Panthers quarterback Cam Newton may call himself “Superman,” but it’s actually Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez who lives up to the moniker. At 36 and playing on an offense with star wideouts Julio Jones and Roddy White, Gonzo currently leads the NFL in receptions with 39.
There’s just no slowing this guy down.
Start ’em up
Christian Ponder QB, Vikings: The Florida State product has tossed 2 TD passes in three of his last four starts and went four games before throwing his first INT. Starting Ponder certainly brings some risk, but a Week 6 showdown against a Redskins defense surrendering 25.2 fantasy points per game to opposing QB’s (third-most in NFL) is about as favorable a situation as he’s going to find.
Rashard Mendenhall RB, Steelers: After missing the first four weeks (knee), Mendenhall returned to the starting lineup on Sunday, ripping off 101 total yards and a score on just 16 touches against Philadelphia. Feel free to keep him in the rotation moving forward. Mendenhall takes on the Titans this Thursday, who currently rank sixth in the league in fantasy points given up to opposing RB’s (24.6 pts/gm).
Demaryius Thomas WR, Broncos: While he’s been held out of the end zone in each of his last three starts, Thomas is currently averaging 102.6 receiving ypg and has been targeted at least 11 times in three of his last four outings. The Broncos have a big-time Monday night showdown with the Chargers in Week 6 that could light up the San Diego skies with Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers going head-to-head. The Bolts are allowing 25.7 fantasy ppg to opposing WR’s (ninth-most in NFL).
Sit ’em down
Tom Brady QB, Patriots: This borders on fantasy blasphemy, but Brady owners have to take note that Week 6 is a bad spot. The Patriots have to travel across the country to Seattle a week before a divisional showdown with the New York Jets. In addition, Pete Carroll’s defense is currently giving up fewer fantasy points to opposing QB’s than any other NFL team (12.5 pts/gm). The Patriots should be on upset alert here.
Ahmad Bradshaw RB, Giants: His 229 total yards against the Browns in Week 5 was ultra impressive, but don’t think he’s headed for a repeat. Big Blue is traveling west to take on that nasty 49ers defense surrendering fewer fantasy points to opposing RB’s (7.8 ppg) than any other team.
Jordy Nelson WR, Packers: Last year’s breakout star has found the end zone just once in 2012 and is averaging only 57.8 ypg through five weeks. Don’t expect this cold streak to end in Week 6 when Nelson faces a Texans lockdown defense giving up just 15.2 fantasy ppg to opposing WR’s (second-fewest in NFL).
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