Fantasy Football's Top Scorers from NFL Week 6
We've now played six weeks of the 2012 NFL season, which means that in fantasy football leagues with 13-week regular seasons, we've effectively hit the halfway point of this year's fantasy campaign.
Just like every week in the NFL, Week 6 featured some transcendent performances and more than a few stinkers, but in the truest spirit of a half-full glass, let's accentuate the positives and take a look at the top scorers in fantasy football this week.
Please note that these scores were tabulated using a PPR scoring system that awards one point for 10 rushing or receiving yards, 25 passing yards and each reception, six points for all touchdowns and subtracts two points for turnovers.
QB: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (49 Pts.)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was a first-round pick in many fantasy football drafts and was taken first overall in more than a few leagues, but at this point in the 2012 season, many team owners who drafted Rodgers were probably lamenting the return they received on that significant investment.
Those same owners were all smiles in Week 6, as Rodgers carved up the Houston Texans like a holiday turkey, throwing four of his six touchdown passes in the first two-plus quarters en route to his best outing this year.
Basically, if you had Arron Rodgers you probably won. If your opponent did, probably not.
QB: Robert Griffin, Washington Redskins (36 Points)
After suffering a concussion in last week's loss to the Atlanta Falcons, it wasn't certain that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin would even play Sunday when the Redskins hosted the Minnesota Vikings.
Oh, he played all right.
Not only did Griffin throw for 182 yards and a touchdown in a 38-26 win, but the rookie also gashed the Vikings for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in an NFL game since 2006, racking up over 130 yards and two more scores on the ground.
RB: Shonn Greene, New York Jets (34 Points)
This is one of those things that reinforces the fact that anything can happen in the NFL.
It also reinforces that 2012 is the year of the Mayan Apocalypse.
After looking positively dreadful this season, averaging less than three yards a carry, New York Jets running back Shonn Greene went absolutely ballistic in Sunday's win over the Indianapolis Colts, carrying the ball 32 times for 161 yards and three touchdowns.
Of course, the fourth-year pro was probably on the bench in the majority of fantasy leagues, so his big day went for naught for many fantasy owners.
WR: Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers (39 Pts.)
After catching 15 touchdown passes last season, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson has been a major letdown so far in 2012, with only a single touchdown catch through the first five weeks this year.
The fifth-year pro broke out in a huge way in Sunday night's game with the Houston Texans, tallying well over 100 receiving yards and tying a career-high three touchdown catches.
TE: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (19 Points)
The Minnesota Vikings have been one of the NFL's surprise teams so far this season, and part of the reason for the improved play from quarterback Christian Ponder has been his rapidly developing rapport with fellow second-year pro Kyle Rudolph.
The Vikings lost Sunday to the Washington Redskins, but Rudolph turned in yet another solid statistical effort, racking up six catches for 56 yards and a touchdown and pitching in another reception for a two-point conversion.