Thursday, October 9, 2008

Week Six: Pull the Trigger. Double Duty!

Last week was a little difficult to predict favorable matchups for wide receivers. That being said, I hope that anyone reading this site (which I doubt there is but yet I continue to write diligently for the readers that cease to exist) had a computer malfunction last week after reading the running backs and quarterbacks. That being said, here is another attempt to inform you of the busts and the breakouts in the upcoming weekend.

Breakouts of the Week

Adrian Peterson, MIN: This is the week that A.P. really produces like a number two pick in the draft. He goes against the Lions who are miserable right now. The Saints were able to slow down Peterson, but the Lions do not have the skill nor the desire to do so. Detroit is ranked 30th against the run and Minnesota will jump out to an early lead, meaning more rushing plays than passing. He will run all over them and it will be a very entertaining weekend for Peterson owners. Tune in and enjoy the show.

Clinton Portis, WAS: Clinton Portis also has a favorable matchup and coming off of two 120+ yard performances made it too difficult to select just one start of the week. The Rams are as disfunctional as the Lions and both defenses continue to pleas fantasy football owners. Clinton Portis will rush for over 100 yards again and should find the endzone at least once against the awful Saint Louis Rams.


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Drew Brees, NO: After taking a beating from the Viking's defense, Brees looks to recover and rebound in week six. Brees faces a weak Oakland D ranked 21st in the league. Also, Hall had a very difficult time covering speedy receiver Eddie Royal, and New Orleans is known for their deep passing game. Combine the two and Brees should total three touchdowns and 300 yards in week six. Kyle Orton, CHI: If I would have told you at the beginning of the season that a Bear's quarterback would be a reliable fantasy quarterback, you probably would have just laughed. Kyle Orton passed Grossman on the depth chart and has thrown at least two touchdown passes in his last three games. Orton faces Atlanta in week six and should continue his hot streak. Atlanta is ranked 19th against the pass so look for Orton and the Bears to go up early via the air. Jay Cutler, DEN: Starting Cutler is usually a no-brainer and this week is no exception. After a mediocre start against Tampa Bay last week, Cutler will rebound against the Jaguars in week six. Fat Boy in Pittsburgh was able to throw for three touchdowns and over 300 yards last week, marking the first time Big Ben eclipsed the 200 yard mark in 2008. Cutler will have similar numbers, so look for Brandon Marshall to return to form as well.

Others to Consider Starting: David Garrard, JAC; Jason Campbell, WAS; Aaron Rodgers, GB

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Brett Favre, NYJ: Coming off a bye week and a huge performance against Arizona, Favre will come back to earth this week against the Bengals. Thomas Jones and company will run all over the weak Cincinnati rush defense, leaving Brett Favre with fewer passing opportunities. Cincinnati is ranked 4th against the pass but 29th against the run. If you were the coach, what would you do? Exactly. Jon Kitna, DET: Detroit has been an absolute fantasy nightmare this season. Every player has been a bust in one aspect or another, so why even bother playing Kitna? Detroit faces a tough Viking's defense that held Drew Brees in check, forcing him to commit three turnovers. Bench Kitna in week six when he heads to Minnesota. J.T. O'Sullivan, SF: O,Sullivan faces Philly this weekend in a battle between the east coast and the west coast. O'Sullivan will be relatively quiet this week after watching Clinton Portis steamroll the Eagles' defense. Gore will get a lot of carries and although Isaac Bruse is emerging as a reliable fantasy option, O'Sullivan's numbers will take a hit in week six.

Others to Consider Sitting: Derek Anderson, CLE; Matt Hasselbeck, SEA

Running Backs

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Brandon Jacobs, NYG: The best news to hear in NFL football this year is that you are playing the Browns or the Rams, and New York is doing just that. Jacobs put a hurting on Seattle last week, rushing for 136 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. He will have similar success against the 22nd ranked Browns assuming Ward does not take his carries away. Ryan Grant, GB: Surprise Surprise, Ryan Grant may actually have a productive week like all fantasy owners expected five weeks ago. The Packers face Seattle in week six in a game that could result in over 40 points scored by the cheeseheads. Jacobs made the Seahawks look silly and Grant has more speed and gets more carries. Grant is coming off of a solid week in Atlanta and it does not look like Green Bay has completely given up on Grant. Ronnie Brown, MIA: Welcome back Ronnie!!! After his coming out party against the Patriots, Ronnie Brown continues to lead the Miami Dolphins. Ranging from direct snaps to reversals, he is always in the mix and faces a Texans defense ranked 26th against the run. He will have a pretty good week for all owners, so start him in all leagues.

Others to Consider Starting: Matt Forte, CHI; Thomas Jones, NYJ; Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC

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Michael Turner, ATL: As an owner, it hurts to admit it but Michael Turner cannot get it done against tough run defenses in the NFL. Turner faces Chicago in week six, making it a difficult matchup against one of the best linebackers in the NFL. Until Turner can prove he can run against tough defenses, bench him for a better option in week six. Rudi Johnson, DET: He was named the starter, then demoted, and now he faces one of the best rush defenses in the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota made Deuce McAllister look pathetic, and Rudi Johnson is a very similar type runner. Detroit will get pummeled on the ground and the only way they stand a chance is through the air. Good Bye Detroit!!! Jamal Lewis, CLE: He scored his first touchdown last week against Cincinnati, but it is very unlike he will do so again in week six. The Browns face the New York Giants in week six. Facing the returning champions ranked sixth against the rush will make it difficult to establish a run game. This will be especially difficult considering the amount of points the Giants have been able to put up. I was a little hesitant to sit Lewis, but if you have other favorable matchups, put him on the pine.

Others to Consider Sitting: Joseph Addai, IND; Edgerrin James, ARI

Wide Receivers

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Bernard Berrian, MIN: The speedy receiver out of Fresno State has had three big weeks since Gus has taken over and his success should continue into week six. The Vikings face Detroit, which is all I need to say. This is the easiest prediction I have ever written. T.J. Houshmanzdadeh, CIN: Housh had another big week against Dallas and it appears that he is the only receiver recognized as a playmaker in Cincinnati. Johnson is terrible, Palmer relies on Housh in the passing game, and Cincinnati plays the Jets in week six. The Jets are ranked last against the pass, so the chances are even Cincinnati will be able to throw all over the place. Santana Moss, WAS: What a surprise Moss has been in 2008. Totaling 421 yards and three touchdowns, Moss has only scored under 10 points once this year, which was last week when he did not have a reception. Moss faces the Rams in week six, and there is nothing prettier than facing a team ranked 29th against the pass and 28th against the rush. This game will be a lopsided mess, which the Rams are becoming used to.

Others to Consider Starting: Greg Jennings, GB; Randy Moss, NE; Terrell Owens, DAL

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Marvin Harrison, IND: This was supposed to be the year that Harrison went back to being Marvin Harrison. Then he shot someone, lost his route running ability, and took the back seat to Reggie Wayne. Now he is a number two receiver in an offense that is failing to get its grove back. To make things worse, the Colts face the number one pass defense and number one rush defense in week six. Harrison has been over 50 receiving yards only once this year and has only found the endzone once. Give Harrison a rest until a more favorable matchup comes along. Roy Williams, DET: Trade rumors, Calvin Johnson, a member of the Lions, all factors going against Roy Williams this season. Now he faces a tough defense in Minnesota, which will increase the likelihood of a trade. Do all fantasy owners a favor Roy and go to San Francisco. Isaac Bruce, SF: Speaking of San Francisco, Father Time has something to say and the message is he is not done in the NFL yet. Bruce, in his 15th season in the NFL, has come on strong as of late, but facing the Eagles' defense will not help build his momentum. The Eagles limited Jason Campbell to only 176 yards last week. Sit Bruce until week 8 when he faces the Seahawks.

Others to Consider Sitting: Laveranues Coles, NYJ; Bobby Engram, SEA

Tight Ends

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Owen Daniels, HOU:

Chris Cooley, WAS:

Visanthe Schiancoe, MIN:

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Todd Heap:

Kellen Winslow, CLE: (swollen balls)

Dallas Clark, IND: