Dirty Dining

Fantasy Player of the Week

Few were able to cash in on Miles Austin's 250-yard, two TD afternoon.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - While many of the top fantasy players were either off (Matt Forte, Frank Gore, LaDainian Tomlinson), or struggling (Maurice Jones-Drew, DeAngelo Williams, Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson), it was still a week where a few "big name" players like Peyton Manning, Michael Turner and Roddy White showed off their considerable abilities.


Peyton Manning, Indianapolis - He leads the league in touchdowns, yards and 300-yard passing games. Sunday night was just another "day at the office" for the best quarterback in the game - 309 yards on 36-for-44 passing, three TD passes and one interception. He's on pace for a record 5,264 yards and 39 touchdowns. The only bad news is the Colts have a bye week coming up.

Matt Schaub, Houston - After putting the ball up 50 times in a 28-21 loss to Arizona, Schaub's numbers have him third in the league in yards and tied for second in touchdown. He threw for a league-high 371 yards on Sunday, but couldn't get a game-tying touchdown which would have sent the game into overtime and helped him add even more fantasy points to his total.

Running Back

Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants - Despite struggling with an ankle injury the past few weeks and getting just 12 touches, Bradshaw had a great day against Oakland. He scored twice while amassing 110 yards on 11 carries and caught one ball for 55 yards for 31 fantasy points. People in New York can barely remember the name Derrick Ward. He was the 49th running back selected on Draft Day with a RapidDraft ADP of 113 and is currently 12th in running back fantasy points.

Michael Turner, Atlanta - Turner was a top-three selection in every fantasy league, but hadn't really carried his weight until Sunday when he lugged the ball for 97 yards and three scores. Nice week, 27 fantasy points, but owners were still a little disappointed that he didn't reach the 100-yard bonus.

Wide Receiver

Roddy White, Atlanta - After scoring just 23 fantasy points in three week, owners were beginning to think they had made a mistake in drafting White so high - (RapidDraft ADP 26.2). But 46 points on Sunday has owners taking off the "trading block." Eight catches for 210 yards and two scores will do that.

Miles Austin, Dallas - It was a great story for the media, but not many fantasy owners even have Austin on their roster (2.4% ownership), much less cashed in on his 10-catch, 250-yard, two TD afternoon by actually starting him. He'll be a top waiver claim this week despite being on a bye.

Tight End

Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay - Despite working with two different quarterbacks, Winslow is having a nice season. Week 5 against Philadelphia was his best week yet, collecting nine balls for 102 yards and two touchdowns.

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh - Miller, who usually is the third or fourth option in Pittsburgh's offense, has scored touchdowns in two consecutive weeks. It's the first time that's happened for him since Weeks 9 and 10 of 2007. His 14 fantasy points were second best this week and not bad for an ADP 175.2.

And the winner of the Fantasy Player of the Week Award for Week 5 is......Roddy White. Because so few owners benefited from Austin's huge day, White was likely the highest-scoring player in your league and takes home the honor.

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