Thursday, October 13, 2011

Week Five NFL Wrap Up - Raiders 25 Texans 20

Wrapping up Week Five before i move onto the Week Six picks for Friday evening. I'm going game by game to make everything easier to read, and am up to the Raiders and the Texans.  Both real-life reactions and fantasy reactions from Sunday's game coming up.....

Oakland Raiders 25 at Houston Texans 20
  • This game result would have surprised me if you told me it was going to happen last Monday, but after finding out about the passing of Al Davis late last week, it was easy to see a scenario where the Raiders would just win for Al.
  • The Texans offense didn't look great without Andre Johnson.  Even though Matt Schaub was able to accumulate over 400 yards, without their massive red zone threat, the Texans only managed to score once in three trips to the red zone.  They need to get Andre Johnson back and return to their elite offensive status, especially with the news coming out this week that Mario Williams, easily their best defensive player, will be out for the rest of the season.
  • The Raiders are quietly 3-2 on the strength of their running attack, and could be 4-1 if they didn't give a win away in Buffalo.  They are quietly positioned to make a run in the AFC West, as they did beat the Chargers twice last season.
Fantasy Realities
  • Not a good day for Darren McFadden, but every stud has a dud every once in a while.  He's still an absolute must start in his next game, home against the Browns.
  • On the other side of the ball, Arian Foster proved why he was the number one pick this season, because even while having a bad day running the football, he still contributed over 100 yards through the air on Sunday.  He's the best fantasy back in the league and is still a must start next week against the Ravens, assuming this quadriceps injury isn't serious.
  • I'm avoiding all of the Raiders receivers for fantasy purposes by the way, as they have been mixing and matching so much from week to week that you cant count on any of them for your fantasy team.
That's it on the Texans and Raiders.  Review of the Pittsburgh versus Tennessee game coming up next later tonight. As always, feed back is welcome and appreciated either in the comment section here or via email at

-Fred "Big Derf" Tobin

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