Week 6 Start'em Sit'em Decisions
Must Plays: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan (Bye), Michael Vick (Out)
Jay Cutler (CHI) vs. NYG--We all know how bad the Giants are playing right now, with their defense being the main issue causing an 0-5 start. Currently, the Giants are giving up the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in standard leagues, allowing 20 or more points in four straight games. Tonight's contest should extend that streak.
Alex Smith (KC) vs. OAK--Despite forcing three interceptions in last week's game, the Raiders defense has been far from great this season, having allowed six passing touchdowns over the last three weeks. Smith has been a great quarterback at home, throwing five of his seven touchdowns in the friendly confines of Arrowhead Stadium. Expect another solid game against this favorable matchup.
Carson Palmer (ARI) @ SF--Over the last three weeks Palmer has thrown more interceptions (7) than touchdowns (2) by a landslide. This week he faces off against the third-best defense against opposing quarterbacks in the Niners, who have allowed only two passing touchdowns in their last four games while forcing five interceptions. This is a recipe for disaster.
Russell Wilson (SEA) vs. TEN--Surprisingly, the Titans have the second-best defense against opposing quarterbacks, having allowed double-digit fantasy points in only two games this season. It is going to be hard to bench Wilson after his best performance of the season, but is looking like a game that will be won with the ground game.
Must Plays: Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Ray Rice, Alfred Morris, Marshawn Lynch, Matt Forte, Trent Richardson, LeSean McCoy, Arian Foster, Doug Martin
Knowshon Moreno (DEN) vs. JAC--After solidifying himself as the Broncos top running back, Moreno is now the seventh highest scoring running back in the league. This week he faces off against the Jaguars, who have allowed over 100 yards rushing in four straight games. This game is going to get ugly, so expect the Broncos to call a lot of running plays once the score gets out of hand.
Willis McGahee (CLE) vs. DET--The Lions defense has allowed at least one rushing touchdown in four of their first five games this season, while giving up double-digit scoring in all four of those games. McGahee led the league in touches in the red zone in Week 5, so if the Browns get close, expect them to give the ball to their workhorse, especially in this favorable matchup.
Le'Veon Bell (PIT) @ NYJ--Playing in his first game in Week 4, Bell scored two touchdowns, giving the Steelers the edge in their running game that was missing through the first few weeks. This week he faces off against the Jets, who allowed two rushing touchdowns to the Falcons on Monday night, despite being the fourth-best defense against opposing running backs. The matchup isn't the best, but the Steelers will give him every opportunity to be productive.
Frank Gore (SF) vs. ARI--Despite being one of the better running backs to own the last few weeks, this week's matchup suggests it might be time to get him on your bench. The Cardinals are the only team in the league who have not allowed a rushing touchdown this season, while allowed the third-fewest yards per game to opposing running backs.
Chris Johnson (TEN) @ SEA--Going up against the Seahawks at home is no walk in the park. The Seahawks have allowed only 59 rushing yards in two home games this season, with a grand total of 394 yards allowed on the season. Don't let last week's numbers fool you. He won't be able to do it again.
Eddie Lacy (GB) @ BAL--After just missing his first career 100-yard game in Week 5, Lacy now has to go up against the Ravens defense, who has given up the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Not to mention 10 fantasy points or fewer in four of five contests. Lacy is going to have a lot of good matchups in the future, so just don't jump the gun.
Must Plays: Calvin Johnson (If Active), A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Andre Johnson, Randall Cobb, Victor Cruz, Reggie Wayne, DeSean Jackson, Larry Fitzgerald
Vincent Jackson (TB) vs. PHI--Every week it seems I suggest starting the No. 1 wide receiver going up against the Eagles, and this week will be no different. The Eagles allow the most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, having given up no fewer than 36 fantasy points in four of five games. The Buccaneers will exploit this weakness and make Jackson owners very happy come Sunday.
T.Y. Hilton (IND) @ SD--Hilton has been a boom or bust player through the Colts first five games, but coming off of his best game of the year, it is tough to sit this big playmaker. The Chargers have allowed seven touchdowns to opposing wide receivers over their last four games, including two touchdowns in each of their last two contests. The matchup it there, let's just hope Andrew Luck and the coaching staff exploit it.
Alshon Jeffery (CHI) vs. NYG--I am really starting to get sick of picking on my favorite team, but until the Giants can prove they can stop the ball, it is tough to look away. Jeffery is on a tear right now, hauling in 15 catches for 325 yards and two touchdowns over the last two games, solidifying himself as a solid fantasy option. This week he should cross the 100-yard mark once again, considering the Giants secondary has given up at least 129 receiving yards to opposing wide receivers in every game this season.
DeSean Jackson (PHI) @ TB--Revis Island. Nothing more analysis needed. AVOID, AVOID, AVOID.
Anquan Boldin (SF) vs. ARI--The Cardinals have one of the most underrated defenses in the league, and a large part of that have to do with their secondary. Through five games, the Cardinals have allowed 17 or fewer fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, and that isn't just to one player, that is to the whole receiving core. It would be only this if Boldin was producing at a high level, but that is not the case, along with the whole Niners passing game.
Stevie Johnson (BUF) vs. CIN--With Thaddeus Lewis starting under center, it is hard to suggest starting any of the Bills receivers, especially Johnson. There is a chance that Lewis steps up to the plate and proves he can be a starter in the league, but I am not willing to put my fantasy team behind him. Are you?
Must Plays: Jason Witten, Jimmy Graham, Jordan Cameron, Rob Gronkowski (If Active), Vernon Davis, Greg Olsen, Tony Gonzalez (Bye), Antonio Gates
Garrett Graham (HOU) vs. STL--With Owen Daniels out with an injured fibula, Graham will now step up as the team's No. 1 tight end. That isn't saying much considering the team's poor passing game, but the quarterback Matt Schaub does love to throw it to his tight ends in the red zone. It also helps that the Rams have allowed a touchdowns to opposing tight ends in two of their last three games.
Martellus Bennett (CHI) vs. NYG--Going up against his former team, Bennett will have something to prove tonight when the Bears square off against the winless Giants. Bennett comes into Week 6 as the ninth highest scoring tight end, hauling in at least five catches in three of five games. The Giants have given up at least one touchdown to opposing tight ends in four of five games, so a big day could be in store for Bennett in this favorable matchup.
Heath Miller (PIT) @ NYJ--The return of Miller to the Steelers passing game is a definite upgrade, giving Big Ben a large target in the red zone, but this week is not the week to get him in your starting lineups. The Jets have allowed seven points or fewer to opposing tight ends in three of five games, despite giving up touchdowns in their last three contests, proving why sometimes you have to dig deeper. Considering the recent struggles of the Steelers offensive line, Miller will be asked to block more against a heavy Jets pass rush, so he fantasy production is going to be limited.
Jared Cook (STL) @ HOU--Despite having all the talent to be a top tight end in the league, the Rams have yet to given Cook the opportunity to be successful, outside of a great Week 1. Since his two-touchdown performance against the Cardinals, Cook has scored 11 fantasy points in four games. Until we see him more active in the Rams passing attack he should be benched.
Must Plays: Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs
Denver Broncos Defense/Special Teams--Once again I am picking on the Jaguars offense with this pick. The Broncos defense may have allowed 48 points last week, but that is not going to happen in this game. This game is going to get out of hand fast, so there is no reason for the defense to be conservative. Expect the Broncos defense to take more chances than normal in what will basically be an inter-squad scrimmage for the league's top team.
New England Patriots Defense/Special Teams--The Saints, led by Drew Brees, will come marching to town on Sunday, with a 5-0 record and one of the league's top offenses in what should be the most entertaining game of the day. Through five games, the Saints have only five give-always, with four interceptions and only one fumble lost. On the other hand, the Patriots have had a limited pass rush, getting to opposing quarterbacks only 11 times this season. There are worse matchups out their, but if there is a better one available, it would be wise to take it.
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