The Dallas Cowboys - Philadelphia Eagles game met all expectations of a great game...but few predicted Philly QB Donovan McNabb would produce with 3 TDs and over 350 passing yards against the respectable Dallas defense...wow! But McNabb is one of the few NFL high-profile QBs that made our top performers for week 5 - since the next 6 quarterbacks on our "Top Fantasy Quarterbacks" list consist of 3 rookies, 2 near-rookies getting starts in their young careers, and a former veteran back-up getting a chance in a passing offense. Alex Smith had a high completion percentage (15 for 19) and threw for 3 TDs, but Smith was playing the Raiders and may not re-produce the feat any time soon. Rookie Damon Huard looked good (again) in the Chiefs late win over the Arizona Cardinals...Huard was a respectable 26 of 38 for 288 yards and a couple TDs in the win. Detroit Lions QB Jon Kitna was much less sharp and barely threw for 50% (plus 3 INTs), but Kitna did put up 2 TDs (incl. one rushing) for owners in leagues not penalized by interceptions. QB Philip Rivers looked impressive in the Chargers win over the Steelers on SNF...Rivers helped his cause with 24 rushing yards on 6 carries. Matt Leinart and Steve Gradkowski both showed promise with a couple TDs, but neither was able to pull off a late win for his team. Marc Bulger did pull out a win to move the Rams to 4-1...Bulger also added 2 TDs for his fantasy owners.
*Rivers added another 24 rushing yards on 6 carries
The pickings were slim at running back in week 5 for scoring based leagues...but yardage leagues had many producers. Jacksonville Jaguars Fred Taylor tops our list with 143 total yards and a TD...largely due to the Jags rout over the New York Jets. Larry Johnson found his way for the second week in a row with 142 total yards (although 106 of his yards were on the receiving end). Noah Herron (who?) bounded for 126 total yards and a TD for the Green Bay Packers and filled in nicely for a banged up Ahman Green. Deuce McAllister again made good use of his touches and rushed for 123 yards on 15 carries (with a TD) to help lead the New Orleans Saints to a 4-1 record. The Bears destroyed the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, which gave back-up RB Cedric Benson a few touches - Benson capitalized with 2 TDs for his fantasy owners. Rookie sensation Maurice Jones-Drew grabbed 2 TDs as a compliment to Jax teammate Fred Taylor. San Fran's Frank Gore seemingly ran anywhere he wanted in the Niners win over the Raiders on Sunday...that is everywhere but in the endzone as Gore went for 172 total yards on the day. Similar to Gore, Vike's Chester Taylor ran all over the Detroit Lions...but Taylor's 154 total yards weren't enough to get him across the goal-line. Brian Westbrook and Willie Parker each had 80+ total yards and a score. Tiki Barber, Travis Henry, Cadillac Williams, Thomas Jones, Julius Jones, DeShaun Foster, and Leon Washington all had over 100 yards on the ground and a few receiving yards, but none of the lot were able to cross the goal-line. Neither Steven Jackson, Edgerrin James, nor Dominic Rhodes gained 100 on the ground, but all went over the century mark with their combined yardage totals...but none of the trio was able to score.
Week 5 of 2006 was perhaps the weakest wide receiver week in the history of fantasy football. No way is Hank Baskett on any fantasy radar, but he led the wide receivers with 112 yards and a TD in week 5 (and most reading this still don't know who Baskett plays for). Greg Jennings (also not a household name, but growing a bit in Green Bay) put up over a hundred with a TD in the Pack loss to the Rams. Joey Galloway showed up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 100+ receiving yards and a score. QB Bernard Berrian caught 4 for 97 yards and a touchdown in the Bears rout over the Buffalo Bills. Arnaz Battle put up 2 touchdowns, but surely no fantasy owners had him on their roster. Lee Evans had 94 receiving yards and a TD, but only because the Bills were down 40-0 late in the game to the Bears. Reggie Brown rounds out the week 5 list with 79 yards and a TD. Next week will be better...
Similar to the wide receivers in week 5, tight ends didn't exactly set the world on fire with fantasy stats either. Antonio Gates led the group with 55 yards and a TD as Philip Rivers and the Chargers got it going against the Pittsburgh Steelers on SNF. Randy McMichael caught 6 for 84 yards, but failed to score. Tampa Bay's Alex Smith caught a TD in the loss to the Saints. L.J. Smith and Kellen Winslow Jr both had respectable receiving yardage, but neither was able to score for their NFL teams or their fantasy owners.
News and Notes - The Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts both have perfect 5-0 records, but the Bears are looking like the more unbeatable team through week 5...The Oakland Raiders continue to struggle this season - WR Randy Moss continued to hint at his desire for a possible trade out of Oakland (although the chance of it happening are very unlikely until season's end)...Joey Harrington started for the Miami Dolphins against the New England Patriots this past Sunday - and it appears that Harrington will again be the starter in week 6 as coach Nick Saban gives him the nod again over Daunte Culpepper (who is thought to be using the time to heal)...Rookie phenom Reggie Bush scored his first TD in the NFL this past weekend on a return...The Cincinnati Bengals are coming off of their bye week and plan on proving that their off-field troubles will remain off the field as they try to right the ship (from the week 4 sinking by the Patriots)...Cardinal WR Larry Fitzgerald injured his hamstring early against the Chiefs and will be out between 2 and 5 weeks - WR Bryant Johnson is Fitzgerald's likely replacement, but not a lock...Shaun Alexander continues to mend and wants to play this week, but is more likely to play in week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings (watch this situation closely prior to gametime this week)
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