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Fantasy Impact: Week 5
Ken Pomponio
October 7, 2013
 

Bengals 13, Patriots 6
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
Yes, those concerns about Tom Brady and his inexperienced pass-catching corps are for real. Brady completed less than 50 percent of his passes (18-of-38), threw for fewer than 200 yards (197), intercepted once and, believe it or not, failed to throw a TD pass for the first time in 53 games. He was sacked four times and hit a total of eight times.
Extra points: WR Danny Amendola was back and led the Pats with nine targets and 55 receiving yards on 4 catches, while recent standouts Kenbrell Thompkins (3-16) and Julian Edelman (2-35) barely registered on the stat sheet. ... In the run game, with Stevan Ridley out, LeGarrette Blount had the most rushes (12-51, fumble) but Brandon Bolden topped the team in total yards (64 on 11 touches, including 5 receptions). ... For the Bengals, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis showed he still has value with 67 hard-fought yards, a TD and a rare fumble on 19 carries while rookie Giovanni Bernard had 69 total yards on 13 touches. ... A.J. Green (5-61) definitely hasn't been A.J. Green of late with four straight games now with 61 receiving yards or fewer and only one TD since scoring twice in the opener.

Packers 22, Lions 9
Lambeau Field; Green Bay, Wis.
Calvin Johnson, somewhat surprisingly declared a Sunday-morning inactive with a bothersome knee, missed his first game since 2010, and the aftereffects were felt throughout the whole offense as Matthew Stafford threw for 262 yards and a TD and RB Reggie Bush was limited to 69, ho-hum yards on 17 touches. The Lions' leading receiver, for the second straight week was TE Brandon Pettigrew (4-59), while Kris Durham (3-30, TD) paced the WRs.
Extra points: The Pack settled for five Mason Crosby field goals and was without a TD until late in third quarter when Aaron Rodgers (274, TD) hooked up with WR James Jones (4-127) on an 83-yard scoring strike. ... RB Eddie Lacy returned from a concussion and bye week with 23 rushes for 99 yards, while fellow rookie Jonathan Franklin totaled three rushes for a yard. ... G.B.'s second-leading rusher actually was WR Randall Cobb (2-72), who also had four catches for 35 yards.

Colts 34, Seahawks 28
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
A pair of the league's brightest young QB starts met up here, and both Indy's Andrew Luck (229 yards, 2 TDs, fumble) and Seattle's Russell Wilson (210 yards, 2 TDs, interception, 102 rushing yards, fumble) lived up to the billing against two strong defenses.
Extra points: The Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch (17-102, 1 catch for 5 yards) easily outgained the Colts' Trent Richardson (18-56, 0 catches), but it was Indy backup Donald Brown (6-37, 2-3) who had the game's lone rushing TD. ... With the 'Hawks focusing on Reggie Wayne (6-65), fellow WR T.Y. Hilton (5-140, 2 TDs) went wild. ... WR Doug Baldwin (5-80) was Seattle's top receiver, while Golden Tate (5-61) and Jermaine Kearse (1-28) got the scoring catches.

Ravens 26, Dolphins 23
Sun Life Stadium; Miami Gardens, Fla.
A week after being a forgotten man (5 touches for 17 yards) in a loss to the Bills, the Ravens' Ray Rice overcame an early fumble to easily notch his best game (102 total yards, 2 TDs) of the year.
Extra points: Joe Flacco (269 yards) continues to struggle, failing to throw a TD pass and tossing his sixth interception in two games. ... With WRs Marlon Brown (hamstring) and Jacoby Jones (knee) out, Torrey Smith (6-121) predictably saw a lot of work. ... For the 'Fins, QB Ryan Tannehill (307 yards, TD) and Mike Wallace (7-105) were finally on the same page, while the Miami ground game, with Lamar Miller (7-15) leading the way, was simply stifled.

Saints 26, Bears 18
Soldier Field, Chicago
It's not like the Bears didn't know Drew Brees (288 yards, 2 TDs) was going to look for Jimmy Graham, but the TE still caught 10 of the 11 passes thrown his way for 135 yards and continues to be on pace (1,898) to absolutely shatter Rob Gronkowski's single-season TE record for receiving yards (1,327).
Extra points: Brees' two TD tosses went to RB Pierre Thomas (9-55), who also led the Saints with a paltry 36 rushing yards on 19 carries. ... Darren Sproles, meanwhile, followed up his big Week 4 MNF performance with 41 total yards and no scores on just six touches. ... Don't look now, but WR Brandon Marshall (4-30, TD on 5 targets) has serious competition in second-year WR Alshon Jeffery (10-218, TD on 13 targets) for the role of Jay Cutler's (358, 2 TDs, no turnovers) go-to guy.

Eagles 36, Giants 21
MetLife Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.
It took more than 17 quarters, but the 2013 injury bug has bitten QB Michael Vick (105 passing yards, team-leading 79 rushing yards), who departed in the second quarter with a hamstring issue. Second-year man Nick Foles took over and looked good, completing 16 of 25 passes for 197 yards and a pair of TDs.
Extra points: Philly WR DeSean Jackson (7-132, TD) bounced back nicely from two sub-par showings, while RB LeSean McCoy (20-46) salvaged a lousy rushing day with a TD run and six catches for 46 yards. ... For the stunningly 0-5 Giants, Eli Manning had his third 300-yard outing (334) of the season and tossed a pair of scoring passes, but continues to be a turnover machine with three picks. ... And -- surprise! -- there was a Hakeem Nicks (9-142 on 12 targets) sighting, while fellow WR Rueben Randle (6-96) caught both of Manning's TD throws. Victor Cruz, meanwhile was relatively quiet with five grabs for 48 yards on 12 targets. ... N.Y. RB David Wilson (6-16) found the end zone for the first time all season but left soon after with what's being called a neck injury. That left the bulk of the load to the plodding Brandon Jacobs (11-37).

Chiefs 26, Titans 17
LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.
Between Jamaal Charles (145 total yards, TD, fumble) and fantasy's top defense (3 turnovers, 3 sacks, TD) Sunday, it's not hard to see why K.C. is the surprise entrant among the three remaining undefeated teams.
Extra points: Titans starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (247 passing yards, 50 rushing yards, 2 total TDs) did just fine for fantasy purposes but did something Jake Locker hadn't done all season in turning the ball over twice with a pair of picks. ... Jackie Battle (6-38) outrushed Chris Johnson (10-17) for the second straight game, but CJ saved fantasy face with four receptions for 63 yards and a TD. ... Kendall Wright (6-74) led Tennessee in receiving, while the doldrums were prolonged for Kenny Britt (1-9 on 6 targets). ... WR Donnie Avery led the Chiefs with 91 receiving yards on three catches but left in the third quarter with a shoulder injury, while Dwayne Bowe continues to underwhelm with four receptions for 35 yards.

Rams 34, Jaguars 20
Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis
Was that the Jags baring some offensive fangs Sunday with the WR combo of Justin Blackmon (5-136, TD fresh off a 4-game suspension) and Cecil Shorts (5-74, TD)? It was, but J'ville still fell to 0-5 as starting QB Blaine Gabbert (181, TD, 2 picks) was replaced yet again by Chad Henne (89 yards, TD) after exiting with a third-quarter hamstring issue.
Extra points: Rams' QB Sam Bradford took advantage of the matchup, throwing for 22 yards and matching his career high with three TD tosses. ... Meanwhile, in St. Louis' quest to find a productive RB, rookie Zac Stacy (14-78) led the way, while Daryl Richardson (13-48) continues to scuffle along. ... WR Austin Pettis (4-49, 2 TDs) and TE Lance Kendricks (4-37, TD) outperformed their more-hyped teammates in WRs Chris Givens (2-26), Tavon Austin (3-32) and TE Jared Cook (3-26).

Cardinals 22, Panthers 6
University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.
Need a fantasy team defense? Take a serious look at the Cardinals' D/ST, which recorded seven sacks, forced three turnovers and notched a safety Sunday in keeping Cam Newton (308 yards, 3 picks, 25 rushing yards) out of the end zone. The return of LB Daryl Washington (team-high 9 total tackles, 2 sacks, interception) from suspension was a huge plus.
Extra points: Rashard Mendenhall had more touches (19-11) than fellow RB Andre Ellington, but the rookie continues to be more impressive than the vet (83 total yards to 50) and could be in line for an increased share of the action going forward. ... For the Panthers, TE Greg Olsen (5-79) led the team in receiving, WR Ted Ginn (4-78) continues to be involved while stalwart WR Steve Smith had only four catches for 60 yards on 10 targets, including dropping an easy TD.

Broncos 51, Cowboys 48
AT&T Stadium; Arlington, Texas
Fantasy impact? The question is who didn't have one in this Arena League-like contest which featured a combined 58 first downs, 1,039 total yards, one punt and 99 points -- tied for the fourth-highest scoring game in NFL history.
Extra points: Peyton Manning was, well, Peyton Manning, throwing for 414 yards, four scores and rushing for another -- his first on the ground since 2008. Still, he wasn't even the highest-scoring fantasy QB on the field as Dallas' Tony Romo threw for a franchise, single-game high 506 yards and five scores. Both threw notable interceptions -- Manning's first of the season while Romo's pick (only his second of the season) set up the Broncos' game-winning FG. ... Here's a rundown of best of the rest: Dallas WRs Dez Bryant (6-141, 2 TDs, fumble) & the emerging Terrance Williams (4-151, TD), TE Jason Witten (7-121, TD) Denver TE Julius Thomas (9-122, 2 TDs), WR Eric Decker (5-87, TD, fumble) and RBs Knowshon Moreno (150 total yards, TD) and DeMarco Murray (48 total yards, TD). ... Just hope you stayed away from either defense.

49ers 34, Texans 3
Candlestick Park, San Francisco
After throwing for 173 yards and three interceptions -- including his fourth pick-six in four games -- Matt Schaub's confidence is badly shaken and is dragging down the rest of the Texans' once-formidable offense. He was mercifully replaced in the fourth quarter by T.J. Yates (3-of-5, 15 yards), and coach Gary Kubiak has a serious starting-QB question to weigh with his team having dropped three straight.
Extra points: So with the Niners scoring 34 points, Colin Kaepernick had a huge evening, right? Uh, no. The San Fran QB was all of 6-of-15 for 113 yards and one TD -- a saving, 64-yard, fourth-quarter catch-and-run by TE Vernon Davis (3-88) -- and added one rush for 14 yards. ... Quickly, the Niners' remaining pass-catchers were WR Anquan Boldin (2-21) and FB Bruce Miller (1-4). ... Frank Gore ran for 81 yards and a TD on 17 carries, but saw Anthony Dixon (5-12) vulture another TD. ... With WR Andre Johnson limited to three catches for 39 yards, RB Arian Foster (118 total yards on 25 touches) was the only fantasy-worthwhile Texan, unless you want to thrown in TE Owen Daniels (6-60).

Raiders 27, Chargers 17
O.Co Coliseum; Oakland, Calif.
If you snored away Monday Morning Football -- it wrapped up somewhere around 2:38 a.m. EDT -- you missed Philip Rivers' third 400-yard passing game of the season (411, 2 TDs, 3 interceptions) and Terrelle Pryor's triumphant return (221 passing yards, 2 TDs, 31 rushing yards) in the Silver & Black's AFC West win.
Extra points: WR Denarius Moore (5-84, TD) was Pryor's top target, while Rashard Jennings (10-41 rushing) and Marcel Reece (57 total yards) filled in for the MIA Darren McFadden. Jennings, though, left in the third quarter with a hamstring issue of his own. ... On the subject of injuries, don't forget S.D. RB Ryan Mathews (3-8), who departed in the first half with a concussion, while Danny Woodhead (9-13 rushing, 9-58 TD receiving, fumble) continues to take up the considerable slack. ... In the passing game, both Vincent Brown (8-117, TD Sunday) and rookie Keenan Allen (6-115, TD) are coming on fast for the Bolts, having combined for 26 catches for 353 yards over the past two weeks.


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