Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
There were no superstar fantasy performances in Week 6, the second consecutive week where points have come at a premium.
Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia - If you are keeping track, that's two different Eagles quarterbacks who have made it onto the TSN Fantasy Player of the Week review. Michael Vick made the list in Week 3 against Jacksonville leading all fantasy quarterbacks with 32 points that week. Kolb, the man he replaced, who then inherited the starters role when Vick was injured, led all quarterback in Week 6 with 23 points, going 23-for-29 for 326 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. While answering questions from the press about the quarterback situation in Philadelphia may not be pleasant for head coach Andy Reid, it's a nice problem, having two capable quarterbacks. If you don't believe it, ask the coaches in Oakland, Arizona or Carolina if they would like to have that "problem."
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh - It was Roethlisberger's first action of the season because of his four-game suspension, and he came back against the right opponent - Cleveland. Though he started slowly, he finished with a solid 20 fantasy points after throwing for three touchdowns.
Running Backs -
Ryan Torain, Washington - Torain has been on the fantasy forefront for four weeks after Clinton Portis was injured and on Sunday night he had his second solid day. The former fantasy free agent (preseason RapidDraft ADP 300) posted his first career 100-yard day and added two touchdowns. He's now owned in 75% of all leagues, but that number should continue to rise with performances like this one.
Chris Johnson, Tennessee - Although Arian Foster scored one more point than Johnson, it was the way Johnson got his points that made for great late-night, last minute, fantasy excitement. The score was Tennessee over Jacksonville by 23-3 late in the fourth quarter, the game was well in hand, and the franchise running back should have been laughing it up on the sidelines. Instead, he flashed 35 yards for a score with 4:20 left on the clock and turned a nine- point night into 19. Those 10 fantasy points likely turned a lot of matchups from a loss to win.
Wide Receivers -
Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia - This spot should have belonged to Eagles teammate DeSean Jackson who ran for a long score (31 yards) and caught a long touchdown pass (34 yards) before the first quarter was completed. But Jackson suffered a concussion and Maclin took over. Though he caught only seven balls, he scored twice and amassed 159 yards receiving for 27 fantasy points. It was the most points scored over the weekend.
Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City - Bowe had largely disappointed those fantasy owners who drafted him in the fifth round (ADP 51.9) until Sunday when he caught six balls for 108 yards and two scores. Though all his owners hope it's the start of a long solid run of good performances, they should temper their expectations because he did it against the worst pass defense in the NFL.
Tight Ends -
There were no tight ends worthy of the TSN Fantasy Player of the Week Award, though it should be noted that Tony Gonzalez managed to earn 13 points on just three receptions, two of which went for touchdowns.
Defense/Special Teams -
Tennessee - The Titans defense did an excellent job shutting down Maurice Jones-Drew and the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars offense. The Titans scored a position-leading 17 fantasy points, holding Jacksonville to just three points and creating four turnovers.
And the winner in....Jeremy Maclin. When the team needed him, he came up big and likely carried your fantasy team to a victory as well. His 75 points this season has him in a tie for third among receivers and he's been a huge bargain as a sixth-round selection (ADP 67.8).