In a week full of 80-plus-yard TD plays and nasty hits on pass catchers that likely resulted in some serious concussions (and saw guys like DeSean Jackson get knocked out in the first quarter), quite a bit actually still fell into place like I thought it would. Let's see where I went right and where I steered owners wrong in Week 6.
We Were Right About
Joe Flacco, Ravens QB - Not only was Joe Flacco just flat out due for a good game, but he had a great matchup against New England. And fantasy owners got an extra treat when this thing went into overtime. The third year signal caller threw for 285 yards, two scores, and for you owners who get penalized for interceptions, no picks.
Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason, Ravens WRs - I told owners that Mason and Boldin would have great games against a suspect Pats secondary. The veterans racked up eight catches for 100 yards, and four balls for 63 yards and a score, respectively. Boldin is the better option moving forward.
Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants RBs - Just like I thought, the Giants backfield tandem made the Lions makeshift defense look pretty silly, as Jacobs rushed nine times for 35 yards and two TDs, and Bradshaw carried 19 times for 133 yards and caught two passes for 10 yards.
Brandon Pettigrew, Lions TE - Talk about bouncing back from a torn ACL, the first rounder from a year ago has 32 catches in his last five games, including seven for 61 yards against the Giants. I recommended that PPR owners start him, and he should be in lineups moving forward, especially with Matthew Stafford likely to return next week.
Jeremy Maclin, Eagles WR - I called Maclin “a better play than DeSean Jackson” and a “must-start” — and while Jackson certainly got off to a better start, Maclin finished strong with seven catches for 159 yards and two scores. He’s an explosive weapon who will remain extremely productive regardless of whether or not he is in DeSean Jackson’s shadow, and regardless of who is tossing him the rock. His owners should be very pleased, and I must add that I jocked him all offseason and ranked him much higher heading into the season than any other website. I also spoke often about how his ADP was way too low. Point being, it looking like I was correct on his long-term outlook as well.
Thomas Jones, Chiefs RB - While some owners bailed on him after a bad game against Indy in Week 5, I told owners he’d make a nice start at Houston. The Chiefs’ ground game looks stellar, and Jones is getting close to 20 touches per contest. He finished Week 6 with 19 carries for 100 yards and a score.
Robert Meachem and Lance Moore, Saints WRs - It’s not very often when both Meachem and Moore make for good plays. It’s usually one or the other. I told owners that they would both make solid WR3s/flexes this week, and they answered, each getting into the end zone and recording more than 50 yards receiving a piece.
Greg Jennings, Packers WR - I was pretty darn straight forward about my prediction for the struggling Jennings. I said, if Aaron Rodgers plays, then play him. Sure enough, Rodgers hooked up with Jennings for an 80-plus yard TD in the first quarter, and Jennings finished with six catches for 133 yards against a solid Miami defense. I think it’s safe to say he’s back.
Deon Butler, Seahawks WR - With Deion Branch in New England, I said Butler would be a solid play at Chicago, and he hauled in four balls for 47 yards and a score. Consider both he and Mike Williams, who caught 10 balls for 123 yards, nice sleepers moving forward, as well as long-term prospects.
We Were Wrong About
Peyton Hillis, Browns RB - Basically, I advised owners to forget all about the fact that Hillis even existed this week. Visiting Pittsburgh, with Colt McCoy making his first NFL start, and dealing with an injury, this seemed like the perfect week to bench him. Except for the fact that he’s a monster and despite all of the aforementioned negatives, still recorded 90 total yards and six receptions.
Michael Turner, Falcons RB - Come on Burner, seriously. What a disappointment. A lot of his 15-carry, 45-yard performance had to do with the flow/situation of the game, but still, three yards per carry just doesn’t cut it.
Hakeem Nicks, Giants WR - He was impossible to keep on the bench, and nobody really saw this coming, especially against a horrible Lions secondary. Quite simply, they didn’t need him today, and the ball went elsewhere. Don’t expect many three-catch, eight-yard performances from “The Dream” again.