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Fantasy NFL Week 5 Risers and Fallers



David Garrard, JAX

Perhaps the Jaguars claiming Trent Edwards off wires last week lit a fire underneath the waning QB.

Garrard was on point Week 4 in the upset of the Colts.

Garrard completed 17 of 22 attempted passes (77.3 completion percentage) for 163 and two touchdowns. Garrard also rushed five times for 44 yards, including an elusive 25 yard touchdown run. Garrard also did not turn the ball over once.

With a trip to Buffalo, who was just demolished by the New York Jets who play a similar style as Jacksonville, Garrard could once again produce top QB numbers.

Keep in mind that Garrard did this without completing one pass to Mike Sims-Walker, the best receiver on the team. Garrard could be in for a career day, unless Maurice Jones-Drew does all the scoring, of course.

Kevin Kolb, PHI

Kolb rises despite a dreadful performance relieving Michael Vick.

Still, Kolb will start for the Eagles Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers.

I do not expect Kolb to perform well, especially if his Week 4 favorite target LeSean McCoy is forced to miss the game with a rib injury.

With a week of preparation and first team reps with DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Brent Celek, perhaps Kolb can remotely form some type of chemistry with one of the better receiving groups in the league.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Sam Bradford, STL: 23 for 41 (56.1 completion percentage), 289 yards, 2 TD, INT

Shaun Hill, DET: 34 for 54 (63.0 completion percentage), 331 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT

Carson Palmer, CIN: 25 for 36 (69.4 completion percentage), 371 yards, 2 TD, 2 Fumbles

Bruce Gradkowski, OAK: 24 for 39 (61.5 completion percentage), 278 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, Fumble

Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF: 12 for 27 (44.4 completion percentage), 128 yards, 2 TD, 74 rush yards

Max Hall, ARZ: Could start Week 5 in place of Derek Anderson

Jake Delhomme, CLE: Will start Week 5 if healthy (ankle)

Ben Roethlisberger, PIT: Returns from suspension

Last Week’s Rising QBs in Week 4:

Kyle Orton, DEN: 35 for 50 (70.0 completion percentage), 341 yards, 2 TD, INT


Ryan Torain, WAS:

Torain put in a great performance Week 4.

Torain was dominant, running with immense power and very good vision. He absolutely demolished Quintin Mikell on his 12 yard touchdown run.

Torain received 18 carries and rushed for 70 yards including the touchdown.

Altough Torain might not be involved heavily in the passing attack, he is familiar with Mike Shanahan’s system. Torain is a one cut, uphill runner. He will be relied on to carry the load with Clinton Portis suffering from a groin injury.

If the Redskins offensive line can give Torain a few holes, he could be a fantasy star with his power.

One of my deep sleepers for the season, it is good to see Torain is being given an opportunity.

Torain would be my No. 1 waiver add this week if available. Do not hesistate.

LaDainian Tomlinson, NYJ

It was a surprise to some, but Tomlinson was fantastic Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills.

Tomlinson was once again great on the ground, displaying good speed, vision and juking ability. He left Donte Whitner face first on the ground on his 26 yard touchdown run.

Tomlinson was also effective in the passing game, receiving plenty of targets. He made a spectacular one handed grab off the side of his leg, proving he is still an elite receiving running back.

Tomlinson rushed 19 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns. He added three receptions for 22 yards.

Tomlinson is the goal line back for New York and will receive a lot of opportunities to score in the red zone. He was also the target of one of Mark Sanchez’ throws into the end zone.

Although the Week 5 Monday night game against the Minnesota Vikings will be a much more difficult task for the entire Jets offense, Santonio Holmes’ return should assist Tomlinson in both the rushing and receiving attack.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Ricky Williams, MIA: 8 carries, 56 yards, 4 receptions, 45 yards, TD

Shonn Greene, NYJ: 22 carries, 117 yards

Danny Woodhead, NE: 8 carries, 36 yards, 1 reception, 11 yards, TD (new Kevin Faulk?)

Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG: 23 carries, 129 yards, TD, 2 receptions, 14 yards, Fumble

Joseph Addai, IND: 16 carries, 63 yards, 2 TD, 3 receptions, 19 yards

Michael Bush, OAK: 7 carries, 40 yards, TD, 2 receptions, 16 yards (Could start Week 5)

Marshawn Lynch, SEA: Traded to Seattle Seahawks October 5

Knowshon Moreno, DEN: Tentatively expected to play Week 5

Last Week’s Rising RBs in Week 4:

Peyton Hillis, CLE: 27 carries, 102 yards, TD, 2 receptions, 8 yards

Benjarvus Green-Ellis, NE: 16 carries, 76 yards, TD

Laurence Maroney, DEN: 11 carries, 5 yards, Fumble


Terrell Owens, CIN

Terrell Owens, one of the most prolific receivers in NFL history, has finally emerged in Cincinnati.

After three lackluster games for Owens’ own standards, T.O. had one of the best games of his career Week 4.

Owens caught 10 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown.

Owens was dominant, streaking up the sideline for a 78 yard touchdown on which Browns cornerback Eric Wright fell down allowing Owens to walk in.

Owens also went over the middle of the field in this game, something the Bengals will need him to do often. Owens was breaking tackles and making Browns defenders miss left and right.

With a great match up against an improving Tampa Bay defense, Owens should have another great game Week 5.

Santonio Holmes, NYJ

The New York Jets’ offense is finally clicking.

Now, they’ll add one of the more dynamic receivers in the game, former Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes.

Santonio Holmes will be able to stretch the field for Mark Sanchez, but is always willing to go over the middle. His speed, quickness and agility present a combination nightmare for most corners in the league.

While Dustin Keller will always be Sanchez’ favorite target, look for Sanchez and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to get the explosive Holmes involved early.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Reggie Wayne, IND: 15 receptions, 196 yards, Fumble

Brandon Lloyd, DEN: 11 receptions, 115 yards

Davone Bess, MIA: 9 receptions, 93 yards, TD

Eddie Royal, DEN: 8 receptions, 113 yards, TD

Harry Douglas, ATL: 3 receptions, 59 yards, TD

Last Week’s Rising WRs in Week 4:

Lance Moore, NO: 5 receptions, 37 yards, TD, Fumble

Roy Williams, DAL: Bye


Zach Miller, OAK

Zach Miller was one of the biggest sleeper tight ends heading into the season.

He finally blew up.

Miller caught 11 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.

Miller has the talent and opportunity to near these totals each week. Miller is a big target with reliable hands and is easily the best receiving option for Bruce Gradkowski.

Miller won’t have as much room to work as the San Diego secondary is far better than the Houston secondary. Still, start Miller with confidence after his monster game.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Joel Dreessen, HOU: 5 reception, 73 yards, TD

Brandon Pettigrew, DET: 8 receptions, 91 yards

Tony Scheffler, DET: 6 receptions, 63 yards

Anthony Fasano, MIA: 5 receptions, 67 yards

Benjamin Watson, CLE: 6 receptions, 60 yards

Last Week’s Rising TE in Week 4:

Tony Moeaki, KC: Bye



Jay Cutler, CHI

Cutler is human afterall.

Cutler exploded out of the gate this season and was one of the top fantasy quarterbacks. He was making a lot of fantasy players look foolish for letting him slip in drafts with Mike Martz coaching him.

Week 4 was one of the roughest games of Cutler’s career.

He threw for just 42 yards on eight for 11 completed passes but also threw an interception and was knocked out of the game in the second quarter with a concussion.

Cutler is questionable Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers.

If he is to play, subdued numbers would have to be expected.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Matt Hasselbeck, SEA: 20 for 36 (55.6 completion percentage), 191 yards, INT, Fumble

Donovan McNabb, WAS: 8 for 19 (42.1 completion percentage), 125 yards, TD, INT

Derek Anderson, ARZ: 7 for 14 (50.0 completion percentage), 64 yards, 2 INT

Alex Smith, SF: 21 for 32 (65.6 completion percentage), 188 yards, TD, 2 INT

Michael Vick, PHI: Expected to miss anywhere between two and six weeks (rib, wrist)

Last Week’s Falling QB in Week 4:

Eli Manning, NYG: 18 for 30 (60.0 completion percentage), 195 yards


Ray Rice, BAL

Ray Rice has been extremely disappointing through the first quarter of the season.

Rice is currently suffering from a knee injury but declared himself healthy enough to play.

Most owners would have preferred if Rice just sat the game against a tough Pittsburgh defense.

Rice was ineffective due to the knee injury and the Steel Curtain. He rushed eight times for 20 yards and caught one pass for nine yards.

Meanwhile, a healthy Willis McGahee scored a nine yard touchdown and rushed for 39 yards on 14 carries. McGahee also fumbled and caught two passes for two yards.

Rice has a good match up this week against Denver, but with his knee still bothering him, it will be difficult for last year’s breakout superstar to have a fantastic game.

He also follows up this match up with games against New England and Buffalo, two defenses he should be able to exploit as he tries to rebound from a disappointing opening.

Matt Forte, CHI

As many expected, the Chicago Bears running game is almost non-existent with Mike Martz as offensive coordinator.

Without his involvement in the passing game, Forte does not do much else behind an offensive line that still can’t generate much of a push to open running lanes.

The New York Giants defense played at Super Bowl caliber Week 4.

Forte was held to just 26 yards on 12 carries and two receptions for seven yards.

With Cutler and Todd Collins under so much pressure throughout the game and the Giants’ secondary playing arguably its best game of the season, it is concerning that Forte did not receive the LeSean McCoy treatment and catch a lot of check down passes.

If Cutler is forced to miss time healing from his concussion, Forte could be in for a long day as he would become the main focal point for defenses due to his versatility.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Beanie Wells, ARZ: 5 carries, 19 yards

Justin Forsett, SEA: 19 carries, 65 yards, 2 receptions, 10 yards

Chris Johnson, TEN: 19 carries, 53 yards, 3 receptions, 11 yards, Fumble

Cedric Benson, CIN: 15 carries, 60 yards

Brandon Jackson, GB: 9 carries, 33 yards, 1 reception, 1 yard

Darren McFadden, OAK: Could miss Week 5 (hamstring)

Julius Jones, FA: Released by Seattle Seahawks October 5

Last Week’s Falling RBs in Week 4:

Cadillac Williams, TB: Bye

Clinton Portis, WAS: 11 carries, 55 yards, 2 receptions, 26 yards, left game (groin)


Marques Colston, NO:

A major concern for fantasy players looking into Colston was always the fact that Drew Brees loves to spread the ball around. Although Colston is the No. 1 target for Brees because he is a huge target with great body control and hands, he has been a huge disappointment in the first four games.

Colston has failed to score this season and in Week 4 had just four receptions for 36 yards.  Drew Brees refuses to force the rock his way as his other receivers can find holes in the coverage because the defense is shifted to stop Colston.

While I expect Colston to finally break out against Arizona this week, there is no denying his placement on the falling list.

DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, PHI:

I have been down on Kevin Kolb since the Eagles drafted him. It has been made crystal clear since the preseason that Kolb has zero chemistry with his receivers, cannot read defensive coverage and is lacking the trust in his receivers to get open.

His accuracy has been terrible and he failed to demonstrate any arm strength in Week 4 aside from the final Hail Mary attempt.

Until Kolb finally resembles a professional quarterback or Michael Vick returns, I would not expect the Philadelphia receivers to excel like they were with Vick.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Johnny Knox, CHI: 1 reception, 26 yards

Mike Wallace, PIT: 2 receptions, 24 yards

Hines Ward, PIT: 2 receptions, 14 yards

Santana Moss, WAS: Held without a reception

Randy Moss, NE: Held without a reception

Mike Sims-Walker: Held without a reception

Steve Smith, CAR: 2 receptions, 11 yards, Expected to miss Week 5 (leg)

Last Week’s Falling WRs in Week 4:

Michael Crabtree, SF: 5 receptions, 58 yards

Robert Meachem, NO: 2 receptions, 16 yards; 1 rush, 7 yards


John Carlson, SEA

Carlson is one of the more talented receiving tight ends in the league, but has failed to live up to his sleeper potential thus far.

Arguably the best receiver on his team, Matt Hasselbeck is failing to get Carlson involved.

Carlson finished with just one reception for 15 yards in a game in which he could dominate the St. Louis secondary. It is interesting that Hasselbeck and head coach Pete Carroll are failing to exploit the mismatch that John Carlson presents against opposing defenses.

At the moment, Carlson is nothing more than an underrated tight end with limitless potential stuck in a poor offense unable to feed him the rock.

Until they find ways to get Carlson involved, this sleeper candidate will stay sleeping for some time.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Kevin Boss, NYG: 1 reception, 11 yards

Heath Miller, PIT: 2 receptions, 32 yards

Todd Heap, BAL: 3 receptions, 35 yards

Rob Gronkowski, NE: 1 reception, 4 yards

Bo Scaife, TEN: 2 receptions, 27 yards

Last Week’s Falling TE in Week 4:

Owen Daniels, HOU: 1 reception, 8 yards

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In response to “Fantasy NFL Week 5 Risers and Fallers”

  1. Dan Rakusan Oct 5 20108:01 pm


    Really? No love for my main man Roddy White? LOL… I guess he can’t really rise, since he’s already one of the best, but he rebounded from an off week in W3 to put up solid numbers in W4.

  2. Brandon Galvin Oct 5 201011:40 pm


    Exactly, he’s already one of the best.

    1. Dan Rakusan Oct 5 201011:52 pm


      But, I’m gonna call you on that, because you have TO up there! REggie Wayne, Santonio Holmes, Eddie Royal… All can be in White’s class… On ANY GIVEN SUNDAY!!! :)

  3. Dan Rakusan Oct 5 201011:56 pm


    I should go on record that I do appreciate your insight in this stuff. I am just stickin up for one of my Falcons…lol… No disrespect intended.

    I like the compilation of stats and the rise and fall aspect. Fantasy valuation is something I’m terrible at, as shown by my record in the PSB pool (0-4 thanks to a shyt kicking by Adrian’s team)… I love learning just about everthing, so keep it up!

  4. Brandon Galvin Oct 5 201011:58 pm


    Owens was average in the first three games, so the explosion wasn’t expected. After that performance, he’s gotta move up the ranks because he’s showing he still has what it takes to compete at a high level.

    White, however, is a potential top five receiver any given week, there’s really no place for him to go up.

    1. Dan Rakusan Oct 6 201012:05 am


      Fair enough. Just seemed weird to see Harry Douglas but not White… If ya know what I mean. The bump in yardage was pretty big from W3 (69 yds) to W4 (104 yds) is a jump. And it’s more the average and catches for points in our league really… Scoring is huge, I suppose too… White isn’t our scoring guy…lol

  5. Ryan Frank Oct 6 201012:36 am


    ok i need some trade advice guys. i got offered Chris Johnson for Peyton Manning straight up. can you give me some advice? i love Manning but Johnson is good but hasnt been great… so any advice would be great!

    1. Dan Rakusan Oct 6 201012:40 am


      How many points for a rushing TD versus a passing TD? Are passing yards worth the same as rushing yards? Knowing the scoring system would seem to make it easier to answer your question. So far that’s as far as I’ve gotten with fantasy football…lol

    2. Brandon Galvin Oct 6 201012:42 am


      List your team and scoring settings.

      1. Ryan Frank Oct 6 201012:55 am


        Passing: every 25 yards is 1pt TD pass is 6pts Int’s are -2
        Rushing every 10 yards is 1pt TD is 6pts.

        My team besides Manning is
        DeAngelo Williams
        Ahmad Bradshaw
        Chad Ochocinco
        Jonny Knox
        John Carlson
        Pierre Thomas
        Ronnie Brown
        Legedu Naanee
        Nate Washington
        Sam Bradford

        I also could pick up Kyle Orton in another trade for one of my other RB’s… let me know your guys opinion

        1. Brandon Galvin Oct 6 201012:58 am


          Who would you trade for Orton? I wouldn’t trade any of your RBs for Orton.

          I do like trading Peyton for Johnson but not if your only other choice is to start Bradford or trade any of your RBs for Orton.

          You need a receiver more than a RB.

          1. Ryan Frank Oct 6 20101:03 am

            yeah i know im very disappointed in ochocinco. i need a receiver. i really have no other QB besides Bradford.. the only other ones left on the Waiver Wire are
            Garrard, Hill, Gradkowski, Kolb is too..

    3. Dan Rakusan Oct 6 201012:48 am


      See?? LOL!!!

  6. Dan Rakusan Oct 6 20101:12 am


    Drop Eli Manning for Kolb this week? I have Vick and Palmer as my other QBs… Kolb would be a waiver, losing Eli. But let’s face it, Eli has SUCKED!!!

    1. Ryan Frank Oct 6 20101:16 am


      im looking at trading Peyton for Chris Johnson.. then maybe picking up Kolb off waivers.. or trading one of my above RB’s for Orton..

      1. Dan Rakusan Oct 6 20101:28 am


        HAHA – I was talking about a similar situation, but I have Eli, not Peyton… I would never drop Peyton in a trade regardless. He’s a stat magnet.

        Eli on the other hand is losing points.

        If you’re talking about the PSB pool, you’d better get Kolb quickly before I make up my mind!!! :)

        1. Ryan Frank Oct 6 20101:32 am


          haha i know i really dont wanna get rid of Peyton Manning he is the best player i have.. but Chris Johnson would obviously still be a good pick up.. and i could get get Kolb off waivers to be my QB.. i dont know.. just was looking for some advice, because im 2-2 right now. and lost my 2 games by a total of like 10 points.

          1. Christopher Rowe Oct 7 201012:48 am

            Tell you ehat. I had Peyton last year – a huge stats year for him – and a shaky run game and my team didn’t even make the playoffs. RB in fantasy are far more valuable than QB because there is such a dearth of quality, reliable RB. Most NFL teams use 2 backs so a Chris Johnson or Adrian Peterson become valuable. Plus most leagues start 2 RB and 1 QB. If an elite QB gets you 20-25 points but you’re looking for say about 40 from those 2 RB, being thin at RB hurts more than at QB. If you have Kyle Orton and Chris Johnson, that is far better than Peyton Manning and Williams/Bradshaw. Plus you can always find a WR on the waiver wire that will net you 10 points in a given week. As Dan said, knowing the scoring system is the way to go. RB points are more valuable than QB points but most people focus on the QB because… welll, he is the QB. Be aware of the talent pool and the number of teams in your league. If you have 15 teams and everyone is starting 2 RB, no one is going to have 2 stud RB but everyone can still get a quality QB. With 10 team leagues, QB is much deeper while stud RB are still thin – only about -8-10 in the league – so each team is lucky to have one. Dig?

  7. Ryan Frank Oct 6 20101:19 am


    Type your comment here…

  8. Brandon Galvin Oct 6 20108:54 am


    Probably worth trading for Chris Johnson unless you believe he gets hurt this year.

    You might be able to turn around and trade one of your running backs, maybe Chris Johnson, for a good QB and a WR.

    1. Ryan Frank Oct 6 201011:28 pm


      Thanks for the advice guys, still on the ropes on what to do but i’ll make a decision soon

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