The best and worst of week five

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The Best


Kyle Orton- 334 yards, 2 TD

Yes, you read that correctly. Kyle Orton, he of the Jack Daniels stained t-shirts and unkempt facial hair, was statistically the best quarterback in the NFL on Sunday. Such are the perks of playing the Detroit Lions. But maybe we should have seen this coming. After all, the good humans at Roto Arcade warned the public to keep on eye on him.

Aaron Rodgers- 313 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT

Aaron Rodgers needed this game. For the first time in his career, he had to make a statement. Overcoming the shoulder injury and posting these stats shows the kid is legit.

What else can we take from this performance? Well Rodgers did it against the Falcons, who happen to play the Bears next week.

You can't stop Kyle Orton, you can only hope to contain him.

Running backs

Clinton Portis- 145 yards, 1 TD

Is it safe to say Portis' time as a fantasy owners' worst nightmare is over? He's the focal point of the Redskins offense and looks like a must start every Sunday from here on out.

Brandon Jacobs- 136 yards, 2 TD

Jacobs owners- like, um, me- have been waiting for a game like this all year. As the Giants continue to roll, it's reasonable to assume they'll be in the lead in most games. That only means Jacobs is ticketed for more touches, and, hopefully, more scores.

Wide receivers

Roddy White- 8 recs, 132 yards, 1 TD

Unlike some others in the know, I wasn't high on White this season, with the rookie quarterback throwing him the ball and all. But Matt Ryan looks legit- yeah, it's news to me, too- so maybe White is as well. He's been on a tear his last three games.

Andre Johnson- 9 recs, 131 yards, 1 TD

Oh Andre Johnson, how I have been waiting for this day. It was just as wonderful as I had imagined.

Something to consider: Johnson's next three games are all at home against Miami, Detroit, and Cincinnati. When reached for comment, my fantasy team said "Boo-ya".

The Worst

RB Frank Gore- 54 yards

What, did you really expect a guy who's team is offensively coordinated by Mike Martz to get more than 12 carries? Memo to San Fran: Gore is good when he gets the ball. Give it to him.

Brandon Marshall- 3 recs, 25 yards

Marshall owners have no reason to panic. Everyone will eventually have an off day.

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This page contains a single entry by Ricky O'Donnell published on October 6, 2008 12:37 AM.

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