Fantasy Football Week 6 Recap: The Good, The Bad & The Busted

by Joe Bond

We almost saw both of the winless teams, Jacksonville and Oakland, win their first game, but instead they fell just short. Just as amazing as those victories would have been, even more amazing is the Dallas Cowboys traveling to Seattle and walking out of there with a win. You wouldn't have found a whole lot of people before the season started that would have said the Cowboys were going to start 5-1. DeMarco Murray is still getting it done, even against the vaunted Seahawks run defense. He became just the seventh rusher in the last four years to rush for 100 yards on the Seahawks, and in doing so became the only running back in NFL history since Jim Brown to rush for 100 yards in the first six games of a season.

It was nice to see some familiar names return to the top of the scoring list Sunday. LeSean McCoy finally turned in a good game, rushing for 147 yards on 24 carries. Didn't get in the endzone, but owners will take it. Larry Fitzgerald also returned from the dead, catching six passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. Boy is it nice to have Carson Palmer back.

The Good
Cam Newton (CAR)Cam Newton (QB - CAR) - Newton looked like his old-self Sunday, running for 107 yards, easily the most rushing yards for him this season. This was a much needed game for Newton and the Panthers who have been devoid of a rushing game most of the season. The bad news, they tied the Bengals this week. Guess it is better than a loss.

Joe Flacco (QB - BAL) - What a start to the game for Flacco and the Ravens. He had five touchdown passes in the first 17 minutes of the game, which is crazy to think about. He finished the day 306 yards and those five touchdowns, leading the Ravens to a 48-17 victory against the Bucs.

T.Y. Hilton (WR - IND) - Such a monster game on Thursday for Hilton. He started off quickly with 147 yards in the first quarter, and finished with nine catches for 223 total yards and a touchdown. He has had a good start to the season, especially in PPR leagues, and I see no reason why it shouldn't continue.

Matt Forte (RB - CHI) - Not much of a surprise that Forte had a good game, a lot of fantasy analysts, me included, had him ranked as the number one running back option this week. He did just that, unless somebody from Monday night trumps him, finishing with 157 total yards and two rushing touchdowns.

Honorable Mention: Tom Brady (QB - NE), Arian Foster (RB - HOU), Derek Carr (QB - OAK), Mohamed Sanu (WR - CIN)

The Bad
Eli Manning (NYG)
Eli Manning (QB - NYG) - I finally start to give Eli credit, and tout him as a starting fantasy quarterback, he goes out and pulls an... well Eli. The Giants were shut out on Sunday night by the Eagles and Eli was only able to throw for 151 yards. I guess the good news to take away from this is he didn't throw an interception.

Steven Jackson (RB - ATL) - Not that I was expecting a big week from SJax, but going against the Bears I expected a bit more than just 25 yards rushing. I've said it before, but I'll say it again, when are the Falcons going to realize they need to get any of the other running backs more involved in the offense. SJax just isn't getting it done.

Emmanuel Sanders (WR - DEN) - You could throw Wes Welker here instead, since he only caught one pass for eight yards, but Sanders was only able to catch three for 38 yards. A bit surprising for the 5th leading receiver after five weeks of the season and he was facing the Jets terrible secondary.

Jeremy Maclin (WR - PHI) - The Eagles offense finally put up some points, and Maclin only contributed two receptions for 16 yards? That is surprising to say the least for the teams best wide receiver by quite a large margin.

Honorable Mention: Cincinnati DefenseTeddy Bridgewater (QB - MIN), Eddie Lacy (RB - GB), DeAndre Hopkins (WR - HOU)

The Busted
Victor Cruz (WR - NYG) - It was truly a sad sight on Sunday night as Cruz was sobbing into his hands while being carted off the field. A torn patellar tendon will end his season and put a huge dent in the Giants offense, that seemed to be clicking the last two weeks. 

Stevan Ridley (RB - NE) - Ridley owners likely won't have to deal with the frustration of owning him much longer. Word out of New England is they fear it is a torn ACL and he will be out the remainder of the season. Shane Vereen will likely see an increase in workload, with Brandon Bolden to get more into the mix as well, but I wouldn't go rushing out to get Bolden.

Darren Sproles (RB - PHI) - Sproles got his knee twisted pretty bad on Sunday night, and luckily for him it was no where near as bad as it looked. Word coming out of Philly is it is a sprain of the MCL, which should sideline him for 2-3 weeks. With the Eagles on bye in Week 7, Sproles might only miss one game.

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