Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fantasy Football Week 5 - Top 30 Position Rankings (QB / RB / WR)

The bye weeks have started, so that means we will see some fresh names on the lists each week as we try to fill out the top 30.  In case you have any questions about what teams are on a bye this week they are Dallas, Washington, St. Louis, Baltimore, Miami and Cleveland.

At this point you might be looking at my season record to date and saying WTF?! Is this guy for real? The short answer is yes.  For most leagues there are still 10 games left in the regular season, so there is plenty of time to turn things around, which I undoubtedly will.  Just stay the course...

Despite a paltry 226 yard performance last week, Brady still leads the league in yards by 143.  At 14 sacks, only two QBs have been taken down more times than Roethlisberger this year, so it's no surprise the Steelers offense hasn't quite taken off yet. On the flip side, Jason Campbell and Ryan Fitzpatrick have only been sacked twice. No word on the severity of Chad Henne's injury yet, but the Dolphin's might just want to mail the rest of the season in and welcome Andrew Luck next year.  Is it just me or did Tavaris Jackson show some signs of life and chemistry with Sidney Rice over the past two weeks? Random fact: 48.3% of Jay Cutler's passing yards can be credited to his WRs YAC.

Chris Johnson, welcome back to football, we almost forgot you existed. Beanie Wells, where were you last season? Arian Foster, shake them haters off, you showed everyone why you were a top rated back this past week.  Shonn Greene, we're still waiting...

After Roy Helu had his breakout game, it was only a matter of time until Mike Shanahan unleashed his three-headed monster.  Ryan Torain made sure to make the most of his debut this season as he went for 135 yards and 1 TD.  Despite the talk at the beginning of the season that Shanahan would deploy a stable of running backs, it seemed as though Hightower had earned the starting gig.  I'm not sure why people always talk about Shanahan as the fantasy nightmare. In his time in Denver he always had one lead back and it was almost a guarantee whomever it was would rush for at least 1,000.

Calvin Johnson is on pace to score 32 touchdowns this year.  While that is highly unlikely, equally impressive is the fact that he is catching a TD once every third pass he snags.

Eric Decker may have dethroned Brandon Lloyd as Orton's favorite receiver.  Despite seeing limited action in week 1, he has 37 targets which currently ranks his number 10 among all WRs.

Yes, it's quite possible that the Falcons still reached when drafting Julio Jones, but so far he's been earning his keep.  While he is not Roddy White, and will need time to get on White's level, let's compare their numbers:

  • Roddy White: 45tgts / 26rec / 302yds / 1 TD
  • Julio Jones: 38tgts / 24rec / 342yds / 0 TDs
Despite not having any TDs, it's clear that Julio has been more productive than Roddy.  That said, Roddy is seeing tougher coverage, but Jones has stepped up to fill the void and offer a top second option.  He's currently ranked number eight in yardage for WRs, so at this pace there's no reason to believe he can't at least finish as a top 15 receiver.  Not bad for a rookie.

Some of the injuries to keep an eye on this week are R. Mendenhall and V. Jackson. A. Johnson is definitely out for at least a few weeks.

Michael Vick, PHI
Arian Foster, HOU
Calvin Johnson, DET
Aaron Rodgers, GB
Darren McFadden, OAK
Roddy White, ATL
Drew Brees, NO
Adrian Peterson, MIN
Vincent Jackson, SD
Tom Brady, NE
LeSean McCoy, PHI
Hakeem Nicks, NYG
Philip Rivers, SD
Chris Johnson, TEN
Mike Wallace, PIT
Matthew Stafford, DET
Matt Forte, CHI
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
Matt Ryan, ATL
Fred Jackson, BUF
Wes Welker, NE
Eli Manning, NYG
Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG
Greg Jennings, GB
Cam Newton, CAR
Frank Gore, SF
DeSean Jackson, PHI
Matt Schaub, HOU
Michael Turner, ATL
Steve Smith, CAR
Kevin Kolb, ARI
Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC
Reggie Wayne, IND
Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
LeGarrette Blount, TB
Jeremy Maclin, PHI
Kyle Orton, DEN
Ryan Mathews, SD
Steve Johnson, BUF
Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF
BenJarvus GE, NE
Marques Colston, NO
Mark Sanchez, NYJ
Rashard Mendenhall, PIT
Santonio Holmes, NYJ
Jay Cutler, CHI
Beanie Wells, ARI
Julio Jones, ATL
Josh Freeman, TB
Cedric Benson, CIN
Mike Williams, TB
Donovan McNabb, MIN
Shonn Greene, NYJ
Dwayne Bowe, KC
Matt Cassel, KC
James Starks, GB
Percy Harvin, MIN
Jason Campbell, OAK
Darren Sproles, NO
Eric Decker, DEN
Matt Hasselbeck, TEN
Mike Tolbert, SD
Jordy Nelson, GB
Tarvaris Jackson, SEA
Jahvid Best, DET
Lance Moore, NO
Andy Dalton, CIN
DeAngelo Williams, CAR
Mario Manningham, NYG
Alex Smith, SF
Marshawn Lynch, SEA
Nate Washington, TEN
Curtis Painter, IND
Mark Ingram, NO
Brandon Lloyd, DEN
Blaine Gabbert, JAC
Brandon Jacobs, NYG
A.J. Green, CIN
Willis McGahee, DEN
Sidney Rice, SEA
Thomas Jones, KC
Johnny Knox, CHI
LaDainian Tom., NYJ
Pierre Garcon, IND
Stevan Ridley, NE
Mike Thomas, JAC

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