Week 6 Fantasy Football Roundup | Sharapova's Thigh

Week 6 Fantasy Football Roundup

Posted by Matt Clapp | 10/16/2009 04:00:00 AM | ,

I don't care if you're a Bears fan like myself. You must start Aaron Rodgers this week.


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And some picks of my own(based on standard league scoring systems):

Week 6's Best


QB: Aaron Rodgers... Three straight very good performances, including 20+ fantasy points each of the last two weeks. Now he gets the Lions at Lambeau. Last year, he threw for three touchdowns, no interceptions, and over 300 yards in both meetings against the Lions. Look for a similar performance this week.

RB: Maurice Jones-Drew... MJD gets back on track against the Rams(who wouldn't?) after a couple of weak fantasy performances.

WR: Randy Moss... After getting only one catch in week five in Denver, Randy will have a kickass game this week against the Titans, whose defense ranks 31st in the league.

TE: Tony Gonzalez... There are holes in the Bears' pass defense in the middle of the field, 10-20 yards downfield in their cover-2 scheme. Add in a linebacking corps that's been dealing with injuries and Nick Roach still learning the middle linebacker position, and the Falcons are likely to try to expose this weakness by targeting their future Hall of Fame tight end frequently.

K: Lawrence Tynes...
Nine more points than any other kicker, will be involved in a shootout this week in New Orleans, and will be kicking in a dome.

D/ST: Philadelphia Eagles...
Facing the Raiders. The Raiders are averaging 191.6 yards on offense per game, by far the worst in the NFL. The Eagles have nine interceptions in four games. That's not good news for JaMarcus Russell, whose accuracy would make Cade McNown laugh.

Sleeper Picks

QB: Jay Cutler... I think people are overlooking this matchup. Atlanta's pass defense is ranked 22nd, and he went into Atlanta last year as a Bronco and won, making him the only quarterback to do so in Atlanta during the Matt Ryan era. Kyle Orton threw for 286 yards there last year as a Bear, so they'll be confident that they can throw the ball on the Falcons. Cutler has at least 17 fantasy points in each of his last three games.

RB: Cadillac Williams...
Cadillac's disappointed after his big week one performance. I like his chances to get it going again this week against Carolina. The Panthers' pass defense ranks second in the NFL, but their run defense ranks 30th. The Buccaneers are well aware of this and aren't going to force Josh Johnson to make a lot of throws, provided they aren't down big early(which they certainly could be with how bad they are). Look for them to ride the Cadillac.

WR: Donnie Avery... Wide receivers on terrible teams are often overlooked. When you're down by multiple touchdowns early like the Rams will be all year, that's going to force you to throw the ball a lot to comeback. Last week, Avery had five catches, 87 yards receiving, and a touchdown, even though the Rams lost by 28. He was even targeted three times in the final two minutes. The Jaguars are also 30th against the pass.

TE: Greg Olsen... Olsen's been a bit of a fantasy disappointment this year, but don't give up on him yet. He still leads the Bears in targets with 25, and offensive coordinator Ron Turner says they're going to really try to get him the ball more.

K: Josh Scobee... Jacksonville's going to be in the red zone frequently against the Rams.

D/ST: Carolina Panthers...
The Panthers will try to give Josh Johnson hell, and probably do a good job at it. The Buccaneers are averaging just 13.6 points per game.

Shit Picks

QB: Matt Cassel...
People are understandably trashing the Redskins after their bad play early on, but their pass defense has been terrific, ranking third in the NFL. This is a winnable game for the Chiefs, and they're likely going to slow the game down, playing a ball-control offense. Don't look for big numbers out of Cassel this week.

RB: Sammy Morris...
The Tennessee defense has greatly disappointed, but not against the run where they rank 3rd in the NFL. New England of course likes to throw the ball more than anybody around anyway, and they'll continue that trend this week.

WR: Derrick Mason... Held without a reception last week, and will likely have terrific cornerback Antoine Winfield all over his ass this week.

TE: Antonio Gates... Now, don't go benching Antonio Gates for somebody out of the top 10 tight ends, but this could be a bad week for Antonio Gates standards. The Broncos' defense is playing tremendously, and they've especially done a good job containing the middle of the field with their linebacker speed and play from Brian Dawkins at safety. Tight ends are averaging less yards per game against the Broncos than any team in the NFL.

K: Steven Hauschka...
The Baltimore offense is not built to move the ball very well on the Minnesota defense.

D/ST: Chicago Bears... Matt Ryan lit the Bears up last year in Atlanta, throwing for 301 yards and completing 73.3% of his passes. They were clearly more intent on limiting Michael Turner in that game, and it was a breakout game for Ryan, a rookie at the time. Ryan won't be surprising them any longer, but it might not matter when he has Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez to throw to. Furthermore, if they focus too much on stopping those three players, that will open up more lanes for Michael Turner on the ground. Add in what will be a very pumped up Falcons crowd and team for Sunday night football, and I see them putting on a nice display offensively.

My Week 5 Picks(based on standard league scoring systems)...

Best: Peyton Manning(22 Points), Adrian Peterson(18 Points), Andre Johnson(22 Points), Dallas Clark(7 Points), Lawrence Tynes(14 Points), New York Giants(16 Points).

Sleepers:
Brett Favre(11 Points), Ahmad Bradshaw(28 Points), Mohamed Massaquoi (1 Point), Dustin Keller(0 Points), John Kasay(5 Points), Buffalo Bills(10 Points).

Shit: Carson Palmer(13 Points), Cedric Benson(19 Points), Eddie Royal(9 Points... 19 Points In PPR Leagues), Kevin Boss(DNP, Injured), Dan Carpenter(7 Points), Jacksonville Jaguars(-6 Points).

Green shows it was a notably good pick, red shows it was a bad one. Basically my "shit" picks might as well have been my "best" picks. Chalk up another fail for myself and hopefully my advice didn't cost you a game.

I'll continue to add projections, rankings, update the injuries to watch, and provide more articles from around the web until the early games start on Sunday. So keep checking back for updates.

If you come across any good articles that aren't on here, or have any yourself, don't hesitate to e-mail me: sharapovasthigh@gmail.com.

UPDATE(10/18, 12:30 PM ET): I added a link to Rotoworld's live web show "Fix Live" which I really enjoy. Their fantasy expert Gregg Rosenthal takes calls from people with fantasy questions and offers advice.

Some injury news... Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson are each out for the Lions. Stafford could need knee surgery, which could sideline him for the season. Johnson's dealing with a thigh injury(something that makes us cry around here), and there were reports earlier today that he'd be able to go, but it turns out he is inactive.

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