by ANDREW HORN
Well it will comfort you to know that I beat my mother this week; however it was a very close game. Thankfully she left over 100 points on her bench.
Week Five was just as odd as Week Four, but for much different reasons. This week saw the emergence of every player with the last name of Thomas. Pierre, Demaryius and Julius all had 2 touchdowns. Logan Thomas, the third string QB for Arizona also got playing time in the los against Denver.
Along with the Thomas’, here are the winners and losersof Week Five fantasy football:
Winner: Peyton Manning
Manning told Ron Burgundy that his favorite play was biscuits and gravy. Apparently, Manning called biscuits and gravy every play against the Arizona Cardinals. He ended with 479 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Even with two interceptions, Manning’s four touchdowns now give him 503 in his career, only six from breaking Brett Favre’s record of 508. Manning could easily throw six touchdowns against the New York Jets, who are ranked 31st in pass yards against.
Loser: Ben Roethlisberger
Big Ben against the Jags was supposed to be a matchup nightmare for Jacksonville. Instead, Roethlisberger turned in an OK performance of 273 yards and one touchdown with one fumble lost. His 18 points isn’t that good, and the fact it was against the Jaguars makes it that much worse.
His team got the win, but Roethlisberger woefully underperformed against the bottom of the league this week. Look for redemption against the Cleveland Browns next week. Roethlisberger scored 27 points against the Browns Week One, with the Steelers winning the game 30-27.
Winners: A lot of different people
As vague as this statement is, there are a lot of running backs who put in great performances this week. So here are just a few:
- Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas (NO)- The two Saints backs combined for 208 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns as the Saints beat Tampa Bay 37-31.
- Arian Foster (HOU)- Arian the Barbarian carried Texans in their game against the Dallas Cowboys, earning 157 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. The Texans fell just short 20-17 in overtime.
- Eddie Lacy (GB)- In the Thursday night game, Lacy controlled Minnesota’s defense. Lacy ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns, along with 27 receiving yards on just 16 combined touches. Green Bay rolled Minnesota 42-10.
- Brandon Oliver (SD)- The pride of the University of Buffalo showed the world why he is the next Barry Sanders. While one game is hardly an acceptable sample size, Oliver ran up and down on one of the league’s top run defenses in the Jets. Oliver ran for 114 yards on 19 carries and caught four passes for 68 yards. Oliver also scored two total touchdowns as the Chargers blanked the Jets 31-0.
Losers: Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell
With Ben Tate returning to the lineup after a knee injury, coach Mike Pettine claimed he would use a loose committee approach. That was a loose way to phrase that Tate was coming back as the starter. While he did not score, Tate got more carries (22) and yards (123) than the West-Crowell combo combined. Barring another injury, Tate will hold on to the starting job, making the sleeper picks of West and Crowell much riskier fantasy options going forward.
Winners: Demaryius Thomas and DeSean Jackson
Demaryius Thomas was Peyton Manning’s favorite target against the Cardinals, putting up a cool 226 yards and two touchdowns on eight receptions. Even I can’t downplay how ridiculous his numbers were.
What makes this performance even more impressive is that Peyton Manning is surrounded by weapons and Demaryius Thomas only had 141 yards in three games entering Sunday’s contest with the Cardinals. Up next is the Jets, who surrendered three touchdowns to Philip Rivers and the Chargers. Don’t expect a repeat performance, or even a great performance this week. If the Broncos go up early, they will run the ball, limiting Demaryius Thomas’ opportunities.
DeSean Jackson was held to five catches against the Legion of Boom Monday night. Too bad for anyone playing against Jackson, as he accumulated 157 yards against Seattle, including a beautiful 60-yard touchdown reception where Kirk Cousins hit Jackson in stride and shedding a Richard Sherman arm tackle. Another reception was a 57-yard catch that may be the throw of the year by any QB so far. Next up is a road contest against a banged up, but very talented Arizona defense. Jackson owners: beware of the feast or famine nature of his point values.
Loser: The Johnsons’
Week Five saw the Thomas’ enjoy success, but also the Johnsons’ having down weeks. Calvin Johnson was held to under a point and Andre had 58 yards on five receptions. It is clear that Andre Johnson is in the twilight of his illustrious career with the Texans.
Calvin Johnson is now dealing with another leg injury, although Jim Caldwell did not make this sound as if Johnson was in danger of missing multiple games. Andre Johnson and the Texans battle in Pittsburgh in Week Six; meanwhile the Lions travel to divisional rival Minnesota.
Winner: Antonio Gates
Julius Thomas, Greg Olsen and Antonio Gates put up almost identical numbers, but Gates isn’t the matchup nightmare he used to be. Gates has diminished slightly in recent years, but has showed twice this season that he is capable of being a dynamic receiving option for Philip Rivers. Thomas will be around for a number of years to come.
Loser: Martellus Bennett
After a career week, Bennett put up a dud, catching only three balls for 17 yards. Better luck next week against Miami.