Week 5 Lessons Learned

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - We learned that producing big fantasy points doesn't guarantee that their team is going to win the game. Pierre Garcon, Victor Cruz, Michael Vick, Matt Schaub and Eli Manning all posted huge numbers and their teams lost.

Philadelphia at Buffalo

Buffalo tailback Fred Jackson is more involved in the passing game than anyone could have expected this year, to the downfall of C.J. Spiller owners. Jackson's also a pretty good running back and totaled 196 yards from scrimmage.

Watching the Eagles defense try to tackle a back is painful. Every fantasy owner should start their running back against Philadelphia for the rest of the season or until they prove they have any linebackers who can tackle.

While Eagles fans have to be disappointed with their season, the offensive numbers from Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are enough to keep their owners smiling.

Jason Avant set a career high with nine receptions for 139 yards. He's quickly becoming a Vick favorite. Consider picking him up in deeper leagues.

New Orleans at Carolina

If you start a Saints running back, you can't be happy that Drew Brees likes to throw from the one-yard line. Brees ended up throwing two red zone touchdown passes stealing valuable fantasy points from rookie Mark Ingram.

Is Cam Newton-to-Steve Smith one of the five best pitch-and-catch combinations in just their first year together?

Who woke up DeAngelo Williams? If the Panthers get a running game to go along with Newton, they could be an offensive force. Williams, who was outplayed by Jonathan Stewart in the first four games, produced his first 100-yard day since November 2009.

Oakland at Houston

No kicker in NFL history has a leg as strong as Sebastien Janikowski who kicked two more 50+ yard field goals. That was his third and fourth in this young season and 27th for his career.

The Raiders got it done for the late Al Davis without getting much production from their best player - Darren McFadden. Run DMC was just 16 for 51 and caught two balls for 17 yards.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, a Davis favorite because of his great speed, had one of the best days of his career with seven catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.

Matt Schaub played surprisingly well without his No.1 target (24-for-51 for 416 yards), but could have used him on the final unsuccessful drive. The receiving was led by Arian Foster (5-116-0), Joel Dreessen (5-112-1) and Kevin Walter (5-81-1). So much for all those who picked up Jacoby Jones (1-9-0) this week.

Kansas City at Indianapolis

Matt Cassel had his best fantasy day of the season with four touchdown passes and no interceptions.

Dwayne Bowe now has touchdown catches in three straight games and 100+ yards in two of the last three.

Steve Breaston finally produced some fantasy value, though he is only owned in 15% and started in about 1% of all leagues. That number may rise soon.

Jackie Battle may be the No.1 waiver pick this week as he was the star of the Chiefs backfield with his first career 100-yard rushing day.

Pierre Garcon now has four touchdown catches in two games. It's officially time to get him into all starting lineups as he's become a Curtis Painter favorite target. Garcon earned the 100-yard bonus early in the second quarter.

Painter looked good, but unfortunately are not allowed to play Kansas City every week.

Cincinnati at Jacksonville

A.J. Green continues to impress with another solid effort worth 17 fantasy points (5-90-1).

Apparently the offensive coordinator got the message that using your best weapon only 12 times in a game is a no-no. On the Jaguars' first drive Maurice Jones-Drew got six carries. Not surprisingly, the Jags star running back put the ball into the end zone. He ran the ball 12 times in the first half but finished with only 19 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown. He was also nowhere to be found in the passing game.

Jason Hill led the receivers with five catchers for 118 yards and a score while No.1 target Mike Thomas was basically invisible.

Arizona at Minnesota

Is there anything prettier than Adrian Peterson carrying two players on his back for a third score of the first quarter? The Vikings actually put one in the win column because they featured "All Day" and not Donovan McNabb.

Devin Aromashodu was the best Vikings receiver on the field.

The Vikings kept Larry Fitzgerald under wraps and Kevin Kolb was forced to throw more to Early Doucet. The results weren't good as the team produced just 10 points and Kolb threw two interceptions without a score.

Beanie Wells has the only Cardinals score which helps redeem a bad day for the Arizona running back who totaled just 60 yards on 20 carries.

Seattle at New York Giants

Who is Doug Baldwin and why is he part of a fantasy piece? With Mike Williams sidelined and Sidney Rice held to one catch for no yards, Baldwin was the featured receiver catching eight balls for 136 yards and the game-winning score. It's the second week in a row he's been a factor and should be on your waiver claim short list.

Marshawn Lynch has touchdowns in two consecutive games. That's a major feat in this offense.

Victor Cruz has arrived...I can't even remember the guy from Michigan's name anymore. Cruz made an acrobatic catch for a touchdown with 12 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but tipped a key pass that turned into the decisive turnover late in the game. He totaled 161 yards on eight receptions worth 31 fantasy points.

Two of Eli Manning's three interceptions were tipped. He played well for the third straight week, going 24-for39 for 420 yards and three touchdowns.

Tennessee at Pittsburgh

On a day when many other quarterbacks would be holding the clipboard, Roethlisberger toughed out a great effort for his fantasy owners. He threw for 228 yards and five touchdowns worth 27 fantasy points rewarding those who kept him in their lineup.

Kudos to Steelers game planning. The short passing game kept Big Ben healthy and brought Hines Ward (7-54-2) back to fantasy relevance.

Chris Johnson scored his first touchdown of the season...in game No.5. He had six rushing touchdowns through five games last year and people thought he had a "down year."

Tampa Bay at San Francisco

The Bucs must have thought they had a "bye' this week, because nobody showed up in San Francisco.

You knew LeGarrett Blount was going to have a bad day when Tampa Bay got down by 21 points. The team simply won't play him in passing situations. He can never be a fantasy star unless he learns to block for his quarterback and catch passes.

The 49ers defense and special teams help cover the fact that the team has a mediocre-at-best offense. Vernon Davis only had three catches for 39 yards, but two of them went for touchdowns.

Frank Gore looked healthy (20-125-1). Time to sit Kendall Hunter on the bench until he gets hurt again.

San Diego at Denver

The Chargers have become too much of a "running team' for Philip Rivers' fantasy owners. They can't like the run-to-pass ratio of 43:29 and the corresponding improvement of Ryan Mathews.

Vincent Jackson doesn't look healthy yet, better find another option. Malcom Floyd was the receiving star with a touchdown and a huge catch with the Chargers trying to run out the clock.

Kyle Orton's bad game (6-for-13 for 34 yards and an interception) forced the hand of Head Coach John Fox who used Tim Tebow in the second half.

We will have to re-evaluate all the Denver receivers over the next couple of weeks. Last year, Tebow focused almost exclusively on Brandon Lloyd.

New York Jets at New England

Tom Brady threw his first-ever home red zone interception after 300+ career passes. I wouldn't get too down on him, he may yet turn out to be a good quarterback.

The Jets played tough defense all afternoon and still Brady threw for 321 yards and Welker had 124 yards in receiving.

BenJarvis Green-Ellis was the Pats best running back (27-136-2), but that changes from week to week in a Bill Belichick team.

Two bad games in a row from Rob Gronkowski has me worried. Where did all the targets go?

Shonn Greene got the touches today and produced double-digits fantasy points - his first of the season.

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