Fantasy Football Week 6: The Best Start at Each Position
With Week 6 of the NFL and fantasy football season rapidly approaching, it is time to set your rosters to maximize your players' potential.
While there will clearly be some players that are way better starts than others, only one player per position can be deemed the best start for Week 6. Today we'll take you through the best player to start at each position and even throw in some bonus picks, just because we like you.
Quarterback: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Until the Oakland Raiders figure out how to defend the pass, whichever quarterback plays them is likely going to be a solid start in fantasy football. However, since that quarterback this week is Matt Ryan, he becomes the top quarterback for Week 6.
Ryan has definitely elevated his game in 2012, proving that he deserves to be considered one of the elite quarterbacks in the league. Of course, it helps to have receivers like Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez to work with.
Gonzalez is the top tight end in terms of fantasy football output this year, and White and Jones have combined for over 800 yards and seven touchdowns this season. As far as fantasy production goes, there simply hasn't been a better trio in the NFL than Ryan's top three targets.
As long as Ryan doesn't make foolish mistakes, he should have no trouble putting up ridiculously high numbers in Week 6.
Bonus Sleeper Pick: Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings get the soft defense of the Washington Redskins this week, which should allow Ponder to put up numbers even better than those he had last week.
He'll dominate the Redskins and throw for plenty of yards and touchdowns, and he could be a top-10 quarterback this week when it is all said and done.
Running Back: LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
There are two things working in LeSean McCoy's favor this week as he takes on the Detroit Lions.
The first, of course, is the fact that Detroit has one of the weakest defenses in the league. The Lions are allowing over 100 rushing yards and giving up over 28 points per game to their opponents.
The other aspect of this game that works for McCoy is the turnover situation with quarterback Michael Vick. Vick's already got 11 on the season, and with each week that passes, the Philadelphia Eagles have to feel more confident with the ball in McCoy's hands, rather than those of their turnover-prone quarterback.
There is little doubt that this matchup could turn into a high-scoring affair, and as long as Philadelphia can keep it close, McCoy should continue to get touches.
However, even if the Eagles get down and are forced to pass, McCoy is still valuable enough as a receiver to be the top-scoring running back this week in fantasy football.
Bonus Sleeper Pick: Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
While Martin has been somewhat of a disappointment in his rookie year, he is still the No. 1 back on a team that loves to run the football.
The fact that Martin gets the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend could do wonders for his confidence. Look for him to finally produce at a high level, as many expected him to do to start the season.
Wide Receiver: Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
I'm never a big fan of pairing a quarterback and wide receiver together as the two best starts at their respective positions, but Matt Ryan and Roddy White are the exception to the rule this week.
White has been as consistent as ever this year, despite many feeling Julio Jones would be the better option in fantasy football. He's averaging 15.5 yards per reception and is coming off back-to-back weeks of impressive play.
However, what really makes White the top option this week over players like Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald is his matchup against the weak secondary of the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are giving up nearly 300 passing yards per game, have yet to record an interception and have only three sacks as a team.
Ryan is going to have all day to throw, and White likely won't see worse cornerbacks this year than what Oakland throws at him.
Expect a huge game from White as he leads all receivers in scoring this week.
Bonus Sleeper Pick: Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns
Gordon caught only two passes last week, but he took both of those receptions to the end zone.
He should see more targets his way this week, especially with a number of the Browns receivers not participating in practices. If Gordon can turn a few of those receptions into huge gains, as he did in Week 5, he'll put up another studly fantasy performance.
Tight End: Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Both Tony Gonzalez and Rob Gronkowski are excellent starts this week, but Vernon Davis gets the award for best TE start for Week 6.
For starters, Gonzalez will likely be covered by Tyvon Branch, who excels against tight ends. Also, the New England Patriots get the physical secondary of the Seattle Seahawks, which could have success against Gronkowski.
Davis, on the other hand, gets a rather easy matchup defensively against the New York Giants. The Cleveland Browns scored 27 points on the Giants, and the San Francisco 49ers are coming in with one of the hottest offenses in the league.
This game is going to be one of the best matchups of the week, and Davis is poised to produce at a high level.
Bonus Sleeper Pick: Lance Kendricks, St. Louis Rams
With Danny Amendola out for a while, Sam Bradford is going to need to find a new favorite target. While Kendricks has been quite the disappointment in his second season, this is a perfect opportunity for him to prove that he can still be a viable option in this league.
The Rams get an upstart defense this week in that of the Miami Dolphins, but Kendricks still has the potential and opportunity to have a huge game.
Kicker: Shayne Graham, Houston Texans
Despite neither the Houston Texans nor Green Bay Packers being overly explosive on offense, I believe this game will bring out the best from both teams.
With Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Andre Johnson, Matt Schaub and Arian Foster all on the field, you can almost guarantee that this game will be a high-scoring affair. The reason Shayne Graham gets the nod over Mason Crosby is that Graham has been more accurate (91 percent to 71 percent) through the first five weeks.
Bonus Sleeper Pick: Jay Feely, Arizona Cardinals
The Buffalo Bills have given up 97 points over the past two weeks, and teams have scored over 40 against them three times this season. While the Cardinals offense isn't overly explosive, a middle-school team could score points on the Bills right now.
If the Cardinals struggle to get into the end zone, look for Feely to have a monster game this week.
Defense: Cincinnati Bengals
There aren't many great matchups this week for defenses, but the two that stick out are the Baltimore Ravens going against the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals facing the Cleveland Browns.
While the Ravens would be a great pick any other week, the potential of the Cowboys offense is still scary enough to sow seeds of doubt in how good the Ravens defense will be this week.
The Browns, however, have little to no chance at succeeding on the offensive side of the football.
The Bengals should have no difficulties slowing down Cleveland, and with Brandon Weeden's problem with interceptions, they'll easily have the highest-scoring defense this week.
Bonus Sleeper Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Kansas City Chiefs offense was rather pathetic with Matt Cassel at quarterback. However, with Cassel out with an injury and Brady Quinn starting, the Chiefs offense could possibly reach the ultimate low this week.
As long as Tampa doesn't come out completely flat, the Bucs should have no difficulties shutting down Kansas City.