Fantasy Football's Reliables and Not-So Reliables
Week Six in fantasy football was a crazy one. Many players had breakout games and put up huge numbers, while some had very disappointing weeks. Many players going into this week had put up good numbers every game, but some just needed one more big output to be considered reliable and many players did.
On the other hand, some players that are off to slow starts this year were expected to break out and get back to their usual numbers, but they just continued to be inconsistent and unreliable. I will break down the keepers and the sleepers so far this year in fantasy football.
Ray Rice had put up great numbers the first five weeks (11, seven, 12, 14, and 19) but he really had been a surprise to most people because he is one of the youngest and newest running backs to the NFL.
Going into this week, I thought this is the game where he will really show if he is really a reliable running back that you can count on every week, since he was facing one of the best run-stopping defenses in the Minnesota Vikings.
The story at the end of this game was Brett Favre leading another great comeback, as the Vikings won 33 to 31, while the Ravens missed a make-able field goal as the clock ran out. But when you look at what Ray Rice did in this game, it was phenomenal how he made the Vikings defensive line look more like 15th to 20th ranked in stopping the run as he had 10 carries for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
Wait, hold on, he had receiving yards? Yes, he put up better numbers than most first-string receivers did this week, as he caught 10 passes for 117 yards. So Rice finished with 194 total yards and two touchdowns, which added up to a huge sum of 30 fantasy points!
Look for Ray Rice to be in the top 10 list in RBs for the rest of the fantasy football season, as he is very reliable and not only a threat on the ground, but also in the air. He can easily be compared to Maurice Jones-Drew right now. He is a must start every week.
Thomas Jones makes strong statement in Week Six
Nothing but clear daylight. That was what Jets RB Thomas Jones saw a lot of in front of him this Sunday on the gridiron as he had a career day. He had 22 carries for 210 yards and a touchdown. He, like Ray Rice, had put up good fantasy numbers for the first five weeks (22, five, two, 10, 16).
This week, though, he put up a huge 28 points. As Leon Washington was trying to make an impact for more playing time, I would say that Thomas Jones' career game made people realize that he is the go-to guy in the backfield for the Jets.
You should expect huge numbers from him the rest of the season because they are a run-first type of offense, and their passing game is miserable right now, as they threw six interceptions this week.
Thomas Jones is a must start in every league.
Williams back to his old self
After starting off this season a little bit slowly, "uh-oh" DeAngello Williams is back. He had another career day versus the Bucs, as he had 30 carries for 152 yards and two touchdowns, which just happens to be a huge 29 fantasy points.
You can easily expect 10 fantasy points for him the rest of the season as the passing game looks terrible and Williams has his swagger back.
Go back to college
After Week Three, everyone thought hands down that Sanchez was going to be the Rookie of the Year; but wow, what has happened the last three weeks?
Sanchez started out the season leading his team to a 3-0 record and four TD passes with only two interceptions, not to mention he looked like a great leader, but let's take a look at his last three weeks' stats.
The last three weeks, the Jets have gone 0-3 and Sanchez has looked like a rookie that doesn't know what to do, as he has thrown eight interceptions and just one touchdown. But five of those came this week against Buffalo! This was his judgment week, as he faced the Bills' not-so-great D and he failed miserably.
My suggestion: Dump him off your team; you can find a better second string QB easily.
What happened to the Forte we know?
Last year, Matt Forte was one of the top fantasy players in the league. Now, he isn't even in the top 15 to 20 RBs.
After starting off the first four games of the season with very low numbers, this seemed to be the week he needed to prove to fantasy league owners that he was worth that number three or four or five pick in the draft.
That he did not.
He rushed for a mere 23 yards on 15 carries and didn't do much in the passing game. Only three points, and he is averaging only about 6.5 to 7.5 fantasy points per game. He is very unreliable, for right now, at least.
Spotlight no longer on Brandon Jacobs
Earlier this week, it was clear that Brandon Jacobs was upset that he is no longer the big threat in the Giants running game, as Ahmad Bradshaw is getting like it seems to be more and more touches every game. Jacobs shouldn't be all that mad, as he has put up terrible numbers so far this season while Bradshaw has been the playmaker.
Let's compare their numbers. Jacobs has 107 carries for 388 yards, a slim 3.6 yards per carry, and only one touchdown. Bradshaw has 68 carries for 423 yards, a huge 6.2 yards per carry, and three touchdowns.
In Week Six he had more carries than Jacobs; expect them to split time and as long as they do, Jacobs has a very slim fantasy output.