Week 6 Sit ‘Em & Start ‘Em for the 2012-2013 Fantasy Football season by Koopafantasy.
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(MIN) Christian Ponder vs. (WAS): Washington has been one of the best teams in fantasy to face if you are looking for points from QBs and WRs, so I am looking for a big game from Christian Ponder and his 4-1 Minnesota Vikings this Sunday. I don’t think Ponder will throw for 300 and 3 TDs, but he could go for 250 and 2, while adding some more value with his legs, maybe even a rushing TD.
(PIT) Rashard Mendenhall vs. (TEN): Mendenhall came back from injury last week and impressed everyone by rushing for 81 yards and a TD, even though the majority of the fantasy world likely had left him on their bench for the week. Against the struggling Titans in week six, I know I won’t be leaving him on the bench if I own him.
(ATL) Michael Turner vs. (OAK): Turner has snubbed detractors the last few weeks with some very solid efforts, and now has one of the best matchups of the season in the Raiders run defense. The main concern in that the Raiders are coming off a bye week and could be fired up and ready for a win, but the Falcons are looking like of the best teams in football right now and should still be able to put up lots of points and get the win, with Turner getting his fair share.
(ARZ) Andre Roberts vs. (BUF): Roberts was a hot addition off the waiver wire a few weeks ago when he went off for 100+ yards and a pair of TDs, but was fairly silent last week with 5 catches for only 59 yards. Against a Bills defense that has allowed over 1000 yards against in the last 2 games alone and have allowed 45 or more points against three times in only five games this season.
(SEA) Sidney Rice vs. (NE): Rice is yet to have a big game for fantasy owners in 2012, but that could change this week against the New England Patriots secondary. The Patriots tend to get ahead of teams, forcing them to throw a bit more than they would like, and I think that happens this week, even though the Seahawks defense has been so good. Whether or not it’s Russell or Flynn at the helm, Rice should have the opportunities to have himself a big game.
(CIN) Jerome Simpson vs. (WAS): unfortunately Simpson is dealing with a leg injury after coming back for two games, but I still wanted to include him on the list due to the great matchup. I don’t want what happened last week with Ben Tate to happen though so I will include another player to roll out incase Simpson does not play. If Simpson is unavailable to play this weekend, the Viking are going to need more than just Percy and Rudolph to catch balls (start both!), so look towards Michael Jenkins and Devin Aromashodu to pick up some slack. I would prefer Aromashodu as I think he has the more potential as a player and has gained more yards than Jenkins on 4 less catches; he could see some value as a deep threat.
(SF) Mario Manningham vs. (NYG): We all saw as Robert Meachem burned his former team for a pair of TDs in week five against the Saints, now in week six Mario gets to take on his former team in the Giants. The Giants don’t have the greatest defense right now, so I think Alex Smith is going to be able to put up some yardage totals and possibly throw 2-3 TDs. I wouldn’t be surprised if Manningham, like Meachem, went for a score against his former squad.
Honorable Mention (IND) Vick Ballard vs. (NYJ): Edit: Donald Brown OUT – I have no faith in Brown as a fantasy starter most of, if not all of the time. I only own him in one league and very rarely stick him in the lineup; it is just so hard to drop a player with a starting role like his. This week however, I think I am putting Brown into the lineup against the Jets. The Jets are second last in the NFL, allowing 172 rush yards a game to opponents. Brown should be able to make a run at 100 yards with his legs, if not at least getting 100 total yards, and of course hopefully a TD.
(BAL) Joe Flacco vs. (DAL): Dallas has been the best team in football in not allowing other teams to move the ball in the air, largely due to the improved secondary, but even more so due to the stellar pass rush of DeMarcus Ware and company. Joe Flacco is already a QB that tends to cough up the ball and struggle from time to time in fantasy, and this is looking exactly like one of those match ups.
(OAK) Carson Palmer vs. (ATL): like the Cowboys, The Atlanta defense has not been giving to opposing QBs either (as I pointed out to many people who asked me about RGIII last week, even though it seemed they were going to play him anyway. They just wanted my support in doing so and didn’t like it when I told them to sit him). This does not bode well for anyone looking to start Carson Palmer coming off of his bye week. Atlanta has only allowed five passing TDs through the first five weeks, I do not see Palmer throwing more than 2 TDs in this game, and am thinking he will throw an INT or two.
(SF) Frank Gore vs. (NYG): Gore and his teammate Kendall hunter have graced by Start ‘Em side of the list the last two weeks respectably, but now have been cast to the Sit ‘Em side of the board for week six. The match ups for the pair isn’t terrible against the Giants, but I do think the 49’ers will be throwing a bit more than usual as they are forced into a higher scoring game than usual against the high powered Giants.
(WAS) Alfred Morris vs. (MIN): Minnesota is a surprising 4-1 so far in 2012, and many would argue that it is largely due to the teams defense and how it has only allowed one rush TD so far this season. If you are someone who has grabbed Alfred Morris and are riding him for the time being, this is one match up to avoid. The Vikings are also only allowing 78 rush yards per game total to opposing teams.
(STL) Steven Jackson vs. (MIA): While only allowing two rushing TDs to opponents, the Dolphins are only giving up 61.4 rush yards per game to opposing team. If you have Steven Jackson as a starting player this week as anything more than a flex, than you just might be disappointed by the result; Jackson is already struggling as it is in 2012.
(GB) James Jones vs. (HOU): Jones paid off for anyone who started him last week with a nice two TD effort, but I do not like his chances of cashing in for a score in week six against a very tough Texans defense. It could even be argued that the Texans have the most complete defense in the league right now along with the Seahawks and Bears. This game is under the lights and could get a little high scoring, but I am still not trusting Jones as a part of my lineup unless I really need to.
(BAL) Anquan Boldin (DAL): Boldin has been much more productive so far in 2012 than I would have expected, with back to back double digit efforts, but I think that trend takes a week off as he takes on the Cowboys secondary and pass rush. This has as much to do with the fact I think Flacco will be pressured all day and the Ravens would be wise to use a lot of Ray Rice and the tight ends.
Beware (NE) Wes Welker vs. (SEA): I don’t know if I would be bold enough myself to sit someone like Wes Welker, unless maybe I knew I had a decent replacement, but week six is one week to consider doing so. The Seattle Seahawks have allowed a league low three passing TDs to opponents so far, so it might be hard for even someone as good as Tom Brady to throw for even 2 TDs in this game. Beware Wes Welker in week six.