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Fantasy Review: Week 5

James Morris hails from Rio Rancho, NM and has been playing fantasy sports for well over a decade. Not only does he write the Bengals fantasy section, but he also does the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers fantasy sections, as well as the Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz fantasy basketball sections in the NBA. Last season James finished with an 82 percent accuracy rating for fantasy predictions and will be here to answer any questions you may have about your specific team. Just send him an email and he will reply back the same day with your answer.

The NFL is a strange place in 2009 as the Broncos are 5-0 and the Titans are 0-5. But, one has to wonder at what point does Kyle Orton come back to Earth and when do the Titans finally make the switch away from Kerry Collins? I mean really, what is Vince Young going to do that Collins hasn't ... lose? And who is this Miles Austin the Cowboys speak of?


Kyle Orton: Now that Orton is in Denver and pulling off miracles each week, people are wondering if it was the system in Chicago that killed every QB the Bears ever had or if Orton is just early season hype. I don't know, but 330 yards and two TDs will get a lot of people's attention.

Matt Ryan: Finally Matty Ice broke out and put up numbers fantasy owners have been waiting for. Ryan torched the 49ers for 329 yards, two passing TDs and a rushing TD, good enough for a top 3 QB finish this weekend.

Ahmad Bradshaw: Bradshaw came out of nowhere to post 110 yards on the ground, 55 yards via the air, and 2 TDs this weekend. In standard scoring leagues, Bradshaw sat on a lot of benches and put up enough points to rank him No. 1 for fantasy RBs this weekend.

Cedric Benson: This guy is for real this season! With 120 yards and a score, Benson ranked No. 3 for backs and what is most impressive about that is the Ravens were ranked No. 1 in rushing defense before this weekend.

Miles Austin: I had him ranked as my top WR sleeper this preseason, but I don't think anyone thought he would ever put up 250 receiving yards and 2 TDs in a single game. Once you saw Roy Williams was out, maybe you picked him up. Just don't expect that type of production ever again.

Jeremy Maclin: Maclin was owned in around 20 percent of fantasy leagues before this weekend, and already that number has jumped to 25 percent as of Monday night. DeSean Jackson had a terrible game, and because of that Maclin was able to post 142 receiving yards and 2 TDs.

Kellen Winslow: I have Winslow in one of my leagues, so I am happy to say he helped this weekend with his 102 yards and 2 TDs. But, you should understand that Josh Johnson is still Josh Johnson and if you could ever sell high on Winslow, this is the weekend.

Seattle Seahawks Defense: The Seahawks defense put up a big zero when it came to points allowed, and that was good enough to rank them No. 1 for defenses this weekend. Well, the five sacks, two fumbles recovered, and defensive touchdown helped also.


David Garrard: Who would have thought being without Mike Sims-Walker would have been such a big loss to the Jaguars offense? Nobody expected Garrard to throw for just 188 yards and no scores, but that is what happened and I expect a rebound week from him coming.

Joe Flacco: Those of you that are wacko for Flacco might just be wacko after this weekend. Going for 186 yards, 2 INTs and 1 TD is more along the lines of what I expected from Flacco heading into this season.

Chris Johnson: I just traded for Johnson in my Jaguars league, and he managed to bust out for a whopping 34 rushing yards and 9 receiving yards this weekend. The Titans are 0-5 and things will soon turn to Johnson and the running game, so keep the faith.

Willis McGahee: Now why in the world Yahoo would rank McGahee No. 27 for Week 5 projections is beyond me. But, as fast as his rise was, the fall has been even faster as he ran for -2 yards, but put up 4 receiving yards to bring his total yards on the day to 2.

DeSean Jackson: Jackson recorded just one catch in Week 5 and that led to 1 receiving yard. I'm sure zero points isn't what owners had in mind when they set their lineups on Sunday morning. He'll bounce back and you can rack this up to just an off game.

Randy Moss: I don't know if it is time to just get out of Moss since his value is so low, but I don't think 36 yards receiving is going to be worth starting any longer. I'd put him on your bench until he finally has a good game. Sure, you'll miss out on the points, but it is better than wasting a starting spot on him until it happens.

Chris Cooley: I'm not a huge fan of Cooley personally, because I don't like Jason Campbell. He has been forced into a blocking role this year and he managed to go 0-fer in the game in every stat fantasy owners look for.

Miami Dolphins Defense: The Dolphins may have won the game, but they allowed 27 points and managed to log just one sack and no other defense stats.

So, the good news is the Bengals are 4-1 and in the division lead after Week 5. The bad news is I missed on three picks (Brady, Benson, and Dallas Defense). Brandon Jacobs ranked 13th this weekend in rushing yards so I didn't miss there; Vernon Davis logged 51 receiving yards and for a TE that puts him at No. 8 for TEs; I warned you all about Mohamed Massaquoi and his Louis Murphy-like game last week; Ochocinco and Marshall are back to having fantasy value once again.

In the end, 81.25 percent for accuracy sure isn't bad when you consider the other sites were closer to the 40 percent range in their picks. You may not like me, you may think I am arrogant, but you can't deny that my picks are better than the ones you have to pay for.

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