NFL Top Performers - Week 5

Week 5 is over and in the books. We've compiled and wrapped up the week with our weekly NFL Top Performers column. See below for compiled stats and in-depth analysis...and check back each Tuesday as we'll continue to break down the stars all season long!

 
 

QUARTERBACKS

The San Diego Chargers redeemed the loss of the San Diego Padres to the Colorado Rockies by placing a major spanking on the Denver Broncos...Philip Rivers had his best game of the season with 270 yards and 3 scores in the 41-3 blowout. Tom Brady is so good this season that it's sick...his worst performance still netted 265 yards / 3 TDs and kept him on pace to top Peyton Manning's 2005 passing TD record (49). Gus Frerotte filled in for a healing Marc Bulger and managed to throw 3 TDs in another losing effort by the Rams. Tony Romo had a stupidly bad game with 5 (FIVE) interceptions and a lost fumble...BUT, most FFLs only count positive fantasy stats so Romo still makes our list with over 300 yards and a couple passing TDs (if your league penalizes for INTs or fumbles, then Romo's performance killed your fantasy team in week 5). Derek Anderson didn't throw 5 picks, but he did throw 3 to the wrong color jersey...on the positive side, Anderson threw for nearly 300 yards and a couple of scores. Peyton Manning and Jason Campbell each threw for around 250 and a couple TDs apiece in dominating wins by the Colts and Skins. Brett Favre padded his stats with 322 yards and a TD...although the Packers lost a close SNF game to the Bears - Favre was on a record pace early with 19 of 20 (if you don't count the two spikes) and huge yardage in the first half prior to falling apart in the 2nd half.

Top Fantasy Quarterbacks - Week 5

QB

Pass Comp

Pass Att

Pass Yards

TDs

Philip Rivers
13
18
270
2, 1 (run)
Tom Brady
22
38
265
3
Gus Frerotte
24
43
262
3
Tony Romo
29
50
309
2
Derek Anderson
22
43
287
2
Peyton Manning
29
37
253
2
Jason Campbell
23
29
248
2
Brett Favre
29
40
322
1

 

RUNNING BACKS

Okay, just look at the names on this list...wow, are you kidding me!?! I guess if you have a top offense, then just plug in a RB (think New England and Indy). Kenton Keith replaced an injured Joseph Addai and busted out for 158 total yards and 2 TDs to lead week 5 in RB stats. Najeh Davenport had only 11 touches, but he turned 2 of them to scores. Ronnie Brown obviously doesn't need a good team to be successful...Brown has been tearing it up lately and padded his totals with another 153 yards and a TD to a league-leading 712 all-purpose yards and 5 TDs through week 5. It was not L.T., but Michael Turner who ran for 147 yards on 10 carries in the Charger win. Mike Sellers may not be on any fantasy rosters, but he did score 2 TDs this week. Maurice Jones-Drew had his best game of the season with 100+ and a TD. Brandon Jacobs ran for an even hundred and a TD. DeShawn Wynn was in and out of the game, but Wynn finished with a respectable 91 yards and a score. LaDainian Tomlinson wasn't the leading yardage producer for SD, but his 140 total yards were a relief for his fantasy owners. Willis McGahee and Brian Leonard put up 130+ yards from scrimmage. Reggie Bush, Sammy Morris, Willie Parker, and Jason Wright all had over 100 yards, but none were able to reach the goalline.

NOTE: No way could anyone have predicted in preseason that names like Kenton Keith, Najeh Davenport, Mike Sellers, DeShaun Wynn, Brian Leonard, Sammy Morris, and Jason Wright would be 7 of 15 on a top performers list of fantasy running backs in a single week!?!

Top Fantasy Running Backs - Week 5

RB

Rush Att

Rush Yards

Rcptns

Rec Yards

Total Yards

TDs

Kenton Keith
28
121
5
37
158
2
Najeh Davenport
7
58
4
38
96
2
Ronnie Brown
23
114
5
39
153
1
Michael Turner
10
147
0
0
147
1
Mike Sellers
5
24
3
36
60
2
Maurice Jones-Drew
9
82
3
30
112
1
Brandon Jacobs
20
100
0
0
100
1
DeShawn Wynn
13
78
1
13
91
1
LaDainian Tomlinson
21
67
3
73
140
0
Willis McGahee
22
88
7
48
136
0
Brian Leonard
18
102
5
33
135
0
Reggie Bush
21
67
9
52
119
0
Sammy Morris
21
102
2
9
111
0
Willie Parker
28
102
0
0
102
0
Jason Wright
15
59
4
43
102
0

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Larry Fitzgerald may be confused as to who is throwing him the ball in AZ, but he managed to catch 9 from Matt Leinart/Kurt Warner for 136 yards and a TD in the Cardinal win. Plaxico Burress put up another huge game on a weak ankle for the Giants. Torry Holt, Vincent Jackson, and Greg Jennings each caught 80+ and a score. Patrick Crayton helped the Dallas Cowboys hang on (luck out) with some key grabs in a miracle come from behind win over Buffalo on MNF. Dennis Northcutt caught 4 balls for 73 yards and a TD. Donte Stallworth finally looks healed for New England...Stallworth caught 4 balls for 65 yards and a score from Tom Brady. Reggie Wayne had a mediocre game by his standards, but still managed to get into the endzone for the Colts. Braylon Edwards, Devery Henderson, and Antwaan Randle El all had 100 or more receiving yards, but each was kept from scoring.

Top Fantasy Wide Receivers - Week 5

WR

Rcptns

Rec Yards

TDs

Larry Fitzgerald
9
136
1
Plaxico Burress
5
124
1
Torry Holt
5
89
1
Vincent Jackson
3
84
1
Greg Jennings
4
83
1
Patrick Crayton
6
73
1
Dennis Northcutt
4
73
1
Donte Stallworth
4
65
1
Reggie Wayne
7
62
1
Braylon Edwards
6
110
0
Devery Henderson
4
101
0
Antwaan Randle El
7
100
0

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

Week 5 was the biggest week for tight ends in recent memory...and can't explain why. In fact, there may have been as many or more TD passes to tight ends this week than to wide receivers...which is absolutely unbelievable. TEs on the top offenses were the big targets this past weekend. Benjamin Watson, Antonio Gates, Jason Witten, and Dallas Clark are on arguably the top 4 NFL offenses and each of the 4 had huge games in week 5 (Clark's would have been even bigger if he didn't have to leave the game due to an on-field injury). Alex Smith caught 2 passes for 6 yards for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but both receptions were scoring TDs. Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen caught TD passes from Brian Griese in the Bears' win over the Packers...but rookie Olsen may be the TE for the future for the Bears. Kellen Winslow is a force in Cleveland and scored another TD for the Browns in week 5. Randy McMichael and Heath Miller each scored. Tony Gonzalez and Owen Daniels both had big yardage...but neither was able to score.

Top Fantasy Tight Ends - Week 5

TE

Rcptns

Rec Yards

TDs

Benjamin Watson
6
107
2
Antonio Gates
7
113
1
Jason Witten
9
103
1
Alex Smith
2
6
2
Desmond Clark
3
62
1
Greg Olsen
4
57
1
Dallas Clark
7
49
1
Kellen Winslow
4
49
1
Randy McMichael
3
45
1
Heath Miller
4
44
1
Tony Gonzalez
8
100
0
Owen Daniels
6
96
0

 

 

News and Notes - Tony Romo turned the ball over 6 (SIX) times on Monday Night Football and the Buffalo Bills had 3 TDs (none were on offense) and a 24-12 lead heading into the 4th quarter - but the Bills ultimately wrestled defeat from the hands of victory in one of the craziest and entertaining MNF games ever (Nick Folk kicked a 53 yard FG to win the game in the last second in Buffalo)...Six NFL teams get byes in week 6: Buffalo, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco...Week 6 features undefeated New England at Dallas - leaving only Indy and the Pats/Cowboys winner as the mere two undefeated teams in the NFL...Miami, New Orleans, and St. Louis remain winless and all are in action this weekend to try to eek out a win...QB Jake Delhomme is opting for season-ending surgery on his elbow...QB Trent Green suffered another concussion in Sunday's game - Green's status is unknown at this point, but has gone on record saying he would consider retirement should this happen again after last season's injury...The NFL commish has not yet ruled on the future status of Travis Henry (with Selvin Young as his poetential replacement)...Earnest Graham and Michael Pittman relpaced injured Cadillac Williams for Tampa Bay - the result was an on-field lengthy injury for Pittman and a poor game for Graham...Joseph Addai, Marvin Harrison, and Bob Sanders (3 of Indy's top players) were not available for the Colts on Sunday, but Indy still rolled over the Bucs and looked clearly like the Superbowl champion of last year...RB Steven Jackson is ruled out for week 6, but QB Marc Bulger remains a possibility against the Ravens...WR Deion Branch suffered a foot sprain against Pittsburgh and may miss a couple of games...Daunte Culpepper will start for Oakland against the Chargers this weekend and will try to repeat his 5 TD performance in week 4...Tom Brady remains on pace to break Peyton Manning's record of 49 TDs set in 2005 - Brady has thrown at least 3 TDs in every game this season

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