Fantasy Football: 3 Players Set to Have Big Days
Are you frantically trying to decide who should get the start in Week 6? Do you need someone to put up a ton of points?
Well, here are a few guys that have been flying under the radar and are likely to explode Sunday.
One great week might not compensate for a mediocre start to the season, but these players' performances could be the deciding factor between a win or a loss.
Here are three options that will have you smiling by week's end.
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After back-to-back great games by Victor Cruz, many people have been down on Mario Manningham's fantasy value.
The New York Giants insist that Manningham is the team's number two wide receiver, but if he's relegated to a slot receiver role, Manningham will still produce.
There is no debating that Manningham has had a disappointing start to the season. He missed one game with a concussion, but even when factoring that in Manningham hasn't lived up to expectations this year.
He has just 13 receptions for 171 yards with zero touchdowns, but Week 6 is when Manningham will bounce back.
The Giants have a great fantasy matchup against the Buffalo Bills in a game that will likely be high-scoring.
Last week, Manningham was targeted a season high nine times, and while Cruz was targeted 11 times, Hakeem Nicks only saw seven targets. It is not as if Eli Manning hasn't looked Manningham's way of late.
Against a team that has given up 1025 passing yards to wide receivers in five games, expect Manningham to have his best performance of the season.
Although Cruz is going to cut into Manningham's receptions, there is no doubt that Manningham should still get the start this week.
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The struggling St. Louis Rams head to Green Bay to face an undefeated Packers squad in Week 6.
So, why is a running back on a team that has played so poorly in previous weeks expected to do well against one of the NFL's best rushing defenses?
There are a few reasons that Jackson should get the start against Green Bay, and why he will have a killer game.
In Week 4 against the Washington Redskins, Jackson only ran for 45 yards on 17 carries, but he was targeted eight times through the air and managed to score on a 15-yard touchdown pass late in the game.
Unlike most running backs, Jackson was still featured when the Rams were behind and needed to throw the ball.
He is the team's biggest offensive threat, and saying that Sam Bradford's wide receivers have underperformed is the understatement of the century.
There is no reason to think that Jackson won't shoulder the load of the Rams offense even if the Packers jump to an early lead.
The Packers have given up 359 yards through the air to running backs, and Jackson will do some serious damage catching passes, too.
Another reason for Jackson's expected success is that he is finally at full health after resting during the team's bye week. Jackson's hamstring injury has been the primary culprit in his slow start as he has been little more than a spectator for the majority of the season.
Jackson's combination of speed and power is a handful for any team to stop, and when he is completely healthy, Jackson is one of the most dangerous running backs in the NFL.
While Jackson might not break the century mark on the ground, he surely will do enough to make him well worth a start this week.
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After putting up respectable but not stellar fantasy numbers in the first four weeks of the season (even with a quarterback that hasn't been able to get him the ball), Percy Harvin didn't do much for those who played him last week.
He finished the day with just one reception for 11 yards and one rush for 12 yards against the Arizona Cardinals, yet Harvin found himself holding the game ball for his outstanding blocking after the Minnesota Vikings' first victory of the season.
This week, Harvin is listed as questionable because he re-injured his ribs against the Cardinals, but the former Florida Gator is tough as nails, and it's almost a certainty that he's going to see the field Sunday.
The Vikings face a Chicago Bears team that was dominated by the Detriot Lions in Week 5, and Harvin is poised to go off.
While Adrian Peterson will get the lion's share of the carries, Harvin's speed out of the backfield will give the Bears defense fits.
The Lion's speedy running back, Jahvid Best, had 163 yards on 12 carries against the Bears last week, and while you shouldn't expect that from Harvin, he easily could break a long run or two.
The Bears haven't been great at stopping opposing quarterbacks either. Chicago has given up 295.8 yards per game to quarterbacks.
Donovan McNabb hasn't played well so far, but this could be the game where he finally connects with Harvin on a couple long balls.
Even if McNabb can just find Harvin on some plays over the middle, Harvin has the potential to take it to the house every time he touches the ball.
Harvin should have a solid game on Sunday, but even if he doesn't pick up many yards on offense, there is always a backup plan—special teams.