5 Fantasy Football Players to Sit in Week 6
Each week of the Fantasy Football season I will review my Guys to Sit segment from the previous week. I will also go through my top five fantasy football players to sit on the bench for the upcoming week.
As some of you may already know, my number one player to sit last weekend was quarterback Cam Newton from the Carolina Panthers. Newton was 12 of 29 for a measly 141 passing yards with zero touchdowns. He did have 42 rushing yards, but was also held out of the end zone on the ground. Newton was one of the biggest fantasy disappointments of week 5, and anyone who read my post last week would have had him on their bench.
My other top player to sit on the bench last week was the extremely overhyped Brian Hartline. The Miami Dolphins’ receiver caught 12 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown two weeks, so naturally he was picked up in every fantasy format available. However, people did realize that his numbers were completely inflated by the fact that Ryan Tannaehill threw for over 400 yards and that the game went into overtime. I predicted Hartline would not get into the end zone last weekend and would finish the game with between 50-60 yards. He finished the game with 4 receptions for a meager 59 yards and zero touchdowns. You welcome!
The fantasy football season is getting into crunch time right now and week 6 could prove to be crucial for more than a couple fantasy owners. To help you set your lineup this weekend, here are my top 5 fantasy football players to sit in week 6:
Number 5: WR Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
WR Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (@ Houston Texans) – Nelson has recorded under 30 receiving yards in two if his last three games, which is not exactly helping any fantasy football owners. Nelson went from catching 15 touchdowns in in 16 games last season, to a much more realistic 1 through his first five games of 2012.
Things do not appear to be getting any better for the Green Bay offense, so expect Nelson to have another mediocre outing against the best defense in football.
Number 4: TE Martellus Bennett, New York Giants
TE Martellus Bennett, New York Giants (@ San Francisco 49ers) – Bennett has been one of Eli Manning’s most reliable targets throughout the beginning of the 2012 season. He has caught 3 touchdowns and has made play after play for the G-Men offense.
However, Bennett has been severely limited in practice this week with an injured knee and plays a very tough 49ers defense, so it will be better to leave Bennett on the bench this weekend.
Number 3: WR Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WR Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Kansas City Chiefs) – Jackson abused the Washington Redskins defense last weekend for 100 yards and a touchdown. However, expect him to have a much tougher time finding room versus an underrated Chiefs' secondary.
Number 2: Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
RB Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams (@ Miami Dolphins) – Jackson has yet to score a single touchdown through the first five games of the 2012 season. He is not hitting the hole as decisive as he normally does and the veteran appears to be finally breaking down.
Also the Dolphins' run-defense is number one in the NFL, as they are only allowing a meager 61.4 yards per game. Jackson will have tough time finding running lanes versus the agile Phins’ defense, so expect another subpar performance from the former Oregon State standout.
Number 1: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (@ Philadelphia Eagles) – The Eagles’ secondary has really come together over the last couple weeks, as they have only allowed 3 passing touchdowns over the last ten quarters of football.
Stafford has not exactly been playing All-Pro football as of late, so why take a shot on a struggling quarterback against a very hot defense. Leave him on your bench this weekend.