Week 5 of the 2013 NFL season started off with a Thursday night game in Cleveland where we found unlikely enthusiasm in the Factory of Sadness.
Just over two weeks ago Trent Richardson was exiled and the outlook in Cleveland was as murky as ever. Back-to-back wins led by potential savior Brian Hoyer gave the Brownies hope but his poor sliding technique has forced Cleveland fans back into the arms of former starter Brandon Weeden.
Maybe things will go better the second time around.
Sunday morning of Week 5 began with panic as Megatron was a mega-disappointment when he was deactivated sending owners filled with despair scurrying to their computers and phones to change their lineups. The shootout at Lambeau was not meant to be. The shootout in Dallas was what we all hoped it would be as the Cowboys gave the Broncos all they could handle. But even while watching that game, I think we all knew deep down how it was going to end. The ending of Tom Brady’s streak of 52 straight games with a touchdown pass gave fantasy owners some hard knocks. The knock on David Wilson has been his fumbling, but while he held onto the ball, he remained a pain in the neck for his owners as he had to leave the Eagles game early with a neck injury. Week 5 was capped off with our weekly Matt Schaub pick-six and the Chargers at Raiders AFC West showdown. All in all, there were quite a few interesting performances yesterday, 10 of which are from Names You Should Know.
Nick Foles, QB PHI
Nick “Not as Quick” Foles stepped in for the Eagles after Michael Vick left the Giants’ game with a hamstring injury. In just over two quarters Foles put up nearly 200 yards passing and 2 TDs while looking oddly comfortable keeping the Eagles offense humming. The severity of Michael Vick’s injury is unknown, but after watching Foles step up it might not be a bad idea for Chip to let Vick rest for a week. Regardless of Vick’s status for Week 6, Foles is a must add this week. He won’t give you the rushing yards of Vick, but he’ll give you everything else.
Rueben Randle, WR NYG
How did it get so bad so quickly in New York? That’s not an easy question to answer. But after Sunday’s 96-yard, 2 TD performance, it looks like we have an answer as to who will be replacing Hakeem Nicks if he doesn’t re-sign next off-season. The Giants are 0-5 and it’s not too early to be thinking about next year so if Nicks is truly not in the Giants’ plans it would make more sense in a lost season to begin the transition sooner than later. Randle was a sleeper candidate heading into this season and his role should continue to increase moving forward.
Justin Blackmon, WR JAX
Justin Blackmon did not look like a guy that was suspended for four games. Blackmon came out on fire and looked every bit the part of a solid WR2. While current or potential owners will count the days until Blaine Gabbert is mercifully benched for Chad Henne, we can all take comfort in knowing that Blackmon can produce in even the most dire of circumstances. The Broncos will without question score at will next week, so there should be no shortage of opportunities for Blackmon to catch passes from both quarterbacks as they air it out in a futile effort to keep up.
Pierre Thomas, RB NOS
The topsy turvy world of Saints running backs is impossible to predict, almost as much as their receivers. Pierre’s 91 total yards and 2 TDs will look sweet in the stat line but his 28 touches are sadly not a sign of things to come. Thomas has long been one of the more criminally underused running backs in the league. The lack of commitment to one component of the offense in Sean Payton’s offense makes Pierre Thomas a poor add and nothing more than a frustrating member of your roster.
T.J. Yates, QB HOU
It would almost be comical if it wasn’t so sad. Matt Schaub’s ridiculous pick-six streak continues to derail a Houston team full of unrealized potential. I doubt head coach Gary Kubiak gives Schaub the hook after his miserable start to the season but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did. Schaub is rattled to the point where if he doesn’t rebound next week the Texans won’t have a choice but to go to Yates. Yates won’t be much better, but he may be the best choice at this time for the Texans. Neither T.J. nor Schaub needs to be on your fantasy team.