Fantasy Fix: Week 6: Changing the tune


Another surprise at running back in Week 5 already has people scrambling to add Deangelo Williams to their lineups. With a three-touchdown performance against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, many owners who benched him were scratching their heads. After four lackluster performances before this breakout, most stashed him on their benches and picked up the likes of Tim Hightower, Warrick Dunn or Felix Jones.

You have to consider whom Williams was going up against, too. The Kansas City Chiefs aren't known for an über-talented front line that can stop the run, so you just have to assume Williams took advantage of that weakness to the fullest. As some say, hindsight is always 20/20.

Two players whom I recommended to you last week, Steve Breaston and Kyle Orton, turned in commendable fantasy performances in Week 5. Breaston had 77 reception yards for 7 fantasy points, while Orton was the No. 2-ranked quarterback for Sunday piling up 22 points against the Detroit Kittens - er, Lions - defense.

It's not official yet, but it looks as if Brian Westbrook might miss some time in the near future after breaking two ribs in the Eagles' loss to the Redskins. If he does miss any time with his latest injury, look for Correll Buckhalter to get the start Sunday at San Fransisco.

I told you last week that I wouldn't recommend Kyle Orton as a long-term investment for a fantasy team but to pick him up against the Lions. Well, I'm changing my tune after seeing his production since the beginning of the season, and I have to say that he is pretty consistent as far as quarterbacks go in the fantasy world. If you're hurting at quarterback, Orton is a good pickup for the rest of the season - as long as he stays healthy.

Here are some players who I can recommend to you for Week 6 who should produce some solid fantasy numbers for you:

Tim Hightower, running back, Arizona Cardinals - In the past four weeks, he has found the end zone four times and has five touchdowns on the season. He doesn't get the yards, but the touchdowns make up for it.

Le'Ron McClain, running back, Baltimore Ravens - He averages 66.5 yards per game and has four touchdowns in the past four weeks. In terms of yards, he only nets you 6 fantasy points a week, but throw in that one touchdown and you get 12 points a week.

My Week 6 Must-Start Player goes to Kurt Warner. I think he's going to have a great day passing and get around 20 fantasy points.

Have a great Week 6 everyone; look for Fantasy Basketball next week.

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