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Fantasy Review: Week 6

James Morris hails from Rio Rancho, NM and has been playing fantasy sports for well over a decade. Not only does he write the Bengals fantasy section, but he also does the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers fantasy sections, as well as the Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz fantasy basketball sections in the NBA. Last season James finished with an 82 percent accuracy rating for fantasy predictions and will be here to answer any questions you may have about your specific team. Just send him an email and he will reply back the same day with your answer.


Wow. That is the only word I can use to describe the game Tom Brady had on Sunday as he threw for 380 yards (29-of-34) while tying a career high with six touchdowns. Brady tossed five touchdowns in the second quarter alone as the Patriots secured the largest halftime shutout in NFL history at 45-0. I would be remiss if I didn't mention Maurice Jones-Drew in the conversation too as he ran 33 times for 133 yards and three touchdowns on the day. Many fantasy owners were talking about jumping the MJD ship, but I told you to start him this week and I hope you listened. Did anyone notice or care that Kerry Collins may have lost his job in Tennessee? The Titans receivers combined for -22 yards on the day; yes, I didn't type it wrong, NEGATIVE 22 YARDS!


Tom Brady: I already talked about it, but Brady put up roughly 50 points in standard fantasy scoring, enough to dwarf the competition. Brady has been somewhat off since Week 1, but after Week 6 he is back to his must start status.

Drew Brees: Brees is another QB taken in the first round that struggled the previous two games (362 yards and no scores), but stepped up in a big way this week as he threw for 369 yards and four scores. New Orleans is 5-0 and Brees looks to be back on track for fantasy dominance.

Maurice Jones-Drew: You would be surprised to know how many emails I got from owners thinking of benching or trading MJD the week leading up to this game. I'm sure his 133 yards on the ground, 45 yards via the air, and three scores will help reassure those people who took him in the top 3 picks that he is back on track and ready to produce.

Ray Rice: The sleeper that everyone thought was in a coma is now awake and doing well. Rice managed to gain 77 yards and two scores on the ground, and he hauled in another 117 yards on 10 receptions this weekend.

Randy Moss and Wes Welker: Whenever a QB throws for six touchdowns, there is usually a WR that had a spectacular game as well. This weekend both Moss and Walker had triple digit games as Moss posted 129 yards on eight receptions and three TDs and Welker added 10 catches for 150 yards and two TDs.

Hines Ward: Ward just never seems to get old enough to stop producing and this weekend he produced eight receptions for 159 yards and a TD. He almost nabbed another TD but it was overturned by the officials, but one is better than none.

Zach Miller: I had Miller listed on my preseason watch for TEs, but the whole Raiders offense has failed to impress until this weekend. TE is a feast or famine position, but Miller feasted this weekend with his six receptions for 139 yards and a TD.

Cleveland Browns Defense: Yes, I know the Packers and Patriots shut out their opponents, but the Browns weren't expected to do anything to the Steelers and yet they recorded three sacks, recovered three fumbles, grabbed one INT, and racked up 179 return yards while scoring a TD. Even with the 27 points allowed, the Browns still topped most standard format defenses this weekend.


Matt Hasselbeck: Easy come, easy go is what describes Hasselbeck and his Weeks 5 and 6 performances. This week Hasselbeck faced the league's worst pass defense and managed to throw for 112 yards, no scores, one INT and was sacked five times on the day. I even started him over Drew Brees in one of my leagues. Yes, I lost and those five little words I teach my kids came into play: I'll never do that again.

Kerry Collins: Collins managed a massive two completions for -7 yards, one INT, one lost fumble, and rushed three times for -1 yards. He didn't get hurt, he didn't tweak anything, he is just a biproduct of a terrible Tennessee Titans team.

Matt Forte: I don't know people, it may just be time to see if you can find the Bears fan in your league and trade him Matt Forte. This weekend he managed to run the ball 15 times for a whopping 23 yards (1.5 YPC) and that is not going to get it done for fantasy owners. Forte was often hit as soon as he took the handoff from Cutler, but all we care about is stats and the stats made him a loser. I would dangle him out there and see who bites.

Julius Jones: As if Hasselbeck's terrible day wasn't enough for Seattle, Jones managed to carry the ball five times for five yards. Kind of reminds me of Arby's 5-for-5 deal. A sandwich would have been better for my health than watching Jones sit on the sideline and look bored.

Steve Smith (Panthers): Another guy I had high hopes for that did nothing. Smith usually torches the Bucs, but on Sunday he was held to just one catch for four yards. The problem there is that when things like that happen, things like Smith saying "It's bittersweet. We get the win, but I have a limited role. I see this game as showing I'm no longer an asset to this team" tend to follow.

Steve Smith (Giants): This is not a typo, Steve "mini-me" Smith also had an off week as he caught just four passes for 44 yards and no scores. I warned people about the Giants in this game so hopefully you listened to me.

Kellen Winslow: Heading into this week Winslow was tied with Dallas Clark as the most targeted TE in the NFL with 42. But, this weekend Winslow was targeted just four times while catching it three times for 29 yards and no scores. Tampa Bay is a bad team, which means Winslow will see a lot of checkdown passes, but four targets aren't going to make fantasy owners very happy.

New York Giants Defense: The Giants had the No. 1 ranked passing defense heading into Week 6, but after the dust settled in New Orleans, the Giants allowed 48 points while recording just one sack and no INTs. New York still has the No. 1 ranked passing defense with just 147.3 YPG allowed, but Carolina is nipping at their heels now and fantasy owners took one on the chin this weekend.


Well, my worst weekend this season as I went 10-of-16, missing on Hasselbeck, Smith, Burleson, Slaton, Olsen and Evans. Hasselbeck and Burleson just burned me; Steve Smith was just as upset as I was; Olsen had a cheap late TD that bumped him up the ladder; and Slaton caught a couple of beautiful screen passes that made him worth playing this weekend.

I have been warning people about Mark Sanchez all season long, so now you know why; Maclin has some skills, but rookies are rookies; Willis "Watch-u talk'n bout" McGahee is done and shouldn't be owned in any format; Tom Brady and Eli Manning had the games I knew they would, did you listen?

I'm not happy with 62.5 percent in Week 6 and can assure readers things will be back in the 80-90 percent range next week.

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