receivers had more than 200 yards receiving in Week 5 as Miles Austin and Roddy
White dominated the headlines. Lots of fantasy players on a bye week as the
Colts, Cowboys, Dolphins and 49ers sit this week. Look for the Chiefs to
continue to give up passing yards by the bundle as the Redskins air it out. The
Seahawks will continue to have success in the passing game while the Steelers,
Bengals and Jets do their damage on the ground in Week 6.
When using this list, try and remember a couple basic rules:
1) Studs – Always play your studs. Each position will include a list of players
that are considered studs and should not be benched. If you have the luxury of
needing to decide between studs, check out the matchups or feel free to let the
shark tank assist you in your decisions.
2) Depth – Every fantasy team is different and some have more depth than
others. Only follow the recommended moves if your team depth allows you to make
such a move.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. Detroit
Tom Brady, New England vs. Tennessee
Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. N.Y. Giants
Philip Rivers, San Diego vs. Denver
Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle vs. Arizona: Hasselbeck dominated the Jaguars
last week, throwing for 241 yards and four TDs. Look for continued success this
week as Hass and the Seahawks face the Cardinals, who have allowed the most
passing yards in the NFL this year, an average of 303 per game. Ouch.
Jason Campbell, Washington vs.
Clinton Portis has struggled all season. Because of these struggles,
into way too many third-and-long situations, which surely plays a factor in his
five interceptions on the season. Look for
and post big numbers this week against a Chiefs pass defense that has allowed
at least 290 yards passing in each of the previous three weeks.
simply had a good matchup. The Redskins are defending the pass much better than
the Cowboys this season, and with the player formerly known as Larry Johnson
still running straight into the offensive line and falling down, there’s not
much hope for back-to-back good games from Cassel. Expect less than 200 yards
passing with at least one interception.
Jay Cutler, Chicago at
The Falcons completely dominated the 49ers last week without Frank Gore. Look
for the Falcons to struggle stopping Matt Forte this week, leaving very little
for Cutler to do but hand the ball off. This game will look a lot like Cutler’s
numbers against the Lions last week when he threw for just 141 yards and two
TDs, just without the two TDs.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota vs. Baltimore
Chris Johnson, Tennessee at New England
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville vs. St. Louis
Steven Jackson, St. Louis at Jacksonville
Steve Slaton, Houston at Cincinnati
Michael Turner, Atlanta vs. Chicago
Matt Forte, Chicago at Atlanta
DeAngelo Williams, Carolina at Tampa Bay
Thomas Jones, N.Y. Jets vs. Buffalo: Despite not having rushed for more
than 50 yards since Week 2, Jones has rushed for three touchdowns in the past
two weeks. Look for Jones to surpass the century mark for the second time this
season against a Bills run defense that is ranked 29th in the NFL in rushing
Parker is healthy enough to return this week, it will be Mendenhall receiving
the majority of the carries for the Steelers. The Browns are the worst team in
the NFL in stopping the run, allowing a league-worst 170.4 yards rushing per
game. Mendenhall will surpass 100 yards rushing for the second time in three
weeks as the Steelers run right over the Browns, literally.
witnessed Benson’s 120-yard rushing performance against the Ravens last week is
now on board the Benson bandwagon. Look for that wagon to have less available
seats after this week’s matchup against the Texans, who have allowed the most
yards per rush (5.2) and the most rushing touchdowns (nine) this season.
for only 15 yards on seven carries last week against the Steelers in his return
from an ankle injury. With Norv Turner giving all the carries to Tomlinson
keeping the value of Darren Sproles as low as an injury replacement, Tomlinson
will have his chance to return to glory. It won’t happen this week against the
undefeated Broncos who haven’t allowed an opposing running back to rush for
more than 76 yards all season.
50 yards is a flashback to the days of
and his impressive receiving skills. Those of you in PPR leagues should be well
aware of Hightower at this point in the season. While Hightower has caught five
passes in each of the past two games, he has only averaged 35 yards. Look for
pass well this week, minimizing Hightower’s stats as Chris Wells posts a better
week with solid rushing totals.
Jamal Lewis, Cleveland at
Lewis returned from a hamstring injury to rush for 117 yards last week against
a depleted Bills defense. This week, the Steelers will make it much tougher for
Lewis to find the holes between the tackles. Only the Cardinals have allowed
fewer rushing yards than the Steelers. Lewis will struggle in
Steve Smith , N.Y. Giants at New Orleans
Andre Johnson, Houston at Cincinnati
Roddy White, Atlanta vs. Chicago
Vincent Jackson, San Diego vs. Denver
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at Seattle
Randy Moss, New England vs. Tennessee
Marques Colston, New Orleans vs. N.Y. Giants
Calvin Johnson, Detroit at Green Bay
Steve Smith, Carolina at Tampa Bay
Greg Jennings, Green Bay vs. Detroit
, New England vs. Tennessee: A healthy Welker is a productive Welker.
Since returning from a knee injury, Welker has averaged seven catches for 67
yards over the past two games. Look for Welker to continue to find the holes in
the middle of the field against the Titans, who are ranked 31st in the NFL in
passing yards allowed.
In the on-again, off-again battle that Moss owners face on a weekly basis,
consider this week an “on” week. Moss caught only four passes for 44 yards last
week, but that was against the Panthers. The Chiefs turned Miles Austin
superstar last week. Look for Moss to come close in repeating his Week 3
performance, when he caught 10 passes for 178 yards and a score against the
returns this week after a one-game suspension for violating a team rule. Prior
to his suspension, Sims-Walker was the model of consistency, posting numbers of
6-106, 6-81, and 7-91 in Weeks 2-4. Oh yeah, Sims-Walker also caught three TDs
over that span as well. Sims-Walker gets the Rams defense this week, who have
allowed the second most points this season, averaging 29.2 points allowed. Look
for Sims-Walker to make amends for his suspension by posting big stats against
the porous Rams defense.
After back-to-back 100-yard performances,
caught only one pass for one yard against
to stop by
should bounce back with big stats as he takes advantage of Maclin and Brent
Celek opening up the field.
, N.Y. Jets vs.
Edwards made quite an impression in his first game for the J-E-T-S, catching
five passes for 64 yards and a score on Monday night. Don’t get all caught up
in the hype of one game and expect the 2007 Edwards to suddenly reappear. The
Jets will have success running the ball this week, so don’t be surprised if
Edwards is held to the same yardage or less as last week. Remember, the Bills
have only allowed one opposing receiver (Randy Moss) to surpass 100 yards
receiving and they also played the Saints this year.
, New Orleans vs. N.Y. Giants: Speaking as an owner who
picked up Henderson in two different leagues thinking I had just acquired the
steal of the season, I’ve been very disappointed that Henderson didn’t step up
with Lance Moore
has caught only three passes in each of the Saints’ previous three games and
this week he gets the pleasure of facing the Giants pass defense who have
allowed the fewest passing yards all season. Sorry Devery, you’ve let me down.
: I want to believe last week’s game
against the Patriots where Royal caught 10 passes for 90 yards was the start of
something. I really do. I’m not sold on Royal returning to his 2008 form just
yet. I like Brandon Marshall
to post legit numbers this week and the Broncos to
have success running the ball against the Chargers. I don’t see Royal catching
anywhere near 10 passes this week, and I’m keeping him on my bench for at least
one more week.
, N.Y. Giants at
: Manningham hasn’t come anywhere near the
numbers of his 10-catch, 150-yard, one-TD outing against the Cowboys in Week 2.
Since that game, Manningham has caught seven passes for 134 yards and one TD in
three games combined. Look for more struggles against the Saints this week who
lead the NFL in interceptions.
Brent Celek, Philadelphia at Oakland
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Denver
Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay vs. Carolina
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta vs. Chicago
Chris Cooley, Washington vs. Kansas City
Owen Daniels, Houston at Cincinnati: Daniels caught eight passes for 94
yards last week against the Cardinals. One more game like that (which should
come this week), and you’ll see Daniels’ name on the Studs list.
Shiancoe has caught a TD in three of the past four games, including two
straight games. He caught a season-high four passes for 49 yards last week, and
with the Vikings facing a shaky Ravens pass defense, look for Shiancoe to post
solid numbers for the second straight week as Brett Favre continues to lean on
the big man as the season continues.
vs. N.Y. Giants: If you think Shockey isn’t fired up about facing his old
teammates, you’d be kidding yourself. You would also be kidding yourself if you
think Shockey will be able to post decent numbers against a lights-out Giants
pass defense. It won’t be one of Shockey’s most memorable games when all is
said and done on Sunday.
Dustin Keller, N.Y. Jets vs.
The acquisition of Braylon Edwards moves Keller one notch lower on the radar of
Mark Sanchez. Keller was held without a catch last week in
decent numbers against the Bills as the Jets will run often keeping Keller’s
main responsibility as a blocker.