FantasySavvy 2012: Week 6, Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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You won’t see the obvious names on here, that would be pointless. Maybe occasionally to give you a reminder, but rather we are looking to identify some guys that you may be on the fence with and encourage you to either start or sit them. Matchups will be broken down, stats will be used, some projections will be provided and some “gut” feeling will be mixed in. But when it comes down to the come down, it’s your “gut” you need to roll with.

*Players listed in order of projected effectiveness in the start ‘em category and ineffectiveness in the sit ‘em category.


Start ‘Em

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger @ Tennessee

Big Ben put up a doughnut in the TD department last week at home against Philly (correction, today he was awarded a TD on the Mendenhall lateral!), but that was a tough matchup. That’s kind of the way Big Ben is, some good weeks, some bad, that is why he’s taken later in Fantasy Drafts. But this is a week to use him against the Titans and their swiss cheese D which is allowing the 26th most points to Fantasy QB’s. Christian Ponder excelled pretty well against them last week so Ben and his trio of Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Heath Miller should as well. Start Ben tonight with full confidence and expect around 250 yards with 2-3 TD’s.

Kevin Kolb vs Buffalo

Man, I am really thinking about starting Kevin Kolb over Tony Romo in one of my leagues this week. Just how do you justify that? Kevin Kolb? But looking at the matchups, Romo faces Baltimore, hasn’t looked good so far this season and Kolb is going against the team that is allowing the most points to Fantasy QB’s in Buffalo. The Cards have allowed the most sacks so far this year and we saw Kolb get dropped at least eight or nine times last week, but this is just a great matchup at home against an inferior defense. Sad to say, but it looks like I will be rolling with Kolb over Romo! I know my brother, who is my partner in that league and a Cowboy fan won’t be happy about that!

Christian Ponder @ Washington

We rolled with Ponder last week and he paid off, of course Percy Harvin continues to make look Ponder better than he is, but Christian is getting the job done. He should remain fantasy relevant for another week at least as they matchup with the Skins and their brutal secondary which is allowing the the 4th most points to Fantasy QB’s. Ponder should be throwing quite often in this one and as long as he has Percy to pick up that cognYAC for him, Ponder stats should be solid again this week. Look for 230-260 yards throwing with at least 2 TD’s.

Sit ‘Em

Ryan Fitzpatrick @ Arizona

I think Fitzpatrick is starting to head towards his typical mid to late season slide. Either way you can’t use him against Arizona who are allowing just 16 points a game to Fantasy QB’s. With five Int’s in his last two games, stay away from Fitz especially on the road in this tough matchup.

Matt Stafford @ Philly

Stafford has yet throw for two TD’s in a game this season and has just three TD’s overall. Something is going on in Detroit and it probably won’t improve against Philly who are allowing just 14 points a game to Fantasy QB’s. Maybe they figured some things out during their bye week, but if you have a better option I would pass on Stafford in Week 6.

Joe Flacco vs Dallas

After a hot start, Flacco has slowed the last two weeks with just one TD and was held under 200 yards passing against Kansas City last week. Dallas’ secondary had a bit of a setback against the Bears, but I think their corners will match up well with Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin and help slow down this Ravens passing attack. Look for Flacco to finish with modest numbers against the Cowboys who are allowing the 5th fewest points to Fantasy QB’s.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons

Michel Turner vs Oakland

Turner is undervalued every season, but continues to stay healthy, go over 1,000 yards and finish with double digit TD’s every year. He is obviously never a threat in the pass game and doesn’t offer much upside, but this guy is great when the matchup is right. Just expect a few duds during the year when he faces a good defense. Against Oakland, this is a matchup he can exploit. The Falcons will be moving the ball all day and Turner will have plenty of chances to churn out yards. He will also most likely find the endzone once or twice.

Willis McGahee @ San Diego

McGahee had a game to forget last week with a big drop on a 4th and one and then a fumble late just as the Broncos were ready to make it a game against the Patriots. This week I believe he puts it behind him and gets the job done against the Chargers. San Diego is allowing the 20th most points to Fantasy Backs and I expect Willis to finish near 100 yards and find the endzone on Monday night.

Rashard Mendenhall @ Tennessee

Mendenhall returned last week from his ACL injury and looked impressive running for 68 yards on 13 carries while catching three passes for 33 yards. His receiving TD was taken away today, which should impact a ton of fantasy scores, hopefully not yours! But If he looks anything like he did last week, expect a very nice performance on Thursday night. The Titans are brutal at defending every fantasy position and are allowing a 144 yards a game on the ground. Get Mendy in your lineups and expect him to produce.

Sit ‘Em

C.J. Spiller/Fred Jackson @ Arizona

Another week another tough matchup for these two talented backs. Not are only they both hurting each other’s value, these matchups are killing them as well. Arizona boasts the 4th best defense in points allowed to Fantasy Backs, so keep Spiller and Jackson on your benches again this week.

Steven Jackson @ Miami

Did you trade him yet? Or are you still suffering? This guy doesn’t score! And will likely not find paydirt against Miami either. Keep him benched. This is the last time Jackson will be on my sit ‘em list. Go trade this guy now!

Ahmad Bradshaw vs San Francisco

Bradshaw had a joyous game against the Browns last week, going over 200 yards rushing, but you need to bench him this week if you can. As we all know the 49ers are elite against the run. This team allowed 3 rushing TD’s last season and are number one against the run again this year. Bradshaw will likely be held under 50 yards rushing and without a score, don’t be tempted, bench him.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Mike Wallace @ Tennessee

Just two catches for 17 yards last week for Wallace, but don’t let that deter you from starting Wallace this week. This is basically one of my few reminders, Wallace is a no brainer this week against the Titans.

Andre Roberts vs Buffalo

Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals

If I like Kolb this week, that means I am going to like his Wides. Andre Roberts has been impressive this year with 4 TD’s so far this season. Roberts also has seen 19 targets in his last two games as his chemistry with Kolb is improving. The Cards run game is a mess so look for Kolb to pass plenty (threw it 52 times last week) and for Roberts to be a good play this week.

Jeremy Kerley vs Indianapolis

With Santonio Holmes out and Stephen Hill questionable again this week, look for Kerley to remain Sanchez’ best target. Kerley saw nine targets last week and caught five of them for 94 yards in a tough matchup against an elite secondary in Houston. He should produce again in a much easier matchup against the Colts who are allowing the 5th most points to Fantasy WR’s.

Sit ‘Em

Denarius Moore @ Atlanta

I like Moore and think he will end up finishing with a pretty good fantasy season, I just don’t trust Carson Palmer against Atlanta on the road. The Falcons are are allowing the fewest points to Fantasy WR’s at just 24 points per game. Moore will probably be targeted a lot in this game, I just don’t expect those passes to come very close to Moore. You are probably looking at a five catch 40 yard game from Moore, something along those lines.

Torrey Smith vs Dallas

I believe Flacco is going to struggle in this game as he is coming back down to earth a bit and that will mean tough sledding for Smith. The Cowboys secondary had one off game so far against Chicago, but Corners Brandon Carr and Mo Claiborne will be up and ready for this matchup coming off the bye.

Vincent Jackson vs Kansas City

I trust Vincent Jackson, I just don’t trust Josh Freeman. This matchup also isn’t as good as it would have appeared a few weeks ago. The Chiefs defense is starting to play and their secondary has allowed just 34 points to Fantasy WR’s the last two weeks. They shut down Flacco and his passing attack and they will at least contain the Bucs passing attack. Brandon Flowers is one of the of the best corners in the league and has started to show why the past few weeks. Vjax likely struggles in this game.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Heath Miller @ Tennessee

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

Get all your Steelers in tonight and Heath Miller is no exception. Ben has been targeting Miller a ton this year and the Heath Bar Crunch should enjoy a nice game Thursday Night against the Titans who are allowing the most points to Fantasy TE’s.

Brent Celek vs Detroit

Celek has been kind of quiet the past few weeks with just around 100 yards in his last three games and has only scored once this year. But the matchups haven’t been fully favorable and Vick has been struggling as a result. This week it eases up a bit against Detroit who are allowing the 6th most points to Fantasy TE’s. I expect Celek to catch around five or six passes for 60-75 yards and a possible score.

Kyle Rudolph @ Washington

Rudolph hasn’t been racking up a lot of yards but he does have four TD”s in his last four games as Ponder loves to look for the guy in the endzone. The matchup is right here to use Rudolph against the Skins who are allowing an average of 20 points per game to the Tight End position.


Start ‘Em

William Moore, Atlanta Falcons

William Moore vs Oakland

Moore is having a breakout year for Atlanta in 2012 with 26 tackles, two Int’s, a fumble forced, a fumble recovery and four pass deflections. He should rack up the tackles against Oakland as they run Darren Mcfadden a bunch and has a good chance to pick off the inaccurate Carson Palmer. Oakland has given up the 8th most fantasy points to Safety’s this season so get Moore in your lineups.

Kyle Williams @ Arizona

Good spot to start the Defensive Tackle here against Arizona who have allowed the most sacks in the league. Williams also has 3.5 sacks this season and five tackles for a loss. Williams should get you favorable fantasy numbers as he should drop Kolb at least once.

Sit ‘Em

Antoine Cason vs Denver

Cason has been one of the better Fantasy DB’s this season with 21 tackles, seven pass deflections and two int’s. I just hate starting any corner against Peyton Manning who is starting to return to the top of his game. I don’t believe Cason will have many opportunities to produce, so keep him reserved.

Justin Houston @ TB

Houston now has 11.5 sacks in his last nine regular-season games after sacking Joe Flacco twice last week. The Bucs however  are not allowing many sacks because Greg Schiano loves to run the football. Houston’s sack chances will be limited this week.

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