You know it's going to be a strange week when your first-round pick (Clinton Portis? Ahman Green?) gets one-upped by a guy named Artose or Mewelde.
That's how it went last weekend, when on-field results flew in the face of rational predictions and made so-called experts look so-so at best.
Week 5 included the unexpected return of Deuce McAllister (so long, Stecker!) and the unexpected departure of DeShaun Foster (so much for that breakout season, huh?).
Droughns' 193 yards were the most by any running back in Week 5 not bad for a seldom-used fullback who had run for 127 yards in 44 career games before Sunday. Even in the tough-to-figure Broncos' backfield-by-committee, Droughns has earned some carries and a starting spot in fantasy lineups for the foreseeable future.
My future in fantasy football prognostication is a little less rosy. I sure didn't foresee a big day for big Reuben, a surprise starter after Quentin Griffin was scratched shortly before kickoff.
But I did predict a nice week for Ahman Green, who instead stumbled and fumbled early, then spent the rest of Monday night watching from the backfield as Brett Favre threw from the hip, trying in vain to prevent another Packers loss at home. Green finished with a negative score. What, no points for good pass protection?
I also had a gut feeling about Michael Vick. Turned out that feeling was kind of like a kick in the gut. Vick had three turnovers in a loss to the Lions and still hasn't thrown for 200 yards in a game this season. I guess it really shouldn't come as a surprise that an East Coast guy like Vick is struggling in the West Coast offense. You know, because of the whole rivalry thing.
If you grabbed them Mewelde Moore or Artose Pinner, both are safe starts again this week Moore against the Saints' 29th-ranked defense, Pinner against the tackling-deficient Packers.
Just remember Artose by any other name is probably still a backup when Kevin Jones gets healthy.
Bring on Week 6. Here's hoping it's as pleasantly unpredictable as last week.