Baltimore's defensive secondary—this season—she has a great personality.
Baltimore's defensive secondary—this season—she has a great personality.
The National Football Post is here to get you set for domination heading into Week 6 in the NFL. Here’s our Coors Light 12-pack of Week 6 Starts and Sits.
Bye Week: Dallas, Indianapolis, Miami, San Francisco
GET THEM IN THE LINEUP
Knowshon Moreno RB Denver Broncos: He’s averaging 9.4 fantasy points per week and has a Monday night date with a San Diego defense that ranks 27th against the run (151.0 yards per game). In his first game as the featured running back (last Sunday vs. New England), Moreno touched the ball a career-high 25 times for 124 yards. Expect him to see another healthy dose of touches in Week 6.
Todd Heap TE Baltimore Ravens: Heap is in a great situation this week as opposing tight ends have had a field day playing the Vikings this season. The Packers’ Jermichael Finley (6-128-1) and the 49ers’ Vernon Davis (7-96-2) posted monster numbers against Minnesota’s Cover-2 defense (even Randy McMichael had three receptions for 45 yards). Athletic tight ends will find success against the Purple Machine by getting down the middle of the field. Middle linebacker E.J. Henderson will be forced to turn his back to cover Heap, who will split the two safeties down the middle, giving quarterback Joe Flacco an open window to strike. In addition, look for Heap to settle in underneath when the Ravens come out in three-receiver sets, which will force Henderson to get deep and leave Heap open for short gains.
David Garrard QB Jacksonville Jaguars: With big-play wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker back in the lineup, look for Garrard to post some solid numbers against a St. Louis defense that ranks 25th against the pass (237.2 yards per game) and is allowing an average of 29.2 points per game.
Ryan Grant RB Green Bay Packers: Grant’s stock has dropped due to his less than impressive four-game stat line (257 rushing yards, two touchdowns). However, Grant had to open the season against some of the NFL’s best run defenses in the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings. Look for him to bounce back this Sunday against a Lions defense that is allowing 113.4 yards per game on the ground (21st).
Nate Burleson WR Seattle Seahawks: The NFL’s second-most targeted receiver (49) should have a field day against the league’s worst-ranked passing defense in the Arizona Cardinals. Burleson is averaging six receptions and 11.4 fantasy points per game in 2009. Look for that trend to continue on Sunday, especially with a healthy Matt Hasselbeck.
Jacksonville Jaguars D/ST: This unit has really struggled in 2009 (380.6 yards per game, 30th), but if there is one matchup on the schedule that should make you jump at the opportunity to start the Jaguars, Week 6 is it. Jacksonville hosts the St. Louis Rams and their 28th ranked offense (281.0 yards per game) on Sunday. Oh yeah, the Rams are scoring an average of 6.8 points per week. That doesn’t exactly scream “firepower.”
PUT THEM ON THE BENCH
Willis McGahee RB Baltimore Ravens: What about this equation makes you feel comfortable? The fact that McGahee has only carried the ball six times over the past two weeks, or the idea of watching him run into the NFL’s 10th ranked rushing defense (96.0 yards per game) on the road at Minnesota? With the way second-year back Ray Rice has been playing lately, McGahee owners shouldn’t expect to see enough touches to make a serious impact.
Terrell Owens WR Buffalo Bills: Sorry, T.O. owners. Between the mediocre averages (2.4 receptions for 40.4 yards per game), his inability to beat press coverage and the fact that he’ll be matched up against superstar wideout Darrelle Revis on Sunday, nothing in this analysis is going to make you feel good about getting Owens into the starting rotation. Nothing, that is, unless you think quarterback Trent Edwards is due for a breakout game. So, yeah. Nothing.
Owen Daniels TE Houston Texans: Nothing against Daniels, but this is not a good matchup for him. The Bengals have limited opposing tight ends to an average of 4.4 receptions for 34 yards in five games this season. In addition, the five tight ends Cincinnati has faced in 2009 have combined for a grand total of one touchdown.
Cincinnati Bengals D/ST: One of 2009’s biggest surprises, you can go ahead and put them back on the bench in Week 6 because the Bengals welcome in Andre Johnson and the Texans this Sunday. Houston’s averaging 23.0 points (12th) and 348.0 yards (11th) per game this season. The scary thing is that those numbers reflect a poor outing in Week 1 against the New York Jets. The Texans have put up an average of 27.0 points per game over the past four weeks. The Bengals are going to play them tough, but there are better options out there.
Antonio Bryant WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bryant’s been battling knee pain resulting from an August surgery he underwent to repair a torn meniscus. He’s only caught ten passes over the past three games, has an inexperienced quarterback who is completing just 52.4% of his passes and goes up against a Carolina Panthers defense that ranks second against the pass in 2009 (165.8 yards per game). He’s not a terrible option, but there are better players to choose from in Week 6.
LaDainian Tomlinson RB San Diego Chargers: The big question L.T. owners are faced with in Week 6 is whether or not their first-round draft pick will be able to get the job done. Considering the fact that he’s got a Monday night divisional showdown with the red-hot Denver Broncos, the chances are slim. The Broncos have been one of the stingiest defenses in 2009, allowing just 8.6 points and 81.0 rushing yards per game on the ground this season. Factor in the touches L.T. will lose to backup running back Darren Sproles and owners are stuck with yet another weekend of first-round futility. He’s worth a RB2/Flex spot in deeper leagues, but don’t expect Tomlinson to carry you to victory.
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TEAM BEAST MODE: "Take a loooooook at me nooooooow! Well there's just an emmmmpty space [in the losses column]!"
Start 'em: Marshawn Lynch,
Sit 'em: Ravens D, Kyle Orton
After getting blasted by second-to-last-place National Football Post for suggesting you start Teddy Ginn on Monday night against a strong Jets defense, I'd like to point out that homeboy caught 100% of the balls thrown his way, racked up 57 yards, and got in the endzone for a score. That's a double-digit night from a WR. Not bad. Oh yeah, I also told you to start Nasty Nate Dogg Burleson, who scored two touchdowns and I don't even know how many yards because I hate reading box scores, because I only read the standings, because I'm in first place, because I'm undefeated. National Football Post doesn't live in the same neighborhood, unfortunately. That's because they've got a losing record. Losers. I'm not trying to be mean. I'm just saying. Losers. That's what you've got to do to be neighbors with them. You've got to lose. Like a loser.
Time to get after it with the National Football Post’s Week 5 Start & Sit recommendations.
In case you were curious, no, we are not recommending JaMarcus Russell like Dewey did last week.
I’m not going to lie, Russell is nasty. But the Giants defense should limit him from yet another 300+ yard, 3 touchdown performance.
Bye Week: Chicago, Green Bay, New Orleans, San Diego
Get Them In The Lineup
1. Rashard Mendenhall Running Back Pittsburgh Steelers
For those of you who took our advice from two weeks ago and acquired Mendenhall, now is the time to double-down on your bet.
The Steelers running back looked outstanding in Week 4 against the Chargers, rushing for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Get him back in the lineup this week as Pittsburgh heads to Detroit to take on the league’s 20th ranked rushing defense (121.2 yards and 33.5 points per game).
Look for the Steelers to get up early and keep the ball on the ground in an effort to control the clock.
2. Nate Burleson Wide Receiver Seattle Seahawks
In a surprising twist, Dewey and I are in complete agreement on starting Nate Burleson this weekend.
Now that we’ve effectively put the kibosh on Nate’s Week 5 chances, I may as well give you some logic behind the prediction.
Quietly, Burleson has been putting together a very impressive season despite the fact that backup quarterback Seneca Wallace has been filling in for injured starter Matt Hasselbeck.
There is a lot of upside here, so pay attention. Burleson is currently ranked 3rd in the NFL in targets (41), trailing only Randy Moss and Steve Smith (NY Giants). In addition, the Seahawks play host to the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday, who are tied for dead last in the league in passing defense (282.2 yards per game).
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck returned to practice on Wednesday and could be ready to go for this Week 5 showdown. In any event, Burleson should be in your lineup.
3. Pierre Garcon Wide Receiver Indianapolis Colts
One of 2009’s early waiver wire steals, Garcon is a solid play this weekend when the Colts travel to Tennessee to take on the winless Titans.
Peyton Manning’s newest target has scored two touchdowns over the past three weeks and is averaging a fantasy-friendly 9.6 points per game during that span (Standard Scoring). The matchup is in Garcon’s favor yet again this Sunday as the Titans are allowing an average of 282.2 yards per game through the air (tied for 31st).
With the Hall of Fame bound Manning at quarterback, Garcon is a guy you should have no worries about putting in your starting lineup.
1. Cedric Benson Running Back Cincinnati Bengals
For those of you who have been reading my work since last year (first off, thank you), you are most certainly getting tired of the following stat: The Baltimore Ravens have not allowed a 100+ yard rusher since 2006.
I may say that every week, but it’s a very important factor to consider when one of your stud running backs is heading to Baltimore to face the league’s top-ranked rushing defense (59.5 yards per game).
In Benson’s only meeting with the Ravens last season he carried the rock just ten times for 17 yards (1.7 YPC) and zero touchdowns. Time to look for a better option in Week 5.
2. The Miami Dolphins Receivers
Come on, Dewey. You and I may not agree on many things when it comes to Starts & Sits, but how can you like Ted Ginn against Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis?
Revis has become one of the league’s elite shut-down corners. Take a look at what he’s done against some of the NFL’s best receivers this season:
1. Andre Johnson (Houston): 4 receptions for 35 yards
2. Randy Moss (New England): 4 receptions for 24 yards
3. Marques Colston (New Orleans Saints): 2 receptions for 33 yards
Oh yeah. NONE of them scored a touchdown against Revis.
So somehow, someway, Ted Ginn (the same guy who dropped the game-winning touchdown against the Colts on Monday night in Week 2) is going to step up and produce a big game?
Davone Bess, Ted Ginn and Greg Camarillo have combined to catch 45 passes for 381 yards and ZERO touchdowns through four weeks. None of these guys is worth a starting roster spot.
3. Jake Delhomme Quarterback Carolina Panthers
Delhomme has gotten off to a rough start this season (2 touchdowns, 7 interceptions) and Week 5 will be no picnic in the park as he must come off the bye week and take on a tough Washington Redskins passing defense.
Yes, the Redskins are in turmoil at the current moment. But that doesn’t negate the fact that opposing quarterbacks are averaging just 182.0 passing yards per game against them, or the fact that they have only given up four touchdowns through the air.
Granted, the four QBs the ‘Skins have faced this year (Eli Manning, Bulger, Stafford, Josh Johnson) aren’t exactly elite-level signal callers (with the exception of Manning), but they certainly aren’t a considerable amount worse than Delhomme, who is currently rocking a 54.3 QB Rating.
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Start 'Em & Sit 'Em for Week 5 of the NFL season: This week we discuss the Ochos along with the Jets D, Ted Gin & Tonic, and Nasty Nate Dog Burleson. Follow Yardbarker on Twitter or else you'll end up like the Fat Kid, who proves there is a big difference between #83 and #85.
I'm undefeated and in first place.
My only wise advice was to bench the otherwise strong Jets D, which earned for itself a big fat zero in the sacks and interceptions departments, and a whopping one recovered fumble, courtesy of Reggie Bush, who must have learned from you-know-who a thing or two about fumbling with balls. My other out-of-control cocky picks—Fatty JaMarcus Russell and Kerry Collins—were not desperation, as was suggested by National Football Post, but rather, recklessness, recklessness offered with, remember, reservation. I'll try to stick with more conventional advice perhaps. Or maybe not. I mean, I still am in first place. Yes. Sir.
National Football Post is hanging out with his best friend, Last Place. One win. Three losses. Second-fewest points in the league: 213 points ON THE SEASON.
Four guys in NFP's lineup this week scored zero points. I'm not sure what is worse: that two of the ZEROS had byes—umm, hello?!!—or that two of them didn't. On draft day NFP messaged me before one of my selections begging me not to take LenDale White, even though I already had Chris Stupid Fast Johnson, and my response was, um, why the hell would I want a guy who is only good at eating cheeseburgers? For the record, Chris Johnson has roughly has as many points this year as NFP's entire roster. Have a nice day. I love you all. Except for you, JaMarcus. You're dead to me, Fatty.
Before we get into your National Football Post Starts and Sits for Week 4, I want to remind all of the owners out there that the NFL bye weeks start this Sunday and run up to and including Week 10.
Get any players from the following teams OUT of your lineup:
Arizona, Atlanta, Carolina, Philadelphia
Welcome to the Week 4 “4-4”Start/Sit Report…four starts, four sits and why Dewey’s recommendation you start JaMarcus Russell and his 39.8 QB Rating this weekend is one hell of a desperate move.
Get ‘em in the lineup
1. Jerricho Cotchery Wide Receiver New York Jets
Cotchery and the Jets head to New Orleans on Sunday to take on the 22nd-ranked passing defense in the league.
The Jets’ No. 1 wideout was hot in September, averaging six receptions per game and posting at least 80 yards receiving in each contest.
Expect the Jets to put the ball in the air, especially in the second half, in an effort to keep up with quarterback Drew Brees and the explosive Saints offense.
2. Cincinnati Bengals D/ST
This one’s a no-brainer.
The Bengals have looked outstanding on the defensive side of the football so far in 2009, averaging 10.6 fantasy points per week (Standard Scoring). In addition, they’re tied for the league lead in interceptions with 10.
As if that’s not enough, Cincinnati travels to Cleveland on Sunday to take on the NFL’s worst offense. The Browns are putting up just 218 yards (32nd) and 9.7 points (31st) per game this season.
3. Darren McFadden Running Back Oakland Raiders
Dewey’s recommending you start quarterback JaMarcus Russell this Sunday.
I’ve got news for you. If you’re in a position where Russell is your only option at quarterback, you might as well pack it in. The guy has thrown only 16 touchdowns with 16 interceptions in 19 career games. In addition, he’s averaging a pathetic 167 passing yards per game and boasts a whopping 2009 QB Rating of 39.8.
However, one Oakland Raider you should be inserting in your starting lineup is running back Darren McFadden.
We weren’t real high on McFadden entering 2009, mainly because his quarterback is completely incapable of leading his team down the field on what some refer to as a “scoring drive.”
But never mind JaMarcus Russell’s inefficiencies because this Sunday, McFadden gets a crack at the NFL’s worst run defense, the Houston Texans.
The Texans are the only team in the NFL allowing more than 200 yards per game on the ground (205.0). They’ve already been torched by Thomas Jones for 107 yards, Chris Johnson for 197 yards and Maurice Jones-Drew for 119 yards.
4. Glen Coffee Running Back San Francisco 49ers
With starting running back Frank Gore on the shelf for the next two to three weeks, the rookie from Alabama gets to step into the lineup and show head coach Mike Singletary what he can do.
Coffee was the hottest name on waivers this week, so there’s no sense keeping your shiny new toy on the bench Sunday when he takes on the St. Louis Rams. Steve Spagnuolo’s defense ranks 27th in the league against the run, allowing 148.0 yards per game.
Coffee is a solid RB2/Flex option.
Put ‘em on the bench
1. Larry Johnson Running Back Kansas City Chiefs
This Sit ‘Em recommendation applies to the entire Kansas City offense, not just Johnson, but we’re going to single him out.
L.J. is averaging an eyebrow-raising 2.5 yards per carry this season and has failed to find the end zone. He lacks the open-field speed and ability to break tackles that made him so effective just a few years ago.
To make matters worse, Johnson faces one of the NFL’s deepest front sevens Sunday in the New York Giants.
The real question here is, “How long will head coach Todd Haley wait until he puts Jamaal Charles in the lineup?”
2. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offense
Put all of ‘em on the bench this weekend. Here’s why:
A. Washington is sixth in points allowed this season, giving up just 16.3 per game.
B. Tampa has benched quarterback Byron Leftwich in favor of the unknown Josh Johnson, who lacks any real NFL game experience.
C. The Bucs put up fewer than 100 total yards in Week 3, further demonstrating they can’t get the job done offensively.
3. Fred Taylor Running Back New England Patriots
After last week’s 105-yard, one-touchdown performance against the Atlanta Falcons, every Taylor owner thinks he won the New England Backfield Lottery.
While Fred-T showed he still has what it takes to get the job done, Week 4 is not the time to press your bet and go for broke.
Sunday, the Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens, proud owners of the NFL’s No. 1 rushing defense. In addition, the Ravens have not allowed an opposing running back to top 100 yards rushing in a game since 2006.
Keep in mind that the Baltimore secondary has been suspect this year, giving up an average of 231.7 yards per game (17th).
You don’t think Tom Brady and Randy Moss will try to exploit that?
4. Braylon Edwards Wide Receiver Cleveland Browns
Edwards has only caught 10 passes in three games and still has not found the end zone. In addition, head coach Eric Mangini has benched quarterback Brady Quinn in favor of former starter Derek “3 Interceptions vs. Baltimore” Anderson. Two things you should note about Edwards heading into this game:
A. His career numbers vs. Cincy are not that impressive: In seven games against the Bengals, Edwards is averaging just 4.4 receptions and 58 yards receiving. The Browns also have a record of 2-5 over that seven-game stretch.
B. He’s the only viable weapon on the Cleveland offense: Meaning (if the Bengals are smart) they will play press coverage at the line of scrimmage on Edwards and put a safety over the top for help. If the defense can take Edwards out of the game, who’s left to beat them?
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