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Who to Pick-up: NFL Fantasy Football Week 6
- Updated: October 11, 2012
Another week of football in the books. Its time to see who you should pick-up in week 6 for your Fantasy Football Team.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT – Mendenhall is back and played well. When watching the game, it was clear Mendenhall was the best ball carrier for the Steelers, despite not being 100% yet. He ended the day with 81 rushing yards and a TD on just 14 carries. He also had 2 receptions for 20 yards. Mendenhall is owned in 77% of fantasy leagues, so there are over 20% of you playing in leagues where you can pick Mendenhall up off your waiver wire.
Alex Green, RB, GB – Starting RB Cedric Benson left Sunday’s game early in the 2nd quarter with a foot injury. He did not return. In his absence, Green ran well pilling up 55 rushing yards on 9 carries. If Benson were to miss time, Green’s fantasy value would shoot up. Green is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Joique Bell, RB, DET – Bell made the list last week, but with the Lions having a BYE, we thought we would keep him on one more week. Bell led the Lions in receiving with 6 receptions for 72 yards in their game before the BYE week. He was targeted 8 times and has the perfect size and build for a NFL RB (5’11″ / 220 lbs). With all the injuries in the Detroit backfield, Bell has a shot to emerge and has proven to be a receiving threat thus far in the season. Bell is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Brandon Bolden, RB, NE – Bolden is another RB that makes the list for the second week in a row. For those sitting on the sidelines seeing how he would fair, he has a solid outing with 14 attempts for 54 yards. That brings his two week total to nearly 200 yards. Another important aspect to consider is that Ridley has fumbled in two games, so the door of opportunity is opening a little wider than it should otherwise for Bolden despite Ridley’s otherwise strong play. Bolden is owned in 19% of fantasy leagues.
Michael Crabtree, WR, SF – Crabtree nearly doubled his season receiving total on Sunday pulling in 6 catches for 113 yards and a TD. The Bills made Alex Smith look like Joe Montana and Crabtree look like Jerry Rice. There are some favorable passing match-ups on tap, so be sure to grab Crabtree is available on your waivers. Crabtree is owned in 84% of fantasy leagues.
Robert Meachem, WR, SD – Nothing like facing your old team to breathe a little life into you. Meachem finally posted a nice showing pulling in 3 catches for 67 yards and 2 TDs. The Bolts showed Meachem the money in the off-season, and a little positive momentum could go a long way with his QB. Meachem is owned in 71% of fantasy leagues.
James Jones, WR, GB – Jones is on fire with 4 TDs over his last 2 games. The 6’1″ / 208 lb veteran is starting to fill shoes needed on a banged up receiving corps, and Rodgers has actively gotten Jones involved in the passing attack since week 1. With Greg Jennings hampered, Jones’ role could grow as the season progresses. Jones is owned in 31% of fantasy leagues.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE – Gordon went two for two on Sunday, pulling in two catches for two touchdowns on 8 targets. As with most rookie WRs, Gordon has been inconsistent, but he showed on Sunday he can be explosive. And you never know when a little QB-WR chemistry has begun to take root. Gordon is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Domenik Hixon, WR, NYG – Hixon is going to knock your socks off, but he brings a serviceable option to the table for those in deeper leagues. He has averaged nearly 10 targets a game over his last two outings. Granted, those targets have come at the benefit of Hakeem Nicks watching from the sidelines, but Hixon is a veteran that has proven to be a reliable option for Manning. Hixon is owned in 10% of fantasy leagues.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN – Rudolph has proven to be Ponder’s favorite target in the redzone, and he nailed yet another TD on Sunday bringing his season total to 4 TDs. Outside of a goose egg against the Lions, Rudolph has been a sneaky play for his owners playing in deeper leagues. Rudolph is owned in 34% of fantasy leagues.
Minnesota Vikings Defense – The Vikings are starting to believe they can do it, and the defense is starting to ramp up. After stuffing the 49ers in week 3, this defense has been rolling ever since. The Vikings are owned in just 23% of fantasy leagues.
Miami Dolphins Defense – While not as eye popping as the Vikings, the Dolphins have been very consistent and playing well. They had another nice showing on Sunday stuffing the Bengals for less than 300 total yards allowed, 2 INTs, a fumble recover, and 3 sacks. Note in the prior week they held the Red Birds to less than 300 total yards allowed, 2 INTs, and 8 sacks. They’s turned up the heat on the blitz, and they are rewarding fantasy teams that have been starting them. The Dolphins are owned in less than 2% of fantasy leagues.