Fantasy Football Week 6: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Locks To Win Your Matchup

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IOctober 13, 2010

Fantasy Football Week 6: Start 'Em Sit 'Em Locks to Win Your Matchup

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    Hello, fantasy football players and fans alike. As we head towards week six of the NFL season, we will spend the next couple of days checking out or fantasy rosters, making moves and second guessing ourselves as to who to start and who to sit.

    Let me make it easier and do the work for you.

    We're going to take a look at 10 players that you must start and 10 you must sit in, order for you to win your fantasy match-up this weekend.

No. 10 Must Sit: Matt Cassel (Kansas City Chiefs)

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    If any of you, and I hope you don't, have Matt Cassel starting on your fantasy team, it's time to put him on the bench.

    While I know that the Houston Texans have the worst passing defense in the NFL (329.6 ypg), Cassel has thrown just four touchdown passes all year and three of those came against San Francisco two weeks ago.

    Projected total: 7

No. 10 Must Start: Rashard Mendenhall (Pittsburgh Steelers)

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    With the return of Ben Roethlisberger, most would think that means less carries away for running back Rashard Mendenhall.

    However, I see things differently. The Browns are going to expect the pass, but the Steelers will be smart and mix things up, to try and alleviate some pressure from their quarterback in his first game.

    Projected total: 9

No. 9 Must Sit: Peyton Hillis (Cleveland Browns)

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    Going up against the NFL's best rushing defense, I would sit Peyton Hillis this week for that reason alone.

    Projected total: 3

No. 9 Must Start: Benjamin Watson (Cleveland Browns)

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    Rookie quarterback starting and he's going to need a quick lifeline before he gets hammered by the defensive line.

    Tight end Benjamin Watson is going to be that guy. Look for him to get a lot of passes thrown his way on Sunday.

    Projected total: 8

No. 8 Must Sit: Sam Bradford (St. Louis Rams)

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    The San Diego Chargers are a bad match-up for Sam Bradford.

    He had a couple of good weeks, but this is not the time to take a chance on him.

    Projected total: 6

No. 8 Must Start: Marcedes Lewis (Jacksonville Jaguars)

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    Jaguars' quarterback David Garrard seems to have a radar on Marcedes Lewis, particularly in the end zone.

    He has five touchdowns so far this season and should be looking for more against Tennessee.

    Projected total: 15

No. 7 Must Sit: Joseph Addai (Indianapolis Colts)

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    Joseph Addai is trying to recover from neck and shoulder bruises, but is expected to be in the lineup for the Colts.

    Until he can prove he's 100%, I wouldn't start him.

    Projected total: 6

No. 7 Must Start: Mike Williams (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

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    Mike Williams has three touchdowns in four games and with the Bucs facing off against the Saints, he's a guy that should get plenty of looks.

    Projected total: 12

No. 6 Must Sit: Brett Favre (Minnesota Vikings)

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    Brett Favre may not start this week due to tendinitis in his throwing elbow. Even if he does make the start, he  won't be 100%.

    He's not a good start this week against the Cowboys.

    Projected total: 9

No. 6 Must Start: Frank Gore (San Francisco 49ers)

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    Though Frank Gore struggled to gain any points for fantasy owners this past weekend against the Eagles, he has a favorable match-up on Sunday against the Raiders.

    Projected total: 15

No. 5 Must Sit: Matt Schaub (Houston Texans)

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    The Kansas City Chiefs look like a favorable match-up, but with Jacoby Jones just coming back from injury, Schaub doesn't have enough solid options just yet.

    Projected total: 12

No. 5 Must Start: Brandon Lloyd (Denver Broncos)

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    Brandon Lloyd has been a solid fantasy wide receiver and continues to get more and more looks from Kyle Orton.

    No question here. Gotta start him.

    Projected total: 18

No. 4 Must Sit: Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle Seahawks)

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    It hasn't been a fun few weeks for Matt Hasselbeck. In fact, his numbers have decreased in each of the first four weeks.

    Projected total: 3

No. 4 Must Start: Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts)

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    Peyton Manning isn't going to have back-to-back off weeks, so put him in the lineup and watch him rack up the points for you.

    Projected total: 27

No. 3 Must Sit: Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)

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    Tampa Bay's defense has been a thorn in the side of opposing offenses. With Drew Brees not having a great week last week, I'm not ready to say he's going to be any better this week.

    Projected total: 12

No. 3 Must Start: Ryan Mathews (San Diego Chargers)

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    The Chargers will be in St. Louis to take on the Rams. Since head coach Norv Turner told the media that running back Ryan Mathews will be getting more looks this week, he could have a huge day on Sunday.

    Projected total: 17

No. 2 Must Sit: Josh Cribbs (Cleveland Browns)

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    Josh Cribbs hasn't put up the numbers that most, myself included, thought he would put up this season, especially with a veteran quarterback in the mix.

    Delhomme's injuries have prevented those looks.

    Projected total: 3

No 2 Must Start: Chris Johnson (Tennessee Titans)

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    Chris Johnson got the payback against the Dallas Cowboys last week for not drafting him when they had the chance.

    This week, he's just going to keep racking up the yards and touchdowns against the Jaguars.

    Projected total: 24

No. 1 Must Sit: Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens)

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    He had a big week for fantasy owners against Denver last weekend.

    However, against New England, I don't expect Rice to match those numbers.

    Projected total: 9

No: 1 Must Start: Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers)

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    Even though the Chargers are sitting at a disappointing 2-3, you're not putting the entire team on your fantasy league.

    Rivers has put up great numbers all season long and has a very favorable match-up against the Rams on Sunday.

    Projected total: 25