Start & SitOctober 14, 2011


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Week 6: The Return of Miles Austin - 6 comments

By R.J. White

Welcome to the Week 6 Start & Sit, where we see that Miles Austin’s return to the Cowboys makes him one of the best WR plays of the week. He has 223 yards and four TDs this season in just two games of action. Mix in the fact that he’ll be up against a Patriot defense that had trouble stopping the Chad Henne Dolphins in Week 1 and has been rocked by injuries since that embarrassment, and Austin should have no problem picking up where he left off.

You’ll find rankings compiled from submissions from c0megets0me, tclangham, FatFoot and myself below, along with specific recommendations at each position. We hope you like them!

RankQuarterbacksTeamOpponentAverage
1Aaron RodgersGBvs. STL94.8
2Drew BreesNOat TB90.6
3Tom BradyNEvs. DAL90.2
4Tony RomoDALat NE89.0
5Matthew StaffordDETvs. SF84.2
6Michael VickPHIat WAS83.2
7Eli ManningNYGvs. BUF79.2
8Cam NewtonCARat ATL72.2
9Ben RoethlisbergerPITvs. JAC71.4
10Ryan FitzpatrickBUFat NYG70.6
11Mark SanchezNYJvs. MIA68.2
12Matt RyanATLvs. CAR67.8
13Colt McCoyCLEat OAK67.6
14Matt SchaubHOUat BAL66.4
15Josh FreemanTBvs. NO65.6
16Joe FlaccoBALvs. HOU65.2
17Jay CutlerCHIvs. MIN62.2
18Sam BradfordSTLat GB62.0
19Jason CampbellOAKvs. CLE61.2
20Rex GrossmanWASvs. PHI58.4
21Alex SmithSFat DET56.6
22Andy DaltonCINvs. IND56.0
23Donovan McNabbMINat CHI55.4
24Curtis PainterINDat CIN47.8
25Blaine GabbertJACat PIT43.0
26Matt MooreMIAat NYJ42.0

Start: Eli Manning. Little Brother is fifth in the league in passing yards and fifth in the league in TD passes as well. He’s only averaging one reception per game. Clearly, he’s locked in as a QB1 in fantasy leagues. This week, he takes on a Buffalo defense that’s allowing 288 yards and two TDs to QBs on average this year. With Brandon Jacobs out, the Giants may throw even more than usual. Sounds like a win for Eli to me.

Sit: Matt Schaub. As you know, Schaub is without No. 1 target Andre Johnson. As you’re probably also aware, Johnson fill-in Jacoby Jones had just one catch on 11 targets last week — clearly, the two aren’t on the same page. The Baltimore pass defense has been the stingiest in the league to fantasy QBs, so Schaub is a definite stay-away this weekend.

RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentAverage
1Darren McFaddenOAKvs. CLE93.0
2Adrian PetersonMINat CHI92.0
3Fred JacksonBUFat NYG89.4
4Matt ForteCHIvs. MIN87.0
5LeSean McCoyPHIat WAS86.4
6Ray RiceBALvs. HOU86.0
7Arian FosterHOUat BAL83.8
8Peyton HillisCLEat OAK82.8
9Maurice Jones-DrewJACat PIT82.8
10Michael TurnerATLvs. CAR82.8
11Ahmad BradshawNYGvs. BUF80.6
12Ryan TorainWASvs. PHI80.2
13Felix JonesDALat NE79.2
14Cedric BensonCINvs. IND79.0
15Daniel ThomasMIAat NYJ75.2
16Frank GoreSFat DET73.2
17Darren SprolesNOat TB72.8
18Steven JacksonSTLat GB70.8
19James StarksGBvs. STL70.6
20Rashard MendenhallPITvs. JAC70.4
21Jahvid BestDETvs. SF66.0
22Ryan GrantGBvs. STL65.6
23Earnest GrahamTBvs. NO64.8
24Shonn GreeneNYJvs. MIA63.8
25DeAngelo WilliamsCARat ATL60.6
26Reggie BushMIAat NYJ58.6
27Mark IngramNOat TB58.6
28Michael BushOAKvs. CLE57.6
29Jonathan StewartCARat ATL56.6
30BenJarvus Green-EllisNEvs. DAL54.2
31Pierre ThomasNOat TB53.8
32Stevan RidleyNEvs. DAL53.4
33LaDainian TomlinsonNYJvs. MIA50.4
34Tim HightowerWASvs. PHI48.6
35Montario HardestyCLEat OAK47.4
36Roy HeluWASvs. PHI44.2
37Delone CarterINDat CIN42.6
38Ben TateHOUat BAL41.8
39Danny WoodheadNEvs. DAL41.6
40Kendall HunterSFat DET40.8
41Isaac RedmanPITvs. JAC32.0
42Donald BrownINDat CIN30.4
43Deji KarimJACat PIT22.0
44C.J. SpillerBUFat NYG21.2
45Joe McKnightNYJvs. MIA20.4
46Tashard ChoiceDALat NE14.0
47Marion BarberCHIvs. MIN11.6
48Bernard ScottCINvs. IND10.8
49Cadillac WilliamsSTLat GB10.4
50Kregg LumpkinTBvs. NO10.4

Start: Ryan Torain. Torain exploded in Week 4 before Washington took a week off, and clearly we’re expecting him to get the majority of the carries this week for the Redskins. The Eagles are getting torn up by running backs every time out, and there’s no reason the Redskins shouldn’t lean on Torain in this matchup. Count on him for 20-plus carries, well over 100 yards and a TD or two.

Sit: BenJarvus Green-Ellis. He was able to practice Friday, so despite being listed as questionable, Green-Ellis will likely be out on the field this Sunday. But it’s a bad matchup for him — the Cowboys are the stingiest team in the league on the ground, giving up just 61 rushing yards per game this year. The Patriots are more likely to throw it around in any given week already, and the poor matchup makes BGE a bench candidate this week.

RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentAverage
1Calvin JohnsonDETvs. SF94.4
2Miles AustinDALat NE92.8
3Greg JenningsGBvs. STL90.0
4Hakeem NicksNYGvs. BUF89.4
5Dez BryantDALat NE88.8
6Wes WelkerNEvs. DAL88.6
7Steve SmithCARat ATL88.4
8Mike WallacePITvs. JAC87.0
9Roddy WhiteATLvs. CAR84.8
10Steve JohnsonBUFat NYG83.6
11A.J. GreenCINvs. IND82.2
12Santonio HolmesNYJvs. MIA77.0
13DeSean JacksonPHIat WAS76.6
14Jeremy MaclinPHIat WAS75.8
15Marques ColstonNOat TB73.6
16Percy HarvinMINat CHI71.4
17Jordy NelsonGBvs. STL70.6
18Victor CruzNYGvs. BUF70.6
19Anquan BoldinBALvs. HOU69.2
20Santana MossWASvs. PHI66.2
21Brandon MarshallMIAat NYJ66.2
22Pierre GarconINDat CIN66.2
23Mike WilliamsTBvs. NO65.4
24David NelsonBUFat NYG63.6
25Deion BranchNEvs. DAL63.4
26Lance MooreNOat TB62.8
27Reggie WayneINDat CIN62.8
28Mario ManninghamNYGvs. BUF62.0
29Robert MeachemNOat TB59.4
30Johnny KnoxCHIvs. MIN58.0
31Devin HesterCHIvs. MIN57.2
32Michael CrabtreeSFat DET56.8
33James JonesGBvs. STL56.6
34Greg LittleCLEat OAK56.4
35Darrius Heyward-BayOAKvs. CLE56.0
36Plaxico BurressNYJvs. MIA56.0
37Mohamed MassaquoiCLEat OAK55.6
38Nate BurlesonDETvs. SF55.2
39Kevin WalterHOUat BAL54.6
40Torrey SmithBALvs. HOU54.4
41Denarius MooreOAKvs. CLE54.0
42Mike ThomasJACat PIT53.2
43Antonio BrownPITvs. JAC52.6
44Harry DouglasATLvs. CAR51.6
45Laurent RobinsonDALat NE50.4
46Jerome SimpsonCINvs. IND50.4
47Jacoby JonesHOUat BAL50.2
48Hines WardPITvs. JAC50.2
49Josh CribbsCLEat OAK49.6
50Brandon LaFellCARat ATL49.2
51Jabar GaffneyWASvs. PHI49.0
52Danario AlexanderSTLat GB48.4
53Devery HendersonNOat TB47.6
54Mike Sims-WalkerSTLat GB47.2
55Arrelious BennTBvs. NO46.6
56Jacoby FordOAKvs. CLE45.6
57Donald DriverGBvs. STL44.6
58Michael JenkinsMINat CHI40.4
59Emmanuel SandersPITvs. JAC38.0
60Davone BessMIAat NYJ36.8
61Randall CobbGBvs. STL36.4
62Brian HartlineMIAat NYJ36.2
63Naaman RooseveltBUFat NYG35.6
64Andre CaldwellCINvs. IND35.6
65Dane SanzenbacherCHIvs. MIN35.6
66Titus YoungDETvs. SF35.4
67Chad OchocincoNEvs. DAL35.2
68Brandon GibsonSTLat GB35.0
69Ted Ginn Jr.SFat DET34.8
70Jason AvantPHIat WAS33.8
71Austin CollieINDat CIN32.8
72Bernard BerrianMINat CHI22.6
73Anthony ArmstrongWASvs. PHI21.8
74Devin AromashoduMINat CHI21.6
75Roy WilliamsCHIvs. MIN17.6

Start: A.J. Green. We knew he was talented, but Green is likely surpassing all expectations in his rookie season by catching 24 passes for 402 yards and three TDs through five games. His numbers make him a top-10 fantasy WR over the first part of the year, and now he gets an excellent matchup against an undersized Colts secondary that just gave up huge performances to Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston. Green is easily a WR1 here.

Sit: Mike Thomas. Things aren’t going too great for the Jaguars and Thomas this year. While the team has struggled en route to a 1-4 record, Thomas has averaged just 53 yards per game while scoring only once. Now he gets the toughest defense for receivers to score upon, and Pittsburgh is surely going to take him out of the Week 6 game and force Jacksonville to beat them elsewhere.

RankTight EndsTeamOpponentAverage
1Jimmy GrahamNOat TB91.6
2Rob GronkowskiNEvs. DAL91.0
3Jason WittenDALat NE88.6
4Vernon DavisSFat DET83.8
5Jermichael FinleyGBvs. STL82.6
6Tony GonzalezATLvs. CAR82.4
7Aaron HernandezNEvs. DAL82.0
8Owen DanielsHOUat BAL78.2
9Dustin KellerNYJvs. MIA77.8
10Brandon PettigrewDETvs. SF75.0
11Greg OlsenCARat ATL73.6
12Fred DavisWASvs. PHI72.6
13Jermaine GreshamCINvs. IND70.8
14Kellen WinslowTBvs. NO66.6
15Ben WatsonCLEat OAK65.8
16Heath MillerPITvs. JAC64.4
17Kevin BossOAKvs. CLE62.2
18Jake BallardNYGvs. BUF59.6
19Scott ChandlerBUFat NYG59.0
20Dallas ClarkINDat CIN58.4
21Visanthe ShiancoeMINat CHI56.8
22Chris CooleyWASvs. PHI54.2
23Lance KendricksSTLat GB47.4
24Anthony FasanoMIAat NYJ47.2
25Ed DicksonBALvs. HOU46.6
26Jeremy ShockeyCARat ATL42.4
27Evan MooreCLEat OAK41.8
28Marcedes LewisJACat PIT32.8
29Brent CelekPHIat WAS32.6
30Tony SchefflerDETvs. SF29.2

Start: Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez may still carry the stigma of being a TE2 on his own team and therefore be unworthy of starting in fantasy leagues, but that’s a poor interpretation of the facts. The truth is that he’s second in the league in points per game at his position in many formats. He’s been even better per game than teammate Rod Gronkowski, who ranks second overall at the position. Hernandez shouldn’t have any problem keeping it going this week.

Sit: Dallas Clark. The Colts offense is predictably a mess without its leader, and that’s led to Clark being called upon to block more and more. He hasn’t caught more than four passes in any game, he’s yet to top 50 yards once this season and he has just one TD to his credit. It’s time to cut him loose and find yourself a guy with more upside. You definitely don’t want him starting against a strong Cincinnati defense after last week’s one-catch performance.

RankKickersTeamOpponentAverage
1Sebastian JanikowskiOAKvs. CLE85.4
2Jason HansonDETvs. SF83.2
3Neil RackersHOUat BAL77.8
4John KasayNOat TB76.8
5Dan BaileyDALat NE75.8
6David AkersSFat DET75.8
7Stephen GostkowskiNEvs. DAL74.6
8Mason CrosbyGBvs. STL74.2
9Billy CundiffBALvs. HOU73.2
10Rian LindellBUFat NYG72.0
11Dan CarpenterMIAat NYJ71.6
12Robbie GouldCHIvs. MIN71.0
13Mike NugentCINvs. IND69.4
14Alex HeneryPHIat WAS66.4
15Nick FolkNYJvs. MIA66.2
16Ryan LongwellMINat CHI63.8
17Graham GanoWASvs. PHI63.6
18Adam VinatieriINDat CIN63.4
19Matt BryantATLvs. CAR62.6
20Olindo MareCARat ATL57.2
21Phil DawsonCLEat OAK56.6
22Connor BarthTBvs. NO55.8
23Josh ScobeeJACat PIT54.6
24Josh BrownSTLat GB54.4
25Shaun SuishamPITvs. JAC52.2
26Lawrence TynesNYGvs. BUF51.6

Start: Dan Bailey. He’s back from his bye, meaning he should be added and started for the remainder of the year for the Cowboys, who aren’t having any problems getting their kicker some points.

Sit: Matt Bryant. The Falcons have given Bryant just seven field goal chances this year., and even though he’s been perfect on those chances, he’s really struggling to pull his weight in fantasy.

RankTeam DefenseTeamOpponentAverage
1New York JetsNYJvs. MIA73.4
2Baltimore RavensBALvs. HOU71.6
3Green Bay PackersGBvs. STL70.2
4Detroit LionsDETvs. SF68.7
5Houston TexansHOUat BAL66.4
6Buffalo BillsBUFat NYG65.3
7Washington RedskinsWASvs. PHI65.0
8Cincinnati BengalsCINvs. IND65.0
9San Francisco 49ersSFat DET63.7
10Pittsburgh SteelersPITvs. JAC63.3
11Minnesota VikingsMINat CHI63.0
12Atlanta FalconsATLvs. CAR59.6
13Philadelphia EaglesPHIat WAS59.4
14Chicago BearsCHIvs. MIN59.1
15New Orleans SaintsNOat TB58.5
16Oakland RaidersOAKvs. CLE57.5
17Jacksonville JaguarsJACat PIT55.9
18Indianapolis ColtsINDat CIN54.2
19Carolina PanthersCARat ATL53.5
20New England PatriotsNEvs. DAL53.1
21Cleveland BrownsCLEat OAK52.8
22New York GiantsNYGvs. BUF52.5
23Tampa Bay BuccaneersTBvs. NO51.7
24Dallas CowboysDALat NE49.2
25Miami DolphinsMIAat NYJ47.6
26St. Louis RamsSTLat GB36.7

Start: Cincinnati Bengals. They get to face Curtis Painter on the road — talk about an excellent matchup!

Sit: Chicago Bears. Despite playing poorly this year, Donovan McNabb has thrown just two interceptions.

 
R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe, writes for FanDuel and Razzball and has previously written for FanHouse. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
 
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6 Responses to “Week 6: The Return of Miles Austin”

  1. sjkooiii says:

    Will it be a better move to sit Matt Forte this week against Vikings run D? and start Pierre Garcon instead?

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  2. JackedSierra says:

    no. keep forte in. who cares about minn run-d, forte is also chicagos best receiver

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  3. anthony23 says:

    Should i use cinninatti’s def against painter or detriot’s def against SF?

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  4. Youngsir620 says:

    who should i start Tim Hightower, Delone Carter, Jonathan Stewart, or Earnest Graham

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  5. Youngsir620 says:

    or are there better options out there worth taking a risk on for this week?

    ReplyReply
  6. should I start mendenhall, Maclin, or deangelo wiliams for my flex

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