Week Five, Fantasy Football Thoughts


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After a bit of a lull in fantasy scoring last week we have had a very exciting week five of NFL action with three games being decided in overtime and 11 games being decided by seven-or-less points.

Fans and fantasy owners alike got their moneys worth as six quarterbacks posted three touchdowns or more and three wide receivers racked up two touchdowns.

Here are the main things that jumped out to Toad this week.

In a “The squeaky wheel gets the oil” scenario, DeMarco Murray finally came through for his fantasy owners. We’ll see if his workload stays as heavy moving forward. With Chip Kelly you can never tell.

Wow! Gary Barnidge blew up against the Ravens this week and they had been shutting down tight ends. Of course, he had a circus catch that he made with pretty much just his legs. Barnidge has quarterback Josh McCown’s trust and may just be a weekly start moving forward.

On the flip side of that was Owen Daniels putting up a goose egg against a Raiders defense that is easily the most generous to tight ends.

Go figure. It’s a crazy game this fantasy football.

So, we can literally say that all rookie WR Jaelen Strong does is catch touchdowns.

These are the versions of Frank Gore and Andre Johnson that we’ve been waiting for. It’s about time fellas.

This isn’t really fantasy related but the emotion displayed by Matt Hasselbeck in his post game interview was moving. That man stepped up huge when he more than likely belonged in bed rather than on a football field.

Arian Foster looked pretty good but I did notice he pulled himself out of the game after a couple of longer gains. With the extra days off before a week six tilt with Jacksonville we should get the ‘real deal’ Foster back.

After back-to-back good weeks we can go ahead and return Doug Martin’s “the muscle hamster” nickname.

Hate to see Jamaal Charles suffer an ACL tear.  Sorry Mark!

It appears the man to pick up to replace Charles is Charcandrick West.

No Alshon Jeffery and no Eddie Royal and the Bears still beat the Chiefs at home. Thanks for playing Kansas City but your season is officially over.

It’s time to really start believing in Andy Dalton after he stood tall against the Seahawks.

Apparently, Joe Flacco has decided he will need to run the ball in by himself due to a lack of wide receiving options. Two rushing scores Joe? Really? It still wasn’t enough to beat ‘gun slinging’ Josh McCown and the Cleveland Browns.  I wonder how many fantasy owners actually rode McCown to victory this week.   Not many, I’m guessing.

Justin Forsett is going to be a very busy running back for the next few weeks. At least until Steve Smith returns he will.

Do you think the Dallas defense missed having Greg Hardy? He definitely made his presence known in his debut as a member of the Cowboys.

Allen Hurns just keeps putting up strong outings for Jacksonville. Speaking of the Jaguars, let’s hope the groin injury suffered by T.J. Yeldon is not too serious, as this offense needs a bell cow running back. Yeldon seemed to indicate that the injury wasn’t too serious but let’s wait for the doctors to weigh in.

Really Peyton Manning? You actually threw for zero touchdowns and a pair of interceptions against the Raiders? Imagine what Manning will look like as he wears down and has to play a cold-weather playoff game. It is time to start looking elsewhere for fantasy production from the quarterback position.  Hey Peyton. Did you see what little brother Eli did this week? It’s called throwing touchdowns. You are welcome Dawn for the Eli tip!

Thomas Rawls is making it easier for the Seattle Seahawks to let Marshawn Lynch take as much time as he needs to get healthy. You have to wonder what went wrong with Christine Michael that Pete Carroll would rather have an undrafted rookie free agent as his starting RB than the 3rd-year veteran Michael?

Yes. There was indeed a Dan Orlovsky sighting in Detroit today. Yes. Matthew Stafford was so horrendous that he was benched in favor of ‘Dapper Dan.’

Dion Lewis put some sick moves on the Dallas defense today. The Dallas defenders reminded me of Rocky Balboa chasing that chicken in Rocky II.

So we saw two more interceptions for Charles Woodson this week. The man is simply amazing.

Hmmm…this Willie Snead kid appears to be here to stay.

Oh, and we had a Brandin Cooks sighting today for the Saints as well. C.J. Spiller did his usual disappearing act.

It wasn’t pretty but at the end of the day Tyrod Taylor amassed nice fantasy totals and the Buffalo Bills got a big win. That’s why I love quarterbacks who can score with their legs.

It is time to end the Brandon Weeden era in Dallas. It was fun while it lasted. Actually, it really wasn’t.

Say it with me. Devonta Freeman is the best running back in fantasy football.  Yep. I will say it again. Devonta Freeman is the best running back in fantasy football.  We all saw that coming.

Anyone else underwhelmed by the beginning of the Dan Campbell regime in Miami? Yawn. Feel free to see my article here about the firing of Philbin.

Hey. Jamies Winston didn’t throw an interception this week. What is next…beta fish living together?

A tip of the cap to Colin Kaepernick this week as he looked downright serviceable. Nothing like the phenom he appeared to be a few years ago but a guy we could start in a pinch. Well, you could start him. I’ve already dropped him in most leagues.

Telvin Smith owners in IDP leagues are grinning like the butchers dog this week. That was a huge game young man and fun to watch. Of course, that game still fell a wee bit short of the Sunday night performance that Navorro Bowman put on. It’s a shame that the 49ers are as bad as they are because Bowman has been flat out balling. Who thought I would be writing that about a Jacksonville and Tampa Bay matchup?

The Arizona Cardinals offense is scary good. Chris Johnson, David Johnson and Andre Ellington make for a very productive three-headed monster. Toss in a healthy Carson Palmer throwing the rock to a rejuvenated Larry Fitzgerald along with speedy John Brown and defenses have to pick their poison trying to stop this unit.

Apparently, my reverse psychology regarding Shane Vereen is not working out. Vereen was a go-to guy tonight for Eli Manning.

You are welcome Vereen owners.

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