NFL fantasy feedback: Week 5

» Consider leaving this note some time in the next week: “Dear Chris Johnson, we’ve had some good times together in the past, but for the past year and a half, things just haven’t been working out. I think it’s time for me to see other running backs.”

» If you’re feeling frustration over Adrian Peterson, you’re not alone. After scoring a pair of touchdowns in Week 1, A.D. hasn’t seen the end zone since. Sure, his 88 rushing yards Sunday against the Titans isn’t terrible, but a top tier running back is supposed to find his way into the painted area a little more often. Next week’s game against the Redskins could be just the thing.

» Plenty of attention has been paid to the battle for targets between Roddy White and Julio Jones, but some should be given to the  struggle between Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. Today, it was Thomas winning the battle with nine catches for 188 yards. Week 6, however, brings a matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. It could be tough sledding for both wideouts.

» The Jay Cutler-Brandon Marshall connection is starting to pay dividends. They combined for another big week with Marshall pulling in 12 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown. They have a week off before returning to play the Lions on Monday night in Week 7.

» There was a game played in Charlotte today between the Seahawks and Panthers. I’d like to mine some fantasy nuggets from this one for you, but there wasn’t much … wait — defense!

» It looks like Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller really are splitting carries. The problem is that they’re down big, which has limited their production. You know what else has limited their production? The 49ers defense — which has a tendency of doing that to running backs.

» For all of the good things Maurice Jones-Drew has done this season, none of them are coming today. He’s been held to just 29 yards on 11 carries. Add the Chicago Bears to the list of teams you should avoid with your fantasy running back.

» This is just a friendly reminder to start anyone playing the Bills. Alex Smith has thrown for 209 yards and a touchdown in the first half while Vernon Davis has four catches for 82 yards. Going against Buffalo’s defense is fantasy gold.

» Stevan Ridley has nine carries for 51 yards; Danny Woodhead has three carries and Brandon Bolden has two. But it’s Shane Vereen with one carry for one yard and a touchdown. Just another day in #Belitricks.

» If you were watching the Ravens and Chiefs, you might have noticed that a soccer game broke out. On paper, this looked like a good matchup for Joe Flacco, but he had just 187 yards and an interception. Apparently his badness on the road trumped the badness of the Kansas City defense. File that one away for future reference.

» In the past two weeks, James Jones has four touchdown receptions. For the season, Jordy Nelson has one.

» Cedric Benson left with an injury and Alex Green ran the ball well, but it’s still telling that Aaron Rodgers finished the day as Green Bay’s leading rusher with 57 yards on five carries. The Packers play the Texans next week, meaning you probably won’t want to play any Green Bay RBs, but consider stashing Green away if Benson can’t recover.

» Were it not for the two TD passes he threw, Michael Vick would have had an abysmal day. He lost two more fumbles and posted just 175 passing yards. This is beyond a trend and should probably just be called “Life with Mike”. He’s hot and cold every week, which is a major headache for fantasy owners. But it might be time to start looking for other options.

» Welcome back, Rashard Mendenhall. In his first game back, the Steelers RB ran for 81 yards and a touchdown and reasserted himself as Pittsburgh’s go-to runner. We’ll see how well he recovers on a short week with the Steelers heading to Tennessee for Thursday Night Football.

» Alfred Morris. Start until further notice.

» Michael Turner didn’t have a great game statistically, but he scored a touchdown for the fourth straight week. It’s getting harder and harder to sit Turner, even if he’s looks underwhelming going into Sundays. Next week, the Falcons play the Raiders. That will make starting Turner easy.

» Every week, Robert Griffin III had been taking big hits. This week, it might have caught up to him as he left the game in the third quarter with what’s being called a “mild concussion”. Kirk Cousins finished up and could be called on again in Week 6 against the Vikings if RG3 isn’t able to go.

» Brian Hartline came back to Earth this week, being held to 59 yards on four catches. With the Dolphins playing the Rams next week, there could be more of the same to come.

» The time has come to ask how much longer Matt Cassel will be playing quarterback for the Chiefs. He’s thrown for just 76 yards with two interceptions and a fumble lost. Brady Quinn isn’t a better option, but if he can go without turning the ball over every couple of possessions, it’s better for Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe.

» It’s been a pretty good day for Donald Brown with 11 carries for 71 yards. You have to grab these opportunities when they come, people. They won’t be here very often.

» Even with Mohamed Massaquoi inactive and going against a questionable Giants secondary, Greg Little is nowhere to be found. It’s time to let go of the dream of Little ever being a sleeper.

» Hail to the Redskins! Hail Alfred Morris! 72 yards on the ground and another 20 receiving? Looks like Mike Shanahan has finally found his man.

» The Falcons are doing everything they can to get Julio Jones involved today. He already has five catches for 30 yards and even has one carry.

» Looks like Green-Ellis is back on the field. He’s just not doing much. The Law Firm has five carries for seven yards while Scott has been much more effective with 40 yards on five carries.

» With Andre Brown having gone to the locker room with an apparent injury, Ahmad Bradshaw gets a reprieve after his fumble. He’s done a fairly good job making something of it by rushing for 35 yards on six carries.

» Bernard Scott is getting plenty of work for the Bengals. BenJarvus Green-Ellis isn’t. We’ll investigate what that’s about.

» With Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden inactive, most of us figured it meant good things for Domenik Hixon. We didn’t take into account the presence of Rueben Randle, who already has four catches for 42 yards.

» Time to stop thinking about the Ravens as a lock-down run defense. They had allowed six rushing TDs coming into Sunday’s contest and have already given up 57 yards on seven carries to Jamaal Charles. If the Chiefs could stop turning the ball over, they might have something.

» Tom Coughlin said he’d ride the hot hand between Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown. Considering Bradshaw fumbled on his first carry (which was turned into a Trent Richardson touchdown two plays later), it looks like Brown is on deck.

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