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Top Fantasy RBs of Week 5

Can we dispense with the ‘what about Ahman Green’ emails now? Steve Slaton is ‘the guy’ there.While not a sure-fire-can’t-bench-stud yet, he’s a damned fine RB2, in some cases flirting with RB 1 and the job is his in Houston. Green looked good at first but Slaton had a huge second half and got goal line looks. How many people had DeAngelo Williams playing? Me neither but some of you did as a bye week filler, so great timing, huh? You won’t see a lot of these games from him but we know he has skill. Brandon Jacobs and Clinton Portis (along with Slaton) are some of the best RB draft values this year. Portis is always overlooked in the first round and Jabcobs had the threat of ‘hot hand’ RBBC but that hasn’t happened.

Oh yeah – and Ronnie ‘Wildcat’ Brown is looking like a steal in the mid rounds, huh? Can someone explain to me why two decent defenses looked like Pee-Wee kids on that formation? Brown was a stud before he went down last year, so this isn’t a huge shock.

Where is Tomlinson? Icing his toe, I hope….

Will Peterson bump Slaton off the list tonight? I wouldn’t be shocked.

  1. DeAngelo Williams – 148 combined yards, 3 TDs (1 recieving, 2 rushing), 1 catch
  2. Brandon Jacobs – 145 combined yards, 2 TDs, 1 catch
  3. Clinton Portis – 158 combined yards, 1TD, 2 catches
  4. Ronnie Brown – 133 combined yards, 1 TD, 1 catch
  5. Steve Slaton – 96 combined yards, 2 Tds, 1 catch

Just missing the list – Michael Turner’s 121 yards and a score is making his owners happy today as are those who had Kevin Faulk in to cover bye week issues (only 61 yards but 2 TDs), Felix Jones (103 combined yards and 1 TD) or Matt Forte (61 yards and 2 TDs, 1 through the air).

Amazing how many rookies have produced this year. I wonder if the RBBC pairings we are seeing has opened up some non-traditional opportunities this year. Would we have seen Jones much in a traditional stud back system? Chris Johnson?

Makes you want to pay very close attention to the NFL draft, huh?

Top Fantasy WRs of Week 5

Andre Johnson finally had a fully stud game as did Housh and Moss. But the other two were a bit of a surprise although White’s ascendancy onto this list (though inconsistent) proves what he was lacking all along was a decent quarterback. As Ryan gets better, White will put up consistently good numbers. And the most impressive thing about Hixon’s performance was that he didn’t have a full game to compile his stats in, leaving early with a concussion as a precaution.

All in all it wasn’t a stellar day for WRs, with only six receivers topping 100 yards, though four who didn’t were the only WRs with 2 touchdown games. Those guys were Isaac Bruce, Larry Fitzgerald (flirting with the top five list), Housh (on the list) and Sinorice Moss (what?).

  1. Andre Johnson – 9 receptions, 131 yards, 1 TD
  2. Roddy White – 8 receptions, 132 yds, 1 TD
  3. TJ Houshmandzedah – 7 receptions, 85 yards, 2 TDs
  4. Randy Moss – 5 receptions, 113 yards, 1 TD
  5. Domenik Hixon – 4 receptions, 117 yards, 1 TD

If I was a betting man – and I am it turns out – I think Housh might be back and you will see Johnson many times on this list the rest of the way.

RBs shortly.

RB Rankings for Week 5

For the breakdown of some of the backs, scroll past the list.

Running backs

  1. Marion Barber, Cowboys vs. Bengals
  2. Adrian Peterson, Vikings at Saints
  3. Frank Gore, 49ers vs. Patriots
  4. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers at Dolphins
  5. Steve Slaton, Texans vs. Colts
  6. Matt Forté, Bears at Lions
  7. Marshawn Lynch, Bills at Cardinals
  8. Brian Westbrook, Eagles at Redskins
  9. Joseph Addai, Colts at Texans
  10. Michael Turner, Falcons at Packers
  11. Clinton Portis, Redskins at Eagles
  12. Chris Johnson, Titans at Ravens
  13. Earnest Graham, Buccaneers at Broncos
  14. Reggie Bush, Saints vs. Vikings
  15. Larry Johnson, Chiefs at Panthers
  16. Brandon Jacobs, Giants vs. Seahawks
  17. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers vs. Chiefs
  18. Ronnie Brown, Dolphins vs. Chargers
  19. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars vs. Steelers
  20. Edgerrin James, Cardinals vs. Bills
  21. Ryan Grant, Packers vs. Falcons
  22. Julius Jones, Seahawks at Giants
  23. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers vs. Chiefs
  24. Felix Jones, Cowboys vs. Bengals
  25. LenDale White, Titans at Ravens
  26. Rudi Johnson, Lions vs. Bears
  27. Selvin Young, Broncos vs. Buccaneers
  28. Deuce McAllister, Saints vs. Vikings
  29. Fred Taylor, Jaguars vs. Steelers
  30. Chris Perry, Bengals at Cowboys
  31. Laurence Maroney, Patriots at 49ers
  32. Jerious Norwood, Falcons at Packers
  33. Le’Ron McClain, Ravens vs.. Titans
  34. Sammy Morris, Patriots at 49ers
  35. Warrick Dunn, Buccaneers at Broncos

Marion Barber carried the ball eight times, while TO was targeted 17 and TO was complaining? Well, expect the Cowboys to serve both the master of practicality (run the ball more) and insanity (throw the ball to TO and hope he doesn’t drop it) fully this week against an epically bad Bengals team. There will be plenty of love to go round and Barber will have a solid week against a D that will probably get out of his way as he runs towards the end zone.

Adrian Peterson is a guy who needs to find the end zone more regularly, though last weekend was just fine as far as I was concerned. The Saints’ run D isn’t steller and they have been allowing 122 yards per game. They have only given up 3 TDs so far this season and had a good game against Frank Gore last week. Am I worried? No, if anything Gore had an off game and I think that with Sedrick Ellis going down for a month or so, it will be tough for the Saints to come back with a second good game against a top runner. Also I do not expect the Vikes to be as far back at the end of the first half as the 49rs were, which hurt Gore overall.

Speaking of Frank Gore – for some reason folks are undervaluing him this week, as if last week was more than an aberration – or the Pats were still dominant. The Pats will not leap out to a near 21 point lead like the Saints did. As such, expect Gore to have a good amount of carries and while the Pats are not as bad as they looked in week 3, they have given up an average of 140 yards a game though the overall TD total was wierdly inflated by the Ronnie Brown plays last week. Are the Pats that confused at this point? One has to assume they will make adjustements for the 49rs game plan – but that won’t stop Gore from doing soem damage on the ground.

LaDainian Tomlinson is finally healthy and while the defense he faces is tough, he’ll find a way to score you points. With Phillip Rivers playing well though (save for last week), the defense will not be able to merely key upon LT. Still, how often do people shut LT down?

Sneaking into the top five is Steve Slaton against a D that got tore up by Taylor and Jones-Drew behind a trashed offensive line. Slaton put up good numbers against Tennessee and has shown a great nose for open space as well as an ability to break tackles and work for the shorter yards. Slaton will probably have about his best week this week, good timing during the bye weeks. He’ll drop back to RB 2 for the most part after this, but he’s a great start this week.

Other guys worth noting: Matt Forté is a great start as well against a terrible Detroit defense and he nearly snuck into the top 5. Forté will continue to be a steller value where you drafted him and I don’t think Kevin Jones will cut into his production this year until near the end of the season if he burns out.

Brian Westbrook (8) appears healthy and though he faces a tough matchup, you start him. I have tailed him back production-wise this week but he will put up very good numbers this week and should be healthy throughout the game.

Reggie Bush (14) normally would reside much higher on the list but against a tough D, I knocked him back even though he will get good yards through the air as well. I think he will find himself pretty contained for he most part.

Larry Johnson (15) was great last week, but the Panthers will make it tough on him to repeat and may jump out far enough ahead to make him less of a factor as the game goes.

That’s all for this week – if you have questions abotu the rankings or your lineup, feel free to email me at thunderingblurb(a)gmail.com. I will turn them around asap AND will be here all weekend updating various player injuries and doing college reviews as well.

WR Rankings for Week 5

Again, check out the breakdown of the top 5 below the list.

Wide receivers

  1. Brandon Marshall, Broncos vs. Buccaneers
  2. Reggie Wayne, Colts at Texans
  3. Terrell Owens, Cowboys vs. Bengals
  4. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals vs. Bills
  5. Steve Smith, Panthers vs. Chiefs
  6. Calvin Johnson, Lions vs. Bears
  7. Greg Jennings, Packers vs. Falcons
  8. Andre Johnson, Texans vs. Colts
  9. Randy Moss, Patriots at 49ers
  10. Chris Chambers, Chargers at Dolphins
  11. T.J. Housmandzadeh, Bengals at Cowboys
  12. Lee Evans, Bills at Cardinals
  13. Lance Moore, Saints vs. Vikings
  14. Roy Williams, Lions vs. Bears
  15. Roddy White, Falcons at Packers
  16. Santana Moss, Redskins at Eagles
  17. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs at Panthers
  18. Santonio Holmes, Steelers at Jaguars
  19. Hines Ward, Steelers at Jaguars
  20. Amani Toomer, Giants vs. Seahawks
  21. Anthony Gonzalez, Colts at Texans
  22. Wes Welker, Patriots at 49ers
  23. Bernard Berrian, Vikings at Saints
  24. Vincent Jackson, Chargers at Dolphins
  25. DeSean Jackson, Eagles vs. Redskins
  26. Steve Breaston, Cardinals vs. Bills
  27. Marvin Harrison, Colts at Texans
  28. Bobby Engram, Seahawks at Giants
  29. Derrick Mason, Ravens vs. Titans
  30. Kevin Walter, Texans vs. Colts
  31. Chad Ocho Cinco, Bengals at Cowboys
  32. Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers vs. Chiefs
  33. Eddie Royal, Broncos vs. Buccaneers
  34. Isaac Bruce, 49ers vs. Patriots
  35. Donald Driver, Packers vs. Falcons

Brandon Marshall is tied with Reggie Bush for the lead in receptions and that’s with one less game under his belt. As I mentioned in my breakdown and ranking for Jay Cutler, the gambling nature of the Buccaneer secondary leaves them open to big plays and that’s what Marshall specializes in. He will lead the Broncs in targets again and put up his usual spectacular numbers. Consider last week’s 77 yards a burp and know he will eb back to 100+ yards with ease this week.

Reggie Wayne was doing just fine even when Manning struggled and while in week three he didn’t see the end zone, he’s been very consistent otherwise. He’s the #1 in Indy and Manning makes sure he gets the ball often. Wayne faces a secondary that has coughed up a TD a game and will probably be fairly overmatched by the full suite of weapons Indy will bring to bear. Even if the Colts get the run game moving early, Wayne will still get his.

Terrell Owens – oh TO, you don’t understand how the media loves you so. The walking sound bite will get what he wants – plenty of targets and one can only hope he catches most of them. Even though I fully expect Marion Barber to get a ton of carries against a terrible run defense, Owens will get enough looks to make him happy. Plus a win – wins make TO happiest of all. But expect a few big plays and a TD from Owens this weekend.

All Kurt Warner’s targets now belong to LARRY FITZGERALD BWAHAHAHAHA!. *ahem* Sorry. Larry Fitz once again finds himself as the only man standing and one might worry that the Bills could double Fitz up without Boldin. However Steve Breaston (26) will do more than enough to keep that from happening. Fitzgerald will be able to go long and score against even a tough defense. The Bills may make things tough and might hammer Warner a bunch behind the line, but Fitzgerald will still get his and put up good points this weekend.

I think this is our first Steve Smith top 5 ranking on the Blurb. The Chiefs let up a ton of yards even when they win like they did in Denver. They aren’t horrible, but they are decidedly average. Smith has the most targets on the team the last two games and is now getting his speed up, so to speak. He will break through for his first big game against a Chiefs defense that is primed for letting it happen.

Others of note – Lance Moore is the number 1 in Nawlins right now and will keep the number 2 job even when Colston comes back. Looking over the last game today i came away impressed and while the Vikings will get after Brees alot, I think Moore will be able to burn them long a few times. Hence his sudden #13 ranking.

I donj’t much care what #31 Ocho Cinco wants to kiss – I think it’s going to be a long and quiet day for the player formerly known as Chad Johnson and the only thing he will end up kissing will be his top fantasy staus goodbye for the rest of the season.

I would also like to warn you about Greg Jennings – he will still be a main target even for Matt Flynn but Flynn is not ready for prime time and you can drop Jennings at least 5-7 spots on the list from 7.

QB Rankings for Week 5

For commentary scroll to the bottom of the entry – I figured people might want to read the list first….

Quarterbacks

  1. Drew Brees, Saints vs. Vikings
  2. Jay Cutler, Broncos vs. Buccaneers
  3. Tony Romo, Cowboys vs. Bengals
  4. Peyton Manning, Colts at Texans
  5. Philip Rivers, Chargers at Dolphins
  6. Donovan McNabb, Eagles vs. Redskins
  7. Eli Manning, Giants vs. Seahawks
  8. Kurt Warner, Cardinals vs. Bills
  9. Jake Delhomme, Panthers vs. Chiefs
  10. Trent Edwards, Bills at Cardinals
  11. Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. Falcons (if starting – don’t start Flynn)
  12. Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks at Giants
  13. Matt Schaub, Texans vs. Colts
  14. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers at Jaguars
  15. Brian Griese, Buccaneers at Broncos
  16. Jason Campbell, Redskins at Eagles
  17. David Garrard, Jaguars vs. Steelers
  18. Kyle Orton, Bears at Lions
  19. Gus Frerotte, Vikings at Saints
  20. J.T. O’Sullivan, 49ers vs. Patriots
  21. Jon Kitna, Lions vs. Bears
  22. Chad Pennington, Dolphins vs. Chargers
  23. Carson Palmer, Bengals at Cowboys
  24. Damon Huard, Chiefs at Panthers
  25. Matt Cassel, Patriots at 49ers
  26. Matt Ryan, Falcons at Packers
  27. Kerry Collins, Titans at Ravens
  28. Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Titans

Before getting too far into the list, I have to say I think the top five or so QBs this week are very close. It could be less than three points difference from #1 to #5. The matchups for them are all good – most of them flat out GREAT – and they all have the chance at that number one spot. If you happen to be blessed by the football gods to have more than one of the top 5, great. But if you have just one of these top five like most of us mortals, you will be ecstatic.

Drew Brees has the tougher of the five matchups but only marginally so. As I mentioned on ESPN 1230 this morning (and that will eb posted tonight I swear) he has thrown for more than 3oo yards for three out of the first four games. The Vikes give up a touch over 200 yds per game but where they have really excelled is in TDs – just two allowed so far. And I know, you’rs saying ‘AG, how can he be tops on the list if Minny can stop the TDs?’ Simply put, Drew Brees will have to throw – and throw often. And I think he will find Reggie Bush, Lance Moore or maybe Billy Miller in the the end zone this week. Yes the Vikes are stingy with the TDs but Brees will find that seam, that opening and I think get not just one, but maybe a pair of TDs this week. He may have to as Peterson will probably run all over the Saints D this weekend. They may be catching up all day.

Jay Cutler could be involved in yet another shootout this weekend. This may be common until Denver starts playign good defense. Just a thought. Regardless, I love the weapons this guy has and he has the skills to utilize them to perfection. Now, Tampa is a solid D – they rank 8th in sacks (11) and tied for the league lead in INTs with 8. But they gamble ALOT and that will get them burned for some big plays by Marshall and maybe even Royal this weekend. It won’t be an easy day but Cutler will have to throw – and should have success – against a D that has given up 200+ yards a game and 7 TDs so far.

The thing that most keeps Romo from being #1 or 2 is the fact that Cinci is a horrorshow against the run. They don’t just suck, they also blow. Couple that with the fact that the Cowboys will not let another game go by where Marion Barber carries a ridiculous eight times and Felix Jones a big fat donut. They will run and run often and with great success. But the other side of this is the big TO thing this week. I think that – regardless of how good the run game goes – they will throw the ball and since there is EVERY chance TO will not be covered well, TO will getwhat he wants – many, many looks. That along with the usual Witten tosses and an emerging Miles Austin translate to a great day for Romo, running game or no.

See, here’s the point I was making earlier -Peyton Manning has a fantastic matchup, a fully restocked and healthy Oline and a great receiving core. And he’s fourth on the list. Doesn’t mean he isn’t in for a great start though. Houston has allowed four passing TDs in only three games, have only three sacks and only one INT. Manning could spend the day carving up this secondary and the only thing that could hold him back might be getting Joseph Addai back on track against an equally good matchup.

The Dolphins aren’t as good as they were against the Pats. Now, the question is, are they as bad as they were the prior games? They’ve coughed up six TDs so far this season and are giving up 227 yds per game through the air. Also, I just don’t think they have the guys to cover Chambers, Jackson and most importantly Antonio Gates. They cannot cover those guys and contain Tomlinson at the same time. Rivers had an off game last week, but will get back on track this week in Miami.

The biggest questions as of press time are: Will Aaron Rodgers play? Will Ben Roethlisberger? Big Ben (#14) only did a limited practice today and is now officially listed as ‘Questionable’. He’s been having to take injections to get through practice. He will try to make this game but I am worried again about how effective he will be and I have dropped him a little from where I had him this morning. He could do well against a ‘meh’ secondary. But a healthier guy would be a better option for you if you had one.

Aaron Rodgers didn’t practice today to ‘get Matt Flynn the chance to get acclimated’. Gotta say while McCarthy is saying they will watch Rodgers in warm-ups and I am on record as saying I worry Rodgers will play no matter HOW hurt he is to shake the injury label, it sounds like McCarthy is not too confident in Rodgers’ ability to play Sunday. I have him ranked 11 if he DOES play as the matchup is good, but he’s very risky. At least we’ll know first thing if he will play as Green Bay is playing in the first set of games – I will keep you posted Sunday morning but my advice is to make sure you have an alternative to him ready to go. I am feeling the answer will be NO come Sunday.

Another place Sigmund and I differed on last night was Griese vs Kitna if I recall correctly. Kitna may need to throw alot but I think the Bears buckle down hard on Kitna and I am worried he may not finish the game. Griese has a great matchup against a secondary that is 31st in the league and gives up the 276 yards per game, have only one INT and only six sacks. Griese makes mistakes to be sure – 3 picks per game over the last few matchups. I think he does better this week. And I think Kitna struggles. Hence Kitna at 21 and Griese at 15.

Now watch both QBs end up dead last on the day… More ranks later.