Okay, so Tom Brady and the Patriots play the undefeated Dallas Cowboys on the road and still dominate?! Tom Brady and his 5 TDs against Dallas (21 TDs for the season) prove why he's this year's top fantasy QB...clearly, the Patriots (and Colts) are in a league by themselves. Few ran to the wire to grab Miami's Cleo Lemon...who had a passer rating of only 69.5 in Sunday's game while filling in for injured Trent Green. However, Lemon ran for two scores to match his two passing TDs and produced nicely for fantasy owners desperate enough to give Lemon the start. Speaking of passer ratings, Derek Anderson's rating was 142.5 on Sunday as he threw for 3 scores and ran for another. The Bears lost by a close margin, but Brian Griese played well enough to win...and his 381 yards / 3 TDs landed him in the top 5 fantasy QBs for week 6. Matt Hasselbeck had his best game of the year at home on SNF, but the Seahawks looked inferior to the Saints. Carson Palmer threw for over 300 yards and a couple of scores. Eli Manning had similar stats (to Palmer) on MNF on the road against the Falcons. Struggling QB Drew Brees had his best game of the season (albeit only 2 TDs and 246 yards) to lead the Saints over the Seahawks on SNF (New Orleans' first win).
Wow! Who would have thought that a 233 yard - 3 TD game would take a back seat?!? LaDainian Tomlinson is back...and week 6 was HUGE for LT as he put up over 200 yards and 4 (FOUR) TDs! Meanwhile, rookie Adrian Peterson is a stud and proved it on Sunday against the Bears...Peterson was a one-man-gang in the Viking victory. Maruice Jones-Drew was able to put back-to-back quality games together in weeks 5 and 6 with another stellar performance (184 yards - 2 TDs) on Sunday. Speaking of being back, Larry Johnson is also making steps to get back in the fantasy mix...LJ had 33 touches for 143 yards and a TD in the win over the Bengals. Jerious got it going in garbage time on MNF for 138 total yards and a TD. Backup DeAngelo Williams made another arguement for the primary RB job in Carolina...DW rushed ten times for 121 yards and a TD on Sunday. Ronnie Brown didn't score on Sunday, but he did put up another 170 yards to add to his huge yardage numbers to date. Jason Wright filled in again for Jamal Lewis and scored for fantasy owners who were able to grab him off the waiver wire. Brian Westbrook was healthy enough to start for the Eagles...and healthy enough to put up 156 total yards. Reuben Droughns played sparringly for the Giants on MNF (esp. late as the Giants owned the game) and put up a respectable 90 rushing yards on 14 carries (with a TD). Thomas Jones finally got it going for 130 rushing yards for the Jets and fantasy owners who have stuck with Jones through the slow start. Reggie Bush had another nice game on SNF, but was unable to find the endzone. Edgerrin James grabbed 80 rushing yards and a score on Sunday for the Cardinals.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh caught his 47th (FORTY SEVENTH) ball of the season in just his 5th game this year...and maybe it's time he is rated ahead of teammate Chad Johnson on the fantasy charts. Housh leads Johnson in scoring (7 to 3) and has 11 more catches, but CJ does have just over 70 more receiving yards on the season (for what that's worth). Braylon Edwards is perhaps one of the top success stories (among many disappointments) in the 2007 fantasy season...Edwards had another 3 TDs on Sunday to boost his scoring total to 7 and yardage total to a whopping 552 (3rd in NFL among WRs behind Randy Moss and CJ). Wes Welker is a wide receiver on one of the best NFL teams to ever take the field...which is good for his chances every week (even if he is the 3rd WR on the team). Steve Smith doesn't care who is playing QB for the Panthers...Smith caught 10 balls for 136 yards and a TD on Sunday. Donte Stallworth had a second good week for the Patriots (Stallworth had nearly exact numbers to Smith, but with 3 less receptions). Kevin Curtis caught 5 for 121 yards and a score for the Eagles. Kevin Walter caught 12 for 160 yards in week 6...which nearly matched his season stats to date. Bad ankle or not, Plaxico Burress is a stud wide receiver and loves prime time...Burress is now tied for the league lead with 8 TDs. Joey Galloway had exact numbers to Burress in week 6, but with 2 less catches. Amani Toomer caught a TD on MNF to compliment teammate Burress. Devin Hester had a HUGE 81 yard TD reception to add to his 89 yard punt return for a TD...too bad very few (if any) have Hester on their offensive fantasy roster. Bernard Berrian seems to be getting used to Brian Griese in Chicago and has now put together 2 solid back-to-back games. Ben Obomanu had a career game on Sunday in Seattle thanks largely to the void left by injured WR Deion Branch...teammate Bobby Engram caught what Obomanu wasn't able to reel in. Veteran David Patten caught 8 for 113 yards, but was kept out of the endzone.
*In addition to his 81 yard TD reception, Hester also scored on an 89 yard punt return
Tony Gonzalez caught 2 TDs against the Bengals to vault him back into the elite tight end rankings for 2007...Gonzalez seems to be grooving with QB Damon Huard (of course the porous Cincy defense helped a bit). Chris Cooley had nearly identical stats to Gonzo on Sunday, but had just one score for the Skins. David Martin made good on 2 of his 3 catches for TDs from Cleo Lemon. Kellen Winslow added another 90 yards to boost his season yardage total to over 500. Owen Daniels caught 5 for 79 yards. Zach Miller and Eric Johnson each scored on minimal yardage. Donald Lee, Greg Olsen, and Jeremy Shockey each had significant yardage for their respective teams, but each of the trio was kept out of the endzone.
News and Notes - The New England Patriots had no problem handling the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas - leaving the Pats and the Indianapolis Colts as the only remaining undefeated teams (and clearly the elite of the NFL)...Reports are out that Michael Bennett has been traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Bennett instantly becomes a top waiver wire pickup...QB Trent Green claims he will return at some point in the 2007 season...The Colts are likely to get their top players back after a much needed bye week (Joseph Addai, Marvin Harrison, and Bob Sanders)...RB Steven Jackson, WR Anquan Boldin, QB Marc Bulger, WR Javon Walker, RB Laurence Maroney, WR Calvin Johnson, and WR Andre Johnson are all rumored to be closer to returning - with Boldin, Bulger, Walker, Johnson & Johnson all likely to play in week 7 (Jackson and Maroney are a bit more of a question mark to return this weekend)...QB Chad Pennington is reportedly on the trading block prior to the deadline today at 4pm...QB Steve McNair is unlikely to play in week 7 - yielding the starting job again to Kyle Boller (McNair will likely not play until after the Ravens week 9 bye)...Alex Smith has recovered and is expected to start at QB for the Niners in week 7...Kurt Warner has a banged up elbow (non-throwing) and will miss at least a week with the injury
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