Fantasy football: week 6 start and sit

Matt Lichtenstadter/Eastside Fantasy Football Expert

How was week 5 for you? Bye weeks are now in full swing and the waiver wires and heating up, so check here for your best options.

Byes: Miami, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Dallas

Start of the Week: Tom Brady (NE) vs. TEN: The Titans are just plain bad. The pass D is wretched, and they can’t stop anybody. Tom Brady will have a field day against a Titans secondary that is 31st in pass D and may be missing both starting corners.

Who to Start:

QB Aaron Rodgers (GB) vs. DET: Anybody against the Lions now? Almost certainly a start. Rodgers had his best game the week before the bye, and is facing the Lions, who are 27th in pass D. Rodgers has had time to rest after being on his back plenty in week 4, and should put up fairly gaudy numbers on Sunday.

RB Rashard Mendenhall (PIT) vs. CLE: Willie Parker will likely not play, and hey, he has had a great 2 weeks since he has been hurt. The browns are last in the league in rush D, so Mendenhall should have a good week. Maybe he’ll replace Willie Parker.

WR T.J Houshmanzadeh (SEA) vs. ARZ: After a nice fantasy week against Jacksonville, he should be a decent # 2 wideout this week with Arizona last in the league in pass D. Matt Hasselbeck is back also, which increases his value exponentially.

WR Santana Moss (WSH) vs. KC: Well, he has quietly had a very good year, and when you’re playing the Chiefs, it may

help out a bit. He has been a respectable deep threat for Jason Campbell, and against the 29th ranked pass D, he should have a pretty nice afternoon.

TE Brent Celek vs. OAK: Do I have to explain this one? Raiders don’t play D, Celek is a great target for Donovan McNabb, what else is there to say?

DEF Philadelphia vs. OAK: Again, no explanation needed. Raiders don’t play offense, Jamarcus Russell is garbage, and the Eagles will have a field day.

Who to Sit:

QB Jay Cutler (CHI) vs. ATL: Be careful with Cutler. Even though he is coming off his bye, and the Falcons allow plenty

of yards, but they have only allowed 3 TD’s this year, 2nd fewest in the league. Cutler is a risky start this week.

RB Brandon Jacobs (NYG) vs. NO: He has slowly fallen to Ahmad Bradshaw in terms of carries and overall touches. And, it doesn’t help that New Orleans has the 7th ranked rush D, and is coming off of a bye.

WR Marques Colston (NO) vs. NYG: Even though it is extremely hard to bench him, the Giants only allow about 125 pass yards a game, tops in the league. Again, tough to bench, but if you have better matchups, take those instead.

WR Jerricho Cotchery (NYJ) vs. BUF: He’s losing catches to Braylon Edwards, and is nursing a hamstring injury. The Bills are 5th in pass D, so that doesn’t help much.

TE Zach Miller (OAK) vs. PHI: I’m sorry Zach. You have amazing potential, but playing against a great D, who will double cover you all day, and playing with Jamarcus Russell as your QB, doesn’t help out very much. When Oakland gets a better QB, I can recommend starting you. Until then, it isn’t a good idea.

DEF Chicago vs. ATL: The Falcons are playing quite nicely at home, 2-0 scoring about 24 points a game, and gaining 326 yards a game. This combo doesn’t bode well for the Bears, who do give up a fair number of yards and points.

Sleepers:

QB David Garrard (JAX) vs. STL: Anyone against the Rams is a good start, as they have the 25th ranked pass D. Garrard can’t play badly 2 weeks in a row, can he?

RB Ray Rice (BAL) vs. MIN: Yes, he is playing the Vikings, but with his playmaking ability, he is a good sleeper if you have no better option.

WR Donnie Avery (STL) vs. JAX: The Jags still have a bad pass D, and Marc Bulger is coming back to start.  If he saw what Matt Hasselbeck did, he will have a good game.

WR Kevin Walter (HOU) vs. CIN: He is a very good # 3 wideout option if you don’t have any better. The Bengals are 23rd in pass D, so he will see some action on Sunday.

TE Jermichael Finley (GB) vs. DET: Very good bye week replacement because the Lions don’t play pass D, and he’s plenty of targets.

DEF Carolina vs. TB: Anybody playing the Bucs is a good start. The Bucs only score about 14 points a game, and Josh Johnson is very good.

Waiver Wire Pick-Ups:

QB Chad Henne (MIA): He’s is off this week, but still, he is very consistent, and has great running backs to help him out. If he stays consistent, the pass offense will open up more, and he will get more TD’s are more yards. He is a great start of the bench.

WR Austin Collie (IND): I talked about Pierre Garcon last week, and this week it’s Austin Collie’s turn. He is very good on short routes, and that means in PPR leagues, he is a monster. Even when Anthony Gonzalez returns, he will still get catches every week.

Good luck in Week 6!