NFL Week 6: What Have We Learned?

Dan BentonCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2008

The trade deadline has passed, with only one big trade of note. So Week Six needed to bring us more action to make it newsworthy, and it did not disappoint.

From Peyton Manning's return to form to the coming-out party of Matt Ryan, QBs did their part to make the headlines. The same goes for WRs, particularly those who either wanted to make a name for themselves this year, or those who wanted to re-establish their dominance.  With that, let's take a look at what we learned in Week Six:


1.  Peyton Manning is surging.

Well, we learned that Big Brother Manning had a second knee surgery. We also learned that he appears to be recovered from his knee problems. Remember how Donovan McNabb took half a season to look like a real NFL QB again? Knee problems are significant to QBs, and even the seemingly invincible Peyton Manning was not immune.  However, when you shred the Baltimore Ravens for 271 yards, three TDs, and nearly 10 yards per pass attempt, you have probably established that you are healthy.  Manning has struggled to break even the top 10 for fantasy QBs up to this point, but he will get there quickly.  

2.  Changes are brewing in the RB depth charts.

Selvin Young was a trendy pick in some leagues because, well, it is rarely a losing bet to take a Denver RB, and he was the starter going into the season. If he did not do the job, it was expected Andre Hall would shoulder the load.

Think again.

It looks like Michael Pittman will be the starter, even when Young returns to health.  Owners might also want to invest in Dominic Rhodes, who will be getting carries while Joseph Addai is out.  Though Addai is the clear starter once he returns, there is always a worry about RBs with hamstring injuries, so hold on to your Rhodes stock if you have it.

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