Fantasy Football Week 6 Sit Ems

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 17, 2009

BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 27:  Willis McGahee #23 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball in for the winning touchdown against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Browns 34-3. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Week after week fantasy football owners make the wrong decisions on who to start and who to sit. It can be one of the most frustrating things in fantasy football. Your bench puts up 89, and your starters put up 39. It’s happened to everyone, so while it’s completely frustrating, you’re not the only one who is dealing with these problems.

With that being said it’s now time to pay attention to our Fantasy Football Week 6 Sit ‘Ems advice so you can make the right decisions on who to place on your bench this week. 


Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers) vs. Denver

Let’s be honest with Rivers in this week 6 match-up; he’s coming off a bye and knows this is somewhat of a must-win for San Diego. But, you can bet that Norv Turner and the Chargers dedicated themselves to getting the running game back on track during the bye week due to their failures thus far in 2009. Rivers has been very good so far throwing for 311 yards per contest and 6 TDs in 4 games. However, this Broncos D turned in a worthy performance in week 5 against Tom Brady only allowing 215 yards and 2 TDs. While that’s a decent fantasy game, it’s not overwhelming. We don’t recommend you to sit Rivers just to do it, but if you have solid options, then go for it.

Jason Campbell (Washington Redskins) vs. Kansas City

The Redskins look to come in for an easy game against the Chiefs, but we don’t think this match-up is much of a gimme anymore. The ‘Skins have looked awful all season, and Campbell is skating on thin ice along with Head Coach Jim Zorn. Even though the Chiefs are giving up the 5th most fantasy points to opposing QBs on average, Campbell has been bad. He had 145 yards and a TD in week 5 against Carolina and 170 yards, 2 TDs, and 4 turnovers (3 INT, 1 FL) against the “mighty” Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense. He’s struggled most of the season, so we still can’t recommend him with a good match-up.

Derek Anderson (Cleveland Browns) @ Pittsburgh

So, we are stating the obvious, but you shouldn’t start Derek Anderson. In fact, you shouldn’t have him on your roster. He is not the same guy as he was in 2007, and now without Braylon Edwards, his WRs are young, inexperienced, and have not developed a relationship with him. We know this line has been heard before, but his 2 completions made JaMarcus Russell look good in week 5. In fact, he had almost as many completions to Browns as he did to the Bills. In Pittsburgh, against a team that looks to get back to their dominant ways, this is shaping up to be a negative point-age week.


Willis McGahee (Baltimore Ravens) @ Minnesota

It seems like every week fantasy owners are struggling on who to start from the Ravens RBBC. Well for starters, we don’t recommend McGahee in this tough match-up against the Vikings. This game is shaping up to be one of the best of the weekend, and since McGahee doesn’t see the carries between the 20’s, he may not see the ball too often in week 6. McGahee had 2 touches for 2 yards in week 5, while starter Ray Rice put up 143 total yards and a score. McGahee has faded quickly, and the Vikings defense has given up only 96 rush yards per game and zero TDs on the ground this season. 

Jamal Lewis (Cleveland Browns) @ Pittsburgh

This has been one of those fantasy seasons (like every season) where players come out of obscurity and into the limelight. Well, week 5 was Jamal Lewis’ limelight, and his 15 minutes of fame are over. Lewis has had an impressive career, against pretty much everyone, but the Steelers’ rush defense. He has only had one career game over 100 yards against Pittsburgh, and that came in his 2,000 yard season, so it seems that Pitt has his number. His 117 yards were solid in week 5, but that was the Bills; let’s not go crazy. Let him ride the pine (wrong jargon?) in week 6 in the Steel City.

Sammy Morris (New England Patriots) vs. Tennessee

The Patriots need to get their passing game to where it used to be in order to excel in 2009. Against a solid Titans rush defense ranking third against the run and only 31st against the pass, expect Belichick to force the Titans to stop Tom Brady. Sammy Morris likely won’t see the same amount of touches that he did in week 5 against Denver, so his production could be low against a Titans team that has only allowed 75 yards per game, 3 TDs, and zero runs of over 20 yards in 2009.


Mario Manningham (New York Giants) @ New Orleans

Manningham’s elusiveness and big play ability has allowed him to succeed in New York this season. In what should be the most intriguing game of the week, two unbeatens are going head-to-head. Manningham now has to compete with WR Hakeem Nicks as a downfield threat, and the Saints secondary is no slouch. Coming off a bye, they can expect to be refreshed and ready to go against the Giants. Manningham has averaged 6 points per week in the past 3 games, but we believe he fails to reach that mark in week 6. 

Jeremy Maclin (Philadelphia Eagles) @ Oakland

This is one of those things that happens each and every season; a wide receiver (specifically) has a huge game, and their ownership flies up to the point of people believing they are start-able each week. Anybody remember Kevin Curtis in 2007? In week 3, he posted 221 yards and 3 TDs. Owners loved him. 13 weeks following? 3 games over 8 points. Is that the type of consistency you can expect from Maclin? Who knows…but while it’s not a bad idea to stash Maclin away, realize that a big game is possible at any time, but the consistency is surely not.

Santonio Holmes (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Cleveland

After week 1, fantasy owners were scrambling to trade for this Super Bowl hero. To say that he’s been average would be an overstatement. He has averaged just under 4 points a game since his week 1 match-up, so he may have lost his must start privileges until he can prove worthy. The Browns have only allowed 209 pass yards per game and 5 TDs in 5 games though, so they are not bad against the pass (it doesn’t hurt that they are awful against the run). Teams that drafted Holmes as their #2 probably don’t have the luxury of sitting him, but if you do, wait til he gets back on track before you start him again.


Greg Olsen (Chicago Bears) @ Atlanta

Many Olsen owners are struggling to plug him securely into their lineup on a weekly basis because of his flair for inconsistency. Fortunately he has posted back-to-back TD games, but there isn’t much to show that he is a reliable option week in and week out. The Falcons allowed TE Vernon Davis to get 51 receiving yards in week 5, but considering that would best Olsen’s season-high, we can’t exactly say that he can accumulate that much. If you’re waiting for Olsen to break out, you may have to keep waiting. 


Ryan Longwell (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Baltimore

It’s become anyone’s guess as to which kickers will do well on a weekly basis. Typically, go for the kickers facing poor defensive teams, and you are in good shape. On the other hand, when a kicker is facing a solid defensive team, such as the Baltimore Ravens, we can’t highly recommend them for the match-up. Even though they each have very good offenses, this game could be low-scoring and not provide ample opportunities for Longwell to use his leg.


Chicago Bears D/ST @ Atlanta

The Bears have proven to be a mediocre fantasy defense thus far in 2009. Their pass rush has been their one strong point, but the same could have been said for the San Francisco 49ers who recorded zero sacks in week 5 versus the Falcons. The Falcons came out gunning after their bye week, and posted a phenomenal 45 points and really failed to make mistakes. If QB Matt Ryan can play like that in week 6, the Bears could be in for a long day. Sit the Bears with confidence that they can come back against a lesser opponent in Week 8. Yes, Week 8 is two weeks away, but they face the lowly Cleveland Browns. Hold onto them until that match-up if you so choose to.