Wally Spurlin
Start/Bench - Week 6

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Week six is here and there are a few tweaks to the STUDS lists…wait…Denver just scored again. What an amazing game that was last week between the Cowboys and Broncos.

At least eight players from that game put up top five fantasy numbers for the week. Dare we expect to see another one like it this week? Not likely, but we can always hope.

Let’s get to it.

QUARTERBACKS

STUDS

Peyton Manning
Drew Brees
Aaron Rodgers
Tom Brady
Michael Vick * may not play week 6*
Matthew Stafford
Cam Newton
Matt Ryan * bye week*
Robert Griffin III
Philip Rivers
Tony Romo

Welcome Back

Tony Romo : He has put up 752 passing yards with seven TDs and only one INT in the last two weeks. Over 1,500 passing yards along with 13 TDs and only three turnovers has Romo back among the elite.

START

Nick Foles , PHILADELPHIA at Tampa Bay: Michael Vick is likely out for Week 6 and Foles was outstanding in replacing him last week (16/25/197/2 TD). Foles won’t put up the rushing totals Vick has been posting but he will be able to spread the ball around. Foles looks comfortable running the offense and the scheme ensures that he will post nice fantasy totals.

Jay Cutler , CHICAGO vs. New York Giants: New York’s defense has been pitiable, lacking a pass rush and unable to stop the run or pass. Cutler is going to carve them up with his dynamic duo of WRs Alshon Jeffery (over 200 yards receiving last week) and Brandon Marshall (31 receptions and three TDs this season).

Russell Wilson , SEATTLE vs. Tennessee: Wilson is using his legs again and it is paying big dividends fantasy-wise. In the past two games he has carried the ball 23 times for 172 yards (remember when Chris Johnson could do that?). The Titans allowed Kansas City QB Alex Smith to hang 245 yards passing on them last week and will struggle to contain Wilson both on the ground and through the air.

Andrew Luck , INDIANAPOLIS at San Diego: This game figures to be a late afternoon shootout, as both QBs will put up nice numbers. Luck rediscovered the long ball connection to T.Y. Hilton last week and has more weapons than the Chargers secondary can account for.

Alex Smith , KANSAS CITY vs. Oakland: The Raiders struggle to stop the pass. They have given up nine TDs through the air this season and an average of 268 yards. Until last week when they nabbed three against Philip Rivers the Raiders had yet to garner an INT. Smith is efficient with seven TDs against only three INTs and is at home this week. Go ahead and roll him out against an iffy Oakland defense.

BENCH

Colin Keapernick , SAN FRANCISCO vs. Arizona: Kaepernick resembles a game managing QB in the Brad Johnson or Trent Dilfer mold more than he does the dynamic QB he was late last season. Until Kaepernick decides to emulate Russell Wilson and return to moving the chains with his legs as well as his arm he should be out of fantasy lineups.

Brandon Weeden , CLEVELAND vs. Detroit: There were reasons Brian Hoyer was starting over a healthy Weeden and the Lions defense will be able exploit those. The Lions put pressure on opposing QBs forcing bad throws and they have been adept at picking off passes. Weeden has been sacked 16 times and has thrown only two TDs against three INTs. It's not a good week ahead for Brandon.

Carson Palmer , ARIZONA at San Francisco: Ugh. Remember when Palmer in Arizona seemed like such a perfect fit? He’s bad. The 49ers defense is good. Bench him.

Eli Manning , NEW YORK GIANTS at Chicago: The Giants have a short week, an uncertain RB situation and a defense that can’t stop anyone. That means another week of Manning throwing the ball too much and to the other team. He’s thrown 12 INTs through five games and faces a Bears defense predicated on forcing turnovers. Another bad game for Eli is on tap.

Ryan Fitzpatrick , TENNESSEE at Seattle: ‘Fitz’ actually finished with good numbers last week including a surprising 50 yards rushing (one TD) and another 247 through the air (one TD). Lightning does not strike twice and it certainly won’t strike again with the Titans traveling to Seattle. Coming off a loss, the Seahawks are going to be an angry group and Fitzpatrick is going to suffer for it.



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