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Fantasy Football Sunday Surprises | Week 5 

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Another week of fantasy football is just about in the books, with Week 5 wrapping up as we speak.

Congratulations to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on breaking the record for consecutive games with a passing touchdown, surpassing Johnny Unitas’ 52 year old record by tossing a touchdown on Sunday Night Football.

The touchdown on Sunday night extends the record to 48 games, so it will be curious to see when Brees stops.

Here are some of the biggest fantasy football surprises from Week 5.

10. Brandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland Browns

Despite taking another tough loss after having the Browns up 14-0 on the defending Super Bowl Champions, Weeden was still productive from a fantasy perspective.

He managed to throw for 291 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions that kept him from flirting with 20 fantasy points.

Weeden has three games of at least 290 yards passing, and is a big time sleeper in the next two weeks against Cincinnati and Indianapolis.

9. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

We’re less surprised because it is Rashard Mendenhall, but it’s still a bit surprising that Mendenhall was able to step in without much practice time this season and just take over the game.

Mendy carried the ball just 14 times, but totaled 81 rush yards and a touchdown on the ground, while also catching two passes for 20 yards.

His 16 fantasy points helped out some hopeful owners this week.

8. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants

I know that Ahmad Bradshaw is a special runner, but with Andre Brown emerging a couple weeks ago, and David Wilson still sneaking a few carries, we wondered just how effective Bradshaw would be.

Well, he was quite effective against the Browns rushing 30 times for 200 yards and a touchdown, while also catching four passes for 29 yards. A fumble kept him from flirting with 30 fantasy points this week, and it will be interesting to see how the Giants divvy up the carries amongst the three talented backs they have going forward.

7. Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins

Santana Moss doesn’t produce like he used to, but he still has the speed to turn on the jets and get open down field.

Moss had just two catches on the day, but a 77 yard pitch and catch from Kirk Cousins made him fantasy relevant this week.

He finished with two catches for 80 yards and a touchdown.

6. Devery Henderson, WR, New Orleans Saints

Despite being bothered by a mild concussion, Devery Henderson looks like he’s 100%. This Sunday Night Football game is only at halftime and he has five catches for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Henderson’s 40 yard touchdown catch from Drew Brees is what put Brees ahead of Johnny Unitas for the consecutive touchdown record, and he will never be forgotten for that.

5. Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Crabtree is quietly having a respectable season, but 49ers fans and coaches are waiting for him to live up to that high first round pick he netted a few years ago.

Against Buffalo he looked every bit like that receiver catching six passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. His 17 points in Week 5 is just one point less than he combined for in the first four games.

4. Armando Allen, RB, Chicago Bears

Second year running back Armando Allen was able to put up a few fantasy points in garbage time against the Jaguars on Sunday.

With the Bears just trying to run the clock out late in the fourth quarter, Allen opted to rush for a 46 yard touchdown, letting him finish with 59 yards on just five carries.

Allen really has little to no fantasy value going forward, but Allen still managed to score more fantasy points this week than several NFL starters.

3. Kyle Williams, WR, San Francisco 49ers

In the previous four matches, receiver Kyle Williams totaled just two receptions.

He ends Week 5 with just four on the season after only needing two catches against the Bills to satisfy the 0.2% of fantasy owners he has.

Still, the 43 yard pitch and catch to Williams in the second quarter was the difference maker for the speedy Williams who really should have a bigger role in the offense.

2. Carolina Panthers Defense

Arguably the worst defense in the league somehow managed to lose the game, but still put up respectable fantasy points.

They held Seattle to just 16 points in the game, but managed to score 9 of the 12 Carolina points themselves.

Captain Munnerlyn intercepted a Russell Wilson pass early in the third quarter to take it 33 yards for a touchdown, and then very late in the fourth quarter they registered a safety.

The safety and defensive touchdown gave Carolina a 15 point fantasy day for the defense. Don’t expect this often.

1. Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns

Like Santana Moss and Kyle Williams, Josh Gordon only needed two catches to make an impact this week.

Early in the first quarter, Brandon Weeden connected with Gordon on a 62 yard touchdown pass to give the Browns a 14-0 lead over the Giants.

Of course, Gordon would end up seeing another seven targets before making his second catch with less than four minutes left to go in the game.

He caught another touchdown, this one a 20 yarder from Weeden, giving him two catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns.

Gordon is owned in just 0.3% of fantasy leagues, but any of you who started him were rewarded with a very solid 20 points.

About the author: Keet Bailey

Keet Bailey heads the NFL Draft division of NFL Soup. Bailey’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft scored 12th overall among 112 participants according to The Huddle Report’s Annual Mock Draft scoring contest. An avid Cleveland Browns fan, Keet hails from and resides in Ohio. Follow Keet on Twitter @NFLSoupKeet

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