Week Six: Who To Start and Who To Sit
Before I get to my Week Six selections, let’s check last week’s picks for accuracy.
Good Starts from Week Five
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB (NYG): Bradshaw went off, scoring two touchdowns on 110 yards rushing. He also added one reception for 55 yards.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB (PIT): Mendenhall had his second straight good game filling in for the injured Willie Parker, rushing for 74 yards and scoring a touchdown.
Donovan McNabb, QB (PHI): In his first game back form injury, McNabb passed for 264 yards and recorded three touchdowns.
Matt Ryan, QB (ATL): Ryan passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in a win over the 49ers last week.
Austin Collie, WR (IND): Collie went for two touchdowns on 97 receiving yards for the Colts last week.
Bad Starts from Week Five
Jerome Harrison, RB (CLE): Jamal Lewis played, so Harrison didn’t get much playing time.
David Garrard, QB (JAC): Garrard was a major disappointment in Week Five, scoring no touchdowns and losing two fumbles.
Good Sits from Week Five
Calvin Johnson, WR (DET): He played, but only recorded one reception before leaving the game early due to injury.
49ers, Defense/Special Teams: The Falcons exploited them last week, giving up 45 points on 477 total yards of offense.
Santana Moss, WR (WAS): Moss couldn’t get it done two weeks in a row, bringing in only four catches for 44 yards.
Bad Sits from Week Five
Nate Burleson, WR (SEA): Burleson had a day, scoring twice on 98 receiving yards.
Owen Daniels, TE (HOU): He didn’t score a touchdown, but he did catch eight passes for 94 yards.
Here is my Week Six list of who to start and who to sit:
Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals
Start: Chad Ochocinco, WR (CIN)
Explanation: The Texans' secondary has given up a lot to receivers this year, and Ochocinco has been a vital part of the Bengals' offense thus far in 2009. Look for him to have a game day Sunday, scoring at least one touchdown.
Sit: Kevin Walter, WR (HOU)
Explanation: Walter hasn’t made much noise this season, and his targets are down from a year ago. The Bengals have been solid against the pass, so don’t expect much from him this week.
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Start: Jermichael Finley, TE (GB)
Explanation: The Lions have given up at least one touchdown per game to the tight end this season, which is a great sign for Finley owners. Also, Aaron Rodgers has been targeting him a lot thus far.
Sit: Calvin Johnson, WR (DET)
Explanation: It looks as if he will be a game-time decision this week, but if he plays, he won’t be 100 percent.
Baltimore Ravens at Minnesota Vikings
Start: Ray Rice, RB (BAL)
Explanation: Last week, Rice proved he can be both a good rusher and receiver as he totaled for almost 150 yards of total offense. The Ravens will find a way to get the ball in his hands, so be sure to start him this week.
Sit: Percy Harvin, WR (MIN)
Explanation: Harvin hasn’t scored in three weeks, and hasn’t been able to get enough touches to make him fantasy worthy.
New York Giants at New Orleans Saints
Start: Hakeem Nicks, WR (NYG)
Explanation: In his two games back from injury, Nicks has recorded two touchdowns. Expect Eli Manning to look his way a lot against a good run defense.
Sit: Saints, Defense/Special Teams
Explanation: This is the week that the Saints' defense gets exposed. The Giants are too good of an offensive team to be stopped this week, so disappointment is in the air for this game.
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
Start: Ben Roethlisberger, QB (PIT)
Explanation: Roethlisberger is coming off of a great game last week against the Lions and is playing the Browns this week. This should be another three touchdown game for the Steelers' quarterback.
Sit: Jamal Lewis, RB (CLE)
Explanation: The Steelers' defense is solid against the run, and the Browns will likely be passing a lot once they are down. Sit Lewis at all costs.
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Start: Antonio Bryant, WR (TB)
Explanation: Bryant was targeted 11 times in last week’s loss to the Eagles, which was second on the team to only Kellen Winslow. Expect the Buccaneers' young quarterback to continue to try to get the ball to their best receiver as they will likely be down most of the game.
Sit: Panthers, Defense/Special Teams
Explanation: Although this matchup may look appealing, the Buccaneers were able to move the ball down the field against a good Eagles' defense last week, who have a far better defense than the Panthers.
Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Redskins
Start: Dwayne Bowe, WR (KC)
Explanation: Bowe is finally 100 percent, and should receive the bulk of the targets form quarterback Matt Cassel. Although the Redskins have been solid in shutting down receivers, expect Bowe to get plenty of chances to make a big play this week.
Sit: Jason Campbell, QB (WAS)
Explanation: Campbell flat-out stinks this year, even against the horrible teams the Redskins have been playing.
St. Louis Rams at Jacksonville Jaguars
Start: Steven Jackson, RB (STL)
Explanation: This will be the week that Jackson will find the end zone. The Jaguars' defense has holes and Jackson will be able to find them.
Sit: David Garrard, QB (JAC)
Explanation: Garrard was a huge disappointment last week, leading to this benching. The Jaguars will probably be up early, so lots of MJD will be on the menu.
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
Start: Nate Burleson, WR (SEA)
Explanation: I was way off last week, but it’s not happening again this week. Burleson is a must-start against a sub-par Cardinals' secondary who give up a lot to receivers.
Sit: Tim Hightower, RB (ARI)
Explanation: As you saw last week, the Cardinals are starting to run the ball more, and not with Hightower. Welles is now splitting time with him, making him an iffy play against the Seahawks.
Philadelphia Eagles at Oakland Raiders
Start: Jeremy Maclin, WR (PHI)
Explanation: Maclin had a breakout game last week against the Buccaneers with two touchdowns on 146 receiving yards. Look for Donovan McNabb to look his way often with Nnamdi Asougha taking away his favorite target DeSean Jackson.
Sit: Raiders, Running Backs/Wide Receivers
Explanation: The Raiders are horrible and you shouldn’t start anyone from their offense. Enough said.
Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots
Start: Sammy Morris, RB (NE)
Explanation: Going into Week Six, Morris is the front-runner to receive the bulk of the carries in the Patriots' offense. Look for Morris to get around 20 carries and possibly some goal line action.
Sit: Nate Washington, WR (TEN)
Explanation: Washington’s touchdown streak ended at three, as he was unable to find the end zone in the Titans' loss to the Colts on Sunday night. The Titans will look to run the ball a lot against a suspect Patriots defense, so don’t expect much from Washington.
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
Start: Marshawn Lynch, RB (BUF)
Explanation: Although the Bills' offense is horrible, Lynch should have a great game this week. The Jets' run defense looked horrible last week against the Dolphins, so look for the Bills to try and do the same with a heavy run attack.
Sit: Jerricho Cotchery, WR (NYJ)
Explanation: Cotchery will most likely be a game time decision, but won’t be 100 percent even if he does play.
Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons
Start: Matt Ryan, QB (ATL)
Explanation: The Bears' secondary is very beatable, and Ryan has been terrific this year. Look for another big day from this youngster.
Sit: Bears, Defense/Special Teams
Explanation: The Bears' defense isn’t what it once was, and the Falcons' offense is kicking on all cylinders. Look for Ryan to have another big day as he continues to emerge as one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers
Start: Knowshon Moreno, RB (DEN)
Explanation: Moreno is quickly becoming the playmaker on this surprising Broncos team and should do it again this week against a horrible run defense. As long as he can hold onto the ball, expect a big game from Moreno this week.
Sit: LaDainian Tomlinson, RB (SD)
Explanation: Although he is going to play this week, you still shouldn’t start him against a good Broncos defense. The Chargers' run offense is in shambles in 2009, and won’t get much better this week.
Key Fantasy Players on Bye Weeks in Week Six:
San Francisco 49ers: Frank Gore, Glen Coffee, Shaun Hill, Vernon Davis
Dallas Cowboys: Marion Barber, Felix Jones, Tashard Choice, Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Roy Williams, Miles Austin, Patrick Crayton
Indianapolis Colts: Joseph Addai, Donald Brown, Peyton Manning, Dallas Clark, Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, Pierre Garcon
Miami Dolphins: Ricky Williams, Ronnie Brown, Anthony Fasano, Ted Ginn Jr.
Check back next week as I assist you in your fantasy lineup decisions!