Fantasy Football Week 6 Start 'Em or Sit 'Em: Luck, Murray, Martin and More

Eric StashinSenior Writer IOctober 12, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 07:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the NFL game against the Green Bay Packers at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them.



Start: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets

Statistically, the Jets are among the better passing defenses in the league, but they get little pass rush and lost their best player in Darrelle Revis. Luck, meanwhile, has thrown for over 300 yards in three of his first four games, while also throwing for two touchdowns in each of his past three. While you would think the rookie is going to struggle at some point, he has quickly emerged as a potential QB1.

With a matchup against a defense on the decline, he is well worth using this week.


Sit: Matt Schaub, Houston Texans vs. Green Bay Packers

The problem with Schaub is that we just never know exactly how many opportunities he is going to get to throw the ball. He plays in a run-heavy offense, as it should be with Arian Foster and Ben Tate (assuming he is healthy) in the backfield. That has helped him to throw for under 210 yards in three of his past four games. Green Bay’s passing defense has allowed 10 TDs, so there could be some chances, but there is a lot of risk for limited opportunities.

Unless you are lacking for another option, I would keep him tucked away on your bench.


Running Backs

Start: Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City

There have been a lot of whispers of LeGarrette Blount’s role in the offense increasing. It makes sense, especially since Martin’s numbers have been on the decline since an impressive debut. In fact, in Week 4, he had just eight carries for 33 yards.

That said, the matchup with the Chiefs should offer him opportunity to perform, as they are allowing 121.0 rushing yards per game. While he could lose a few short-yardage carries, I wouldn’t shy away from him.


Start: DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore

You have to think that, coming out of their bye week, the Dallas Cowboys are going to have fixed a lot of their issues.

The Baltimore defense is good, but they actually have struggled against the run thus far this season.  While the 118.4 rushing yards allowed per game are eye-opening, the six TDs allowed are even more so (tied for sixth most in the league). While Murray has not lived up to expectations, I wouldn’t shy away from him with this matchup.


Sit: Shonn Greene, New York Jets vs. Indianapolis

How bad does he have to be before the Jets officially make a change? Averaging just 2.9 yards per carry, the Jets can only tolerate it for so long. There has slowly been a move to Bilal Powell as it is, and I am guessing that a full transition has got to be in the forecast. Would it really be a surprise if it came as soon as this week? Steer clear of Greene.


Sit: Green Bay Packers Running Backs at Houston

While we wait to see if it is Alex Green or James Starks that takes the lead or if it is a pure timeshare, the Packers draw the best defense in the league. Throw in the fact that they easily could just go heavier with the pass, and is that really a situation any of us want to deal with?


Wide Receivers (Two-Receiver Formats)

Start: Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore

A tough matchup could cause fantasy owners to shy away, but I am expecting the Cowboys to come out of their bye week strong (as I said with DeMarco Murray). Yes, the Ravens have allowed just two passing touchdowns, but at over 260 passing yards per game, it is easy to say that number is a little bit quirky. Having scored in three of his four games this season, I would look for Austin to continue producing.


Sit: Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota

It’s a tough matchup as fantasy owners continue to wait for Garcon to get healthy and rediscover what he showed us early in Week 1. In shallower formats, there is no reason to take the gamble. Keep him stashed until he shows us something.


Wide Receivers (Three-Receiver Formats)

Start: Malcolm Floyd, San Diego Chargers vs. Denver

Floyd has two possible issues: inconsistency and lack of touchdowns. The latter may not be an issue this week, as the Broncos have allowed nine passing TDs. The former is harder to predict, but you have to like Floyd’s upside. He has a pair of 100-plus-yard games this season and has scored a touchdown in two of his past three matchups with the Broncos.


Sit: Oakland Raiders Wide Receivers at Atlanta

The Falcons have proven to be a good passing defense (203.0 yards per game), and we really don’t know who the go-to receiver is going to be. That makes this too risky of a situation to buy into unless you have no other alternatives.



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