Welcome to Week 6 and when you play fantasy football in more than one league you have to take the good with the bad and I am experiencing both this year.
The bad is my seventh in total points WTO team which continues to face opponents scoring big numbers every week and has dropped to 1-4. The good is in two local power leagues my teams have surged to 4-1 records and lead both leagues in total points.
I do not see much relief in sight either in the WTO league as my superstar quarterback Drew Brees enjoys his bye week and I am relying on Alex Smith and his injured middle finger to help me get back on track.
Running back injuries dominated the news this week as Cedric Benson, Ryan Williams and Donald Brown all went down. Because of these injuries Alex Green, James Starks, Brandon Saine, William Powell, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Alfonso Smith and Vick Ballard have fantasy relevance.
Ballard is the cream of the crop here as he may have a decent game this week. Green and Starks will fight for touches in Green Bay, while the three headed monster of Powell, Stephens-Howling and Smith battle for touches in Arizona. The sleeper of this group may be Saine if Green and Starks struggle. The Pack may give him a shot. Another injury to watch is Robert Griffin III who suffered a concussion, but should play this week. If he cannot Kirk "Kissing" Cousins would get the start.
In addition, Rashard Mendenhall went down with an Achilles injury Thursday night and Isaac Redman once again becomes a hot commodity, despite suffering an ankle injury himself. I have seen leagues he has been dropped in, so pick him up. I doubt Mike Tomlin will discuss these injuries until Tuesday so any move this weekend is purely speculative. Jonathon Dwyer also could be added in deep leagues.
A word to the wise to all fantasy players, look ahead to next week's bye week as it is a killer and almost every team will be scrambling to pick up players. Try jumping the gun by a week and grab a couple of capable replacements this week if you have room on your bench. Next week's waiver wire will be very thin.
And then there were none as both undefeated teams lost in the WTO Laid Back League and now defending champion Brian Hagberg (4-1) sits at the top of the league standings. This week, Hagberg battles Jacob "Where's" Perryman (3-2). In other games, Derek "Mountain Man" Farr (2-3) battles the Oracles, Allen "Wingnut" Seybert (2-3) faces Jon "Houshmanzadeh" Sitler (1-4), Brian "Fish" Ferry (3-2) hopes to flush Josh "The Gambler" Cotton, Jon "Foosball" McAfoos takes on 4-1 Cody "Nightmare on Elms Street", while Mitchell "Living" Wilston (4-1) challenges (2-3) Bob "Big Bossman" Patchen.
Last week's scores were as follows: Ferry 117.40, Oracles 100.00; Farr 139.18, Sitler 96.48; Cotton 99.16 Patchen 98.58; Seybert 103.16, Elms 83.02; Hagberg 98.56, McAfoos 79.26; Perryman 126.30, Wilston 92.94.
ASK ALAINA: Many have said to me how random this year has been in fantasy football so I decided to enlist my daughter to prove or disprove their point: Who will score more points in week 6 based on Yahoo scoring: 1. Peyton Manning or Matt Ryan - Manning 2. Tom Brady or Andrew Luck - Brady 3. Fred Jackson or CJ Spiller - Jackson 4. Torrey Smith or Jordy Nelson - Nelson 5. Bills defense or Buccaneers defense - Bills.
BYE WEEK TEAMS: Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville, New Orleans
SURPRISE STAT OF THE WEEK: The San Francisco 49ers became the first team in NFL history to run for and pass for 300 yards in the same game last week against the struggling Bills defense. Talk about balance, they rushed for 310 yards and passed for 311 yards.
BONUS SURPRISE STAT OF THE WEEK: Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs became the first pair of teammates to return interceptions for touchdowns in consecutive weeks in NFL history as the Bears steamrolled the Jacksonville Jaguars 41-3.
FANTASY STAR OF THE WEEK: Drew Brees. He recorded 36.60 points as the Saints got their first win over the San Diego Chargers. This week, I am going way off the board and predicting Michael Vick as the matchup is as sweet as it gets against the woeful Detroit defense.
BILLS (2-3): The Bills defense has been atrocious, but the Cardinals offense comes to their rescue this week. I do not believe they will allow more than twenty points. However, I see them losing 20-17. Look for Scott Chandler to assert himself. Also, I like Fred Jackson as a flex play in this game.
STEELERS (2-3): Lost to Tennessee Thursday night and they just didn't seem to be firing on all cylinders and their running game is a mess. Mike Wallace did catch an 82-yard bomb for a touchdown as the lone offensive bright spot.
BROWNS (0-5): I am one of the few who believe Cleveland can win this game as I expect a 27-24 Browns victory. Look for Trent Richardson to score twice and rack up more than 150 total yards. Deep ball threat Joshua Gordon may break another long one in this game.
FANTASY BUST: Last week I missed my first bust pick, but will rebound mightily by naming DeMarco Murray as I see him struggling against the Baltimore defense, even though they are not the same Ravens defense we are all used to seeing.
FANTASY START: As stated above, I expect Michael Vick to have one of those special games. Look for three TDs and a minimum of 28 fantasy points.
ELIMINATOR PICK (2-0): Texans and Giants have been used and now we focus on the Falcons destroying the Raiders.