Fantasy Football: Week 5 Recap

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Oct 5, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) runs for his first touchdown reception in the second quarter past Arizona Cardinals free safety Rashad Johnson (26) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Three Performances to Doubt:

Aaron Rodgers: With only 1,155 passing yards this season, Aaron Rodgers is on pace to throw for 3,696 yards this season, a career-low over a full season despite his 12 passing touchdowns thus far (tied for second best). Expect his yardage mark and fantasy point total to increase considerably as his passing yards start to match his passing touchdown total (currently 96 yards to every touchdown, lowest ratio of his career).

Steven Jackson: Confidence in Steven Jackson’s fantasy potential continues to build after a 13.40 point performance against a stout New York Giants defense. But with a season-high of only 14 carries Jackson’s lack of volume makes him a flex-play option at best. Despite a solid week, Steven Jackson remains too heavily dependent on touchdowns to be a reliable number two back.

Demaryius Thomas: A 34.60-point fantasy performance is no doubt impressive (second-highest total this season is 28.40, Calvin Johnson), but don’t expect these kind of numbers week-after-week. On 43 targets this season (the Broncos most targeted receiver) Thomas has managed just 21 receptions, marking the lowest completion percentage out of any of the Broncos top receivers by far. Though he should continue to see the ball plenty, Thomas may have trouble staying consistent as Peyton starts to trust his more reliable teammates more in critical situations.