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What we learned in Week 6

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It has been a relatively low-scoring week so far with only one passer throwing for 300+ yards and three-or-more touchdowns (Aaron Rodgers), two running backs rushing for 100+ yards and more than one touchdown (Michael Turner, Ahmad Bradshaw) and no receivers with 100+ yards and more than one touchdown.

Buffalo at New York Giants

Over the past two weeks, Fred Jackson has been the best running back in the NFL. Maybe even over the first six weeks. He reminds me of Priest Holmes in his starring days with Kansas City.

I'll bet you never considered Ryan Fitzpatrick-to-Naaman Roosevelt a good combination to have in your lineup on Draft Day did you?

Bradshaw had a field day, scoring three times from close range to the disappointment of Eli Manning's fantasy owners.

I think the "man crush" fantasy owners had for Victor Cruz is over (two catches for just 12 yards). Manning looked more to Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham and when he did look for Cruz, the diminutive No.3 receiver came up short.

Carolina at Atlanta

Newton continues to defy the odds, playing much better than originally expected. His running prowess if the key to his fantasy value. He added 53 yards and a score to his rushing total in Sunday's game against the Falcons. However, the Falcons did pick him off three times.

What happened to the Matt Ryan who threw for 300+ yards in two of the first three games and four touchdowns in the other? This "new" guy is rarely borderline fantasy worthy.

Turner is a great start when you know the Falcons will be ahead in the game, but similar to LaGarrette Blount in Tampa Bay, when they are behind, he disappears. They were ahead today and the results were: 139 yards, two rushing TDs.

If I was a Roddy White owner, I'd be concerned by his lack of production and just five targets. Perhaps the knee is hurt more than he's letting on.

Indianapolis at Cincinnati

I had fantasy players in this game and still didn't watch it.

A.J. Green continues to post double-digit points...what a solid rookie addition!

I believe there was a Dallas Clark sighting on Sunday (6-53-1).

Pierre Garcon got plenty of looks (11 targets), but couldn't break the long one as he had the past two weeks. Still, I like how he and Curtis Painter are working together. Keep starting Garcon.

Donald Brown out-performed Delone Carter, but neither is fantasy worthy at this time.

San Francisco at Detroit

If Frank Gore has crack the 100-yard mark with this little wear and tear on his body (12 rushing attempts for 135 yards and a score), he might actually give you a full season.

The 49ers really did a good job keeping the Lions offense under control in the first half, particularly the Matthew Stafford-to-Calvin Johnson combination. Johnson still got 100 yards, but for the first time this season - no touchdown catches.

Brandon Pettigrew has become a solid fantasy tight end (8-42-1).

St. Louis at Green Bay

Brett Favre in his prime or Tom Brady circa 2007 couldn't play any better than Rodgers has this season. Rodgers kept most of his receivers, and fantasy owners, happy except for Jermichael Finley who could only post one catch for 20 yards.

Unhappily for fantasy owners, James Starks (66 yards from scrimmage) and Ryan Grant (52 yards) split the work evenly.

Have I told you lately how much I hate throwback uniforms? The Packers' throwbacks are simply ugly, but at least they don't give me nightmares like the blue and yellow throwbacks the Eagles wore a few years ago.

Steven Jackson (125 yards from scrimmage on 22 touches) looked healthy for the first time since the first quarter of game one against Philadelphia.

Greg Salas and Danario Alexander were respectable in Mike Sims-Walker's absence, one of them should emerge as a fantasy-worthy option.

Jacksonville at Pittsburgh

Not unexpectedly, the Steelers defense got healthy against the Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert (12-for26 for 109 yards).

Maurice Jones-Drew is the only fantasy-worthy Jacksonville starter.

Rashard Mendenhall finally showed up (23-146-1).

Philadelphia at Washington

Michael Vick apparently DOES know the Eagles have a tight end on their roster. He hit Brent Celek for the first score of the game.

The Eagles offense again disappeared in the second half except for LeSean McCoy.

Vince Young is NOT the handcuff to Vick...there is none on the team.

The Redskins were supposed to run roughshod over the Eagles defense, but managed just 42 yards on 14 carries.

Washington's offense should never be passing the ball more than running it. The ratio on Sunday was 37 passes to 14 rushing attempts.

Houston at Baltimore

The stingy Ravens defense held Arian Foster in check. Maybe the lack of Andre Johnson as a deep threat meant 11 defenders were watching him on every play.

Was that Ricky Williams or Willis McGahee stealing another short touchdown run from Ray Rice? Rice's fantasy owners have to be steaming after quotes that Rice would get be a full-time back and get the goal line carries this season. he can't give you top-five value without getting into the endzone. Today is a perfect example, 160+ yards from scrimmage is very good, but zero scores puts a limit on his fantasy value.

Anquan Boldin earned the 100-yard bonus for the first time since December 2010.

Cleveland at Oakland

Darren McFadden was solid, but there was little passing to talk about after Kyle Boller replaced Jason Campbell (dislocated shoulder).

Peyton Hillis left Sunday's game with the injury du jour this season - the hamstring pull. Quick, make a claim for Montario Hardesty.

Dallas at New England

Who would have thought that the Dallas-New England game would be outscored by Houston-Baltimore and Cleveland-Oakland? It was a letdown for almost every fantasy owner.

Great effort from the Cowboys defense to hold the No.1 scoring team to 21 points. Still, Brady got it done with the game on the line. His two tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez caught a combined 15 balls for 142 yards and a score.

Tony Romo hit 10 different receivers, meaning none of them had good fantasy production. Romo cracked 317 yards in the final seconds to get the passing bonus - thank you "prevent defense."

New Orleans at Tampa Bay

Apparently the Buccaneers are going to be this year's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. After getting embarrassed by San Francisco last week, they looked like a completely different team in Week 6.

Preston Parker and Arrelious Benn helped pick up the slack cause by the disappearing Mike Williams.

Earnest Graham did his job, totaling 130+ yards from scrimmage.

Drew Brees' "flavor-of-the-week" was Marques Colston (7-118-1). While it appears that tight end Jimmy Graham will be a consistent performer from week to week, Colston, Lance Moore, Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson will have to share the remaining limelight. That's tough on fantasy owners.

What's wrong with this statistic? Heading into the fourth quarter Brees led the Saints rushing game with 18 yards. Where was No.1 draft choice Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas?

Ho hum, another 350+ yard passing day from Brees (his fourth consecutive week), but just one touchdown and three interceptions.

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


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