This was definitely one of the best weeks of the season in terms of fantasy production. I had to dig a little deeper than usual to pull the duds for week 6, which also meant there were a ton of players that really came on as studs. So, without further adieu, your Week 6 Studs and Duds.
This is the performance all Lions fans and fantasy owners alike have been waiting for since week 1 of the 2014 season. This is a guy who is only 1 of 4 QB’s in history to throw for 5,000 yards in a season but has been stuck in an offense with no running game, a coordinator that is more concerned with completion percentage than yards, and an offensive line that has been terrible. Well, the OC Lombardi finally opened up the playbook (after multiple weeks of fans calling for his head) and Stafford finally got to showcase his abilities in week 6. With 405 yards, 4 TD’s, 37 rushing yards, and only a single INT, Stafford looked all the bit that 5k signal caller. If Lombardi can keep out of his own way, I anticipate more games like this to follow. However, I’d give it a few weeks before I feel too confident in that assumption.
I have been a big believer in Bryant all offseason. After a stellar rookie campaign, the 2nd year wideout was poised to make a huge splash in one of the most potent offenses in the league – and then he goes and gets suspended to start the season. And then in his first week eligible to be back he tweaks a knee and doesn’t play. At that point I will admit, I started to become concerned as those are two pretty big red flags. I am concerned no longer. Bryant put up huge numbers with a backup quarterback (who I didn’t even know was in the league) showcasing his big play ability on an 88 yard catch and run. I expect big things from Martavis, especially when Big Ben makes his return to the lineup.
WOW. What a game by Cam Wake. Making our Duds list to start the season, Cam hadn’t done much up to this point. I think it’s obvious that the change in the Dolphins Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator have paid dividends for the wiley old veteran. He finished the game with 4 sacks, 2 TFL’s, and 2 Forced Fumbles completely wrecking the Titan’s day and leading his new look Dolphins to victory. I would like to see more of the same from Cam before claiming he is back to his double digit sack self, but week 6 was very encouraging.
It’s not often an athletic freak like Ezekiel Ansah gets shut out on the stat sheet, but that was the case against the Bears in week 6. Ansah walked away without a single recorded statistic on the day. The Bears did a great job of double teaming the 3rd year player and avoided running the ball to his side of the field. No need to worry Ziggy will feast on the Vikings next week.
2 Receptions 38 Yards. Do I need to say more? Not really, but I will anyways. Since Cobb went off in week 3 scoring 3 touchdowns and putting up almost 100 yards on 7 catches, the Packers #1 receiver has been just average at best. With totals of 44, 23, and 38 yards and no touchdowns over the past 3 weeks he would be better suited for your fantasy bench. Don’t fret, ride it out, he will be back, hopefully after this week’s bye.
Week 6 was the first time in the career of the young Viking Safety in which he did not tally double digit fantasy points. He excels at both racking up tackles and batting the ball down ensuring that no matter what format your IDP league, Harrison is a consistent and valuable player. With only 2 solo’s against the Chiefs it was tough to find Smith’s name in the box score. He is too good to slump so continue to start with confidence.