- The Atlanta Falcons managed to get their season back on track slightly with a much-needed 8 pt win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31 - 23. In only their second victory for the season, quarterback Matt RYAN led the way, passing for 273 yds and 3 touchdowns.
- It was a “scorefest” in the Chicago Bears match up against the Washington Redskins, with the Redskins finally scraping home 45 – 41. More impressive than the touchdown bonanza though was the form of Redskins QB Robert GRIFFIN III, who finally looked himself after returning from last
year’s knee reco, running for 84 yds – a real positive sign for his fantasy owners.
- In a surprise result the New York Jets upset the more fancied New England Patriots in overtime, 30 – 27. The Jets are now sitting at 4-3 for the year, with the Pats at 5-2. QB Tom BRADY struggled, completing only 22 of 46 passing attempts. In some good news for the Pats though, Rob GRONKOWSKI played his first game for the year, notching up 8 receptions for 114 yds.
- The Cincinnati Bengals went to the top of a tightly contested AFC North Division with a tight-fought 27 – 24 victory over the Detroit Lions. The Bengals (5-2) now sit two games clear of the Browns and Ravens on 3-4, and if the form of QB Andy DALTON keeps up (3 TD passes this week) they may just ruffle some feathers come playoff time.
- Previously undefeated, the Denver Broncos finally stumbled, losing an emotional match up to the Indianapolis Colts 39 – 33. Bronco QB Peyton MANNING returned to play against his old team, but it was young Colt QB Andrew LUCK who was on fire, throwing three TDs and leading
his team to an upset victory.
- Two struggling teams finished off the round, with the Minnesota Vikings taking on the New York Giants. It was the Giants who prevailed easily in the end, winning their first game for the year 23 -7. Freshly signed Minnesota QB Josh FREEMAN really struggled at his new team, connecting on only 20 of 53 passing attempts for 190 yds. Ouch.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
1. Andrew LUCK - Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts
What a gem of a game from this rising star. Ranked #5 in the league, LUCK threw for 228 yds at 21 of 38, including 3 touchdowns, as well as rushing for a TD of his own. No fumbles or interceptions led to a fantasy score of 30.02 pts - the best of the week. All this in a game against Mr Perfection himself, Peyton MANNING. Nice work.
This guy is an absolute gun. Ranked number 2 in the NFL, FORTE just continues to get the job done – win, lose or draw. 16 carries for 91 yds, including 3 touchdowns for a total of 28.90 pts – WOW. FORTE has now scored 6 TDs this season, and hasn’t scored under 11 fantasy pts in any game. He’s a
3. Andy DALTON – Quarterback, Cincinnati Bengals
Narrowly missing out on this category last week, DALTON came out and showed why he deserved it with another cracking game this round. Completing 24 of 34 passes, DALTON threw for 372 yds, including 3 TDs with no interceptions. In red hot form, DALTON connected with 7 receivers, amassing a very tidy fantasy score of 27.48pts. No leaving you out this week Ranga.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
To last weekend’s Players to Watch first, and what a disaster. QB Jay CUTLER injured his groin, scoring a grand total of -0.88 pts (That’s right, a MINUS score). Andre ELLINGTON wasn’t much better with 1.3 pts, while Rueben RANDLE gave us at least something to half-smile about, with a total of 8 pts. Damn.
1. Roy HELU – Running Back, Washington Redskins
With only 3 TDs in his career until last weekend, HELU instantly doubled his tally after running in 3 TDS in the one game in the last round to establish a very tidy 22.6pts for his fantasy owners. With 30 pts in his last two games, HELU might be one to store on your bench as coverage – just don’t
expect 3 TDs every weekend.
2. Brandon GIBSON – Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins
Owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues, GIBSON has shown a bit in the last three rounds, culminating in his 40 yd, 2 touchdown game last weekend. His last three matches now red 7pts, 7 pts and 16 pts – improvement like that can only lead to his stock rising in fantasy terms. Keep an eye on him.
3. Ryan TANNEHILL – Quarterback, Miami Dolphins
Why no love for this young QB? Selected in only 10% of leagues, TANNEHILL is definitely a player to stash on your bench as QB coverage at the very least. Scoring more than 10 pts in every game thus far, TANNEHILLS stat line reads 13, 15, 14, 11, 16 and 14 pts respectively, including a 3 TD game
last weekend. If your team is struggling at the playmaker role, you could do worse than introducing TANNEHILL to your lineup.
Let’s hope our picks do better in round 7. How is your team travelling? Leave a comment or question, and we’ll do our best to help you achieve greatness – or at least beat your mates.