Fantasy Impact: Week 6
Ken Pomponio
October 15, 2012

Falcons 23, Raiders 20
Georgia Dome (Atlanta)

  • So much for that mismatch between Atlanta QB Matt Ryan the banged-up Oakland defensive secondary, which came into the game ranked next-to-last in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. Ryan threw for 249 yards, but had a season-low one TD and three interceptions -- the Raiders' first three picks of the season. Ryan entered the game with three interceptions in 199 passes.
  • Extra points: The Falcons' second-ranked fantasy defense/special teams was at it again with three sacks, three turnovers and a TD on CB Asante Samuel's 79-yard interception return. ... Raiders RB Darren McFadden only had 70 rushing yards to show for 27 carries, but he did find the end zone for the second time this season. ... Oakland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey returned three weeks after suffering a concussion but didn't record a reception on two targets. He did gain 20 yards, though, on an end-around. ... Denarius Moore led the Raiders with 5 receptions for 104 yards and a TD.

Ravens 31, Cowboys 29
M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore)

  • In case you haven't noticed, the Ravens' defense isn't the Ravens' defense anymore. On Sunday, they were gashed for 481 total yards by the Cowboys, including a franchise-worst 227 on 42 rushes. Injuries also hit hard with LB Ray Lewis (possible torn triceps) and CB Ladarius Webb (likely torn ACL) leaving the game with possible season-ending afflictions.
  • Extra points: DeMarco Murray led the Cowboys with 93 rushing yards on 14 carries before leaving in the third quarter with a foot injury. Felix Jones added 92 yards on 18 carries. ... Dez Bryant had his second straight strong fantasy outing for the Cowboys, finishing with 13 catches for 95 yards and a pair of TDs on 15 targets. ... WR Anquan Boldin (5 catches for 98 yards) led the Ravens in receiving for the third straight game, and fellow WR Torrey Smith hauled in a TD pass for the fourth time in five contests, despite finishing with only two receptions for 24 yards.

Browns 34, Bengals 24
Browns Stadium (Cleveland)

  • Browns RB Trent Richardson has been a rookie fantasy force this season, but due to a flank injury (reported contusion to the abdomen/ribs) in the third quarter, he didn't figure much in his team's first win of the season. Richardson finished with only 54 yards on 16 touches, while backup Montario Hardesty had 16 touches for 65 yards and a TD.
  • Extra points: With 7 catches for 135 yards and two TDs Sunday, Bengals' WR A.J. Green has scored in all five games since the season opener and has exceeded 100 yards in three of those contests. He has at least five catches in every game this season. ...  Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw for 381 yards and a trio of TDs, but turned the ball over four times, including three picks. ... Browns rookie WR Josh Gordon only has 12 catches this season but he has 274 receiving yards and three TDs after his 71-yard scoring reception highlighted a three-catch, 99-yard day Sunday.

Dolphins 17, Rams 14
Sun Life Stadium (Miami)

  • Two of the early-season surprising defenses ruled on windy and rainy South Beach Sunday with only two TDs allowed in this one. And speaking of surprises, who figured Dolphins WR Marlon Moore (29-yard reception) and Rams QB Sam Bradford (1-yard dive), would account for the TDs?
  • Extra points: Moore, a reserve wideout, hadn't had a catch since 2010 but had three for a team-high 46 yards Sunday. ... Meanwhile, the Dolphins' leading receiver, Brian Hartline, burned his fantasy owners with a no-catch outing on no targets. ... The Rams' leading rusher was rookie Daryl Richardson, who had 76 yards on 11 rushes and 23 yards on a pair of receptions. Steven Jackson, meanwhile, had 80 yards on 15 touches, including 12 rushes for 52 yards. ... Rams' rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein picked up the nickname Legatron by connecting on his first 15 NFL field-goal attempts, which included two Sunday, but he pushed his final three attempts to the left in the wind, including a 66-yard attempt on the game's final play.

Jets 35, Colts 9
MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)

  • Think Jets RB Shonn Greene was happy to be facing Indy's run defense? After spending the past month facing four top-10 run defenses (Steelers, Dolphins, 49ers and Texans), Greene romped for 161 yards and three TDs Sunday. He entered the game with 217 yards and a TD.
  • Extra points: With the Jets grinding out 252 rushing yards, QB Mark Sanchez attempted only 18 passes, completing 11 for 82 yards. But he did toss TDs to a pair of Hills (rookie Stephen and veteran free-agent Jason). ... Week 5 fantasy standouts -- QB Andrew Luck and WR Reggie Wayne -- hooked up five times for 87 yards on 10 targets, but the two Colts combined to give away four turnovers.

Lions 26, Eagles 23 (OT)
Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia)

  • Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson now haven't hooked up for a TD in five games this season -- something they did a league-leading 16 times a year ago -- but they've still been productive for their fantasy owners. Stafford threw for 311 yards and a TD and ran for another score Sunday, while Johnson had six grabs for 135 yards on 13 targets despite constant Philly double teams.
  • Extra points: Detroit TEs Tony Scheffler and Brandon Pettigrew combined for six catches for 119 yards on 12 targets. ... Philly QB Michael Vick was better in fantasy (311 passing yards, 2 TDs, team-high 59 rushing yards) than reality (2 turnovers, 3 sacks, 77.4 QB rating) in a second-straight narrow loss. ... WRs Jeremy Maclin (6-130-TD) and DeSean Jackson (5-74) were the Eagles' best offensive weapons Sunday with RB LeSean McCoy limited to 48 total yards on 21 touches.

Buccaneers 38, Chiefs 10
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)

  • After struggling through a 16-TD pass, 22-interception season a year ago, the 2012 Josh Freeman resembles more of the 2010 version (25 TDs, 6 picks). The Bucs' QB threw for 326 yards, three scores and one pick Sunday to increase his season TD-to-interception ratio to 8-5.
  • Extra points: The Bucs boast one of the league's top WR duos with Mike Williams (4-113-TD) and Vincent Jackson (4-66-2 TDs) lighting up the K.C. secondary Sunday. ... Another Tampa tandem, RBs Doug Martin (15 touches-131 yards) and LeGarrette Blount (7-58-TD), both produced fantasy points in the game. ... K.C. backup Brady Quinn threw for only 180 yards and tossed a pair of picks, while WR Dexter McCluster (6 receptions) and out-of-nowhere TE Steve Maneri (45 receiving yards) were his top targets. ... Coming off three straight standout outings, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles was a fantasy flop Sunday with only 47 yards and no scores on 14 touches.

Redskins 38, Vikings 26
FedEx Field (Landover, Md.)

  • RGIII was just fine, but he left the Vikings feeling dazed and confused. A week after leaving a game with a concussion, Griffin ran for 138 yards and two TDs on 13 rushes and threw for 182 yards and another score as the Redskins rolled. The rookie's rushing yards were the highest single-game total for a QB since Vick ran for 166 in 2006.
  • Extra points: With Pierre Garcon inactive with his foot troubles, veteran wideout Santana Moss (4-46) led the Skins in receiving, but it was FB Darrel Young, of all players, who hauled in Griffin's lone TD pass on the day. ... No, Adrian Peterson didn't find the end zone for the first time since Week 1 but he did rack up a season-high 129 total yards on 24 touches, including 50 on 7 receptions. ... TE Kyle Rudolph finished with 6 catches for 56 yards and a TD to notch his fifth scoring reception of the season.

Bills 19, Cardinals 16 (OT)
University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.)

  • The Cards, who already have seen Week 1 starting QB John Skelton and their top two RBs, Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams, go down with injuries, lost QB Kevin Kolb to a rib injury just before the 2-minute warning in the fourth quarter. Really, though, it was only a matter of time for Kolb (128 passing yards, TD, interception) who was sacked five times Sunday and a total of 22 over the team's past three games. Thus, enter Skelton again, but he only completed 2-of-10 passes and threw an interception deep in his own territory in OT, setting up the Bills' game-winning FG.
  • Extra points: Both of Buffalo's top RBs produced start-worthy fantasy points with C.J. Spiller rushing for 88 yards and a TD on 12 carries and catching four passes for 22 yards, while Fred Jackson rushed for 53 yards and a TD on 16 carries and hauled in 5 passes for 30 yards. ... After surrendering 182 rushing yards on 30 carries Sunday, the Bills have allowed 740 on 108 rushes over the past three games. ... Speaking of rushing yards, William Powell stepped up in Williams' absence with 70 on 13 carries in the game. Meanwhile, LaRod Stephens-Howling had only 22 on 11 totes.

Seahawks 24, Patriots 23
CenturyLink Field (Seattle)

  • The first win may forever be denoted with an asterisk, but for the record, Seahawks rookie QB Russell Wilson now has outdueled QBs Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady in his past two home games. Wilson was 16-for-27 for a career-high 293 yards and three TDs and an interception Sunday, while Brady was 36-of-58 for 395 with two scores and two picks.
  • Extra points: Wilson's TD tosses went to three different WRs with Sidney Rice (3-87), Doug Baldwin (2-74) and Braylon Edwards (2-21) all finding paydirt. The TDs were the first of the season for Baldwin and Edwards. ... TE Aaron Hernandez returned for the Pats, catching 6 passes for 30 yards and a TD, but there were plenty of passes to go around with Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd and Rob Gronkowski all finishing with at least six catches and 60 yards. ... Rookie RB Brandon Bolden (knee, first half) and Lloyd (shoulder, fourth quarter) both suffered injuries Sunday.

Giants 26, 49ers 3
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)

  • Ahmad Bradshaw and the defending Super Bowl champs were written off by lot of prognosticators entering Sunday's game as underdogs against the red-hot 49ers. But while his team answered on the scoreboard, Bradshaw stated his case on the stat sheet, becoming the first opposing player to rush for 100 or more yards in the past 23 games in San Francisco, gaining 116 yards and a TD on 27 carries.
  • Extra points: Giants' WR Hakeem Nicks played for the first time since Week 2, finishing with three catches for 44 yards on five targets. ... After snaring 15 passes for 185 yards and a trio of TDs in the Giants' first three games, TE Martellus Bennett has only five grabs for 41 yards and no scores over his past three outings, including one catch for 9 yards Sunday. ... Niners QB Alex Smith entered the contest with a sparkling 8-1 TD-to-interception ratio but threw three picks in the game while failing to throw for TD. He had 200 passing yards and 31 more on four rushes. ... Backup QB Colin Kaepernick continues to see playing time, one way or the other, finishing 4-of-7 passing for 82 yards and rushing twice for 6 yards.

Packers 42, Texans 24
Reliant Stadium (Houston)

  • Now that's the Aaron Rodgers of 2011. The Green Bay QB scorched the previously undefeated Texans for a season-high 338 passing yards and a career, single game-high six TD tosses. He did not commit a turnover.
  • Extra points: Three of Rodgers' TD tosses went to WR Jordy Nelson (9 catches, 121 yards), who entered the game with only one scoring reception and a bevy of critics dubbing him a one-year fantasy wonder. ... Not to be overshadowed, fellow wideout James Jones had a pair of scoring receptions among his three catches for 33 yards -- marking his third straight contest with two TD catches. He leads the league with seven scoring grabs. ... Starting his first game, Packers' RB Alex Green logged 22 of the team's 31 rushing attempts finishing with 65 yards and one catch for 8 yards. ... The Texans' Arian Foster was limited to 29 yards on 17 carries but he salvaged his fantasy night with a pair of short scoring runs.

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