Week 5 in the NFL got started with the Arizona Cardinals beating the San Francisco 49ers 33-21. Using the scoring system from my 20-team Yahoo league let's look at my picks from yesterday and see how I did. The scoring is customized, but it's close to a regular scoring set up.


Drew Stanton was filling in for the injured Carson Palmer and scored 14.28 fantasy points. Stanton threw for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was sacked 1 time and ran the football 2 times for -2 yards. I had him as a SIT and I hope you didn't have to use him.

Blaine Gabbert scored 17.24 fantasy points last night. Gabbert threw for 162 yards and a touchdown; he also ran the football 10 times for 70 yards and a touchdown. On the down side he threw 2 interceptions and was sacked 7 times in the game. I had Gabbert as a SIT and I hope you did as well.

Running Back:

David Johnson had a big night with 39.50 fantasy points and that's why I picked him as a START. Johnson had 27 carries for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns; he also caught 3 passes for 28 yards. I won't be surprised if Johnson is a Top 5 fantasy running back this week.

Carlos Hyde was a good fantasy option as well putting up 27.40 fantasy points last night. Hyde carried the football 22 times for 78 yards and a touchdown as well as catching 6 passes for 36 yards. Hyde was a START for me last night and that was a good choice.   

Wide Receiver:

Larry Fitzgerald had 6 catches for 81 yards and 2 touchdowns. Fitzgerald was worth 24.60 fantasy points last night. I had Fitzgerald as a SIT and I was wrong here. Did you keep him in your line up?

Michael Floyd was targeted 3 times last night, but didn't catch a pass and put up 0 fantasy points last night. I had Floyd as a SIT and that really was the best thing to do with him.

John Brown caught 1 pass for 11 yards and picked up 25 yards on returns. Brown scored 2.35 fantasy points last night. I thought Brown had a chance to be a sleeper type of guy and I had him as a START. All I can say about that is wrong!

Believe it or not Torrey Smith was targeted just 1 time in the entire game. He didn't catch the pass and therefore ended up with 0 fantasy points on the night. I had Smith as a SIT, but I didn't think he'd get just 1 target.

Jeremy Kerley was another guy I liked as an under the radar type of player in this game and he didn't disappoint. Kerley caught 8 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown totaling 22.45 fantasy points. He was a START for me last night and I hope you started him as well.

Quinton Patton was an easy SIT for me last night, but I had no idea he'd score more fantasy points in this game than Smith would. Patton caught 2 passes for 16 yards and 3.10 fantasy points. I hope you kept him on your bench.

Tight End:

Darren Fells wasn't even targeted as I mentioned yesterday he's mostly used as a blocking tight end. He is the Cardinals listed starter; so that's why I used him. He was a SIT last night for these reasons and I hope you didn't have to play him because of the teams on bye.

Vance McDonald was hurt and didn't play in the game, but to be fair I wouldn't of started Garrett Celek either if I had known he was going to be the starter. Celek did catch 1 pass for 4 yards and scored 2.40 fantasy points, but SIT was the right way to go.

The highest scoring tight end in the game was Ifeanyi Momah of Arizona. Momah scored 6.50 fantasy points. Now I think this scoring is central to my league as he didn't have any offensive stats and scored all his fantasy points on special teams.

Defense/Special Teams:

I actually had both these team in the START category and Arizona came through for me with 19.87 fantasy points on the night. They racked up 7 sacks, 2 interceptions, a fumble recovery and a safety. San Francisco on the other hand was not a good choice on my part. The 49ers put up just 0.24 fantasy points on the night. All they had was 1 sack and they gave up 31 points. I missed with this pick.

I didn't do to badly as I hit on 11 of my picks and only missed on 3 of them. I hope your night went as well. Let me know how Thursday night went for you and your fantasy team and as always thanks for taking the time to read this article. 

Published by John Burke