Week 6 was another weird one in the National Football League as demonstrated by Thad Lewis, Nick Foles and Andy Dalton making it into the top-5 fantasy quarterbacks this week. So let’s take a look at some of this week’s wacky weekend winners!
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Knowshon Moreno caught seven passes for 62 yards and ran the ball 15 times for 42 yards and three touchdowns. That’s not a bad day at the office for a running back who most thought was a third string guy coming into the season. He now leads the league with seven rushing touchdowns. That is not a typo. He also is averaging more yards per touch than Adrian Peterson. He's of course in the perfect offense, but as a player who the Broncos didn't seem to want winning the starting job, he has fought his way to the top of the depth chart and the touchdown ranks.
As the best receiver on the 49ers now, Vernon Davis has stepped up into that role and this week he took a leap up with eight receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns. He has missed a game due to a hamstring injury and played another not at full speed, but still has six touchdowns and ranks third in tight end fantasy points. Now that he’s fully healthy there is no reason you can’t ride him all season to fantasy greatness.
Cam Newton has been a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde player for his fantasy owners, but he paid them back for a disappointing game last week with 20-of-26 passing for 242 yards, three touchdowns and topped it off with nine rushing attempts for 30 yards and another touchdown. That’s The Cam we like to see. He had some designed runs and that threat on the ground always helps his overall game. Minnesota’s defense is quickly becoming a get-well matchup and he gets St. Louis next week.
Nick Foles did nothing to make fans clamor for Michael Vick’s speedy return as he faced the Tampa Bay defense on Sunday. He completed 22-of-31 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns, while also running one in for a touchdown on a quarterback draw. He also completed 6-of-6 passes to DeSean Jackson, including two touchdowns. His efficiency in this offense that calls for precision is a nice fit so far. We’ll have to see how Chip Kelly proceeds.
Marshawn Lynch went beast mode once again, this time totaling 155 yards and two touchdowns. With Russell Wilson running the ball more it gives defenses a little more pause in attacking Lynch and Lynch will eat you up if you aren’t ready and often even if you are.
Jamaal Charles is now the leader in running back fantasy points as he once again totaled over 100 yards and scored a touchdown, which he has done in every game this season. Against the Raiders he actually totaled 128 yards and ran in two touchdowns. Defenses know he is the only true offensive weapon for Kansas City, but he just continues to do his thing.
Vincent Jackson caught nine passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns against the sieve-like defense of the Eagles. Mike Glennon proved that he could at least keep the offense moving in good matchups and the loss of Mike Williams helped funnel targets Jackson’s way.
Stevan Ridley finally is healed up and out of Bill Belichick’s weird little doghouse. After waiting most of the first quarter behind slug LeGarrette Blount before getting his first touch he went on to run for 96 yards and two touchdowns, giving the Patriots a much needed ground game to keep a little of the pressure off Tom Brady and his young receivers.
Lions tight end Joseph Fauria caught three passes for 34 yards and finished as the second best fantasy scoring tight end on the day. How is that? You ask bewilderedly. Well, that’s because each reception was a touchdown. Fauria has seven receptions all season, but five of those have resulted in touchdowns. He’s pretty efficient! It seems like he should continue to see an increase in snaps as we move forward in the season, but it isn’t a given.
Arian Foster totaled 198 yards and his team lost 38-13. That’s pretty tough to do. But Foster did look like his old self and even sat toward the end of the game. He could have and should have topped 200 yards and scored at least a touchdown if it weren't for the utter ineptitude of many of his teammates.
Justin Blackmon caught 14 passes on 20 targets for 180 yards. After the game Chris Harris said of Blackmon, “He’s an elite receiver and he definitely showed it.” The Jaguars lost Cecil Shorts early in this one and Blackmon was able to put up big numbers, even with the defense knowing who it was going to each play.