October 10, 2013

Fantasy Football Report: Week 6

By - Tim Swift

Alright all you fantasy fanatics, here's what you need to know heading into Week 6.

1. Alshon Jeffery has emerged as a real threat at receiver.

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Brandon Marshall is seeing double teams on a regular basis, and Alshon Jeffery is benefitting in a major way. In Week 5, Jeffery registered career-highs in both catches (10) and yards (217). The Bears have been looking for someone to help take pressure off of Marshall, and it looks like they've finally found that person. Over the last 3 weeks, Jeffery has 22 receptions for 376 yards, and he is now a top 15 wide receiver in most formats. The second-year man out of South Carolina could be in for another big game Thursday night, taking on a New York pass defense that ranks 25th in the NFL.

2. The Tony Romo Experience.

Even in defeat, Tony Romo put on a show against the Broncos last Sunday, throwing for over 500 yards and 5 scores. Throughout the season, Romo will have some absolute monster games where he'll virtually carry your team to victory by himself. On the other hand, he is bound to have some showings (see his 5 pick game against the Bears last year) that will cost you big time. These types of uneven performances are all part of the roller coaster that is Tony Romo. He has been playing exceptionally well so far this season, though, which may be an indicator that the positives will far outweigh the negatives in 2013.

3. Perhaps Trent Richardson just isn't that good.

In most leagues, Richardson was taken in the first or second round and figured to be in the starting lineup on a week-to-week basis. However, he has really struggled since being traded, averaging just 2.9 yards per carry and 50 yards a game for the Colts. Richardson's value increased last year because of his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, compiling 51 receptions in his rookie season. So far with Indianapolis, he has 1 lousy catch for all of 6 yards. The 22-year-old is in a better situation now than he was with the Browns, but still isn't producing at a top-flight level. Not a good sign.

4. Matt Schaub is hurting the value of his teammates.

After Matt Schaub's dreadful game Sunday night versus the 49ers, it is clear that the Houston pass catchers are suffering in value. Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins combined for just 5 catches, even though they were targeted 15 times. Now that tight end Owen Daniels will be out of the lineup for an extended period of time due to injury, Schaub may very well regress more. Even a guy like Arian Foster could struggle in the coming weeks, seeing 8 and 9-man fronts because defenses aren't all that concerned with the passing game. This is something owners should keep an eye on moving forward.

5. Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon; you could do a lot worse at wideout.

Even though Jacksonville has been a disaster to this point, Shorts and Blackmon are guys who you can actually start at the WR2 spot or the flex position each week and feel pretty good about it. Through the first 5 games of the 2013 campaign, Shorts leads the league in targets and is on pace for over 90 receptions and 1,300 yards. Blackmon returned from his suspension on Sunday and had 136 yards and a score against the Rams. Another benefit of having these two in your lineup is that the Jaguars will be behind big basically every single game, so they'll have no choice but to throw the ball a lot just to try and get back in it.

The Underrated 15 For Week 6:

- Quarterbacks

1. Andrew Luck
2. Terrelle Pryor
3. Jay Cutler

- Running Backs

1. Fred Jackson
2. Pierre Thomas
3. Danny Woodhead

- Wide Receivers

1. Alshon Jeffery
2. T.Y. Hilton
3. Justin Blackmon

- Tight Ends

1. Garrett Graham
2. Brandon Pettigrew
3. Heath Miller

- Defense/Special Teams

1. Cincinnati
2. Green Bay
3. New York Jets

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