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Fantasy Football: Detroit finally gets a win in Week 6, and maybe you did too

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- No matter how bad your fantasy football team is, eventually, a win will come.

The worst, most injury-riddled, star-lacking teams will luck their way into prosperity at some point.

Much like the Detroit Lions this week in their successful pursuit to keep the 2008 team's immortality alive, everybody has at least one good day.

We all know that one fantasy team. There's one in my league. Even with negative points from his defense and three skill players with less than four points, he sneaked out a four-point win to break the drought.

It's always nice to see that one poor soul get some success. And those aforementioned Lions were a bright spot in Week 6 of the NFL season, getting an overtime win over Chicago to ensure their season wouldn't end up on the wrong side of the record books.

So, in a week full of surprises and redemption, here's the best fantasy performance from each position in Week 6:

Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions

Somebody had to play great for this team to win. Long regarded as a talented thrower with wildly inconsistent tendencies, Stafford had it all working Sunday. His 405 pass yards and four touchdowns gave him 33 fantasy points, the most in the league in Week 6. The Lions needed every bit of it too, because it took them until the last two minutes of overtime to get over the hump and topple the Bears. Stafford should be owned in most leagues for when bye weeks take your starter, but its hard to expect this kind of production on a weekly basis without his bad version returning.

Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets

This guy hasn't gotten the credit he deserves this season. Ivory is as accountable as it comes from running backs, and he's leading the charge for one of the biggest surprises of the NFL season. He had his second-straight 100-plus yard game Sunday, rushing for 146 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' 34-20 win over Washington. He likely began the year as an RB2 at best, maybe even a FLEX player. But those who own him now view him on even footing with a strong RB1. And when you have two guys valued at RB1, you'll win a lot of weeks.

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

Another guy who's been brutally overlooked in fantasy circles is Hopkins, who may be turning himself into the best fantasy wide receiver in the game. His 26 points Sunday against Jacksonville marked the fourth straight game he's had more than 100 yards receiving. He is first in the league in receiving yards (578), first in targets (75) and second in receptions (42). He might be the surest thing out there among wide receivers, even though his quarterback has been a mediocre mix of Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett.

Benjamin Watson, TE, New Orleans Saints

Here's a performance out of nowhere. Watson, who had less than 50 yards receiving in every game this year, caught 10 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' Thursday night win over Atlanta. Unfortunately, Watson was likely owned in less than 50 percent of fantasy leagues, so that mostly went unnoticed. That is probably going to change this week, as desperate owners grab him to start at what is otherwise a week position depth-wise. Watson is an interesting piece going forward in pass-heavy New Orleans. He's worth a look if he's available.

Notes

Record-Breaking Losing Effort

Philip Rivers has always thrown the ball a lot, but never has he done it as much as he did Sunday. Rivers set San Diego franchise records with 43 completions, 65 attempts and 503 passing yards. It was a great performance in Green Bay, particularly given that he didn't throw a single interception in all of those attempts. Rivers was considered a second-tier quarterback in drafts this year, but he really does fill up the stat sheet. It's just a shame for Chargers fans that it ended in a loss.

Change in the Green Bay Backfield?

In that same Packers-Chargers game, Green Bay's star running back Eddie Lacy got just four carries for three yards. He's been bothered by a right ankle injury in the past, and it may be more problematic than some thought. The benefactor of that news was James Starks, who rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown, also adding a receiving touchdown. His 23 fantasy points were third among all running backs in Week 6. If Lacy is going to be out for an extended amount of time, Starks is a great waiver wire pickup.

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Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings

Bridgewater struggled to eliminate the mistakes Sunday against Kansas City, but the Vikings got a 16-10 win anyway. A lot of that can be attributed to the Chiefs' inept offense, but the Louisville product did just enough to stay afloat. His 249 yards and a touchdown were nice, but two interceptions stalled drives that could have put the game away. Bridgewater is still too inconsistent to touch on a fantasy roster.

Gary Barnidge, WR, Cleveland Browns

Barnidge continues to be one of the biggest fantasy surprises of the season. The 30-year-old Louisville product is having as late of a breakout season as anyone in history. On Sunday, he has his fourth-straight game with a touchdown, catching two in the Browns' overtime loss to Denver. It's shocking that Barnidge is now starting in nearly every league after he likely wasn't on a single fantasy roster when the season started. If for some reason he's still available, grab him ASAP. He's on some kind of roll.

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