Top Scorer: Alex Smith
This may be the only time the 49ers signal caller makes the Weekly accolade list. Amazingly proficient and accurate, he dissected a respectable Bills defense that going into the season was supposed to be an improvement. 3 touchdowns, 300+ yards passing, almost 50 yards on the ground and for Alex the biggest pat on the back is NO interceptions.
Honorable Mention: Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers couldn't make the plays on the final drive to win the game but he played very well still amidst strong pressure that seems to follow him every game. He also added 3 touchdowns passing although he did have one interception. Missing Cedric Benson also might add to his rushing numbers in the months to come. He had almost 60 yards on the ground against Indianapolis.
Goat: Joe Flacco
You have to appreciate Joe's bravado in the offseason as he referred to himself as the best quarterback in football. On a cool day in Kansas City he did barely enough to win the game. He had one turnover, no touchdowns and failed to reach 200 yards passing. Most telling his team only put up 9 points against an otherwise generous KC defense proven thus far this year. His scramble on 3rd down on the last drive did win the game though.
Top Scorer: Ahmad Bradshaw
Andre Brown was the most popular waiver wire pickup for Week 3 but after his concussion and Bradshaw's run to daylight - we can all forget about that. Bradshaw's neck injury appears to be a thing of the past as he hit 200 yards rushing for the first time in his career and really did well after contact and in between the tackles. He even added 4 catches too so he's clearly the undisputed bellcow in the New York backfield. He has a tough task this week though going up against a stingy San Fran stop unit.
Honorable Mention: Arian Foster
Safe to say that Arian won many a come from behind games for fantasy owners on Monday night. New York's run defense had no answer for Arian and if they had they looked destined to pull the upset. Foster was one of 3 backs to hit 150 yards rushing with Stevan Ridley being the other. With Ben Tate's injury Foster may ironically get the majority of the carries in their second primetime game this coming Sunday against the Pack.
Goat: BenJarvis Green Ellis / Chris Johnson / C.J. Spiller
The Law Firm is really posing ineptitude in Cincy. You could tell that Marvin Lewis was examining other options when he started giving the bulk of the second quarter carries to Bernard Scott. Unfortunately Scott injured himself and looks like he'll be lost for the year so Green Ellis should be kept on rosters but he hardly looks startable. Your other two goats may have been victims of blowouts, but still more is expected of them and they failed to hit even 5 fantasy points respectively.
Top Scorer: Marquis Colston
Colston had a hobbled start to the 2012 season but he's turned in monstrous recent games in memory. He appears at full strength and for a New Orleans squad that will need to pass more often that usual to win it spells big success for fantasy owners. He was targeted more than ten times, catching nine for 133 yards and 3 touchdowns. Downright dominant.
Honorable Mention: Reggie Wayne / Percy Harvin
Reggie Wayne turned heads by deciding to stay in Indianapolis but he is the clearcut top option in the Colts passing game and he has developed a nice rapport with Luck. He posted Reggie Wayne numbers from Peyton era 2004. He surpassed 200 yards receiving on a whopping 12 catches and caught the game winner. Percy Harvin meanwhile keyed a blowout from Minnesota scoring once on the ground and once in the air - he looks at times undefensible.
Goat: Mike Wallace / Andre Johnson
Instead we could call this the cornerbacks Star list. Asomugha and Antonio Cromartie shut down two of the biggest long ball threats in the game. Both were limited to obscurity. Wallace at least had more than one catch but totaled only 17 yards. Without even looking I bet Isaac Redmon had more yards receiving and that should be a locker room joke. He'll have a great chance to rebound against the Titans on Thursday.
Top Scorer: Tony Gonzalez
I keep waiting for age to catch up with Gonzo but it just isn't happening this year. He is without question the most consistent tight end in fantasy in 2012 and he continued his great year with another reliable effort in Washington. With 13 catches he owned the middle of the field and picked up first downs with nimble moves. Who knows? The Falcons may get him back next year with how easy he's making the NFL position look.
Honorable Mention: Owen Daniels
Owen Daniels was heavily targeted on the first two drives with the first touchdown going to him. He had a pretty silent game after that but his big early success led him to being the No.2 tight end in fantasy for week 5 as he finished with a stat line of 4 catches for 79 yards and a score.
Goat: Jimmy Graham / JerMichael Finley / Antonio Gates
These three guys were easily among the top 5/6 players drafted at their position and they all stunk it up on Week 5. Was Jimmy Graham hurt? I was at the Georgia National Fair and didn't watch but the 4th quarter of that game. I know Finley was injured around halftime so that explains his poor effort. Gates at least caught 3 passes but big play Graham's one catch for 4 yards is troubling for sure. He must have lost a game or two in fantasy for someone.DEF:
Top Scorer: Chicago Bears
Get ready for a nice stat line. 3 points allowed with 3 sacks 3 turnovers including 2 pick sixes and allowing a smothering 189 yards. Blaine Gabbert played his way into bench conversations against a fierce Bears squad that may be long in the tooth but they are getting it done for the second straight week. Lovie Smith has his guys playing great.
Honorable Mention: Saint Louis Rams
The Rams won't get many if any primetime game exposure this year so it was nice to see them dominate at home. Chris Long and Richard Quinn were in the backfield every play and 9 sacks sure looks pretty on the fantasy scorecard. They totaled 7 tackles for a loss and limited the Cardinals comeback try.
Goat: Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles defense is doing good on the scoreboard in terms of redzone defense but I expected more. For my 2nd ranked preseason defense I figured they could pressure a Roethlisberger used to running for his life in Pittsburgh. Instead he was as clean as could be with no sacks or interceptions. The no turnovers forced by the Eagles was a deciding factor in a close game for sure.