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October 8, 2013 posted by Dan Leason

Fantasy Football 2013: DUDly Do-Wrongs for Week 5

Fantasy Football 2013: DUDly Do-Wrongs for Week 5
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The frightening thing about the DUDley Do-Wrong list this week is the fact that were six fantasy relevant quarterbacks and they combined for a total of NINE interceptions and only ONE touchdown between them. Scarier yet is that the list does not include San Diego Chargers QB Phillip Rivers and New York Giants QB Eli Manning. Both were not included, as they managed to throw a pair of touchdowns apiece, but threw a total of SIX interceptions and came up on the losing end as a result. That means the six players that did make it were that much worse. Wow.

Quarterbacks  

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady

Tom Brady, New England Patriots  – So much for that streak of 52 consecutive games with a least a touchdown pass. SNAPPED.  Miserable weather conditions aside, this was a forgettable afternoon for Brady and the Patriots offense as a whole as he completed 18 passes for 197 yards and an interception.

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers – I can readily admit that my gut feeling on Newton this week cost me a victory. While the yardage totals are wonderful with 308 on the day, the three interceptions, fumbles and no touchdown passes kind of killed it. Quite honestly I am not really sure how you can throw for the length of the football field three times over and NOT TOSS ONE TOUCHDOWN PASS. Horrible.

Matt Schaub, Houston Texans  – What is going on here? You can plainly see why the Texans are generally a run-first team. Schaub has been an absolute mess. In a dismantling at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers, the deflated Texans quarterback threw for 173 yards and three interceptions, the first of which was returned for a touchdown.

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers – Alert the media!!! We have our only touchdown pass of the group. However despite that nice tidbit, the 113 yards passing and meager rushing totals made for a sub par performance overall.

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals  – This guy is quickly fading from fantasy relevancy quicker than San Diego WR Eddie Royal. In a game his Bengals should have won by 2 touchdowns, Dalton delighted with 212 yards and an interception. Yep, Delightful.

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens  – Performances like this won’t have the confetti falling from the stadium roof in January, that’s for sure. It was a narrow win for the Ravens, but if you relied on him to anchor your fantasy squad, I’ll gather your end result was a bit different.

Running Backs

Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions – No WR Calvin Johnson just had to mean more touches and production for Bush, right? Well, Reggie missed the memo as he managed only 44 rushing yards, 25 receiving yards and didn’t find the end zone. Not what his fantasy owners were hoping for against the Packers.

Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush

Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush

Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders – Everyone was all excited over the prospect of Jennings against the Chargers. I fell asleep during the game and had this terrible nightmare about hamstrings. Sadly for Jennings it was more than a dream that cost him the entire second half. As a result, he was a bit of a minimal factor, with 10 carries for 41 yards and no touchdowns.

Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins – If you want top consideration in fantasy circles, carrying the ball seven times for only 15 yards is not the way to do it.

Bilal Powell, New York Jets – Despite the win, Powell didn’t exactly set the fantasy world on its ear Monday night. With RB Mike Goodson returning and RB Chris Ivory ready to resume action, Powell’s 38 rushing yards only makes the Jets backfield situation all the more confusing.

Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers – I know, he left the game early due to a concussion, but if you started him that didn’t lessen your headache. Prior to getting his bell rung, he managed only three carries for 8 total yards in a match up most felt he’d excel in.

Wide Receivers

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green

AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals – As his quarterback struggles, Green will struggle as well. For a guy considered in the top three at the position and a top starter for fantasy teams from coast to coast, five receptions for 61 yards and no touchdowns is a bit underwhelming to say the least. Most teams can get that production from some waiver wire dreg buried on the far end of their rosters.

Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints – The Saints are playing well, but Coltson’s inconsistency is maddening from a fantasy standpoint. Two receptions for 15 yards and no touchdowns is not acceptable from a player of his fantasy caliber. Worse, who sits the guy on this offense? He definitely puts his owners in a spot, worrying about performances like this.

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals – Big name, big disappointment. His yardage per game totals are suffering and when he doesn’t score, it makes it all the more miserable. Still you have to keep the faith, the guy has talent to burn.  But 3 receptions for 43 yards and no touchdowns is disappointing.

Andre Johnson, Houston Texans  – His quarterback is having some confidence issues and Johnson grabbing only three of his quarterback’s TEN targets is not going to help. Johnson is another big name coming up small in fantasy circles.

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson

Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers – Most expected Boldin’s performance to be a little off this week, but not this off. Despite the 49ers blasting the hapless Texans 34-3 on Sunday night, Boldin only managed two receptions for 21 yards. If you were hanging on for more, you were no doubt disappointed. The fact that QB Colin Kaepernick threw for only 113 total yards didn’t help either.

Tight Ends

James Cameron, Cleveland Browns – Granted the guy has been a pleasant surprise this season, vaulting to the top echelon of fantasy ranks. That is what makes his performance this past Thursday against the Buffalo Bills that must more disappointing. When people become accustomed to 80+ yard, multi-touchdown performances, grabbing three passes for 36 yards and no scores is bound to create a head-grabbing, depressed sigh or two.

St Louis Rams TE Jared Cook

St Louis Rams TE Jared Cook

Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams – More was expected this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars without question. While you need to realize not everyone can get 80+ yards and a touchdown (unless you play in Denver) Cook should have tallied more than three receptions for 26 yards.

Keep an eye out of the STUDly Do_Rights for Week 5, coming up NEXT!!!

After the stark reality that world domination really wasn't an option, I decided to dabble in the maddening lunacy that is Fantasy Football. Beginning when weekly scores were tabulated utilizing the box scores in the sports section of the USA Today, this hobby has developed into a 18 year passion. After years contributing to the likes of Fantasy Advantage, Red Eye Sports, Pigskin Addiction and Fantasy GameDay, I am thrilled to be on board here at Fantasy Pros 911. Drop me a line - look forward to chewing the Fantasy Football fat with YOU! Follow me on Twitter @djleason
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