Top 25 fantasy football players after six weeks

Well, it’s been six weeks since the season started, and three since my last posting of the top 25 fantasy football players in the game. As I mentioned last time, this list is based on a non-PPR league that Matt and I are in, which follows pretty standard scoring rules. You’ll want to keep in mind that only about half the teams have had their bye week so far, so some of the numbers might be slightly askew, but it still gives a pretty decent representation of the production levels of the players mentioned.

Note: The number in parenthesis is the ranking of the player after week 3. An asterisk means the player has already had their bye week.

1 (1). Philip Rivers, QB, SD: Rivers is still the number one fantasy player in the league and you have to give him props considering the receiving corps he’s throwing to.
2 (9). Drew Brees, QB, NO: Drew takes a pretty good leap forward since week three and he should only get better once he gets Marques Colston and Jeremy Shockey back.
3 (5). Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB: Brett who? Rodgers has been all that Green Bay could ask for in a Favre replacement…but it’d be nice to see the stats translate into something better than a 3-3 record.
4 (2). Jay Cutler, QB, DEN: He’s fallen off a bit in the past few weeks, but a big showing against a weak New England defense could work wonders for him.
5 (18). Tony Romo, QB, DAL: Romo tore the list up the past few weeks, moving 13 spots in the rankings. However, a broken finger that sidelines him for upwards of a month could be enough to take him off the list completely…but maybe he’ll play through the pain.
6 (7). Kurt Warner, QB, ARI: Even without Boldin the past few weeks, Warner has put up solid numbers. He should stick around this sport on the ranks all season.
7 (-). Clinton Portis, RB, WAS: After a slow start, Portis has bounced back and put up some solid performances the past few weeks. Expect to see his name on this list for the remainder of the year barring injury.
8 (10). Frank Gore, RB, SF: Gore is having a decent season as part of a resurgent 49er’s offense after J.T. O’Sullivan was given the starting nod at quarterback over Alex Smith.
9 (4). Marion Barber, RB, DAL: After coming out of the gates swingin’, the Barbarian has slowed down a bit. However, an injury to Tony Romo and backup Felix Jones could mean the team leans more on MBIII for a bit.
10 (6). Reggie Bush, RB, NO: In PPR leagues I’m sure Bush is ranked a bit higher, but he is still performing above his expectations coming into the season.
11 (3). Michael Turner, RB, ATL: Turner has been consistently inconsistent, performing well only against soft defenses, while struggling against the tough ones. After having two great games out of the first three, he’s had only one more big performance since, knocking him down a bit on the list.
12* (19). Brett Favre, QB, GB: Not to be outdone by his replacement, Aaron Rodgers, Favre has played pretty well the past few weeks and moved up quite a bit on the list. Expect him to play at a top 10 quarterback level for the rest of the season.
13 (12). Matt Forte, RB, CHI: Not much change for the rookie who looks to be the running back of the future for the Bears.
14* (8). Ronnie Brown, RB, MIA: Brown’s ranking is still a bit skewed by his four touchdown performance against the Patriots, but he’s still put up decent numbers over the past few weeks (and he already has had his bye week.) I expect Brown to continue to be a pleasant surprise for anyone who had the courage to draft him this season.
15 (-). Greg Jennings, WR, GB: Jennings has averaged over 100 yards a game and has four touchdowns already, making him your top wide receiver after six weeks. Rodgers seems to have great chemistry with the young receiver and he should be on this list for years to come.
16 (11). Donovan McNabb, QB, PHI: Although he dropped a few spots, it’s hard to say anything bad about McNabb who has put up numbers with a shaky (at best!) receiving corps that features a dumbass rookie as the primary target.
17 (25). Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI: Fitz has been nearly as consistent as Jennings and will be on this list with him for a long time (as long as he has a quarterback to throw it to him that is.)
18 (-). Kyle Orton, QB, CHI: Orton has to be by far the most amazing addition to the list. I’m not too proud to admit that I’ve started Kyle in a league of mine for the past few weeks. I’m not sure he can maintain his production the entire season, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
19 (-). Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAX: Finally a Jaguars running back is proving to have some fantasy value. MJD makes it on the list for the first time due to his versatility at being the goal-line back and being used in the passing game.
20 (24). Jason Campbell, QB, WAS: Jason Campbell has to be one of the most disrespected players on this list (I know I can never force myself to admit he’s that good!) If you have him on your team, you’re enjoying his production though I’m sure.
21 (-). Roddy White, WR, ATL: Quietly Roddy White has evolved into one of the top receivers in the league, as shown by his near top 20 ranking (3rd best for receivers) after six weeks.
22* (-). Peyton Manning, QB, IND: After a week three ranking that was missing the names Peyton Manning and LaDainian Tomlinson, it’s good to see them both on the list this week.
23 (23). Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN: Besides LT (see below), Peterson is probably the most disappointing player on this list. At least he’s consistent! Expect a few big games in the near future to push him up the ranks though.
24* (13). Eli Manning, QB, NYG: As hard as he tried, the younger Manning couldn’t find a way to drop off the list and prevent the Manning brothers from appearing here together.
25 (-). LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, SD: Finally LT makes the list, however, a ranking of 25th is not what fantasy managers had when he was taken with the number one overall pick in the draft.

Dropped off: Brandon Marshall, WR, DEN; Willie Parker, RB, PIT; Brian Westbrook, RB, PHI; Santana Moss, WR, WAS; Marshawn Lynch, RB, BUF, Julius Jones, RB, SEA, Anquan Boldin, WR, ARI

So there you have it, the top 25 fantasy players after six weeks. How many of them are on your team?