Entering Week 6, Michael Crabtree had totaled just 22 targets this season through four games. Exiting Week 6, he has 37. Crabtree was consistently in the crosshairs on Sunday afternoon, drawing 15 looks, hauling in nine passes for 77 yards. That's the fifth double-digit target game of his career and his first of the season. Prior to the win at Detroit, the Niners' offense had been leaning heavily on the backs and tight ends, with the wideouts merely a distraction. We can't assume the Niners will attack every defense as they attacked the Lions — and more importantly, we need to remember that Crabs is still tied to Alex Smith — but it's nice to see the increase in opportunities here, if you happen to have invested in Crabtree. He's only 42 percent-owned in Yahoo! leagues, so he's a waiver option for many of you. Claim as needed, but note that he's on a bye in Week 7.
If you didn't actually watch the Monday night game between the Dolphins and Jets ... well, first of all, that was an excellent decision. Well done. It's not like you missed a clinic. Also, you might be under the impression that Brandon Marshall had a decent game. It was a nice enough fantasy performance, I'll grant you (6-109-0), but Marshall whiffed on a sure-TD in the first half, allowing a short pass to sail through his hands. He also drifted out of bounds after making another grab, when it appeared he had a clear path to the end zone. So it was an acceptable fantasy performance, but one that could have been much, much better. Straight from the 2008 Dwayne Bowe highlight reel, basically. ... Colt McCoy has thrown 106 passes over his last two games, so it's no great surprise to see both Greg Little and Mohamed Massaquoi on this list again. There's a breakout day coming for Little, assuming the volume continues. The Browns are at home against Seattle in Week 7, and the Seahawks defense has allowed 268.2 passing yards per game.
It's tempting to say that Devin Hester's big day was a total fluke — obviously you won't get a return TD and a long receiving score each week. But Hester has seen at least five targets in five of six games this season, peaking with nine looks at New Orleans in Week 2. ... It's unusual for Roddy White to be absent from the target leader-board; he's already seen double-digit targets three times this season. I realize most of his owners were disappointed with his stat line this week (2-21-0), but it's worth noting — as we did in Sunday Scene — that he was still responsible for two Atlanta touchdowns on Sunday. White drew a pair of interference penalties in the end zone, setting up 1-yard scores. He could have easily given you a two-TD performance. Don't sell, even if you haven't enjoyed the early weeks.
Jahvid Best has not yet been ruled out for Week 7, but he's a concussed player with a concussion history, so you obviously shouldn't count on him. Maurice Morris was the only other Detroit running back to receive a touch in the Week 6 loss; he finished with five carries for 20 yards and one catch for eight. ... Just in case you hadn't noticed on Sunday, the Bills have essentially turned CJ Spiller into a wide receiver, at least temporarily. It makes some sense, as he definitely has the talent to pull off the shift, and Buffalo has no obvious need for his services in the backfield, not with F-Jax piling up stats. Spiller may yet have some PPR utility. ... Not that you needed another reason to add DeMarco Murray this week, but I'll remind you again that he caught 71 passes at Oklahoma last season and 41 the year before. He's certainly capable of taking over the screen/dump-off workload that went to Felix Jones. Also note that the Cowboys are facing the Rams in Week 7, a team allowing 163.0 rushing yards per game.
Upon further review, I have to agree with Fred Davis: He deserves a share of the blame for two of Rex Grossman's four interceptions last Sunday. Nonetheless, Davis figures to be a strong start going forward, with Chris Cooley sidelined by knee and finger issues. ... I'm not about to re-rank Visanthe Shiancoe or any other member of Minnesota's receiving corps just yet, not based on the switch to Christian Ponder. Donovan McNabb wasn't about to make anyone a fantasy star. Ponder is a mobile QB, and he threw with greater zip than McNabb on Sunday night. Wish they would have given him his first start in the home game against Arizona; instead, Ponder gets the Packers defense twice over the next month. ... Jake Ballard delivered another respectable fantasy line, catching all five targets in the Week 6 win over the Bills. After the Giants' bye, Ballard will face a Miami defense that's allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. ... There's almost certainly a buy-low window on Jermichael Finley, so make an offer if you have a need. You know about the skill set, you know about the quarterback, and you're no doubt aware that he's tied to the NFL's highest-scoring offense. Finley saw 6-8 targets per game between Weeks 2-5; it's not like he's merely a footnote in the game-plan.
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