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Fantasy Football: Week 5 starts, sits

10.12.12 at 11:29 am ET

Welcome to Rotobahn’€™s Week 6 starts and sits. There are plenty of quality options on the bye this week, so feel free to go to and use our full lineup rankings if we don’€™t highlight your key lineup choices here. As usual, we’€™ve done our best to avoid the obvious choices and to talk about players that are on the fringe of lineups in 12-team leagues. Good luck to all in Week 6!



Andrew Luck, Colts at Jets

He should be able to find the holes in the Jets defense. He’€™s also a good bet to pick up points with his feet against New York’€™s slow linebackers. Luck has a solid fantasy floor in Week 6.

Andy Dalton, Bengals at Browns

The Browns get top CB Joe Haden back, but we like Dalton enough to play him as a bye week replacement. The key is that he has been using all his weapons, so if they take A.J. Green away, guys like TE Jermaine Gresham and WR Andrew Hawkins can make big plays. Dalton is our 13th ranked QB in Week 6.

Christian Ponder, Vikings at Redskins

If you have bye issues at QB, Ponder can help. The Minnesota passer has been steady all season long. He should post high-end QB2 numbers in Week 6. Start him with confidence.


Alex Smith, 49ers vs. Giants

Smith is capable of having a big game against a good defense, but this game could be a defensive struggle and there are better options out there this week. If you need to play Smith, go for it, but we’€™d at least check out some other options. Check out our lineup rankings at if you need any more ideas.

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins vs. Rams

I like the Dolphins rookie, but this is a rough matchup, so consider other options before playing Tannehill on a less-than-average week for him. The Rams have been playing some very solid defense in 2012.



Doug Martin, Buccaneers vs. Chiefs

The Chiefs are tough to figure, so the quality of the matchup is also tough to estimate, but we like Martin coming off the bye week wellrested. The rookie has run hard so far, but Tampa needs to give him more room to operate. Martin is a decent RB2 play and a very solid flex option.

Alex Green, Packers at Texans

Green showed enough of his old burst in Week 5 for us to buy into him this week. We think his lack of early touches this season had more to do with bringing him back slow than disappointment in the player. Green now will get a chance to lead a committee backfield, and we would not be surprised if he did very well. He is a more diverse back than all the others — equally adept as a runner and a receiver. Green is a strong flex option this week and he can be your RB2 if you need one.

Vick Ballard, Colts at Jets

We put a decent grade on him coming out of Mississippi State last year, but Ballard has looked just so-so in 2012. The bottom line is that he is the new regime’€™s guy, and in the wake of the injury to starter Donald Brown, the key thing to know is that Ballard has clearly outplayed Delone Carter and will be give a chance to start while Brown is out. He has a solid matchup against the Jets this week, so play him as an RB2 or flex in any format.


Brandon Bolden, Patriots at Seahawks

We’€™re really liking what we’€™re seeing from this kid, but this is not a week to bet on him. Even if he gets the carries, Seattle can shut him down. He’€™s also nursing what appears to be a minor knee issue. Look elsewhere this week.

Jackie Battle, Chargers vs. Broncos

Ryan Mathews appears to be back in control of the starting gig in San Diego. Battle is a very risky play in bad matchups such as this one. Keep him on the bench in Week 6.



James Jones, Packers at Texans

He’€™s a lock start right now with starter Greg Jennings out with a groin injury. Start him with confidence in all formats as a WR2. He’€™s playing great football right now.

Denarius Moore, Raiders at Falcons

The key thing is that he is healthy. We are always going to be buyers if Moore is ready to go. He’€™s the clear lead option in the passing game. He was effective last week against the Broncos corners and he should do at least as well this week against Atlanta. We also like his speed on the carpet at the Georgia Dome. Moore is a quality WR3 option in any format.

Pierre Garcon, Redskins vs. Vikings

He’€™s healthy now, and Robert Griffin III looks good to go at this point as far as his concussion symptoms are concerned. We’€™d stick with Garcon as a WR3 this week. If Griffin sits, then you should consider sitting Garcon, too. Check his status on Sunday just to be sure.


Robert Meachem, Chargers vs. Broncos

He’€™s got a much tougher matchup than last week. Don’€™t expect Week 5 production. Meachem’€™s worth a flex in deep leagues but not a WR3 play in most formats.

Titus Young, Lions at Eagles

He’€™s struggling with a knee issue, so don’€™t bank on a breakout game. Rather, make him prove himself first. Until he does, he is just a stash player with nice upside.



Owen Daniels, Texans vs. Packers

Daniels has re-established himself as a top-flight tight end, and we’€™d continue to ride him while he is hot. He is a weekly starter in all formats right now. Keep him active.

Brent Celek, Eagles vs. Lions

This looks like a get-well game for the Eagles offense and we like Celek to perform well against an aggressive defense. He has been very consistent over the last 16 games dating back to 2011.

Jermaine Gresham, Bengals at Browns

Gresham has settled into a nice productive run, and with CB Joe Haden shadowing A.J. Green this week, we think the Bengals will be determined to get their big tight end involved. He is a good percentage play in all formats.


Dennis Pitta, Ravens vs. Cowboys

We like Pitta, but right now he’€™s just not as involved as much as he was early on. We suspect that he will get back into the mix, but for now, he’€™s a risky play. Consider other options if you have them.

Martellus Bennett, Giants at 49ers

They will need his blocking, which could limit his targets this week, and we are concerned that the knee he hyperextended in Week 5 still will be a hindrance in Week 6. We’€™d consider other options.

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