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Eli Manning Leads Week 6 NFL Fantasy Risers and Fallers



Eli Manning, NYG

Manning, as I expected, had a big game against the Houston Texans.

Manning would have exceeded 300 passing yards in Week 5 if Nicks didn’t drop an easy deep pass. He was just three yards shy of 300.

He completed three touchdown passes. Nicks calmly stepped out at the one yard line instead of making a play for the end zone, or else Manning would have had four.

Although Manning threw two more interceptions bringing his total to eight (he threw 14 all last year), he looked a lot more comfortable this week than previous.

Manning picked apart the Houston secondary with ease throughout the contest.

The Giants host Detroit Week 6.

Manning could once again put up top five numbers this week as the Lions’ front seven is much improved. There is no way the Lions’ secondary will be able to compete with Nicks, Steve Smith, and Mario Manningham.

Expect Manning to get comfortable early and throw often.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Alex Smith, SF: 25 for 39 (64.1 completion percentage), 309 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT, Fumble

Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF: 20 for 30 (66.7 completion percentage), 220 yards, 3 TD

Josh Freeman, TB: 20 for 33 (60.6 completion percentage), 280 yards, TD, INT

Shaun Hill, DET: 21 for 32 (65.6 completion percentage), 227 yards, 3 TD

Vince Young, TEN: 12 for 25 (48.0 completion percentage), 173 yards, 2 TD

Colt McCoy, CLE: Expected to start Week 6

Last Week’s Rising QBs in Week 5:

David Garrard, JAX: 16 for 20 (80.0 completion percentage), 178 yards, 3 TD, INT, Fumble

Kevin Kolb, PHI: 21 for 31 (67.7 completion percentage), 253 yards, TD, Fumble


Felix Jones, DAL

Felix Jones finally had the breakout game fantasy owners have been expecting for over a year now.

Against a stingy Titans defense, Jones rushed 15 times for 109 yards. He also caught four passes for 17 yards.

Jones looked explosive this week while Marion Barber was highly ineffective.

Jones displayed good power and vision, but excellent speed on the edge. He will face a similar defensive front Week 6 against Minnesota. Jones made his case to carry the rock more often, so expect the Cowboys to get him involved more starting this week in a must win game.

Michael Bush, OAK

One of the popular preseason sleeper picks, Bush finally got his chance to succeed with the first quarter’s breakout star Darren McFadden sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Hamstring injuries are tough to judge, so Bush could get the start once again against San Francisco Week 6, which isn’t a bad match up by any means.

In Week 5, Bush carried the ball 26 times for 104 yards and one touchdown. He also caught three passes for 31 yards.

If McFadden is out, expect Bush to carry the ball around 25 times again and top the century mark for the second straight game. I would also expect him to catch a few more passes regardless if it’s Bruce Gradkowski or Jason Campbell behind center.

The running back is the focal point of the Raiders’ offense, so expect Bush to be involved heavily. He would be a top Week 6 running back option.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Brandon Jackson, GB: 10 carries, 115 yards, 5 receptions, 25 yards

Willis McGahee, BAL: 10 carries, 67 yards, TD

Mike Hart, IND: 11 carries, 50 yards, TD, 1 reception, 5 yards

Shonn Greene, NYJ: 10 carries, 57 yards, TD

Last Week’s Rising RBs in Week 5:

Ryan Torain, WAS: 16 carries, 40 yards, 4 carries, 27 yards

LaDainian Tomlinson, NYJ: 20 carries, 94 yards, 5 receptions, 13 yards


Malcolm Floyd, SD:

Floyd finally had the Vincent Jackson-esque game everyone hoped they would see when they drafted him.

Floyd exploited the Raiders’ secondary. He caught eight passes for 213 yards and one touchdown.

Floyd now has two games this season with at least six passes. He has also caught a touchdown in three of the past four games.

Gates dominates attention from opposing defenses, allowing Floyd to get behind the defense.

Floyd has an excellent match up against the St. Louis Rams. It would be very surprising if Floyd does not score a touchdown Week 6.

Steve Johnson, BUF:

Who knew that all Steve Johnson needed in his third season was a strong dose of Ryan Fitzpatrick?

Johnson has been very good in the past three weeks, catching at least one touchdown in each game.

Week 5 was Johnson’s breakout game.

He caught a season high five passes for 46 yards and two touchdowns.

Johnson has already eclipsed his career total for touchdowns. With Lee Evans and C.J. Spiller commanding attention from opposing defenses, Johnson is left all by himself to roam the field.

As the Buffalo Bills continuously play from behind, expect Johnson to receive a lot of targets and turn himself into a very good flex option and potential WR3.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Brandon Lloyd, DEN: 5 receptions, 135 yards, 2 TD

Lee Evans, BUF: 5 receptions, 87 yards, TD

Kenny Britt, TEN: 4 receptions, 86 yards, TD

Danny Amendola, STL: 12 receptions, 95 yards, Fumble

Mike Williams, TB: 7 receptions, 99 yards, TD

Percy Harvin, MIN: 5 receptions, 97 yards, 2 TD

Deion Branch, NE: Traded from Seattle to New England October 11

Last Week’s Rising WRs in Week 5:

Terrell Owens, CIN: 7 receptions, 102 yards, TD

Santonio Holmes, NYJ: 3 receptions, 41 yards


Brandon Pettigrew, DET

Pettigrew has been fantastic in his sophomore season despite coming back from knee surgery last season.

Playing alongside Calvin Johnson allows Pettigrew to open over the middle of the field and the end zone and Pettigrew has done just that.

He is currently one of the better fantasy tight ends in the league.

He has 26 receptions for 275 yards and a touchdown.

Week 5 snapped a three game streak of at least six receptions. He caught four in Week 5, but did score his first touchdown of the season.

Matthew Stafford is expected back after the Week 7 bye, which will only benefit Pettigrew.

For those with tight ends on byes or suffering from injuries, Pettigrew has been a reliable option the past four weeks.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Chris Cooley, WAS: 7 receptions, 69 yards

Marcedes Lewis, JAX: 4 receptions, 52 yards, 2 TD

Jason Witten, DAL: 5 receptions, 84 yards, TD

Andrew Quarless, GB: 4 receptions, 51 yards

Kellen Winslow, TB: 6 receptions, 75 yards

Last Week’s Rising TE in Week 5:

Zach Miller, OAK: 6 receptions, 62 yards, TD



Carson Palmer, CIN

When Palmer first came in to the league, I believed he would eventually become the best pure passer in the league.

I was wrong.

Palmer has suffered several injuries and setbacks throughout his career.

At this point, he is a shell of his former self and does not look like he will ever meet his full potential.

When the Bengals signed Terrell Owens, I though Palmer would finally vault himself into a top fantasy QB this season.

Again, I was wrong.

Palmer has looked terrible this season. He is making poor decisions and does not have the same velocity or accuracy he once had.

I can only hope the bye week is just what Palmer needed to settle down and finish strong.

Although I predicted it would be a rather mediocre day for Palmer Week 5, I didn’t think he would make the poor decision making and throws he made, which concerns me going forward.

He had a fantastic fantasy day Week 4 against Cleveland, but fumbled twice.

Palmer was mediocre Week 5 though. He only threw 207 yards. He did throw two touchdowns, but had three costly interceptions. He has at least two turnovers in each of the past three games.

Cincinnati returns Week 7 against Atlanta, a better match up than against Tampa Bay. Hopefully Palmer can work out the kinks and develop better chemistry with his receivers.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Matt Cassel, KC: 16 for 29 (55.2 completion percentage), 156 yards

Matt Schaub, HOU: 16 for 34 (47.1 completion percentage), 196 yards, INT, Fumble

Peyton Manning, IND: 26 for 44 (59.1 completion percentage), 244 yards, INT

Sam Bradford, STL: 23 for 45 (51.1 completion percentage), 215 yards, 2 INT

Jimmy Clausen, CAR: 9 for 22 (40.9 completion percentage), 61 yards, INT

Mark Sanchez, NYJ: 21 for 44 (47.7 completion percentage), 191 yards

Aaron Rodgers, GB: Questionable Week 6 (concussion)

Last Week’s Falling QB in Week 5:

Jay Cutler, CHI: Did not play (concussion)


Jonathan Stewart, CAR

Plain and simple, Stewart owners need DeAngelo Williams to be traded this season.

Stewart has been one of the biggest disappointments as the Carolina offense has been abysmal to open the season.

Steve Smith is hurt.

Rookie Jimmy Clausen is starting at quarterback.

The offensive line has failed to generate any type of push for its star running backs.

In Week 5, Stewart received just eight carries as the team was down big. He only rushed for 30 yards. He caught just one pass for four yards.

Again, it would appear the only way Stewart could meet expectations is if DeAngelo is traded so that at least Stewart could get all of the carries.

Carolina has a bye week to try and get things together, but that is highly unlikely. They return Week 7 against San Francisco, which isn’t the most favorable match up due to the lack of receiving threats in Carolina.

Next year is when Stewart will finally break out.

Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells, ARZ

Easily one of the biggest disappointments to open the season.

Fantasy owners knew Wells suffered a knee injury in the preseason finale.

What they didn’t know was that Wells proceeded to have surgery on his knee and would miss the first two weeks of the season.

Wells has been rusty to open the season.

Against the New Orleans Saints, though, Wells finally got what he wanted. He received 20 carries and rushed for just 35 yards, an appalling 1.8 yard per carry average.

Luckily, Wells has a bye to get healthy and ready for Week 7. I would not expect one of my breakout running backs to play this poor. I actually expect him to excel the rest of the way and provide a major assistance to rookie quarterback Max Hall and Larry Fitzgerald.

Still, Wells is near rock bottom and needs to show me something before I put him back in my fantasy line up.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Cadillac Williams, TB: 11 carries, 33 yards

Arian Foster, HOU: 11 carries, 25 yards, 2 receptions, 2 yards

C.J. Spiller, BUF: 5 carries, 31 yards, 1 reception, 3 yards

Marion Barber, DAL: 6 carries, 19 yards

Thomas Jones, KC: 8 carries, 19 yards

Joseph Addai, IND: Questionable Week 6 (neck/shoulder)

Last Week’s Falling RBs in Week 5:

Ray Rice, BAL: 27 carries, 133 yards, TD, 4 receptions, 26 yards

Matt Forte, CHI: 22 carries, 166 yards, 2 TD, 2 receptions, 22 yards


Chad Ochocinco, CIN

I did not predict that Ochocinco and Carson Palmer would be this poor to open the season.

Ochocinco appeared to be on the fast track Week 1 against the New England Patriots. He had 12 receptions for 159 yards and one touchdown.

Since then, it has been the T.O. Show in Cincinnati while Ochocinco is still searching for his ‘ultimate catch.’

In the past four games, Ochocinco has 14 receptions for 157 yards and zero touchdowns.

The chemistry between Palmer and Ochocinco has shifted to Owens.

In the past two games, Owens has totaled 17 receptions for 324 yards and two touchdowns.

Defenses have shifted Chad’s way, leaving Owens to work one on one most of the year, something he has rarely seen in his career.

While Owens is thriving, Ochocinco has been, despite being healthy, a fantasy liability to open the season.

Owners have to hope the bye week will be just what Ochocinco needs to begin to meet fantasy expectations.

Greg Jennings, GB

I had Jennings penciled in as a top five fantasy receivers this season. I believed he would be the key target for my No. 1 fantasy QB, Aaron Rodgers.

Jennings has been squeaking bye but has yet to have a breakout game.

In Week 5, I thought he had a beatable match up against the Washington Redskins.

Instead, Jennings failed miserably. He caught two passes for 22 yards.

Jenning was squeaking bye this season as he has touchdowns in three of five games. However, he has only topped 80 yards one this season and has only caught five passes in one game. He has caught just two passes in each of the past three games.

News out of Green Bay is that Rodgers is questionable to play Week 6.

With Jermichael Finley out at least three weeks, Jennings will see even more defensive attention. He could be double teamed often, meaning his fantasy production could continue to disappoint.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Anquan Boldin, BAL: 1 reception, 8 yards

Johnny Knox, CHI: 1 receptions, 14 yards

Dez Bryant, DAL: 3 receptions, 22 yards

Dwayne Bowe, KC: 2 receptions, 33 yards

Lance Moore, NO: 1 reception, 8 yards

Mark Clayton, STL: Placed on Injured Reserve (knee)

Calvin Johnson, DET: Questionable Week 6 (shoulder)

Demaryius Thomas, DEN: Questionable Week 6 (head/neck)

Last Week’s Falling WRs in Week 5:

Marques Colston, NO: 7 receptions, 97 yards

Jeremy Maclin, PHI: 6 receptions, 95 yards

DeSean Jackson, PHI: 2 receptions, 24 yards, 1 carry, 8 yards


Jermichael Finley, GB

My third tight end entering the season is expected to miss at least three weeks after undergoing knee surgery.

Finley left Week 5 early and never returned with the knee injury. I wouldn’t expect Finley back until after the Packers’ Week 10 bye.

Jermichael Finley’s season stalls with 21 receptions, 301 yards, and one touchdown.

Finley was a monster late last season returning from injury. Owners need to hang on to this mammoth tight end although it is a huge loss to their fantasy team.

Donald Lee also suffered a shoulder injury Week 5 and is expected to miss at least two weeks.

Andrew Quarless was serviceable in their place Week 5 if looking for the next Green Bay tight end to pick up.

If available, Marcedes Lewis, Brandon Pettigrew, and Tony Moeaki are solid replacements.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Dallas Clark, IND: 3 receptions, 20 yards

Owen Daniels, HOU: 3 receptions, 45 yards

Visanthe Shiancoe, MIN: 2 receptions, 28 yards

Dustin Keller, NYJ: 2 receptions, 14 yards

Last Week’s Falling TE in Week 5:

John Carlson, SEA: BYE

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