Week 6 Recap: Quarterback Chaos
October 14, 2013 | Jeff
The quarterback position can certainly surprise fake footballers on a weekly basis, but pouring over Week 6 fantasy stat lines feels like watching the end of The Sixth Sense 14 straight times. Nick Foles outscoring Drew Brees? Yes, sir. “Rad” Thad Lewis besting Peyton Manning? You betcha. Andy Dalton outpacing Tony Romo? Done and done. When Sunday’s slate of NFL games came to a merciful end, Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford were the only familiar faces near the top of the fantasy quarterback leaderboard. Unfortunately, the carnage did not end with quarterbacks as more running back injuries mounted and the fantasy world was served a jelly filled donut, courtesy of chef Jimbo Graham. Join The Fake Football as we take a look at more highlights and lowlights from Week 6:
Marshawn Lynch: The beast did his normal work on the ground against the Titans (77 yards and two touchdowns), but Lynch surprisingly added four catches for 78 yards receiving in what seems to be a bit of a trend. Through six games this season, Lynch already has 174 receiving yards while he has averaged just 184.3 receiving yards per season in his first three years with Seattle. The extra check downs from quarterback Russell Wilson could be the product of increased defensive pressure due to offensive line issues, but hey, these are fantasy points and we don’t discriminate!
A.J. Green: In overdue performance news, A.J. Green finally got back on track after four straight down weeks, catching six of 11 targets for 103 yards including an awesome touchdown grab. As long as Andrew Dalton keeps his head screwed on straight (he did for most of this game), Green will continue to perform like the fake football stat stuffer that he is.
C.J. Spiller: Frustrating Freddie Jackson got 14 touches to Spiller’s 12 on Sunday. Spiller was far better with said touches. Maybe Jackson can accidentally find Kevin Kolb’s mat so Spiller owners can enjoy waking up in the morning again.
Kris Durham/Joseph Fauria: While Calvin Johnson returned to action in very unimpressive fashion, Kris Durham and Joseph Fauria were busy leading the Detroit Lions to victory (I realize how weird that sentence sounds). Durham did the heavy lifting, leading the team in both targets (13) and catches (8) while racking up 83 yards. His role will diminish as Megatron gets healthy but Stafford seems to look for this guy plenty. On the flip side, tight end Joseph Fauria pulled in the ultimate hat trick with three targets for three catches and, you guessed it, three touchdowns. Fauria won’t be a reliable tight end in redraft leagues anytime soon, but with Brandon Pettigrew looking sluggish as ever, he may get his shot to start in the near future.
Terrelle Pryor: While Pryor’s rushing numbers were solid yet again (60 yards), he was constantly harassed by the Kansas City defense on Sunday and was sacked a grand total of ten times. TEN. Pryor’s afternoon spiraled downward in the fourth quarter but wasn’t too horrendous, considering the pressure he faced throughout the game. The Raiders now get a week off to heal their wounds and then face the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York Giants defenses where Pryor will be a Top-10 option each week.
Cam Newton: Cam sucked us all back in again this week, as he led fantasy quarterbacks in the fantasy point production category. That’s important. Newton was busy throwing for three scores and mashing another in on the ground as the Minnesota Vikings folded up nicely in the second half of their game on Sunday. This is still a guy that had a 6:5 touchdown to interception ratio heading into Week 6, so rough patches will arise but this was Cam at Cam’s best and all is right in the fake football universe once again.
Antonio Brown: Ok, PPR enthusiasts, is this great or what? Brown is on a tear for the ages and had another busy Sunday in Week 6 as he caught nine passes for 86 yards. While Brown dropped a touchdown pass in the game, his production was still mighty impressive and continues a string a big games for the Steelers wide out. In each of his last three games, Brown has been targeted at least 11 times and caught at least nine passes. If you get a full point per reception, you are essentially starting with one of your wide receivers in double digits before you crack open the Funyuns. Eat up.
Vincent Jackson: In a recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation, the best cure for sore ribs in the Philadelphia Eagles defense. Our good buddy VJax bounced back this week with nine catches for 114 yards and his first two scores of the season. Let’s hope quarterback Mike Glennon keeps his eyes locked on Jackson going forward.
Eddie Lacy: While this Green Bay rookie won’t wow you with breakaway speed, he has been extremely productive over the last two weeks. Lacy has totaled 219 yards rushing in Week 5 and 6 and has averaged 4.8 yards per carry to boot. Only one score on the year and he isn’t very involved in the passing game, but with the running back landscape in a nuclear winter, we will take what we can get!
Randall Cobb: Cobb left Sunday’s game early after suffering an ugly looking knee injury, but early reports sound positive, so owner may have dodged a bullet here. Check back this week for more updates.
Zac Stacy: The St. Louis backfield was dominated by Stacy on Sunday as the Rams pummeled the Texans in Houston. Stacy turned 18 carries into 79 yards and added two catches for 11 yards as well. The next closest Rams running back was Daryl Richardson with four touches, so it looks like we can trust Stacy’s workload going forward, although his schedule looks brutal for the foreseeable future.
Justin Blackmon: Leading the NFL in targets Sunday was Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Once again illustrating that terrible quarterbacks can still make solid fantasy wide receivers, Blackmon was a serious target hog once Cecil Shorts left Sunday’s game early with an injury (get well soon, Cecil). Even with Chad Henne under center, Blackmon roped in 14 of his 20 targets for 190 yards. Shorts, once healthy, and Blackmon will remain rock solid WR2 options as Jacksonville will continue to be forced to throw the ball roughly 1.2 million times per game (rough estimate).
Jimmy Graham: After totaling an astounding 593 yards in five games, Graham was held without a single catch against New England on Sunday. If this baffling goose egg wasn’t quite enough, Jimmy tweaked his ankle toward the end of the game as well. Thankfully, New Orleans is heading into a Week 7 bye where they will make sure Graham’s ankle is back to normal and return our all-world tight end to his dominating ways or there will be a serious fake football price to pay. Or we will have to pick up Scott Chandler. Please hurry back Jimmy, we’re losing our minds already!
Stevan Ridley: After sitting out Week 5 due to injury, Ridley returned in fine fashion and delivered his best performance of the 2013 season as he rushed for 96 yards and pounded in two touchdowns. Now that Ridley has broken his streak of infuriatingly useless fantasy performances, let’s hope he continues to produce and doesn’t fumble his way back into Bill Belichick’s doghouse. With LeGarrette Blount looking as slow as Willis McGahee running in moon boots, it is safe to say that Ridley will have plenty of opportunity going forward.
Vernon Davis: Big Vern erupted on Sunday with his best game of the season as he caught eight passes for 180 yards and two scores. While Davis’ yardage totals prior to Week 6 weren’t too impressive, he has now found the endzone six times and is still on the other end of seven Colin Kaepernick targets per ballgame, on average. As long as Kaep/Kap/Cap keeps feeding the big guy, Davis owners will be in solid shape down the stretch of the fake football season.
Andre Ellington: Week 6 saw Ellington turn 12 touches into 92 yards while Rashard Mendenhall received 11 touches and turned them into a half-eaten Snickers bar, a paper clip, and 42 sluggish yards. Ellington’s use in the passing game further enhances his value and I am ready to put Mendenhall in the rear view mirror, as Ellington is by far the superior running back. Once fantasy football playoff time rolls around, this is exactly the type of player that could be blossoming into a full-fledged three down running back stud.
DeMarco Murray: Seemingly no fantasy football owner is safe from the cruel hand of injury, and now DeMarco Murray joins the heaping pile of injured running backs clogging up fantasy rosters. Murray scored a touchdown and had racked up 50 total yards before leaving Sunday night’s game with a knee injury, so we are forced to play the wait-and-see game here. For you waiver wire vultures, Joseph Randle handled ball carrying duties after Murray’s departure.