Fortunately for fantasy football owners, bye weeks aren’t going to hit as badly in Week 6 as they did in Week 5. With the Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, and Miami Dolphins on byes this week, owners shouldn’t be scrambling for as many players as previous weeks. But it doesn’t mean fantasy owners aren’t without dilemmas of their own. Our Fantasy Football Week 6 Start ‘Ems should provide you with the information necessary to make the right roster decisions.
QUARTERBACKS – START ‘EM
Brett Favre (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Baltimore
Brett Favre has proven that quarterbacks can be like a fine wine; they each get better with age. A few weeks back, we would have never recommended the game manager in a start such as this one versus the Ravens, but over the last few week’s he has proven he still has the arm strength and gun-slinging ability. Favre has averaged over 200 passing yards per contest and almost 2 TDs through five games, which on averages along makes him a solid Week 6 fantasy start against the Ravens. Baltimore is 26th in the NFL in passing defense allowing 238 passing yards per game and with the Ravens sporting one of the best rushing defenses in football you’d expect Minnesota to come out throwing. The Ravens have allowed QBs to score 13 or more fantasy points (standard leagues) in all but one game thus far and you have to like Favre’s chances to put together another QB1 showing.
Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Arizona
Hasselbeck is back, and in a big way. Throwing for 4 TDs in Week 5 is just an indicator of how explosive Hasselbeck can be with some solid wide receivers. In Week 6 Hasselbeck has the good fortune of playing a home games against an Arizona Cardinals pass defense that allows over 300 passing yards per game and over 2 TDs per match-up. Now that Hasselbeck is clicking with wide outs Nate Burleson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, it adds to what could prove to be a pretty potent offense. This game has the makings of a shootout and Hasselbeck should have no problem producing at a high enough level to be considered a top five QB play in Week 6
Marc Bulger (St. Louis Rams) @ Jacksonville
We understand this is a risky play in Week 6, but with quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Tony Romo (is it even worth listing Chad Henne and Shaun Hill?), on a bye week you could be looking for any potential options. Marc Bulger looked great in his back-up outing with a tidy 7 of 7 for 88 yards and a touchdown pass to wide out Donnie Avery. With the Jacksonville Jaguars being one of the worst in the NFL against the pass, having allowed 11 TDs and over 240 yards in every contest, if there is ever a week you use Bulger it’s this one. Each of the Jaguars five QB opponents have scored at least 14 fantasy points, so it would be no surprise if Bulger can match that, coming off a confidence booster in Week 5.
RUNNINGBACKS – START ‘EM
Knowshon Moreno (Denver Broncos) @ San Diego
We told you from the beginning that once the job is Moreno’s it will be tough for him to lose it. Despite Correll Buckhalterrexpected to return to action in Week 6, Moreno has been solely practicing with the first team offense and he gets to face a San Diego Chargers defense that has been nothing short of horrendous in 2009. Granted, coming off a bye week they could have solved some problems, but how bad have they been against the run? They’ve allowed 17, 25, 29, and 41 fantasy football points (standard leagues) to the RB position in their four games this season. If 17 points is the floor for what Moreno should put up, you should most definitely plug him into your fantasy lineup and consider him a low-end RB1 on Monday Night Football.
Cadillac Williams (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) vs. Carolina
A hit and miss option thus far in 2009 (3 starts with under 10 rush yards), we like Cadillac’s match-up versus a weak Carolina Panthers rush defense. The Panthers rank 30th in the NFL against the rush allowing 155 rush yards per contest and a TD per game. With the Buccaneers fresh off an awful Week 5 performance against a revitalized Philadelphia Eagles defense, look for Tampa Bay to establish a run game to alleviate some of the pressure off of “rookie” QB Josh Johnson. The match-up on paper and the expected game plan in Tampa Bay should allow Williams to produce as a low-end RB2 or Flex play in Week 6.
Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers) @ Tampa Bay
Sticking with the same match-up, we finally like Stewart to break out and have a solid game against a bad rush defense in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers allow over 150 yards per contest against the rush and Stewart could see some goal-line carries and rack up 60 yards and a TD in Week 6. In fact there’s a good shot that Stewart and fellow running mate DeAngelo Williams each post numbers to start in Week 6, but we like Stewart to be used as a RB2 or Flex play and obviously Williams has the match-up to produce as a RB1 for the first time this year.
WIDE RECEIVERS – START ‘EM
Mike Sims-Walker (Jacksonville Jaguars) vs. St. Louis
We understand that you may have been put in a bad position when Sims-Walker sat in Week 5 for reportedly missing curfew, and it probably left a bad taste in your mouth. However, so did the 41-0 whooping that the Seattle Seahawks put on the Jaguars. The Jags will be looking for redemption (and it won’t be hard versus the Rams) so you can expect Sims-Walker and the other Jacksonville skill players to score a healthy dosage of fantasy points this week. MSW had looked like he formed a great rapport with signal caller David Garrard in three games prior to Week 5, so expect more of that as he is expected to play in Week 6. Think around 50-75 receiving yards and a TD from the youngster who has learned his lesson that it’s not good to hook up with old flings the night before the game.
Braylon Edwards (New York Jets) vs. Buffalo
Don’t let the stats fool you, Braylon Edwards is on the right track once again. With a new team and a new QB (thankfully), Edwards managed 64 yards and TD in Week 5. What isn’t noted there is that it was almost as close to being 115 yards and 2 TDs, with a few near-reversible calls in the making. While there are more options in New York for Mark Sanchez now, he obviously is already relying on Edwards to take some heat off of the running game. The Buffalo Bills are ranked 6th in the NFL in passing yards allowed, but it is slightly skewed because one of the ugliest games in NFL history (Derek Anderson, 2 for 17, 23 passing yards) was on their schedule. Realistic thinking from Edwards owners should be another 60 receiving yards and a score in Week 6.
Kenny Britt (Tennessee Titans) @ New England
Britt has been arguably the most impressive rookie wide out to date, even with the Tennessee Titans starting out 0-5. While they will have to play a perfect game to beat the New England Patriots in Week 6, Kerry Collins is on pace to have over 600 passing attempts by season’s end and he has been targeting Britt on a consistent basis this season. He may not find his first TD of his young career, but 60-70 yards would be solid as a bye-week replacement for a fantasy football owner who is in a deep league and in a pinch to fill a roster spot. .
TIGHT ENDS – START ‘EM
Todd Heap (Baltimore Ravens) @ Minnesota
Minnesota has just been average against the pass (largely due to them forcing teams to throw so often), but whether or not, the Ravens may be able to move the ball on the Vikings defense. In what figures to be a very well played game, Todd Heap should find some room because the Vikings have been awful at covering the tight end position in 2009. Cleveland (74 and a TD), Detroit (50 yards), San Francisco (96 and 2 TDs), Green Bay (156 and a TD), and St. Louis (90 yards) have all been relinquished in Weeks 1-5. Expect Heap to get you 50-60 yards for starters and mix in a touchdown in what should be a good match-up versus the Vikings.
KICKERS – START ‘EM
Josh Scobee (Jacksonville Jaguars) vs. St. Louis
The St. Louis Rams have allowed only 8 field goals in 5 games, but add 18 touchdowns against to that mix and that’s the sign of any kickers having a quality game when facing St. Louis. With the Jaguars being shut out by the Seattle Seahawks in Week 5 it led to Scobee getting the dreaded goose egg. Things should change this week as the Rams have allowed 30 or more points in 60% of their games; however the Jaguars inconsistencies on offense should result in good numbers for Scobee this weekend.
DEFENSES – START ‘EM
Carolina Panthers D/ST @ Tampa Bay
We understand that Carolina’s run defense has been awful and even suggested you start Cadillac Williams this week, but you have to love the fact that an experienced defense is facing a “rookie” quarterback in Josh Johnson. His lack of experience should result in a few turnovers for the Panthers D/ST, and they obviously need this win big-time to get back in the hunt in the NFC South. Remember, even with the turnover machine Jake Delhomme under center, this is a Panthers team that went 12-4 in 2008. Expect the Panthers to get back on track and make it two straight games with 10 or more fantasy football points (standard leagues).
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THIS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY BRUNO BOY JACOB LERMAN.