(Do you think he's ready to face his former team?)
Last week's Start/Sit column brought you a mediocre 7-8 record out of five starts, five sits, and five sleepers. But Week Six offers much more promise. Take a look for yourself and see if you don't find yourself in agreement.
As always, mind your bye week players, keep on top of injuries, and be aware of each player's role on their respective teams.
Brett Favre, QB, Minnesota Vikings
That's right, I'm hanging your fantasy success on Favre, yet again. As usual, however, this is more than likely only if your best alternative is Matt Hasselbeck (who won't throw four touchdowns again) or Kyle Orton (who won't throw for that many yards again).
Favre may have to throw a ton with the Ravens trying to put the clamps on Adrian Peterson. And considering the success we've seen out of Brodie Croyle, Philip Rivers, and Carson Palmer, Favre has a realistic chance at 270+ yards and a few scores.
Prediction: 25-33, 311 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Clinton Portis, RB, Washington Redskins
If Jason Campbell can learn from Tony Romo and try to use his tight end and stud receiver to stretch the field, then Portis has a good chance at finding some running room.
Despite both teams' lack of a true offensive identity or any real star power, this could be a blowout for Washington if they're operating correctly.
Look for them to work hard at getting Portis hot early, and we could see another performance like last week's against Carolina.
Prediction: 23 att, 109 yds, 1 TD, 2 rec, 21 yds, 0 TD
Randy Moss, WR, New England Patriots
No-brainer, right? Wrong. Moss caught one ball for just 36 yards last week, and has another weak performance on his resume for 2009. It doesn't help much that Tom Brady hasn't completely looked like himself all season, and that Wes Welker is constantly banged-up.
But the answer to Brady's, New England's, and your prayers is finally here: The Tennessee Titans.
Their secondary is absolutely awful, and it's never been so visible, as Peyton Manning destroyed them for three touchdowns and 309 yards passing. Expect Tom Brady to do much of the same, with Moss bouncing back with a huge game.
Prediction: 6 rec, 144 yds, 2 TD
Brandon Marshall, WR, Denver Broncos
This is not a receiver you can choose to sit right now. Especially not with Kyle Orton playing so well, Josh McDaniels calling plays for these two to hook-up, and the Broncos facing a very beatable San Diego secondary.
Denver may have a tough time going 6-0, but Marshall is on a tear that won't be coming to a hault anytime soon.
Prediction: 7 rec, 85 yds, 1 TD
Jeremy Shockey, TE, New Orleans Saints
Call me crazy, but Shockey doesn't seem like the kind of guy that lets go of grudges easily. And since Drew Brees and the passing game have been non-existent for the past two (thanks to a bye, literally three) weeks, it wouldn't be a shock to see Brees go off and connect with Shockey to exact some revenge.
Prediction: 6 rec, 68 yds, 2 TD
Julius Jones, RB, Seattle Seahawks
A few things work against Jones having a successful Week Six. First, the Arizona rush defense looked improved against Houston, as they held Steve Slaton to just 39 yards on the ground.
Second, Jones hasn't scored more than five fantasy points in a single contest since Week Three. He's been inconsistent, and despite facing rather tough defenses, he just isn't getting it done with the touches he's getting.
That, and he loses more and more work (for whatever reason) to veteran Edgerrin James each week.
Prediction: 10 att, 46 yds, 0 TD, 3 rec, 20 yds, 0 TD
Lendale White, RB, Tennessee Titans
The Titans are officially falling apart, and while it's not because of their rushing game, their running backs may be the ones who start to feel the ill-effects. That is, at least in the fantasy realm.
The worse this team gets, the more likely it is that Vince Young gets behind center. And if that happens, it could mean a lot of passing in the second halves of games.
Regardless, White is not your answer for goal-line touchdown steals, and despite leading the team in rushing yards last week, he is unlikely to top 50 yards rushing against a solid Patriots defense.
Prediction: 9 att, 34 yds, 0 TD, 1 rec, 6 yds, 0 TD
Terrell Owens, WR, Buffalo Bills
Owens is facing Darrell Revis and the Jets, and he and the Bills offense have not been on the same page since Week Two.
People are calling for Dick Jauron's head, they should be calling for Trent Edwards', and T.O. is wondering what he got himself into.
Prediction: 4 rec, 52 yds, 0 TD
Willis McGahee, RB, Minnesota Vikings
McGahee and the Ravens run into a Minnesota defense that has not allowed an individual player to top 100 yards this season, and also haven't given up a rushing touchdown.
Considering the goal-line is McGahee's bread and butter, let him sit out the week he faces the "Wall."
Prediction: 7 att, 19 yds, 0 TD, 2 rec, 15 yds, 0 TD
Darren Sproles, RB, San Diego Chargers
LaDainian Tomlinson's return was hugein hurting Sproles' fantasy value two weeks ago, as the over-hyped "star" receiver just one touch, and ended the night with 16 yards receiving.
Not one run? Yeah, and I called it. You can't trust Sproles as a running back while LT is healthy and playing. You can trust him even less against a stout Denver Broncos defense.
Prediction: 4 att, 16 yds, 0 TD, 3 rec, 20 yds, 0 TD
Matt Cassel, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
I'm not sold on him as a yardage hound, but he's definitely getting it done with scores (seven) in just four games. He's bound to come around, as he did last year, and get comfortable with his weapons and his system.
A trip against the Redskins (who are likely to stuff the run game) probably can't hurt.
Prediction: 21-36, 237 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Donnie Avery, WR, St. Louis Rams
Avery would be a near-start suggestion if it weren't for his idiotic dance after scoring a touchdown to put the Rams behind, 31-10. That's the personality of a true scrub.
Still, Marc Bulger is back, and Avery has a decent shot at putting up nice numbers against a very weak Jacksonville secondary. Both Bulger and Avery could make intriguing plays in Week Six. However, they are nowhere near safe plays, therefore they stick as sleepers.
Prediction: 6 rec, 59 yds, 1 TD
Torry Holt, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Holt hasn't scored all season, but he has to have a chip on his shoulder as he plays host to his former team, the St. Louis Rams.
While his replacement, Avery, tries to show him up, there's a good chance the Jaguars get back on track (and actually score this week). Holt could see his best numbers of the year, and has a good chance to score against a weak secondary. With pride and redemption on his side, he's a solid sleeper in Week Six.
Prediction: 7 rec, 84 yds, 1 TD
LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
After McCoy and Brian Westbrook coughed-up a goose egg against the Buccaneers last week, you'd think they could rebound against a Raiders run defense that is somehow worse than Tampa Bay's.
Yeah, maybe. With Oakland having a solid pass defense, things may turn the other way in Week Six, while Donovan McNabb could be handing the ball off, and Westbrook and McCoy could enjoy huge days. In addition to McCoy as a sleeper, Westbrook should make a fine Flex play.
Prediction: 14 att, 76 yds, 1 TD, 2 rec, 14 yds, 0 TD
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants
Why is this guy still available in 40 percent of Yahoo! leagues? I know he's facing a Saints defense that has been solid against the run, but few teams run it as hard as the Giants. They break the walls down with Brandon Jacobs, and then let Bradshaw slip through the cracks.
There should be a few cracks to be had, and if you have space for Bradshaw, he could surprise you this week.
Prediction: 9 att, 66 yds, 1 TD, 1 rec, 4 yds, 0 TD
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