Fantasy Football News, 2013 NFL Week 6 Notes, Observations, and Review
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: What We Learned From Week 6
October 16, 2013
What We Learned From Week 6
There is always help on the waiver wire.
Sometimes learning is not necessarily acquiring new information, but it's also reminding yourself of things you stopped thinking about. When it comes to fantasy football, there are always hidden gems on the waiver wire every week. That means no matter how bad your fantasy season is going, you need to remember there is always help available. The problem is that these waiver wire gems are extremely hard to locate. All treasure hunters know its much easier to find the jewels when you have a map. As of now, no one has published a waiver wire treasure map, and perhaps it is still hiding in someone's attic in the back of a very old painting.
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If you have read any of my Gutsy Gameday Starts articles, then you know I am also having a hard time finding these deep waiver wire sleepers. It would be much easier to give sleeper advice if a waiver wire treasure map existed, but even if such a map is never discovered, that doesn't mean these super sleepers can't be found. The NFL most assuredly leaves clues that lead to weekly waiver wire treasures. Fantasy footballers need to spend their energy on honing their detective skills instead of searching in their grandparents' attics for a long lost treasure map.
If you're still a bit skeptical about the true power of the waiver wire and its ability to save even the most depressing season, then take a look at the numbers from week 6. If you were playing against a team that started the following lineup, then you would surely feel as though there was no way you could lose. And yet, you would be wrong.
QB - Nick Foles - 296 passing yards, 4 total touchdowns
RB1 - Brandon Jacobs - 106 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
RB2 - Andre Ellington - 92 total yards, 1 touchdown
WR1 - Keenan Allen - 107 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
WR2 - Riley Cooper - 120 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
TE - Joseph Fauria - 3 catches for 34 yards and 3 touchdowns
Flex - Chris Ogbonnaya - 85 total yards, 1 touchdown
DEF - Titans - 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 touchdown
K - Shaun Suisham - 4/4 field goals, 1 extra point
Looking at this lineup some of these players are a complete surprise and others are not. Ellington, Allen, and the Titans defense have been improving all season, and should not be considered surprises for their good weeks.
There were clues that should have led us to the two Eagles big day. Foles was a hyped offseason sleeper who finally got the start and he is a more accurate passer than Vick. Not only was Foles' performance not too surprising, but it also translated directly to Cooper's big day. The Eagles played against one on the NFL's best cornerbacks, Darrelle Revis, and Foles is more of a pocket passer than an improv guy like Vick. These two things add up to the Eagles #2 WR, Cooper, having a solid day because Revis will cover the Eagles top WR, Jackson, and Foles will throw to route runners from the pocket instead of scrambling and throwing on the run.
Brandon Jacobs and Ogbonnaya should not really be considered surprises as well because there were also clues leading to their big days. Jacobs was the featured back for the Giants who have a struggling quarterback, and so it should not be a surprise he got 20 carries in the game. The gamble came from believing Jacobs would play well despite the fact he was unemployed a few weeks ago. Ogbonnaya should not be a big surprise if you believed the Lions could put up points against the Browns. If the Browns have to pass, Ogbonnaya will have a good game, and if the Browns are in control and need to run, then McGahee will have a good game.
So really the only player's performance that could be considered a complete shock was the Lions tight end, Joseph Fauria (kickers are always a bit unpredictable and don't really count anyway). Fauria only had 4 receptions on the season and none in the last two games before he caught three balls for three touchdowns Sunday against the Browns. And Fauria's three touchdowns were the first touchdowns the Browns had given up to tight ends this season. Fantasy owners that found a trail leading to Fauria's performance should share their secrets with the entire Fantasy Football World because this game must be too easy for them.
When the 2013 Week 6 All-Waiver Wire team is broken down, we can see that indeed there were clues to the emergence of all most all these waiver wire gems. Hindsight is always 20/20 and in order to improve, fantasy owners must remember to look back and see what clues they missed each week on their search for waiver wire treasure. It's not easy being a great treasure hunter and it's not easy being a great detective, but fantasy owners must muster up a combination of these skills to conquer their leagues and achieve the desired goal of championship glory.
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