Here we go again fantasy football owners. The time to get cute is over, as is the waiting game for players to bust out. Even though you may be trying with all your might to root for your 3rd round pick, if he is not panning out, it is time to give him the bench. Yes we sit here at week 6, which in most fantasy leagues is the half-way point.
I totally understand that it is tough to just plug in people and hope for big time points, but some free agent players or later round picks are finding the end zone. With each year that passes more and more obscure players are stealing action from the top guys, you just have to know how to deal with this.
So for week 6 I came up with who I like and dislike. Yes some are obvious, some are daring, and some are just there. So let’s check out my starts and sits as well as some nice waiver pickups. Enjoy everyone and good luck!
Tony Romo, Cowboys at Patriots: Despite what many think, Romo does put up nice fantasy numbers, and this week faces a Patriots team that did allow 2 TD passes to Mark Sanchez last week. Romo gets back his top weapon Miles Austin, and this will be a game where points will be had, and maybe 3 scores from Romo.
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs Jaguars: Funny how every time we think Ben is hurting or in trouble he seems to bounce back nicely. 5 TDs last week against a decent Titans defense shows us what he can do. The Jags are a decent pass defense, but when the Steelers play at home, it a whole different team.
Matt Schaub, Texans at Ravens: The Ravens may be the best team in the AFC outside of the Pats, and Schaub is using Kevin Walter as his top WR. Yes he started hot last week, but he didn’t play a team like this.
Eli Manning, Giants vs Bills: Yes, he’s home and yes he has his weapons, but the Bills defense has been doing big things. Manning can implode quickly any given Sunday, and this is a spot where he can be shaky.
Alex Smith, 49ers at Lions: In the big showdown of NFC powerhouses ( yes I said it), the Lions defense just seems to be way to tough for Smith. He has played better the last few weeks, but right about now he is running into a buzzsaw in the Lions.
Ryan Torain, Redskins vs Eagles: Torain exploded back onto the scene 2 weeks ago, and this week he is home against a very poor Eagles run defense. Tim Hightower is slowly losing his appeal in D.C., and Torain is ready to pounce.
Darren McFadden, Raiders vs Browns: Darren was lost in the mix last week, so this week we expect him to be back up and running. The Browns are a decent pass defense, so the Raiders will probably lean more towards the run to be successful this week.
Ray Rice, Ravens vs Texans: Houston did nice work last week with the Raiders, but Rice does the tough running, and he gets his chances, even if he seems to be cold. A must have the ball guy here.
Reggie Bush, Dolphins at Jets: It really has not been working, so this sure is not the spot to try Bush. Some say he is best being traded by Miami before the deadline, and maybe so. He is just not lead back material, and the team does not have enough weapons like the Saints did for Bush to blend in.
DeAngelo Williams, Panthers at Falcons: Very simple, don’t be fooled by what you saw last week.
The Buccaneers RBs vs Saints: Blount is banged up, and we really don’t know how Graham will hold up at RB, or who else they may sneak in here. The Bucs need to turn to passing, which isn’t very good so far either. You may want to avoid anyone or anything here.
Wide Receiver/Tight End
Miles Austin, Cowboys at Patriots: He’s back, and he is ready. Nice bye week to rest himself up and get ready for what should be a shoot-out. If the Austin we all know and love shows up, his owners will be doing a dance.
Roddy White, Falcons vs Panthers: I love Roddy this week mostly because the up and coming Julio Jones will most likely miss this week’s game. White is still one of the best WR in the league, and Matt Ryan needs to find him more for the Falcons to have success.
Calvin Johnson, Lions vs 49ers: In the words of Charlie Sheen: “Winning, duh!” He plays no matter what right now.
Brandon Marshall, Dolphins at Jets: Nothing looks very good here. He’ll be playing a tough Jets secondary, an iffy QB, and the emotional roller coaster which is Marshall. Bench, please!
Stevie Johnson, Bills at Giants: He has been light lately, and this isn’t the best of match-ups. Johnson has been taking a back seat to the run game, but it’s smart as it has been working for the Bills.
Reggie Wayne, Colts at Bengals: The Bengals are far from a disaster this year, but Wayne is. It’s all about Pierre Garcon right now, much like the way it was all about Wayne when Marvin Harrison’s career came near the end.
Jackie Battle, RB, Chiefs: When Jamaal Charles went down for the year, the Chiefs needed someone, and no one really stepped up. So they put more load on Battle, and all he did was clear 100 yards last week. He is the best back in this offense right now.
Tim Tebow, QB, Broncos: Yep, its “Tebow Time” in Denver, and maybe in your fantasy line-up. He is not the best passer right now, but he can make things happen with runs. In an emergency situation, you can do a lot worse.
Derrius Hayward-Bey, WR, Raiders: Someone in the Raider passing game has to step up, and all signs are looking like Bey. He’s big and fast and is finally showing skills to run routes and make the big grabs. He is worth a shot for sure.
Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers: He is becoming a reliable end zone target for Cam Newton, and has always been a guy who can go off. If you are in a league that has a TE spot, grab Olsen and get him in your line-up.
More good stuff to come for sure as the weeks go on. Stay tuned friends, and good luck!
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