Did you have a good Week 5? This may be the easiest week with byes in terms of fantasy, because most of your big players will not be on byes. But still, the waiver wire is key, and looking here is also key, because there are bound to be tough decisions for everyone's lineup.
Byes: TEN, KC, DEN, SD, SEA, ARZ
Who to Start:
QB Eli Manning (NYG) vs. BUF: Peyton's brother has tried to live up to his own words that he's an elite QB, and he's done so far pretty well. Buffalo's defense has been a sieve despite the team being 4-1, especially through the air, so look for Eli to possibly put up big numbers this Sunday.
RB James Starks (GB) vs. STL: With Ryan Grant still nursing an injury, Starks should see more touches, and going up against the NFL's worst run defense surely helps his cause out. And, garbage time running could come very quickly for him too against a bad team.
WR Steve Smith (CAR) vs. ATL: At the onset of the season, no one thought he'd be nearly as successful as he is right now. Cam Newton's presence has revived his fantasy stock, and going up against a bad Atlanta pass D, he should have a big game on Sunday.
WR Dez Bryant (DAL) vs. NE: Surprisingly, the team with one of the league's worst pass defenses is not Dallas, but New England. Bryant should have a huge game against a very poor secondary, and could put up major numbers in what figures to be a shootout.
TE Heath Miller (PIT) vs. JAX: The Jaguars have troubles defending the Tight End, and if you are desperate for a player, Miller may one to consider. He finally had a good game a week ago, and this week's matchup is a pretty tasty one.
DEF Cincinnati vs. IND: Curtis Painter has been playing better of late, but not against great competition. So this week, against a very underrated Bengals defense, he may struggle. Due to that, the Bengals defense may be a good start this Sunday.
Who to Start:
QB Jay Cutler (CHI) vs. MIN: His offensive line is a train wreck, and until that is fixed, he may not have a decent fantasy game. With these troubles up front, and Minnesota's defense playing better of late, watch out if you have Cutler in your starting lineup.
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (NE) vs. DAL: The "law firm" as he's known had a big week last week against the Jets, but it may be a lot harder for him to have a good game against Dallas. They have a good rush D, and who knows who will make big plays on the New England offense week in and week out?
WR Brandon Marshall (MIA) vs. NYJ MON: Chad Henne is out for the season, and that leaves Matt Moore to start for Miami. He will have trouble getting the ball down the field to Marshall, who is likely to be on Revis Island, so that doesn't help either.
WR Santana Moss (WSH) vs. PHI: This is more about Nnamdi Asomugha than it is about Moss. Nnamdi has shut down the opposing team's number 1 target almost completely in the last 4 games for Philly, so Moss may not see many targets at all on Sunday.
TE Dallas Clark (IND) vs. CIN: Without Peyton Manning to throw him the ball, he's basically been invisible on the field. He gets very few targets and even fewer catches, so there is no reason to be starting him in any league right now.
DEF Houston vs. BAL: The loss of Mario Williams is a big one for Houston, and it will affect them in many more ways than just fantasy value. With a tough matchup against Baltimore ahead, the Texans D is one you may want to avoid.
3 Super Sleepers:
TE Dustin Keller (NYJ) vs. MIA MON: He had a big start, but has cooled off rapidly as of late. He will be playing the Dolphins though, who do not defend the Tight End very well. This may be just what Keller needs to get back on track.
WR Victor Cruz (NYG) vs. BUF: When you make big plays 3 weeks in a row, you're bound to become fantasy material. He made some amazing plays last week, both positively and negatively, but against a porous Bills pass defense, he may be one to ride for awhile.
WR Pierre Garcon (IND) vs. CIN: I know I said Colts offensive players are bad starts, but he may not be. Garcon has 4 TD's in the past 2 weeks, and he has a rhythm going with Curtis Painter. This may be a bit of a reach, but if there is any Colt to start, it may be him.
QB Matt Schaub (HOU) vs. BAL: Combine the Ravens defense, and not having your number 1 wideout, and you get a horrible fantasy matchup for Matt Schaub. If you have a better option, play him.
Good Luck in Week 6!
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