Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 5 Notes, Observations, and Review
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: What We Learned Week 5
October 9, 2013
What We Learned: Week 5
The laws of physics have taught us that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The Chinese have taught us that for every yin there must be a yang. And the 2013 NFL season has delivered substantial evidence that Physics and Chinese philosophies are guiding forces in the NFL. For every positive surprise this season, there has been an equal and opposite negative surprise. The better one brother has played, the worse the other brother has played. Whether it's due to the laws of physics, the yin and yang, karma, an identity crisis, or just a boring old coincidence, there were several counter balancing acts throughout the first 5 weeks of the NFL season.
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Peyton and Eli - What a tale of two brothers, the better the older brother performs, the worse the younger brother performs. Peyton Manning is having the best season of his career, and at the exact same time, Eli Manning is having the worst year of his career. Peyton is leading the league in touchdown passes and his team is 5-0. Eli is leading the league in interceptions and his team is 0-5. It would be very interesting to see what cosmic forces are really at play in this scenario, if only scientist could find a way to study it. It may be as simple as the big brother finally getting his revenge on the little brother for winning more Super Bowls, or perhaps the Football Gods are letting the world know that Peyton is now and has always been a better QB than his little brother. Whatever the reason, the Manning brothers are going in completely different directions this season, fantasy footballers that drafted Peyton are enjoying the high-flying ride while the fantasy footballers that drafted Eli are whollering in a pit of sorrow.
Kansas City and Pittsburgh Steelers - What a turnaround for these two franchises. The Steelers have gone from being a perennial power-football playoff contender, to a doormat that schools girls dance on. And in the opposite fashion, no one is dancing on the Chiefs anymore because they are all of a sudden a power-football playoff contender. The Steelers are sitting at 0-4 and trying to figure out where their mojo went, and the Chiefs are sitting at 5-0 trying to figure out where their mojo came from. The Steelers have been a dominate fantasy defense for many years, and the Chiefs defense has been a permanent resident of the waiver wire for many years. But in 2013 that has changed and the Chiefs are living in the fantasy defense penthouse, while the Steelers defense is hanging out in a cardboard box on waiver avenue. Such a drastic change for two franchises moving in completely opposite directions.
Chicago Bears and Houston Texans - On the surface there may not seem to be very much going on here, but if you dig a little deeper and look down this rabbit hole, you will find the comparison a little looney. The Bears running back, Forte, was drafted as a #2 RB and he is playing like a #1. The Texans running back, Foster, was drafted as a #1 RB and he is playing like a #2 RB. The Bears young #2 receiver, Alshon Jeffery, started out slow but is now living up to the hype, whereas, the Texans young #2 receiver, DeAndre Hopkins started out fast but has slowed down to avoid the hype.
The most polarizing difference between the Texans and Bears can be seen when comparing their starting quarterbacks. Both these teams started out with #2 fantasy quarterbacks, but as the season has progressed, one team's QB is pushing to #1 status while the other QB is looking for a room to rent on the waiver wire. Since the reason for a demotion is due to the QB throwing to many interceptions, one would have to assume that Cutler is moving to waiver avenue and Schaub is moving up. But as the first 5 weeks of the NFL season have taught us, that is not the case. Cutler is finding a grove and learning to throw to players not named Marshall that actually wear the same uniform as him; whereas, Schaub has decided he thoroughly enjoys throwing touchdown passes to players wearing a different uniform than his own. It is a very twisted sense of irony that the calm game-managing Schaub is the one being run out of town for throwing interceptions instead of the risk-taking gunslinging Cutler.
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