Curt Kestila
Good Call/Bad Call - Week 6

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Quarterbacks

Andrew Luck gets a great matchup this week against San Diego. The Chargers have allowed every quarterback but one to throw two or more passing touchdowns against them. They average more than 300 passing yards allowed per game. Luck can easily hit those numbers against an average defense and the Chargers are nowhere close to being an average defense. Luck is going to have a good week, and he’s an easy good call for you to start.

You might want to dial back your expectations for Matthew Stafford this week. The defense he’s going against this week, the Cleveland Browns, hasn’t allowed any quarterback to get more than 272 passing yards against them. In fact, they’ve allowed just two passing touchdowns on the season. This is limiting quarterbacks’ fantasy production against the Browns, and only one quarterback has more than 16 fantasy points when playing Cleveland. That one quarterback was Christian Ponder , and his fantasy point total was inflated thanks to two rushing touchdowns. As you can see, Stafford is in for a tough game fantasy-wise. If you’ve got another good quarterback with a good matchup, you’re going to seriously want to consider starting them this week.

A quarterback who would be a very bad call for you to start this week would be Sam Bradford . St. Louis plays in Houston, which ranks second against quarterbacks in fantasy points allowed. The Texans haven’t allowed a 200-plus yard passer yet this season, and it’s not from a lack of playing good quarterbacks. Philip Rivers , Joe Flacco , Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick have all failed to exceed the 200-yard  passing mark against the Texans. If you take Philip Rivers ' four touchdown performance from Week 1 out of the picture, the Texans have allowed just three passing touchdowns on the year. Yeah, you’re going to want to start any other quarterback besides Bradford this week.

Running Backs

The Denver and Jacksonville game has the highest game line ever set by Vegas odds makers at 28.5 points for Denver. A four touchdown favorite? I’ll take Jacksonville, simply because I think Denver will show mercy after a 14-0 start half way through the first quarter. My guess is that Denver turns to its running game for most of the contest. That means tons of touches for Knowshon Moreno . Expect him to get the most touches he’s had all year. Factor in the Jaguars’ 23rd-ranked fantasy run defense and he’s a good call for you to start this week.

If you’ve got Ben Tate , slip him into your starting lineup this week. Houston plays St. Louis, which ranks 30th in points given up to opposing running backs this year. Even being in a timeshare with Arian Foster , Tate should get enough touches to make a respectable fantasy stat line for you this week. Tate would be a starting running back on over half of the teams in the NFL and he’ll produce like one this week.

A guy you’re going to want to start but shouldn’t is Trent Richardson . Richardson should have most of the Indianapolis playbook down by now, but his matchup is a tough one this week. The San Diego Chargers rank fifth in fantasy points allowed to running backs. They haven’t given up a 100-plus yard rusher this year. The last time Richardson broke the 100-yard rushing mark was Week 8 of last season. Indianapolis is going to be passing the ball a lot this game, and Andrew Luck doesn’t throw to his running backs much. This is not the week to start Richardson.



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