Week 6: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em

Quarterback

  • Ben Roethlisberger (@ Ten) – Despite his disappointing, under-10 point performance last week against Philly, Roethlisberger is in good position rebound against a piss poor Titans pass defense that has allowed the third most points to opposing QB’s this season. Mendenhall being back for the second week should help.
  • Christian Ponder (@ Was) – Riding the same train as Roethlisberger, Christian Ponder has a highly favorable matchup against the ‘Skins in week 6. Just like Tennessee, Washington has allowed 12 scores through the air, and Ponder continues to show tremendous ball security, having thrown only two interceptions. The Redskins are a little tougher against the run, so expect Ponder to hit paydirt at least once here. 
  • Michael Vick (vs Det) – The Lions defense has seemingly buckled. After putting up SEVEN defensive scores last year, the Lions have yet to record an interception heading into week 6. Despite the talent, they can’t seem to pull it together, and I don’t see them presenting an unfavorable matchup anytime soon. Vick has looked better, but not great the past few weeks, and should build off his improvement.
Runningback
  • Trent Richardson (vs Cin) – Last time we saw this matchup, TRich exploded for over 25 fantasy points. He is a must start, and his value is only helped by Brandon Weeden’s improvement taking some pressure off the run game.
  • Reggie Bush (vs StL) – Well, apparently the Cardinals struggle to run the ball regardless of their opponent. Despite the shutdown last week, don’t expect Miami and a healthier Reggie Bush to have the same problems. The Rams’ defense is still  nothing spectacular.
  • BenJarvus Green-Ellis (@ Cle) – Bernard Scott is out for the season. Cleveland has a penetrable run defense. If you’ve been frustrated as a BJGE owner, week 6 looks promising for him.

Wide Receiver

  • Andrew Hawkins (@ Cle) – He is still seeing a ton of targets, and should be in line for a nice game against a vulnerable defense that has allowed 10 touchdowns through 5 weeks to opposing WR’s.
  • Andre Roberts (vs Buf) – Has cemented himself as the #2 behind Larry Fitzgerald. The guy is a capable receive who draws weaker corner backs than his colleague, and similar to Hawkins, faces a defense that has allowed 10 aerial TD’s this season.
  • Antonio Brown (@ Ten) – Will most likely haul in the majority of targets against the Titans poor defense from another guy on this list, Roethlisberger.

Tight End

  • Tony Gonzalez (vs Oak) – His spectacular, age-defying season continues to shock and awe. On the wake of a huge game, he is a must start against a bad Raiders defense. The only worry here would be that the Falcons build too big of a lead to the point where they become game managers.
  • Kyle Rudolph (@ Was) – Continues to pose matchup problems for any team he faces. Heading into week 6, Rudolph has been one of the better TE’s thus far, posting 4 TD’s.

Team Defense

  • Tampa Bay (vs KC) – Good matchup here. The Bucs are strong against the run, and that is all the Chiefs seem to be capable of these days.
  • Miami (vs StL) – Amendola is out, leaving the untested Brandon Gibson as the tentative #1 WR. The Dolphins have always been good against the run, and it looks like they will put up solid points against a lacklustre Rams offense in week 6.

Sit ‘Em

Quarterback

  • Carson Palmer (@ Atl) – Palmer has looked like a solid option in his first three games, but is heading into a matchup against a Falcons D that is allowing an average of less than 15 points per week to opposing QB’s.
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ Ari) – The Cardinals D is tough, and Fitzpatrick has 5 int’s over his last 4 games. Leave him on the bench again this week.
  • Joe Flacco (vs Dal) – Flacco struggled against the Chiefs last week, and the Cowboys play against the pass much better. Their young DB’s have stepped up huge for them, and DeMarcus Ware poses a threat to a shaky o-line, with a low-mobility QB.

Runningback

  • Ahmad Bradshaw (vs SF) – The 49′ers have been on a rampage as of late, outscoring their last two opponents 79-3. While the Giants obviously are a better squad than the Bills or Jets, Bradshaw is not going to have a productive game here. I’d be shocked if he broke 100 yards, surprised if he broke 50, and am realistically expecting him to wind up with around 4-6 fantasy points, with the potential to get around 10 if he manages a short yardage score.
  • Alfred Morris (vs Min) – RG3 has been confirmed as the starter this week, but heads into a nightmare matchup against the Minnesota run defense.
  • Stevan Ridley (@ Sea) – He is going to have a rough time against the awesome Seattle defense, which is allowing an average of less than 10 points per game to RB’s.

Wide Receiver

  • Torrey Smith (vs Dal) – The Cowboys’ young corners have stepped up in a big way. Their defense is keeping them in games, as the offense has notably struggled. Despite Smith having a breakout season thus far, this is one matchup that should see him end up with a sub-par return.
  • Reggie Wayne (vs NYJ) – This is a very tough call. Not that you would expect anything different from a recommendation to sit a guy who just put up 30+ points. The reasoning? Despite the Jets’ woes, Cromartie has looked sharp in his lead-DB role since Revis hit the IR, including limiting Andre Johnson (who I view as more talented than Reggie Wayne) to one catch for 15 yards.
  • Jordy Nelson (vs GB) – One of the bigger disappointments this year, owners who drafted him hoping for another 15 TD season are now stuck with him heading into another projected dud week, against a top Houston defense.

Tight End

  • Jermichael Finley (@ Hou) – Once heralded as a future top-TE, has been nothing but disappointment. Currently doesn’t even rank in the top 15 TE’s, and heads into a matchup against Houston. He is dealing with injury to add icing on the cake, and should not be started, even if healthy, heading into week 6.
  • Martellus Bennett (@ SF) – After scoring a TD in each game the first three weeks, Bennett has gone missing. He is dealing with nagging injury, but more importantly has gotten less than 5 points TOTAL since week 4. He plays San Francisco this week.

Team Defense

  • Green Bay (@ Hou) – The Texans are just plain good this year. Green Bay will struggle to shut this offense down, who were winning by an average margin of 20 points before last week.

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