Overall production in Week 5 was not as big as in Week 4, but it had plenty of milestones, highlighted by Drew Brees’ NFL record of 48 consecutive games throwing a touchdown pass. Here are some of the players whose performances should be on and off our fantasy radar.
ON: QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts, $2m
Luck had a sensational performance in Indianapolis’ comeback win over Green Bay, throwing for a career best 362 yards. Luck also adds fantasy points on the ground. Besides two scoring throws, he added 24 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Packers, registering 26 fantasy points to lead league quarterbacks in Week 5. The Colts rookie has thrown for more than 300 yards in three of the four games he has played in the NFL, proving his an automatic fantasy choice.
ON: WR Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts, $3m
Wayne has been playing for 12 years in the NFL, but he had never collected 212 receiving yards in a game as he did in Week 5 against Green Bay. Wayne added a touchdown grab and a two-point conversion to claim a monster fantasy figure: 29 points. But more important than that, he has developed in only a month a great chemistry with Luck, which will lead to many more performances.
ON: WR James Jones, Green Bay Packers, $1m
James Jones caught two more touchdown passes at Indianapolis. He is tied with Giant Victor Cruz for the NFL lead with five accounting for 50% of Green Bay’s scoring receptions on the season.
ON: Chicago Bears defence, $1m
For the second consecutive week, the Monsters of the Midway returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Chicago has already returned five turnovers for scores this year. The Bears added a fumble and three sacks to come up with 27 fantasy points at Green Bay.
ON: WR Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears, $3m
At Jacksonville, Marshall recorded his third game of the season with more than 100 receiving yards and a touchdown catch.
ON: TE Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons, $3m
In his 16th season in the NFL, Gonzalez leads the NFL with 39 catches and has 388 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He is on pace to set personal best in receptions, yards and touchdowns. Yesterday, at Washington he led the Falcons with 13 catches, 123 yards and a score to lead NFL tight ends with 18 fantasy points.
ON: QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons, $3m
Ryan is on fire having led the Falcons to five wins in the first five weeks of the season for the first time in team history. At Washington he passed for 345 yards and two touchdowns, raising his season total to 1,507 passing yards to be ranked third in the league behind Saints Drew Brees and Giants Eli Manning.
ON: RB Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins, $1m
The rookie back ran again for more than 100 yards and is already second in the NFL, behind Jamal Charles, with 508 rushing yards. Morris has shown he can run on anyone, proving to be a very valuable fantasy choice for a price of only $1m.
ON: Miami Dolphins defence, $1m
The Dolphins “D” has played exceptional back-to-back games. They had eight sacks at Arizona, but could not come up with the win against the Cardinals. Facing the Bengals, the Dolphins defence played a key role in the victory, intercepting Andy Dalton twice, forcing a fumble and recording three sacks. Miami’s defensive fantasy number, 18 points, were good, but mainly the Fins showed us they are going be repeating these kind of performances often this season.
ON: WR Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings, $3m
If last week he did it on special teams, this time he had a rushing score and a TD reception in the Vikings win over Tennessee. Harvin has accounted for three of the last five touchdowns scored by Minnesota and being a multidimensional player, he can get fantasy points in any phase of the game. Yesterday against Tennessee, he totalled 116 yards (108 receiving) and two scores for 22 fantasy points.
ON: K Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings, $1m
The rookie had a perfect day facing the Titans, booting three field goals and three extra points to lead NFL kickers with 12 points in Week 5. Walsh has only missed one field goal this season in 10 attempts, including three from 50 or more yards.
OFF: QB Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles, $3m
Vick keeps committing big mistakes that are hurting his fantasy production. Yesterday, at Pittsburgh, he had two more lost fumbles, including one at the Steelers one-yard line when he was carrying the ball to score a touchdown that would have meant six fantasy points.
OFF: QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, $4m
He keeps running with the ball effectively, but his passing numbers are just awful. Against the Seahawks, he completed only 12 of 29 passes for a very poor figure of 141 yards and no touchdowns.
OFF: RB DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers, $3m
Williams is one of three backs in the history of the NFL who average 5 yards per carry or more, but yesterday in six attempts, he only rushed for 6 yards and fumbled once.
OFF: QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins, $2m
After suffering a concussion in the game against Atlanta, he is already questionable for Week 6’s contest vs. Minnesota. He should take care of himself when he runs, sliding sometimes and avoiding collisions like the one he had yesterday or his NFL career is not going to be very long.
OFF: WR Randy Moss, San Francisco 49ers, $2m
After a solid 49er debut at Green Bay in Week 1 with four catches for 47 yards, a touchdown and 10 fantasy points, Moss has only managed to grab five passes for 52 yards in the next four games.