Departure From Fantasy Island- (Week 6 Thoughts)

By: Steve DeAngelo

If you live in the Tri-State area like me and have Cablevision hopefully you didn’t stay home to watch the games this weekend as Fox was blacked out. If you did you had one game to watch from 1 O’clock-7 which was the Jets game. Hopefully, especially if you’re a Giants fan you went to a buddy’s house or to a Sports Bar because the early games were great. Two games went into OT (Miami @GB and Ravens @ Pats) and 3 others (STL 20-17, Houston 35- K.C. 31, Seattle 23 Bears 20) were 4 point games or less, even the Lions made it a game against the Giants with a chance to tie the game up on the final drive but of course as they usually do, they come up short.

The Cowboys lost the battle of the 1-3’s to the Vikings and move to 1-4 with the Giants coming to town this Monday night. There is still time but the Cowboys are going have to finish at least 8-3 to finish at 9-7, even that record might not be enough to make the playoffs. It looks like Wade Phillips time in Dallas is going to be over for sure after this year.

Another team that had a must win was the 49ers who got it and beat the Raiders to move to 1-5. 49ers are still alive to win that division, there still is a chance. Hopefully there is still a chance for Vince Young to score 35 points for me tonight in one of my leagues or else I will be 1-5 too! But, Like the 49ers winning the division this is highly unlikely as well but as long as there is a chance.

Finally Risen

Dwayne Bowe

The highly talented Dwayne Bowe finally produced like he was capable of against Houston Sunday finishing with 6 catches for 108 yards and 2 TD’s. It was against the horrific Houston secondary but at least this is a good sign. Remember Bowe would have scored last week as well if he hadn’t dropped a TD. He’s was targeted often in this game especially on crossing routes. It’s clear the Chiefs know his talent and want to get him involved as much as possible. He still may have some rough patches here and there with Matt Cassel, but some more games like this are ahead.

Pierre Garcon

It was supposed to be Pierre Garcon not Austin Collie who emerged alongside Reggie Wayne. However a rough week 1 where he dropped a couple of passes and then an injury opened up the door for Collie. We saw a little emergence last week from Garcon who is now healthy and now this week he had his best game to date. There is no denying his talent, Garcon is a physical reciever who runs good routes. He is similar to Hakeem Nicks. Peyton Manning had lost confidence in him a bit , but you can all but forget that now after last night’s amazing one handed catch. That is probably going to finish as the catch of the year. If you bought low on Garcon then props to you because Garcon should be here to stay. Collie’s value definitely takes a hit as a result.

Return of the Mac

Ben Rothlisberger

Rothlisberger returned in week 6 and played fairly well in his 2010 debut throwing for 3 TD’s with 257 yards in what was a good matchup for him against Cleveland. He clearly improves the value of Mike Wallace, Hines Ward and Tight End Heath Miller all who scored with Ben back. All are solid options in Fantasy once again. Mendenhall also gets a boost as well because he will have more TD opportunities now. Ben should remain a Mid-End #1QB the rest of the year.

Deion Branch

If you had the Savvy to go out and pick up Branch this week in your wires it turned out to be a solid pickup. Branch was the leading wideout for the Patriots finishing with 9 catches for 98 yards and a TD. Amazing, Branch has been a dormant since going to Seattle and comes back one game with Brady and puts up great numbers. Branch looked good quickly getting out of his routes and finding holes in zones. Of course it helps to have Tom Brady throwing you the ball. Deion was heavily targeted and started alongside Welker with Brandon Tate taking a backseat. It appears as of right now that Tate won’t be as valuable as we believed. Will have to wait and see, but right now Branch is clearly the guy to own, he could end up being finishing very solid and as long as he stays healthy (something he’s struggled with) he should

Don’t Panic

Jahvid Best

Best now hasn’t scored since week 2 and is averaging just 3.2 yards per carry after only 16 on 12 carries in week 6, but I wouldn’t worry. Best has a couple of things working for him now.With the Lions getting a bye in Week 7, Best now has two weeks  to rest his turf toes not toe, yes Best reportedly has turf toe in both of his toes. Also Matthew Stafford will return in week 8 which is good because Shaun Hill is going to be out for a while with a broken forearm. Now is the time to buy-low on Best especially in PPR and keeper leagues.

Hakeem Nicks

Let’s see 200 yards last week and 2 TD’s now 8 yards this week? That is why fantasy football is nuts sometimes, but no need to worry about Nicks. He is still Eli’s best option. Just put this stinker aside and look for Nicks to keep producing.

Important Happenings of Week 6

After 200 yards receiving in week 5 Malcolm Floyd had 15 yards in week 6 and left the game early. It looks like he’s out for week 7 already.

Danny Woodhead is talented. He can catch and is a nice little runner that squeezes through holes and moves the chains. If for any chance he’s available in your league go grab him, he will be especially nice in PPR leagues. He just had 100 total yards vs a very solid Ravens Defense, production can now be expected no matter the matchup.

Kevin Kolb really surprised me this week as he looked very sharp against Atlanta throwing for 326 yards and 3 TD’s. He now has looked good in back 2 back weeks. If he plays well again in week 7 it’s gonna be an extremely hard decision for Andy Reid once again. If Kolb is available go grab him he could get his job back.

DeSean Jackson got absolutely popped by Dunta Robinson (he got hurt as well) and suffered a bad concussion. It was a scary play and you never wanna see that. He says he didn’t even remember the hit, I’m sure most of you saw it if not here it is, viewers discretion is advised. Anyway it looks like Jackson could be out 3 weeks. He’s definitely out for Week 7. Obviously this hurt Kolb’s value in the short term.

Antonio Gates left early in week 6 with an ankle injury. He should be OK as he’s a pretty durable guy, but of course monitor his status.

Mike Martz needs to run the ball more than 12 times. He ran it 30+ times in week 5 against Carolina because Jay Cutler was out and he was forced to run and the Bears went wild. Matt Forte and Chester Taylor are talented runners and need to get the ball more. Also they need to run to protect Jay Cutler. He is never going to make it like this. His offensive line is not doing a good job. Like I have stated I am not a fan of Martz and believe he’s overrated. He is arrogant and stubborn and loves to pass way too much. His offenses are unbalanced and I believe they are played out. Be Wary of Cutler, Forte and any other Chicago Bear for that matter going forward until Martz stops being stubborn and starts to run the ball more.

Saints RB Chris Ivory ran for 158 yards on just 15 carries against Tampa Bay and looks to have earned himself a role even when Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush return. It would be hard for Sean Payton to leave Ivory on the bench after this performance. Ivory kinda reminds me of a Joseph Addai/Marshawn Lynch mix.

Robert Meachem now has TD’s in back to back weeks and is slowly emerging again. Meachem is arguably the most talented wideout on the Saints and remember he finished hot last year. Go grab Meachem this week if he’s on your waiver wire.

Brandon Jacobs is running with confidence again as he scored two more times this week. Ahmad Bradshaw is still the better runner and will get more carries, but Jacobs looks like he will get the goal line carries for now. He should make for a decent flex play most weeks.

Ryan Torain ran impressively against the undersized Colts Defense finishing with 100 yards and 2 TD’s on 20 carries. However after the game his knee was heavily wrapped and late in the game Keiland Williams was playing not Torain. Monitor this although it doesn’t appear to be serious.

As a Maurice Jones-Drew owner I am starting to get worried. Through 6 weeks he only has 1 100 yard game which came against the weak Colts Run D and he has only has found the endzone twice. He also is only averaging about 2 catches and has yet to go over 20 yards receiving in a game. MJD hasn’t looked as explosive as he has in the past which could be a result of the 350+ carries he got last year and his offensive line isn’t opening many holes. I would remain patient for now but there is some cause for concern. Maybe test the market and see what you can get for him.

Go Trade For

Jamal Charles before he truly explodes, Owners could frustrated with his lack of TD’s. Ocho Cinco coming off the bye week. He’s too talented not to put up some big games. C.J. Spiller, hopefully the Bills are smart and give him at least 15 touches coming back from the bye week, if they do he will show his talents. Beanie Wells, he’s gonna have some nice games ahead and it’s look like he has taken back the feature role.

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