What We Learned In Week 6…

With week 6 now in the books, many things where brought to light during the course of play such as:


Trent Richardson left Sunday’s game with a rib-injury.

During Sunday’s game against the Bengals, Trent left the game with a rib-injury and did not return.  Since Richardson is owned in 100% of ESPN leagues and started in 98.6% of them, many owners where affected by his injury.  However, owner’s stress-level should have come down a little after John Clayton reported that the rookie sensation should play this Sunday against the Colts.  Clayton also reported there was no broken bones, just cartilage damage, and Richardson is day-to-day but is likely to play.

DeMarco Murray left Sunday’s game with a foot-injury.

Amidst a strong game vs. the Ravens, Murray left with a foot-injury, and did not return, leaving Felix Jones to take over in the backfield.  ESPN.com reported that Murray is likely out this upcoming week against the Panthers, and that the team is likely to evaluate him on a week-to-week basis.

If both Murray and Richardson are no-gos this week, look out for:

Felix Jones- why not? He’ll be the only option and after a strong performance last week even when Murray was still in, Jones is likely to get most of, if not all, of the touches.  He also is facing the Panthers in week 7, who has conceded the 27th most point to fantasy RBs with 21.8 ppg.

Vincent Ballard- who? He is Donald Brown’s replacement, with Brown out for another week or two after getting knee-surgery last week.  Though Ballard struggled against the Jets (25 rushing yards and 17 receiving), so did his entire team.  One promising thing is that despite his ineffectiveness, he got the majority of the carries and touches.  This week he faces the Browns who rank 20th vs. opposing RBs in fantasy, and 25th in the NFL, allowing 131.ypg on the ground.

Lewis won’t be making any more tackles like this this season, after a torn triceps will sideline him for the remainder of the 2012-13 season (tigertownson.com)

Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb are out for the season.

These injuries could be detrimental to the Ravens and owners who have them.   Since they are owned in 100% of leagues, that means a lot of owners out there are affected, likely someone reading this.  With the Ravens loosing their leader in Lewis and their top corner in Webb, it might be time to start looking for new defenses to start in week 7 since the Ravens will be taking on the Texans effective offense that ranks 10th in total offesne (363 yards/game) and 5th in scoring with 28.8 ppg.

Other Defenses to look for:

Vikings: Currently a top-10 defense in fantasy and facing the Cardinal’s in week 7, an offense that ranks 30th in the NFL with 283.0 ypg and tied for 26th with 18.3 ppg.

Daryl Richardson is getting more and more action for the Rams

Steven Jackson’s back-up Richardson is getting implemented into the offense more and more as the weeks come. After amassing 99 total yards last week versus the Dolphins, whose run-defense is highly underrated, and rotowire.com reporting that Jackson’s contract has been restructured to let him walk at the end of the season if he wishes, is it possible that Richardson will start seeing even more action?  I believe so, and for those in need of a back-up RB or possible flex in deep leagues, I would recommend scooping Richardson before others become aware of him.

Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers look to be back to normal

After Manning’s neck-surgery, and ranking Rodgers my biggest let-down thus far, these elite QBs look to be back to their old ways.  After 41 points through his first 3 weeks, Rodgers has since scored 89 points in the last three weeks.  He went from #19 QB in fantasy, to now being ranked #2.  He also went from not even being in the top-10 in QB rating, to now being ranked #1.

Manning has also been on a tear since his shaky start versus the Falcons.  After that 3-int performance, in Manning’s last 4 games he has thrown for 1,314 yards in addition to his 11 Tds and 1 int.  During this hot-streak, Manning has moved up the fantasy rankings, now the #3 QB in fantasy football.


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