by ANDREW HORN
All good things must come to end, like my four-game winning streak. I lost to a girl who doesn’t know much about fantasy football, but has a pretty decent team. My team was bad this week, but she turned in a good effort. So congratulations Lauren, you are on my list of winners this week. I am still in first place and the highest scoring team in the league, so this loss won’t kill me. As for the players, here are the winners and losers:
Winners: Joe Flacco and Tom Brady
The Ravens and the Patriots are both firing on all cylinders after very impressive Week 6 performances. Joe Flacco was the highest scoring QB this week with 53.3 points. Flacco went 21-29 for 306 yards and FIVE touchdown passes.
- All five TD passes came within the first 17 minutes of the game, making it the fastest to five passing touchdowns since the AFL-NFL merger according to ESPN.
- All five of Flacco’s TD passes went to wide receivers, with Torrey Smith catching two.
The Ravens host the Falcons in Week 7. The Falcons were torched for 381 passing yards against the Bears.
Tom Brady does what Tom Brady does best; shut up the critics. Two weeks removed from the massacre at the hands of Kansas City, Brady has thrown for 653 yards with six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Brady seems to be back in elite form.
Brady is not surrounded by the talent of his earlier days, but you wouldn’t know that by the way he is playing. Brady is playing on a bum ankle ahead of Thursday night’s clash with the New York Jets. Any New England resident should feel comfortable with Brady playing though, because if there is something Massachusetts athletes know how to do, it’s excelling with ankle problems.
Loser: Russell Wilson
The defending Super Bowl champs had their wings clipped Sunday as they lost at home to the Dallas Cowboys. Only one week after decimating the Redskins, the Seahawks offense looked bad against a suspect Cowboys defense. The Legion of Boom was doomed by DeMarco Murray, who ran for 115 yards and the go ahead score. Russell Wilson had only 126 yards and one interception, as the game was only close because the Seattle special teams blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown. Seattle will look to get their offense back on track against the St. Louis Rams.
Winner: DeMarco Murray
Murray rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against Seattle. With this performance, he became the second running back ever to post 100 yards or more in each of the team’s first six games. The other was Jim Brown. That is the kind of season that Murray is having so far. Anyone who drafted DeMarco Murray is looking like a genius.
I can comfortably say he is the Jamaal Charles of 2014, only with more points.
Murray is currently on pace for 2,093 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. The single season record is 2,105 yards by Eric Dickerson for the old L.A. Rams. Barring injury, Murray could make history for the Cowboys, something the franchise desperately needs.
Losers: Steven Jackson and C.J. Spiller
Oh my lanta! (Get it?) Steven Jackson is in a world of trouble for fantasy owners. He isn’t injured, he isn’t facing discipline for any infraction and he isn’t being benched…yet. Jackson posted a pathetic 25 yards on six carries. Backup Antone Smith gave the Falcons another explosive 41-yard touchdown on Sunday, his third straight week with a touchdown of 40 yards or longer. Jackson is another dud week away from losing carries to Smith, who controls receiving out of the backfield. Jackson’s next two games are against Baltimore and Detroit. If the veteran doesn’t produce some big plays in the next two games, they may be his last as a starter.
Spiller gained only 19 yards on six carries, spilling one fumble and negating the meager amount of points he earned. In no way is Spiller in danger of losing his job, but this was a horrible week to be a Bills running back. The run game was completely stopped by the Patriots. Spiller owners should just call this a mulligan and move on to the Bills Week 7 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. If you are looking for a redemption game, this is the one for Spiller.
Winner: T.Y. Hilton
Obviously the Houston secondary didn’t get a good night’s sleep because Hilton eviscerated the Texans on Thursday. Fancy words aside, Hilton amassed 223 yards on nine catches and one touchdown. In five career games versus the Texans, Hilton has caught 31 passes for 611 yards with seven touchdowns. Against all other teams, Hilton has only 1,937 yards with six touchdowns. That’s an average of only 60.5 yards per game, compared to his average of 122.2 yards per game against the Texans. The Colts will need Hilton to think every game is against the Texans, starting with a tough Week 7 matchup against the Bengals
Note: FA wide receivers did phenomenal this week. Andrew Holmes (OAK), Brandon LaFell (NE) and Jarvis Landry (MIA) scored at least 19 points and are owned in 4 percent or less of leagues.
Loser: Jeremy Maclin
Talk about a dud. Maclin had been target at least 9 times in each of the previous five games. He earned three on Sunday. His lowest yard output without a TD was 57 against San Francisco in Week 4. Sunday he had just 16 yards. The only bright side is for Eagles fans, who watched their team smash the division rival Giants. The 27-0 final was Philadelphia’s first shutout in 301 regular season games, also against the Giants.
Winner: AFC tight ends
7 of the 10 top scoring tight ends in Week 6 were members of the AFC, led by Broncos TE Julius Thomas and Browns TE JordanCameron. The top four scorers, all AFC, all had at least 50 yards and a touchdown. Rob Gronkowski did not score a TD against the Bills for the first time in his career, but the Patriots did win. Gronkowski’s opposing TE Scott Chandler had 105 receiving yards on six catches. Jets TE JaceAmaro and Jaguars TE Clay Hrbor each caught their first touchdowns of the season. The AFC tight ends will look to do it again in their various Week 7 matchups.
Loser: Niles Paul
Why is the Washington tight end a loser this week? Jordan Reed came back after a leg injury which caused him to miss the last four games. And Reed did not disappoint in his return, catching eight passes for 92 yards against a strong Arizona defense. After filling in admirably for Reed, Paul had only one catch for seven yards. Paul returns to second on the depth chart, relying on an injury for his next chance.