The breakout performance award goes to Philip Rivers. After Marty Schottenheimer's conservative approach contributed to San Diego's loss to the Ravens in week four, the Chargers coach allowed Rivers to show off his skills against the Steelers, and he was very impressive. The San Diego QB completed 24 of 37 passes for 242 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Rivers is a decent fantasy option when he has favorable matchups, and he will be a star in the future.
The how am I Miami's most impressive fantasy performer award goes to wide receiver Wes Welker. While most of the Dolphins' fantasy options are struggling this season, Welker has been a pleasant surprise. He is eighth in the league with 27 receptions, and he leads Miami with 299 receiving yards. On top of that, he's got one of the best names in the league. Don't be afraid to pick him up.
The Uncle Jesse awardfor best hair in the NFL goes to Darrent Williams. I'm not sure what he's got going on, whether it's a mohawk or dread locks or corn rows, but I know I like it. The Broncos defense put up nice fantasy numbers Monday night, forcing three Steve McNair interceptions and allowing just three points.
The award for nearly eliminating 95 percent of the population from their suicide pools goes to the Colts. Indianapolis was an 18.5 point favorite against the Titans, but barely squeaked out a 14-13 victory. While Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison both scored their first touchdowns of the season, the Colts' offense was a fantasy disappointment in week five.
The lucky pick-up award goes to yours truly. I've had serious quarterback troubles in our Charm City League (finally got my first win of the season by the way). I drafted Trent Green and Aaron Brooks. Needless to say, that didn't really work out. However, I picked David Carr up early, and he was playing great for me. With Houston idle last week, I had to search long and hard for a solid fantasy option at QB and came up with Kansas City's Damon Huard. Green's replacement was very effective, passing for 288 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The don't trade me for anything award goes to Donovan McNabb. The Eagles quarterback passed for 354 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Cowboys. He also ran for a score. McNabb is off to the best start of any quarterback in NFL history. He's tossed 11 touchdowns and one interception on the season and is averaging over 320 yards per game.
100-yard rushing club: Frank Gore, Tiki Barber, Travis Henry, Deuce McAllister, Chester Taylor, Fred Taylor, Cadillac Williams, Thomas Jones, DeShaun Foster, Noah Herron, Leon Washington, Julius Jones