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Week 6 – On the Rise, On the Fall

A few things fluctuating in the
NFL stock market …

 

UP – Ray Rice, RB, Ravens –

This guy has turned into a stud.
The Ravens have chosen to use the younger and fresher back as the focal point
of their offense. Rice continues to be a threat in the receiving game and it
has been where he has done his most damage.

UP – Ben
Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers –

Another late-round pick that has
emerged as a top player at his position. Ben is on pace to have his best
statistical season by far mainly due to the Steelers commitment to the pass
this season.

UP – Sidney Rice, WR,
Vikings

Sidney has been given a chance to flourish in

Minnesota now that they
have a quarterback who can throw the ball. In his last four games, Rice has 363
yards with two TDs.

 

DOWN – Pierre Thomas, RB,
Saints

– Bad news
for Thomas owners is that Mike 

Bell
got some key carries at the goal line on Sunday.

Pierre
will still be a worthy back that can put up numbers in that offense, but Bell will be stealing some yards and touchdowns when both are healthy.

DOWN – Steve Smith, WR, Panthers

– As
soon as you think this guy could be back, he puts up a performance like
Sunday’s. It’s not all his fault, though, as Jake Delhomme continues to
disappoint.

DOWN –

Tampa

Bay
Buccaneers

– I don’t
see a win on that schedule the rest of the way, but I didn’t see

Oakland knocking off the
Eagles today either.

DOWN – Mark Sanchez, QB,
Jets

– Five for
the Sanchize. After the Jets started 3-0,

New York was ready to crown Sanchez King of
N.Y. Since that Week 3 win over the Titans at home, the Jets have dropped three
straight. While the rookie must go through growing pains, his five picks in the
Jets loss to the Bills at home will sting for a while.

Points, points, points

Big
numbers were put up all across the board on Sunday. Thirteen teams put up at least 20
or more points entering the Sunday night game. Seven quarterbacks threw for over
300 yards, as well. There were a lot of big individual performances, which led
to the highest fantasy point totals of the year.

 

Winless teams

 

The Rams,
Buccaneers and Titans all fell to 0-6 on Sunday. The Rams face the Lions on November
1. They also will square off with the Titans in Week 14.

Tennessee heads into the
bye too familiar with zeroes. They are 0-6 and were just shut out by the
Patriots 59-0. As stated above, I am struggling to find a win for

Tampa on that schedule.

Outscored in

Oakland

 

Not only
were the Eagles outscored by the Raiders in a 13-9 loss in

Oakland on Sunday afternoon, they were also
outscored by their baseball counterpart, the Philadelphia Phillies. As if
losing to the Raiders isn’t pathetic enough …

Looking ahead

 

After
watching Drew Brees dismantle the Giants and Tom Brady torching the Titans, it had
me looking ahead at the schedule. Mark your calendars: Week 12, November 30,
Patriots @ Saints on Monday Night Football.

Monday Night Football

Broncos @
Chargers –

San Diego
needs this game if they want to compete for the AFC West title.

Denver is coming off two
big home wins as an underdog, but the Chargers had two weeks to prepare for
this one.

Player to
keep on eye on: LaDainian Tomlinson – While we know the Tomlinson we saw a few
years ago is gone, will he produce at all this season?

E-mail me
with questions/comments: pags2122@yahoo.com

 

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