant from a fantasy perspective.
Bottom Five Quarterbacks:
1. David Garrard – 188 Pass Yds, 0 TDs, 0 INTs, 2 FL – Big time flop after an early season tease.
2. Derek Anderson – 23 Pass Yds, 0 TDs, 1 INT – How the Browns won the game with a statline like this is beyond me.
3. Trent Edwards – 152 Pass Yds, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 40 Rush Yds
4. Joe Flacco – 186 Pass Yds, 1 TD, 2 INTs
5. Kerry Collins – 164 Pass Yds, 0 TDs, 1 INT
Bottom Five Running Backs:
1. Chris Johnson – 34 Rush Yds, 2 Rec, 9 Yds, 0 TDs
2. Willis McGahee - -2 Rush Yds, 1 Rec, 4 Yds, 0 TDs – Value is based solely on goal-line carries.
3. DeAngelo Williams – 40 Rush Yds, 2 Rec, 19 Yds, 0 TDs, 1 FL
4. Cadillac Williams – 8 Rush Yds, 3 Rec, 8 Yds, 0 TDs
5. Larry Johnson – 37 Rush Yds, 1 Rec, 9 Yds, 0 TDs – This is not a recipe for fantasy success.
Bottom Five Wide Receivers:
1. Lee Evans – 2 Rec, 11 Yds, 0 TDs
2. Calvin Johnson – 1 Rec, 2 Yds, 0 TDs – Got hurt, so this is a little unfair.
3. DeSean Jackson – 1 Rec, 1 Yd, 0 TDs – Where were the warning signs on this one?
4. Randy Moss – 1 Rec, 36 Yds, 0 TDs
5. Derrick Mason – 0 catches
Bottom Five Tight Ends:
1. Chris Cooley – 0 catches – Major disappointment.
2. Marcedes Lewis – 3 Rec, 13 Yds, 0 TDs
3. John Carlson – 2 Rec, 31 Yds, 0 TDs – Expected a little bit better performance.
4. Steve Heiden – 1 Rec, 7 Yds, 0 TDs
5. Alge Crumpler – 3 Rec, 14 Yds, 0 TDs, 1 FL
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