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Week 6 Recap: Attack of the Pack

posted by Jeff

An exciting week 6 is nearly over, with just an AFC West Monday night battle remaining. There were numerous big time performances on Sunday, headlined by the Packers, and some clunkers as well (has anyone seen Brian Hartline?). Below are some notable performances from week 6…

Aaron Rodgers: Leading all fantasy quarterbacks in scoring was Aaron Rodgers. Many fantasy games across the land were decided by Rodgers’ 6 pack of touchdown passes on Sunday night as the Packer QB is back in top form. After only 3 touchdowns through Green Bay’s first 3 games, Rodgers has thrown 13 his last 3 outings.

Robert Griffin III: Worried about RGIII’s concussion now? After another impressive performance, highlighted by an incredible 76 yard touchdown run, RGIII proved his noggin’ is in fine shape and he still cannot be contained on the football field. Through 6 games, the rookie has racked up 390 rushing yards and 6 rushing TDs. That is over 12 points a game before counting his passing stats! This is one kick ass QB.

Russell Wilson: Seattle’s rookie quarterback had a nice game on Sunday, as the ‘Hawks knocked off New England. Wilson’s 293 yards and 3 touchdowns look solid on paper, but don’t rush out to pick him up as your backup QB. Despite increasing his passing yardage total in 3 straight games, Wilson is still a work in progress and will take more time to evolve into a fantasy relevant quarterback.

Matthew Stafford: The Lions have now played 5 games and Stafford has yet to throw for more than 1 touchdown in any single outing, which seems flat out impossible with the great ‘Tron at his disposal. As he has a few times already in 2012, Stafford salvaged a mediocre day with a solid 4th quarter but his play hasn’t come close to warranting his draft position. Two tough matchups (@Chi, Sea) are upcoming, so hold on tight and try to ride this out.

Aaron Hernandez: After missing the last 3 weeks with an ankle injury, Hernandez was back at it in week 6, catching a half dozen balls for 30 yards and a score. His usage will only increase as his ankle gets stronger, making him a top 5 fantasy tight end from here on out.

Kyle Rudolph: Rudy led all tight ends with 11 targets on Sunday, and added 56 yards and a touchdown to his 2012 totals. Although the reception and yardage totals aren’t breathtaking, Rudolph is a beast in the red zone with 5 touchdowns through 6 games.

Shonn Greene: He was on your bench wasn’t he? WASN’T HE?!?! After totaling 123 yards in weeks 2 through 5, Greene busted out with 161 yards and a whopping 3 touchdowns in week 6, as he abused a terrible Indy run defense. Don’t expect this to continue, but it was fun to pretend that Greene and the Jets are good for a day.

Ahmad Bradshaw: After racking up 200 yards against Cleveland in week 5, Bradshaw gave a solid encore on Sunday by rumbling for 116 yards on the San Francisco defense. An impressive outing for Bradshaw, who may be a bit more matchup proof than we thought. Keep starting him with confidence until his next injury.

DeMarco Murray: Murray was on his way to a big time game on Sunday, with 93 yards through the first half against Baltimore. Unfortunately for those who own the Cowboys’ top back, Murray left with a foot sprain and will be receiving an MRI on Monday. Stay tuned for the results, as Felix Jones could quickly become a valuable fake football player.

Trent Richardson: Richardson left Sunday’s outing in the 3rd quarter with a rib injury and did not return after putting up a decent first half. The injury was a bummer for PPR owners of the Cleveland back, as the high scoring 2nd half would have provided big time fantasy points. The injury appears minor, but stay up on the injury news this week.

William Powell: Powell emerged from Arizona’s week 6 game as the “most impressive running back attempting to replace two injured running backs,” which is a VERY prestigious award. Take this with a grain of salt, considering that Arizona was playing the flag football team from Buffalo, but Powell is the Arizona running back to own.

Jordy Nelson: THERE is the Jordy we thought we were drafting! Nelson hooked his owners up with a monster Sunday night effort, to the tune of 9 catches, 121 yards and 3 touchdowns. 2 of his last 3 games have been great, so don’t worry about ol’ Jordy just yet.

Dez Bryant: Dez led the NFL in both targets (15) and receptions (13) on his way to 95 yards and 2 scores. Dez looked like a legit #1 wide out as he manhandled the Baltimore secondary, although he should have squeezed a late 2-point conversion that kept Dallas from forcing overtime. In any event, Bryant gets a bad Carolina defense in week 7, so he should continue this level of performance.

Percy Harvin: Harvin continued his ridiculous 2012 with 11 catches for 133 yards on Sunday, Through 6 games, Harvin is now averaging over 8 catches for 90 yards per game and is an absolute PPR man-child (or nightmare if you’re playing him).

Brian Hartline: Hello? Brian? Are you there? Please hold while we attempt to locate Brian Hartline during Miami’s week 7 bye.

Jeff

Jeff was the only 7th grader at Sumner Jr. High playing fantasy football in 1995. When he isn't on the diamond playing softball or on the couch watching NFL RedZone, you can catch him on Twitter @Jeff_Brubach.

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4 Comments

  • Thoughts for Fanduel? I was looking at the matchups and these jumped out at me. I also considered Trent and Bradshaw.

    Eli- Seems like good value against Wsh
    Spiller- I like him vs Ten
    Martin- Really cheap vs NO
    Cruz
    Colston
    Wayne
    Hernandez
    Janikowski
    49ers

    • I will take a closer look at it tomorrow when I am preparing my FanDuel article, but that lineup looks pretty solid. Martin might be a nice play against the Saints if he’s cheap.

  • Where do you rank Bradshaw compared to other backs right now? Also what is his trade value?

    • I think he is in the latter end of the top dozen backs. I would shoot high, like the lower end WR1 area, if I were going to trade him right now.

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