Fantasy Feedback: Week 6

  • It turned out to be another pretty productive week for Ray Rice. While he didn’t get into the end zone, he posted 101 rushing yards with another 60 receiving. His ability as a dual-threat back makes him a must-start every week in all formats.
  • There will certainly be a conversation in Cleveland about the running back situation. Peyton Hillis finished the day with 14 yards on six carries. Montario Hardesty didn’t exactly set the world on fire with his 11 carries for 35 yards. But with reports surfacing that Hillis was benched (although the Browns later reported that it was a hamstring injury), the Browns are just the latest team to have a frustration-inducing running back rotation developing.
  • Just as the Raiders passing game was starting to find a rhythm, Jason Campbell suffers what is being reported as a broken collarbone that could keep him out for awhile. Kyle Boller looks to be his replacement, but he struggled on Sunday, throwing for just 100 yards. What it means for guys like Darrius Heyward-Bey and Jacoby Ford is anyone’s guess. But the immediate verdict is that their value is diminished until Boller can get comfortable.
  • It’s been a rough day for a pair of fantasy staples. Tom Brady  has thrown 2 interceptions while Wes Welker has been held to just 3 catches.
  • Not unlike The Thing, The Madden Curse can take many forms. In the case of Hillis, it’s either a benching due to a coach’s decision or a strained hamstring. Either way, Michael Fabiano warned you about it before the season started.
  • Browns coach Pat Shurmur said this week that Peyton Hillis would get most of the carries for Cleveland. Early in the third quarter, Montario Hardesty has eight carries, Hillis has just six.
  • There hasn’t been much from the Texans’ offense in the first half. Arian Foster has just 9 carries for 32 yards while Matt Schaub has thrown for only 94 yards. They’re only down three at halftime so there’s no need for them to panic and scrap the normal game plan.
  • The Panthers’ run defense continues to be abysmal. This week, Michael Turner burned them for 139 yards and two touchdowns. You should start any of your running backs against Carolina from here on.
  • Whodathunkit, but Cam Newton’s human. He was held to just 237 passing yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. He made up for it with 50 rushing yards and a touchdown, but it’s not what we’ve become accustomed to after the first five weeks.
  • Curtis Painter did a good job of spreading the ball around on Sunday. Reggie Wayne had 58 receiving yards and Dallas Clark had 53 yards and a touchdown. But Pierre Garcon continues to be Painter’s favorite target, making eight catches for 52 yards. His value increases with each start Painter makes.
  • Michael Crabtree had one of his best games as a pro, catching nine passes for 77 yards. With Braylon Edwards expected back soon, it will be hard to continue to expect this kind of production, but it was encouraging for later in the season.
  • Greg Salas might be working his way back into the Rams’ starting slot WR position after pulling in eight catches for 77 yards. As long as St. Louis keeps falling behind, Sam Bradford will keep throwing the ball 40+ times per game.
  • The Packers running back situation is officially a weekly coin flip. On Sunday, Ryan Grant had nine carries, 25 yards while James Starks had 13 rushes for 49 yards. Next up… the Vikings. Who starts? Who knows?
  • After a slow start yardage-wise, Ahmad Bradshaw finished with a fantastic fantasy line: 26 rush, 104 yards and 3 touchdowns. As long as Brandon Jacobs is out, Bradshaw is a must-start.
  • Speaking of the Jags, their run defense had been pretty good, but they were gashed on Sunday by Rashard Mendenhall who ran for 146 yards and a touchdown. If this keeps up, Isaac Redman can go back to the waiver wire in most leagues.
  • Until further notice, any Jacksonville Jaguars are started at your own peril. Blaine Gabbert threw for just 109 yards. As long as the Jags can’t throw the ball effectively it will get increasingly harder for Maurice Jones-Drew to be productive. MJD was decent today with 96 rushing yards, but that road should get tougher as the season progresses.
  • Chris Cooley left the game in the first half with a hand injury. The early indication is that it’s a broken finger that could require surgery. Fred Davis once again has fantasy value.
  • Fred Jackson has gotten a lot of (well-deserved) fantasy accolades this year, but don’t let it overshadow LeSean McCoy’s season. On Sunday, Shady had 26 carries for 126 yards and a touchdown. He has earned looks as a top-five pick in next year’s drafts.
  • Unless you have serious bye week issues, you probably won’t be starting a Redskins quarterback. If you are, you’re now subject to the same headaches as anyone with a ‘Skins running back. After throwing four interceptions, keep an eye out as to whether or not Rex Grossman has lost his job to John Beck.
  • Yet again, Cam Newton is the Panthers’ leading rusher at halftime with 25 yards. The good news is that Jonathan Stewart has 24 yards and a touchdown while DeAngelo Williams has seven carries for 21 yards. At least there is some diversity this week.
  • Yes, it’s against the Colts, but Andy Dalton is putting together a nice stat line with 142 passing yards and a touchdown.
  • Ahmad Bradshaw is on his way to a good fantasy day even if his numbers aren’t great. Just 32 yards on 13 carries, but 2 touchdowns help.
  • Maybe it’s time Shanahan pulled the switcheroo with his quarterbacks. Rex Grossman is 3-of-8 for 17 yards and 2 interceptions.
  • Add another weapon to the Giants’ passing game. In the past two weeks, Jake Ballard has six catches. He already has three grabs today for 50 yards.
  • Frank Gore looks like a new man since his early season struggles. He has four carries for 63 yards and a touchdown so far today.
  • It’s another switcheroo from Mike Shanahan. After several reports that Tim Hightower would start, the Skins instead turned to Ryan Torain, who has three carries to none for Hightower.
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick has completed five of his first six passes for 85 yards and touchdown. Is Fitzmagic back? Stay tuned.
  • Another week, another quick start for Fred Jackson. He rips off an 80-yard touchdown run and is quickly moving up the draft ladder for 2012.
  • Looks like Delone Carter will have a full workload. So far, he’s got 30 yards on six carries.

— Marcas Grant

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