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Week 5 Heroes & Zeros

Posted by Ladd Biro  October 9, 2012 01:34 PM

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This was a great week to start…

Drew Brees, Saints – Broke Unitas’ record in style with a 370-yard, 4-TD performance, with 1 pick.
Aaron Rodgers, Packers – Tossed 3 TDs along with 243 yards and an INT, and added 57 rushing yards.
Andrew Luck, Colts – The rookie out-dueled Rodgers, with 362 passing yards and 2 TDs, plus 24 rushing yards and another score.
Peyton Manning, Broncos – Passed for 345 yards and 3 TDs.
Alex Smith, 49ers – Threw 3 TDs and 303 yards, and ran for 49 yards.

Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants – Had a monster day, rushing for 200 yards and a TD, and adding 4 catches for 29 yards.  We’ll forgive the fumble.
Stevan Ridley, Patriots – Ran for 151 yards and a TD, but lost a fumble.
Arian Foster, Texans – Continued his dominance with 152 yards and a TD, plus a 16-yard reception.

Marques Colston, Saints – Pulled down 9 catches for 131 yards and 3 TDs.
Reggie Wayne, Colts – Reeled in 13 receptions for 212 yards and a TD.
Victor Cruz, Giants – His 5 receptions were good for 50 yards and a TD trifecta.
Percy Harvin, Vikings – Ran for 8 yards and a TD, and caught 8 passes for 108 yards and another TD.
Brandon Marshall, Bears – Caught a dozen passes for 144 yards and a score.
James Jones, Packers – Only had 4 catches for 46 yards, but 2 went for TDs.
Demaryius Thomas, Broncos – Had 9 receptions for 188 yards, but lost a fumble.
Devery Henderson, Saints – Collected 8 catches for 123 yards and 1 TD.
Wes Welker, Patriots – His 13 receptions went for 104 yards and a TD.
Robert Meachem, Chargers – Had 3 catches for 67 yards and 2 TDs.

Tony Gonzalez, Falcons – Amassed 13 catches for 123 yards and a TD.

Bears – Collected 3 sacks, 3 turnovers, returned 2 INTs for TDs and held the Jags to a field goal.

This was a great week to play against…

Robert Griffin III, Redskins – Knocked out of the game after just 91 passing and 7 rushing yards.
Kevin Kolb, Cardinals – Just 289 passing yards, plus a fumble.
Joe Flacco, Ravens – Only 187 yards and an INT for the day.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills – Passed for 126 yards and an INT.
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers – Held without a score, and just 207 passing yards.
Cam Newton, Panthers – Couldn’t get anything going with 141 passing and 42 rushing yards.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bengals – Limited to 16 combined yards.
Chris Johnson, Titans – Another pathetic performance, with just 24 rushing and 5 receiving yards, and a fumble.
Ryan Williams, Cardinals – Held to 38 total yards before a season-ending shoulder injury.
Cedric Benson, Packers – Was on a roll, with 20 rushing and 21 receiving yards, before exiting injured.
Fred Jackson, Bills – Ran for 29 yards and caught a 5-yard pass.
CJ Spiller, Bills – He ran for just 24 yards against the mighty 49ers.
Darren Sproles, Saints – Just 9 rushing and 28 receiving yards on 5 catches.
Shonn Greene, Jets – Ran for 26 yards and caught a 19-yarder.
Jonathon Stewart, Panthers – Limited to 31 combined yards.
DeAngelo Williams, Panthers – Managed to lose a fumble while rushing for 6 yards.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars – Only 56 yards on the ground, and a 3-yard catch.

Jerome Simpson, Vikings – Posted a goose egg.
Andre Johnson, Texans – Left out of the action with just a 15-yard catch on the night.
Danny Amendola, Rams – Caught a 44-yard pass before leaving with an injury.
Jordy Nelson, Packers – Just 2 receptions for 29 yards.
Mike Wallace, Steelers – Only 17 yards on his 2 catches.
Nate Washington, Titans – Another 3 catch game, with 29 yards to show for it.
Brandon Lloyd, Patriots – 3 receptions totaled 34 yards.
Torrey Smith, Ravens – His 3 catches netted 38 yards.
Stevie Johnson, Bills – Caught 6 passes for 39 yards.
Pierre Garcon, Redskins – Still struggling with only 24 yards and 3 balls.
Steve Smith, Panthers – Just 4 for 40.

Antonio Gates, Chargers – His 3 catches amounted to 19 yards.
Jimmy Graham, Saints – A 4-yard pass is all he got before an injury turned him into a decoy.

We didn’t see this coming…

Josh Gordon, WR, Browns – Combined with fellow rookie Weeden to score TDs on his only 2 catches, for 82 yards.

Originally published on the blog Fantasy Fools.

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Ladd Biro was named 2010 "Football Writer of the Year" by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Ladd's nationally syndicated columns have appeared in more than 20 publications -- including the Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Sun-Times and Sporting News magazine -- since 2003. During the NFL season, he can be heard nationwide on Sporting News Radio as host of the weekly "Fantasy Files" program, dispensing his unique blend of wit and wisdom. Since 2009, all his written fantasy content can be found on the Fantasy Fools blog.

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