Eastbay Fantasy Challenge // Week 6

words // Brandon Richard

In a lot of ways, Nike Football’s Fantasy Challenge team has been like the real life Philadelphia Eagles. There’s a surplus of talent on the roster, but the performance hasn’t lived up to the hype. That changed in Week 6, when Aaron Rodgers and Ray Rice carried Nike to their first win of the season.

Every brand got big numbers from their quarterback. Tom Brady (New England Patriots/Under Armour/Fierce) and Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos/Reebok/Gameday Custom) put up 19.8 and 22.16, respectively. However, Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins/adidas/adiZero 5-Star Mid) and Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers/Nike/Alpha Talon Elite) were the fantasy studs of the week, recording the two largest overall totals. Against the undefeated Houston Texans, Rodgers passed for 338 yards and six  touchdown passes for a season high 39.22 points. Griffin threw one touchdown pass, but ran for 138 yards and and two touchdowns for an equally impressive 35.08 points for adidas.

Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions/Nike/Vapor Talon Elite) helped Nike’s big day by leading all wide receivers with 13.50 points. Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons/Reebok/Gameday Custom) followed closely with 13.20, while teammate Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons/Under Armour/Mercenary II) put up a modest 6.30. Titus Young (Detroit Lions/adidas/adiZero 5-Star Mid) was a non-factor with a meager 0.60 total.

Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens/Nike/Lunar Superbad Pro) wasn’t dominant on the ground Sunday, but his two touchdowns and effectiveness in the past game helped him notch a 22.60 total. Consistent all year, Arian Foster (Houston Texans/Under Armour/Nitro IV Low) managed just 29 yards on the ground, but scored twice for a big 16.10 point day. Reggie Bush (Miami Dolphins/adidas/SuperCharge Mid) and Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs/Reebok/Gameday Custom) each had modest days.

Defensively, we lost one of the all-time greats for the season when Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens/Under Armour/Fierce) suffered torn triceps. Before exiting the game, he made 14 tackles to lead all defenders with 7 points. Von Miller (Denver Broncos/adidas/Malice 2 Fly), Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers/Nike/Vapor Carbon Fly) and DeMarcus Ware (Dallas Cowboys/Reebok/Gameday Custom) all scored within the 1.5 to 2.5 range.

Nike led the field at the three highest scoring positions, so its no surprise that they came away with the victory in Week 6. Their 77.32 total is the best from any brand this year. Is the Swoosh ready for a midseason surge?

Eastbay Fantasy Challenge Week 6 // Aaron RodgersWeek 6 Point Totals

Team Under Armour:
QB – Tom Brady 19.80
WR – Julio Jones – 6.30
RB – Arian Foster – 16.10
D – Ray Lewis – 7.0
Total – 49.20

Team Nike:
QB – Aaron Rodgers – 39.22
WR – Calvin Johnson – 13.50
RB – Ray Rice – 22.60
D – Clay Matthews – 2.0
Total – 77.32

Team Reebok:
QB – Peyton Manning – 22.16
WR – Roddy White – 13.20
RB – Jamaal Charles – 4.70
D – DeMarcus Ware – 1.50
Total – 41.56

Team adidas:
QB – Robert Griffin III – 35.08
WR – Titus Young – 0.60
RB – Reggie Bush – 6.10
D – Von Miller – 2.50
Total – 44.28