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Top WRs for Week 6

Here’s the WR list for this week – sorry it took so long to get out. Family, what can ya do? But at least I got to add in Braylon Edwards – he hasn’t had a lot of stuff to celebrate and I know he will sleep better seeing his name here. Or maybe not, but I feel better….. :)

Andre Johnson – 178 yds combined, 1 TD, 10 catches, 1 fumble – A companion break-out game to last week’s against the colts, Johnson is feeding off Matt Schaub’s resurgence as aviable fantasy QB. It’s been a shaky year so far but the next two matchups (against Detroit and Cinci) look good. Detroit shit Peterson down and Berrian (see below) blew up in their faces. Johnson should do the same if not better.

Braylon Edwards – 154 yds combined, 1 TD, 1 2pt conv, 5 catches – The good thing about doing this so late Monday night (unless you count the fact that my brain thinks it’s 11:17pm and the clock says 2:17am) is I get to sneak in Edwards who finally held on to the ball for a game more in line with what he have hoped for all season long. I am interested to see what his targets to catches percentage is but except for a catch that went through his hands and off his helmet (drops stil lplagued Anderson – his receivers all did it) he looked focused and good. Skins, Jags and Ravens are much tougher foes so we’ll see if he can still continue his streak of two good games.

Roddy White – 112 yds combined, 1 TD, 9 catches – Been a long time coming but White finally has a good QB and is making his mark as a top fantasy WR. Three very good games this season, two fair ones and donuts is a nice streak for White. In some leagues this guy is a top five WR – in just about every league he’s got to be in the top ten. As long as Ryan continues to play at a good clip, White will be a fair source of fantasy income for owners.

Reggie Wayne – 118 yds combined, 1 TD, 8 catches – Wayne got plenty of points, even though Marvin Harrison got two TDs. Wayne looked good as the Colts woke up and spanked the Ravens senseless and he will be a top option from here on out. If you were able to prey upon a worried Wayne owner – or if you are one – you will probably have nothing to worry about going forward. Even when Manning stunk, Wayne was still a top option most weeks. Guess what? Manning looks like he’s back.

Bernard Berrian – 134 yds combined, 1 TD, 5 catches – Is Berrian the real deal? Can he stay healthy? Will Frerrotte be able to find him and reach him regularly? What the hell is up with Peterson? Well, if the answer to the first three ends up beaing yes, the fourth answer will be ‘he’s about to bounce back’. I still say Peterson could be one of the – if not THE – top fantasy back going forward but Berrian is a huge factor in that. Berrian looked good on Sunday, got the seperation he hasn’t been able to get so far and made some big catches. He wasn’t perfect but if Frerrotte keeps hitting him, Ds will have to stop selling out to stop Peterson and both Berrian and AP will benefit. I like Berrian and I think he will be a good WR2 most weeks but I need a couple more consistent games (injury-free I might add) before I crown him a consistent play.

Just missed – Vincent Jackson (5-134-1) who will be better than good until Chambers is back, Steve Breaston (8-102-1) who may have had his swan song as Boldin may be back, the aforementioned Marvin Harrison (3-83-2) whose numbers look less impressive without those TDs, Steve Smith (6-112) who I am still waiting to pop and Greg Jennings (5-84-1) who looked pretty good even without big numbers and will have more big games than not.

That’s it for Monday – see ya’ll on the Stampede tomorrow at 9am PST/noon EST.

Top RBs for Week 6

Here are the Rbs -

Marion Barber – 173 combined yards, 1 TD, 11 catches – I knew Barber would be a great top five play this week, but the receptions really put him over the top. Only 45 of his yards came on the ground and even the TD came through the air. We often forget that Barber is a very good pass catching back. He can do it however they need him to – and they will need him to badly with Brian Johnson at QB and Romo out.

Correll Buckhalter – 178 combined yards, 1 TD, 7 catches - For all the knee surgeries and being behind Westbrook, turns out Buckhalter can produce when he needs to. Sitting Westy was the right thing to do and when he comes back from bye week, Buckhalter will likely take a back seat again. But given Westbrook’s injury history and the fact he is fighting a rib injury that will probably linger, CB is a good guy to have on your bench from here on out.

Patrick Cobbs – 138 combined yards, 2 TDs, 3 catches - Who the hell is Cobbs? Well a fullback you will probably not see on a top anything list again all season. He had NO yards on the ground. He had two long passes. And he will likely just go back to blocking next week. But it’s the Dolphins, so who knows? I wouldn’t waste the roster spot.

Maurice Jones-Drew – 148 combined yards, 2 TDs, 2 catches - Here’s the game I was waiting for. I had him as the #10 back this week and he more than fulfilled that promise. With Fred Taylor getting his bell rung, MJD had his chance to shine and produced better than he might have in the usual split. Taylor has the bye week to get right, so things should be back to split in week 8, but that matchup is tasty too – Cleveland.

Clinton Portis – 143 combined yards, 2 TDs, 1 catch - In many formats, Portis is at or near the top ranked running back over the course of the season so far. Not bad for a guy who is consistently undervalued in every draft I have ever done. Portis is a workhorse and even when his team struggles (see: Rams, St, Louis) he continues to churn forward. As the season goes on, his schedule looks harder and harder but the next two games (Cleveland and Detroit) look like fantasy heaven.

Just missed: Thomas Jones (78 yards, 2 TDs, 1 rec TD, 3 catches), Matt Forte (110 yards, 1 TD, 5 catches), Frank Gore (117 yards, 1 TD, 3 catches), Reggie Bush (67 yards, 1 TD, 1 rec TD, 3 catches) Warrick Dunn (133 yards).

Where are LT and AP? LT had 118 combined yards and three catches while Peterson got 106 yards total and a catch – and then fumbled twice. Not quite the Lions matchup we envisioned, huh?

WRs coming a little later.

ESPN Segment and USA Today Blog appearence

Hey Folks

Now that most of the rankings are done, I wanted to post two things I did today that I didn’t want buried under the other posts…

Of course, one is my usual appearance on ESPN 1230 for the guys on the show ‘There It Is’. You can stream the whole show if you want at the Jake Stevens site OR you can listen or download here. We cover the Chargers Defense, Ryan Grant, The Manning Bros – who is better, Mike Turner and my top position picks for the week. Good ten minutes, listen in….

Also, Brian Moore (a frequent and great chatroom fellow for both the Thundering Blurb Fantasy Football Show and The Drive Block) asked me to help him out by being a guest interview on his USA Today Fantasy Blog. You can check my answers out here – we chatted about my recent Kyle Orton love, who is dissappointing and who is impressing and how the returns and injuries of Kevin Curtis, Tony Scheffler and Eddie Royal might impact teams and owners – and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

You can also check out Bri’s work at his site, FootballHangout.com.

Enjoy!
USA TODAY INTERVIEW

ESPN 1230 APPEARENCE

WR Rankings for Week 6

I like Roddy White this week – if he plays. He may not, suffering from a concussion. So he isn’t listed but figure he would be somewhere in the 15-20 range.

Brandon Marshall disappointed me last week, but the Jags are vulnerable in the secondary and Cutler will find his favorite target and more than once at that…. Larry Fitzgerald faces a similarly challenged Cowboys secondary and has the added bonus of there being a distinct likelyhood of a shootout if the Cards want to stay in this game…. The Bus are not a bad defense but they can be thrown on and I expect Jake Delhomme to find Steve Smith for some good yards and maybe a touchdown…… As I mentioned with Larry Fitz, the Cards secondary is more than a little suspect and while Terrell Owens seems to be in an occasional funk yardage-wise, expect some good yards for TO without the tears…… As Aaron Rodgers proved last week, you cannot count him out and that’s great news for Greg Jennings as he continues to prove his worth as a top fantasy wide receiver…..

I added Marques Colston and would love to have him higher on the list, but let’s not overthink it – would rather rank him too low and see him overproduce than get over-excited and have him see too few snaps….. With Dan Orlovsky throwing the ball, Roy Williams and Calvin Johnson take a hit – there may be garbage yards, but Minny is going to make things miserable for the Detroit offense as Peterson grinds the clock against the sorry Lions D…..

Wide receivers

  1. Brandon Marshall, Broncos vs. Jaguars
  2. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals vs. Cowboys
  3. Steve Smith, Panthers at Buccaneers
  4. Terrell Owens, Cowboys at Cardinals
  5. Greg Jennings, Packers at Seahawks
  6. Randy Moss, Patriots at Chargers
  7. Andre Johnson, Texans vs. Dolphins
  8. Plaxico Burress, Giants at Brown
  9. Santana Moss, Redskins vs. Rams
  10. Reggie Wayne, Colts vs. Ravens
  11. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets vs. Bengals
  12. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals at Jets
  13. Bernard Berrian, Vikings vs. Lions
  14. Braylon Edwards, Browns vs. Giants
  15. DeSean Jackson, Eagles at 49ers
  16. Donald Driver, Packers at Seahawks
  17. Bobby Engram, Seahawks vs. Packers
  18. Vincent Jackson, Chargers vs. Patriots
  19. Steve Breaston, Cardinals vs. Cowboys
  20. Marques Colston, Saints vs. Raiders
  21. Calvin Johnson, Lions at Vikings
  22. Matt Jones, Jaguars at Broncos
  23. Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers at Buccaneers
  24. Torry Holt, Rams at Redskins
  25. Derrick Mason, Ravens at Colts
  26. Amani Toomer, Giants at Browns
  27. Laveranues Coles, Jets vs. Bengals
  28. Isaac Bruce, 49ers vs. Eagles
  29. Wes Welker, Patriots at Chargers
  30. Kevin Walter, Texans vs. Dolphins
  31. Roy Williams, Lions at Vikings
  32. Chad Johnson, Bengals at Jets
  33. Lance Moore, Saints vs. Raiders
  34. Marvin Harrison, Colts vs. Ravens
  35. Patrick Crayton, Cowboys at Cardinals

RB Rankings for Week 6

You might notice Adrian Peterson tops two lists of mine this week – I expect great things from you AP! Terrible things (for Lions fans) to be sure – but great!….. Clinton Portis will finally see both good yards and end zone celebrations in this game, even if it develops into the shootout some are predicting, Portis will get a ton of looks……Ronnie Brown: Fact Or Fiction, and we’ll get a good look at that against the Texans this week. Let’s see if a) the Wildcat still works and b) he can run if it doesn’t. Somebody has to stop it, right?…….Frank Gore – even against a tough D – is a must start. The Eagles aren’t looking like they are as tough as their ranking is….Marion Barber worked hard against a surprisingly stout middle of the field run defense. The Cards stopped Thomas Jones in New York and thwarted Marshawn Lynch, but the Dallas offense will not be stopped through the air, so Barber will have plenty of carries as well and probably the lead to protect…..

Also take note of Matt Forté, Steve Slaton and LeRon McClain – all have good matchups and should produce. This should also be one of Maurice Jones-Drew’s best games yet and I think the start of a much better season for him.

Running backs

  1. Adrian Peterson, Vikings vs. Lions
  2. Clinton Portis, Redskins vs. Rams
  3. Ronnie Brown, Dolphins at Texans
  4. Frank Gore, 49ers vs. Eagles
  5. Marion Barber, Cowboys at Cardinals
  6. Brandon Jacobs, Giants at Browns
  7. Reggie Bush, Saints vs. Raiders
  8. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers vs. Patriots
  9. Matt Forté, Bears at Falcons
  10. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars at Broncos
  11. Correll Buckhalter, Eagles at 49ers
  12. Steve Slaton, Texans vs. Dolphins
  13. Steven Jackson, Rams at Redskins
  14. Michael Turner, Falcons vs. Bears
  15. Thomas Jones, Jets vs. Bengals
  16. Earnest Graham, Buccaneers vs. Panthers
  17. Julius Jones, Seahawks vs. Packers
  18. Le’Ron McClain, Ravens at Colts
  19. Edgerrin James, Cardinals vs. Cowboys
  20. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers at Buccaneers
  21. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers at Buccaneers
  22. Ryan Grant, Packers at Seahawks
  23. Joseph Addai, Colts vs. Ravens
  24. Fred Taylor, Jaguars at Broncos
  25. Felix Jones, Cowboys at Cardinals
  26. Michael Pittman, Broncos vs. Jaguars
  27. Jamal Lewis, Browns vs. Giants
  28. Willis McGahee, Ravens at Colts
  29. Tim Hightower, Cardinals vs. Cowboys
  30. Justin Fargas, Raiders at Saints
  31. Michael Bush, Raiders at Saints
  32. Laurence Maroney, Patriots at Chargers
  33. Warrick Dunn, Buccaneers vs. Panthers
  34. Deuce McAllister, Saints vs. Raiders
  35. Darren McFadden, Raiders at Saints

QB Rankings for Week 6

We’re a little pressed for time to get these out this week.

Kurt Warner may look like he has a poor matchup but the Cowboys’ secondary is not that good right now – and expect Warner to have to throw a lot to keep up with the Dallas offense…. Drew Brees could get one of his weapons back if Marques Colston comes back, but even without him, Brees should approach and/or surpass 300 this week again…… Back to Dallas, I expect Tony Romo to have a pretty big field day this week against a questionable secondary with Arizona……. The Jags should keep some pressure up on Jay Cutler, but he, Brandon Marshall and Brandon Stokley should put up some good numbers as the Jags secondary is also middling……. Jason Campbell doesn’t have a ton of huge games but I think he will this weekend against a sliding Rams team. Could even devolve into a shootout with Washington’s injuries to their defense…….

On the flip side, Carson Palmer will not start against the Jets so expect them to pressure Ryan Fitzpatrick into some mistakes and watch Darrelle Revis and Dwight Lowery have good days….. Neither QB for the Lions are on the list in part because I have no clue who will be playing and frankly don’t think it matters…..

Quarterbacks

  1. Kurt Warner, Cardinals vs. Cowboys
  2. Drew Brees, Saints vs. Raiders
  3. Tony Romo, Cowboys at Cardinals
  4. Jay Cutler, Broncos vs. Jaguars
  5. Jason Campbell, Redskins vs. Rams
  6. Donovan McNabb, Eagles at 49ers
  7. Brett Favre, Jets vs. Bengals
  8. Aaron Rodgers, Packers at Seahawks
  9. Eli Manning, Giants at Browns
  10. Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. Patriots
  11. Peyton Manning, Colts vs. Ravens
  12. David Garrard, Jaguars at Broncos
  13. Jake Delhomme, Panthers at Buccaneers
  14. Kyle Orton, Bears at Falcons
  15. Matt Schaub, Texans vs. Dolphins
  16. Gus Frerotte, Vikings vs. Lions
  17. Chad Pennington, Dolphins at Texans
  18. Marc Bulger, Rams at Redskins
  19. J.T. O’Sullivan, 49ers vs. Eagles
  20. Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks vs. Packers
  21. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders at Saints
  22. Matt Cassel, Patriots at Chargers
  23. Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Bears
  24. Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers vs. Panthers
  25. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bengals at Jets
  26. Derek Anderson, Browns vs. Giants
  27. Joe Flacco, Ravens at Colts