Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 6: Examining Difficult Fantasy Football Lineup Calls

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistOctober 13, 2013

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After spending the week scouring the waiver wire and monitoring injury reports, it's time for fantasy football owners to make some final lineup decisions. Figuring out which players should start and which should spend the week on the bench is often a tricky task.

Since production is so variable on a weekly basis, especially among the fringe fantasy assets that get debated, it's difficult to make the right calls. Of course, it wouldn't be much fun to play if every decision was easy to make.

With that in mind, let's check out where some of the players whom fantasy owners are probably having an internal debate about heading into Sunday should land. The list is followed by a breakdown of some tough decisions.


Start 'Em or Sit 'Em?



Examining Toughest Decisions

Sit: Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers)

In Week 1, Kaepernick showed his upside with a 30-point fantasy outing against the Green Bay Packers. Those types of monster games make it tough to leave him on the bench, but the fact he's only totaled 31 points since that game should make it easier.

The third-year quarterback has struggled to replicate that terrific performance. In turn, the 49ers have returned to their roots by running the ball and playing strong defense. The game plan has led to two straight blowout victories.

It's great news for San Francisco but bad news for Kaepernick's fantasy owners. The 49ers will likely continue to lean on Frank Gore and his fellow backs against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6, leading to another lackluster score for the talented quarterback.


Sit: Denarius Moore (Oakland Raiders)

The emergence of Terrelle Pryor has provided a nice boost to Moore's fantasy value. He's reached double-digit scoring in three of five games and is coming off a 14-point showing against the San Diego Chargers last week.

He's still not a guaranteed weekly starter, though. The offense is going to feel the impact of growing pains from Pryor. The perfect example is Moore's performance in Week 2, when he was held without a catch on just two targets.

The possibility of those types of games means he's still a matchup play, and the Raiders' passing game has a bad one in Week 6. They go up against the fourth-ranked Kansas City Chiefs pass defense on the road. So expect a down game from Moore.


Start: Jordan Reed (Washington Redskins)

The overall weakness at tight end means a lot of fantasy owners are still searching for a reliable option. Although Reed will need to string together some stronger showings to reach that status, he's worth a look in Week 6.

Robert Griffin III is spending more time in the pocket this season. He's averaging more than 40 throws per game, which means there are a lot of targets to go around. And Reed is emerging as the best pass-catching tight end of Washington's trio, which also includes Logan Paulsen and Fred Davis.

Add in the fact that the Redskins are facing the Dallas Cowboys, who rank 31st in passing yards allowed at more than 325 per game, and Reed becomes an intriguing option at a weak position. He should put together his best game of the season to date.