Fantasy Football's Biggest Winners and Losers After NFL Week 6
We've hit Week 6 of the 2012 NFL season, and as is the case on any given Sunday across the National Football League, there were a number of breakout performances and disappointing showings, including a huge day from a very unlikely running back.
Those performances made an impact across the fantasy football landscape, and here's a look at some of fantasy football's biggest winners and losers from this week's games.
Winner: Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Just about everything went right for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their 38-10 demolition of the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, including the play of fourth-year quarterback Josh Freeman.
Freeman completed only 15 passes on the day, but what his performance lacked in quantity it more than made up for in quality, as he racked up 328 passing yards and three touchdowns with one interception in the victory.
Loser: Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
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The Atlanta Falcons remained undefeated with a 23-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders, and while the team has to be happy to have escaped with a win, quarterback Matt Ryan (and his fantasy owners) can't be pleased with his performance against Oakland.
The fifth-year veteran had his shakiest outing of the 2012 season on Sunday, throwing three first-half interceptions before rallying the team to a win.
Those three interceptions, and Ryan's modest touchdown and yardage numbers kept his fantasy day in single digits. That's not exactly what fantasy owners were looking for when they started him this week.
Winner: Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets
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Yes, New York Jets running back Shonn Greene is on the winners list, and no, it's not a typo.
In fact, the fourth-year pro may have been the biggest winner of all this week, gashing the Indianapolis Colts for 161 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-9 blowout win.
After averaging less than three yards a carry entering this game, Greene ran for more than five yards a pop against Indy, once again reinforcing the fact that 2012 is indeed the year of the Mayan apocalypse.
Loser: Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
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One of the most pleasant surprises of the 2012 season has been the play of Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. He has shown no ill effects from last season's ACL tear, averaging more than 100 rushing yards a game over the season's first five weeks.
However, Charles let down his fantasy owners in Week 6, as the Chiefs got down early and had to abandon the running game, resulting in the fifth-year pro having his second-worst statistical showing of the season with only 40 yards on 12 carries.
Winner: Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
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Fantasy owners who drafted Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant this year have been anxiously waiting for the third-year pro's production to finally catch up with his considerable talent.
For one week, at least, Bryant's owners got their wish, as the 23-year-old had a huge game against the Baltimore Ravens, hauling in 13 catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns.
Loser: Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins
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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline has been a hidden gem for fantasy owners this season, rising from relative obscurity to post top-10 numbers at his position as rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill's favorite target.
However, Hartline turned back into a lump of coal in Week 6, as not only was the fourth-year pro shut out by cornerback Cortland Finnegan of the St. Louis Rams, but the only two targets he saw on Sunday were wiped out by penalties.
Winner: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
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Fantasy owners of Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin have been very disappointed with his production so far this year, as nagging injuries have limited the fourth-year pro to only 165 yards.
Maclin nearly matched that total in one game in the Eagles' Week 6 loss to the Detroit Lions, reeling in six passes for 130 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown bomb.
Loser: Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith has quietly been playing some of the best football of his career this season, and the eighth-year pro entered today's matchup with the New York Giants coming off a blowout win over the Buffalo Bills in which he was nearly flawless.
That seems like a million years ago after Sunday's clunker.
Smith was downright terrible in a lopsided loss to the G-Men, throwing three interceptions in a game for the first time since 2009.
Winner: Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
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Heading into Sunday's matchup with the Minnesota Vikings, there was some question as to whether Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III would even play after suffering a concussion against the Atlanta Falcons a week ago.
He played all right.
Griffin absolutely destroyed the Vikings with his scrambling ability in a 38-26 Redskins win, rushing for the most yardage by a quarterback in six years, including a 76-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory.
Winner: Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
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I'm going to include these players as a duo; since entering the season, both were lauded players who haven't lived up to their draft-day price tags to this point.
They certainly lived up to their billing in Sunday night's tilt with the Houston Texans, however, as Rodgers eviscerated the Houston secondary to the tune of four touchdown passes in just over a half, with three of those scores being reeled in by Nelson.
Rodgers finished his night with 338 yards passing and six TDs. Nelson finished with 121 yards receiving and three scores.