Honorable Mention: Philip Rivers | QB | San Diego Chargers
Indianapolis at San Diego – Mon, 8:30 PM ET
Average Price: $98
Following a dismal 2012 season, Philip Rivers has shown signs of life through the first five weeks of 2013. While his wide receiving core has been decimated by injuries, Rivers is still the third rated passer in the NFL. The Chargers are slight underdogs at home against the Colts on Monday night, but if Rivers plays like he did in his last home game, the Bolts will be in good shape. In a Week 4 victory against the Cowboys, Rivers threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns, including a 56-yard scoring toss to Antonio Gates (below).
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5. Matt Schaub | QB | Houston Texans
St. Louis at Houston – Sun, 1:00 PM ET
Average Price: $140
After having interceptions retunred for touchdowns in three straight games, Matt Schaub looked to improve in his Week 5 Sunday Night showdown against the 49ers. Instead, he threw another pick-six on his first pass of the game (below), setting an NFL record. The last few weeks have been a nightmare for Schaub, with Houston fans burning his jersey and an alleged confrontation with a disgruntled fan outside his Houston-area home. In the Texans’ Week 6 game against the Rams, Schaub will be playing for pride and possibly his NFL future.
4. Geno Smith | QB | New York Jets
Pittsburgh at New York – Sun, 1:00 PM ET
Average Price: $417
With a tumultuous preseason that included an ankle injury and a dysfunctional quarterback competition, not much was expected of rookie Geno Smith early in the season. However, after five weeks, the Jets are surprisingly 3-2 and only one game back of the Patriots at the top of the AFC East. In all three of the Jets’ wins, Smith has led impressive fourth quarter drives to put his team ahead. Smith will continue to improve as the season progresses, and he has a good Week 6 match up at home against the struggling 0-4 Steelers.
3. Dez Bryant | WR | Dallas Cowboys
Washington at Dallas – Sun, 8:30 PM ET
Average Price: $209
Now that it seems Dez Bryant’s off-the-field issues are behind him, he’s become one of the top wide receivers in the NFL. With six touchdowns through the first five weeks of the season, Bryant trails only Wes Welker for most in the league. Bryant had a huge game last week in the Cowboys’ shootout against the Broncos, racking up 141 yards receiving, 2 touchdowns, and an impressive 79-yard catch-and-run (below). The Redskins are currently giving up the most yards per pass attempt in the NFL, so expect more big plays on Sunday night.
2. Ray Rice | RB | Baltimore Ravens
Green Bay at Baltimore – Sun, 1:00 PM EST
Average Price: $155
After a disappointing start to the season, Ravens coach John Harbaugh pledged to reinstate Ray Rice as the focal point of the offense leading into Week 5. Rice responded with two touchdowns in a hard-fought 26-23 win against the Dolphins. With the absence of Packers’ linebackers Clay Matthews and Brad Jones on Sunday, expect Rice to make a huge impact in both the rushing and passing game. If Harbaugh sticks to his commitment, Ray Rice will be seen flexing in the end zone much more often.
1. Jimmy Graham | TE | New Orleans Saints
New Orleans at New England – Sun, 4:25 PM ET
Average Price: $370
If the Saints’ offense can keep up its torrid pace, Jimmy Graham could finish the year with the best season ever by a tight end. Not only does Graham lead the league in receiving yards, but he also became the first tight end ever to be named Offensive Player of the Month. Graham is currently on pace to break the NFL records for most yards and most touchdowns in a single season by a tight end, held by the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski, who is expected to make his season debut Sunday. While the Patriots’ pass defense has been much improved this season, if Graham can continue to make plays like his Week 4 touchdown catch in triple-coverage below, New England will have no answer.