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Fantasy Football: Week 6 starts, sits

10.11.13 at 9:08 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 6 starts and sits. I’ve tried to vary the level of options to give people in all league sizes something to chew on. If you are looking for more comprehensive rankings, go to Rotobahn.com, where we rank them all every week and update the rankings every weekend. Jim Hackett and I will be doing our weekly podcast later Friday and we’ll cover these starts and sits in depth. Check it out. You can find it in our audio on demand area. I’ll also be back Sunday, as usual, to answer all of your lineup questions in our Sunday morning chat sponsored by our friends at Mohegan Sun.

QUARTERBACKS

STARTS

Andy Dalton, Bengals at Bills

There are better options out there, obviously, but Dalton should do well this week against a Bills squad that is beat up on the back end. He’s got weapons all around him and a solid ground game to work off of.

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers at Jets

The Steelers are looking better than they did a few weeks back and they get a Jets team that may be down a few cornerbacks. This bodes well for Big Ben and his receivers. He’s a good play in most formats.

Alex Smith, Chiefs vs. Raiders

If you are looking for help this week, Smith can step in for you. A big game may not be in the cards, but a solid effort seems to be something you can count on from Smith and Andy Reid’s offense.

Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Packers

There will be plenty of points in this game, and Flacco will need to attack the Pack downfield. Ray Rice’s major contributions likely will be in the passing game, and that helps Flacco. He’s a decent play if you are in need.

SITS

Matt Schaub, Texans vs. Rams

He’s risky, as he could have a short leash this week in a home game in front of potentially hostile fans. He’s playable if you are stuck with him, but this is definitely a week to consider other options. Schaub may not get a chance to finish if he starts poorly.

Carson Palmer, Cardinals at 49ers

It’s a bad matchup, and Palmer has really been struggling lately. He may post some garbage-time numbers, but the 49ers usually are pretty good at playing hard for 60 minutes. I’d avoid Palmer this week. This offense has a lot of upside, but this is not the week to roll the dice with it.

RUNNING BACKS

STARTS

Le’Veon Bell, Steelers at Jets

Bell will get the ball … a lot. He makes a solid play this week in a fairly tough matchup. The great thing about Bell is that he can roll with the offense regardless of the game situation. He can play a big role in passing situations due to his great skills as a receiver. He’s a good bet for RB2 numbers or better. Bell was one of Rotobahn’s Guys heading into the 2013 draft.

Giovani Bernard, Bengals at Bills

Gio has been a little shaky the last few weeks, but he should get plenty of action in this game and I’d expect RB2 numbers. Start his with confidence in all formats as a RB2 or flex option. The Bills are a solid matchup right now.

Brandon Bolden, Patriots vs. Saints 

I’m a Bolden fan and I like this matchup for him. He’s the back that they seem to want on the field these days and it makes perfect sense. Bolden pretty much gives them access to the entire playbook when he is out there. He can be a power runner and an option out of the backfield in the passing game. The more competitive this week’s game against the Saints is, the more likely the Patriots will want to use Bolden.

Ronnie Hillman, Broncos vs. Jaguars

Hillman has been the next man up after Knowshon Moreno in the Denver backfield. Assuming that holds true in Week 6, Hillman could see a ton of action in what projects to be a mega-blowout of the Jaguars. Hillman makes a nice deep flex play if you are looking for answers in a large league.

SITS

Chris Johnson, Titans at Seahawks 

He’ll get his touches, but this is a horrible matchup for a speed back like Johnson, and his line is not exactly gashing defenses right now. If there’s a week to outright bench Johnson, this is the week to do it.

Rashard Mendenhall, Cardinals at 49ers

He’s playing bad, and the matchup is bad. That should be all you need to know. Start Mendenhall only if he is your only reasonable option. He’s a flex option at best, even in large formats. Andre Ellington is challenging him for touches and San Francisco is going to be all over the Arizona backfield this week.

WIDE RECEIVERS

STARTS

Golden Tate, Seahawks vs. Titans

His role is the offense has been bigger over the last few weeks and that should continue in Week 6. Russell Wilson has opened things up for the Seahawks offense by running more, and that creates opportunities for big plays. Tate is a solid start as a WR3 in 12-team leagues.

Vincent Brown, Chargers vs. Colts

We like Brown, and his targets and usage are on the rise. You should expect WR3 numbers this week in a home matchup against a solid Colts defense. Rivers is looking for Brown, and teams can’t afford to double him with Antonio Gates and Danny Woodhead playing big roles and drawing coverage.

Leonard Hankerson, Redskins at Cowboys

He’s a nice sleeper this week if you need a receiver. This game projects to be high scoring, and Washington will have to put the ball in the air often. Hankerson has stepped up his game, and WR3 numbers definitely are possible this week. We anticipate a rise in targets going forward.

Julian Edelman, Patriots vs. Saints

I know a lot of people are jumping off of the Edelman bandwagon now that Danny Amendola is healthy, but we still like him as a WR3 of flex in deeper formats. He’s totally at ease in the offense and we still see him getting a solid number of snaps. I also think Edelman will see softer coverage now vs. the consistent double-teams he was seeing early in the year. He has a better chance to make big plays.

SITS

Stevie Johnson, Bills vs. Bengals

So many reasons to bench Johnson right now, but the big one is the new quarterback, Thad Lewis. Then factor in a very tough Bengals defense, and Johnson’s many nicks and bruises and you have a dicey proposition. I’m counseling avoidance in Week 6.

Nate Washington, Titans at Seahawks

He’s been boom or bust, and though you never really know what Washington will do on a given week, we do know that Seattle only makes things tougher. New QB Ryan Fitzpatrick does not possess the arm strength to open up the field. This is a week to sit Washington, even in big formats.

TIGHT ENDS

STARTS

Greg Olsen, Panthers at Vikings

This is a good matchup, and Olsen’s ankle is healthy. I expect him to be targeted more often than usual in what looks like a nice matchup for the big tight end. Cam Newton will be looking for him early and often.

Coby Fleener, Colts at Chargers

He’s been boom or bust, but I am feeling the boom this week against a beatable Chargers defense. If you are looking for a Tony Gonzalez replacement in a smaller format, Fleener can help you. He can also be a TE1 this week in larger leagues.

Brandon Pettigrew, Lions at Browns

His targets and production are up since Week 4, and he could get an extra bump in production if Calvin Johnson sits out again. Pettigrew is in very good shape for his contract year, and I expect good things in general for the big tight end. He should close the year out well if he stays healthy. He’s a good play in Week 6 if you need an option.

Heath Miller, Steelers at Jets

The Jets have problems on the back end, and Miller will exploit that. He’s been looking pretty good the last few weeks. His receptions and targets doubled from his first game to his second, and he’s had the bye week to rest up and practice. He should be nearing full strength for the first time since his 2012 knee reconstruction.

Garrett Graham, Texans vs. Rams

He’s now the starter in Houston with Owen Daniels sidelined until Week 14. That should put Graham in the TE1 discussion on most weeks in 12-team leagues. He’s a viable option this week against the Rams.

SITS

Delanie Walker, Titans at Seahawks

He’s been involved, but big plays will be hard to pull off this week against a very tough Seahawks defense that is even tougher when playing at home.

Scott Chandler, Bills vs. Bengals

It’s a tough matchup, and he’ll be paired with a very inexperienced quarterback. Chandler has value as a red zone option, but red zone opportunity may be scarce in this game for Buffalo.

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