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NFL Fantasy Football: Start 'Em/Sit 'Em - Week Six

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Week six NFL match-ups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team.

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Wow.  0-3 again.  Don't really want to talk about it much.  My teams are 1-4, 3-2, and 1-4 now (5-10 overall).  If you don't want to take my fantasy advice, I understand.

... But I'm going to give it to you, anyway!

Yeah, my teams are struggling right now, but that's part of the fun of season-long fantasy leagues.  You have to work as a GM to get yourself out of trouble sometimes.  My confidence doesn't waiver.

I'm short on time this week, so what do you say we just get right to the point?

Quarterbacks

Start' Em

Andrew Luck, IND (vs New England Patriots) - Didn't really think I'd have to put Luck in here, but some people are actually questioning the guy.  Listen, you probably spent a first-rounder on him.  You're starting him.  I know Hasselbeck came in and did some nice things, but this is Andrew Luck.  He's a boss.  And he happens to be going against the Patriots.  They've killed everyone this year and they're going to score a ton.  The Colts will be throwing it all over the place.  Don't doubt Luck.  He's too good.  325+ passing yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 10-20 rushing yards

Matt Ryan, ATL (@ New Orleans Saints) - Here's another one that some are down on, especially after last week's not-so-great showing against the 'Skins.  People doubt even more with Julio not being 100%.  I'm telling you to ignore that.  This is a match-up that's ripe for the taking.  The Saints!  Ryan's going to throw the ball all over that team and Julio said he actually feels better than he did coming into last week's game.  This guy is too consistently good to doubt.  275+ passing yards, 2+ TDs, 0 INTs

Blake Bortles, JAX (vs Houston Texans) - The dude's on fire.  Plus, the Texans are garbage against QBs and Bortles minor shoulder issues isn't even limiting him in practice this week.  He's having a really good year from a fantasy perspective.  300 passing yards, 2+ TDs, 0 INTs, 10-20 rushing yards

Sit 'Em

Ryan Tannehill, MIA (@ Tennessee Titans) - Somehow, Tannehill is actually getting worse this year at a time in his career when he should be getting better.  The Titans have clamped down on QBs the last couple of weeks and they're at home.  Ryan's coming off of a bye week in which his coach was fired and there was a media whirlwind about him dissing his own PS players.  He's not right.  200 passing yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 10-20 rushing yards

Matt Stafford, DET (vs Chicago Bears) - Man was he terrible last week...  Three picks and getting pulled for Dan Orlovsky?!  Wow.  New low point.  I've been telling y'all...  250 yards, 1 TD, 1? 2? 3? INTs

Jay Cutler, CHI (@ Detroit Lions) - The Bears have been better lately, but I still don't think they're very good... and they are on the road.  I doubt Cutler or Jeffery are at 100% health and I think this could be the game where the Lions get a W.  Plus, Cutler could self-destruct and throw multiple picks at any time.  200 passing yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 10-20 rushing yards

Running Backs

Start 'Em

Devonta Freeman, ATL (@ New Orleans Saints) - OK, he's for real.  I saw it for myself last week.  No more doubting.  Really upset that someone outbid me for him earlier in the season in one of my leagues.  Again, the Saints defense is no good and the Falcons offense is great.  You saw how great he was last week (and this whole, entire season so far).  110 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 30-40 receiving yards

Mark Ingram, NO (vs Atlanta Falcons) - I know the 'Skins couldn't do it last week, but most RBs have been putting up favorable fantasy numbers against the Falcons this year.  They've allowed nine TDs and the second-most fantasy points to RBs.  Plus, the Saints should be helped at least a little being at home, right?  70 rushing yards, 1-2 TDs, 30-40 receiving yards

Eddie Lacy, GB (vs San Diego Chargers) - Don't give up on him, folks.  He's still a beast.  The Packers are at home (where they always dominate) and Lacy looks good for a breakout game against a terrible Chargers run defense.  I smell a big lead and a lot of running...  100 rushing yards, 1 TD, 10-20 receiving yards

Sit 'Em

Knile Davis, KC (@ Minnesota Vikings) - Everyone should know by now that Jamaal Charles is out for the season with another torn ACL.  It's unfortunate for him, but someone has to fill in and Davis is #2 on the depth chart (#1 now).  Well don't let that chart fool you.  Charcandrick West is the RB to own in KC and I fully expect him to take a hold of the spot this week against Minnesota.  Anyone who picked up Davis hoping that he'd get the bulk of Charles' carries is going to be upset.  20-30 total yards

C.J. Anderson, DEN (@ Cleveland Browns) - Talk about a disappointment.  I feel genuinely bad for whoever took him at #6 in their drafts.  Cleveland's run defense is alright, especially at home.  50-60 total yards

Chris Johnson, AZ (@ Pittsburgh Steelers) - OK.  I was wrong last week, but I'm going to be right overall.  Hell, I'll keep him on this list until I am right if I have to.  But seriously, I just don't think he can keep this up.  Play him if you want, but I wouldn't (so maybe you should...).  40-50 total yards

Wide Receivers

Start 'Em

Calvin Johnson, DET (vs Chicago Bears) - Duh.  He's been down, but he's still Calvin Johnson.  At home and the Bears are garbage.  Ignore the recent struggles and the fact that I put Stafford on the sit list.  Johnson always does it to the Bears.  100 yards and 1 TD

Kendall Wright, TEN (vs Miami Dolphins) - Time for the squeaky-wheel treatment!  Wright complained last week after having a great start to the year.  The Dolphins are in disarray and the game's in Tennessee.  60+ yards and 1 TD

T.Y. Hilton, IND (vs New England Patriots) - With the return of Luck comes the return of Hilton being dominant.  Oh wait, he's been consistently good regardless.  Don't let the lack of TDs make you shy away, Hilton is consistent and in a great game that will have a ton of scoring and throwing.  He only has to break one huge one for it all to be worth it.  90 yards and 1 TD

Sit 'Em

Roddy White, ATL (@ New Orleans Saints) - I think it's over for Roddy.  The kind of cheer he got last week against the 'Skins when he caught a pass was the cheer of a crowd who knows they're favorite is on his way out.  It feels like Santana Moss from the last couple of years.  Also, New Orleans does surprisingly well against opposing WRs and they're at home.  20 yards

Ted Ginn, Jr., CAR (@ Seattle Seahawks) - It's trouble for WRs up in Seattle and Ginn isn't sweet to begin with.  He's fast and he's putting up better numbers because he has very little competition for targets in Carolina... but that also means there's very little reason to not put Sherman on him and erase him from the game.  30-40 yards

Percy Harvin, BUF (vs Cincinnati Bengals) - He hasn't done anything in a month.  Probably a safe drop with Watkins coming back.  30 yards

Tight Ends

Start' Em

Travis Kelce, KC (@ Minnesota Vikings) - You'll be reminded this week why the heck you drafted him as high as you did.  Charles is gone.  You know what that means, don't you?  Running plays threw the air!  And who better for that weak sort of passing attack than Alex Smith on a team that hates WRs.  Kelce could explode.  60-70 yards and 1 TD

Delanie Walker, TEN (vs Miami Dolphins) - The Dolphins are the new terrible team you should bet against.  60 yards and 1 TD

Julius Thomas, JAX (vs Houston Texans) - See Bortles, Blake above.  Time for him to do what he was brought down to Jacksonville to do.  50-60 yards and 1 TD

Sit 'Em

Jacob Tamme, ATL (@ New Orleans Saints) - The Redskins made him look way better than he is last week.  20 yards

Heath Miller, PIT (vs Arizona Cardinals) - Things are a lot different with Mike Vick at the helm as opposed to Big Ben...  The Cardinals defense is stingy, too.  10-20 yards

Charles Clay, BUF (vs Cincinnati Bengals) - He's been great this year.  I've raved about him in a number of these columns throughout the season and Tyrod Taylor seems to work genuinely well with him.  The Bengals don't let TEs have good games, though, especially at home.  Watkins should take a few targets from him here and there and the Bengals look for real.  30 yards

Please leave any fantasy related questions you might have in the comments section and I'll try to answer as many and as quickly as I can.  It's fun to get everyone's perspectives on this week's matchups floating around down there and I'm always interested to see what kind of decisions different fantasy players have to make.  These are just general ideas for standard leagues, but we can all give and receive advice for unique situations as they come up.