It’s Week 6 of the NFL Season, and the Cafe’s Start & Sit is back for more! First, a quick recap of last week: Cedric Benson continued his breakout-type season with 117 yards and a TD against Baltimore, Miles Austin and Roddy White each went over 200 receiving yards with two touchdowns, Seattle embarrassed Jacksonville at home 41-0, and the Browns and Bills offered up one truly pathetic display of offense, with Cleveland winning 6-3. This week we’ve got a battle of NFC undefeateds in Giants-Saints, an all-purple game in Ravens-Vikings, and the only interesting divisional matchup of the week: Broncos-Chargers. Thanks to our rankers and contributors as always, and good luck this week! (Reminder: Cowboys, Colts, Dolphins, and 49ers have bye weeks!)
|3||Donovan McNabb||PHI||at OAK||88.00|
|4||Matt Schaub||HOU||at CIN||84.00|
|7||Kurt Warner||ARI||at SEA||82.67|
|12||Jay Cutler||CHI||at ATL||74.33|
|14||Eli Manning||NYG||at NO||71.33|
|15||Joe Flacco||BAL||at MIN||71.00|
|17||Kyle Orton||DEN||at SD||66.33|
|19||Jake Delhomme||CAR||at TB||63.67|
|T-19||Matt Cassel||KC||at WAS||63.67|
|22||Marc Bulger||STL||at JAC||57.33|
|23||Kerry Collins||TEN||at NE||55.00|
|25||Trent Edwards||BUF||at NYJ||52.00|
|26||Derek Anderson||CLE||at PIT||51.67|
|27||Daunte Culpepper||DET||at GB||48.00|
Start: Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers. I wasn’t a big believer in Big Ben as a starting fantasy quarterback before the season. However, the decline of Pittsburgh’s run game has led to big opportunities for Roethlisberger. Ben has thrown a touchdown pass in every game this year (eighttotal) while also running for two scores. He’s been one of the more consistent options available this year. You should feel confident starting him this week against Cleveland.
Start: Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks. Hasselbeck has only played two full games this year… but in those games he’s thrown for 520 yards, seven touchdowns, and two interceptions… Not too shabby. Coming off last week’s 41-0 drubbing of the Jaguars, Hasselbeck’s seems to be over the rib injury he suffered in Week 2. Get him in your lineup against Arizona’s 32nd ranked pass defense.
Sit: Mark Sanchez, Jets. Sanchez has performed admirably in his rookie season so far, to be sure. But he hasn’t thrown for over 200 yards since Week 1, and the Bills, despite their problems, are 6th in the league in passing defense. Sanchez has certainly calmed the nerves of Braylon Edwards owners, but he’s probably best left on the bench in Week 6.
Sit: Derek Anderson, Browns. I’m not teling you anything you don’t know here, I just can’t get over Anderson’s 2-17 completion-attempts ratio… In a win! Quite an amazing statistic… When an already weak offense ships their biggest weapon off to New York, this is what you have to expect. Any Browns player is a shaky start from here on out (except maybe Jamal Lewis against weaker run defenses).
|4||Brian Westbrook||PHI||at OAK||86.00|
|6||DeAngelo Williams||CAR||at TB||81.67|
|8||Chris Johnson||TEN||at NE||81.33|
|9||Matt Forte||CHI||at ATL||80.33|
|10||Knowshon Moreno||DEN||at SD||78.33|
|T-11||Steven Jackson||STL||at JAC||77.67|
|15||Brandon Jacobs||NYG||at NO||75.00|
|17||Kevin Smith||DET||at GB||74.67|
|18||Ahmad Bradshaw||NYG||at NO||73.67|
|19||Ray Rice||BAL||at MIN||71.33|
|20||Jonathan Stewart||CAR||at TB||71.00|
|T-20||Steve Slaton||HOU||at CIN||71.00|
|23||Marshawn Lynch||BUF||at NYJ||69.00|
|24||Tim Hightower||ARI||at SEA||68.67|
|25||LeSean McCoy||PHI||at OAK||68.00|
|29||Fred Jackson||BUF||at NYJ||63.00|
|31||Larry Johnson||KC||at WAS||60.33|
|33||Beanie Wells||ARI||at SEA||59.33|
|36||Willis McGahee||BAL||at MIN||56.00|
|37||LenDale White||TEN||at NE||54.00|
|39||Jamal Lewis||CLE||at PIT||52.67|
|40||Correll Buckhalter||DEN||at SD||52.05|
|45||Jamaal Charles||KC||at WAS||41.67|
|46||Chris Brown||HOU||at CIN||41.00|
|48||Jerome Harrison||CLE||at PIT||38.00|
|51||LeRon McClain||BAL||at MIN||34.67|
Start: Cedric Benson, Bengals. Welcome back to the spotlight Mr. Benson! The Bengals’ runningback has now rushed for over 70 yards in all five games this year, and coming off a 120-yard effort against the Ravens, he looks primed to continue his success. The Houston Texans have one of the worst rush defenses in the league (26th in yards, 32nd in touchdowns) so you can start Benson with confidence!
Start: Knowshon Moreno, Broncos. It looked like the Broncos’ rookie runner might be phased in slowly after his eight-carry Week 1 performance, but since then Moreno has been very involved, touching the ball at least 15 times in each of the last four games. San Diego’s run defense has been shaky this season (26th in yards, 26th(T) in touchdowns). Knowshon is certainly a worthy start this week.
Sit: Reggie Bush, Saints. A playmaker like Bush could break out at any time, but the truth is, with a stable of backs like New Orleans has, opportunities are limited. Sure, Bush is more of a receiving threat than anything else, but his 14 catches for 121 yards through four games but him on a career-low pace. He’s still a starter in PPR leagues, but against a tough defense like the Giants, he’s an iffy starter in more standard formats.
Sit: Willis McGahee, Ravens. McGahee has been one of the nicer surprises this season at the runningback position, but it seems like his role in Baltimore’s offense is diminishing. His carries have declined every week since Week 2, while Ray Rice’s touches have increased. McGahee is now quite clearly playing second fiddle after last week’s one carry effort. Willis is a particularly risky play against the Vikings’ big defensive line in Week 6.
|2||Larry Fitzgerald||ARI||at SEA||91.67|
|4||Steve Smith||CAR||at TB||88.33|
|T-4||Andre Johnson||HOU||at CIN||88.33|
|7||Anquan Boldin||ARI||at SEA||86.33|
|10||DeSean Jackson||PHI||at OAK||83.33|
|T-11||Steve Smith||NYG||at NO||82.67|
|15||Brandon Marshall||DEN||at SD||80.00|
|20||Dwayne Bowe||KC||at WAS||73.67|
|23||Donnie Avery||STL||at JAC||70.67|
|25||Kevin Walter||HOU||at CIN||69.00|
|26||Percy Harvin (Q)||MIN||BAL||68.33|
|27||Derrick Mason||BAL||at MIN||67.33|
|29||Devin Hester||CHI||at ATL||66.00|
|T-29||Mario Manningham||NYG||at NO||66.00|
|31||Eddie Royal||DEN||at SD||65.33|
|34||Johnny Knox||CHI||at ATL||62.00|
|35||Steve Breaston (Q)||ARI||at SEA||61.67|
|T-35||Terrell Owens||BUF||at NYJ||61.67|
|37||Nate Washington||TEN||at NE||60.00|
|38||Muhsin Muhammad||CAR||at TB||59.00|
|39||Bryant Johnson||DET||at GB||58.33|
|40||Earl Bennett||CHI||at ATL||58.00|
|T-40||Jeremy Maclin||PHI||at OAK||58.00|
|T-40||Keenan Burton||STL||at JAC||58.00|
|44||Lee Evans||BUF||at NYJ||55.67|
|T-44||Antwaan Randle El||WAS||KC||55.67|
|46||Mark Clayton||BAL||at MIN||55.33|
|T-48||Hakeem Nicks||NYG||at NO||54.67|
|50||Mohamed Massaquoi||CLE||at PIT||53.67|
|53||Kevin Curtis||PHI||at OAK||52.50|
|54||Justin Gage||TEN||at NE||51.33|
|56||Dennis Northcutt||DET||at GB||49.67|
|T-57||Jason Avant||PHI||at OAK||49.33|
|T-57||Kenny Britt||TEN||at NE||49.33|
|63||Mark Bradley||KC||at WAS||42.33|
|68||Brandon Stokley||DEN||at SD||36.67|
|70||Bobby Engram||KC||at WAS||33.67|
Start: Desean Jackson, Eagles. Despite only catching one pass last week in the Eagles’ blowout win, Jackson remains a big part of what has been an explosive offense all year in Philadelphia. The Raiders have been blown out this year by just about everybody, so on paper you have to like this matchup for Desean and the rest of the Eagles.
Start: Mike Sims-Walker, Jaguars. Sims-Walker missed last week for a disciplinary issue (maybe if they had used him Jacksonville could have at least gotten on the scoreboard… but I digress). The young wideout had 19 catches for 278 yards and 3 touchdowns in the three games prior. MSW should be back this week, and looks like a good start against a struggling St. Louis team.
Sit: Terrell Owens, Bills. TO’s struggles in Buffalo this season have been fairly well documented (ie. not catching a pass in a game for the first time since his rookie year). The Bills are having trouble moving the ball, and it’s hurting Owens’ fantasy value big time. He’s a risky start against anyone at this point, but particularly in a matchup with one of the NFL’s premier cornerbacks, the Jets’ Darrelle Revis.
Sit: Laveranues Coles, Bengals. Coles has been largely missing from the score sheet in Cincinnati this year, after being signed to fill Houshmandzadeh’s shoes and take some pressure off of Chad Ochocinco. This was capped off by the big zero he put up last week in Baltimore. He can’t be much of a consideration in fantasy unless you are really desperate.
|5||Brent Celek||PHI||at OAK||80.67|
|6||Owen Daniels||HOU||at CIN||80.00|
|10||Greg Olsen||CHI||at ATL||73.67|
|13||Todd Heap||BAL||at MIN||69.33|
|18||Tony Scheffler||DEN||at SD||62.00|
|19||Dante Rosario||CAR||at TB||61.33|
|20||Brandon Pettigrew||DET||at GB||59.00|
|22||Bo Scaife||TEN||at NE||57.33|
|23||Randy McMichael||STL||at JAC||55.00|
|25||Sean Ryan||KC||at WAS||52.33|
|26||Kevin Boss||NYG||at NO||47.97|
|27||Robert Royal||CLE||at PIT||47.00|
|28||Stephen Spach||ARI||at SEA||36.83|
|29||Daniel Graham||DEN||at SD||36.33|
|30||Derek Fine||BUF||at NYJ||27.00|
Start: Owen Daniels, Texans. Matt Schuab and the Houston passing game are humming along, and as a result Daniels is on pace to set career highs in catches, yards, and touchdowns. [borat]Very nice! [/voice]
Sit: Kevin Boss, Giants. I’ll admit, I’m on a bit of streak when it comes to picking tight ends to “sit.” That is, the last three I’ve picked have scored touchdowns. I guess that’s the thing about mid level tight ends, it’s kind of a crap shoot. I’ll guardedly recommend sitting Boss, who is coming off an injury and hasn’t scored yet this season. *fingers crossed*
|2||David Akers||PHI||at OAK||90.67|
|5||Robbie Gould||CHI||at ATL||83.33|
|6||Matt Prater||DEN||at SD||81.33|
|7||Kris Brown||HOU||at CIN||79.33|
|8||Neil Rackers||ARI||at SEA||79.00|
|T-9||Lawrence Tynes||NYG||at NO||77.67|
|12||John Kasay||CAR||at TB||74.67|
|14||Rob Bironas||TEN||at NE||74.00|
|20||Steven Hauschka||BAL||at MIN||67.00|
|22||Jason Hanson||DET||at GB||64.67|
|23||Rian Lindell||BUF||at NYJ||63.33|
|24||Josh Brown||STL||at JAC||61.33|
|27||Ryan Succop||KC||at WAS||55.33|
|28||Billy Cundiff||CLE||at PIT||41.13|
Start: Matt Prater, Broncos. Prater was the hero last week against the Pats, kicking the game winning field goal (although he missed one earlier in the game). He may not be the world’s most consistent kicker, but he’s got a good leg and the Broncos’ offense is really starting to click. He’s developing into a kicker you can start every week.
Sit: Rob Bironas, Titans. Bironas is a great kicker, and still maybe worth starting depending on your options, but the Titans’ mediocre offense combined with the potential for cold, rainy weather in New England makes Bironas a less than attractive start this weekend.
Start: New York Jets. The Jets are coming off a disappointing effort last week against Miami. Rex Ryan will undoubtedly have them whipped into shape and ready to redeem themselves against the Bills. Buffalo, meanwhile, is coming off a 6-3 loss and searching for answers. I doubt they find any in New York. Start the Jets.
Sit: Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta’s defense has been solid this year, and guys like John Abraham can always cause trouble. However, this week they play a Bears’ offense that is starting to hit their stride and will be fresh off their bye week. This could be a potentially troublesome game for the Falcon defense.
Nick Hopkins is a Cafe member who has been contributing to the Start & Sit since 2006. He posts on the Cafe under the name terpfan. R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
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