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Week 6: Bengals, Broncos Stay Hot - 6 comments

By Nick Hopkins

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!)

1Tom BradyNETEN95.67
2Aaron RodgersGBDET92.67
3Donovan McNabbPHIat OAK88.00
4Matt SchaubHOUat CIN84.00
T-4Drew BreesNONYG84.00
6Ben RoethlisbergerPITCLE83.33
7Kurt WarnerARIat SEA82.67
8Matt HasselbeckSEAARI81.33
9Carson PalmerCINHOU80.00
10Philip RiversSDDEN76.67
11Matt RyanATLCHI76.33
12Jay CutlerCHIat ATL74.33
13David GarrardJACSTL73.00
14Eli ManningNYGat NO71.33
15Joe FlaccoBALat MIN71.00
16Brett FavreMINBAL69.67
17Kyle OrtonDENat SD66.33
T-17Jason CampbellWASKC66.33
19Jake DelhommeCARat TB63.67
T-19Matt CasselKCat WAS63.67
21Mark SanchezNYJBUF62.67
22Marc BulgerSTLat JAC57.33
23Kerry CollinsTENat NE55.00
24Josh JohnsonTBCAR53.67
25Trent EdwardsBUFat NYJ52.00
26Derek AndersonCLEat PIT51.67
27Daunte CulpepperDETat GB48.00
28JaMarcus RussellOAKPHI43.67

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).

RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentAverage
1Maurice Jones-DrewJACSTL94.00
2Cedric BensonCINHOU87.67
T-2Adrian PetersonMINBAL87.67
4Brian WestbrookPHIat OAK86.00
5Michael TurnerATLCHI84.33
6DeAngelo WilliamsCARat TB81.67
T-6Rashard MendenhallPITCLE81.67
8Chris JohnsonTENat NE81.33
9Matt ForteCHIat ATL80.33
10Knowshon MorenoDENat SD78.33
11Ryan GrantGBDET77.67
T-11Steven JacksonSTLat JAC77.67
13Thomas JonesNYJBUF77.00
14Clinton PortisWASKC76.00
15Brandon JacobsNYGat NO75.00
16Pierre ThomasNONYG74.70
17Kevin SmithDETat GB74.67
18Ahmad BradshawNYGat NO73.67
19Ray RiceBALat MIN71.33
20Jonathan StewartCARat TB71.00
T-20Steve SlatonHOUat CIN71.00
T-20Leon WashingtonNYJBUF71.00
23Marshawn LynchBUFat NYJ69.00
24Tim HightowerARIat SEA68.67
25LeSean McCoyPHIat OAK68.00
T-25LaDanian TomlinsonSDDEN68.00
27Cadillac WilliamsTBCAR65.67
28Derrick WardTBCAR65.00
29Fred JacksonBUFat NYJ63.00
30Reggie BushNONYG60.70
31Larry JohnsonKCat WAS60.33
32Darren SprolesSDDEN60.00
33Beanie WellsARIat SEA59.33
34Julius JonesSEAARI58.00
35Mike BellNONYG56.07
36Willis McGaheeBALat MIN56.00
37LenDale WhiteTENat NE54.00
38Michael BushOAKPHI53.33
39Jamal LewisCLEat PIT52.67
40Correll BuckhalterDENat SD52.05
41Sammy MorrisNETEN51.33
42Willie ParkerPITCLE51.23
43Chester TaylorMINBAL48.67
44Justin FargasOAKPHI44.00
45Jamaal CharlesKCat WAS41.67
46Chris BrownHOUat CIN41.00
47Kevin FaulkNETEN38.67
48Jerome HarrisonCLEat PIT38.00
49Mewelde MoorePITCLE36.33
50Edgerrin JamesSEAARI35.33
51LeRon McClainBALat MIN34.67
52Laurence MaroneyNETEN34.33
53Ladell BettsWASKC34.00
54Jerious NorwoodATLCHI33.67
55Rashard JenningsJACSTL29.67

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.

RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentAverage
1Randy MossNETEN94.67
2Larry FitzgeraldARIat SEA91.67
3Greg JenningsGBDET88.67
4Steve SmithCARat TB88.33
T-4Andre JohnsonHOUat CIN88.33
6Wes WelkerNETEN86.67
7Anquan BoldinARIat SEA86.33
8Roddy WhiteATLCHI84.67
9T.J. HoushmandzadehSEAARI84.00
10DeSean JacksonPHIat OAK83.33
11Mike Sims-WalkerJACSTL82.67
T-11Steve SmithNYGat NO82.67
T-11Nate BurlesonSEAARI82.67
14Chad OchocincoCINHOU82.00
15Brandon MarshallDENat SD80.00
16Donald DriverGBDET79.33
17Santana MossWASKC77.67
18Hines WardPITCLE76.67
19Marques ColstonNONYG75.67
20Dwayne BoweKCat WAS73.67
21Vincent JacksonSDDEN73.00
22Santonio HolmesPITCLE72.67
23Donnie AverySTLat JAC70.67
24Bernard BerrianMINBAL70.33
25Kevin WalterHOUat CIN69.00
26Percy Harvin (Q)MINBAL68.33
27Derrick MasonBALat MIN67.33
T-27Braylon EdwardsNYJBUF67.33
29Devin HesterCHIat ATL66.00
T-29Mario ManninghamNYGat NO66.00
31Eddie RoyalDENat SD65.33
32Torry HoltJACSTL64.00
33Sidney RiceMINBAL63.00
34Johnny KnoxCHIat ATL62.00
35Steve Breaston (Q) ARIat SEA61.67
T-35Terrell OwensBUFat NYJ61.67
37Nate WashingtonTENat NE60.00
38Muhsin MuhammadCARat TB59.00
39Bryant JohnsonDETat GB58.33
40Earl BennettCHIat ATL58.00
T-40Jeremy MaclinPHIat OAK58.00
T-40Keenan BurtonSTLat JAC58.00
43Andre CaldwellCINHOU56.67
44Lee EvansBUFat NYJ55.67
T-44Antwaan Randle ElWASKC55.67
46Mark ClaytonBALat MIN55.33
T-46Antonio BryantTBCAR55.33
48Julian EdelmanNETEN54.67
T-48Hakeem NicksNYGat NO54.67
50Mohamed MassaquoiCLEat PIT53.67
T-50Devery HendersonNONYG53.67
52Michael JenkinsATLCHI52.67
53Kevin CurtisPHIat OAK52.50
54Justin GageTENat NE51.33
55Mike WallacePITCLE50.00
56Dennis NorthcuttDETat GB49.67
57Laveranues ColesCINHOU49.33
T-57Jason AvantPHIat OAK49.33
T-57Kenny BrittTENat NE49.33
60Chris HenryCINHOU48.67
61Lance MooreNONYG45.67
62Robert MeachemNONYG44.33
63Mark BradleyKCat WAS42.33
64David ClowneyNYJBUF42.00
65Michael ClaytonTBCAR40.67
66Louis MurphyOAKPHI40.00
67Chris ChambersSDDEN38.33
68Brandon StokleyDENat SD36.67
69Deion BranchSEAARI34.67
70Bobby EngramKCat WAS33.67

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.

RankTight EndsTeamOpponentAverage
1Tony GonzalezATLCHI87.33
2John CarlsonSEAARI86.67
3Antonio GatesSDDEN84.00
4Chris CooleyWASKC83.33
5Brent CelekPHIat OAK80.67
6Owen DanielsHOUat CIN80.00
7Kellen WinslowTBCAR76.00
8Ben WatsonNETEN75.33
9Heath MillerPITCLE74.00
10Greg OlsenCHIat ATL73.67
11Jermichael FinleyGBDET72.67
12Marcedes LewisJACSTL71.00
13Todd HeapBALat MIN69.33
14Dustin KellerNYJBUF69.00
15Jeremy ShockeyNONYG68.00
16Visanthe ShiancoeMINBAL65.33
17Donald LeeGBDET64.00
18Tony SchefflerDENat SD62.00
19Dante RosarioCARat TB61.33
20Brandon PettigrewDETat GB59.00
21Zach MillerOAKPHI58.67
22Bo ScaifeTENat NE57.33
23Randy McMichaelSTLat JAC55.00
24Daniel CoatsCINHOU54.67
25Sean RyanKCat WAS52.33
26Kevin BossNYGat NO47.97
27Robert RoyalCLEat PIT47.00
28Stephen SpachARIat SEA36.83
29Daniel GrahamDENat SD36.33
30Derek FineBUFat NYJ27.00

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*

1Stephen GostkowskiNETEN92.67
2David AkersPHIat OAK90.67
3Ryan LongwellMINBAL89.00
4Mason CrosbyGBDET86.00
5Robbie GouldCHIat ATL83.33
6Matt PraterDENat SD81.33
7Kris BrownHOUat CIN79.33
8Neil RackersARIat SEA79.00
9Josh ScobeeJACSTL77.67
T-9Lawrence TynesNYGat NO77.67
11Nate KaedingSDDEN75.67
12John KasayCARat TB74.67
T-12John CarneyNONYG74.67
14Rob BironasTENat NE74.00
15Jason ElamATLCHI73.33
16Shayne GrahamCINHOU71.00
T-16Jay FeelyNYJBUF71.00
18Jeff ReedPITCLE70.67
19Shaun SuishamWASKC69.33
20Steven HauschkaBALat MIN67.00
21Olindo MareSEAARI66.00
22Jason HansonDETat GB64.67
23Rian LindellBUFat NYJ63.33
24Josh BrownSTLat JAC61.33
25Sebastian JanikowskiOAKPHI59.00
26Shane AndrusTBCAR57.33
27Ryan SuccopKCat WAS55.33
28Billy CundiffCLEat PIT41.13

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.

1EaglesPHIat OAK97.67
3GiantsNYGat NO84.33
6BearsCHIat ATL79.00
7RavensBALat MIN78.33
T-7BroncosDENat SD78.33
14PanthersCARat TB68.67
16BillsBUFat NYJ67.67
17CardinalsARIat SEA66.67
21TexansHOUat CIN62.33
22TitansTENat NE61.33
24RamsSTLat JAC56.67
25ChiefsKCat WAS56.00
26LionsDETat GB54.00
28BrownsCLEat PIT51.33

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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6 Responses to “Week 6: Bengals, Broncos Stay Hot”

  1. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Shockey as the 27th ranked TE this week? How is that possible, regardless of the defense? The NYG have given up 3 TDs to TEs this year. Shockey is a top-10 TE play and probably higher in Week 6.

  2. User avatar RBManiac says:

    ive got to say..the ranking this week is much better than rankings last week..a 200% improvement

    great job, though i can agree with bensen being ranked at no 2 RB, and Vincent Jackson ranked so low though i understand the shutdown pass Def of its debatable.

    Also Hakeem Nicks should be ranked above Manningham, thats an obvious fact

  3. User avatar RBManiac says:

    great job, though i can agree with bensen being ranked at no 2 RB = I cant agree..sorry

  4. User avatar daullaz says:

    I fixed the Shockey ranking. One of our rankers still had him listed on his bye, which gave him no points.

  5. ron67601 says:

    See Obama is wrong at times also.

  6. McCaffrey says:

    So…..these rankings are PPR or Non-PPR?


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