My condolences to those Deuce McAllister and Najeh Davenport owners. Happy hunting. We hit on the Arizona QB/WR connection last week. Check out which passing combo is recommended in week six.
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. I will try to answer as many inquires as possible.
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.
Enough of the chit-chat, onto the list!!
Bye Weeks: Josh McCown, Brett Favre, Donovan McNabb, Tim Rattay, Alex Smith
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. St. Louis
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati vs. Tennessee
Marc Bulger, St. Louis vs. Indianapolis
Removed from Studs list:
-Daunte Culpepper, Min: Needs to post back-to-back solid weeks to return
Drew Bledsoe, Dallas (vs. N.Y. Giants): Bledsoe scorched the defending NFC champs last week for 289 yards and three TDs. This week, the Giants and their pass defense which ranks 31st in the NFL in passing yards allowed heads to Dallas. Giddy up, Drew!
Tom Brady, New England (vs. Denver): Brady is averaging over 330 yards passing on the road this season. This week, the Pats continue their difficult schedule in Denver where Brady will need to pass to keep the Patriots offense moving as the Broncos run defense is playing very well. Expect another solid performance from Brady on the road.
Kelly Holcomb/J.P. Losman, Buffalo (vs. N.Y. Jets): While Holcomb has not been “officially” named the starter, chances are he’ll get the nod on Sunday. Neither Bills QB should get the nod on your fantasy squad as the Bills will lean heavily on McGahee to carry them past the Jets.
Vinny Testaverde, N.Y. Jets (vs. Buffalo): The Testaverde-Holcomb matchup won’t be drawing any comparisons to Bulger-Manning on Monday night. Testaverde posted a decent outing last week, but things won’t get any easier playing in Buffalo with the AFC East suddenly up for grabs.
Bye Weeks: Marcel Shipp, J.J. Arrington, Ahman Green, Najeh Davenport, Tony Fisher, Brian Westbrook, Kevan Barlow
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Oakland
Shaun Alexander, Seattle vs. Houston
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis vs. St. Louis
Willis McGahee, Buffalo vs. N.Y. Jets
Corey Dillon, New England vs. Denver
Tiki Barber, N.Y. Giants vs. Dallas
Removed from Studs list:
-Deuce McAllister, N.O: Out for season
Cedric Benson, Chicago (vs. Minnesota): With Thomas Jones expected to miss Sunday’s game with a knee injury, Benson gets an opportunity to showcase his talents. Luckily for Benson, the Vikings will be very accomodating as they have allowed the most rushing yards in the NFL this season. Play the matchups and start the rookie.
Mike Anderson, Denver (vs. New England): Anderson is a gamble this week with the emerging Tatum Bell waiting on the sidelines. The fact of the matter is the Pats defense is banged up and Anderson should take advantage of their injuries. It’s a roll of the dice, but it sure feels good when that seven comes up, doesn’t it?
Warrick Dunn, Atlanta (vs. New Orleans): Dunn has turned into my favorite player to recommend to start without making the studs list. I can’t help it, the Falcons running game is a machine and no one can slow it down. With or without Vick, Dunn will have success on the ground and should crack the 100-yard mark for the third time this season.
Reuben Droughns, Cleveland (vs. Baltimore): With Lee Suggs out for a month thanks to a thumb injury, Droughns will be the primary ball-carrier for the Browns, but success is not in the cards against the Ravens this week. The Ravens gave up four TDs on the ground last week in an embarrassing loss to the Lions. Expect payback for Baltimore this week and the Browns are the unfortunate victims.
Kevin Jones, Detroit (vs. Carolina): Calm down all you Kevin Jones owners. Last week’s two TD performance was not the beginning of the return of the stud status for Jones. Jones left last week’s game with a concussion and this week he has to face a Panthers defense that ranks third in the NFL in fewest rushing yards allowed.
Mewelde Moore, Minnesota (vs. Chicago): Despite coming off a bye week, Moore does not come recommended this week playing in Chicago. The Bears rank fourth in the NFL in fewest yards allowed and the Vikings are still trying to establish their passing game. Moore will be a weapon catching passes out of the backfield, just not enough of them to warrant a start.
Bye Weeks: Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, Donald Driver, Robert Ferguson, Terrell Owens, Greg Lewis, Brandon Lloyd, Arnaz Battle
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis vs. St. Louis
Randy Moss, Oakland vs. San Diego
Torry Holt, St. Louis vs. Indianapolis
Chad Johnson, Cincinnati vs. Tennessee
Steve Smith, Carolina vs. Detroit
Jerry Porter, Oakland (vs. San Diego): Porter has yet to catch more than five passes or over 70 yards in a game yet this season. But, the bye week should have done Porter some good giving him another week to get that hamstring back to 100%. If Porter doesn’t bust out big numbers against the Chargers this week, I’m officially throwing in the towel on this guy. Can you tell I’m a frustrated Porter owner?
Santana Moss, Washington (vs. Kansas City): Moss has developed into a solid WR with Brunell at QB as his eight catches for 116 yards last week proves. This week, Moss and Brunell face the Chiefs who are coming off of a bye week, but they allowed over 360 yards passing to the Eagles two weeks ago and rank 30th in the NFL in passing yards allowed.
Joe Jurevicius, Seattle (vs. Houston): This week’s waiver wire flavor of the week is actually worth picking up due to all the injuries in Seattle these days. Rumor has it that even Steve Largent changed his phone number twice in the past week. Jurevicius took over the #1 WR spot last week with both Jackson and Engram hurt and his didn’t disappoint catching nine passes for 137 yards and a TD. Expect another solid week from J.J. against the Texans.
Terry Glenn, Dallas (vs. N.Y. Giants): The enigma that is Terry Glenn continued last week with another 100-yard day (his third this season) and two TDs to boot. All this, and the lowly Giants pass defense on the schedule this week. Glenn is another big week away from the Studs list and this should be the week where he makes the leap. Come along for the ride.
Muhsin Muhammad, Chicago (vs. Minnesota): Muhammad hasn’t been terrible this season as he’s averaging close to six catches and 63 yards receiving per game. Not exactly stud-like, but it’ll do for a #3 WR. The Vikes look to get back on track after a bye and Da Bears didn’t exactly impress against the Browns last week. Expect below-average numbers for Muhammad this week.
Brian Finneran, Atlanta (vs. New Orleans): Now here’s a waiver wire guy that can be ignored. Finneran broke the 100-yard mark receiving last week, but the Falcons probably won’t even have to throw for 100 yards this week to take down the Saints. Expect low passing numbers all around for Atlanta which should keep Finneran on your bench.
Chris Chambers, Miami (vs. Tampa Bay): Chambers and the Dolphins have faced some tough defenses so far this season and this week is no exception. Tampa Bay ranks third in the NFL in fewest passing yards allowed. With the return of Ricky Williams, the Dolphins will focus on the run minimizing the number of opportunities in the passing game. Keep your chin up Chris, better days will come.
Antwaan Randle El, Pittsburgh (vs. Jacksonville): Randle El is averaging a ridiculous 27 yards per catch, but catching only ten passes (one TD) in four games is not the making of a stud WR. While Randle El is always capable of breaking a long one, his chances will be diminished with a less than 100% Roethlisberger and a solid Jaguars pass defense.
Bye Weeks: Adam Bergen, Teyo Johnson, Bubba Franks, Donald Lee, David Martin, L.J. Smith, Steve Bush
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Oakland
Alge Crumpler, Atlanta vs. New Orleans
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Washington
Jeremy Shockey, N.Y. Giants vs. Dallas
Randy McMichael, Miami vs. Tampa Bay
Jason Witten, Dallas (vs. N.Y. Giants): Despite falling off the studs list, Witten has still been a solid performer at TE. Another day like last week (7-80), and Witten could find himself back with the elite at his position. The Giants might just make that happen this week.
Todd Heap, Baltimore (vs. Cleveland): Heap has started slow, but he caught his first TD pass last week and should post solid numbers against the Browns this week as the Ravens will find success in the air.
Ernie Conwell, New Orleans (vs. Atlanta): Conwell has alternated good games and bad games all season. In week’s two and four he combined for one catch for five yards. Do those sound like the type of numbers you want in your starting lineup? I didn’t think so.
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh (vs. Jacksonville): Miller had a decent game last week which included his 2nd TD of the season. But with the return of the Bus to the running attack and a question mark at QB, the Steelers will pound the ball all day on Sunday.