NFL Fantasy Stars - Week 5

Three undefeated teams fell on Sunday, leaving only one team unblemished through five weeks of the NFL season. Team performance and individual fantasy stats, however, don't always correlate. We sort out week number five for the top fantasy performers.

QUARTERBACKS

Tom Brady showed Superbowl poise in completing 85% of his passes for 350 yards and three TDs to narrowly defeat the Falcons on the road. In a last minute substitution, Matt Schaub filled in for injured Michael Vick and had the game of his career with nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns in a last second defeat. Drew Bledsoe and Terry Glenn continue to play like it's 1995 as they hooked up for two of Bledsoe's three TD passes in a rout over the Eagles. Cardinal receiver tandem Larry Fitzgerald & Anquan Boldin made good use of QB Josh McNown's arm for the second straight week to grab 19 receptions for 294 of McNown's 394 passing yards. The Rams' Marc Bulger had another big fantasy showing with over 300 passing yards and a couple of scores, but lost for the second straight week. Veteran QB Mark Brunell's 322 yards were not enough to keep the Redskins' undefeated streak alive. Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck was without his top two wide receivers on Sunday, but managed to spread it around for over 300 yards and the win. Steve McNair and Brett Favre both showed they've still got it as they each posted three scores in leading their teams to victories.

Top Fantasy Quarterbacks - Week Five

QB

Pass Comp

Pass Att

Pass Yards

TDs

Tom Brady
22
27
350
3
Matt Schaub
18
34
298
3

Drew Bledsoe

24

35

289

3

Josh McNown

29

46

394

2

Marc Bulger

26

40

336

2

Mark Brunell

30

53

322

2

Matt Hasselbeck

27

38

318

2

Steve McNair

22

31

220

2, 1 (run)

Brett Favre
19
27
215
3

 

 

RUNNING BACKS

Shaun Alexander put up his typical 135 yards and two touchdowns to help lead the Seahawks over the Rams. After discouraging fantasy owners early, Tatum Bell finally stepped up over Mike Anderson in week number five for 132 yards and two TDs. Edgerrin James stayed quietly constistent for the Colts while hitting the 50% mark for 100 yard games vs. games played. Rams' pounding back Steven Jackson and top fantasy stud LaDainian Tomlinson both split their passing and rushing yards to total 130+ and a TD for each. Curtis Martin, Kevin Jones, and Najeh Davenport each had less than 60 yards, but made their fantasy owners happy with two touchdowns apiece (although Davenport's fate took a turn for the worst with a season ending injury). Rookie Miami RB Ronnie Brown (who will get Ricky Williams back as a teammate next week) banged for 116 yards and a touchdown. Domanick Davis appeared to be finally on track for the Texans with 173 total yards on Sunday. Willis McGahee had 33 touches compared to the two of Shawn Bryson, but both finished with 90+ yards and a score. Thomas Jones, Fred Taylor, Clinton Portis, Kevan Barlow, and Corey Dillon all broke the century mark for their respective teams, but none were able to find the end zone.

Top Fantasy Running Backs - Week Five

RB

Rush Att

Rush Yards

Rcptns

Rec Yards

Total Yards

TDs

Shaun Alexander
25
119
3
16
135
2

Tatum Bell

12

127

1

5

132

2

Edgerrin James
21
105
4
42
147
1
Steven Jackson
17
77
6
62
139
1
LaDainian Tomlinson
18
62
7
68
130
1
Curtis Martin
23
59
0
0
59
2
Kevin Jones
26
58
0
0
58
2
Najeh Davenport
12
54
1
2
56
2
Ronnie Brown
17
97
6
19
116
1

Domanick Davis

19

130

8

43

173

0

Shawn Bryson

1

77

1

18

95

1

Willis McGahee

31

86

2

5

91

1

Thomas Jones
24
137
2
5
142
0
Fred Taylor
24
132
0
0
132
0
Clinton Portis
20
103
2
27
130
0

Kevan Barlow

18

99

3

29

128

0

Corey Dillon

23

106

2

13

119

0

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Steve Smith and Terry Glenn top our fantasy WR list with nearly identical stats while helping lead the Panthers and Cowboys to wins. Arizona Cardinals' super-duo Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald continue to be the best tandem in football...catching 19 for 294 and a couple TDs on Sunday. Antonio Bryant stepped up for two touchdowns in a solid effort. The injuries to Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram gave way to Joe Jurevicius and his nine grabs for 137 yards and a TD. Torry Holt continues to be a consistent fantasy stud with another game of 120+ yards and a score. Drew Bennett, Chris Henry, and Robert Ferguson all had decent yardage and a TD apiece. Santana Moss, Az-Zahir Hakim, Deion Branch, and Brian Finneran all reached the yardage century mark on Sunday, but none crossed the goal line.

Top Fantasy Wide Receivers - Week Five

WR

Rcptns

Rec Yards

TDs

Steve Smith

8

119

2

Terry Glenn

7

118

2

Anquan Boldin

10

158

1

Antonio Bryant

6

83

2

Joe Jurevicius

9

137

1

Larry Fitzgerald

9

136

1

Torry Holt

8

126

1

Drew Bennett

5

99

1

Chris Henry

3

85

1

Robert Ferguson

3

84

1

Santana Moss

8

116

0

Az-Zahir Hakim
5
108
0
Deion Branch
8
107
0
Brian Finneran
5
103
0

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

Daniel Graham caught an early 45 yard TD pass from Tom Brady on his way to a 119 yard game. Alge Crumpler tried to match Graham's feat, but he and the Falcons came up short. Chris Cooley caught the final pass from Mark Brunell to put the Redskins within two in the final minute, but the two point conversion pass was incomplete...ending Washington's undefeated streak. Ben Troupe and Jerramy Stevens both were able to put up decent yards and a score. Antonio Gates again makes our top fantasy tight end list with a solid game against the Steelers and continues to be the best TE in football.

Top Fantasy Tight Ends - Week Five

WR

Rcptns

Rec Yards

TDs

Daniel Graham

5

119

1

Alge Crumpler

6

99

1

Chris Cooley

8

82

1

Ben Troupe

8

67

1

Jerramy Stevens

3

65

1

Antonio Gates
5
61
1

 

News and Notes - Rams' coach Mike Martz was hospitalized on Monday with a serious heart condition, temporarily resigning his coaching duties indefinitely...As of this writing, Ben Roethlisberger went down with a knee injury in the final minute of the MNF game against the Chargers (status unknown)...Losses by the Redskins, Bengals, and Buccaneers left the Indianapolis Colts as the only undefeated team (truly looking like the best NFL team with the whole package)...After initially believing a less severe PCL injury to Deuce McAllister, an MRI revealed that McAllister tore his ACL to end his season...Brett Favre and the Packers found some of that Lambeau magic to destroy the Saints 52-3...By the same token, the Philadelphia Eagles looked incredibly flat in a loss to Cowboys in Irving...Walter Payton again looked down with a smile as his son Jarrett had his first touchdown of his career for the Tennessee Titans...The Houston Texans remain winless and now may be without stud wide receiver for at least a few games with an injury

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