Fantasy Football Week 6: Five Best Matchups to Know

Pauly Kwestel@pkwestelWFAN Correspondent IOctober 13, 2010

Fantasy Football Week 6: Five Best Matchups to Know

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    Every fantasy team has its studs. Fantasy drafts are conducted to ensure that the studs are divided evenly among all the teams in the league. Studs will not decide who wins the league, the winner is the person who finds the best sleepers, and plays the best matchups right week in and week out. 

    What happens when your stud is on his bye week. The success of your team hinders on who you put in to replace him. The key is having someone, who might not deliver every week, but has a favorable matchup to deliver this week. 

    Sometimes it is not about replacing a stud, but rather, who you should use as your second wide receiver, or your second running back. You many not have guys who are producing every week, so every week you need to make a choice of which players on your team you are going to use this week. 

    Here are five players with favorable matchups poised to have big weeks. 

Fantasy Football Week 6: Five Best Matchups To Know

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    Every fantasy team has its studs. Fantasy drafts are designed to distribute the studs evenly between every team in the league. 

    What wins a fantasy league is not the studs on your roster, but the sleepers and matchups that you find during the season. What happens when your stud has a bye week?

    Not just a stud, but what about your second wide receiver or running back. Many teams have players that don't put up big points week in week out. With these players it becomes about picking the guy who will produce big this week, each week. Most of the time these picks are based on matchups. 

    Here are five players with favorable matchups to produce big games this week. 

5. LeGarrette Blount

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    A sleeper pick, as Blount is just starting to become more involved in the Buccaneers offense. It was recently announced that starter Carnell Williams, who is averaging just 2.5 yards per carry, will see his role in the offense become reduced.

    Blount is expected to see more carries and is now in position to begin breaking out. Blount will get an early opportunity to make an impact, as the Bucs are taking on the defending champion New Orleans Saints.

    Don't let the "defending champion" title fool you, currently the Saints are ranked 23rd in the league against the rush. They have been giving up an average of 4.9 yards per carry. Blount also becomes valuable as it looks like he will be slotting in as the goal line back for the Bucs, allowing him to pick up big points with touchdowns.  

4. Hakeem Nicks

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    Hakeem Nicks is quickly becoming a favorite target for New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Nicks started the season hot when he had four catches for 75 yards and three touchdowns in the Giants week 1 win against the Panthers. 

    The Giants then cooled off and lost their next two, with Nicks cooling off as well. However the Giants are now heating up, winning two straight and Nicks is beginning to get back into the mix. 

    Nicks is coming off of a 12 catch 130 yard and 3 touchdown performance against Houston. Next up, the Detroit Lions who rank 26th in the league in pass defense. 

    The Giants should stay hot against Detroit, and will likely have no issues moving the ball. This will open up the passing game for Eli Manning, who will no doubt look towards his new favorite target, Hakeem Nicks. 

    Expect to see Nicks reach the end zone at least once in this game. 

3. DeSean Jackson

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    In Philadelphia, all the talk has been about their quarterback situation. What has gotten lost in the mix has been that star wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been just mediocre this season. 

    Jackson has put up rather pedestrian numbers this season, with just 18 catches and two touchdowns. 

    The good news for Jackson owners is that it seems like Mike Vick will miss the next game, forcing the Eagles to start Kevin Kolb. This will keep the offense simple, they are either running or passing, no crazy Michael Vick scrambles. The better news, the Eagles are facing the Atlanta Falcons, who are ranked 22nd against the pass. 

    The turmoil should be gone by Sunday, the Eagles are coming off of a win and will look to get back to the top of the NFC East. If the Eagles use Jackson properly, he will be too much for the Falcons secondary to handle. 

    Expect Jackson to have his best game so far of this young season. 

2. Matt Cassel

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    The Chiefs undefeated season may have come to an end Sunday in Indianapolis but the Chiefs are still out to prove that their 3-0 was no fluke. They will have a tough opponent Sunday when they take on the Houston Texans, who are looking to get back on track after losing to the Giants. 

    Despite holding the 31st passing offense in the league, this is a game where Matt Cassel can thrive. The Texans are the worst team in the league against the pass. 

    The Texans will be gearing up to try and stop the Chiefs 3rd ranked rushing offense, which will open the door for Cassel to go play action. If the Chiefs could get their run game going, it open up many doors for Offensive Coordinator Charlie Weiss and Cassel in the passing game. 

    While the Chiefs possess just the 31st ranked passing offense, this is one of the most favorable matchups on the board in the NFL this week. It is worth giving it a thought if your starting quarterback has a bye this week. 

1. Eddie Royal

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    Before facing Baltimore, the Denver Broncos had the #1 passing attack in the NFL. Led by quarterback Kyle Orton, the Broncos now sit second behind the San Diego Chargers for that title. This week the Broncos welcome the New York Jets to Invesco Field at Mile High. 

    Last season the Jets were the #1 defense in the league against the pass. This season, playing much of it without All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis, the Jets rank 25th against the pass. 

    The Jets run defense remains dominant, which will force the Broncos to pass often. Cornerback Darelle Revis looks likely to miss this game as well, which will mean that Antonio Cromartie will have to matchup against the leagues leading receiver Brandon Lloyd. 

    This means that the Jets will have to put either CB Drew Coleman or rookie CB Kyle Wilson against Royal. Coleman has only recently become a starter, due to the Revis injury and Wilson's poor play. Wilson has gotten off to a slow start in his NFL career, as he has shown that he still has a lot to learn as a rookie. 

    The Broncos love to throw the ball, and are good at throwing it. The Jets have been very weak against the pass this year, especially when Revis is not playing. This will open up the field for Royal to have a big game. 

    Expect Kyle Orton to have a field day, staying away from Lloyd who will be covered tightly, and going towards Royal, who is likely to find a lot of open space.