|Week 6 - Start 'em Sit 'em||Tweet|
|Written by Chris Katje|
|Sunday, 14 October 2012 06:38|
As you enter week six in fantasy football this week, you probably have a good idea of where your team is headed. Each week from here on out will see everyone fighting to earn those coveted playoff spots in leagues around the country. Important decision of who to start and who to sit, could be the difference between winning the week and dropping further out of contention.
Here is a look at the early 1pm games this Sunday:
Oakland at Atlanta
If you have a Falcons player, you know by now that you should start them. The undefeated Falcons have been great for fantasy players this season.
Brandon Myers has been the favorite target for Carson Palmer in Oakland this season. The tight end has sixteen catches on seventeen targets. Myers has yet to hit the end zone though, costing fantasy players those extra points.
Start: Any Falcon, Darren McFadden, Brandon Myers
Sit: Carson Palmer, Oakland Defense
Cincinnati at Cleveland
If you have AJ Green, obviously you’re starting him this week. Andrew Hawkins is turning into a valuable fantasy asset in Cincinnati as he is seeing a lot of targets as secondaries focus on Green.
BenJarvus Green Ellis has been the primary running back for Cincinnati. He saw his role shrink last week with only nine attempts on the ground. He could be in the doghouse for fumbling the ball in two straight games, including twice against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Start: AJ Green, Andrew Hawkins, Andy Dalton, Trent Richardson
Sit: BenJarvus Green Ellis
St. Louis at Miami
The Miami Dolphins have a 2-3 record on the season. The team’s first loss came to the Houston Texans, who are one of the best teams in the league. The other two losses were both decided by a field goal in overtime. One of the reasons the Dolphins is doing so well is their defense. The team ranks first in the league in rushing defense, giving up only 61.4 yards on the ground. If the Dolphins can stop Steven Jackson, they could keep the Rams to a low score. The Rams are still without leading receiving Danny Amendola and haven’t found anyone to step up and take his shoes.
Look for Reggie Bush to have a big game for the Dolphins. Backup running back Daniel Thomas has been ruled out for the contest. Bush was limited in practice, but will play this week and should see the end zone and a decent day on the ground against the Rams.
Start: Reggie Bush, Dolphins Defense, Ryan Tannehill, Miami Receivers
Sit: St. Louis Defense, Sam Bradford, Steven Jackson
Indianapolis at New York (Jets)
If you haven’t heard, Donald Brown will be out a couple of weeks. If you check Dobber Football on a regular basis, you would have gone out and grabbed Vick Ballard as a running back option this week. The Colts rely heavily on the pass, with only 97.5 yards per week coming from the rush. Ballard should be considered against the Jets, who currently rank second to last in the NFL giving up 172.4 yards per week.
Of course we won’t know until Sunday, if the Colts are going to attack the Jets poor run defense, or rely on rookie quarterback Andrew Luck to continue to pass the ball. If you have a quarterback other than Luck, I would play them as I really think the Colts will run the ball this week.
For the Jets, both Dustin Keller (Tight End) and Stephen Hill (Wide Receiver) are questionable for the contest. The Jets receiving group is getting smaller and smaller for Tim Tebow, er I mean Mark Sanchez. Jeremy Kerley now leads the Jets in receiving yards, despite only catching 15 passes. Kerley is questionable this week, but is a definite starter if you have him.
Start: Vick Ballard, Andrew Luck, Jeremy Kerley
Sit: Dustin Keller, Stephen Hill, Donald Brown, Mark Sanchez
Detroit at Philadelphia
This might be the last week I recommend Mikel Leshoure for awhile. Running back Jahvid Best is set to return soon, hopefully next week against the Chicago Bears. Leshoure had a rough week on the ground last week, only gaining 26 yards on 13 carries. The week before that, Leshoure hit the century mark on the ground against the Titans. Leshoure has also caught four passes each of his two weeks and will remain a strong target for Matthew Stafford out of the backfield. With Best back, the Lions will split carries. After all the Lions started 5-0 last season with Best, before they lost the often injured running back for the season.
Tight end Brandon Pettigrew has been limited in practice this week and should probably be on your bench if you have another tight end option.
Even though the Lions potentially get safety Louis Delmas back this week, Eagles receivers should fare well against the Lions this week. The Eagles have five players with over 10 catches on the season. Five different receivers have scored this season. I would be shocked if an Eagles receiver didn’t find the end zone against the Lions. Brent Celek is a great tight end for this week, as the Lions have been pretty bad at covering the middle area of the field.
Start: Mikel Leshoure, Brent Celek, Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford, Michael Vick, Any Eagles receiver, Lesean McCoy
Sit: Lions Defense (if you still own), Brandon Pettigrew, Titus Young (injured)
Kansas City at Tampa Bay
Brady Quinn is the new starter in Kansas City. The career backup played 10 games for the Cleveland Browns in 2009. Quinn has 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions in his playing career. Quinn does have on his side the fact that Tampa Bay has the worst pass defense in the league. The Chiefs rank second in the league in rush yards and are likely to stick to the ground. If Kansas City does let Quinn air it out against the poor Tampa Bay secondary, the ball is probably going to Dwayne Bowe. Bowe has seen 57 targets out of 178 passes for the Chiefs.
Last week the Chiefs lost to Baltimore 9-6. That means you were in luck if you had Ryan Succop, as he was the only one to put points on the board for the Chiefs last week.
Doug Martin remains a favorite of mine after watching him at Boise State on the blue field. Martin is averaging 62 yards per game and has gotten the bulk of the carries. Martin has only found the end zone once this year, but I think that could change this week against the Chiefs.
Start: Dwayne Bowe, Jamaal Charles, Doug Martin
Sit: Brady Quinn, Matt Cassel
Dallas at Baltimore
Can a team finally shut Joe Flacco down? The Cowboys are first in the league for passing defense, giving up only 169.5 yards per contest. Flacco has 1456 yards on the season already and is coming off his worst performance of the year. After completing a touchdown pass in each of his first four games, Flacco failed to find the end zone and completed under 50% of his passes. I expect a sharp rebound from Flacco against a strong Dallas secondary. Expect the Ravens to spread the ball out, utilizing tight end Dennis Pitta and running back Ray Rice on short passes.
Both quarterbacks are having great seasons. This game could turn into a high scoring contest if Baltimore can put up points against the Cowboys secondary.
Start: Joe Flacco, Tony Romo, Any Receiver in the game, Ray Rice
Sit: Dallas Defense, Baltimore Defense
As always, good luck in your matchups this week.
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