by ANDREW HORN
Six straight wins is a great way to start your 2015 Fantasy football season. Anyone who has a record of 4-2 or better is in a comfortable position. All the people 3-3 and below should definitely be reading my weekly winners and losers. Whether you want to or not, all borderline records need to make some big moves, which means taking big risks in order to save their season. Here are the Week 6 winners and losers.
Winner- Matthew Stafford (DET)- 54 points
When you bench a star player, normally they respond with a great game the following week. Well great doesn’t begin to describe what Stafford did to the Bears “Defense.” Stafford eclipsed the 300 and 400 yard mark for the first time this season. He also threw for four touchdowns and only one interception. Stafford led the Lions to their first win of the season. While the playoffs are out of the picture, an 8-8 year is certainly reasonable. Don’t get me wrong, Stafford is still a feast or famine fantasy option, but Sunday proved that the feasting bordered on gluttony. He is still available in more than 20 percent of Fox Sports leagues and might be available in your league. Pick him up as a backup if you can. Minnesota is a tricky play because their secondary is so talented, but not every offense has a Megatron to throw to.
Loser- Mike Vick (PIT)- 5 points
A third chapter in the Mike Vick career will not be written. Vick was injured on Sunday in the surprise win over Arizona; however, he was not the reason they won. Third-string quarterback Landry Jones came in and threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Jones scored more points than Vick did in any single game this season. Jones also did it against the Cardinals defense, thanks to the return of Martavis Bryant. Vick doesn’t have an excuse for his por play other than he is an aged quarterback who can throw like he used to. Drop Vick and pick Jones until Big Ben comes back. It will take a miracle for Vick to get another shot for a final flame.
Winner- Devonta Freeman (ATL)- 30.6 points
Just another Devonta Freeman week. Start him against Tennessee. See if you can draft him for fantasy hockey or basketball leagues because he will probably be the top socrer there. Give him a key to the city and pray this ridiculous run never comes to an end.
Loser- Darren Sproles (PHI)- 2 points
Barring a return touchdown, which is always possible with someone as explosive as Sproles, he will not be a factor in the backfield for the foreseeable future. Murray and Matthews are both getting on track and Sproles, after a dynamic Week 3 performance, is now looking for any scant opportunities that come his way. If there is an injury in Philadelphia, Sproles would certainly be a nice thought to entertain. For now, let him entertain the free agency pool.
Winners- Martavis Bryant (PIT- 30.5 points) and DeAndre Hopkins (HOU- 28.8 points)
Both Bryant and Hopkins are former teammates at Clemson, where they terrorized ACC defenses. On separate teams, they are doing it once more. Bryant’s two touchdown game comes after a four-game suspension and missing Week 5 with a knee injury. He is back into form and adds another tremendously dangerous weapon to the Steelers arsenal. With a healthy Bell, Brown and Ben, the Steelers can be one of the most prolific fantasy teams as a whole on offense. Add Bryant and Bey (Heyward-Bey to be specific) and there is no stopping the Steelers, only limiting.
DeAndre Hopkins, in his third year, is progressing about the same pace Andre Johnson did when he started his career. Andre Johnson had 2,806 receiving yards in his first three seasons. Hopkins might pass that mark before third-year bye week. Hopkins is truly one of the most dangerous receivers in the game today. If he can stay healthy and have decent quarterback play, Hopkins will rise above the Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald realm and enter the Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Jerry Rice realm. The latter set all have beautiful bronze busts in Canton.
Loser- Antonio Brown (PIT)- 2.8 points
This is a disturbing trend for Brown’s owners. Brown has not scored a touchdown since Roethlisberger went down with a knee injury. Brown has not eclipsed 100 yards since Week 3 against the Rams and his point totals have fallen every week since Week 2. When your number one quarterback goes down, teams can tee-off on the number one receiver because offensive coordinators will call a more conservative game, making the offense more one dimensional. Brown will rebound when Big Ben comes back, but it might be wise to sit him if you have a receiver heating up on your bench.
Winner- Greg Olsen (CAR)- 20.1 points
Catching the game-winning touchdown against the Seahawks en route to a 131 yard receiving day is a pretty good week. Olsen has long been an established tight end in the league and helped keep the Panthers perfect on the season. He is certainly worth a start every week unless you own Gronkowski.
Looking at the point breakdown, this is about what you should expect from tight ends. Some will fluctuate between decent and really good, but there were no obvious glitches in the lineup this week. Look for good matchups and play it close to the vest with tight ends.
Denver- 32.9 points
The Broncos are channeling their inner 2000 Ravens because the defense is the sole reason this team is 6-0. Manning has been mediocre this season and with no help from the running game, it is up to DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller to lead the defense and the team to victory. A bye week for the veterans will help before a Week 8 matchup with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
Miami- 31.1 points
Apparently this defense only needed a new head coach to get them going again. A dominant win against Tennessee put Miami back on track at 2-3. Playoffs are certainly not out of the question, but they need four or five more wins in a row in order to really set themselves up for a postseason run. Week 7 Houston is another tricky matchup. Look for the special teams to be the difference between dud and stud.
Cleveland- 27.9 points
Teams are now looking to exploit the Broncos weaknesses on offense for huge returns in the fantasy game. The Browns are always a good defense, it is just unfortunate they are paired with an average offense. Week 7 against the Rams will not be a great matchup, but on the Browns can certainly profit from.