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Week 6

You horseshoe heads out there will need to find other fantasy options this week as the Colts high-powered offense join the Cardinals, Ravens and Giants on a bye this week. If you’re like me and you own both Edgerrin James and Tiki Barber your fantasy success this week will be in the hands of the likes of Michael Pittman and others. Yikes.

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.

Enough of the chit-chat, onto the list!!

 

Quarterbacks

Bye Weeks: Josh McCown, Kyle Boller, Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Dante Culpepper, Minnesota vs. New Orleans
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. Carolina
*Marc Bulger, St. Louis vs. Tampa Bay

Start

David Carr, Houston (vs. Tennessee): Carr suffered a slight ankle injury last week but you wouldn’t know it looking at his stats: 27-43, 372 yards, and 3 TDs. Carr will miss some practice this week, but he’ll be ready to post another week of solid numbers against the Titans.

Aaron Brooks, New Orleans (vs. Minnesota): After making some bonehead comments to the press, Brooks stunk up the joint against the Bucs completing only 11 of 23 passes for 106 yards. Expect Brooks to keep his mouth shut this week and he’ll have greater success against the Vikes on Sunday night who the aforementioned Carr lit up like a Christmas tree last week.

Bench

Drew Bledsoe, Buffalo (vs. Miami): The bottom line is Bledsoe’s days are numbered. Even when he has a decent week such as last week, he can’t crack the 200-yard mark in passing? Bledsoe will once again disappoint this week as the winless Bills host the winless Dolphins in what should be one of the ugliest offensive games on the board.

Jeff Garcia, Cleveland (vs. Cincinnati): Garcia posted his highest passing yards of the season last week with 210. That’s not saying much. The Bengals should be well-rested and ready to neuter the dawg pound this week. Keep Garcia on your bench if possible.

 

Running Backs

Bye Weeks: Emmitt Smith, Jamal Lewis, Edgerrin James, Tiki Barber

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Priest Holmes, Kansas City vs. Jacksonville
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Atlanta
Ahman Green, Green Bay vs.
Detroit
Clinton Portis, Washington vs.
Chicago
Curtis Martin, N.Y. Jets vs. San Francisco
Shaun Alexander, Seattle vs. New England
*Chris Brown, Tennessee vs. Houston
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Deuce McAllister, New Orleans vs. Minnesota

Start

Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia (vs. Carolina): Westbrook has quietly posted very good numbers this season cracking the 100-yard mark in rushing twice and averaging over 50 yards receiving. Expect another good week for Westbrook against the Panthers who allowed Reuben Droughns to look like Terrell Davis last week rushing for 193 yards.

Mewelde Moore, Minnesota (vs. New Orleans): If you knew that Reuben Droughns and Mewelde Moore would be 1st and 3rd in points for RBs last week, then you deserve your own 1-800 number overtaking Rastah Chloe as the psychic du jour. While Droughns is fully entrenched in a cluttered backfield, Moore should once again impress this week with both Bennett and Williams ailing and Smith suspended.

Duce Staley, Pittsburgh (vs. Dallas): Three 100-yard games in a row have Staley owners praising his name. If the Bus wasn’t stealing all of his TDs, we’d be talking steal of the draft right now. Touchdowns aside, Staley has run well and should continue to have success this week in Big D as the Cowboys still haven’t tackled Tiki Barber from last week.

Bench

Stephen Davis, Carolina (vs. Philadelphia): With DeShaun Foster out with a broken collarbone, Davis is likely to return to action this week. Unfortunately for Davis owners, his return comes against a rested Eagles defense playing in Philly. Look for other options this week.

Kevan Barlow, San Francisco (vs. N.Y. Jets): Barlow has been a disappointment thus far and he played sparingly in the 2nd half last week due to a shoulder injury combined with a lack of effectiveness. The Jets run defense has been solid, so don’t expect Barlow to snap out of his funk this week in the Meadowlands.

Miami RBs, Miami (vs. Buffalo): Let’s see, Sammy Morris, Brock Forsey, or Leonard Henry? No, those aren’t three B-list actors looking to do a modern day remake of the Three Stooges, those are actually the RB options for Miami this week. I think you get the point.

 

Wide Receivers

Bye Weeks: Larry Fitzgerald, Bryant Johnson, Randy Hymes, Kevin Johnson, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Brandon Stokely, Amani Toomer, Ike Hilliard

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Randy Moss, Minnesota vs. New Orleans
Torry Holt, St. Louis vs. Tampa Bay
Terrell Owens, Philadelphia vs. Carolina
H
ines Ward, Pittsburgh vs. Dallas
Jo
e Horn, New Orleans vs. Minnesota
Derrick Mason, Tennessee vs. Houston
Isaac Bruce, St. Louis vs. Tampa Bay
Chad Johnson, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland

Removed from Studs list:

Laveranues Coles, Washington: Passing game uninspiring at best

Start

Javon Walker, Green Bay (vs. Detroit): Just two weeks after Walker’s 200-yard, 11 catch, 3 TD performance, he dropped a 159-yard, 8 catch, 1 TD outing on Tennessee on Monday night. Granted, the Pack were down by 21 points before the guy from Roadhouse was finished his monologue, but impressive numbers nonetheless. Walker may not crack 150 yards receiving this week in Detroit, but he’ll post strong numbers worthy of a start.

Andre Johnson, Houston (vs. Tennessee): Similar to his QB, Johnson suffered a minor injury last week but it did not overshadow his HUGE day: 12 catches for 170 yards and 2 TDs. Johnson is one more big game away from reaching the Studs list and that should come this week against the Titans as Houston will continue to rely on the pass with a dinged-up backfield.

Keary Colbert, Carolina (vs. Philadelphia): Those that were ready to hand the Rookie of the Year title over the Roy Williams two weeks ago, need to take a long look at this USC prodigy. Colbert posted big numbers last week and with Carolina likely to air it out often in Philly, expect more success this week from the youngster.

** Update 10/16: Moss will not be playing this week against San Fran.  Look for other options. **

Santana Moss, N.Y. Jets (vs. San Francisco): Moss is right up there with Barlow as one of the biggest disappointments this season. He’s been dealing with a hamstring injury which has slowed him down, but he’s listed as probable for this week and should find some room to roam against the Niners at home.

Bench

David Terrell, Chicago (vs. Washington): Terrell bounced back from a two-week stretch where he caught a combined two passes for 25 yards to post nine catches for 116 yards two weeks ago. Look for Terrell to continue to be inconsistent as the Redskins have been very solid against the pass and will shut down the Bears only true threat in the passing game.

Johnnie Morton, Kansas City (vs. Jacksonville): Despite being the Chiefs top WR with Eddie Kennison injured, Morton has yet to catch more than five passes in a week for more than 76 yards. No TDs after four games doesn’t exactly bode well either. Jacksonville will get a heavy dose of Priest Holmes this week keeping the Chiefs passing numbers to a minimum.

Koren Robinson, Seattle (vs. New England): Robinson has almost as many dropped passes (8) as he does receptions (13) this season. Heading into Foxboro to face the team that has won 19 straight games, won’t be the confidence builder Robinson needs to get back on track.

Peter Warrick, Cincinnati vs. (Cleveland): With Warrick still suffering from a shin injury and T.J. Houshmandzadeh playing well, Warrick is the third option at best in the Bengals passing game and not worthy of a start.

 

Tight Ends

Bye Weeks: Freddie Jones, Todd Heap, Marcus Pollard, Dallas Clark, Jeremy Shockey

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Jacksonville
Randy McMichael, Miami vs. Buffalo
Daniel Graham, New England vs. Seattle
Eric Johnson, San Francisco vs. N.Y. Jets
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Atlanta
*Alge Crumpler, Atlanta vs. San Diego

Start

L.J. Smith, Philadelphia (vs. Carolina): Smith should be fully recovered from his shoulder injury thanks to last week’s bye week and should play a prominent role in Philly’s passing attack this week.

Chris Baker, N.Y. Jets (vs. San Francisco): With some big names on a bye this week, you could so worse than Baker who has outperformed Anthony Becht.

Bench

Courtney Anderson, Oakland (vs. Denver): The rookie made his presence felt last week with his first career TD reception, but don’t expect a strong week against a solid Broncos defense this week.

Todd Yoder, Jacksonville (vs. Kansas City): With start George Wrighster inactive with a back injury, the wise Jedi had three receptions. Expect the force to no longer be with the backup TE this week.

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