Fantasy Football Notable Performances, Week 5: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Victor Cruz Lead The Way Under The Radar

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.

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Jahvid Best Fantasy Recap: Lions Running Back Explodes In Second Half

Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best has struggled this season to get in gear, but on Monday Night Football, Best put together a monster second half to help guide the Lions to victory over the Chicago Bears.  Best finished with 163 rushing yards, including a monster 88-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter.

Prior to the 88-yard touchdown run, Best only had 13 yards rushing. He wasn't getting big runs, but he also wasn't getting many carries as he only had four prior to the big run. The Lions are a heavy passing team, which means Best is often reliant on big plays if he is going to secure big fantasy numbers. Owners got that in heavy doses on Monday Night and will be hoping he can build on that moving forward.

Jahvid Best faces a tough test in week six as the Lions host the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers are coming off a big win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in which they shut down LeGarrette Blount. The 49ers have one of the best rushing defenses in the league and will look to contain Best in the rushing game. That does not mean you should bench Best. It simply means he will have to take advantage of some of the other opportunities presented. The 49ers can be susceptible to the big play so Best will look to get a few big gains in some form or fashion on Sunday.

For more on the Lions, check out Pride of Detroit. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Calvin Johnson Fantasy Recap: Megatron Sets Touchdown Record

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson continued his wrecking ball of a season on Monday Night Football as the Lions improved to 5-0 with a 24-13 victory over the Chicago Bears. The man they call Megatron hauled in five passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was Johnson's ninth of the season, setting a record for most touchdowns through five games. He did not continue his streak of 2+ touchdowns, but I suppose he is not perfect.

While this story stream is more about big under the radar fantasy performances, there's nothing wrong with recognizing the dominance of Megatron. His touchdown pace took a bit of a dive from 32, but even still, he is going to put up some crazy numbers this season.

His performance against the Bears actually did not require many of his super human skills as even the touchdown reception came more due to a poor defensive scheme. Nonetheless, he remains arguably the best fantasy wide receiver out there thanks to his touchdowns. Wes Welker is rolling up the yards and remains the best receiver in points per reception leagues. However, in traditional leagues, Johnson is near the top of the leaderboard.

As the Lions move into week six against the San Francisco 49ers, Johnson faces a secondary that has played better the last two weeks, but still has some holes. He likely will face off with Carlos Rogers for some stretch of the game. Rogers is off to the best start of his career with three interceptions (tied for the NFL lead) and has led the 49ers secondary thus far. Even still, expect more big numbers from this freakish wide receiver.

For more on the Lions, check out Pride of Detroit. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Willis McGahee Fantasy Recap: Broncos Running Back Situation Settling Down?

Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee put together a strong performance in the Broncos loss to San Diego, finishing with 125 yards on 17 carries. He did not get into the end zone, but if he can consistently put up 100+ yards he returns to being a consistently viable fantasy option.

It is most noteworthy that Knowshon Moreno received zero carries on the day. It is safe to say that McGahee is "the man" in Denver as long as he retains the hot hand. This kind of consistent carrying makes him a nice little flex option and at worst a great bye week fill-in. Considering he's put up 228 yards combined the last two weeks, I'd imagine you will keep him in your starting lineup moving forward.

In the meantime, if you own Knowshon Moreno, all you can really do is just sit him on your bench until McGahee cools down. John Fox either has Moreno in his dog-house or really is just sticking with the hot hand for now. Either way, Moreno is not getting enough touches. Don't waive him, but he'll have to take up a bench spot for now.

For more on the Broncos, check out Mile High Report. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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BenJarvus Green Ellis Fantasy Recap: The Law Firm Dominates For Patriots

New England Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the man nicknamed The Law Firm, took firm control of the Patriots rushing committee as the as the hot hand on Sunday. Ellis finished the Patriots 30-21 victory over the Jets with 136 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries, dominating what had been a bit of a timeshare to date.

Although Danny Woodhead was injured, Stevan Ridley ended up as a bit of an odd man out with only seven carries for 13 yards just as his star seemed to be rising. However, Green-Ellis was so dominant the Patriots really could not justify taking him out of the game. Fantasy owners who went with Green-Ellis this week were rewarded handsomely.

The question becomes now what to do with Green-Ellis an Ridley in coming weeks. The Law Firm should remain in your lineup against Dallas before the bye, but if you have Ridley, it's a tough call right now. If you are low on bodies due to week six byes, I suppose you have to roll the dice with him. I doubt we'll hear much on the situation from Bill Belichick, but you never know. Maybe the hooded one will give us some insight on Monday. We'll have more on this situation throughout the week.

For more on the Patriots, check out Pats Pulpit. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Curtis Painter, Pierre Garcon Fantasy Recap: Colts Connection Looks Sharp

The Indianapolis Colts dropped their fifth straight game to start the season, but from a fantasy perspective, they remain at least modestly intriguing. Curtis Painter has not wowed people thus far, but he is starting to show enough to potentially be a mix and match bye week fill-in. He threw for 277 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Colts loss to the Chiefs.

Painter's favorite target on the day was Pierre Garcon, who caught five passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He is looking like a very solid connection with Painter in spite of Indy's overall struggles to do much of anything. They have managed to hang tough in recent weeks and while it remains to be seen whether they'll win many games the rest of the way, they're going to give a lot of teams a lot of trouble.

Some intriguing matchups that could make for decent matchup fill-ins would include games at home against Jacksonville and Carolina in weeks ten and twelve. You likely will have better options for both weeks, but if not, don't sleep on either of them as at least a modest option.

For more on the Colts, check out Stampede Blue. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Jackie Battle Fantasy Recap: Chiefs Might Have A New Starter

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jackie Battle burst onto the fantasy scene Sunday with great aplomb as he rushed for 119 yards on 19 carries in the Chiefs 28-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Battle was slowly being worked into the Chiefs running back rotation the last couple weeks but blew the lid off on Sunday. Thomas Jones finished the game with 55 yards on ten carries as the Chiefs had a great day rushing en route to victory.

A strong performance does not really guarantee Battle a whole lot of much in the world of Todd Haley. Although Jamaal Charles put up dominant performances he was somehow still often handcuffed with Thomas Jones, despite that not making a whole lot of sense at times.

Now the Chiefs have another intriguing running back situation and it really remains to be seen how it will be split. If you picked up Battle before this week he would seem to be a solid bye week start for now. It remains to be seen how consistent he will be, particularly against better teams. However, he could be a solid enough flex fill-in for now. If you've got decent waiver priority, it's worth spending on Battle.

If you have Thomas Jones, you very well could keep starting him since Haley has a penchant for continuing to use him. We'll have more updates on this platoon over the next few days.

For more on the Chiefs, check out Arrowhead Pride. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Alex Smith Fantasy Recap: 49ers QB Brings Efficient, Strong Performance

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith has been much maligned throughout his time in the Bay Area. He has struggled to live up to expectations as the number one overall pick and has never been a fantasy option. Enter Jim Harbaugh. In five weeks of play, Alex Smith has developed more as a quarterback than he had in arguably the previous six seasons combined.

Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers it was all on display as Smith finished 11 of 19 for 170 yards and three touchdowns. He completed passes all over the field, showing a willingness to take shots, while also taking advantage of what was presented to him underneath.

Under Harbaugh, Smith is being put in situations where he has a higher chance at success. His numbers will rarely be out of this world, but he is making very few mistakes and he is taking advantage of opportunities presented to him. His recent development could make him an ideal backup fantasy QB and a great guy to mix and match depending on his matchups.

A good example of his value would be if you have Drew Brees in your lineup. His week 11 bye happens to coincide with the 49ers home game against the Arizona Cardinals. If you need a bye week fill-in, I would not hesitate to grab Alex Smith. Again, he may not put up monster numbers, but his downside appears to have been dramatically decreased this season. If you're looking to survive a week without Brees (or a variety of other quarterbacks), Alex Smith is suddenly looking like an interesting option.

For more on the 49ers, check out Niners Nation. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Cam Newton Fantasy Recap: Panthers Rookie Not Really Under The Radar Anymore

We use the notable performances stream as a way of recognizing some under the radar players that are huge fantasy contributors in a given week but don't get nearly as much love. Carolina Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton is likely far out of this category given his continued strong performances. He had another solid showing against the New Orleans Saints, throwing for 224 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Throw in another rushing touchdown and it was not too shabby. Given that we've had him several weeks now, why not give him another pat on the back before he completely forgets about us?

Newton did not have as big a performance as we saw early on, but he is turning into a relatively solid, consistent fantasy quarterback. Even when he doesn't put up 300+ yards we get rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. A rushing quarterback has a considerable amount of value given how much easier it is to accumulate points for rushing. It makes him an absolute fantasy force.

As we move forward, Newton has some intriguing matchups that likely make him worthy of continued starts. Leading up to the bye week, the Panthers travel to Atlanta and then host Washington and Minnesota. These aren't the greatest matchups he could have, but they are still solid enough. Newton is fast becoming a weekly must-start and you are missing out if you sit him.

For more on the Panthers, check out Cat Scratch Reader. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Victor Cruz Fantasy Recap: Circus Catch Highlights Third Straight Big Day

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz had a monster day on Sunday as he hauled in 161 receiving yards and a touchdown to mark his third straight strong fantasy performance. Cruz's day was highlighted by a circus catch, but with eight catches Cruz took control of this game for the Giants. He did lose a couple points on a fumble, but otherwise he was a force on Sunday.

This third straight strong fantasy performance should be enough to convince fantasy owners he is at least worthy of a flex position. Over the last three games, Cruz has caught three touchdowns and has put up 161, 98 and 110 yards. His numbers were particularly impressive on Sunday because he did not get the start opposite Hakeem Nicks. Mario Manningham was in the starting lineup, but that did not stop Cruz from shining.

As we move forward, Cruz goes from bye week fill-in to full on starter worthy. He is not a guy you move ahead of the big names in fantasy, but he is at least worthy of flex play, if not your number two receiver position. He will likely come back to earth in some form or fashion, but for now you might as well ride the wave. Cruz is streaking right now and you never bet against the streak.

For more on the Giants, check out Big Blue View. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Fantasy Football Notable Performances, Week 5: Curtis Painter, Willis McGahee, Doug Baldwin Lead Under Radar Performances

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.

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