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Wow, that is the only be the word I can use to describe the game Tom Brady had on Sunday as he threw for 380 yards (29-of-34) while tying for a career-high with six touchdowns. Brady tossed five touchdowns in the second quarter alone as the Patriots secured the largest halftime shutout in NFL history at 45-0. I would be remiss if I didn't mention Maurice Jones-Drew in the conversation too, as he ran 33 times for 133 yards and three touchdowns on the day. Many fantasy owners were talking about jumping the MJD ship, but I told you to start him this week and I hope you listened. Did anyone notice or care that Kerry Collins may have lost his job in Tennessee? The Titans receivers combined for -22 yards on the day; yes, I didn't type it wrong, NEGITIVE 22 YARDS!


##### Losers

Matt Hasselbeck: Easy come, easy go is what describes Hasselbeck and his weeks 5 and 6 performances. This week Hasselbeck faced the league's worst pass defense and managed to throw for 112 yards, no scores, one INT and was sacked five times on the day. I even started him over Drew Brees in one of my leagues… yes, I lost and those five little words I teach my kids came into play: I'll never do that again.

Kerry Collins: Collins managed a massive two completions for -7 yards, one INT, one lost fumble, and rushed three times for -1 yard. He didn't get hurt, he didn't tweak anything, he is just a byproduct of a terrible Tennessee Titans team.

Matt Forte: I don't know, people, it may just be time to see if you can find the Bears fan in your league and trade him Matt Forte. This weekend he managed to run the ball 15 times for a whopping 23 yards (1.5 YPC) and that is not going to get it done for fantasy owners. Forte was often hit as soon as he took the handoff from Cutler, but all we care about is stats and the stats made him a loser. I would dangle him out there and see who bites.

Julius Jones:As if Hasselbeck's terrible day wasn't enough for Seattle, Jones managed to carry the ball five times for five yards… kind of reminds me of Arby's 5-for-5 deal. A sandwich would have been better for my health than watching Jones sit on the sideline and look bored.

Steve Smith (Panthers): Another guy I had high hopes for that did nothing. Smith usually torches the Bucs, but on Sunday he was held to just one catch for four yards. The problem here is that when things like that happen, things like Smith saying, "It's bittersweet. We get the win, but I have a limited role. I see this game as showing I'm no longer an asset to this team," tend to follow.

Steve Smith (Giants):This is not a typo, Steve "mini-me" Smith also had an off week as he caught just four passes for 44 yards and no scores. I warned people about the Giants in this game so hopefully you listened to me.

Kellen Winslow: Heading into this week Winslow was tied with Dallas Clark as the most-targeted TE in the NFL with 42. But, this weekend Winslow was targeted just four times while catching it three times for 29 yards and no scores. Tampa Bay is a bad team which means Winslow will see a lot of check-down passes, but four targets aren't going to make fantasy owners very happy.

New York Giants defense:The Giants had the #1 ranked passing defense heading into week 6, but after the dust settled in New Orleans, the Giants allowed 48 points while recording just one sack and no INTs. New York still has the #1 ranked passing defense with just 147.3 YPG allowed from the air, but Carolina is nipping at their heals now and fantasy owners took one on the chin this weekend.

My picks

Well, my worst weekend this season as I went 10-16, missing on Hasselbeck, Smith, Burleson, Slaton, Olsen, and Favre. I will officially never mention Brett Favre again on my sit 'em list because every time I think the guy is going to go all gunslinger on the team and toss a few to the defense he doesn't. Hasselbeck and Burleson just burned me; Steve Smith was just as upset as I was; Olsen had a cheap late TD that bumped him up the ladder; and Slaton caught a couple of beautiful screen passes that made him worth playing this weekend. I'm not happy with 62.5% in week 6 and can assure readers things will be back in the 80-90% range next week.

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