In Fantasy Football, we have our highs and lows. There will be weeks where we feel like we are ontop of the world and other weeks where winning at least one league feels like Heaven. It's the same with the NFL. There is one week where a team can do no wrong and looks like a Super Bowl team and then there are weeks where the penalties flow over like a shaken can of beer.
Here are a couple of the highs and a couple of the lows we saw from Week Five, including some guy named Jackie Battle. Feel free to throw your tirades in the comments section below:
Ben Roethlisberger - PIT: Who would have thought that an injured Roethlisberger would actually play better than a healthy one? After throwing for five touchdown passes against the Titans in Week Five, Big Ben's value is looking as right as rain again. However, my guess is that many fantasy owners opted to bench him given his prior performances and the injury. Ouch.
Jackie Battle - KC: Todd Haley said he was going to give Battle more work going into Week Five, but I doubt anyone thought he could do what he did against the Colts, rushing for 119 yards and averaging a healthy 6.3 yards a carry. Battle is something to get excited about, but don't go overboard and think he is going to be a bonafide stud the rest of the way. The Colts rushing defense had been giving up a lot of yards to running backs prior to last weekend.
Pierre Garcon - IND: There were a lot of receivers I could have listed here like Victor Cruz or Doug Baldwin, but Garcon has been huge the past two weeks. He's been averaging 135.5 yards a game, with a whopping four touchdown catches. And considering he's been doing it with Curtis Painter throwing to him, that's pretty impressive.
Jake Ballard - NYG: Travis Beckum is known to be the Giants' pass-catching tight end, but it's been Ballard who has been reaping the benefits over the last two weeks. He has gone on two score a touchdown in each of the last two games and could be an asset in much bigger leagues now that bye weeks are here. However, because his main duty is as a blocker, I don't recommend him in 12 teamers.
Kevin Kolb - ARI: It's not like Kolb hasn't been getting the yardage (256.2) a game, but his decision making has been atrocious. With two more interceptions on Sunday against the Vikings, Kolb was eventually benched for backup Richard Bartel late in the game against the Vikings. What is ironic is he played his former teammate Donovan McNabb, who was even worse. Kolb's value was that of a possible low-end QB1 in the preseason. He is now barely a QB2 going forward.
Stevan Ridley - NE: Ridley's fantasy value stops faster than it even started. After back-to-back strong games in Weeks 3-4, Ridley came crashing down to Earth, mustering up 13 rushing yards against the Jets. BenJarvis Green-Ellis, who rushed for two touchdowns, doesn't have anything to worry about regarding his starting job.
David Nelson - BUF: Nelson was looking like a strong fantasy option as the Bills' main slot receiver, but his fantasy value has taken a tumble. After catching two passes for 16 yards in Week Four, Nelson only caught one pass against the Eagles, which went for a touchdown. But because of Donald Jones' high-ankle sprain, Nelson was forced to play on the outside across from Stevie Johnson. Because of the position switch, Nelson's value could dwindle if he can't get comfortable.
Randy McMichael - SD: I didn't think McMichael would be the best alternative for Antonio Gates owners, but he's been playing much worse than I expected. After averaging 35 yards a game and zero touchdowns, owners like myself will be praying Gates is healthy enough to come back after the Chargers' Week-Six bye.