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Tom Brady threw for six touchdowns in the snow
and wind before taking a seat in the second half.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Week 6 was a very high-scoring weekend with eight 300-yards passers (one over 400), eight 100-yard rushers (one over 200) and a stunning 18 100-yard receivers.

Quarterback

Tom Brady, New England - Sometimes Bill Belichick gets conservative when the weather gets bad in Foxboro. That wasn't the case this weekend as Tom Brady hooked up six times for touchdowns with his receivers, five in the second quarter alone. If not for the fact that he didn't play much in the second half, Brady could easily have added another 10-20 points to his fantasy total, which was already an impressive 42 points. Considering the snow and wind, 29-for-34 for 380 yards and six TDs was amazing.

Drew Brees, New Orleans - Brees didn't have the wind and snow to contend to that Brady had, he was indoors at the Superdome, but he did have a real football team across the line of scrimmage. The results were similar, however, as Brees did almost anything he wanted to against the New York Giants pass defense and went 23-for-30 for 369 yards and four scores (33 fantasy points). After two weeks of no TD passes and a bye in Week 5, it was a welcome sight to Brees' fantasy owners.

Running Back

Thomas Jones, New York Jets - Jones was yesterday's feature story, a player who doesn't seem to get enough respect from fantasy owners or head coaches. All he does is produce and all teams do is draft/sign his replacement each year. On Sunday he posted 227 total yards and one touchdown, 210 on the ground, to try and overcome his rookie quarterback's five mistakes. Jones' 41 fantasy points was second-best this week behind Brady.

Ray Rice, Baltimore - Early on this season, Rice was getting his yards between the "20s" and Willis McGahee was scoring the touchdowns. On Sunday, Rice did both, rushing for 77 yards and two scores and catching 10 balls for 117 yards for 39 fantasy points. Considering he was the third Baltimore running back selected on Draft Day (McGahee ADP 69.9, LeRon McClain ADP 77.9, Rice ADP 103.4) he has become the team's primary ball carrier and a true fantasy bargain.

Wide Receiver

Randy Moss, New England - We go back to the "Snow Bowl" in Foxboro, where Brady sent most of his action to his two most trusted receivers - Moss and Wes Welker. Moss had his best overall game of the year with eight receptions for 129 yards and three scores. I didn't expect him to be as involved as he was going deep, considering the windy and snowy conditions.

Wes Welker, New England - I did expect the Patriots to use the short passing game early and often and that they did, hitting Welker 10 times for a career-high 150 yards and two touchdowns. Like Moss, Welker scored 36 fantasy points to lead the position.

Tight End

Zach Miller, Oakland - No Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates or Brent Celek this week leading the tight end category - it was Miller. He was targeted 11 times and came down with six balls for 139 yards (30 points) including a beautiful 86-yard touchdown catch and run. It might be the only time a Raider makes the list, so fantasy owners enjoy the moment.

Tony Scheffler, Denver - Despite having quality wide receivers in Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal and Brandon Stokely, the star receiver on Monday night was Scheffler. He collected six balls for 101 yards (22 points) including a great 19-yard, fingertip TD catch in the corner of the end zone.

And the winner is.....New England quarterback Tom Brady (who's real life is better than any fantasy we could dream up).

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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