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Dr. Pigskin: Week Five

October 9, 2008 | by Alex Hardin | Comments Comments Off on Dr. Pigskin: Week Five

How did Week Five treat you? Well, hopefully your fantasy matchup turned out better than mine. I was leading by 17 points going into Monday Night Football with my opponent only having the Viking defense. Well, after a meaningless interception in the last seconds, he ended up tying me. I’m still undefeated (4-0-1), but that was a tough pill to swallow. Now that I covered ties, let’s take a look at some Week Four winners and losers.

Studs of the Week

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers – Brett Favre Aaron Rodgers overcame injuries to throw for 313 yards and three scores. Note: Packers were made one dimensional due to the score, but a good fantasy output nonetheless.

(I hate when I read blogs and people do the cross out dealio…but I had to do it. Just once.) [Editor’s note — we will hold Alex to this.]

Kyle Orton, QB, Chicago Bears – As I predicted, it was a big week for Orton against the hapless FCS Detroit Lions. After throwing for 334 yards and two TDs, he will be scooped up in any leagues where he is a free agent.

DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers – If you happened to start Williams, you were rewarded handsomely (maybe even with a gold $ chain?) with 148 yards and three TDs. Most likely he was on your bench though.

Clinton Portis, RB, Washington Redskins – CP is having a bomb year and he continued with 145 yards rushing and a score against an aggressive Philly defense.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Cincinnati Bengals – T.J. was the top fantasy WR of the week with 85 yards and two touchdowns.

Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons – Matty to Roddy has been a frequent occurrence so far this year. A dynamic duo for years to come? He had 132 yards and a TD against the Packers. Nice.

Duds of the Week

Donovan McNabb, QB, Philadelphia Eagles – Such a baby. He has the nerve to say his team is better than the Redskins after he was smothered to the tune of 196 passing yards with no TDs.

Brian Griese, QB, Tampa Bay Bucs – For those of you who though you could start Griese against a weak Bronco defense, I think not. He was knocked out after throwing for 88 yards.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings – It’s a shocker that All Day only had a combined 40 yards against the Saint defense and the Vikings still won. Long live Gus Frerotte.

Larry Johnson, RB, Kansas City Chiefs – I saw LJ on my milk carton this morning over breakfast. Two yards?

Brandon Marshall, WR, Denver Broncos – Looks like defenses have adjusted and taken away Marshall to a certain extent the past few weeks. His mere 25 yards this week will frustrate his owners.

Lance Moore, WR, New Orleans Saints – Everyone was picking him up before this week. Only 31 yards and no scores will send him back into fantasy free agency with Marques Colston returning soon.

Call of the Week

At QB, my call of the week is to sit the 49ers’ J.T. O’Sullivan at home against the Eagles. The Philly defense will be mad and blitzing all afternoon. If you are thinking of starting J.T., look elsewhere.

At RB, my call of the week is to sit Joseph Addai at home vs. B-More. The Raven run defense has been smothering and it won’t change this week. Go against the grain and sit your first round pick here.

At WR, my call of the week is to play Jerrico Cotchery at home against Cincy. Favre will be slinging against the Bengals and I think Cotchery is primed for a big game as the Bengals will focus on Laveranues Coles who is coming off a bomb game.

Sleeper of the Week

Cedric Benson, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (@NYJ): He looked pretty good against the Cowboys last week. Chris Perry has fumbling issues and I think he will start to lose carries to our favourite boat driver.

Until next week, have a great Week Six!

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