Fantasy Football Week 5 Recap: The Good, The Bad & The Busted

by Joe Bond

By: Joe Bond

Two more undefeated teams went down this week in the NFL, New England and Seattle. Both lost to good teams, but I think it is safe to say that we were a bit more surprised at the Patriots only being able to put up six points on the Bengals. The Patriots did not score a single touchdown in that game, meaning the streak of games Tom Brady has thrown at least one ended at 52. That is just two shy of the record that Drew Brees set last season.

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Gonna keep my intro a bit light this week, but I do want to make sure I mention the Cowboys, Broncos game. Wow, 99 points total in this game, what a wild game that was. I fully expected Peyton Manning and that offense to do what they did, but Tony Romo passing for over 500 yards and five touchdowns was unexpected to say the least. Yes, Romo did have the late pick, so Romo haters are going to say that is why he is not a good quarterback, but I think you are wrong. He definitely has his moments, and I get the criticism, but in fantasy football he is a legit top-10 quarterback and in real life he isn't too bad either.

One other thing I want to mention is all the kickers who had really good days fantasy wise. There were seven kickers who scored 15 points or more this week, and eight more who scored 10-14 points. This was a fairly down week for scoring, so I guess that explains the kickers having really good games, but with that many kicker all doing well, it is just another reminder why you never take a kicker until the last round or two.

The Good

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Alshon Jeffery (WR - CHI) - Jeffery seems to be getting better each week. Just one week after he had 107 yards and a touchdown, he one upped himself by catching 10 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown. He has some nice match-ups going forward, Giants and the Redskins, so if for some reason he wasn't picked up in your league, go get him now.

T.Y. Hilton (WR - IND) - Hilton finally got into the endzone this weekend, twice in fact. He gave owners 140 yards as well. Probably the most impressive part is this was against the tough Seattle defense, who was allowing the fewest points to wide receivers this season so far.

Julius Thomas (TE - DEN) - No surprise that a Peyton Manning target gets on this list. Thomas hauled in nine passes for 122 yards and two scores. In that offense, Thomas has become an elite fantasy tight end and I don't think there is any reason to think it won't continue.

Russell Wilson (QB - SEA) - Wilson didn't exactly have the greatest game passing, although he often doesn't wow you in the passing stats, but what made his day so great was the 102 yards rushing. That is now 179 yards on the ground in the last two weeks. If that continues, he should start racking up the fantasy points and become the quarterback he was to end the 2012 season.

Honorable Mention: Dez Bryant (WR - DAL), Knowshon Moreno (RB - DEN), Pierre Thomas (RB - NO), Ray Rice (RB - BAL)

The Bad

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Tom Brady (QB - NE) - I mentioned the Patriots and Tom Brady in my intro, but they were so bad he warrants another reference. He only threw for 197 yards and couldn't get the job done at the end of the game to mount the comeback. Instead he threw an interception to give Cincinnati the victory, granted it was absolutely pouring that last drive so I have to give him a bit of a pass.

Cam Newton (QB - CAR) - Newton, unlike Brady, actually had a good passing day with his yardage total eclipsing 300 yards. What made his day so bad was the lack of touchdowns and a four turnovers, three of which were interceptions. Newton has struggled for the most part to open this season, especially in the rushing department, causing fantasy owners to wonder if last years slow start wasn't a fluke.

Lamar Miller/Daniel Thomas (RB - MIA) - Both running back were completely shut down by Baltimore. It is a shame too because especially for Miller he looked like he was starting to become a low end RB2 each week. Instead he goes back to a flex play at best and probably one you just want to play match-ups with. As far as Daniel Thomas he is worthless at this point

Dwayne Bowe (WR - KC) - Oh Dwayne Bowe, what do we do with you. Every year you tease us with a few good games, and make us draft you as a WR2, just based on your talent alone. This year doing much of the same, mixing good and bad games, and his good games were only that because he scored. For the most part though this hasn't been his fault, he does have captain check down, Alex Smith as his quarterback, so that is going to limit his value going forward.
                                                                     
Honorable Mention: Jared Cook (TE - STL), Trent Richardson (RB - IND), Giovani Bernard (RB - CIN), Andre Johnson (WR - HOU)

The Busted
Michael Vick (QB - PHI) - Vick left the game Sunday after coming up lame late in the second quarter with hamstring injury. He is supposed to have an MRI on it today and we are still waiting on the results, but he has already been ruled out for Week 6 and Pro Football Talk is reporting that he could miss Week 7 as well.

David Wilson (RB - NYG) - The Giants just can't catch a break with their running game. David Wilson injured his neck in the second quarter Sunday, lucky for owners he at least scored a touchdown. At first it wasn't considered serious, but now today we are hearing he is dealing with tingling. With a short week for the Giants, I fully expect Wilson to sit this week.

Ryan Mathews (RB - SD) - Last week it was Darren McFadden, now its the other often injured AFC West running back that goes down. Mathews suffered a concussion, and I realize that is no minor thing, for fantasy owners you will take that over a broken collarbone. Mathews is questionable at best right now for Sunday, but he should return soon.

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