Who’s Hot, Who’s Not After Week 6
Week 6 featured some unbelievable performances from across the NFL, but it also left us with some notable duds. Let’s take a look at who rose to the occasion and who crumbled under the pressure. Without further ado…
1. Nick Foles – How about that fantasy day? 296 yards, 3 passing touchdowns and a rushing TD as well will turn some heads among the fantasy football community. He filled in admirably for Michael Vick and his effort might have just been enough to keep the starting job. The Eagles, now 3-3, have a real shot to win their division and I believe Foles gives them the best chance to do that.
2. Cam Newton – Newton and Foles had almost identical fantasy games, both had 3 passing TD’s and 1 rushing touchdown, and both dominated their opponent. Newton’s performance came at a much needed time for Carolina after getting smacked by Arizona last week. If Cam can play at a much more consistent level then the Panthers will be a force to be reckoned with in the second half of the year.
3. Kansas City Chiefs Defense – This unit is single handedly altering fantasy football games across the country. (Well I guess they have 22 hands in total, but still). Their D has scored 20 or more fantasy points in 4 games this season which is an absurd number. With an incredibly easy schedule the rest of the way (save for the Broncos twice) Kansas City’s D should continue to improve and impress.
1. Houston Texans Quarterbacks – Finally, Matt Schaub doesn’t throw a pick-six (something he had done for 3 straight games). But he gets hurt and of course backup T.J. Yates comes in and keeps that streak alive. Schuab’s ankle injury looked relatively serious, so expect either Yates or third stringer Case Keenum to get the start this week. My vote is for Keenum, but either way things are looking pretty bleak in Houston right now. How long until Gary Kubiak is fired?
2. Danny Amendola – In his second game back from a groin injury, Amendola was expected to play more snaps and get back into the swing of things. However, that was simply not the case, especially after a nasty collision in the second half ended his game early. If the concussion keeps Amendola out for a significant amount of time then it would be hard to justify holding onto a roster spot for him. Take a “wait and see” approach here.
3. Ravens rushing attack – Against a Packers defense that is soft against the run, one would expect Baltimore to pound the rock. But when you look at the final box score, it shows that the Ravens failed to garner 50 yards on the ground. Ray Rice had 2.4 yards per carry which is poor for a GPA (grade point average), much less a YPC. Bernard Pierce also barely contributed with 6 carries for 9 yards. Baltimore better figure out what’s wrong soon because their playoff hopes are fading quickly.