Fantasy Football Week 6 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Who Are the Smart Matchup Plays?

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIOctober 10, 2011

Fantasy Football Week 6 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Who Are the Smart Matchup Plays?

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    Week 6 of the fantasy football season is when the league and teams really start to take form. Now it is more important than ever to make sure you are starting and sitting the right players.

    Luckily for you, I'm giving you an early look at who are the smart matchup plays. So, here is the Week 6 edition of fantasy football start 'em, sit 'em.

START: Fred Jackson at New York Giants

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    Right now, there are very few running backs as valuable in the fantasy world as Fred Jackson.

    Week after week, Jackson continues to put up huge numbers, both on the ground and through the air. This week's matchup against the New York Giants is an ideal one, as the Giants had difficulty stopping Marshawn Lynch last week. Lynch hasn't been nearly as effective as Jackson, which is good news for fantasy owners of Jackson.

    Jackson continues to be the focal point of the Buffalo Bills' offense, and he should have a huge game against a weak Giants defense.

START: Roddy White vs. Carolina Panthers

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    With Julio Jones coming up injured against the Green Bay Packers, Roddy White should see even more targets come his way against the Carolina Panthers.

    The secondary for Carolina has been getting torched this year. The only team to not dominate the Panthers through the air was the Chicago Bears, who had Matt Forte rush for 205 yards and who also have no real talent at the wide receiver position.

    White is as talented as they come in the league and he should have a big game this week. Even if Jones is on the field, White will still be the top target and lead his team in receiving yards and touchdowns.

START: Calvin Johnson vs. San Francisco 49ers

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    Duh. This is a no-brainer

    Calvin Johnson is always going to be a must start for fantasy leagues, but he is going be especially stellar this week. He plays on Monday Night Football this week, but through four games, he already has eight touchdown receptions.

    His matchup against the San Francisco 49ers might not be ideal, but even though the 49ers did a great job at shutting down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' passing game, Johnson is on a completely different level.

    One touchdown is almost guaranteed, and two is probably more likely.

START: Every Green Bay Packers' Player vs. St. Louis Rams

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    Instead of listing each Green Bay Packers player that you should start, I figured I would just list them all in one slide. So, here are the Packers worth starting this week: Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Grant, Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley and Green Bay's defense.

    The St. Louis Rams have been difficult to watch this season, and it won't get any better for them coming out of their bye week. Their defense doesn't have enough talent to stop all the weapons that the Packers have on their team.

    Even with Green Bay's defense struggling, they haven't been as bad as St. Louis' offense, so they should cancel each other out. The final score of this game could very well be 35-0, so if you have any Green Bay starter on your fantasy team, they need to be starting this week.

SIT: Daniel Thomas at New York Jets

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    In order to have a good fantasy week as a running back against the New York Jets, you need to be a bruiser.

    Daniel Thomas is a very good looking running back, especially as a rookie, but he does not have a bruising style of running the football. This Jets' defense is just too talented to give up a big game on the ground to a rookie like Thomas.

    Even with Thomas fully rested because of a bye week, he still isn't a starting option this week because of the talent of New York's defense.

START: Rex Grossman vs. Philadelphia Eagles

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    There are very few times that you will hear me say that Rex Grossman deserves a fantasy start this week, so soak this in for a moment.

    It isn't so much Grossman as it is the struggles of the Philadelphia Eagles. The "Dream Team" has had anything but a dream season so far, and there are simply too many issues for their problems to get figured out in one week.

    All the credit can't be given to the poor play of the Eagles because Grossman has played consistent so far this season. He isn't making mistakes, and he has become quite the leader for this Washington Redskins team.

    Grossman may not score more fantasy points than Vick this week, but he won't make as many mistakes, and he will probably lead his team to a victory.

START: Maurice Jones-Drew at Pittsburgh Steelers

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    While the Pittsburgh Steelers have been up-and-down for the start of the season, their defense has remained fairly solid. However, one area that this defense is really struggling at is stopping the run.

    They currently rank in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards given up per game with 119.5. With the Jacksonville Jaguars still breaking in rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert, they will continue to lean heavily on Maurice Jones-Drew.

    Jones-Drew has already rushed for 476 yards. Even though he hasn't gotten into the end zone as often as we are used to seeing, he is still a threat to score numerous touchdowns every week.

SIT: Matt Schaub at Baltimore Ravens

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    For the past few seasons, Matt Schaub has quietly been a fantasy stud, but against one of the best defenses in the NFL, it will be a tough week for Schaub.

    When you throw in the absence of Andre Johnson, it becomes even tougher for Schaub to succeed. Sure, he had a good week against the Oakland Raiders without Johnson, but against the Baltimore Ravens, a quarterback needs all the weapons he can get.

    It will be a difficult game for Schaub against a very aggressive defense, and it isn't worth the risk to start him in favor of better matchups.

START: Dez Bryant at New England Patriots

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    Through four games, Dez Bryant is having a very good sophomore season.

    He has struggled with injuries, but coming off a bye week will be great for his fantasy production. His matchup against the New England Patriots is a great matchup, as the Patriots continue to struggle with their secondary.

    Until the Patriots can fix their woes against the pass, the top receiving target for the opposing team is a must start. This week, that target is Bryant.

SIT: LeGarrette Blount vs. New Orleans Saints

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    Anyone who watched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempt to play against the San Francisco 49ers understands why LeGarrette Blount needs to be on the bench in Week 6.

    If the 49ers offense can put up 48 points on Tampa Bay's defense, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints might break the century mark. In order for the Buccaneers to have any chance at all in this game, they are going to need to do it through the air and not on the ground.

    Since Blount isn't a great receiver out of the backfield, he won't be a big factor in this game at all.