Welcome to Week 6 of the Brew Crew Corner. It was a very tough week for the Brew Crew and I’m not referring to the team in Milwaukee. I’m talking about my squads in Week 5. I have been playing well until that week and then the unexplained happened, players that have been duds all season suddenly exploded for season highs. These players just happened to be on the other team I was facing. Guys like Curtis Painter, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Jason Avant and Hines Ward all had great games this weekend. It’s a situation that happens to all of us at some point during season. The matchup seems simple, you have players such as Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson and Fred Jackson while the guy your match-up against has players that are injured or off on a bye week. Maybe he doesn’t have a kicker or defense to start. You’re thinking, this should be a no brainer. You are 4-1 facing a team that is 2-3 and feel you should come out on top when all of a sudden the Jason Hill‘s of the world puts up 118 and a touchdown on you. It is a part of fantasy football that defies logic. What can you do but shake your head and get ready for the next week.
Teams that are off on week 6 are the Arizona cardinals, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans.
The Golden Mug Award
Awarded to the fantasy player who came through for their team.
Fred Jackson– 26 carries for 111 yards, 1 touchdown and 6 receptions for 85 yards. Jackson moved up to 4th among running backs overall with his week 4 performance against the Eagles. This week he faces a Giants team that allowed Marshawn Lynch to have a good game.
Adrian Peterson– 29 carries for 122 yards and 3 touchdowns. When you feed Peterson the ball, good things happen. He topped his week 2 performance bye one touchdown.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis– 27 carries for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns. After his week 3 performance against the Bills, Owners were ready to write him off for the season. He came back to score in week 4 and then racked it up last week. Don’t expect many 100+ yard games but he’s got 5 touchdowns through 5 weeks and could be in for a touchdown every week.
The Urinal Cake Award
Awarded to the fantasy player who you would like to, well you know.
Michael Bush– 4 carries for 9 yards. Bush has taken a major back seat to Darren McFadden and has managed just 22 rushing yards per game. He has scored 3 touchdowns so he could still help during the bye weeks but it will take an injury before he can be a viable starter.
Dallas Clark– 1 reception for 7 yards. Clark is quickly becoming a fantasy bust this season. He had 3 drops in the game and has just 1 touchdown on the season.
Eric Decker– 2 receptions for -4 yards. Decker has been productive this year. After scoring twice last week he was held to -4 yards. Be cautious next week when the Broncos return from the bye as you have to see how the offense functions under Tim Tebow and who he throws to.
Good quarterback match-ups this week:
Drew Brees against the Bucs. With the focus on the Packers and Lions on the NFC, the Saints are 4-1 and Brees is playing well. He is currently the 4th best fantasy quarterback averaging 24.2 points a game. He faces a Bucs team that was shredded by Alex Smith and the 49ers. Tampa Bay’s defense looked poor and is allowing 254.6 passing yards per game with 9 touchdowns allowed.
Tony Romo against the Patriots. To say that Romo needs to come up big in this game is an understatement. The team can’t afford another collapse. Despite holding Mark Sanchez to 166 passing yards the Patriots are still averaging a league worst 326.6 passing yards per game with 9 touchdowns allowed. This game should be a shoot out.
Sleeper Pick of the Week: Colt McCoy– McCoy is coming off a bye week after posting 350 passing yards against the Titans in week 4. He has had two weeks to prepare for the Raiders who have had an emotional week. The Raiders pass defense is allowing 299.6 passing yards per game (29th) with 10 touchdowns given up.
Good running back match-ups this week:
Ryan Torain against the Eagles. The Redskins have an opportunity to put themselves in a good position in the division and place the Eagles in a 1-5 hole. The Eagles defense has struggled so far this season and are allowing 140.2 yards per game (30th) with 5 touchdowns allowed. The Eagles front line is not stopping anyone so expect Torain and even Tim Hightower to do some damage.
Adrian Peterson against the Bears. The Bears were ran over by Javhid Best and now have to face Peterson who is coming off a big game. As long as the Vikings feed him the ball, Peterson could be in for another big day. The Bears defense could be without Julius Pepper and also bench their two safeties which play the run better. The Bears are giving up 135.6 rushing yards per game (28th) but have only given up 3 touchdowns.
Sleeper Pick of the Week: Cedric Benson– Benson is still waiting on the ruling of his suspension appeal and he’s off next week on a bye so this would be best week play Benson and his matchup is pretty good. He’ll go up against the Colts who are giving up 145.2 yards per game (31st) and have allowed 6 rushing touchdowns.
Bad quarterback match-ups this week:
Curtis Painter against the Bengals. Painter has had two solid weeks starting even though the team is 0-5. The team will continue to have to throw but this is a week that Painter will struggle. The Bengals are playing good pass defense and are holding teams to 191.0 passing yards per game (3rd) with 5 touchdowns allowed.
Matt Schaub against the Ravens. Its funny how Derek Mason was traded to the Texans and faces the Ravens again. The trade won’t help the passing game. The Texas will really miss Andre Johnson this week. The Ravens are coming off a bye week and have the 8th rank passing defense allowing 212.0 passing yards per game and has held teams to just 3 touchdowns passing.
Alex Smith against the Lions. Smith threw 3 touchdowns last week but still only had 170 yards passing. I would like to see how he performs against a tough defense before counting on him as a starter. The Lions are on a roll and playing well on defense allowing 224.4 yards passing per game (12th) with 6 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
Bad running back match-ups this week:
Steven Jackson against the Packers. Jackson has not had a great season because of injury and coming off a bye he will face a tough Packers team that are looking to go 6-0. The Packers will jump out ahead early forcing the Rams to abandon the run. The Packers run defense has been holding teams to 75.8 rushing yards per game and only 2 touchdowns.
Jahvid Best against the 49ers. Best ran well last week as he rushed for 163 yards and a touchdown. 88 of the 163 came on a big play. Best will have a tougher time rushing this week against the 49ers who are allowing just 76.0 yards per game (4th) and has yet to give up a touchdown. I expect the Lions to put up numbers through the air.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis against the Cowboys. Green-Ellis had a big week against the Jets but is in danger of missing this game. Whoever runs the ball for the Patriots will find it tough against the Cowboys that lead the league in run defense allowing a league low 61.8 yards per game and has given up just 1 touchdown.
Week 6: If the guy your playing this weeks is starting Matt Moore as his quarterback and has 3 players off on a bye, don’t take the match-up lightly as you never know how a game will end.
Good luck to everyone in Week 6. Follow @BrewCrewCorner