Week 6 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Eli Manning and Other QBs To Bench

Adam SpencerCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 9: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during a game at MetLife Stadium on October 9, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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If you didn't get an elite quarterback like Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees or Tom Brady, chances are you play quarterbacks on a week-to-week basis.

Playing matchups is a good way to maximize your points, as long as you do it correctly.

Just looking at how many passing yards an opposing defense allows usually isn't enough. You have to take into consideration the tendencies of your quarterback and how many turnovers the defense forces.

With that being said, let's take a look at three mid-level starting quarterbacks who should be left on your bench this weekend.


Eli Manning, New York Giants

Manning is either great or terrible. There's usually no middle ground.

This week, I'm predicting a terrible game from Manning.

The surprising Buffalo Bills defense leads the NFL with 12 interceptions. They are now a legitimate defense, and that makes Manning a liability.

It's probably going to be a bad week for Eli, so if you have any other quarterbacks on your roster, start them instead.

Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 2:   Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams throws against the Washington Redskins October 2, 2011 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
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Don't be fooled by the fact that the Green Bay Packers defense gives up a lot of passing yards.

They've been improving in recent weeks, and that's a bad sign for Bradford.

And, with Charles Woodson, Sam Shields and Tramon Williams in the secondary, there's plenty of potential for a multi-interception game.

The Packers are second in the NFL with 10 picks on the year.

Matt Schaub, Houston Texans

The Texans play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, and that worries me.

Schaub won't have Andre Johnson to throw to, for one thing. That'll hamper his passing numbers a bit.

Then, there's Ed Reed and the Ravens defense.

I don't trust Schaub to keep the ball away from the NFL's best ball hawk.

Reed will give the Texans trouble all game and should limit Schaub's fantasy output this week. If you have a better option then Schaub, don't hesitate to start him.