As you gear up for this weekend’s upcoming games by realigning your fantasy rosters to optimize matchups, let’s take a quick look back at last week’s studs. (Note: Points listed are directly from the First and Goal Fantasy League and may not represent point totals in your individual leagues)
*Fantasy Stud of the Week*
QB: Tom Brady, New England Patriots — In the latest showing of sheer skill (and lack of competitive class?), Brady completed 29 of 34 passes for a whopping 380 yards and 6 touchdowns, 5 of which came in one quarter. Brady led the Patriots to a 59-0 thrashing of the Titans, the largest margin of victory since the AFL/NFL merger. With 43 fantasy points, it is no doubt that he also led many fantasy teams to victory in Week 6 as well. Another impressive margin, Brady scored 10 more points than the next top fantasy performer, earning him Fantasy Stud of the Week honors.
RB: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars — In an exhibit of “the squeaky hinge gets the oil,” MJD carried the ball 33 times for 133 yards and 3 touchdowns just one week after criticizing the Jaguars’ play calling for not running enough. MJD also added 45 receiving yards to boot. Despite his 1 lost fumble, Jones-Drew still scored 33 fantasy points, tops amongst running backs in Week 6. Anyone else starting to think 3 is MJD’s lucky number?
WR: Randy Moss, New England Patriots — After several weeks of mediocracy, Moss once again flexed his fantasy muscle last week by reeling in 8 receptions for 129 yards and 3 touchdowns. A clear beneficiary of Tom Brady’s career passing performance, Moss scored 30 fantasy points, taking several long strides in reclaiming his elite receiver status.
TE: Zach Miller, Oakland Raiders — Generally the product of an awful supporting cast, Miller managed 6 receptions for 139 yards and 1 touchdown in a shocking win of over the Eagles. If JaMarcus Russell is finally turning a corner and continues to improve as he has over the past two weeks, Miller could be a big benefactor and may duplicate his 19-point fantasy outing in Week 6.
K: Ryan Longwell, Minnesota Vikings — Consistently a top ten kicker, Longwell finally broke through as the #1 kicker in Week 6 when he booted 4 field goals, one of which was from 40+ yards out. Adding 3 PATs, Longwell notched 16 fantasy points in a win over the Ravens.
D/ST: Green Bay Packers — Facing the Detroit Lions, always a favorable proposition, the Packers were the league’s top defense in Week 6. Pitching a shut out while racking up 5 sacks and 3 interceptions, the squad put up 21 fantasy points, further proof that sometimes a good defense can be your best offense.
ROOKIE: Sammy Stroughter, Tamba Bay Buccaneers — Although Hakeem Nicks may have scored more points in his true position, Stroughter had the most fantasy points amongst rookies in Week 6 with a solid 19. He only tallied 65 receiving yards, but what set him apart was ripping off 142 return yards along with a touchdown. Stroughter is only owned in 1% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues, so he could be a sleeper acquisition worth checking out in the coming weeks.
Check back next week for another edition of Fantasy Focus as we recognize the week’s best fantasy performers. Best of luck to you in your respective fantasy football leagues!
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