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Week 6 Rankings

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I often caution readers not to overthink fantasy football. There are only so many things we truly know, yet owners often make decisions based on complicated factors we can't truly understand.

You don't need to overthink Browns quarterback Colt McCoy's impact on Peyton Hillis this week. The rookie is going to ruin the former Razorback.

Hillis has been a revelation this season. I highly recommend sitting down and watching a Browns game this year if you get Shortcuts on DirecTV or NFL Rewind. Heck, you can even watch the Browns live. Hillis runs like a young Brandon Jacobs. Perhaps Jamal Lewis. I'm talking about the Jacobs that got us all excited a few years ago, not the moody toe tapper the Giants are saddled with now.

Like Jacobs, Hillis has excellent feet for a big man. He can nimbly get through a hole or jump over a defender better than you'd imagine. He runs with no regard for his body, looking to take defenders out. (His car crash hit on Roy Williams was one of the most fun plays of the year.)

Hillis is a factor as a receiver more than Jacobs ever was, which is why he can be a borderline RB1 this year as long as he's healthy. That brings up one last similarity between the two backs: Hillis provides a big target for defenders. He can run upright and he has an injury history. He delivers big hits, but he'll take some too.

That's why newly acquired Brown Mike Bell may wind up with some carries before long. I'd rather take a flier on James Davis in deep leagues. But that's all speculation for future weeks.

This week, the Browns have an overmatched rookie at quarterback. Really, they should make like the '06 Panthers and rock the Wildcat as their base offense for a game. Instead, they'll try to run the ball with little success against the Steelers front.

The Browns have kept games close all season, but it's hard to imagine them hanging with Pittsburgh. That's why I don't expect a particularly huge game from Ben Roethlisberger in his first game back. Big Ben should play well, he just won't have to throw the ball much to win.

On to the rankings:

Week 6 Quarterbacks

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Philip Riversat STL -
2Peyton Manningat WAS -
3Drew Breesat TB -
4Aaron Rodgersvs. MIA Questionable(concussion)
5Eli Manningvs. DET -
6Tom Bradyvs. BAL -
7Kyle Ortonvs. NYJ -
8Tony Romoat MIN -
9Jay Cutlervs. SEA Probable(concussion)
10Joe Flaccoat NE -
11Vince Youngat JAC -
12Matt Schaubvs. KC -
13Donovan McNabbvs. IND -
14Ben Roethlisbergervs. CLE -
15Brett Favrevs. DAL Probable(elbow)
16Matt Ryanat PHI -
17David Garrardvs. TEN -
18Matt Casselat HOU -
19Kevin Kolbvs. ATL -
20Mark Sanchezat DEN -
21Shaun Hillat NYG -
22Josh Freemanvs. NO -
23Sam Bradfordvs. SD -
24Chad Henneat GB -
25Alex Smithvs. OAK -
26Jason Campbellat SF -
27Matt Hasselbeckat CHI -
28Matt Flynnvs. MIA -
29Colt McCoyat PIT -

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Gregg Rosenthal has directed Rotoworld's football content since 2003. He co-hosts the NBC Fantasy Fix and covers the NFL for and Catch him on Twitter.
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