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Oh the six pack, quite possibly one of man’s greatest inventions. It’s gotta be up there with the discovery of fire and the miracle of flight. Just be careful when mixing the three together, especially when travelling overseas. Take my word for it.
One of the saddest things though has got to be when you grab the last brew out of a six pack. Like the last bite of a nice filet. It was great while it lasted, you enjoyed every bit of it, but now there’s just one left. Maybe that’s what ticked me off about the “Holiday Five Pack” commercials by Heineken a few years ago. Clever, no doubt. And I could easily see myself pulling the stunt. But if anyone ever tried it on me, I might have to disconnect their brake lines. It’s almost like, “Hey, I was digging through the old man’s attic and found a box with all of his old vinyls. Here’s a copy of The Wall. I know how much you love Pink Floyd. It was still in perfect condition when I found it, but I decided to put a scratch through it with my car keys just for fun. Anyways, enjoy.” Too far? If you say so.
Here we are, cracking open the sixth week of the season. The first five were awesome, but definitely disappeared too quickly. Gotta savor this one. But thank goodness it’s not the last one!
Onto the good, the bad and everything in-between.
Week 6 BUYS:
Matt Ryan takes the lead for fantasy football’s MVP. Right now Matty Ice (yeah, we all know how you really earned that nickname) only trails Drew Brees for the title by eight points in standard scoring formats. Brees gets the week off after breaking Johnny Unitas’ touchdown streak. What does Ryan get? A dream matchup versus the Raiders’ leaky secondary. Drew, you’re going to have some catching up to do when you get back.
Trent Richardson stands a good chance to keep his touchdown streak going, proving that he is far from an ordinary talent. There are always owners that reach for rookies every year, hoping to find the latest and greatest. Of course there are always owners that do the opposite, refusing to draft a rookie no matter what. A lot of the time, rookies fail to live up to the hype (see: Justin Blackmon), but Richardson has proved the doubters wrong. This week Richardson gets a rematch against the Bengals, the team he had his best game against so far in his young career, at home. Reservations, Mr. Richardson, for six?
A.J. Green’s matchup isn’t as easy at it appears on paper. The Browns are the second worst team so far when it comes to defending the wide out position, but this week they get their best corner back as Joe Haden comes off suspension. Green is the number one receiver in all of fantasy though, so you don’t bench him, you trust that he will still get his. While Haden is shaking off his rust, Green will be shaking off his coverage.
Matchups I like this week:
Week 6 HOLDS:
Time to sell on Cam Newton? He’s on a bye this week, so obviously you weren’t planning on using him this week to begin with. But do you want to use him in Weeks 7 and 8, versus the Bears and the Cowboys, both ranked in the top 10 versus quarterbacks? That’s three weeks in the heart of the season, where he might be more of a liability than an asset. The problem is, you either spent an early pick on him in the draft or spent a horde of players in a trade hoping for a repeat of last year. Can you get that kind of value back? Doubtful, unless you can find an owner whose heart still yearns for his 2011 mancrush.
Stevan Ridley is putting together an impressive season. He’s currently tied for third with Ray Rice at the running back position, trailing only Arian Foster and Jamaal Charles. Yeah, you saw that coming. In New England? Shhh… you’re embarrassing yourself. The problem clearly isn’t his ability… or his dance moves (nice cabbage patch Stevan). The problem is his grip. His inability to hold onto the ball landed Ridley in Belichick’s doghouse last year and kept him off the field. Now he’s showing the same tendency to cough it up. If this keeps up, he could also lose his grip on the starting job. Heading out to Seattle this week to face a tough Seahawks defense, this is definitely a situation to keep an eye on.
Tough Matchups for Studs this week:
Week 6 SELLS:
It’s been an ugly season for Tony Romo. His only good game of the season was his first one against the New York Giants. The three following weeks he posted: 14 points, five points, then eight points. Fresh off a bye, the Cowboys get to travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. Not sure which will be longer for Tony, Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium or the flight back to Dallas? Stewardess, what’s the in-flight movie? The English Patient. Awesome.
Bradshaw went buck wild last week against Cleveland. 30 carries for 200 yards and a touchdown, plus another 29 yards receiving. That is filling up the stat sheet! This week against the 49ers though, I’m guessing he leaves plenty of room on the sheet and more than a few yards on the field.
Jordy Nelson’s slump continues. Last season Jordy had no problems finding wide open spaces. This year everywhere he goes, all he sees are “occupied” signs. Is it because Greg Jennings isn’t around to take away coverage? Aaron Rodgers blames himself for Green Bay’s offensive woes. Or could it be that teams have had more time and tape to prepare for Jordy? Whatever it is, I don’t see him breaking out of his slump this week against the Texans, the number three defense against receivers.
Matchups to Avoid this week:
Until the next go-round.
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