Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 6: Decisions on the Best Flex Plays

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IOctober 14, 2012

Oct 7, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francsico 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree (15) tries to elude Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (27) in the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

We could all use some fantasy football advice on game day, especially at that ever pesky flex position. 

In Week 6, some of the most consistent fantasy performers face stout defenses, so there should be many close matchups this weekend. 

Here are two good flex options, and a guy you should probably keep on your bench. 

Start 'Em

Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions 

Yeah, yeah, the Philadelphia Eagles' run defense is good. They allow a respectable 3.9 yards per carry and the Lions are pass-first club. 

However, Juan Castillo's group has surrendered the 22nd most fantasy points to running backs through five games, and don't be shocked if Detroit looks to feature more of their running game to keep Philly's defense guessing. 

If he gets between 15-18 carries, he should be relatively productive and remember, Leshoure has caught four passes in his last two games. 

Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers

Crabtree is a WR No. 2 or No. 3 in some leagues, but if you're hesitant to start him in one of the wideout spots, slide him in as the flex this week. 

The New York Giants defensive line will provide a tough test for Alex Smith, but the secondary is banged up and allow 261 yards through the air per game. 

Crabtree leads the team in targets with 38, and as we know, targets are what you're looking for in fantasy.

A fine flex option this week in a huge NFC clash.

Sit 'Em

Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

Believe it or not, the Patriots head into Week 5 with the most carries in the NFL with 191. Stevan Ridley has been the unquestioned feature back, accounting for 102 of those 191 carries with a solid 4.8 yards per carry average. 

While the Patriots seem to be dedicated to running the football, Ridley faces an extremely tough test against the Seattle Seahawks' defense this afternoon. 

They're allowing a pedestrian 66.6 yards per game and 3.2 yards per rush. 

Yeah, don't start Ridley this week.