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I fell into one of the all-time classic fantasy football dilemmas this past week. It came in the form of two players: New England WR Wes Welker, and Denver QB Kyle Orton. In one league, I had both players starting. In another league, my opponent had both players starting. The unfortunate part was that coming into Monday night’s game, I was losing one league and winning the other. Cheering for Kyle Orton to do well mean that I would lose one league and win the other and vice versa.
You sometimes root for Orton to do well enough to make one team win, but not too good as to let your opponent win the other league. In this case, I weighed my options and look at the data, and I just had to root for Orton to light it up. As we saw, Orton had a good game. What do you think happened to me? Yep, I won one league, and lost the other. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.
Buffalo QB Trent Edwards left Sunday’s game against the Jets after suffering a concussion in the second quarter. Backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick filled in and led the Bills to an overtime win. If Edwards can start Sunday against Carolina, then he will.
If you aren’t good enough to beat the Chiefs, who at the time allowed over 400 total yds per game, then you deserve to be benched. Washington QB Jason Campbell was benched after the first half on Sunday and was replaced by Todd Collins. Campbell was 9 for 16 with 89 yds and a INT. He will apparently still be the starter, but with head coach Jim Zorn losing play-calling duties, it is best to monitor the QB situation up until game time.
After the best WR performance in Cowboys history during week 5, receiver Miles Austin has replaced Patrick Crayton as the team’s #2 wideout. QB Tony Romo had been up-and-down all season until he clicked with Austin in week 5, so hopefully this move means even more fireworks from the two.
It was a historic day in Foxboro as Brady threw for 380 yds and 6 TD.
The Patriots head to London to face Tampa Bay. The Bucs have impressively held opponents to under 200 pass yds per game. However, with New England’s offense, you should expect a big game anyway.
MJD backed up his claim that the Jags should run the ball more as he rushed for 133 yds and 3 TD. Mojo added 45 receiving yds as well.
The Jags have the bye week, but come back to face the Titans (who just got destroyed 59-0) in week 8.
Hey, don’t call me bias with my hometown boys, it is not my fault they did so good. Moss caught eight passes for 129 yds and a season-high 3 TD.
Like I said with Brady, the Pats offense will do just fine against the Buccaneers.
The Raiders surprised everyone by beating the Eagles, and it was thanks in large part to Miller, who had 139 yds and a TD.
A matchup against the Jets doesn’t look good for Miller and the Raiders. Not only do the Jets allow less than 190 pass yds per game, but after a loss to Buffalo, they will have something to prove.
Longwell was perfect on Sunday by going 4/4 on field goals and making all three of his extra points.
Minnesota faces the Steelers this Sunday. The Steelers tough rush defense (74 yds per game) combined with the return of safety Troy Polamalu means that there will be a few stalled drives for the Vikings. This will create field goal opportunities for Longwell.
The Packers shutout the Lions on Sunday and threw in five sacks and three interceptions.
Green Bay is an excellent play this week against the Browns. Cleveland’s offense is again one of the worst in football. They are 30th in total yds with only three passing TD’s and just one rushing TD all season.
After 4 TD in week 5, Hasselbeck threw for just 112 yds, zero TD, and one INT. He even lost a fumble for good measure.
The Seahawks get the bye week in order to clear their heads. They come back in week 8 to face Dallas, who owns the seventh-worst pass defense with 251 pass yds allowed per game.
After 121 rush yds in Week 4, Forte managed 23 yds on 15 carries with 37 receiving yds and a lost fumble.
Don’t expect things to get better against Cincinnati. The Bengals have allowed over 100 total rushing yds in only two games this season, and have given up just three rushing TD.
Marshall had recorded a TD reception in three straight games, but failed to do so against the Chargers on Monday night. In the end, he had five catches for 49 yds.
Marshall and the Broncos are on the bye, but come back to face Baltimore in week 8. The Ravens are tough against the run (91 yds per game), but are beatable through the air with 241 pass yds allowed per game. Look for Orton and company to be throwing it a lot.
Winslow followed up his 102 yds, 2 TD performance in week 5 with 29 yds and no scores in week 6.
Expect another dud from Winslow as the Bucs head to London to face the Patriots. New England is sixth in the NFL with 181 pass yds allowed per game.
Brown went 4/4 on extra points, but he missed another field goal and that makes three missed field goal over the past three games.
Houston faces San Francisco in week 7. The 49ers have a suspect pass defense with 234 pas yds allowed per game. Matt Schaub and company will throw it around all day and Brown will get his share of extra points, but you can’t trust his field goal accuracy until further notice.
Going into a game against the Saints had you nervous, but nobody expected the Giants defense to roll over and allow 48 points. They recorded a sack and a blocked kick, but it didn’t help at all.
The Giants should have no trouble stopping Arizona’s running game, which is tied for dead last in the NFL at 57.6 rush yds per game. However, stopping Kurt Warner and company won’t be as easy. Drew Brees ripped the Giants apart, so a powerful passing game can beat the Giants.
In the snow, Maroney ran wild on a good Titans run defense for 123 yds and a TD.
Believe it or not, Maroney may be in store for another great game against Tampa Bay. The Bucs allow over 170 rush yds per game, which is 31st in the NFL.
Rice turned in the first 100-yd game of his career with six catches for 176 yds.
Again, it was the best game of his career, so don’t get carried away. Minnesota travels to Pittsburgh and they get to face a good Steelers pass defense that allows only 200 pass yds per game. Plus, they have Troy Polamalu back.
Scheffler had his best game of the year with six catches for 101 yds and a TD.
The Broncos are on the bye in Week 7.
The Panthers offense has gotten off to a rough start this season. A game against the Buccaneers cured that. Stewart ran for 110 yds and scored his first TD of the season.
More good news as Carolina squares off against Buffalo. The Bills own the worst rush defense in football by allowing over 180 rush yds per game. Stewart and DeAngelo Williams are must plays this Sunday.
How does a man who recorded no catches end up here? Well, Royal miraculously helped you out by returning two kicks for TD’s against San Diego.
Unless he can return two kicks for TD’s each week, then don’t play Royal. In fact, given his struggles in this new Josh McDaniels offense, I think it is safe to let Royal go into your free agent pool.
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