Fantasy Football Line-Up Primer - Week 6

The Packers and their offense led by Aaron Rodgers travel to Houston to face the undefeated Texans where J.J. Watt is cementing his place as one of the most dominant defensive players in the NFL. The Ravens host Tony Romo and the Cowboys. St. Louis plays at Miami WHERE a defensive battle is expected. Michael Vick will try to exploit the weak Lions secondary when Philadelphia hosts Detroit. We will witness interesting action in all Week 6’s NFL games with several players excelling in our fantasy league...

Quarterbacks

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Falcons Matt Ryan ($3m) should be an automatic start this week facing Oakland: the worst pass defense in the NFL. Broncos Peyton Manning ($3m). The Broncos have a tough trip to San Diego with the division lead on the line. But regardless of the final outcome, Manning will post great numbers as Brees did against the Chargers defense last week. Patriots Tom Brady ($4m). Yes I know Seattle is a very tough place to play at, but never bet against Brady. He will find ways of making New England’s offense productive and this is not a week to be saving budget in the quarterback position.

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Titans Matt Hasselbeck ($2m) will be starting tonight in place of the injured Jake Locker. Definitely, not the right time to start him! Ravens Joe Flacco ($3m). Baltimore is definitely capable of beating Dallas, but the Cowboys have the best pass defense in the NFL, so the Ravens top weapons should be their running offense and their aggressive defense. Redskins Robert Griffin III ($2m). We will not know exactly about his health until Sunday, but it would be wise to keep him off the field if Washington thinks long-term.

Running backs

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Steelers Rashard Mendenhall ($1m) came back strong from his knee injury last Sunday against Philly, totalling 101 yards (81 rushing) and a TD. Mendenhall, a bargain pick at only $1m, is ready for Pittsburgh to handle him the bulk of the rushing offense. Raiders Darren McFadden ($3m). For anyone who thinks the Raiders can surprise the Falcons at Oakland, their only hope is a stellar McFadden performance against an Atlanta defense that is in the NFL’s bottom six at stopping the run. Browns Trent Richardson ($1m). Cleveland is having plenty of problems this season, but their 2012 first round draft pick is not. Richardson has been superb so far, becoming a dangerous weapon on the ground and through the air. He is second in the NFL with five touchdowns and should have another solid performance when the Browns host the Bengals this Sunday. Cardinals William Powell ($1m). Arizona has to come with a game plan that involves the running game to relieve Kevin Kolb from pressure after giving up 17 sacks in two games. Powel might the answer against a Buffalo defense that ranks 30th in the league at stopping the run.

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Titans Chris Johnson ($3m) showed at Minnesota that his Week 4 performance (over 140 rushing yards) was a mirage. The Vikings held him for 24 rushing yards in 15 attempts, and things should vary very little for him tonight facing the Steelers defense. Rams Steven Jackson ($3m) will have a tough time Sunday running against a Miami defense that is allowing an average of 61 rushing yards per game in the season. Patriots Steven Ridley ($2m). Running at Seattle will be almost impossible, so the Patriots should air-it-out against the Seahawks seeing their rushing production go down this week.

Wide receivers

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Falcons Roddy White ($3m) should be back with a very productive performance against the weak Raiders secondary. Jets Jeremy Kerley ($1m) needs to step up as the prime target in New York’s decimated receiving corps. He is also dangerous on punt returns. Eagles DeSean Jackson ($4m) should have a big game against a Lions secondary that has not intercepted a pass this season. Patriots Wes Welker ($4m). After a great performance last week against Denver, he is on a roll and will not be stopped at Seattle. Giants Victor Cruz ($4m) should be huge for Eli Manning if New York wants to win at San Francisco against a very tough 49ers defense that will be looking to avenge January’s NFC championship loss.

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Colts Reggie Wayne ($3m). I know on Sunday that he had the best game of his prolific NFL career, but the Revis-less Jets are finding ways of stopping the opponents’ top wide outs thanks to the great play of CB Antonio Cromartie, who limited Houston’s Andre Johnson to one reception last Monday night. In fact, the Jets have not allowed an opposing wide receiver to have a TD catch since Week 2. Ravens Anquan Boldin ($3m) is an excellent wide out, but players at his position with easier matchups than facing the Cowboys secondary should be used this week.

Tight ends

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Steelers Heath Miller ($2m) has great value for his low price. Miller has caught four touchdown passes this season, averaging one per game, and will be facing the worst NFL defense at stopping opponent tight ends. Of the 12 TD passes Tennessee’s secondary has given up this season, seven have been scored by tight ends. Falcons Tony Gonzalez ($3m) is posting career numbers in his 16th NFL year. He might be second guessing himself now for saying he was going to retire after this season. Patriots Rob Gronkowski ($4m). With the line of scrimmage overloaded by Seattle defenders to stop the run, expect Brady to look more often than in the previous five games for Gronkowski in at the red zone. 49ers Vernon Davis ($3m) will try to emulate his two-touchdown game in January’s conference finals against the Giants.

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Redskins Fred Davis ($3m). He has been more involved in the Redskins offense in the last weeks, but he has not caught a touchdown pass yet this season. If RG3 is not on the field on Sunday, do not expect great things from Davis.   

Kickers

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Eagles Alex Henery ($1m) should see plenty of action against Detroit if Michael Vick secures the ball better deep in opposing territory. Buccaneers Connor Barth ($1) is 9 for 9 this season in field goals and his longest is 57 yards. He will have many opportunities to show his talent on Sunday against the Chiefs.

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Titans Rob Bironas ($2m). We were use to seeing him always at the top of the NFL scoring rankings, but the Titans offense is not delivering and that is affecting Bironas’ production as he is averaging less than 6 points per game, having missed already two field goals this season. Do not expect things to change tonight against the Steelers defense.

Team defenses

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Steelers ($2m). This is one of those weeks in which spending $2m on a defense could work. Pittsburgh should capitalizeon the erratic Tennessee offense. Eagles ($1m). Philadelphia has always had a very aggressive defense capable of generating plenty of turnovers and sacks. Although this season the Eagles have only registered seven sacks, things could change on Sunday facing the Lions happy-passing offense. Buccaneers ($1m). The Chiefs have given the ball away a league worst 19 times this season, so every defense playing them is definitely a candidate to get a starting spot in our fantasy league.

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Raiders ($1m). Oakland is last in the league with only three turnovers forced (zero interceptions) and the Falcons have only given the ball away four times this season, so it would be better to keep the Raiders defense on the bench.

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