Week 5 of the fantasy football season had one quarterback break a NFL record, another quarterback rally his team to a heart-wrenching victory, and countless other quarterbacks leave the game with injuries. To get you caught up to speed, here are my complete reactions to week 5 of the fantasy football season:
Performance of Week:
QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints – As expected, Brees broke Johnny Unitas’s 52-year old record of consecutive games with a touchdown pass, as Brees’ touchdown in the first quarter was his 48th straight game with a score through the air. Brees finished the game with 370 passing yards and 4 touchdowns, in what was easily his best fantasy performance of the season. Brees has amazingly thrown 816 yards and 7 touchdowns in his last two games, and is finally living up to his first round draft grade.
Disappointing Performance of Week:
QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens – Flacco had a miserable outing this weekend. He went 13 for 27 for a meager 187 yards and an interception in the team’s 9-6 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Flacco failed to reach the end zone for the first time this season and was easily the most disappointing player of week 5.
Everyone is already voting Flacco to the Pro Bowl this season, however, those same people may be overlooking that Flacco has never thrown for over 3,700 yards and 25 touchdowns in a single season. It appears Flacco is finally regressing towards the mean.
Adam’s Good For You Award:
RB Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants – After several injury-plagued weeks, Bradshaw finally broke out this past week. Bradshaw gashed the Cleveland Browns defense for 200 rushing yards on 30 carries and a touchdown, while also adding another 29 yards through the air. Many fantasy owners may have had him on the bench this week, but it is still very promising to see Bradshaw have a big game and put some more distance between his backups Andrew Brown and David Wilson.
Week 5 Rookie Quarterback Tracker:
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts – 31/55 362 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 6 rushes, 24 yards, 1 TD
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins – 10/15 91 yards, 0TD, 0 INT
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins – 17/26 223 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns – 22/35 291 yards, TDs, 2 INTs
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks – 19/25 221 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rookie QB MVP:
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts – The Colts were desperate to win the game for head coach Chuck Pagano, who recently was hospitalized after being diagnosed with Leukemia. The team played with a very heavy heart and after a hard fought game; they were able to give him the game ball. Luck did everything in his power to get the team the win, and eventually outdueled Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers in a very emotional 30-27 win over the cheeseheads.
Luck went up against one of the best in the game and won, so it speaks volumes to his maturation as a quarterback. He is already becoming a reliable fantasy option in deeper leagues, and a must have in dynasty leagues.
Make sure to check back later in the week for our fantasy football debates and full week 6 predictions.