The NFL kicks off each week with a Thursday night game, giving fantasy football players a chance to grab an early lead over their opponents days before Sunday's games even begin. Week Six began with a Thursday matchup featuring the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers, teams that include several impact fantasy players.
Below are a few fantasy football notes from the Week Six Thursday night game.
Roethlisberger threw for 363 yards and a touchdown in the 26-23 Steelers loss. Pittsburgh moved the ball but had a tough time getting it into the endzone. Roethlisberger now has 10 touchdowns and only two interceptions and has been a solid fantasy play for those who drafted quarterback late this year.
After last week, when Wallace manged just 17 yards on two catches, his owners were excited to see him grab an 82-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against Tennessee. Unfortunately, he caught only one other pass and finished with 94 yards. This was not the huge performance it could have been, but it also was not another letdown.
Miller was generally ignored in fantasy drafts this year, but he has received consistent targets from Roethlisberger lately. In Week Six he caught six passes for a season-high 67 yards. He now has 25 catches, 237 yards and four scores through five games and is a great fantasy play moving forward.
Redman did not play the entire game due to an ankle injury, and he did not have a great game on the ground. However, he did lead the Steelers with 105 yards on four catches. It was his career high in receptions and receiving yards.
With Redman and Rashard Mendenhall banged up, it was Batch who scored the Steelers' rushing touchdown. He led the team with 22 yards on 10 carries, but both Mendenhall and Redman should be fine for next week.
Hasselbeck led the Titans to their first win in three weeks, passing for 290 yards and a touchdown. As long as he is the team's starter, he is a decent play and will consistently finish games with 200+ passing yards and a touchdown or two.
Johnson had 91 rushing yards, marking only his second game this year with at least 25 yards. He also caught four passes for another 23 yards. Unfortunately for Johnson owners, Jamie Harper had the team's only rushing score.
Britt scored his first touchdown since September of last year and totaled four receptions for 62 yards. He is available in more than 30% of leagues, and owners looking for help at wide receiver may want to give Britt a shot. He finished 2010 with nine touchdowns in only 12 games.
Wright led the team with a career-high 71 receiving yards on six catches. He did not score a touchdown, but he dropped a potential score and was also held on a play near the endzone, drawing an interference call. Wright is a great play at a second receiver spot, especially while Hasselbeck is playing quarterback.
Mike Patton is a co-host on the Deep Sleeper Fantasy Football Podcast. He has been a fantasy enthusiast since 1997 and has won championships in baseball, football, basketball, hockey and pick 'em leagues.
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