This NFL season has been full of unexpected twists.
Teams that were thought to be dominant are struggling with slow starts, and some organizations that didn't have high expectations are off to a fantastic beginning.
The following players have been outstanding in their recent performances, playing a significant role in their offenses. These NFL studs have earned their fantasy owners a ton of points so far this season, and will continue to contribute tremendously for the remainder of the year.
Week 6 Opponent: Seattle Seahawks
In Week 5, Matt Forte carried the entire Chicago Bears team on his back, receiving and rushing for more yards than the entire passing and rushing game of the opposing Carolina Panthers.
Forte's Week 5 performance was the first game this season in which he ran for over 100 yards. He also recorded his first rushing touchdown of the year.
Forte will be going against a tough Seattle Seahawks rushing defense in Week 6, which is second in the NFL, only allowing 72.8 YPG rushing, but don't expect him to slow down now.
If Cutler doesn't play again, a big performance from Matt Forte is guaranteed due to the lack of production from Chicago's back-up QBs.
Week 6 Opponent: Philadelphia Eagles
Roddy White has to be entering into Week 6 with some confidence, coming off of two impressive back-to-back performances. In Week 4 against the San Francisco 49ers, White caught seven passes for 104 yards. Then in Week 5, he had five receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown.
The six-year receiver out of UAB is the prime target of Matt Ryan and should be for your roster too. If you have Roddy White, be sure to start him every week he's playing and if not, try to trade for this valuable asset.
White is on the way to recording career-high numbers. Don't miss out.
Week 6 Opponent: St. Louis Rams
Antonio Gates already has seven touchdowns which puts him on the pace for 28 on the season. Will he score that many? Most likely not, but he will continue his dominance, coming very close.
So far this season when Antonio Gates makes more than five receptions, he records over 100 yards receiving.
Scoring at least one touchdown in every game this season, Gates should be in your starting lineup every week. If you have a good back-up tight end, trade him and get more help at another position. And if you don't have this constant touchdown threat, trade for him if you can because he is on the verge of being one of the best players this season, in terms of fantasy football.
Week 6 Opponent: New England Patriots
Ray Rice had his first 100-yard rushing game of the season in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos. Rice will build off of this performance and have a hot next few weeks.
Expect his second 100-yard rushing night of the year in Week 6 against the New England Patriots, ranked 20th in rushing defense, allowing 112.3 rushing YPG.
Week 6 Opponent New York Jets
Brandon Lloyd is having one of his best season's yet and we're only six weeks into the 2010 season. Lloyd has recorded over 100 yards in four out of five games in 2010.
Although going up against the scary defense of the New York Jets in Week 6, Lloyd will make his catches simply because he's a main factor of the Denver Broncos offense. The ball will continually go his way despite who is guarding him.
Don't be afraid to start Lloyd against the Jets—he'll continue to put up his league-leading receiving numbers.
Week 6 Opponent: Detroit Lions
Hakeem Nicks has been extremely dangerous for opposing teams in his last two games, making a total of 20 receptions for 240 yards and two touchdowns against the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans.
Against the 24th ranked Lions passing defense in Week 6, Nicks should have another exciting 100-yard performance. I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that he will score over two touchdowns in Week 6.
If you have Hakeem Nicks, put him in you starting lineup, and keep him there.
Week 6 Opponent: San Diego Chargers
Last week, I correctly predicted that Jackson would have his first 100-yard performance of the season. For Week 6, I predict that he will not only run for over 100 yards, but he will also score multiple touchdowns.
Steven Jackson got off to a slow start this season, but his explosive game in Week 5 proved that he's still got it.
Week 6 Opponent: San Francisco 49ers
Zach Miller played a huge role in the Raiders' big win over the Chargers, ending their 13-game losing streak to San Diego. He contributed six receptions for 62 yards and one touchdown.
Miller has scored a touchdown in each of the last three games against the Chargers, Texans and Cardinals. He's on a TD streak and it will not end in Week 6 against the struggling 49ers franchise.
The 6'5'', 255-pound tight end is the most reliable receiver for this Raiders team, and that isn't changing any time soon.
Week 6 Opponent: Minnesota Vikings
Miles Austin made a name for himself last year, having an impressive 2009-10 season. Austin has continued to play big this year even though his Dallas Cowboys are struggling.
Sure Dallas is off to a 1-3 start, but Miles Austin is a gift for fantasy owners. If you have Miles Austin, he should never leave the starting spot, no matter who you have, because he is becoming a favorite of Tony Romo.
Expect Austin to catch a 40-plus yard bomb for a TD.
Week 6 Opponent: Detroit Lions
Bradshaw has played consistently in every game so far this year. You're not going to get explosive numbers on a weekly basis because he splits carries with Brandon Jacobs, but he has scored in three out of five games so far and he's rushed for over 65 yards in every game.
In Week 6 against the weak defense of the Lions, expect Bradshaw and the entire Giants offense to have an outstanding game and score a lot. Bradshaw should score at least a touchdown and have a 100-yard outing, breaking away with a big play at some point in the game.