FANTASY FOOTBALL: Week 6 Recap & Week 7 Advice

Fantasy pigskin players, get ready for Week 7 by looking back at everything that went down in Week 6. Here's a recap and some advice, courtesy of TheFantasyGeek.com. This is an excerpt from The Geekly Update. To read the whole column, click here...

BUMPS, BRUISES, SPRAINS AND STRAINS

Chris Cooley is yet another concussion victim. It was said to be minor, though no word yet on how cautious the Redskins will be. ’09 surprise Fred Davis is a nice short-term pick up if Cooley sits.

Joseph Addai surprised no one by leaving yet another game early. This time it was his shoulder. Donald Brown is still not fully healthy, so you should give Mike Hart some love. Get it?

Malcom Floyd’s malady is a pulled hammy that will sideline him next week. Pat Crayton and/or Buster Davis are likely to be the recipients of Floyd’s targets.

Antonio Gates has a sprained toe. I’m guessing he doesn’t play. Old friend Randy McMichael is behind Gates on the depth chart for those of you desperate for a replacement.


THE WIRE

Week 7 byes = Jets, Colts, Lions, Texans

I got the Geekly Update posted early, so there’s still time to grab the leading free agents after Week 6. Be warned, it’s slim pickings this week…

Go Get ‘Em

Mike Williams – Any receiver who gets 15 targets, 10 receptions and 123 yards the week after the #1 WR on the team gets traded is worth adding.

Patrick Crayton – If Gates and Floyd are out, someone will have to have a big day against the shaky New England secondary. Phil Rivers hooked up with Crayton six times in Week 6, so the former Cowboy is a worthy short-term addition.

San Francisco DST – There’s a good chance the owner who drafted the 49ers DST dumped them at some point during their five-game losing streak. Now’s the time to swoop in and grab them. They kept Oakland out of the end zone and face a hapless Panthers offense next.

Others to consider: Danny Woodhead (if he’s still out there), Derrick Ward (he’s been a productive handcuff) and Ben Watson (averaging about 5 catches and 60 yards with a couple of TDs thrown in over his past 5 games).

One-Week Wonder

Andrew Quarless – Followed up a solid 4-catch, 51-yard game with just one catch for 23 yards. With Jermichael Finley out, look for the Packers to reduce the role of the tight ends, while throwing more balls to Jordy Nelson and James Jones.

PLEASANT SURPRISES

Matt Cassel (3 TDs, 201 Pass Yds) – The three scores are nice and coming in as a top 3 QB in Week 6 is surprising. Still, barely cracking 200 yards against the Texans is disappointing. The Chiefs remain a run-first, run-second offense.

Chris Ivory (158 Rush Yds, 17 Rec Yds) – Not to take credit away from Ivory, but I’m not buyin’ it. The Buccaneers are terrible against the run and the game was over early. Ivory could carry this momentum into the Saints’ Week 7 game vs. the Browns. But that’s about it. In Week 8, they play Pittsburgh and you have to figure Pierre Thomas will be back soon.

Pierre Garcon (1 TD, 4 Rec, 103 Yds) – A complete letdown for the first month, Garcon finally served up some quality fantasy stats. This game should give you enough evidence to roll with “The Waiter” in the coming weeks.


SUDDEN DEMISES

Mark Sanchez (17-30, 199 Pass Yds, 1 TD, 2 Int) – Sanchez has been huge this season, but he was due for a clunker. It was definitely about time he threw some picks.

Michael Turner (15 Carries, 45 Rush Yds, 0 TD) – That’s what happens when a team falls behind early. No major cause for concern, though one touchdown on the season isn’t helping much so far.


Turner failed to turn it on in Week 6.

Austin Miles (2 Rec, 12 Yds, 0 TD) – This makes two abysmal games out of five. Of course, the other three are all 150+ yards. Still, not exactly the consistency you want from a top 5 receiver.


CRAZY STAT OF THE WEEK

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That’s how many people had heard of Rams wide receiver Danario Alexander before he caught a 38-yards touchdown from Sam Bradford in St Louis’ upset of San Diego.


FREE ADVICE

Yomgui:
Good morning, 1) I have to drop 1 : S. Greene, F. Jones, R. Torain or M. Lynch? 2) D. McFadden, T. Hightower, P. Thomas and B. Lloyd have been dropped in my league, considering the players on my bench in 1), do you see any interesting move to do? Thanks a lot.

The Fantasy Geek:
You have to hang on the guys who are the #1 ball carriers in their backfields. I believe Lynch will be. Shonn Greene is the only one who isn’t. But Felix Jones might not get goal line carries. It’s between those two. Even though he had a nice game last week, I’d cut Jones. But I’d drop all of those backs for Pierre Thomas. And you probably have an expendable WR to make room for Brandon Lloyd. Definitely try to add those guys!

The Major:
Yomgui, tough one. I’d say Lynch. I think Torain is a threat to steal the job from Portis even when he returns. It’s still unclear what Lynch’s role will be, and in a backfield with Washington and Forsett there will be a lot of split time, however, they do have a very soft schedule going forward and you’ve already passed his BYE week. Torain if you’re feeling strong, Lynch if you’re feeling bold. No matter what, wait until the end of the day to make this move if you can. Thomas would be the guy you’d want out of the waiver fodder.


NEXT

Plenty going on in the fantasy world. We’re just about at the halfway point of the fantasy football season and the tip off of the fantasy basketball season is just a week away. From a non-fantasy perspective, there are also the MLB playoffs, which have some intriguing storylines going. Here, at TFG, we finally got the Hoops Draft Kit in a good place and Major’s got his rotation of column worked out. Here’s what you can expect to find over the next week:

ALL THE TIME – Look for our tweets with alerts for new posts and player updates: @TheFantasyGeek, @SiKorot and @TheMajorGray

COMING SOON – More content in the Fantasy Hoops Draft Kit

WEDNESDAYSurvivin’ Week 6 by Major Gray, with the guys’ survivor pool picks

WEDNESDAYMajor Players for Week 6 by Major Gray, a sneak peek at Major’s lineups

THURSDAY – Si has (still) been preoccupied with family issues, but we’re hoping he’s back with Simon Says

THURSDAYWeek 6 Prospectin’ by Major Gray, featuring under-the-radar players who might surprise

THURSDAYGoin’ Streaking! by Major Gray, featuring who’s on a winning streak and who’s stuck in the mud

THURSDAY/FRIDAYPickin’ Winners by The Geek, with our picks vs. the spread

FRIDAYSizing Up Week 6 by Major Gray, with start ‘ems, sit ‘ems and sleepers for each upcoming NFL game

FRIDAY/SATURDAY – A possible GeekSpeak podcast with basketball and possibly football talk. We’re meeting tomorrow to work out the details. Stay tuned!

SUNDAY @ 12ET/9PT Gridiron Geek Live Chat with Major Gray and The Geek

MONDAY Recruiting Week 6 by Major Gray, covering who was hurt, who was hampered and who to recruit

TUESDAYPeaks & Valleys: Week 6 by Major Gray, a look back at what went down in last week’s games

NEXT WEDNESDAYThe Geekly Update by The Geek, with fantasy advice and pop culture stuff



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