Fantasy Football: Who'll Be Week 6's Top Point Producers

Todd StevensContributor IOctober 9, 2012

Fantasy Football: Who'll Be Week 6's Top Point Producers

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    As we begin to enter the middle portion of the 2012 fantasy football season, a few things are becoming clear.

    Aaron Rodgers is not the Aaron Rodgers he was last year. Nor is LeSean McCoy, Cam Newton or Matthew Stafford.

    New stars are emerging. Surprise players are making fantasy splashes. And depending on your roster, that could be good or bad.

    Here's who I think will be the top fantasy players at each starting lineup position.

QB: Matt Ryan

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    Matt Ryan is at home in Week 6 against Oakland, which is struggling in many areas as a team, but defending the pass might be its biggest weakness.

    The Raiders defense has allowed nine touchdown passes in four games, failing to register a single interception.

    That will likely result in another tremendous fantasy effort for Ryan, who’s already thrown 13 touchdowns of his own.

RB: Arian Foster

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    Arian Foster should light up the Packers on Sunday. Green Bay is in the middle of the pack statistically when it comes to defending the run.

    Houston has the sort of run-pass balance that could keep the Pack off-balance, resulting in several chances for sizable yardage for Foster.

    The Texans are a team on the rise, and the Packers are wobbling.

RB: Marshawn Lynch

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    With 508 rushing yards on the season, Marshawn Lynch has been a workhorse so far.

    The Patriots come calling in Week 6, and though their defense gives up an average of less than 100 yards per game on the ground, Lynch is a stat-buster when motivated.

    He’s averaging better than 100 yards per game rushing through five weeks, and he’ll likely hover around that mark again in Week 6.

WR: Mike Wallace

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    Prior to being shut down by the Eagles in Week 5 (two catches, 17 yards), Mike Wallace had been one of the NFL’s leading receivers.

    He’s still got three touchdown receptions in four games, and he should get back on track this Sunday at Tennessee.

    The Titans are 27th against the pass, and they have allowed 12 scoring passes while continuing to adjust to the loss of intimidator Cortland Finnegan.

    Wallace has 12 grabs for 160 yards and two touchdowns on the road so far in 2012, and those numbers should increase this weekend.

WR: Roddy White

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    If Matt Ryan’s going to be throwing against the shaky Raiders secondary, Roddy White’s going to be on the receiving end (31 receptions, 481 yards, three touchdowns).

    While it’s true that Ryan spreads the wealth to guys like Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez, White has become his big-play threat.

    Atlanta could hang a huge number on the Raiders Sunday, and if it does, White will be a significant part of it.

TE: Vernon Davis

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    Vernon Davis is quietly putting together a superb season. The 49ers star tight end has 20 catches for 303 yards and four touchdowns through the first five games.

    Projected over an entire season, Davis would wind up with nearly 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns.

    He’ll be running routes against a patchwork Giants defense in Week 6 (ranked in the bottom third of the league against the pass).

    Davis should exceed 75 yards receiving and catch a scoring pass from Alex Smith.

K: David Akers

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    David Akers’ monster season of 2011 has carried over into 2012.

    He hasn’t scored fewer than seven points in a game, and he has been between nine and 12 points in each of the other four.

    The Giants are the Week 6 foe, and they have been scoring a ton of points.

    If the 49ers offense has to keep up, Akers (10-of-13 FGs) is going to wind up getting several field-goal chances.

DEF: Miami Dolphins

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    The Miami Dolphins haven’t wowed anyone defensively this season. They give up 20 points a game, and they surrender more than 280 yards passing per game

    But this week, the St. Louis Rams come to Florida, and the Rams rarely take their best effort with them on the road.

    Sam Bradford has only guided the Rams to 29 points in two road games so far, and heaven help them if he endures another rough outing.

    If the Rams want to try and run the ball with Steven Jackson, Miami is No. 1 in the NFL at stopping it.