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Fantasy Impact: Week 6
Ken Pomponio
October 14, 2013
 

Bengals 27, Bills 24 (OT)
Ralph Wilson Stadium; Orchard Park, N.Y.
After four straight games with 61 receiving yards or fewer, you knew A.J. Green was overdue for a breakout, and he got one Sunday with six catches for 103 yards and a TD -- one of a season-high three scores for Andy Dalton, who also topped 300 yards for the first time all year.  
Extra points: Rookie RB Giovanni Bernard gave Cincy a trio of fantasy studs with 100 total yards (72 receiving) and a TD. ... Bills QB Thad Lewis more than held his own starting for the injured EJ Manuel, throwing for 216 yards and two TDs and rushing for 17 yards and another, but was limping late in the game and was seen in a walking boot afterward. . ... With Stevie Johnson injured and inactive, T.J. Graham (4-74) led Buffalo in receiving, while Robert Woods disappointed with only two grabs for 9 yards on six targets. ... RBs C.J. Spiller (66 total yards) and Fred Jackson (48) were held in check and out of the end zone.

Lions 31, Browns 17
FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland
Calvin Johnson played after sitting out last week, but the Lions' top fantasy player was 6-foot-7 undrafted rookie TE Joseph Fauria who had three catches for 34 yards and three scores. Megatron, meanwhile, was little more a decoy with three grabs for 25 yards.
Extra points: A week after being held in check, RB Reggie Bush had 135 total yards and a receiving TD -- one of four scoring passes for Matthew Stafford (248 yards). ... Stafford's leading pass-catcher was wideout Kris Durham (8-83 on 13 targets). ... Brandon Weeden was very Weedenesque with 292 yards, two TDs and two picks, and his favorite target was wideout Josh Gordon (7-126), who reached double-digit fantasy points four the third time in his four games this season. ... The Brownies' leading rusher was speedy wideout Travis Benjamin with 45 yards on one end-around carry.

Chiefs 24, Raiders 7
Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, Mo.
A banged-up Oakland offensive line and a reported world-record decibel day at Arrowhead added up to another superlative outing for the K.C. D, which recorded 10 sacks, forced three turnovers and scored a TD on Husain Abdullah's 44-yard interception return with 1:35 to play. The Chiefs have held all six foes to 17 points or fewer.
Extra points: Fantasy's No. 1 back, Jamaal Charles, wasn't too shabby either with 128 yards and a pair of rushing scores. With five receptions for 50 yards, Charles was easily the Chiefs' leading receiver, meaning it was another lackluster day for WR Dwayne Bowe (3-46). ... For the Silver & Black, RBs Darren McFadden (19 touches for 83 total yards) and Rashad Jennings (5-21) both played, but it was QB Terrelle Pryor who led the squad in rushing with 60 yards on six attempts. Pryor, though, threw for only 216 yards, one TD and three interceptions. He came into the game with only two picks. ... WR Denarius Moore continues to impress with five catches for 82 yards and the team's lone score.

Panthers 35, Vikings 10
Mall of America Field, Minneapolis
Cam Newton was finally, well, Cam Newton throwing for 246 yards and three scores and rushing for 30 yards and another as the formerly slumping Panthers won with ease.
Extra points: RBs DeAngelo Williams, who topped 100 total yards for the third time in five games with 117 on 22 touches, and Mike Tolbert, who had two TDs and 47 total yards, provided nice Cam complements. ... Meanwhile, Vikings starter Matt Cassel looked like the K.C. Cassel of 2012 with two picks and 241 passing yards. ... As for the Vikes' pass-catchers, TE Kyle Rudolph nearly matched his four-game season totals (12-103-1) with a 9-97-1 performance on 11 targets, while WR Greg Jennings caught six passes but they only amounted to 34 yards.

Steelers 19, Jets 6
MetLife Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.
The rookie roller-coaster ride for the Jets' Geno Smith took another decided dip as he was held to 201 yards, no TDs and two picks six days after his three-TD performance in a road win over the Falcons.
Extra points: The Steelers, meanwhile, got the their first win, but fantasy standouts were hard to come by as Ben Roethlisberger (264 yards, TD), RB Le'Veon Bell (16-34 rushing), WR Antonio Brown (9-86) and TE Heath Miller (6-84) led the way. Bell departed with a fourth-quarter foot injury. ... The Jets' numbers were even uglier as Bilal Powell (9-30) and TE Jeff Cumberland (4-59) were the team's leading rusher and receiver, respectively.

Eagles 31, Buccaneers 20
Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.
The Eagles are far from lost on offense without starter Michael Vick as Nick Foles showed again Sunday, throwing for 296 yards and a trio of TDs and rushing for another score to beat the winless Bucs. Starting wideouts Riley Cooper (4-120-TD) and DeSean Jackson (6-64, 2 TDs) did the damage on the receiving end.
Extra points: LeSean McCoy had another big yardage game for Philly, but Foles and his WRs hogged all the TDs. ... For the Bucs, rookie Mike Glennon showed improvement (273 yards, 2 TDs, interception) in his second start, while RB Doug Martin (91 total yards on 20 touches) failed to find the end zone for the fourth straight game. ... With fellow WR Mike Williams inactive, Vincent Jackson shook off his recent funk with nine grabs, 114 yards and a pair of scores.

Packers 19, Ravens 17
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
Joe Flacco got a pair of WRs (Jacoby Jones & Marlon Brown) back, while Aaron Rodgers saw two of his (James Jones & Randall Cobb) go down with injuries. Still, that wasn't enough to swing the tide as Rodgers (315 yards, TD, pick) came out on top even as Flacco (342, 2 TDs, fumble) had the better fantasy day.
Extra points: Jones (1-10) and Cobb (4-53) went out with first-half knee issues, while the Ravens' Jones (2-42, TD) was playing for the first time since the season opener. Brown (3-71), meanwhile, was back after missing a game with a quad injury. ... The most impressive showing, though, in this one one belonged to Pack rookie RB Eddie Lacy who ran for a season-high 120 yards on 23 carries against what was fantasy's top run defense. ... Meanwhile, Ray Rice (49 total yards) and Bernard Pierce (31) didn't enjoy much success at all vs. the Packers' D. ... WR Tandon Doss (4-99) and TE Dallas Clark (4-81, TD) were the surprise receiving leaders for Baltimore.

Rams 38, Texans 13
Reliant Stadium, Houston
This one was chock full of odd stats as Houston outgained St. Louis (420-216) and had a 27-15 first-down advantage but still was blown out. Also getting in on the strange numbers was Rams QB Sam Bradford, who threw for only 117 yards but tossed three TDs -- totaling all of 8 yards. Through Sunday's games, though, only Peyton Manning (22) and Tony Romo (14) have thrown more TD passes than Bradford's 13.
Extra points: Zac Stacy (90 total yards on 20 touches) looks to have settled into the Rams' starting RB gig for now, while WR Brian Quick (1-4) and TEs Cory Harkey (1-2) and Lance Kendricks (1-2) accounted for the team's TD catches. ... For the reeling Texans, RB Arian Foster (season-high 198 total yards on 24 touches) looks to be getting better as the team gets worse. ... Houston's slide is directly linked to the team's QB woes. Matt Schaub (186 yards) didn't throw a interception but did leave the game with a third-quarter ankle injury. Replacement T.J. Yates (98 yards), however, was picked off twice, with the first one brought back 98 yards to the house by stud rookie LB Alec Ogletree. ... In all, the Rams had the pair of picks, had five sacks and scored a pair of defensive/special teams TDs.

Broncos 35, Jaguars 19
Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver
For once, Manning (295 yards, 2 TDs, interception, 2 fumbles) wasn't the Broncos' fantasy headliner as surprising RB Knowshon Moreno rolled up 104 total yards and three rushing TDs. Moreno now leads the league with seven rushing scores, giving the Broncos the NFL front-runners in passing TDs (Manning, 22), WR TDs (Wes Welker, 8) and TE TDs (Julius Thomas, 7).
Extra points: Welker (6-63) and Thomas (4-22) each caught TDs Sunday, while Demaryius Thomas (3-78) led the squad in receiving yards. ... The winless Jags, meanwhile, held their own -- for most of the game and on the fantasy stat sheet as Chad Henne threw for 303 yards (but also 2 picks), Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 71 yards and a TD and Justin Blackmon had a monster outing with 14 receptions for 190 yards on a whopping 20 targets. ... Fellow WR Cecil Shorts (0-0) would've shared some of those targets had he not went out for the remainder of the game with what was deemed a shoulder sprain on the third play from scrimmage.

Seahawks 20, Titans 13
CenturyLink Field, Seattle
The 'Hawks notched their 11th straight home win, but fantasy standouts were hard to find outside of ultra-dependable RB Marshawn Lynch (165 total yards, 2 TDs).
Extra points: QB Russell Wilson threw for 251 yards and added another 61 rushing but didn't account for a TD, while WR Doug Baldwin (4-48) led the team in receiving yards aside from Lynch (4-78). ... The Titans? Backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for only 171 yards and tossed a pair of interceptions, while Chris Johnson was limited to 33 rushing yards (on 12 carries). Over the past three games, Johnson has rushed for all of 71 yards on 37 carries. ... Tennessee's only TD came on a crazy botched field-goal hold turned fumble turned 77-yard return score by Jason McCourty on the final play of the first half.

Patriots 30, Saints 27
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
Jimmy Graham held without a catch? That happened for the first time in 46 games in this back-and-forth thriller. Tom Brady (269 yards, interception) without a TD pass for a second straight game? It was only 5 seconds away from happening until he hooked up with wideout Kenbrell Thompkins (3-45) for the game-winning 17-yard scoring reception on the contest's second-to-last play.
Extra points: Pats RB Stevan Ridley had a productive return, rushing for a game-high 96 yards and a pair of scores, while fellow backs Brandon Bolden (5-19) and LeGarrette Blount (7-9) did next to nothing. ... As for the N.E. pass-catchers, it was another Rob Gronkowski-less game, and WR Danny Amendola (2 catches-zero yards) joined him on the sideline after taking a hard shot to the helmet after a third-quarter reception. ... For the Saints, Drew Brees (236 yards, 2 TDs, pick) was quiet, and with Graham taken away, rookie wideout Kenny Stills (3-64, TD) led the team in receiving. ... And in the Saints' ever-revolving RB situation, it was Khiry Robinson's turn to lead the backs in fantasy production with seven rushes for 53 yards and a TD.

49ers 32, Cardinals 20
Candlestick Park, San Francisco
The Cards' defense had front-row seats Sunday for the Vernon Davis Show as the Niners' TE tore it up with eight catches for 180 yards and two TDs. It could've even been better as he had 7-171 and the two scores at halftime.
Extra points: Apart from throwing to Davis, Colin Kaepernick only had eight other completions for 51 yards, and added a pedestrian 18 rushing yards. ... Frank Gore topped 100 rushing yards with a 25-for-101 effort but saw backup Kendall Hunter (3-11) steal another TD. ... For Arizona, Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) not only played but played well, snaring six passes for 117 yards, highlighted by a 75-yard score. ... As for the Cards' RBs, rookie Andre Ellington (92 total yards, TD) continues to look better than starter Rashard Mendenhall (42).

Cowboys 31, Redskins 16
AT&T Stadium; Arlington, Texas
Let's get this straight: A week ago, Tony Romo throws for a franchise-record 506 yards and five TDs and his team loses, but in this one, he has 170 yards and one score while his team wins by double digits? Go figure.
Extra points: WR Cole Beasley led the 'Boys with 41 receiving yards, while fellow wideout Terrance Williams (2-27) scored for the second straight week. Meanwhile, Dallas' more well-known pass-catchers -- Dez Bryant (5-36), Jason Witten (3-27) and Miles Austin (0-0) -- all were quiet. ... Rb DeMarco Murray (7-29) scored a first-quarter TD but left soon after with a knee problem and didn't return. Rookie Joseph Randle (11-17, TD) mopped up. ... For the Skins, RGIII rushed for a season-high 77 yards, but passing was a struggle with only 246 yards and a pick and he failed to account for a TD for the second time in three games. ... Alfred Morris (16-81, TD) and Pierre Garcon (6-69) led Washington in rushing and receiving, respectively, while TE Jordan Reed (4-58) had some moments following a game's absence and a bye week.


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