The fifth week of fantasy football is in the books. There were some clear busts, like Matthew Stafford or A.J. Green. There were some surprises, like Travis Benjamin. I provide for you the week five All Fantasy Team for the fifth week top performers.
Quarterback: Tony Romo
While I’m sure the majority of people picked the Denver Broncos to beat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, I’ll bet nobody thought that Tony Romo would throw for 506 yards, five touchdowns and a two point conversion. In true Romo fashion, he out gunned Peyton Manning but threw a game breaking interception with about two minutes to go in the game. Fantasy owners don’t care about that, just the fact that he put up almost 52 points on Sunday, the top QB performance of the weekend.
Wide Receivers: Alshon Jeffery & T.Y. Hilton
Jeffery has solidified himself as the number two wide receiver in the Chicago Bears passing attack. With coach Marc Trestman’s offensive system, Jeffery is making a case for himself as an every week starter. He is a WR2 with WR1 potential. He had his best game of his career Sunday with 218 yards and a touchdown.
Hilton is a little less reliable than Jeffery, but arguably has a higher ceiling. He burned Richard Sherman on his first touchdown, and added another 73 yard score. Hilton finished his day with 140 yards to accompany his two touchdowns. He still isn’t quite up to WR1 status, but has some of the best potential for a big day among the WR2/3 group.
Running Backs: Fred Jackson & Pierre Thomas
This was a tough call this week as there were some good, but different, running back performances. When it goes down that way, the tie breaker is typically fantasy points scored. After all, isn’t that the whole point? While this week’s winners weren’t the best rushers this week, they did have the most points. Jackson led all running backs in points this week on the stregnth of 93 total yards and two touchdowns.
Thomas only rushed for 36 yards this week, but added nine catches for 55 yards and two receiving touchdowns, much to the dismay of Darren Sproles fantasy owners. Just when you think you have the New Orleans Saints backfield figured out, this happens.
Tight End: Julius Thomas
Orange Julius ends the three week reign by Jimmy Graham as Thomas checks in for the second time this season. In the fourth highest scoring game in NFL history, Thomas was open all afternoon, catching nine passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Despite the multiple weapons for the Broncos, Thomas reminded fantasy owners why you have to start your Denver players each week.
Kicker: Mason Crosby
On a team that has Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and James Jones, it’s not often that Crosby is the high scorer. That’s what Crosby was this week as he outscored the entire Detroit Lions team. Crosby connected on field goals of 26, 31, 42, 45 and 52 yards along with making his only point after attempt.
Defense/Special Teams: Cleveland Browns
When the Browns traded away Trent Richardson, many people (myself included) thought they were going to mail in the 2013 season. They have since railed off three straight victories and are tied for first in their division. The defense led the way this week, finishing with four sacks and a pick six on Jeff Tuel. The main reason why the Browns get the nod this week is Travis Benjamin, who had 179 return yards including a 79 yard punt return for a touchdown. The team finished with an impressive 223 yards in the return game and are the second highest scoring defense in fantasy.
As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.
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