Fantasy Football Studs and Duds for Each Position in Week 6
Washington's Robert Griffin III was one of two quarterbacks to finish with more than 30 fantasy points in Week 6. In fact, his 34 points were a career-best performance, even though he threw for only 182 yards.
It was the first time in his young career he finished a game and threw for less than 200 yards. RG3 suffered a concussion the previous week and finished with only 91 passing yards before leaving that game early.
Despite his non-prolific passing day, he racked up fantasy points in bunches as a runner.
Only one running back rushed for more yards than Griffin, who finished with a career-high 138 yards. RG3 rushed for two scores including a 76-yard touchdown.
Despite his strong fantasy performance, he wasn't my choice as fantasy stud at quarterback this week.
Studs of the Week
QB - Aaron Rodgers, Packers
Coming into Week 6, the Texans had given up a total of six passing touchdowns in their previous five games combined. In 48 minutes on Sunday, Rodgers doubled that total. Rodgers finished the game with 338 passing yards, a career-high six touchdowns and zero interceptions.
RB - Shonn Greene, Jets
Averaging only 2.9 yards per carry for the season through Week 5, Greene had failed to surpass 40 rushing yards in his previous four matchups. In Week 6, he gave some owners an opportunity to sell high.
Greene set career highs with 32 carries for 161 yards and tied his previous high of three rushing touchdowns to score 34 fantasy points using standard scoring. That was at least double every running back not named Ray Rice, who had 22 fantasy points.
WR - Jordy Nelson, Packers
With Rodgers lighting up the Texans' secondary, Nelson was the recipient of three of those six touchdown passes. He finished the game with season highs in receptions (nine) and yards (121).
This week's opponent, St. Louis, is tied with the Ravens for the league low in passing touchdowns per game (0.67 - four in six games), Nelson has another tough matchup.
So, four touchdowns this week?
TE - Antonio Gates, Chargers
Gates had two touchdowns in a week when only six other tight ends had one touchdown. He was the only tight end to finish with 20 fantasy points and one of only four to finish with double-digit fantasy points this week.
Although he scored twice, it was the first time this season Gates scored as he also set season highs with six receptions and 81 yards.
Duds of the Week
QB - Alex Smith, 49ers
Coming into Week 6, Alex Smith had an 8:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Although he is unlikely to start outside of deep or two-QB leagues, someone could have started Smith as a bye-week replacement. If you did, you got two points.
Smith threw for 200 yards, good for eight points in most leagues and an uncharacteristic three interceptions (minus six points) in the team's 26-3 loss at home.
RB - Michael Turner, Falcons
You could argue that LeSean McCoy (22 rushing yards), Reggie Bush (17 rushing yards) or Rashard Mendenhall (six yards) could be the running back dud of the week, as well. With McCoy and Bush being productive in the receiving game and Mendenhall leaving the game with an injury, Turner gets the (dis)honor.
The Falcons struggled overall against one of the league's worst defenses. After four consecutive games with double-digit fantasy performances, Turner rushed for 33 yards on 11 carries and had only one reception for seven yards.
WR - Brian Hartline, Dolphins
With the exception of Nathan Palmer (minus four yards), no receiver had a worse game than Hartline. Even though he finished with no targets (and obviously no receptions), Hartline still ranks eighth in the NFL in receiving yardage (514) after his Week 6 goose egg.
TE - Jermichael Finley, Packers
On a day where Finley was active, Greg Jennings wasn't and Rodgers throws six touchdowns, you would think Finley might have had more than one fantasy point.
Finley had two receptions for only 12 yards and has finished with exactly one fantasy point in standard-scoring leagues in back-to-back weeks.
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