NFL's Top 10 Fantasy Football Surprises for Week 6: Who Stepped Up?

Keet BaileyCorrespondent IIOctober 18, 2010

Kevin Kolb has stepped up two weeks in a row.
Kevin Kolb has stepped up two weeks in a row.Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Fantasy Football for Week 6 finished with another slew of surprises. We finished another Sunday in the NFL after Week 6 is in the books. Sunday was a brutal day for receivers in the NFL as DeSean Jackson, Joshua Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi among others were knocked out of their games with crushing blows over the middle.

There were some surprises in the games as well. Many thought the San Diego Chargers would bounce back from a disappointing Week 5 loss against Oakland, and they got shut down by the worst team from 2009, the St. Louis Rams.

The Kansas City Chiefs played very well against the Houston Texans, but the Texans came back in the fourth quarter and went on an offensive massacre with Matt Schaub, Arian Foster and Andre Johnson to secure a 35-31 victory.

As well as the games themselves, there are always individual players that step up unexpectedly. Some step up on special teams, some step up offensively and many step up for fantasy owners.

Take a look at NFL Soup’s Top 10 Surprises for Week 6:

10. Ryan Torain, RB, Washington Redskins

Torain should be a lot higher on this list, but if you listened to our Week 6 Player Breakdowns, you would have started him, which is why it’s not as surprising for me. Torain is a physical runner who doesn’t go down on the first tackle, and he ran for 100 yards on 20 carries for two touchdowns in Sunday night’s game against Indianapolis.

9. Mike Williams, WR, Seattle Seahawks

With the departure of Deion Branch, Seattle was expecting Mike Williams to step up, and step up he did. Williams caught 10 passes for 123 yards against the Bears and is worth a look in leagues with a Flex spot.

8. Colt McCoy, QB, Cleveland Browns

Don’t rush to the waiver wire for McCoy just yet, but his performance was very surprising and if you started him for some odd reason, you were rewarded with 10-15 points. McCoy was predicted to pass for less than 100 yards and around two or three interceptions against the Steelers. He ended with a touchdown and 281 yards, with two interceptions, as well as 22 yards on the ground.

7. Danario Alexander, WR, St. Louis Rams

Many were wondering who was going to replace Mark Clayton in St. Louis, and the rookie from Missouri took charge with four catches. Alexander amassed 72 yards and scored a touchdown. Alexander is worth a look in very deep leagues, so keep a look out for him as the Rams are proving that they can move the ball well in the air.

6. Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Mason finally gave his owners something to be halfway excited about. He caught eight passes for 100 yards in a loss to the New England Patriots. Mason owners have been very disappointed as the acquisition of Anquan Boldin has taken receptions away from him. Temper your expectations, however.

5. Pierre Garcon, WR, Indianapolis Colts

After waiting a few weeks for Garcon to get back on the field, he came out to play against Washington. Garcon caught four passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. Some fantasy owners that ended up short may be more disappointed as he had three costly dropped passes that could have put him over the 150 yard mark. Garcon looks like he’s back, however.

4. Kevin Kolb, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Kevin Kolb is trying to earn his starting role back, and he made a great effort against a solid Atlanta Falcons defense. Kolb threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns in Philadelphia’s blow out of Atlanta, and he looks to be a solid start as long as Andy Reid keeps him in.

3. Ben Watson, TE, Cleveland Browns

Watson is becoming a decent option in fantasy football because the Browns don’t have any wide receivers to throw to. Browns quarterbacks keep dumping the ball off to him, and Colt McCoy found him six times for 88 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown. Take a look if you’re struggling for TE help.

2. Chris Ivory, RB, New Orleans

I told people that Ivory would get more reps than Betts, and if you threw him in the lineup, then you were rewarded with 158 yards rushing on just 15 carries. Ivory proved the doubters wrong who felt that New Orleans lack of a run game would keep them from beating the Buccaneers. Ivory is a solid pickup in very deep leagues if Pierre Thomas continues to struggle with injury.

1. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

It’s about time. Somewhere over Dwayne Bowe, there is hope for the young wide receiver, and Matt Cassel found him six times for 108 yards. Out of those six catches, two of them were for touchdowns, and Bowe produced almost as many points as his previous four games combined. Temper your expectations until he and his quarterback can prove to be more consistent.

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