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Do you remember when the entire fantasy world drafted two running backs in the first two rounds? If you still used that theory in 2010 and are a run-oriented lineup, you likely aren't doing very well this weekend.
That's because the leading rushing after the first nine games of Week 6 is Arian Foster with just 21 points. Foster ran for 71 yards, caught passes for 26 yards and scored twice for his total.
He was also the only running back to crack 18 fantasy points heading into the late games.
And it's not like there weren't any good rushers going in the early "nine- pack." The list included, Steven Jackson, Rashard Mendenhall, Ray Rice, Matt Forte, LeSean McCoy, Michael Turner and Jahvid Best
There were four 100-yard rushers; Chris Ivory (158 yards), Ahmad Bradshaw (133), Jackson (109) and Thomas Jones (100). Unfortunately, Ivory is owned in less than 10% of all leagues and between the four running backs, they scored just two times.
The three late games, included fantasy studs Adrian Peterson, Frank Gore and LaDainian Tomlinson and though they all produced decent points, "LT led them with 18, none could live up to fantasy owner expectations. Hopefully, Tennessee's Chris Johnson and Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew can put on a show on Monday night.
On the other hand, the receivers were the star of the show.
Jeremy Maclin posted 27 fantasy points for the Philadelphia Eagles in a 31-17 romp over Atlanta. Maclin grabbed seven passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns, including a stunning 83-yard lightning bolt. Maclin also benefited from the absence of DeSean Jackson who was injured in the first half (concussion). Jackson began the game in dominating fashion, scoring once on a long end around run and once on a long pass down the middle and finished with 19 points in less than 30 minutes of work.
Dwayne Bowe finally awakened from his fantasy slumber to post 22 points (6-108-2). Calvin Johnson (20 points), Andre Johnson (19) and Greg Jennings (19) also finished the afternoon with solid production.
In contrast to the running backs, there were 10 receivers with 100 yards or more in the first nine games.
Knowing that fact, you also know that quarterbacks had a solid day too.
The Eagles' Kevin Kolb led the one o'clock games with 23 fantasy points. Kolb threw 29 passes, completing 23, for 326 yards and three touchdowns against one interception. This result will likely lead to more confusion for fantasy owners of Kolb and Michael Vick as Eagles head coach Andy Reid could easily flip-flop on his starting quarterback once again.
Aaron Rodgers recovered nicely from his concussion of last Sunday, throwing for 313 yards and a touchdown - an 86-yarder to Jennings. Four other quarterbacks totaled 20 fantasy points; Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Schaub and Matt Cassel.
The three late starts, yielded very little production for fantasy owners. No quarterback threw for even 250 yards and there were no 100-yard receivers.