The top two week 6 fantasy quarterbacks produced on the same field this past Sunday. In Seahawks vs. Rams, it was Marc Bulger who struck first with 3 early TD strikes to WR Torry Holt. Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck started sluggish, but decided to join the shootout and put up 3 TDs of his own to secure a late victory over the St. Louis Rams. Newsflash! - the New Orleans Saints are 5-1...thanks largely to the play of QB Drew Brees - who threw for 275 yards and 3 TDs in an underdog victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. After a hit put Baltimore Ravens QB Steve McNair out of the game, it was backup Kyle Boller who took the helm and threw 3 TDs in a nice effort for the Ravens. Carolina Panthers QB Jake Delhomme finally got it going in week 6 and found WR Steve Smith for 189 of his 365 passing yards. San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers followed last week's effort with another fine performance against the 49ers...Rivers tossed it 39 times for 29 completions and 334 yards plus a couple scores. Stud QB Donovan McNabb didn't top the fantasy q-backs for the week, but his 247 yards and 2 TDs was enough to make the list. The Pittsburgh Steelers finally got it going in week 6...thanks largely to the efforts of "Fast Willie Parker" and QB "Big" Ben Roethlisberger - Big Ben threw for 238 yards and 2 TDs in the rout over the Kansas City Chiefs. Rookie QB Matt Leinart looked like a seasoned veteran on MNF against one of the best defenses ever to play the game, but the Bears defense and special teams (DST) scored 3 TDs late to steal the win...and to no fault of Matt Leinart who had 232 yards and 2 TDs (without interceptions) in the performance.
*Hasselbeck added 22 rushing yards on 2 carries
**Boller added 27 rushing yards on 6 carries
As expected, this was the week where LaDainian Tomlinson was going to go off...he did it with 4 (FOUR) TDs against the San Francisco 49ers in the win for the Chargers and his fantasy owners. In the Tennessee Titans carousel of running backs, it was Travis Henry in week 6 who made the best of his opportunity with a whopping 178 rushing yards and a TD in a win over the Redskins. True to form, Giants RB Tiki Barber went crazy with yardage totals (227!)...but Barber wasn't able to cross the goal-line (and remains without a TD for the season). Kevin Jones has been building each week and he built 163 total yards and a TD in the Lions first win on Sunday. Fast Willie Parker had 2 TDs in the Steelers rout over the Chiefs. Warrick Dunn piled up 146 rushing yards with a touchdown against the Giants. Washington Redskins RB Clinton Portis did not have substantial yardage numbers, but scored twice in the loss to the Titans. RB Ronnie Brown was a nice play for the Miami Dolphins - Brown busted 127 yards on the ground and also found the endzone. Julius Jones, Cadillac Williams, and Deuce McAllister all had yardage totals of 100 or better, but none were able to cross the goal-line. Versatile RBs Steven Jackson and Tatum Bell each totaled 90+ yards and a TD.
Rams wide receiver Torry Holt was the man this week, but most of his stats came early in the home game against the Seahawks. Holt had 8 grabs for 154 yards and a whopping 3 TDs in the last second loss...giving him an amazing 7 TDs on the year. Philly wide receiver Reggie Brown filled in again nicely for injured Donte Stallworth, but Brown's 121 receiving yards and 2 TDs weren't enough to propel the Eagles over the Saints. Carolina's Steve Smith went off on Sunday with 8 catches for 189 yards and a score. Joe Horn aided in the New Orleans win with 110 receiving yards and 2 TDs. Laveranues Coles remained near the top (2nd) in receiving yardage of all NFL WRs with 106 yards - Coles also had 2 TDs in the game. Terrell Owens rewarded fantasy owners who stuck with him - Owens scored 3 2nd-half TDs in the Cowboys win over the Houston Texans. Roy Williams made an argument that he may be the most talented WR in the league with his 10 grabs for 161 yards and a score...the effort moved Williams to the yardage top spot of all NFL wide receivers with 552 yards through week 6. Baltimore's Mark Clayton seemed to benefit from the change at Ravens quarterback and caught balls for over 100 yards with 2 TDs from injury replacement QB Kyle Boller. Seattle wide receiver Deion Branch is fitting in nicely in the Seahawk offense...Branch caught 2 TDs in the come-from-behind victory over the Rams. Anquan Boldin's 12 receptions on MNF moved him to first in receptions of all NFL wide receivers (40) through week 6...Boldin had 136 yards with a score and looked impressive in the last-second loss. T.J. Houshmandzadeh was again Carson Palmer's main weapon as Palmer found Housh 10 times for over 100 yards and a score...further confusing Bengal fans and frustrating fantasy owners with Chad Johnson on their roster. Darrell Jackson rounds our top performers list with his nearly 100 yards and a score in the Rams-Seahawks shootout.
*Brown added 15 rushing yards on one carry (incl. a TD)
**Branch added 19 rushing yards on one carry
For once, our star tight ends for the week aren't a surprise of virtual no-names. In fact, the top TE producers for week 6 look a bit like preseason rankings. On top is Jeremy Shockey - who was able to overcome injuries and pull down 6 grabs for 55 yards and 2 TDs to help the New York Giants defeat the Atlanta Falcons. Antonio Gates was Philip Rivers key target (in addition to LT2) in San Diego's victory over SF - Gates had 78 receiving yards and a TD in the win. Similar to Shockey, Todd Heap overcame his injury for the Ravens and produced with 55 yards and a TD. Philly's L.J. Smith caught 4 balls - one of them a TD. Chris Cooley had only 2 grabs for the Redskins, but one was a score. Tampa Bay's Alex Smith was effective in the red-zone with a touchdown. Miami Dolphins QB Joey Harrington found TE Randy McMichael 8 times for 72 yards, but was unable to find him in the endzone. Alge Crumpler and Desmond Clark both had over 60 receiving yards, but neither crossed the goal-line in week 6.
News and Notes - Chicago Bears QB Rex Grossman was absolutely horrible on MNF in a 4 interception / 2 fumble game where Grossman felt he needed to force the ball on every play - but the defense and special teams (DST) bailed out the Bears and their overzealous quarterback with 3 (THREE) late touchdowns in a miraculous comeback win to keep the Bears undefeated streak alive at 6-0....And then there was one - the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions, and Tennessee Titans all had wins in week 6 and left the Oakland Raiders as the only NFL team without a win...The 4-2 Baltimore Ravens are announcing the firing of offensive coordinator Jim Fassell on Tuesday...The lastest Randy Moss trade rumors (to the Patriots...among others) appear to be unfounded - thus appearing unlikely that Moss will move teams by Tuesday's deadline...Panthers rookie DeAngelo Williams is likely to be out at least a month with an ankle injury - which minimizes Williams value and increases the value of DeShaun Foster as Carolina finds their groove...Chiefs QB Trent Green is out at least another week according to coach Herman Edwards - Damon Huard will continue to start in his absence
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