Another week in fantasy football has passed where unsuspecting, little owned players showed up amongst the scoring leaders.
Christian Ponder continues to demand recognition with is play, yet is unowned in more than 20 percent of leagues.
While this week, three Cleveland Browns players surprisingly out performed many of their peers.
Are these five guys (excellent burger joint on a side note) worth an addition to your team with their Week 5 performance?
WR Devery Henderson, New Orleans: Week 5 vs. San Diego: 8 receptions, 123 yards, 1 touchdown. Rank 7th 12.1 percent owned
Marques Colston was the receiver who put up the 40 burger on the Chargers, but it was nice to see Henderson finally have a good game.
He has been absent pretty much the entire season so far in New Orleans. As his touchdown catch, that helped Brees break the record, was his first of the season. He's also only racked up 14 total receptions for 197 yards.
But someone is bound to be left out when Brees has Jimmy Graham, Colston, and Darren Sproles to throw to. Henderson put up the 7th most points of any receiver of the week, but until Brees starts making him a consistent target hold off on adding him.
WR Josh Gordon, Cleveland: Week 5 @ New York Giants: 2 receptions, 82 yards, 2 touchdowns. Rank 11th .2 percent owned
Gordon's performance is a little deceiving, yet intriguing. For starters, he finish with the 11th most points among receivers in Week 5, but he did it on two receptions both for touchdowns.
However, his touchdowns were big, one for 61-yards, the other for 20-yards.
He was also targeted nine times by Brandon Weeden, so on one hand, it's not great that he only caught two of the nine passes (considering Weeden only had 13 incompletions on the day).
However, it was also encouraging to see the Baylor rookie getting some looks. No. 1 wideout Greg Little was only targeted once throughout the game, and it wasn't due to stellar coverage by the Giants.
I believe Little is being phased out of the passing game, due to inconsistent play by him, so expect to see Gordon get more playing time, but see what he does next week against Cincinnati before a possible addition.
QB Christian Ponder, Minnesota: Week 5 vs. Tennessee: 25 of 35, 258 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 31 rushing yards: Rank 11th 17.7 percent owned
This is the second time that Ponder has made my list of top five fantasy performers under the radar, and little owned. I know I said to add him then.
It's no longer speculative, Ponder needs to be added to your roster if you are in need of a backup. He's spreading the ball around nicely (he hit eight different targets on Sunday), he's not turning the ball over, (these were the first two interceptions he's thrown).
Occasionally he's adding some points by rushing the ball. He's been solid this season, in fact he ranks 16th overall amongst starting quarterbacks, which in my book makes him a viable backup option.
He's also playing on a 5-1 team that looks like they may rebound from the last two miserable years. If you need an emergency starter this week, this week would be a good week to add him, as they will travel to Washington.
The Redskins have given up the 4th most points to fantasy quarterbacks and have dreadful pass defense.
WR Jordan Norwood, Cleveland: Week 5 @ New York Giants: 9 receptions, 81 yards: Rank 17th .1 percent owned
Credit Norwoods performance, like Gordon's, due to frustration from Greg Little. but he made the most of it. What was encouraging about Norwood's performance, was that he was targeted nine times and caught everything thrown to him.. If Norwood continues to show good hands, he could find more playing time and continue to be an underneath receiver for Weeden.
The Bengals are tough a defense that have not given up a ton of points to wide receivers, in fact they have given up only the 25th most points. They also didn't allow any any Dolphin receiver to go for over 100 yards or score a touchdown. Keep an eye on Norwood and see if he puts in another solid performance, could be a decent optional flex guy in deep leagues.
QB Brandon Weeden, Cleveland: Week 5 @ New York Giants: 22 of 35, 291 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions. Rank 12th 1.1 percent owned.
Other than his atrocious debut against the Eagles, and the fact the Browns are 0-5, Weeden has been slowly putting things together. He's put up three double digit performances in five games and finished with the 12th most points by a quarterback in week five.
Still, his nine interceptions are a little alarming, and I don't think he's at a status yet where he could be a reliable back up, especially this week against the Bengals.
But, it seems that he may have found receivers he has some chemistry with in Norwood and Gordon, and Trent Richardson has proven he's a reliable player.
If it all starts coming together and possibly translating ot wins, by midseason, Weeden may become a possible pick-up if you need a backup quarterback.