Week 5 Fantasy Review

Tom FroemmingCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2008

*Article originally posted at Fro Bros. Fantasy Football

-Aaron Rodgers 313 passing yards, 3 TDs
-Ben Roethlisberger 309 passing yards, 3 TDs
-Kyle Orton 334 passing yards, 2 TDs
-Tony Romo 176 passing yards, 3 TDs
-Eli Manning 267 passing yards, 2 TDs

Many people in fantasyland were running to their bench or the the waiver wire to replace Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger this week because both were nursing shoulder injuries and deemed questionable to play. Well, they both not only started, but were the top QBs this week. Everybody knows how tough Big Ben is, but Rodgers' performance had to win over any doubters in that Green Bay locker room. As long as Willie Parker is out, expect Roethlisberger to put up huge numbers.

How 'bout that Kyle Orton? The fourth-year QB is taking major strides from being a game manager to being on the brink of a game breaker. Orton is averaging 267 yards over the past three weeks, and has throw seven TDs over that span. His big performance came against the Lions, who are getting beat up by everybody, but Orton should be solid again at Atlanta this upcoming week.

Tony Romo had another three TDs. He's tied for second in the NFL, trailing only Brett Favre, with 11 touchdown passes. Romo has ranked in the top-5 quarterbacks three of the five weeks this season, and with his weapons there's no reason why he can't continue to dominate.

Eli Manning doesn't have many huge fantasy games, but has become a very consistent fantasy producer, which is a desirable attribute in head-to-head leagues. Eli has thrown for over 200 yards in all four games this season. What makes his performance this week more impressive is he did it without top receiver Plaxico Burress.

OTHER NOTES: Kurt Warner threw multiple touchdown passes for the fourth-straight game ... Peyton Manning threw two TD passes for the first time in 2008 ... Drew Brees had another 300-yard game and leads the NFL with 1,673 passing yards ... Trent Edwards was forced out of the Bills-Cardinals game with a concussion, and J.P. Losman threw for 220 yards and scored two TDs (one passing, one rushing) ... J.T. O'Sullivan threw three touchdown passes, but threw for just 130 yards and was also intercepted three times ... Jake Delhomme had his second-straight 200-yard, two-TD game ... Matt Ryan had by far his best road game of his rookie season, racking up 194 passing yards and throwing a pair of TD passes ... Carson Palmer had his first multi-TD game of the season ... Sage Rosenfels filled in for a sick Matt Schaub and turned the ball over three times late ... Matt Cassel threw a 66-yard TD to Randy Moss ... Jay Cutler had his worst game of the year, throwing for 227 yards and a TD ... Philip Rivers had another poor performance, throwing for just 159 yards and a TD ... Donovan McNabb failed to throw a TD pass for the first time this season ... Matt Hasselbeck got a couple of his receivers back, but was terrible anyway, throwing for just 105 yards with an interception ... Jeff Garcia took over for an injured Brian Griese and completed 13-of-17 attempts (76.5 percent), 93 yards, a TD and a pick.

-DeAngelo Williams 148 total yards, 3 TDs
-Brandon Jacobs 145 total yards, 2 TDs
-Clinton Portis 158 total yards, TD
-Steve Slaton 96 total yards, 2 TDs
-Ronnie Brown 133 total yards, TD

Where did this come from, DeAngelo Williams? After Failing to score a TD or rush for 100 yards in his first four games, Williams explodes for 148 total yards and three TDs. Rookie Jonathan Stewart got just one less carry than Williams (19), but he could only manage 72 yards, and was held without a touchdown for the first time in four weeks.

Brandon Jacobs had his first monster game of the year, but is averaging 5.8 yards per carry on the season. Jacobs is averaging about 16 carries per game, and it looks like the Giants are committed to keeping him fresh. While that might sound like a bad deal for Jacobs owners, it may pay off when the Beast of the East is still running hard at the end of the year.

Clinton Portis had his second-straight 100-yard game, and his 514 rushing yards trail only Michael Turner's 543. He's on pace to run for 1,600 yards for the first time in his career, and is running like he's 27 again. Wait, Clinton Portis is only 27-years-old? Wow. He's got it done at Dallas and at Philly in back-to-back weeks, so there's no reason to believe he can't continue to be a top-5 fantasy back.

Rookie Steve Slaton lost some touches to Ahman Green this week, but still put up big numbers. Over the last three weeks, Slaton is averaging 112 total yards per game and has scored four touchdowns. He may have shown up late to the party, but he's quickly shot up the rankings of rookie running backs. Green did have 12 carries, but averaged nearly two full yards less per attempt than Slaton.

After another 100-yard rushing performance, it's safe to say Ronnie Brown is back. Brown was one of the top fantasy backs when he went down with a torn ACL last season, and was not expected to be back to full strength until around Week 8 this year. Amazingly, Brown looks as good as he ever has, and the Dolphins' offense has been revitalized by the "Wildcat" formation. Expect more big games from Brown, as he is no doubt the feature player in the Miami offense.

OTHER NOTES: Reggie Bush had 93 yards and returned two punts for touchdowns ... Rookie Matt Forte didn't put up the yardage numbers he had been, but scored both a rushing touchdown and a receiving TD ... The Falcons got over their road blues due in large part to Michael Turner, who ran for more yards this week (121) than he had in his first two road games combined (98) ... Both Sammy Morris and Laurence Maroney had more carries, but Kevin Faulk scored both of the Patriots rushing TDs ... Rookie Tim Hightower scored another two touchdowns and has five through five games ... Rookie Felix Jones had 96 yards and a TD on just nine carries while Marion Barber totaled 83 yards on 23 carries ... Brian Westbrook suffered two fractured ribs early, but still totaled 84 yards and scored his sixth touchdown ... Frank Gore had is lowest yardage output of the year (78), but did score his fourth TD ... Edgerrin James scored a TD for the second-straight week, but averaged just 2.7 yards per attempt ... Both Joseph Addai and Le'Ron McClain reached the end zone for the third-straight game ... Mewelde Moore had over 100 total yards in his first start with the Steelers ... Ryan Grant had his best game since Week 1, rushing for 84 yards, but still hasn't scored a touchdown this season ... Amongst the most disappointing players of the week were LaDainian Tomlinson (57 total yards), Adrian Peterson (41 total yards), Chris Johnson (48 total Yards) and Maurice Jones-Drew (30 total yards).

-T.J. Houshmandzadeh 85 yards, 2 TDs
-Roddy White 132 yards, TD
-Andre Johnson 131 yards, TD
-Larry Fitzgerald 52 yards, 2 TDs
-Randy Moss 111 yards, TD

T.J. Houshmandzadeh may not post the impressive numbers he did a year ago, but it does look like he's back on track after an injury-plagued preseason. He's averaging over 90 yards and has scored three TDs over the past three games.

With a rookie quarterback throwing him the ball, Roddy White was considered a risky pick in this year's fantasy drafts, but the fourth-year receiver is having a very good season. White ranks third in the NFL with 454 receiving yards and seventh amongst receivers in total fantasy points. Now that Matt Ryan has shown he can play on the road, White is more of a reliable weekly play.

Andre Johnson had by far his best game of the year, recording a season-high 131 yards and scoring his first TD of the year. Andre was a monster when healthy last year, and many expected big things from him again this season. The Texans play a soft schedule, and Johnson should put up more performances like this one.

Larry Fitzgerald's consistency is simply jaw-dropping. He's had either 100 yards or a TD in every game this year, and trails only Greg Jennnings in fantasy points this season. Fitz has been a top receiver for awhile now, but with Randy Moss and Terrell Owens getting older, I think there's a chance Fitzgerald could elevate his status to the No. 1 receiver in all of fantasy football entering next season. He averages over 1,200 yards and nine TDs per 16 games for his career. What more could you ask for?

After back-to-back horrific fantasy performances, Randy Moss put up over 100 yards and a TD this week. There's no chance Moss will even sniff the numbers he had a year ago, but it is encouraging to see Matt Cassel find him on a 66-yard TD.

OTHER NOTES: Bernard Berrian had his first 100-yard game and touchdown as a Viking ... The 35-year-old Isaac Bruce continues to get it done, as he scored for the third-straight week, catching two TDs in a game for the first time since 2002 ... With Plaxico Burress out, Sinorice Moss caught the first two touchdown passes of his career and Domenik Hixon caught his first-career TD pass ... It was Devery Henderson's turn to be the man in the Saints passing game, as he had over 100 yards and a TD ... Despite having just two catches, Lee Evans, who is fifth in the NFL with 432 receiving yards, had 100 yards and a TD ... Reggie Wayne had 97 yards and a TD, and ranks fifth in fantasy points per game ... Both Nate Washington and Hines Ward had 90 yards and a TD while Santonio Holmes added 65 yards ... Greg Jennings continued his hot start, tallying 87 yards and a TD ... Muhsin Muhammad scored a TD for the second-straight week ... Greg Camarillo, the Dolphins leading receiver, caught his first TD pass of the year ... Donald Driver had his best game of the year with 68 yards and a TD ... Terrell Owens scored a TD for the second-straight week and is tied for the league lead with five TD receptions ... Devin Hester had a season-high five catches and 66 yards while scoring for the second-straight week ... Steve Smith had 96 yards receiving, and is on pace for over 1,200 yards receiving despite being suspended for the first two games ... Roy Williams had a season-high 96 yards ... Chris Chambers caught his fifth touchdown pass of the year, but suffered an ankle injury ... Reggie Brown had a season-high 84 yards ... Santana Moss was held without a catch this week.

-Chris Cooley 109 yards, TD
-Jason Witten 79 yards, TD
-Heath Miller 45 yards, TD
-Greg Olsen 87 yards
-Tom Santi 27 yards, TD

After a disappointing start to the season, all Chris Cooley needed to vault himself to the No. 4 fantasy tight end was his first 100-yard game and touchdown of the season. It's that easy. The big game also puts him on pace for the first 900-yard season of his career.

It's not even debatable, Jason Witten is by far the best tight end in the NFL. He has 10 more catches and 214 more yards than any other tight end in the league. Witten has even been better than the majority of receivers in the league, ranking fourth in the NFL with 442 yards. He's on pace for an incredible 112 catches and over 1,400 yards.

Heath Miller went without a TD through four weeks for the first time in his career, but finally reached the end zone this week. Miller, a former first-round pick, has always shown potential, but has never been able to establish himself as a top tight end. As long as Willie Parker is out, however, Miller should be a reliable fantasy producer.

Greg Olsen had a career-high 87 yards. The Bears passing game is looking a lot more potent than expected, but don't expect Olsen to come through on a weekly basis unless you're in a deeper league.

What's that? I have to write something about Tom who? OK, here it goes ... Tom Santi is the reason why I don't think tight ends should be mandatory in fantasy football leagues. There just aren't enough guys who get it done on a weekly basis. If a guy who has just 27 yards and a TD can rank in the top five, you shouldn't be required to start a player at that position.

OTHER NOTES: Dallas Clark had a season-high 81 yards ... Visanthe Shiancoe scored his second TD, and is the No. 8 fantasy tight end ... Bo Scaife had 72 yards, Tony Scheffler had 65 and Owen Daniels had 47 ... Donald Lee, Marcedes Lewis, Alge Crumpler and Justin Peelle all scored their first TDs of the season ... Tony Gonzalez (17 yards) and Antonio Gates (12 yards) were huge busts this week.


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