NFL Fantasy Football tips, predictions: Week 6

DENVER - Teams on bye this week are: Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins

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Quarterback Shuffle

Week 5 saw a few quarterbacks exit the game, injured for the season or switch teams. The potential fallout needs to be monitored with respect to players at the skill positions.

Buffalo Bills: E.J Manuel is out and Thad Lewis is slated to start for the Buffalo Bills.  Facing the Cincinnati Bengals this week, it would be advised to sit any Bills you have, even running back Fred Jackson.  The Bengals shut down Brady and the New England Patriots last week, holding Brady without a touchdown pass for the first time in 52 games. Brady demanded respect from the secondary of the Bengals.  Look for the Bengals to stack the line and force the former practice squad quarterback of the Bills to back them off through the air.

Cleveland Browns: Brian Hoyer is out for the season with a torn ACL. His replacement, Brandon Weeden, needed about a quarter to get is feet back under him. Once he was back into game mode things didn’t drop off too much for the Browns.  Hoyer had put up better numbers than Weeden in the two games each have played. With receiver Josh Gordon back in the offense, the Browns passing game opened up and Weeden found him for a touchdown last week.  Going forward, the Weeden-Gordon duo may not be as lucrative as it was with Hoyer on the field, but it’s worth monitoring Weeden and how well Jordan Cameron, Josh Gordon and Greg Little will do in the next few weeks.


Philadelphia Eagles: Mike Vick pulled his hamstring while running and Nick Foles looks to be starting this week and possibly the near future. The change doesn’t really have a detrimental effect on receiver DeSean Jackson or running back LeSean McCoy. In the past when Foles has played it benefited the receivers since he doesn’t run around as much.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Blaine Gabbert is out again and backup Chad Heene should only help improve Justin Blakmon and Cecil Shorts’ stock.  This week they face the Denver Broncos in what should amount to a lot of garbage time for the Jaguars in the fourth quarter.  Flipping back and forth between Gabbert and Heene makes things a bit tough each week to gauge a start or sit for the Jaguar receivers. Plus their offense is so anemic you’re really only banking on garbage time at the end of each of their games.

Minnesota Vikings: Josh Freeman has signed with the Vikings and it’s a horrible carrousel at quarterback in Minnesota. It was already a bit of a desperate play to use any Viking other than running back Adrian Peterson. Until a firm starter is apparent, it would be wise to stay away from anyone except Jerome Simpson as a bye week filler.

It's A Team Game

New England Patriots

The big news of the week is the possible return of Rob Gronkowski.  Gronk is expected to make his first start of the year against the New Orleans Saints.  If he plays you have to start him to hope to get the most you can in case he gets reinjured in the upcoming games.  Both defenses have been better than average against the pass, but then again its Drew Brees and Tom Brady. Expect a back and forth game between these two top signal-callers.

Seattle Seahawks

Quarterback Russell Wilson has been average at best recently and the only thing dependable with the Seahawks is the defense and running game.  This week they have the Tennessee Titans at home, which should bode well for a win for the Seahawks, but not so much for fantasy teams.  The Titans are at the top against the pass on defense and they have issues at quarterback with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm.  This all sets up for the Seahawks to have the lead and to feed the ball to Marshawn Lynch run the clock out.

Arizona Cardinals

Running back Rashard Mendenhall is slowly being phased out.  Andre Ellington is starting to play a larger role in the offense and is worth adding to fill in during bye weeks.  This week on paper looks like a decent matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, but temper the expectations.  Mendenhall is still in the mix and the 49ers defense has been better in the past few weeks.  Also if you can afford to sit Larry Fitzgerald this week, then do so against the 49ers 3rd ranked pass defense.

Houston Texans

Quarterback Matt Schaub is killing the fantasy value of himself and the rest of the Houston Texans skill players.  Offensively they’re struggling and they’re losing time on offense when Schaub throws the ball away.  Besides Adrian Foster, the rest of the team is bench material based on the matchup each week.  This week they have the St. Louis Rams at home and its worth giving Schaub and Andre Johnson one more try, but if they can’t get it done against a mediocre Rams pass defense, then it’s time to wait for a decent game from them and try to trade them away.

New York Jets

Quarterback Gino Smith has a prime matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers and their worst pass defense this week.  If you’re missing Julio Jones or Mike Wallace, then start Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill.  Also Jeff Cumberland seems to be the tight end of choice for the Jets, for all you Tony Gonzalez owners.  I would expect the Jets to own the time of possession at home this week, whether or not the Steelers were able to get things fix on their bye.

Week 6 defensive ranks against run and pass, best to worst.


RAVENS          --------        PANTHERS

BUCCANEERS -------         TITANS

CARDINALS     --------        49ERS

JETS               --------        PATRIOTS

BILLS              --------        SEAHAWKS

CHARGERS    --------        CHIEFS

COLTS           --------         BROWNS

CHIEFS          --------         SAINTS

RAIDERS       --------         LIONS

SEAHAWKS  --------         TEXANS

BENGALS     --------         COLTS

PATRIOTS     --------         STEELERS

FALCONS     --------         BENGALS

SAINTS        --------          BUCCANEERS

TITANS        --------          BEARS

BEARS        --------          CARDINALS

PACKERS    --------          BILLS

PANTHERS   -------          RAVENS

EAGLES      --------          DOLPHINS

BROWNS    --------          JETS

TEXANS      --------          RAMS

JAGUARS   --------          VIKINGS

COWBOYS --------          RAIDERS

GIANTS      --------          PACKERS

49ERS       --------          FALCONS

BRONCOS --------          JAGUARS

LIONS       --------           BRONCOS

DOLPHINS --------          EAGLES

RAMS       --------           REDSKINS

VIKINGS    --------          GIANTS

REDSKINS --------         CHARGERS

STEELERS --------        COWBOYS

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