I will not be adding or removing anyone from the ‘Studs’ list this week. There are players on the verge of being added and being removed, but I’d like to see a little bit more either way before I make a move. But the season continues to march on, so let’s take a look at Week 6’s Start/Bench.
Kevin Kolb, Arizona vs. Buffalo: If you’ve got Kevin Kolb on your roster this is the game you’ve been waiting for as Buffalo is the most generous team in fantasy versus quarterbacks having given up 1,454 passing yards and 14 touchdowns, while only collecting four interceptions. And if that’s not enough to convince you to put Kolb into your starting lineup, keep in mind that the Bills have allowed both Mark Sanchez, yes, the Mark Sanchez about to be replaced by Tim Tebow, and Alex Smith, yes, the Alex Smith who loses snaps to the Tebow-like Colin Kaepernick, to both throw for three touchdowns in a game this year. I think that’s what my high school English teacher used to refer to as a run-on sentence. Whatever that means.
Matt Schaub, Houston vs. Green Bay: From game-manager one week to game-changer the next. That’s the new version of Matt Schaub. He won’t be asked to carry the offense like he used to in years past but when the matchup is right, like in Week 3 when he passed for four touchdowns versus the Broncos, he can be elite. This week he’ll be facing a Packers defense that has allowed a combined 808 yards passing and five touchdown passes over the last two weeks. Look for Schaub and wide receiver Andre Johnson to get back on track after a subpar Week 5 versus the Jets.
Michael Vick, Philadelphia vs. Detroit: What do you get the quarterback who just can’t seem to hang on to the football? How about a date with the Detroit Lions! The Lions have been very respectable versus opposing quarterbacks having only allowed 913 passing yards and five touchdowns in four games. But while they’ve held opposing QBs in check, they’ve only forced one turnover from the quarterback position, a Week 3 fumble by Jake Locker. Should the stars align and the Lions defense not harass Vick into any turnovers, this could be the breakout game of 2012 for the man with Teflon hands.
Russell Wilson, Seattle vs. New England: Wilson is here just in case you were thinking about getting cute and starting him versus a Patriots defense that has allowed 1,077 passing yards and 10 touchdowns via the air over the last three weeks. Jake Locker and Kevin Kolb combined for only 412 passing yards and two touchdowns in Weeks 1 and 2. Wilson has thrown five of his six interceptions in the last two weeks so look for New England to bring heavy pressure early and often.
Tony Romo, Dallas at Baltimore: The Ravens are giving up an average of 274 passing yards per game but have only allowed two touchdown passes while picking off six passes. Romo has been averaging 287 passing yards per game while throwing five touchdown passes and eight interceptions. So this is a game where we can expect Romo to throw for decent yardage but to have a 2:1 interception to touchdown ratio. And if you’re OK with that, go ahead and start him.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami vs. St. Louis: I shouldn’t have to tell you not to start Tannehill but there still seems to be a lot of buzz over his 431 passing yard performance back in Week 4 versus Arizona. The same ‘glow’ seems to be following Brian Hartline. But this week, the Dolphins will be facing a Rams defense that has only allowed two passing touchdowns this season, none since Week 2, while picking off eight passes. Tannehill will throw out the occasional big game but don’t spend your fantasy season trying to figure out in which games those rare performances will occur.