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Week 6 Rankings Update

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Week 6 Running Backs

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Maurice Jones-Drewvs. STL -
2Adrian Petersonvs. BAL -
3Chris Johnsonat NE -
4Matt Forteat ATL -
5Cedric Bensonvs. HOU -
6Michael Turnervs. CHI -
7Steven Jacksonat JAC -
8DeAngelo Williamsat TB -
9Brian Westbrookat OAK -
10Ray Riceat MIN -
11Ryan Grantvs. DET -
12Steve Slatonat CIN -
13Rashard Mendenhallvs. CLE -
14Pierre Thomasvs. NYG Probable(hamstring)
15Knowshon Morenoat SD -
16Kevin Smithat GB -
17Clinton Portisvs. KC Probable(calf)
18Marshawn Lynchat NYJ -
19Jonathan Stewartat TB Probable(heel)
20Brandon Jacobsat NO -
21Ahmad Bradshawat NO Probable(ankle)
22LaDainian Tomlinsonvs. DEN -
23Tim Hightowerat SEA -
24Fred Jacksonat NYJ -
25Thomas Jonesvs. BUF -
26Leon Washingtonvs. BUF -
27Julius Jonesvs. ARZ -
28LeSean McCoyat OAK -
29Darren Sprolesvs. DEN -
30Correll Buckhalterat SD -
31Willis McGaheeat MIN -
32Mike Bellvs. NYG Probable(knee)
33Reggie Bushvs. NYG -
34Sammy Morrisvs. TEN -
35Michael Bushvs. PHI -
36Jamal Lewisat PIT Probable(hamstring)
37Willie Parkervs. CLE Probable(toe)
38Jerome Harrisonat PIT -
39Derrick Wardvs. CAR -
40Larry Johnsonat WAS -
41Carnell Williamsvs. CAR -
42Jamaal Charlesat WAS -
43Jerious Norwoodvs. CHI -
44Chris Wellsat SEA -
45Ladell Bettsvs. KC -
46Chester Taylorvs. BAL -
47LenDale Whiteat NE -
48Rashad Jenningsvs. STL -
49Laurence Maroneyvs. TEN -
50Justin Fargasvs. PHI -
51Mewelde Moorevs. CLE -
52Justin Forsettvs. ARZ -
53Chris Brownat CIN -
54Kevin Faulkvs. TEN -
55Brandon Jacksonvs. DET Probable(ankle)
56Edgerrin Jamesvs. ARZ -
RB Notes: DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart aren't finding lanes to run through. The Panthers couldn't push Washington enough to get a yard in four straight plays at the goal line, which was eye opening. Stewart got the first two cracks, then Williams, then fullback Brad Hoover. Carolina came out of their bye week using the Wildcat more, with Williams at quarterback, but it wasn't remotely effective. The division of carries between the two talented backs is close to what it was last year, but their value is much closer this year with Williams falling back to earth.

Clinton Portis had big holes a few times during last week's game, but didn't hit them fast enough. He reminds me of Edgerrin James in his last year with the Colts. He can pick up the three-to-four yard gains, but isn't going to put up anything big. He would need the perfect situation to be any better than a low-end RB2, and Washington is far from perfect. Even with a cupcake like Kansas City coming to town. … It will be interesting to see how the Saints use Mike Bell this week. Pierre Thomas should be first in line, but it wouldn't be surprising if New Orleans mixes and matches. That makes Pierre's value very risky in a tough matchup like the Giants. We're too respectful of the Saints offense and Thomas' talent to bench him, but Bell could continue to be a thorn in owner's sides. This is the truest test of New Orleans' improved running game.

Tom Coughlin isn't going to hand the offense over to Ahmad Bradshaw. Brandon Jacobs should get it going, but his lack of production is worrisome because the schedule gets tougher. With no receiving value, his margin for error is smaller than most top-20 options. He needs touchdowns, and Eli/Bradshaw are stealing too many. … Tampa's offensive line has been a big disappointment. Perhaps the return of center Jeff Faine will help this week, but it's hard to trust Cadillac or Derrick Ward as flex options, even in neutral matchups. … The Cardinals have continued to stop the run well, so this isn't a week to use Julius Jones.

The Chargers are a great matchup for opposing running backs, so Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter are options this week, if Buckhalter plays. … Because of the matchups, we're going to keep Rashard Mendenhall as a RB2. Even if Willie Parker starts, will he finish? More importantly, he's not likely to match Mendenhall's effectiveness. … I haven't seen Brian Westbrook make anyone miss yet, not that he got the ball that much last week. He's still an awesome receiver, but it's not a great sign LeSean McCoy is getting the snaps out of the Wildcat over him. Both players should have plus weeks with the matchup in Oakland.

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Week 6 Wide Receivers

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Larry Fitzgeraldat SEA -
2Randy Mossvs. TEN Probable(shoulder)
3Andre Johnsonat CIN -
4Roddy Whitevs. CHI -
5Greg Jenningsvs. DET -
6Steve Smithat TB Probable(knee)
7Vincent Jacksonvs. DEN -
8Chad Ochocincovs. HOU -
9Marques Colstonvs. NYG -
10Steve Smithat NO -
11Brandon Marshallat SD -
12Anquan Boldinat SEA -
13DeSean Jacksonat OAK -
14Wes Welkervs. TEN -
15Mike Sims-Walkervs. STL -
16Braylon Edwardsvs. BUF -
17Hines Wardvs. CLE -
18Santonio Holmesvs. CLE -
19Dwayne Boweat WAS -
20Nate Burlesonvs. ARZ Probable(back)
21Donald Drivervs. DET -
22Kevin Walterat CIN -
23T.J. Houshmandzadehvs. ARZ -
24Derrick Masonat MIN -
25Santana Mossvs. KC -
26Percy Harvinvs. BAL Questionable(shoulder)
27Mario Manninghamat NO -
28Antonio Bryantvs. CAR Probable(knee)
29Bernard Berrianvs. BAL -
30Terrell Owensat NYJ -
31Eddie Royalat SD -
32Devin Hesterat ATL -
33Mohamed Massaquoiat PIT -
34Donnie Averyat JAC -
35Torry Holtvs. STL -
36Earl Bennettat ATL -
37Jeremy Maclinat OAK -
38Steve Breastonat SEA Questionable(knee)
39Andre Caldwellvs. HOU -
40Devery Hendersonvs. NYG -
41Sidney Ricevs. BAL -
42Dennis Northcuttat GB -
43Lee Evansat NYJ -
44Lance Moorevs. NYG -
45Johnny Knoxat ATL -
46Kenny Brittat NE -
47Nate Washingtonat NE -
48Mike Wallacevs. CLE -
49Hakeem Nicksat NO -
50Jordy Nelsonvs. DET -
51Mark Claytonat MIN Probable(shoulder)
52Mark Bradleyat WAS -
53James Jonesvs. DET -
54Bryant Johnsonat GB -
55Justin Gageat NE -
56Bobby Wadeat WAS -
57Julian Edelmanvs. TEN -
58Antwaan Randle Elvs. KC -
59Deion Branchvs. ARZ -
60Jabar Gaffneyat SD -
61Kelley Washingtonat MIN -

WR Notes: Rowdy Roddy White's breakout was no fluke. With Matt Ryan now a top-five quality quarterback, White still has a chance to finish the season at or near the top of the wide receiver rankings. … This is Steve Smith of the Panthers' fantasy Super Bowl. If he can't bust a big play against the Bucs, his owners have to wonder when it will happen. We bet it will. … Chad Ochocinco also is due for a vertical catch. He's playing consistent football, but Carson Palmer has been inaccurate and Ocho has been well covered when they have tried to go deep. … Laveranues Coles was not on the field for most of the second half against the Ravens. Chris Henry and Andre Caldwell both have value in this week's matchup if that continues, and it should. Drop Coles, who has quietly been among the biggest busts in all of fantasy and reality.

Antonio Bryant did not struggle to get separation last week against the Eagles. He's produced fairly well with Josh Johnson in the lineup, and he would have had a big game if not for the drops last weeks. He's a reasonable WR3. … The end of the no huddle in Buffalo can't be bad news for Terrell Owens and Lee Evans, because it's hard to imagine their passing attack getting worse. Buffalo's offensive line may be the worst in football. Even Cleveland was getting pressure immediately last week on Trent EdwardsMike Sims-Walker is back to being a solid WR2 considering the plus matchup against St. Louis. He can bring home all the ladies he wants with the game in Jacksonville.

I'm not overly worried about Derrick Mason's bagel, although the Vikings play a similar defense to the Bengals in that they keep plays in front of them. Still, the Vikings are giving up 7.8 yards per pass this year. The problem for the Ravens is protection. The team is better when Michael Oher is at right tackle. … Jerricho Cotchery's status is shaky, but we have him and Braylon Edwards ranked as if Cotchery will play. One concern for both players is that the Jets may not need to throw much to win against Buffalo.

Nate Burleson is one of the surprise stories of the year and there isn't a lot of reason to think he can't keep it going as long as he stays healthy. … Eddie Royal owners in PPR leagues could use him as a WR3 against San Diego. … Jacksonville's secondary has struggled against speedy wideouts, so Donnie Avery is a decent option with Marc Bulger back in the lineup. … The Jaguars may feed the ball to Torry Holt so he can have a nice day against his former team. … At this point, there isn't a lot of separation between the three top Bears receivers or the three top Vikings receivers. It's hard to predict who will step up in a given week.

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