The featured start ‘em list for week 6 of fantasy football is up, now let’s swing things around give you the featured sit ‘em list. Again, I’m not here to state the obvious to fantasy football fans, I’m here to find value and waiver wire gold. As always, best of luck in your match ups this week, folks. Please don’t hesitate to leave comments or ask any fantasy football related questions.
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady
I’ve said it once, I will say it again. The Seattle Seahawks defense is highly underrated. Sure, the Patriots are looking unstoppable at the moment, scoring a massive 113 points their last three games. However, the Seahawks, on their home turf, is no cakewalk. They have given up the 2nd fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, and their home crowd, dubbed “the 12th man,” can cause opposing teams all sorts of problems. Tom Brady has not thrown an interception since week 2, but I smell one coming on Sunday. On another note, it’s supposed to be raining in Seattle (big surprise), and with Brady’s two tight ends banged up, as well as Wes Welker, look for the Patriots to keep it going with their hot backfield. Brady can’t be stopped, but he can be contained.
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco
At the moment, Joe Flacco is a top ten fantasy quarterback. He did have a poor showing on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs, recording only 1 touchdown on 187 yards passing. He returns home, where he is a much more efficient passer, to face a Dallas Cowboys secondary that has given up the sixth fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The Cowboys are also coming off a loss and a bye week. I suspect defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, will have his team prepared for this one.
New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw
Bradshaw is coming off a gigantic performance against the Cleveland Browns. He rushed the ball thirty times for 200 rushing yards and one touchdown. Reality check for Bradshaw owners, the San Francisco 49ers are not the Browns. The 49ers are holding opposing running backs to an NFL-best, 6.0 fantasy points per game, and have yet to allow a rushing touchdown. The Giants will have to win through the air and with the arm of Eli Manning, not the legs of Ahmad Bradshaw. I also dislike putting my faith in players that have to go cross country and play in different time zones. It usually never turns out well.
Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris
Alfred Morris has been pretty spectacular this season, and is currently the 5th best fantasy running back through five weeks. However, the only defense he has seen that could come close to the Minnesota Vikings, was the St. Louis Rams. The Rams held Morris out of the end zone in week 2, and I suspect the Vikings might do the same. The rush defense by the Vikings is superb and currently ranks right behind the San Francisco 49ers. The Vikings defense is allowing running backs, a lousy 42.8 rushing yards per game. Lower the expectations on Morris this week.
Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith
See above. The Dallas Cowboys pass defense ranks #1 in the NFL. They give up on average, 169.5 yards per game. My guess is the Ravens utilize Ray Rice to the max on Sunday, and Flacco plays the role of game manager. If Flacco plays that game, Smith will be erased from the equation as he’s the home-run hitter on the team. For whatever it’s worth, I’m a Smith owner myself, and he’s on my bench this week.
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson
Without WR Greg Jennings on the field, Jordy Nelson’s fantasy value diminishes greatly. Jennings has been ruled out of Sunday’s prime time match up against the Houston Texans. Nelson will be overshadowed by James Jones again, and he will only be relevant if him and QB Aaron Rodgers connect on a long one. Texans have given up the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and have only given up two passing touchdowns all season.
Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten
Jason Witten finally showed up this season, as he burned the Chicago Bears for 112 receiving yards on 13 receptions, and a touchdown. Two things to consider before you go crazy over the veteran tight end this week. The Bears were blowing the Cowboys out of the water in week 4, which forced the Cowboys to air it out. Secondly, the Bears are always vulnerable to the tight end position because of their defensive scheme. Now the Cowboys face a tough Baltimore Ravens defense, that has not allowed an opposing tight end to record a touchdown this season. Hell, the Ravens didn’t even allow a tight end reception last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. I’m sure Witten will record a reception in this game, but don’t look for any fireworks.
Buffalo Bills TE Scott Chandler
The Arizona Cardinals defense is pretty stout against opposing tight ends, especially at home. Through 3 home games, the Cardinals have given up a measly 100 yards receiving, on 10 receptions to the tight end position. They have not allowed a tight end to reach the end zone on their home turf and that streak will continue against Chandler and the Bills. Chandler is not flashy and will not light the board up with his numbers. He is strictly a reliable red zone target that QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will look to when needed, but the Cardinals should be able to keep him in check. Better options out there this week.
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski
The Seattle Seahawks have yet to surrender a passing touchdown to an opposing tight end this season. Gronkowski was limited at practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. I fully expect him to play, but the elements, combined with the match up, do not bode well for him or his owners. Aaron Hernandez is also expected back after being sidelined the last four games. The two know how to co-exist with each other, but it’s always possible Hernandez steals a few looks from Gronkowski, thus hindering his production. Look for the Seahawks to continue the streak and hold Gronkowski out of the end zone. If you own Gronk in a PPR-Format he still might be worth a look, but lower the expectations here.
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