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Week 6 Live Blog

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Welcome to Week 6.

A Rotoworld staffer is watching every game today, keeping an eye on those guys, in-game injuries, depth chart changes and potential breakout players. We'll also be watching to see why a certain player is under- or over-performing. If you have a specific question about something going on in a specific game, ask me on twitter (@adamlevitan) and we will try to get you an answer in this space.

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1PM GAMES
INACTIVE NEWS
* Josh Gordon is indeed starting with Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), Travis Benjamin (hamstring) and Jordan Norwood (foot) all out. The raw Gordon is a deep desperation flier only.
* Dustin Keller (hamstring) and Stephen Hill (hamstring) are back, but it's hard to trust either as they come back to an inept offense off a long stint on the sideline.
* Austin Pettis gets the start with Danny Amendola (shoulder) out. Expect him to rotate with Chris Givens and others.
* Kevin Smith is a healthy scratch. He's behind the likes of Joique Bell and Keiland Williams. If Jahvid Best (concussions) ends up cleared, Smith could very well be cut.

FIRST HALF OBSERVATIONS
* The Eagles come in with a plan to defend Calvin Johnson. Nnamdi Asomugha will match up with him in man coverage on the outside and receive safety help over the top. When Megatron goes into the slot, Brandon Boykin and Asomugha will double him. It's nothing Matthew Stafford and the Lions haven't seen.
* The Browns are intent on riding Trent Richardson hard, but they're still not giving him the third-down work. That remains Chris Ogbonnaya's job so far.
* With Danny Amendola out, Chris Givens will be a name to watch. He's really raw, but he's explosive. Now has three straight games with a catch of at least 50 yards.
* Great day for corner vs. wideout matchups. Antonio Cromartie is shadowing Reggie Wayne. Joe Haden is on A.J. Green. Nnamdi Asomugha vs. Calvin Johnson.
* The Bengals are really trying to get Jermaine Gresham involved and it's working. The got him on a linebacker when he split out wide and it resulting in a 55-yard touchdown. On the next drive, he just missed a big play after lining up in the backfield and beating a safety.
* Matthew Stafford's red-zone woes continue. He missed Tony Scheffler twice for touchdowns with simple overthrows in the first quarter.
* Vick Ballard had four carries for 13 yards in the first quarter. Delone Carter is getting a series as the Colts open the second quarter. And as the Colts trail 14-3, they're going no-huddle. That' Mewelde Moore territory. Ballard owners are in some trouble.
* Darren McFadden's stats don't show it, but he was close to a big half. Had two big runs called back due to penalty and didn't convert a goal-line carry. Looks very explosive coming out of the bye, though.
* Titus Young won't be able to blame his knees for this one. At the end of the first half, he dropped a perfectly thrown bomb from Matthew Stafford while behind the defense. Awful season to far for Titus.
* Brian Hartline is not hurt, but he has zero catches and zero targets. The Dolphins are shying away from throwing at Cortland Finnegan.

SECOND HALF OBSERVATIONS
* DeMarco Murray (foot) did not start the second half. Hopefully owners were practicing proper handcuffing technique, because Felix Jones looked spry in the first half. A sprained foot for Murray is scary as that kind of injury really cripples running backs. UPDATE: DeMarco Murray is back in the game after missing just one drive, but he looks very limited. He's spending most of his time on the sideline.
* Reggie Wayne is getting eaten up by Antonio Cromartie. Really impressive, physical performance so far for Cro.
* Dez Bryant is finally on the board with a TD. It certainly helps that top Ravens CB Lardarius Webb left with an injury, but Dez is having a big-time game. UPDATE: After his score, Bryant left with cramps. Expect him back after an IV.
* I wouldn't put too much stock in Shonn Greene's monster day. The Colts were set up for a MONSTER let-down spot after last week's Chuckstrong win over the Packers. They just aren't in it. They also lost DE Cory Redding and are playing without OLB Robert Mathis. Colts came into the day 26th against the run. Bilal Powell also left with a shoulder injury.
* Brent Celek dropped a touchdown and then had one called back by a bad offensive pass interference call. Unlucky.
* Trent Richardson has a "flank" injury. It's swelling to the side of his abdomen. He's probable to return, but Montario Hardesty is in for now.
* Felix Jones is proving untrustworthy for the Cowboys once again. With DeMarco Murray (foot) sidelined, they really need him. But Felix is out due to cramps. Phillip Tanner is the next man up.
* So much for the Bucs' coaches talking up LeGarrette Blount during the bye week. Even though Tampa has been nursing a lead all day, he has just two carries with seven minutes left. Doug Martin has 13. UPDATE: Blount got a bunch of garbage-time carries and punched in a touchdown. Don't be fooled.

4PM GAMES
INACTIVE NEWS
* Aaron Hernandez (ankle) is active. He's a high-risk, high-reward fantasy play as he's expected to play limited snaps. The Pats probably have a certain package of plays set up for him.
* Todd Heap (knee) is inactive. Another chance for Dynasty prospect Rob Housler.
* Wes Welker (ankle) and Rob Gronkowski (hip) are full go, as expected.
* LaRod Stephens-Howling (hip) is active. He'll share the load with William Powell.
* Pierre Garcon (foot) is INACTIVE. Leonard Hankerson and Josh Morgan will start at wideout.
* Hakeem Nicks (knee, foot) is ACTIVE. He looked really loose and strong in warmups.
* Jerome Simpson (back) is inactive. Blocker Michael Jenkins will start and hold back the Vikings' offense.
* Martellus Bennett (knee) is active and not wearing a brace.
* Robert Griffin III (concussion) is a must-start as he's been fully cleared.

OBSERVATIONS
* Undersized LaRod Stephens-Howling got the first carry for the Cardinals and rammed into the middle of the line. He's not going to hold up or have success like that.
* First play from scrimmage for the Pats is an eight-yard pass to Aaron Hernandez. UPDATE: On the Pats' first 11 plays, Hernandez has been in for just three of them. Special package.
* Fred Jackson fumbled on the Bills' first play from scrimmage. Next series, C.J. Spiller is in. Big chance for him to get the "hot hand."
* Good news for Stevan Ridley owners. The Week 4 and 5 fumbles aren't hurting him as he's getting his normal reps in the first quarter.
* Fred Jackson hasn't been benched, but CJ Spiller continues to run circles around him. His ability to make people miss and accelerate is only matched by Percy Harvin. Spiller is the man to own here, the Bills just have to give him the majority of touches.
* Hakeem Nicks is playing the majority of downs, but he looks limited. Not able to explode and get past corners deep. He's going to have to gut it out with physicality.
* This Cardinals' offensive line is the worst in recent NFL memory. They can't open any holes in the running game and Kevin Kolb is running for his life against a previously dormant Bills' pass rush. Major concern for any Cards fantasy players.
* Looks like Rob Gronkowski's hip/back issue is acting up as he's hobbled out there. Could be a long day.
* Update on Aaron Hernandez: His playing time is growing as that ankle gets looser. He played 20 of 42 first-half snaps.
* Brandon Bolden has sustained a left knee injury and is questionable to return. More good news for Ridley owners.
* Alex Smith is playing with a wrap on his sprained finger. He's also been inaccurate. Perhaps it's not a coincidence.
* So much for the Giants' coaches talking up an increased role for David Wilson. Ahmad Bradshaw is carrying a full load once again, getting the first 16 touches. Wilson has zero.
* Yeah, so Robert Griffin III isn't going to stop running because of last week's concussion. As we near the end of the third quarter, RG3 has rushed 10 times for 55 yards with a touchdown. Real candidate to finish this year as fantasy's No. 1 quarterback.
* Kevin Kolb has been running all over the field today. But it wasn't a true scramble that got him knocked out with a rib injury, it was a broken play with just over two minutes left in the game. John Skelton, who won the starting job out of camp, has come on.
* As expected, Martellus Bennett (knee) was used almost exclusively as a blocker, He saw just two targets.



Adam Levitan is in his fifth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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