Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Week 5 Heroes & Zeros

This was a great week to start…

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seahawks – Returned from injury with a vengeance, connecting on 4 TD passes and 241 yards.
Donovan McNabb, QB, Eagles – Rested and rehabbed, he passed for 264 yards and 3 TDs, and added a team-high 30 rushing yards.
Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys -- Passed for 351 yards and two TDs.
Peyton Manning, QB, Colts – Kept the train rolling with 309 yards and 3 scores.
Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons – Tossed 2 TDs and 329 yards, and ran for another TD.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers – His 277 yards and 3 TDs buried the Lions.

Michael Turner, RB, Falcons – Bulldozed over the 49ers for 97 yards and a TD trifecta.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants – Racked up 110 rushing yards and 2 TDs, and added a 55-yard reception for good measure.
Clinton Portis, RB, Redskins – Scored twice and totaled 74 yards.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings – He scored twice too, with 69 rushing yards.
Ronnie Brown, RB, Dolphins – Ran the Wildcat nearly to perfection, rushing for 74 yards and 2 TDs, while adding 21 passing and 14 receiving yards.
Thomas Jones, RB, Jets – Effectively bottled up by the Dolphins, but still punched in two goal-line scores and ran for 42 yards.
Ray Rice, RB, Ravens – Ran for 69 yards and caught 7 passes for 74 yards and a score.

Roddy White, WR, Falcons – Torched San Fran with 210 receiving yards and 2 TDs.
Andre Johnson, WR, Texans – Reeled in 8 passes for 101 yards and 2 scores.
Nate Burleson, WR, Seahawks – Caught two of Hasselbeck’s TD passes, plus 98 yards.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Seahawks – Hauled in 5 passes for 77 yards and the other two Hasselbeck scoring strikes.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals – Amassed 79 yards and two TDs on five catches.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Broncos – His 8 receptions led to 64 yards and two trips to the end zone.

Kellen Winslow, TE, Buccaneers – Hauled in 9 passes for 102 yards and a pair of TDs.

Seahawks defense – Logged 5 sacks, a fumble-return TD, another fumble recovery and a shut-out of the toothless Jags.

This was a great week to play against…

Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens – Came back down to earth with 186 yards passing, one TD and two INTs.
David Garrard, QB, Jaguars – Continued his underwhelming play on the road with just 188 yards and no TDs.
Derek Anderson, QB, Browns – How does an NFL quarterback complete two passes for 23 yards and an INT and still win the game?

Cadillac Williams, RB, Buccaneers – Got 8 yards both as a rusher and receiver.
Julius Jones, RB, Seahawks – Just 34 rushing yards, which was 12 fewer than his backup (Edgerrin James).
Larry Johnson, RB, Chiefs – Another disappointing day, with just 37 rushing yards.
Chris Johnson, RB, Titans – Held to just 43 combined yards by the Colts.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers – Only ran for 40 yards while reeling in two passes for 19 more.
Fred Jackson, RB, Bills – Took a back seat to Marshawn Lynch, totaling just 47 yards.
Marion Barber, RB, Cowboys – Ran for only 53 yards and caught no passes.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars – Limited to 34 rushing yards and five catches for 23 more.

Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions – Had only a single 2-yard catch before leaving with a knee injury.
Randy Moss, WR, Patriots – Caught just one 36-yard pass.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Colts – Played a bit role (one 9-yard catch) in Manning’s latest masterpiece.
Lee Evans, WR, Bills – Brought down 2 passes for 11 yards.
Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, Browns – Still think it’s a good idea to pickup a rookie wideout from the Browns after his single 16-yard reception?
DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles – Caught a one-yard pass from the red hot McNabb.
Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Jets - Active despite lingering injury, he caught one pass for 4 yards while being overshadowed by Braylon Edwards.
Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars – A healthy, last-minute scratch that left many owners with a goose egg.
Laveranues Coles, WR, Bengals – He actually played and still posted a goose egg.
Derrick Mason, WR, Ravens – Ditto.

I didn’t see that coming…

Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys – Blitzed the Chiefs for 250 yards and 2 TDs on 10 receptions.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles – Rookie caught 6 passes for 142 yards and 2 TDs.
Austin Collie, WR, Colts – Reeled in 8 catches for 97 yards and two scores.


  1. Should I do this trade?
    I'm giving up: Matt Schaub, Thomas Jones, and TJ Houshmanzadah
    Pierre Thomas, Carson Palmer, and LeSean McCoy.

    10 team standard league, No flex

  2. Doi,

    Only if you're in dire need of another RB and have another solid QB and other good WRs. I love Pierre, but would hate to give up Schaub and TJ at this point.

  3. I have Rodgers as my backup QB. My other WRs are Ward, Burleson, and Driver. RBs are Peterson, Mendenhall, Jamal Lewis, and Donald Brown.

  4. Doi,

    Then I'm not sure you can afford to make that trade. Without Housh, your WRs are pretty thin.

    Have you tried Schaub and Jones for Palmer and Pierre?

    If that won't work, keep looking. You should be able to find a better package for Schaub that doesn't require you to go down a WR.

  5. Mr. Biro,

    I just gave up Brees, Cadillac Williams, and Derrick Ward for Matt Ryan, Kevin Smith, and the injured McFadden. I reall saw this trade as Brees for the three players seeing the Tampa Bay offense struggle every week. Was this a good move?

  6. John-Astin,

    I don't think so. While I like Ryan, he's no Brees, and while Smith is an upgrade over the Bucs' RBs, I'm not sure it's enough to make it worth it. McFadden, when healthy, wasn't really worth starting either, though he obviously has upside.

    We'll see, but I think you might regret losing Brees come crunch time.

  7. Ladd,

    I just traded Coffee and Welker for Jacobs and Breaston.

    I still have Calvin, Driver, Cotchery, Walter as WRs, and the other guy still has Steven Jackson and Chris Johnson at RB but only had Holmes and Roy Williams at WR so he needed Welker's help.

    Who got the better deal?

  8. Black n Gold,

    I'd call that one a wash. Definite upgrade at RB (though not as much as you'd think, given Jacobs' pedestrian stats thus far), but a good step back at WR. Then again, if Welker's knee doesn't improve soon, maybe it's not a big step back.

    If Jacobs improves and Welker continues to be limited, you did good.