Fantasy Football Week 6 Projections: Start'em, Sit'em
Fantasy football rosters are like snowflakes; no two are the same.
As we write our weekly column and suggest some players that you might start (or sit), it should go without saying that who you start (or sit) depends on the composition of your roster. But we'll say it anyways.
For example, if you have Vincent Jackson, Larry Fitzgerald and Brandon Lloyd, all of whom have their bye in Week 6, a receiver like Robert Meachem, who is outside our top 30 receivers, might need to be in your starting lineup this week.
If you have Calvin Johnson, Roddy White and Hakeem Nicks, like I do on one of my keeper teams, I would not start A.J. Green, even though he is ranked in my top 15 receivers for the week.
Up until kickoff on Sunday, we will continue to update our fantasy rankings by position.
Based on accuracy scores from FantasyPros, we are currently ranked as the sixth-most accurate out of the approximately 60 rankers they track, which includes all of the rankers from ESPN, CBS Sports, NFL.com, Yahoo!, and other major media outlets.
Here are some players to consider starting for Week 6:
QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills (at NYG): You might be tempted to sit the Amish Rifle after back-to-back weak performances. Both the Bengals and Eagles held Fitzgerald to under 200 yards passing and he had only one passing touchdown in those two games combined. While the Bengals have the league's top-ranked defense through Week 5 and the Eagles have great cover corners, the Giants defense has been decimated by injuries and have allowed more than 300 passing yards in three games against Washington, St. Louis and Seattle.
RB - Daniel Thomas, Dolphins (at NYJ): In the two games that Thomas has played this season, he has rushed for an average of 101 yards per game. The Jets have struggled to stop the run and have allowed a league-high eight rushing touchdowns this year. Last year, they allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs; this year they have allowed the fifth most.
RB - Ryan Torain, Redskins (vs. PHI): After no carries in Weeks 1, 2 or 3, Torain surprisingly had 19 carries for 135 yards in Week 4 against the Rams. Meanwhile, Tim Hightower, who is listed as questionable for this week, had a season-low eight carries last week. Although coach Mike Shanahan has said that he will go with the "hot hand," Torain is coming off the team's only 100-yard rushing performance this season. In addition, the Eagles have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
RB - Cedric Benson, Bengals (vs. IND): Only the Rams have allowed more rushing yards than the Colts (145.2 yards allowed per game). Benson, who is one of two backs with more than 100 carries this season, will undoubtedly get the ball early and often. Although Benson has only one rushing touchdown, he ranks eighth in the league with 401 rushing yards.
WR - James Jones, Packers (vs. STL): As with the Saints, there is always some risk with the weapons in the Packers offense as there seem to be an unlimited number of viable options. In addition to Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, James Jones is worthy of a start this week as well. Jones, who has had double-digit fantasy points in back-to-back games, had five receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown in Week 5.
WR - Victor Cruz, Giants (vs. BUF): Only one player has more receiving yards than Cruz in the past three weeks: New England's Wes Welker (499). During that span, Cruz has caught 17 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns. In each of those games, Cruz has at least 98 receiving yards. Although the team says that Mario Manningham is still the starter, Cruz will be used in the slot in three-receiver sets and will certainly continue to get his share of targets considering how well as he has been playing.
WR - Mario Manningham, Giants (vs. BUF): As noted with Cruz, Manningham is the team's starter opposite Hakeem Nicks. That said, both Cruz and Manningham have the potential to put up solid performances along with Nicks in Week 6. The Bills defense has been great at creating turnovers, which could mean trouble for Eli Manning, but they have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. Only the Patriots have allowed more receiving yards to the wide receiver position than Buffalo.
WR - Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders (vs. CLE): In the past two games, Heyward-Bey has 11 receptions for 214 yards and a score. While the Browns have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, they will be without Joe Haden, their best cornerback. DHB is just inside my top 30 wide receivers for Week 6.
TE - Owen Daniels, Texans (at BAL): Three of the top four leaders on the Texans in receiving yards are tight ends (or eligible to play tight end). With James Casey doubtful for Week 6, Joel Dreesen, who had 112 yards last week, is worth a look in deeper leagues. For the first time in four weeks, Daniels failed to score a touchdown, but he had a season-high 89 yards. It was the third straight week that Daniels had at least five receptions and 69 yards.
Here are some players to consider sitting for Week 6:
QB - Josh Freeman, Buccaneers (vs. NO): Through five games, Freeman has thrown twice as many interceptions (six) as he has thrown touchdowns (three). Last year, Freeman had a 25:6 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Freeman, who is ninth in pass attempts (178), is averaging one touchdown pass per every 59.3 pass attempts. Until he turns things around, it's better to be one week late than (possibly) several weeks early.
RB - Delone Carter, Colts (at CIN): Carter, who was on my list of free-agent pickups this week, should get the larger share of carries and goal-line work out of the Colts running backs this week. With Joseph Addai leaving last week's game with a hamstring injury, Carter and Donald Brown shared the workload. Against the league's top-ranked defense, there might not be a lot of goal-line opportunities this week.
RB - Earnest Graham, Buccaneers (vs. NO): With LeGarrette Blount out for this week (and perhaps a few more) with a Grade II MCL tear, the Bucs will rely on Graham to carry the load. Over the past three seasons, Graham has only 52 rush attempts in 30 games. Graham, who has a team-high 23 receptions, is a solid flex option, but he is outside my top 25 running backs for Week 6.
WR - Brandon Marshall, Dolphins (at NYJ): Based on talent, Marshall would obviously be much higher than where he is currently ranked in my Week 6 rankings (No. 26 receiver). To be fair, he is actually ranked a little higher than James Jones and Heyward-Bey, who I've ranked 28th and 29th, respectively. That said, Marshall has a tough matchup against Darrelle Revis, who held him to two receptions for 16 yards in their last matchup, although Marshall did catch a touchdown. Depending on your roster and league's format (number of starting receivers), Marshall could be on your bench.
WR - Jacoby Jones, Texans (at BAL): With Andre Johnson out another week, Jones continues to start for the Texans, but he shouldn't start for you. Despite getting a team-high 11 targets last week, Jones finished the game with only one reception. Although Jones has talent and could have a strong performance if he gets 11 targets again, he is too inconsistent to warrant a spot in your starting lineup this week.
WR - Mike Thomas, Jaguars (at PIT): Based on analysis from Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor, who has never gone to a Pro Bowl, has held all receivers he's covered to no more than 23 yards (Andre Johnson) this season. With Thomas likely to be covered by Taylor, it could be a long day for Thomas.
WR - Lance Moore, Saints (at TB): The worry for Moore and Robert Meachem, too, is that the Saints have too many weapons in their passing game. Tight end Jimmy Graham has a three-game streak of 100-plus yards, Marques Colston is back to full strength and Darren Sproles leads all running backs in receptions (31). Moore (and Meachem) are just outside my top 30 receivers for Week 6.
TE - Dallas Clark, Colts (at CIN): Clark is becoming a fixture in this spot. Through five games, Clark has 14 receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown. He has yet to reach 50 yards or five receptions in any game this season. Last week Clark did not help his own cause by dropping a few passes. Until Clark's fortunes turn around, he should remain on your bench.
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Good luck in Week 6!
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