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Fantasy Football: Week 6 Starts and Sits

10.15.11 at 10:59 pm ET

Welcome to the week six starts and sits. We’€™ve isolated some options that we like and some that we don’€™t like for the upcoming week’€™s games. If you need deeper analysis, please feel free to join us at, and check out our comprehensive lineup rankings.



Eli Manning vs Bills

He is producing every week. His weapons are all healthy and ready to go. This is also a nice home matchup against a team that can be had through the air. We expect him to chip away but to also make a few big plays on his way to a very nice day.  He is a QB1 in week six. He is also still available in some 10-teams leagues, so he might even get you out of a jam if your number one is on the bye this week.

Joe Flacco vs Texans

The matchup is good with Mario Williams listed as out. We expect him to have a very solid day, and, as always, he can get a big play any time he dumps it off to Ray Rice.  Flacco can be had in 15% of Yahoo leagues, so he might be an option if you are in need. He’€™s a borderline QB1 in most formats.

Mark Sanchez vs Dolphins

For deep leagues, he is an option to consider if you need help. The Jets are in turmoil, but that’€™s actually where they tend to operate best under Rex Ryan. Sanchez is not dependable week-to-week, but we like him against Miami in 12-team formats or larger.


Sam Bradford @ Green Bay

Yes, Green Bay has been thrown on, but we’€™d avoid the Rams until they prove something. St. Louis has been dysfunctional. Green Bay’€™s defense is the unit more likely to find their game. Play wait-and-see with Bradford unless you have no better option.

Alex Smith @ Lions

He’€™s looked better, but we worry about him in this matchup. There’€™s too much pressure in his face. He may manage the game, but he won’€™t help you in fantasy.



Ryan Torain vs Eagles

Ignore the subterfuge being emitted from the Shanahan’€™s misinformation machine. You’€™d have to be certifiable (they are not), to not go back to the big back after what he did to the Rams going into Washington’€™s week five bye. Torain, even if he’€™s not listed as the starter, should get the biggest share of the load this week. For this reason, we like him to take advantage of this solid matchup. He is a solid play as a RB2 in any format.

Shonn Greene vs Dolphins

The Jets are intent on running the ball as they did in the past. It makes sense as their whole offense runs better when they are effective on the ground. Greene should find some success in week six against a struggling Dolphins team. He’€™s a solid bet for RB2 production.

Darren Sproles @ Buccaneers

If you are looking for a nice RB2 or flex option, Sproles is looking very trustworthy right now. They are using him early and often and he fits their scheme to perfection. You never know what Sean Payton is going to do, so we are loathe to recommend him long term, but at the moment; he is the back to play in New Orleans. He’€™ll be active versus Tampa.


Daniel Thomas @ Jets

We like the kid, but he has two red flags for week six. First, he is not all the way back from his injured hamstring and is no lock to play. This complicates matters as the Jets and Fish kick off on Monday. Then factor in the Jets defense, who usually handle the bigger backs well, and you have a lot of reasons for worry. If you have a solid option behind Thomas, this is a week to tap it.

BenJavus Green-Ellis vs Cowboys

He’€™s one of our favorite players, so it killed us to put him on our ‘€œsell high’€ list this week, but selling Law Firm off of his week five bust-out game was an advisable move. BJGE missing practice time this week may have put a damper on that advice for some of you. As for this week’€™s game, the Pats have too many other options for Green-Ellis to wrack up big carry numbers when he did not practice all week. We’€™d avoid him until he proves totally healthy.



AJ Green vs Colts

Yeah, we do put him here a lot. This week’€™s matchup is not stellar, but we think he can chip away at the Colts’€™ cover-two and make a few red zone plays. Green is just a lights-out talent and he is a must-play as long as the matchup is not insanely bad. Get him in there in all formats.

David Nelson @ Giants

He’€™s in line for a target increase and his big frame makes him an attractive option for Ryan Fitzpatrick. He always has a good chance to score and we think Buffalo ends up chasing in the game. He should do well and can be used in all formats.

Torrey Smith vs Texans

He’€™s a sneaky play in larger leagues with Lee Evans still struggling with his ankle injury. The veteran is going to sit week six out, and that clears the way for the big play to Smith. Yes, he was shut down in his last game, but you have heard of Darrelle Revis, right? Give the kid a chance this week if you need a flex option or a WR3. If he has a good outing this week, he could make Evans a third receiver when he comes back.

Denarius Moore vs Browns

I know some of you have him on your bench after last week’€™s debacle, but he was targeted by the Texans and neutralized, which led to Heyward-Bey’€™s big day. The Browns are going to be without their lockdown corner Joe Haden, so they will not be able to do what Houston did. We like Moore to bounce back and he makes for a decent flex in large formats.


Brandon Marshall @ Revis

While we expect good things from him with Matt Moore throwing the ball, you have to at least consider benching Marshall this week against Revis, who could shut down the Kraken at this point. For those unaware of Greek mythology and who haven’€™t seen Clash of the Titans, Revis could slay a mythical sea monster. This week is a week to look at other options if you own Marshall. You could play him, but Revis held Megatron to one catch for twelve yards last year, and there is plenty of other precedent here. Limit expectations.

Percy Harvin @ Bears

The Minnesota brain trust should be called something else. They are just wasting this guy, while they profess their love for Bernard Berrian, who has been unable to beat single coverage for over a year now. Harvin, in addition to not being featured enough, is also banged-up.  This is a week to look elsewhere.



Brandon Pettigrew vs 49ers

He has been looking very good and with Calvin Johnson shredding every team in his path, there is plenty of room for the Lions’€™ secondary options like Pettigrew. He’€™s a week six TE1 in any format.

Fred Davis vs Eagles

He’€™s faded a bit but we fully expect them to get the big guy involved coming out of their bye. Their whole attack clicks when they are using Davis downfield. We are looking for TE1 performance this week.

Greg Olsen @ Atlanta

While he has saved some mediocre performances with scores, we like him to get even more involved this week. It’€™s a good matchup and he is playing very well as Newton’€™s 2nd option. He’€™s a legit starting option in any format.


Dallas Clark @ Bengals

He wasn’€™t part of their offense down the stretch in their last game as he was used in pass protection. That’€™s not a good sign from our point of view. He’€™s a risky play right now and we don’€™t like the matchup with the Bengals.

Marcedes Lewis @ Steelers

He came back a bit early from his injury and he’€™s yet to find his stride. We like him plenty long term, but we’€™d avoid his matchup with the Steelers’€™ defense if possible.



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