Fantasy Football Week 6 Player Rankings

Taylor SmithAnalyst IOctober 16, 2010

CJ could be in for a big day.
CJ could be in for a big day.Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Struggling with who to start and who to bench this week in fantasy football?

At NFL Soup, we're here to help, and here is the first edition of our weekly rankings.

Read on with interest.

Also, don't forget our weekly fantasy football chat tomorrow morning starting at 10am ET, going until the second round of games start up at 4:15 at

1. Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee TItans

Johnson ran for 131 yards with two scores against a solid-against-the-run Dallas defense in week five.

Jacksonville isn't terrible against the run, but then again, the last time CJ saw the Jaguars (week eight last season), he carried 24 times for 228 yards with two touchdowns.

On Monday Night Football, I like his chances. 

2. Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

Rivers has been the top fantasy quarterback so far this season, and there's no reason to think anything will change this week against a Rams defense that was torched by the Lions in week five.

With Malcom Floyd's eruption last week and Antonio Gates' ridiculous start to the season, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Rivers put up huge numbers yet again this weekend.

3. Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis Colts

It's quite the rare occurrence when Peyton Manning doesn't throw a touchdown pass in a game, but that's exactly what happened in the 19-9 win over the Chiefs.

Against a Redskins pass defense that ranks 30th in the league, I think Manning should have no problem rebounding.

4. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Peterson ran for 88 yards last week against the league's fourth-best rush defense in the Jets last week.

While Dallas is decent against the run, we mentioned Chris Johnson's success against them last week.

Also, with Brett Favre's ailing elbow, what's not to like about Peterson this week?

5. Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys

Mark Sanchez enjoyed another solid performance against the Vikings last week, and, considering Romo has better weapons, he seems primed for another big day.

He threw for 406 yards against a decent Tennessee secondary last week, and with the way the Vikings are decent in stopping the run, Jason Garrett should be calling for plenty of passing plays this week.

6. Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers

This is simple.

Oakland can't stop the run, and the 49ers haven't exactly been prolific in the passing game.

We should be seeing Gore, Gore, and more Gore for the 49ers Sunday in the battle for supremacy in the Bay Area.

7. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants

The Lions can be run on, and while the Giants have a very solid passing attack, don't be surprised to see Bradshaw get plenty of action Sunday.

Bradshaw ranks fourth in the league in rushing this season with 449 yards, and he's scored three touchdowns. 

Start Bradshaw with confidence.

8. Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans

As we said on the NFL Soup Weekly Dish, we're not afraid of Foster, despite his lackluster 25-yard effort in the loss to the Giants.

The Chiefs are amongst the league's elite in stopping the run, but the Texans are going to have to effectively run the ball in order to win.

Since all four of us picked Houston to beat Kansas City, we still have faith in Foster.

9. Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts

With Peyton Manning's projected big day, some Colts receiver has to be the primary beneficiary, right?

Wayne ranks second in the league (behind the randomly-great Brandon Lloyd) in receiving with 531 yards on the season, and while Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon will fight it out for catches, Wayne is the undisputed No. 1 guy for Peyton Manning. 

10. LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Excluding week three against Jacksonville, McCoy has been the most consistent fantasy option for the Eagles. 

The Falcons boast a strong run defense, but with McCoy's versatility, he's still going to be able to put up some numbers.

He has 218 receiving yards to go with his 365 rushing yards through five games.

11. Kyle Orton, QB, Denver Broncos

I know, I still can't believe it either.

The 295 yards passing he put up in week one was his lowest output of the season, and, with the bevy of solid receiving options combined with the Broncos' pass-happy philosophy, Orton has become a weekly must-start fantasy QB.

Don't be afraid of the matchup with the Jets.

12. Michael Turner, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Turner still hasn't completely regained his elite 2008 form, but his 19-carry, 140-yard effort against Cleveland last week looks promising.

Matt Ryan's struggles on the road have been well-documented, so expect plenty of action from The Burner on Sunday.

13. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, New York Jets

"The Ageless Wonder" ran for 94 yards against a sturdy Minnesota defense last week, so it's looking like it's officially time to stop doubting the guy.

Until he slows down, you've got to ride this wave.

14. Brandon Lloyd, WR, Denver Broncos

Lloyd has been the biggest beneficiary of Denver's elite passing offense, putting up over 100 yards receiving in four of five games so far.

Revis or no Revis, Lloyd has been too productive to even consider sitting just yet.

15. Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears

Forte was all the offense the Bears needed last week, when he bested his previous season-high rushing total by a whopping 116 yards. 

Mike Martz might be interested in getting the ball out of the recently-concussed Jay Cutler's hands as quickly as possible Sunday, so don't be surprised to see plenty of screens and dump-offs for Forte.

16. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Charles finally appears to be "the guy" in the KC backfield, and, with his big-play ability, he's not a guy that should be sitting.

The Chiefs' passing game has been all-but non-existent, so Charles should see plenty of reps in Houston.

17. Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers

Gates has scored a touchdown in nine consecutive games, and there's no reason to think he can't make it 10 against a Rams defense that was torched by Detroit last week.

18. Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans

Johnson was the lone bright spot on offense for the Texans against the Giants, and, with the ankle seemingly fine, he's back to must-start status.

19. Michael Bush, RB, Oakland Raiders

Darren McFadden is expected to play, but he'll be Bush's backup.

With Bush's 104 yards and a touchdown last week, Oakland will continue to give him an opportunity.

20. Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers

We've discussed the proficiency of the Rivers-to-Gates combo, and the Rivers-to-Floyd combo connected eight times for 213 yards with a score in the loss to the Raiders.

Legedu who?

21. Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants

Nicks enjoyed the most productive game of his young career last week, and, considering the Lions' difficulties with staying with top-flight receivers, we can safely expect another solid outing for the former Tar Heel Sunday.

22. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Roethlisberger will be welcomed back by a porous Browns defense, so don't be surprised to see the fantasy-resurgence of Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh's big-play threat.

23. Dallas Clark, TE, Indianapolis Colts

Clark, like most of Indy's passing game, was M.I.A. last week.

Clark, like most of Indy's passing game, will come back with a roar this week.

24. Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens

New England will be ready for him, but I don't completely trust that young defense to look the way they did against the Dolphins two weeks ago.

Rice broke out last week, and, since you used a top-5 pick to get him, you certainly can't bench him now.

25. Miles Austin, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Austin has proven that last year's performance was absolutely no fluke, as he's been held under 100 yards just once in the first four games.

Tony Romo should be finding him early and often against the Vikings.

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