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
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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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