EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 09: Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants tries to stay in bounds as Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks closes in at MetLife Stadium on October 9, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
We break down some of the notable fantasy football performances from week five of the NFL season. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.
Week five of the 2011 NFL season is coming to a close with Monday Night Football all that is left on the schedule. It has been a wild weekend of football with fantasy contest swinging back and forth thanks to some crazy statistical performances. If you had The Law Firm (BenJarvus Green-Ellis) or Alex Smith or Curtis Painter, you got a huge game that you might not have expected. Not that many people were starting the latter two, but if you did start them, way to go.
There will be plenty of coverage this week about Adrian Peterson scoring three touchdowns, or Frank Gore continuing his resurgence or Aaron Rodgers thrashing the Atlanta Falcons for 396 yards. Everybody knows about that. The true fantasy fan was more pleased by Victor Cruz leading the way with 161 yards and a circus catch touchdown. Or you were in fact smart enough to start a heating-up Alex Smith against the Bucs. Whatever the case, those are the matchups that can swing fantasy games each week.
Here are some of the top notable performances at each position, focusing in on guys that are a bit under the radar. Some of them are on fantasy teams, but they are not guys you are starting every week. Big performances can give you the reason you need to get them into your lineup:
1. Curtis Painter, Ind - 15/27, 277 yards, 2 TD/0 INT
2. Matt Hasselbeck, Ten - 29/49, 262 yards, 1 TD/1 INT
3. Matt Cassel, KC - 21/29, 257 yards, 4 TD/0 INT
4. Alex Smith, SF - 11/19, 170 yards, 3 TD/1 INT