Fantasy Football Week 6: Lee's Locks and Lames (Who to Start, Who To Sit)

Lee HeislerCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2010

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 10: Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos passes against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Players wore pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Ravens defeated the Broncos 31-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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I'd like to start off by saying that it's been a long time since I've written an article here and it's great to be back.

As you can tell by the topic, this is my who to start and who to sit in fantasy football. 

I don't believe that I should have to tell you to start elite players such as Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, or Andre Johnson, but if I feel that one of them are likely to have an off week I will mention them in my "Lames" portion.

Sometimes I'll go by stats, other times by gut feelings. We'll see how I do and hopefully, I can help you while doing it.

Now to the good stuff:



Kyle Orton vs Jets: Are you a believer yet? Well, you need to be. 

The Broncos don't even attempt to run and that's good for Kyle Orton owners. Thus far this season, Orton has thrown for 295 yards, 307 yards, 476 yards, 341 yards and 314 yards. 

He's thrown thrown at least one touchdown pass in every game and in three of the five games he's thrown two. 

The naysayers said that he was not going to perform well last week in Baltimore against the Ravens number one ranked pass defense; he proved them wrong by throwing for 314 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions while compiling a QB rating of 104.5. 

Feel confident about starting Orton against a tough Jets defense that will likely be missing top CB Revis.

Vince Young at Jaguars: The leaky pass defense of the Jags will enable Young to be a solid bye week play this week. 

Titan wide outs Kenny Britt and Nate Washington have both started making plays recently and that trend will continue this week. 

Keep in mind that the Jags have allowed the most passing touchdowns in the NFL so far this season.

Matt Cassel at Texans: While you'll have to be very desperate to consider Cassel, this would be the week to do so. 

The Texans rank dead last in pass defense allowing an average 329.6 yards passing per game and have allowed 11 touchdown passes, second most in the NFL. 


Jamaal Charles at Texans: If you drafted Charles early and have been disappointed thus far in his performance, fear not—this is the week that Charles takes a strangle hold on the lead back position for the Chiefs

Last week, Charles carried the ball 16 times compared to Thomas Jones' eight carries; Charles has 50 carries for 325 yards which is an average 6.5 yards a carry, whereas Jones has 60 carries for 236 yards which is an average of 3.9 yards per carry. 

While Jones will still be involved, Charles will now be the bellcow.

LaDainian Tomlinson at Broncos: LT made a living of tearing up the Broncos and this week he'll get the chance to do so in a Jets uniform. 

Tomlinson looks as if he has found the fountain of youth, or maybe it was just going to a team committed to the running game with a coach that hasn't become predictable in his run play calling. *Cough-NORV-Cough*

Michael Bush at 49ers: Speaking of a team committed to the running game, that would be the Raiders

Bush has played very well this season after missing a few weeks with an injury; even if Darren McFadden plays, Bush will likely get the majority of carries and short yardage work, while the injury prone McFadden babies his hammy. 


Wes Welker vs Ravens: In the Pats first game since trading Randy Moss, Welker will get his first taste of being the Pats number one WR. 

The Patriots will be very motivated to redeem themselves from last season's blowout playoff loss to the Ravens and to prove that they can succeed without Moss. 

Welker will be busy all day, as the Ravens blitzes will be countered by Welker in the short to intermediate passing game.

Greg Jennings vs Dolphins: This is dependant on Aaron Rodgers playing, of course. 

But with Jermichael Finley out and the coaches saying that they need to get Jennings the ball more, this is the week that Jennings lives up to that lofty draft position in which you selected him this past August.

Pierre Garcon at Redskins: In Garcon's first game back, he led the team in targets. 

After one week to knock the rust off, look for Garcon to find the endzone as the Redskins roll their coverage to Reggie Wayne (as they did to DeSean Jackson) and Austin Collie battles an injury.


Tony Gonzalez at Eagles: Look for Gonzalez to be very involved in the Falcons game plan this week. 

The Eagles aggressive, blitzing defense will likely have QB Matt Ryan looking for Gonzalez early and often in order to get the ball out quickly.

Heath Miller vs Browns: In Ben Roethlisberger's first game back, he may be a bit rusty so look for him to target his security blanket and only target with size quite often.

Tony Moeaki at Texans: It appears as if I'm picking on the Texans defense, but the numbers don't lie. 

The Texans have been horrible against the pass this year and due to the fact that Dwayne Bowe can't catch the ball, Moeaki has become Cassel's favorite and most dependable target. 


Nate Kaeding at Rams

Jeff Reed vs Browns

Lawrence Tynes vs Lions


Dolphins at Packers: The Packers are dealing with several injuries and it may take a while for them to adjust after these injuries.

Adding to this, Aaron Rodgers is dealing with a concussion and may not even play.

Titans at Jaguars: You never know which David Garrard is going to show up; with that being said, I'm betting that the Titans D will get enough pressure on him to make it the one that the Jags don't want to see.

Patriots vs Ravens: The Ravens passing offense just hasn't seemed to gel yet (except against the Browns, but most teams gel for at least one week against them), so I look for the Pats to confuse Joe Flacco a bit and take advantage of the lack of consistancy in the Ravens passing offense.



Matt Schaub vs Chiefs: Schaub has been inconsistant, his WRs have been banged up and his O-line has been inconsistant as well. 

Going against a Chiefs defense that has suprised the league and even managed to hold Peyton Manning in check is not what the doctor ordered.

Joe Flacco at Patriots: The Ravens passing game has been inconsistant and while the Patriots defense hasn't been great, I think they'll have enough up their sleeves to force Flacco into some bad decisions.

Josh Freeman vs Saints: Freeman has played very well thus far, but I look for the hungry Saints to shut down the Bucs weak running game, bring the pressure and force Freeman into several mistakes.


Maurice Jones-Drew vs Titans: Jones-Drew has only had one good fantasy game this season—the reason being that his team isn't very good. 

His QB and offensive line are very inconsistant and the Jags defense allows teams to get up early on the Jags, thus forcing them to pass—which hampers MJD's ability to get going in the running game. 

I look for the Jags to get behind again this week against the Titans, which will lead to more Garrard turnovers and little opportunity for MJD.

Ronnie Brown at Packers: I look for Dom Capers and the Packers defense to step up in this all important game and carry the Packers. 

To do so, they'll have to stop the Dolphins running game and Ronnie Brown. I believe they'll do just that.

Jahvid Best at Giants: The Giants defensive line is back to dominating its opponents; this does not fair well for Best and the Lions running game.

While he'll likely be a factor in the passing game due to the Giants pass rush, he'll have little success in the running game.


Brandon Lloyd vs Jets: Look for the Jets to attempt to take away Lloyd and the big play; since Orton has no problem going to his other WRs such as Eddie Royal and Jabar Gaffney, the Jets will be able to accomplish this feat.

Austin Collie at Redskins: Between dealing with an injury and the return of Pierre Garcon, this is going to be a week that you may consider sitting Collie.

DeSean Jackson at Falcons: Jackson and Kevin Kolb just can't seem to get on the same page this year, and then add to that the fact that Jackson got a little banged up last week, this may be another down week for DeSean. 


Greg Olsen vs Seahawks: Earl Thomas roaming around the middle of the field and focusing on Olsen will be enough to slow Olsen down this week.

Marcedes Lewis vs Titans: It seems to be every other week that Lewis has a good performance—well, he had a good performance last week.

Zach Miller at 49ers: While Miller has been a stud so far this season, scoring a TD in three straight games, it's got to end sometime. 

I look for the 49ers to attempt to take Miller away and force the passing game to go through someone else.


Neal Rackers vs Kansas City Chiefs

Matt Prater vs New York Jets

Jason Hanson at New York Giants


Falcons at Eagles: I feel the Falcons' defense is overrated, due to the fact that they've only faced one quarterback that you would consider above average.

Ravens at Patriots: The Ravens haven't been the turnover forcing machine that we're used to, but that'll likely change when Ed Reed returns. 

Vikings vs Cowboys: The Vikings' pass rush has been inconsistant and losing a starting CB with Miles Austin and company coming isn't going to make things any better.


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