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2009 Start/Bench List Week 6

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.


Bye Weeks:
Tony Romo,

Peyton Manning,

Chad Henne, Shaun Hill


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.

: Despite scoring two touchdowns last week,
Clinton Portis has struggled all season. Because of these struggles,

Campbell has been forced
into way too many third-and-long situations, which surely plays a factor in his
five interceptions on the season. Look for

Campbell to overcome the running game woes
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.


Matt Cassel,

Kansas City at

Washington: Do not be fooled into believing

Cassel turned a corner last week against the Cowboys. He
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.

Running Backs

Bye Weeks:
Marion Barber, Felix Jones, Tashard Choice, Joseph Addai, Donald Brown, Ronnie
Brown, Ricky Williams, Frank Gore, Glen Coffee


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
yards allowed.

Rashard Mendenhall,

Pittsburgh vs.

Cleveland: Even if Willie
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.

Cedric Benson,

Cincinnati vs.

Houston: Anyone who
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.


LaDainian Tomlinson,

San Diego vs.

Denver: Tomlinson rushed
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.

Tim Hightower,

Arizona at

Seattle: Hightower’s average of six catches per game for
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

Seattle to defend the
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


this week.

Wide Receivers

Bye Weeks:
Miles Austin, Roy Williams, Patrick Crayton, Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie,
Pierre Garcon, Ted Ginn Jr., Davone Bess, Greg Camarillo, Brian Hartline, Josh
Morgan, Isaac Bruce


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

*Questionable for
Week 6*

Steve Smith, Carolina at Tampa Bay

Greg Jennings, Green Bay vs. Detroit


Wes Welker

, 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.

Santana Moss




Kansas City

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

into a
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

Mike Sims-Walker




St. Louis

: Sims-Walker
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.

DeSean Jackson



After back-to-back 100-yard performances,


caught only one pass for one yard against




as Jeremy Maclin Nnamdi Asomugha

to stop by


should bounce back with big stats as he takes advantage of Maclin and Brent
Celek opening up the field.


Braylon Edwards

, 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.

Devery Henderson

, 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
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.

Eddie Royal




San Diego

: 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.

Mario Manningham

, 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.

Tight Ends

Bye Weeks:
Jason Witten, Dallas Clark, Anthony Fasano, Vernon Davis


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.

Visanthe Shiancoe,


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.


Jeremy Shockey,

New Orleans
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

Miami and shouldn’t be counted on to post
decent numbers against the Bills as the Jets will run often keeping Keller’s
main responsibility as a blocker.

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