By Derek of The Sportmeisters
Week six of the season is in the books. Here are my winners, losers, and waiver wire wonders from the week. Let’s go.
Tom Brady—New England Patriots: 29 Completions, 34 Attempts, 380 Yards, 6 TD, 0 INT
He’s baack! Brady and the Patriots put on an amazing scoring display last week against Tennessee, scoring 59 points, with 45 of them coming in the first half and 35 in the second quarter alone. Brady looked like his old self, throwing for 380 yards and six touchdowns in the snow. He always was a must start QB and he re-established that fact last week, so make sure you have him in you lineup this week against Tampa Bay.
Drew Brees—New Orleans Saints: 23 Completions, 30 Attempts, 369 Yards, 4 TD, 0 INT
Not even the New York Giants could stop Drew Brees and that New Orleans offense. They scored 48 points and Brees threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns. Brees is an elite fantasy QB and should be started every week no matter what.
Matt Schaub—Houston Texans: 28 Completions, 40 Attempts, 392 Yards, 4 TD, 1 INT
Schaub put up monster numbers last week against a Cincinnati D that had been pretty good. He threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns and has thrown for 763 yards and six touchdowns in the last two games. Ride him while he’s hot, especially against San Francisco this week (ranked 20th vs. the pass).
Thomas Jones—New York Jets: 22 Carries, 210 Yards, 1 TD, 2 Receptions, 17 Yards
Jones had his best game this year last week against Buffalo. He ran for 210 yards and a touchdown and has re-established himself as the lead man in the backfield. He has another excellent matchup this week against Oakland (ranked 28th vs. the run) and he should be in your lineup while he’s hot.
Steve Slaton—Houston Texans: 19 Carries, 43 Yards, 6 Receptions, 102 Yards, 1 TD, 1 FUM
While Slaton may not have had his best day running the ball, he made up for it with his receiving ability. He had 43 yards rushing, but had six receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown against Cincinnati. He hasn’t been the best fantasy RB, but he has been productive these past few weeks. Keep starting him and expect him to break out soon.
DeAngelo Williams—Carolina Panthers: 30 Carries, 152 Yards, 2 TD, 2 Receptions, 20 Yards
Who said he was a bust? Williams started the season slow, but so did the entire Carolina team. Last week he finally showed why he was a first round pick, running for 152 yards and two touchdowns. He has another monster matchup this week against Buffalo (ranked 32nd vs. the run) and should be in your lineup every week because it appears the Panthers have found their running game again.
Maurice Jones-Drew—Jacksonville Jaguars: 33 Carries, 133 Yards, 3 TD, 5 Receptions, 45 Yards, 1 FUM
When Maurice Jones-Drew talks, the Jaguars coaching staff listens. MJD complained about their week five game plan and received the ball a total of 38 times in week six. He ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns and had five receptions for 45 yards. He is showing why he was a first round pick and should be started every week after this week’s bye.
Ray Rice—Baltimore Ravens: 10 Carries, 77 Yards, 2 TD, 10 Receptions, 117 Yards
So much for the backfield by committee in Baltimore. Rice appears to be running away with the job and rightfully so. In the past two weeks, he has 146 yards rushing with two touchdowns and 17 receptions for 191 yards and a touchdown. If you own any Baltimore RB, he is the one to own. He has a bye this week.
Sidney Rice—Minnesota Vikings: 6 Receptions, 176 Yards
Rice appears to be the Minnesota WR that has the most chemistry with QB Brett Favre as he has a team leading 23 receptions for 409 yards and two touchdowns on the year. He had a career game last week with six receptions for 176 yards against Baltimore. He has a tough matchup this week against Pittsburgh (ranked 12th vs. the Pass), but stash him on the bench for the upcoming weeks.
Randy Moss—New England Patriots: 8 Receptions, 129 Yards, 3 TD
It was only a matter of time before Brady was able to find his number one guy and last week was the time. Moss caught eight passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns in the 59-0 trouncing of the Titans. Moss now has 38 receptions for 496 yards and four touchdowns on the season and remains an every week must start.
Wes Welker—New England Patriots: 10 Receptions, 150 Yards, 2 TD
How’s this for being the top target for arguably the NFL’s best QB? Welker missed two games with an injury and is still fourth in the NFL in receptions with 36, to go with 377 yards and three touchdowns. He had 10 receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns last week in the 59-0 trouncing of the Titans. Welker looks to be fully healthy and should be an every week start.
Marques Colston—New Orleans Saints: 8 Receptions, 166 Yards, 1 TD
Colston has been up and down so far this year, but last week he was awesome. He had eight receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown against the Giants. He plays with Drew Brees and that high-powered New Orleans offense and should be started every week.
Larry Fitzgerald—Arizona Cardinals: 13 Receptions, 100 Yards, 1 TD
Are we going to see someone finally break the Madden Curse? So far, so good as Fitzgerald has 35 receptions for 360 yards and five touchdowns on the season. He had 13 of those receptions last week against Seattle and he took those 13 receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown. He is an elite Fantasy WR and should be started every week.
Hines Ward—Pittsburgh Steelers: 8 Receptions, 159 Yards, 1 TD
Wasn’t he supposed to be on the decline? Ward just keeps on going and keeps on catching passes. He caught eight balls for 159 yards and a touchdown last week against Cleveland and now has 41 receptions for 599 yards and two touchdowns on the season. He looks to still be Big Ben’s favorite target and you should start him while he’s hot.
Zach Miller—Oakland Raiders: 6 Receptions, 139 Yards, 1 TD
Who knew that Oakland had an offense? Last week against Philadelphia, Miller finally had the type of game that we expected from him when we drafted him. He caught six balls for 139 yards and a touchdown. He is without question JaMarcus Russell’s favorite target, but I still don’t trust that Oakland offense, especially against the Jets defense this week.
Owen Daniels—Houston Texans: 7 Receptions, 78 Yards, 2 TD
Daniels is quietly becoming one of the most consistent fantasy TE’s. He had seven receptions for 78 yards and two touchdowns last week against Cincinnati and now has 32 receptions for 374 yards and four touchdowns on the season. The four touchdowns are more than he has had in the past two seasons (3 in 2007 and 2 in 2008). Start him every week while he and Schaub are hot.
Tony Scheffler—Denver Broncos: 6 Receptions, 101 Yards, 1 TD
At the beginning of the year, we all thought the Broncos would trade Scheffler because Josh McDaniels isn’t known for utilizing the Tight End in his offense. However, they kept him and he has been more active in the offense every week. Last week, he caught six balls for 101 yards and a touchdown and now has 16 receptions for 217 yards and two touchdowns on the year. I wouldn’t start him yet, but keep an eye on him for the future.
Mark Sanchez—New York Jets: 10 Completions, 29 Attempts, 119 Yards, 0 TD, 5 INT
If you were using Mark Sanchez as a bye week fill in last week, I hope you had some good Running Backs and Wide Receivers to offset his disaster of a day against Buffalo. He threw five interceptions and has now thrown eight interceptions to just one touchdown in the past three games. He should not be owned in any league right now, even as a bye week fill in.
Kerry Collins—Tennessee Titans: 2 Completions, 12 Attempts, -7 Yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 1 FUM
Not that you were ever using Kerry Collins as your fantasy starter, but if you were that desperate last week, boy were you sorry. He completed just two passes for negative seven yards and threw an interception and lost a fumble. He may end up being benched for Vince Young, but he shouldn’t be on the fantasy radar even if he keeps his job.
Matt Hasselbeck—Seattle Seahawks: 10 Completions, 29 Attempts, 112 Yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 1 FUM
After his monster return in week five, we all thought he was a safe fantasy play last week against Arizona’s 31st ranked Pass D. Boy, were we wrong. Hasselbeck threw for just 112 Yards and threw an interception and lost a fumble. He appears to be healthy and has another week to rest as Seattle is on a bye this week. Keep him on the bench as your backup and watch for the matchups as he could still be useful.
Jason Campbell—Washington Redskins: 9 Completions, 16 Attempts, 89 Yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Not only did he not throw a touchdown against Kansas City’s 25th ranked pass defense, he didn’t even finish out the game as he was benched in the second half. Campbell hasn’t had a hard schedule and yet still has thrown just six touchdowns and has also thrown six interceptions. He should not be a fantasy option going forward, especially if they decide to keep him on the bench this week.
Brandon Jacobs—New York Giants: 7 Carries, 33 Yards, 1 Reception, 2 Yards
How in the world does the biggest RB in the NFL have just 388 yards rushing and just one touchdown in six games? He had just 33 yards last week against New Orleans and just doesn’t look like the same guy who plowed through defenders last year.
Here’s hoping he breaks out of his slump this week, but I wouldn’t start him against Arizona (ranked first against the Run).
Matt Forte—Chicago Bears: 15 Carries, 23 Yards, 5 Receptions, 37 Yards, 2 FUM
It’s a bit early to label Forte a bust, but he hasn’t produced like a first or even a second round fantasy pick yet. He has just one game of 100+ yards and has just 294 yards on the season. He also has 18 receptions for 129 yards and just one touchdown. There is still plenty of time to turn it around, but he needs to do better than his 23 yard performance last week against Atlanta.
Willie Parker—Pittsburgh Steelers: 7 Carries, 26 Yards, 1 Reception, 9 Yards, 1 FUM
Parker has officially lost his starting job and with that has lost almost all fantasy value. He has just 185 yards rushing and no rushing touchdowns to go with his five receptions for 53 yards and one touchdown. If you own him, feel free to drop him after his 26 yard performance against the lowly Cleveland Browns.
Jeremy Maclin—Philadelphia Eagles: 1 Reception, 6 Yards
One week wonder? No, I don’t think so, but he was nowhere to be found last week against Oakland. He had just one catch for six yards one week after having six receptions for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Consider this a fluke week from the entire Eagles offense, but don’t start him again until he is a more consistent part of the offense.
Steve Smith—Carolina Panthers: 1 Reception, 4 Yards
Is it bad when your star player doesn’t feel that he is an asset to the team anymore? That is what Steve Smith said after having just one catch for four yards against Tampa Bay last week. He has just 21 receptions for 259 yards and no touchdowns on the year and it looks like they may end up trading him.
I don’t know how you bench him this week against Buffalo (ranked fourth vs. the pass), but you may have to until he either gets going in the offense or gets traded.
Chris Henry—Cincinnati Bengals: 1 Reception, 20 Yards
Wasn’t he supposed to have a breakout season this year? So far, it hasn’t happened. He had just one catch for 20 yards against Houston and has just nine receptions for 190 yards and one touchdown on the season. Don’t drop him yet as the season is still young, but watch to see if he gets more involved in the offense before you consider starting him.
Steve Smith—New York Giants: 4 Receptions, 44 Yards
He is only on this list due to one bad week. Smith has been a fantasy force this year, but was held to just four receptions for 44 yards last week against New Orleans.
However, that is more a credit to New Orleans’ heavily improved Defense that the Giants offense. Smith has 41 receptions for 525 yards and four touchdowns on the year and you shouldn’t hesitate to start him this week against Arizona (ranked 31st vs. the pass).
Kellen Winslow—Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 3 Receptions, 29 Yards
Talk about Jekyll and Hyde. Winslow has been incredibly inconsistent this season and that has to do with the fact that he has played with no real QB and is on a team that has no real offensive threat.
He had three catches for 29 yards against Carolina one week after having nine catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns against Philadelphia. If you own him, you are probably starting him though, as he is still a Top 10 fantasy TE.
Dustin Keller—New York Jets: 2 Receptions, 16 Yards
Keller started off hot and on the same page with his rookie QB. However, he has just five catches for 47 yards in his last three games and just 14 receptions for 187 yards and one touchdown on the year.
Keep him on the bench as long as Sanchez is throwing as many interceptions as he is, but watch for him to start becoming more involved in the offense again soon.
Waiver Wire Wonders
WR—Sidney Rice—Minnesota Vikings: 6 Receptions, 176 Yards
Rice appears to be the Minnesota WR that has the most chemistry with QB Brett Favre as he has a team leading 23 receptions for 409 yards and two touchdowns on the year. He had a career game last week with six Receptions for 176 yards against Baltimore.
He has a tough matchup this week against Pittsburgh (ranked 12th vs. the pass), but is available, only being owned in 89 percent of CBS Sports/NFL.com leagues, 29 percent of ESPN leagues, and 68 percent of Yahoo leagues. Grab him if you can and stash him on the bench for the upcoming weeks.
RB—Laurence Maroney—New England Patriots: 16 Carries, 123 Yards, 1 TD, 3 Receptions, 10 Yards
So after being buried on the depth chart, it looks like the one thing that has plagued Maroney throughout his career has given him another chance. Injuries to Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris gave Maroney the bulk of the carries last week against Tennessee and he produced with 123 yards and a touchdown.
Morris looks very iffy to play this week, which makes Maroney the starter against Tampa Bay and their 31st ranked Run D. He is available, only being owned in 15.1 percent of ESPN leagues and 42 percent of Yahoo leagues.
RB—Kevin Faulk—New England Patriots: 1 Carry, 5 Yards, 3 Receptions, 54 Yards, 1 TD
Even though he is the Third Down RB, he is still making an enormous amount of plays for New England. He has just 21 carries for 75 yards on the season, but has 17 receptions for 152 yards and a touchdown, which came last week against Tennessee.
If Sammy Morris doesn’t play this week, he becomes No. 2 behind Laurence Maroney and will see more playing time.
He is extremely valuable in PPR formats and he is available, only being owned in 5.1 percent of ESPN leagues and 9 percent of Yahoo leagues. He could be a nice sleeper this week against the 31st ranked Run D of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That’s all for now sports fans. Any questions or concerns, email me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com .
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