Records were broken and hearts were broken this week in the NFL. Hopefully you were on the record-breaking side of the ball instead of the heart-breaking side. Here are this week's game balls.
Drew Brees, NO - 370 yards passing, 4 TDs - You can't talk about Week 5 without mentioning Drew Brees who broke Johnny Unitas' record for consecutive games with a TD. Brees got his TD early to break Johnny U's record, but kept going throwing 4 TDs and nearly 400 yards. Brees is, what he always is, a fantasy juggernaut.
Alex Smith, SF - 303 yards, 3 TDs - Under boring in the fantasy dictionary is Alex Smith's picture. He's rarely ever started by most fantasy owners, but those who did play him this week got quite a performance with 300 yards and 3 TDs. He even scrambled for an additional 49 yards to add to his point total.
Honorable mention: Andrew Luck, IND, 362 passing yards, 2 TDs, 1 rushing TD - Luck is proving his value week after week, as he gets more comfortable in his NFL skin.
Ryan Matthews, SD - 80 rushing yards, 1 TD, 6 catches 59 yards - Hopefully Matthews performance this week puts this Jackie Battle nonsense to rest. Matthews is, without a doubt, the most talented player for the Chargers, and needs the ball in his hands. Norv Turner may have finally figured this out, as Matthews had a statistically solid week, especially in PPR leagues.
Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG - 200 rush yards, 1 TD - Despite one costly fumble, Bradshaw put up huge numbers against a depleted Browns defense. Bradshaw even caught 4 passes for 29 yards.
Honorable mention: Rahsard Mendenhall, PIT, 81 yards, 1 TD - Welcome back to the NFL Rahsard Mendenhall! He scored a TD early and even caught two passes to add to his point total.
Marques Colston, NO - 9 catches, 131 yards, 3 TDs - Three TDs for Colston lifts him as the top of a bunch of great wide receiver performances. Colston's owners who stayed patient with him are rewarded greatly with his stud-like performance last night.
Reggie Wayne, IND - 13 catches for 212 yards and a TD - In an emotionally-charged game, Wayne put up a career day. In PPR formats, Wayne was phenomenal. Heck, in all formats, the Colts receiver was superb.
Honorable mention: Victor Cruz, NYG, 5 for 50 yards, 3 TDs - This just in, Victor Cruz is pretty darn good.
Tony Gonzalez, ATL - 13 catches for 123 yards and a TD - Gonzalez was passed up by many to get the younger, sexier players at the tight end position. Those who waited have been rewarded with phenomenal production from the future hall of famer. This week, Gonzalez put up big fantasy numbers for his patient owners.
Vernon Davis, SF - 5 catches, 108 yards - The only thing that could've made his performance better would've been a TD, but Davis has been solid and consisten all year.
Honorable mention: Jared Cook, TEN, 5 catches, 37 yards 1 TD - The lone fantasy highlight for the Titans was Cook, who has been very consistent for his owners all year.
GAME-USED SOCK AWARD
Chris Johnson, TEN, 29 total yards, fumble lost - He's getting quite a collection of stinky socks, but, well, he's earned each of them. This first-round selection is killing his owners and leaves them in a quandary. They can't trade him (no return value), but they have to bench him, unless they have no other options. So, as a CJ NoK owner myself, I graciously present him with yet another, game-used sock and urge him to get it going. PLEASE!