Week 5 Recap
Luck was one of my sleepers this week and for good reason. They can’t get a consistent running game going (although Don Brown was decent) and their defense is terrible. Luck will be in this position a lot this season. Having to throw a lot. I will probably rank him as a top 12 for the rest of the season.
There was a reason I has been trying to sell high and recommending you sell high on RG3 after his amazing start. It was the massive hits he keeps taking. Unnecessarily I might add. RG3 is more Mike Vick and less Cam Newton size-wise, so you have to hold your breath when the guy takes off. Hopefully he can suit up in week 6, but the Vikings are no pushover.
Gore has been a major value pick this season. He went in the 4-5 rounds in most drafts, but has produced in 4 out of 5 weeks. His only ‘down’ game came at the hands of the Vikings, who are completely legit as a run defense. I still think there is a possibility of him breaking down last in the season, but for now he is a top 10 RB going forward.
How can you not love this rookie going forward? He has an elite offensive line in front of him and has caught 19 passes in his last 4 games. Not to mention he has a TD in 4 straight games as well. The dude is a stud and will be a top 10 guy going forward in my opinion. The days of buying low are out the window, but if you own him, enjoy.
A well known-high profile fantasy writer said a week ago that after watching the film, Andre Brown was a much better runner than Bradshaw. Doesn’t look like the Giants coaching staff or anyone else that watches the Giants play agrees. Pretty bold statement to make after one game against possibly the worst run defense (Panthers) in the NFL. Today Bradshaw showed that he is clearly the starter with 30 carries for 200 yards. He is also a nice outlet for Eli with 7/67 through the air in the last 2 weeks. Wilson scampered for a 40 yard TD and looked explosive doing so. Brown looks droppable at this point, not the better RB pal.
Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles both did it. They came back from a devastating knee injuries and have produced at high level this season. Now, it’s Mendy’s time. Unbelievable that he could also come back from an injury in only 10 months and total over 100 yards and a TD. With no other RBs on the roster to threaten his touches, Mendy looks like a RB2 if he doesn’t have any set backs.
Mathews has only 18 touches, but finished with 139 total yards and a TD. We finally were given a break from seeing freakin’ Jackie Battle stealing touches as he only had 6 touches for 17 yards. It was 6 more than he deserved. Ronnie Brown also got into the annoying act, with 7 touches of his own. I’m not saying give 31 touches a game to Mathews, but let’s get the guy to the 22+ range. Mathews is a top 5 talent and Norv needs to stop f*ckin around and give this dude the rock
I will be the first to admit I wasn’t that high on Reggie coming into the season. He didn’t look good last season and with a rookie QB/new offense, he didn’t look like a slam dunk top 20 WR. Well, he and Luck have developed instant chemistry and Wayne is a target machine this season. He already has 60 targets on the season (4 games) including a monster 20 today. There is no reason to think he can’t jump into the top 10 and stay there for the rest of the season.
Marshall might just have his best fantasy season ever in 2012. After a slip up against the Packers (whole team) he has otherwise been a top 5 guy. With 33/472/3 in his other 4 games, Marshall is a stud. With a bye in week 6 and Det/Car/Ten in the next 3 weeks after that, he’s not going to slow down anytime soon.
I can’t think of many players more disappointing than Antonio Gates this season. A dropped TD and 30 yard pass in week one, a late scratch in week 2, 22 yards in week 3, a solid effort week 4, and then another dropped TD tonight. Now, a phantom push off cost him 30 yards against the Saints, but another dud in week 5. At this point you are kind of stuck, so let’s just hope he gets this turned around.
I see no reason that this guy should retire at the end of the season. He continues to make play after play this season. He has not had less than 51 yards receiving in any game and has a TD in 4 out of 5 games. He topped it off with 13/123/1 today. Gonzo looks like he will continue to threaten the big 2 all season.
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