Fantasy Football Week 6: Biggest Winners and Losers
Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson lit up the fantasy scoreboard on Sunday night
Week 6 is in the books, so let’s break down the biggest fantasy winners and losers of the week. We saw some dreaded performances, and some quite impressive ones. Those who kept their faith in New York Jets running back Shonn Greene where rewarded quite handsomely. Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green continued his outstanding play, and is by far the best fantasy receiver out there. Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw a massive six touchdowns, connecting with WR Jordy Nelson three times as they smoked the Houston Texans 42-24. Atlanta Falcons
QB Matt Ryan had a lousy game against a lousy Oakland Raiders pass defense that surely disappointed his owners in week 6. New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley was a huge disappointment this week, as the Seattle Seahawks defense was too much for him to handle. The Kansas City Chiefs are a complete mess and backup QB Brady Quinn did nothing to help out Dwayne Bowe or his owners. San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore finally came back to reality after a hot start to the season as the New York Giants manhandled that entire team on the road. Anybody see Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline this past weekend? The St. Louis Rams secondary absolutely shut him down as he failed to record a reception.
Those who owned some of the week 6 winners should have came out victorious in their leagues, and those who owned some of the week 6 losers most likely had their hands on their head all day, standing in the living room or bar in disgust pulling whatever hair you have left on your head. It happens. Let’s take a look at the breakdown of the fantasy football week 6 winners and losers.
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
WEEK 6 WINNNERS:
The Green Bay Packers knew Sunday night's game against the Houston Texans was an important one. After losing to the Indianapolis Colts, the Packers were out to hush the negative criticism they were getting from the media and even fans. The Packers were trying to avoid starting the season 2-4 for the first time since 2006, a season in which they missed the playoffs. Well, Rodgers and co. responded quite well against a Brian Cushing-less Houston Texans defense. Rodgers threw for 338 yards and found the red zone, a team record, six times. Rodgers was absolutely flawless in this game, turning the ball over zero times, and even added 17 rushing yards for the icing on the cake. If you own Rodgers, week 6 must have been all smiles as it's tough to lose when your quarterback puts up those type of numbers.
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green
There is no denying the fact that Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green is an elite player. He continues to put up fantasy numbers at a rapid pace, and has now scored a touchdown in five consecutive weeks. For good measure, he reached the end zone twice against a soft Cleveland Browns secondary, scoring from 4 yards out in the second quarter, and a 57 yard bomb from QB Andy Dalton in the fourth quarter. The Bengals did lose the game to the Browns 34-24, but that doesn't matter for fantasy purposes. The total damage on Sunday was 7 receptions for 135 receiving yards and two scores. The man is a complete beast, and should have all owners smiling from ear to ear.
New York Jets RB Shonn Greene
New York Jets RB Shonn Greene has been nothing but a big headache for owners thus far. He had gone four consecutive weeks without recording a touchdown before Sunday's breakout game. Heck, Greene hasn't rushed for more than 40 yards since Week 1. That all changed on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, as he exploded for 161 rushing yards on 32 carries, and recorded three touchdowns. The Colts rush defense is suspect, but a lot of owners most likely gave up on Greene at this point. Patience is a virtue, and if you held your ground with Greene, you were rewarded for it in a big way. Let's see if Greene can keep it up and gain back the trust of his owners.
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson
As noted earlier, QB Aaron Rodgers exploded for six touchdowns on Sunday against the Texans. It just so happens that three of those touchdowns ended up in the arms of WR Jordy Nelson. The Texans secondary had no answer against the Packers, especially corner back Johnathan Joseph who was burned numerous times by Nelson. Early in the first quarter, the Texans looked to force the Packers to punt on their first drive of the game. However, a neutral zone infraction extended the Packers drive and it didn't take long to make the Texans pay for it. The very next play, Rodgers found Nelson along the sideline for a 41 yard touchdown. Rodgers found Nelson in the end zone two more times, once in the second quarter, and again in the third quarter. It was an amazing fantasy night, in terms of production, for all Packers players involved, but Nelson and Rodgers were the big winners.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson
Vincent Jackson has had a bi-polar like season, having one off game, then one good game, one bad game, one great game. Coming off their bye week, the Buccaneers faced a lousy Kansas City Chiefs squad. This was one of Jackson's good games. Vjax only had 4 receptions for 66 receiving yards, but he made two of them count. QB Josh Freeman found him from 19 yards out in the third quarter, and again in the fourth quarter for a 17 yard touchdown. No, these aren't eye popping numbers by any means, but this has to be encouraging for Jackson owners. Two consecutive weeks with a score, and Jackson and Freeman look to be on the same page finally. If you kept your faith in Jackson, you were rewarded this weekend.
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan
WEEK 6 LOSERS:
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been spectacular this season. The only quarterback to score more fantasy points through five weeks, is New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees. Going into Sunday's match up against the Oakland Raiders and their second to last pass defense, owners figured Ryan was in for another productive day. However, Ryan easily had his worst game of the season on Sunday. Ryan only threw one touchdown, tallied a modest 249 passing yards, and was picked off three times. This game snapped a six game streak for Ryan, who has thrown at least two touchdowns in his last six games. The Raiders have been miserable against the pass, giving up 722 passing yards, and seven touchdowns the past two weeks. That wasn't the case this week, and Ryan owners ended up being greatly disappointed in what was supposed to be a very productive game for Matty Ice.
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley
Coming off two consecutive weeks of 100+ rushing yards and at least one touchdown, owners had full confidence in New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley. Even if that meant going up against the 3rd ranked Seattle Seahawks rush defense. Sure, the expectations had to be lowered heading into this contest, but the results had to be very disappointing for Ridley owners, which included myself. He finished the day with a lousy stat line of 16 carries for 34 yards and zero touchdowns. Patriots QB Tom Brady ended up throwing the ball 55 times in this game, and Ridley was basically erased from the game plan early on. This was by far Ridley's worst game of the season, and that's enough to warrant him a loser this week.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe
Even without their starting quarterback, Matt Cassel, the Kansas City Chiefs could have gotten the job done against a poor pass defense in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Poor was actually a bad adjective to describe the Buccaneers defense. Tampa Bay is one of just three teams to allow more than 1,000 yards to wide receivers so far this season, so Dwayne Bowe was in for a big day, right? Wrong. Bowe and the entire Chiefs team gave a miserable performance on the road, losing 38-10, and the only touchdown they scored came from the defense. Bowe ended the day with three receptions for 21 yards receiving. I'm not even a Dwayne Bowe owner, but just typing that made me cringe. If you own Bowe, or any other Chief for that matter, you may want to reconsider your options going forward.
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore
After a wonderful start to the season, Frank Gore was absolutely blanked by the New York Giants defense. Gore is a top ten fantasy running back, and has recorded a touchdown in four of his last five games. The only defense to shut him out of the end zone before Sunday's game, was the Minnesota Vikings. Gore was erased from the equation, carrying the ball a measly eight times, for a lousy 36 yards. This was by far the worst game of Gore's season so far, and it most likely cost a lot of owners their week. He did catch four balls for 20 yards, so maybe it wasn't that bad for some who are in PPR formats, but this was one ugly performance.
Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline
Brian Hartline is a perfect example of fantasy players overreacting after a breakout game. Coming into the season, nobody was targeting Hartline on their draft boards. After his week 4 performance against the Arizona Cardinals, he blew up on the waiver wire and is now owned by roughly 95% of leagues. Kudos to the 5% who didn't overreact. I don't blame those who went after Hartline, 12 receptions for 253 receiving yards in a game is hard to ignore, but a game where he records ZERO receptions is hard to ignore as well. Sure, the St. Louis Rams defense is no cakewalk, but if he's Ryan Tannenhill's favorite target, he should be able to record a reception. Roughly 60% of owners started Hartline on Sunday, and were burned badly by his goose-egg stat line. The Dolphins now enter the bye week so maybe Hartline and Tannenhill can regroup and get back on the same page, but for week 6, Hartline was a big fat loser for his owners.
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