Fantasy Football: Week 6 NFL Performances We Never Saw Coming
If there's one thing you can expect in the NFL, it's the unexpected.
The last minute of Sunday's game between the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints was a testament to that. However, it wasn't just the wild finish that left the Saints with their first loss that caught us off guard.
There were plenty of surprising individual performances in Week 6 as well, and the following slides will illustrate that theme.
Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants
22 Carries, 106 yards, 2 touchdowns
For our first surprise performance, we have to travel back in time to Thursday night.
At the time, it felt like we were traveling much further than that.
That's because New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs looked better than he has in years.
The G-Men lost the game 27-21, but it wasn't Jacobs' fault. He picked up 106 yards on 22 carries with a pair of touchdowns.
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
296 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown
With Michael Vick sidelined by a hamstring injury, the hope was that Nick Foles could hold down the fort for one week at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Foles may not be leaving that fort.
There's a quarterback controversy brewing in Philly after Foles threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Foles added another score on the ground, and most importantly, the second-year pro didn't turn the ball over.
Thaddeus Lewis, QB, Buffalo Bills
216 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown
Nick Foles wasn't the only backup passer to open some eyes in Week 6.
Granted, the Buffalo Bills lost to the Cincinnati Bengals 27-24 in overtime, but it's hardly the fault of quarterback Thaddeus Lewis.
Lewis played an excellent game in place of the injured EJ Manuel, topping 200 passing yards, tossing two touchdown passes and running in another score.
Lewis suffered a right foot injury, according to ESPN, but he said the X-rays "looked good."
Joseph Fauria, TE, Detroit Lions
3 receptions, 34 yards, 3 touchdowns
Joseph Fauria is a rookie tight end for the Detroit Lions who is better known for his end-zone celebrations than his prowess on the football field.
Well, Fauria had plenty of chances to dance Sunday in the Lions' 31-17 win over the Browns. His three catches for 34 yards isn't an eye-popping stat line.
Until, that is, you realize that all three of those catches went for touchdowns.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Carolina Panthers
4 receptions, 107 yards, 1 touchdown
Frankly, the performance of the entire Carolina Panthers team in Week 6 was a surprise.
The Panthers blasted the Minnesota Vikings 35-10, and the biggest day offensively for the Panthers came from wide receiver Brandon LaFell.
LaFell hauled in four passes for 107 yards on the day, including a 79-yard score in the third quarter that blew the game open.
St. Louis Rams Defense
13 points allowed, 5 sacks, 4 takeaways, 2 touchdowns
The biggest surprise of Week 6 likely occurred in Houston.
The St. Louis Rams pasted the Texans 38-13, propelled to that thrashing by a dominant effort by their beleaguered defense.
The Rams tallied five sacks and forced four turnovers, two of which were returned for touchdowns (one on special teams).
That's right. The St. Louis defense/special teams outscored Houston.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos
15 carries, 42 yards, 3 touchdowns
It's been lost in all the hubbub surrounding quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos passing game in 2013, but running back Knowshon Moreno is quietly having the best season of his five-year NFL career.
Moreno's 42 yards on 15 carries in Sunday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars is hardly awe-inspiring.
His three touchdown runs, on the other hand, definitely do not suck.
Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots
20 carries, 96 yards, 2 touchdowns
After topping 1,200 rushing yards and scoring 12 touchdowns last year, big things were expected from New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley in 2013.
Leading up to Week 6, Ridley's season had been an injury and miscue-filled mess.
Ridley finally appeared to put it together in Week 6. The third-year pro rushed 20 times for 96 yards, finding the end zone twice in New England's stunning win over the New Orleans Saints.
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers
8 receptions, 180 yards, 2 touchdowns
It's hardly a surprise that San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis had a big game in their win over the Arizona Cardinals.
But man, what a game.
Davis tallied a career-high 180 receiving yards, most of which came in a huge first half that saw him reel in touchdowns from 35 and 61 yards out.
Dwayne Harris, WR, Dallas Cowboys
222 return yards, 1 touchdown
The Dallas Cowboys have all kinds of weapons in the passing game, from wideout Dez Bryant to tight end Jason Witten.
One name you don't hear a lot of is Dwayne Harris.
His name got called plenty on Sunday night against the Washington Redskins.
The third-year pro had two long returns in the game. The first, an 86-yard punt return, went for a touchdown.
The second, a 90-yard kickoff return, set up another Dallas score.