Fantasy Spin on the Best and Worst Performances from Week 5

Fantasy Football SpinCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2011

Fantasy Spin on the Best and Worst Performances from Week 5

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    Each week at we take a look at those who flopped and those who rocked and give you the short and long term implications.  

    This week we have 11 players to look at, so let's get started.  

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The GOOD: Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Jonathan Dwyer, 11 rushes, 107 yards

    The Steelers needed to fill the void left by Rashard Mendenhall who was sidelined for Week 5, and the combination of Dwyer and Isaac Redman filled in admirably in the blowout of the Titans. The two combined for 156 yards on 26 carries. One caveat is that 76 of Dwyer's yards came on one play.


     Mendenhall is the man and he could return for Week 6. If Mendenhall is out, Dwyer will split carries with Redman. While Dwyer’s numbers were better than Redman’s, you have to keep in mind that 76 of his 107 yards came on one play. Aside from that run, Dwyer was no more effective than Redman. He’s probably not worth adding unless Mendenhall is out and you plan on using him as a one week Band-Aid.

The GOOD: Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Jason Avant, 10 targets, 9 rec., 134 yards

    In a strictly fantasy football sense Jason Avant had a very good week. In reality, he fumbled twice and hurt his team badly. But he has solid grip on the Eagles' No. 3 WR job. Avant has 23 receptions on the year, including 15 in the last two weeks, and 310 receiving yards. He has yet to find the end zone.


    Avant is a decent bye week replacement but nothing more unless you are in a very deep league. The fumbles won’t hurt him or cause him to cede his role to Steve Smith. He will cool off and we think he finished the year with 62 receptions for 700 yards and two TDs. He’s not a guy the team looks to in the red zone, and he’s not the type of receiver to break big ones. Limited upside but a good role player on PPR leagues.

The GOOD: DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers

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    DeAngelo Williams

    Heading into the game the Saints had done a good job of controlling opposing rushers. They were surrendering just 12 points per game to opposing running backs. After averaging just 2.3 ypc in September, Williams has averaged 10.4 yards per carry in October. Problem is, he only has 19 carries in October.


    Sell high. Williams has produced two weeks in a row, but he will be hit or miss because he isn’t going to have a big workload. He's not going to be the goal line back, that job is Cam Newton's job now, and the team is not often going to play with a lead and be running out clock.  

The GOOD: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Oakland Raiders

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    Darrius Heyward-Bey

    Who knew? This guy may shedding the bust label—or it may be a fluke. Over the past two weeks Heyward-Bey has 11 receptions, 214 yards and one TD.


    It’s hard to get too excited about any Raiders WR. They prefer to run the ball, and why not when you have Darren McFadden. He’s an OK pickup, we’d look elsewhere for a more stable option, but Heyward-Bey does have upside. He is owned in less than 30 percent of all the league managers we checked out. Don’t start him in Week 6, however, as the Raiders face the Browns, who are near the top of league in lowest points surrendered to opposing wideouts.

The GOOD: Jackie Battle, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

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    Jackie Battle, 19 rushes, 119 yards

    Battle’s numbers were impressive in Week 5. He has equally impressive measurables, 6’2", 238 with 4.42 speed. Despite that size and speed, he hasn’t amounted to much since coming into the league in 2007. 


     People are getting a little too excited. Pick him up but to us he more of a speculative addition not a guy who you plan on starting regularly. He has good upside, but we doubt that Haley is going to simply shove Thomas Jones aside and go with Battle. Add him, but temper your enthusiasm.


The GOOD: Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants

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    Victor Cruz, 11 targets, 8 rec., 161 yards, 1 TD

    The rumored change in the depth chart never happened, and for most of the Week 5 game it looked like Cruz was the clear No. 3 WR. That changed in the fourth quarter, however, when Cruz was targeted seven times and began to make circus catches.  Cruz has 19 rec., 369 yards and three TDs over the past three games. 


     Cruz has filled the Steve Smith role, and while he may not be listed as No. 2 on the depth chart, he should be considered the second best WR option on the Giants. We like him as a third wide receiver for fantasy teams moving forward.


The BAD: Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Mike Williams, (TB) 9 targets, 4 rec., 28 yards

    The drought continues.  

    Williams was drafted with expectations of being a No. 1 WR. Williams has 19 receptions for 183 yards and one TD so far in 2011. 


    Williams is still a good buy low candidate, but we aren’t shouting that from rooftops any longer. Other experts are still touting him as a great buy low guy, but at what point do even the most ardent supporters lose enthusiasm? The passing offense isn’t exactly high flying. 

    This week they get the Saints who are giving up 24 points to receivers per game, and it is a great opportunity for Williams to break out. With Blount possibly being out and the Saints being susceptible to the passing game, another poor performance in Week 6 should leave Williams owners very concerned.

    For the rest of worst performers, including Ryan Fitzpatrick, Denarius Moore and Brandon Lloyd click HERE.