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Fantasy Fever: Week 6

Fantasy Football Advice for Week 6

By Joel Beall, WhatIfSports.com
October 13, 2010

Every Tuesday during the NFL season, WhatIfSports.com will release its fantasy projections for the upcoming week. The statistical inputs to the thousands of NFL games simulated are based on rigorous analysis of each team's roster, depth chart and statistically-based player rankings. In addition to our computer forecasts, WhatIfSports.com will also offer a "creative" perspective at its fantasy football coverage in a weekly feature called "Fantasy Fever." Enjoy.

Start 'Em:

QB: Vince Young, Titans. While supporting a healthy QB rating of 95.1, Young has not been much of a fantasy fabricator, scoring just 6 touchdowns and throwing for 684 yards in five games. But Jacksonville's pass defense is dreadful, surrendering 282.2 yards a contest, giving Young a chance to contribute to your fantasy team. In a related note, remember the criticism and universal disproval aimed at the Texan brass for selecting Mario Williams over more well-known commodities Young, Reggie Bush, and Matt Leinart? Five years later, it appears Houston is owed an apology. After a so-so rookie campaign, Williams has turned into an elite Pro-Bowl pass rusher. Meanwhile, Young has gone through the gauntlet of trials and tribulations; Bush, while an effective receiver, has not lived up to his hype; and Leinart is currently a backup. Not sayin', just sayin'.

RB: Ryan Torain, Redskins. After Clinton Portis suffered a groin separation, fantasy owners stampeded towards the waiver wire in order to claim Torain's services. The immediate returns were not auspicious, as Torain proceeded to lay an egg by collecting 40 yards on 10 carries without finding the end zone. However, a favorable matchup against Indianapolis should prove prosperous, as the Colts are giving up 142.2 yards on the ground per game.

WR: Brandon Lloyd, Broncos. Lloyd was somewhat of a football vagabond, serving time with the 49ers, Redskins and Bears since arriving in the league in 2003. This was undoubtedly due to his alleged poor work ethic and attitude, which could never override the abundant of talent at his disposal. However, Lloyd is having a career resurgence with the Broncos, catching 30 balls for 589 yards and 3 touchdowns this season. This week should provide another opportunity for Lloyd to put up decent numbers, as the Jets are giving up 234.6 yards through the air this season and could be without shutdown corner Darrelle Revis.

TE: Tony Moeaki, Chiefs. The rookie from Iowa continues to impress, as Moeaki had 4 catches for 50 yards in Kansas City's loss to Indianapolis. On the year, Moeaki is the Chiefs' leading receiver with 16 receptions, 173 yards and 2 touchdowns. Houston's defense has been suspect in the passing arena, allowing a league-worst 329.6 yards per game. If Moeaki is not on your roster, there's a good chance he's still available, as the tight-end is owned in just 25% of leagues.

DEF: New Orleans. The defending Super Bowl champs are behind the proverbial eight-ball after losing in embarrassing fashion to the Arizona Cardinals. However, the Saints defense is not to blame for the team's 3-2 record. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' unit is holding opponents to 306.4 yards this season despite the absence of Pro Bowler Darren Sharper. Look for New Orleans to wreak havoc on Tampa Bay this week, as the Buccaneers' offense has been inconsistent and unproductive in the running game.

Sit 'Em:

QB: Matt Ryan, Falcons. Ryan has been effective for Atlanta this season, throwing for 1,165 yards and 7 touchdowns. Unfortunately, the Eagles have been solid against the pass in 2010, confining opponents to just 192.4 yards and forcing 8 interceptions.

RB: Felix Jones, Cowboys. At the behest of owner Jerry Jones, Felix saw an extended role in the Cowboy offense in Week 5. The former 1st-rounder made the most of this fortune, gaining 109 yards on 15 carries. While the heat will be on offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to continue to involve Felix in the game plan, pump the breaks on expectations from Jones until the running back can produce in back-to-back weeks. Brandon Tate

WR: Brandon Tate, Patriots. Tate has been explosive in the return game for New England, housing two kickoffs for touchdowns in just four games. With the departure of Randy Moss, Tate is projected to become Tom Brady's new deep-threat. However, this is not the week to experiment with Tate as a starter, as the Patriots take on Baltimore, who are suffocating their rivals to 156.6 yards through five games. Furthermore, allow Tate to prove his fantasy worth before implementing him into your lineup

TE: Andrew Quarless, Packers. Quarless is a trendy pick this week after starter Jermichael Finley and backup Donald Lee succumbed to injuries. In their absence, Quarless responded with 4 catches and 51 yards. But the uncertain status of Aaron Rodgers makes Quarless a risky play in Week 6.

DEF: Minnesota. The Vikings have perennially been one of the league's toughest defensive units, and this season is no aberration. Minnesota is 2nd-best in the NFC in total yards allowed with 289.2, and have held their challengers to 16.8 points a game. But the erratic play of Brett Favre has given opposing offenses fantastic field position, and a matchup with offensively-explosive Dallas does not bode well for the Viking D.

Fantasy Flashback Performance: Kickers are usually an afterthought in fantasy. As long as the position is filled, most owners seem content. However, in Week 7 of the 2007 season, Tennessee Titan Rob Bironas submitted one of the greatest kicking performances in NFL history, going 8-for-8 on FG attempts, including a 52-yarder as time expired, to lift the Titans over the Texans 38-36. Bironas added two extra points to bring his total to 26 points on the day. Depending on point distribution for distance of kicks, Bironas could have scored up to 35-40 points in fantasy leagues. Kickers are still overlooked in fantasy, but for one day, the position was given its moment in the spotlight.

Waiver Wire Watch: Since taking over for Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick has been, dare I say, frisky? In three games as the Buffalo starter, Fitzpatrick has thrown for 595 yards and 7 touchdowns with just 2 interceptions, equating to a QB rating of 99.9. Owned in just 9% of leagues, Fitzpatrick can be utilized as a suitable backup, or even as trade bait if the Harvard grad continues this type of production. Max Hall

This Week in Kevin Walter: That makes back-to-back weeks in which Walter hasn't reached the end zone. Worse, #83 was targeted just five times by Matt Schaub. Consequently, Schaub had a QB rating of 53.1. Personally, I think this so-called "slump" is all part of K-Money's plan: Lull opposing defenses into scheming Walter as a non-factor, only for the Texan Tornado to explode for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Walter's 2010 stats: 22 receptions, 266 yards, 3 touchdowns.
Walter's 2010 Cornerback Body Count: 6.

Rookie Review: Colt McCoy. The former Longhorn, who holds the record for most Division I wins at quarterback (45) gets his first taste of the NFL this week against, gulp, Pittsburgh. McCoy's brief vocation in the pros has been anything but stable. Projected as an early to middle 2nd rounder, McCoy dropped to Cleveland in the 3rd as the 85th overall pick. Although dubbed the franchise's future, there were reports stemming from training camp that McCoy could be cut due to his performance in the preseason. Yet thanks to injuries to Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme, McCoy will be given his first start against the Steelers, who are holding opposing offenses to a league-low 12.5 points a contest. Sunday's game will be a baptism by fire, but if McCoy displays the moxie and poise he was famous for in Austin, Cleveland fans might be in for a surprise.

Gatorade Shower Goes To: Max Hall, Cardinals. The undrafted rookie from BYU led the Cardinals to a 30-20 upset over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. While the stat line doesn't portray a picturesque performance, Hall earned rave reviews from teammates for his composure and toughness. And with the atrocious start of projected division-winner San Fran, the prospect of Hall leading the Cardinals into the playoffs doesn't seem so far-fetched.

Personal Foul On: The Cincinnati Bengals. Back-to-back losses to Cleveland and Tampa Bay. In the words of 20th century virtuoso Sir Charles Barkley, "You knuckleheads."

Varsity Blues Quote of the Week:

Mo Moxon: Kyle, did you start a cult?

Kyle: Yup.

Mo Moxon: That is so sweet!


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