St. Louis at Green Bay 1:00 p.m.
QB Marc Bulger was unable to extend his streak of 300+ yard games to three. However, he had an acceptable 220 yards and two TD passes. To boot, he threw in 10 rushing yards for an extra fantasy point!
RB Stephen Jackson didn't have the TD game i'd have hoped for, but he did match his season averages with 23 carries and 98 yards. Those
two yards are killers in league that award bonus points for 100 yard games.
Right now, I'd put Jackson as a solid RB2.
None of the Big Three fantasy Rams had a bad game. Torry Holt had 40 yards, but one of his receptions was a touch touchdown.
I was correct in predicting a Green bay rushing TD. I only missed the Morency short-leash. He fumbled and was pulled from the contest.
Back-up to the back-up, Noah Herron, came in and rushed for that TD along with 106 yards and another 20 receiving ones. The moment the flood gates open on the Week Six free agent period, he must be grabbed.
I have little doubt that rookie WR Greg Jennings is amongst the best WR2s. He may actaully be a lower end WR1. 105 total yards with a 46-yard TD mixed in has made me a convert.
He should not be available in any fantasy leagues right now.
Tampa Bay at New Orleans 1:00 p.m.
QB Bruce Gradkowski did everything anyone could have expected. He hit 20 of 31 passes for 225 yards and a two TDs. He threw bombs to Joey Galloway (4/110/1), and he found his TE Alex Smith five times and one for a score.
Cadillac Williams didn't have to carry the load, but he did bounce back from a disappointing start to the 2006 campaign with 110 rushing and another 14 receiving.
His status as a RB1 lives to fight another week.
With a an extra week to prepare, the Bucs run defense did improve - from allowing 170 ypg to just a 140 against the Saints.
To no one's surprise, Deuce McAllister ran for more than 100 yards and a score.
Somewhat more surprising, though, was the ineffectivenss of uber-rookie Reggie Bush as a RB. He only had 23 yards on nine carries.
Not that his owners weren't happy with his first professional TD - a 65-yard punt return - or the 63 yards receiving on 11 catches.
Drew Brees was unable to crack the Bucs pass defense, and surprise WR Marques Colsten was shut down (3/38). Bush's late punt return saved the Saints from a possible loss.
I'd be surprised if they were so lucky next week in Philadelphia.
MLB Alfred Fincher had a tackle and an assist and is no longer tied with Deuce McAllister in tackles. Yeah! (UCONN could have used him on Saturday when USF was shredding the run defense!)