Saturday, October 12, 2013

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em (Week 6)

Hello readers, I'm Gabe Schmittlein, The NFL Report's new fantasy football blogger, and I have one goal in my blogs: to guide you to fantasy football success.  Success in fantasy football is as fulfilling as a cold sprite on a hot day.  On the other had, failure in fantasy football to is as disappointing as when you order a sprite at a restaurant and the give you seltzer water instead.  I intend to ensure that all you readers are drinking sprite at the end of your fantasy football season as opposed to the impostor that is seltzer water.  Thus, here are the players that should be inserted into your lineup or warming your bench come Sunday.

Start 'Em:
Willis McGahee, RB, Cleveland Browns
McGahee had an impressive fantasy week against a much-improved Buffalo Bill's defense last week, and should be able to put up some big numbers against the Lion's weak run defense.  Despite managing just 2.6 YPC in his first three weeks as a Brown, McGahee is getting a lot of valuable carries inside the red zone, and just one touchdown could turn his week from mediocre to good.  Additionally, the Browns will likely lean heavily on McGhee this week, as their quarterback situation is not favorable.

Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
Redskins QB Robert Griffin is poised for a big week against the Cowboys pass defense that has been dissected by the likes of Eli Manning, Alex Smith, Phillip Rivers, and most recently Peyton Manning.  Griffin's poor start certainly shouldn't continue in a shootout against the Cowboys.

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
It has been an abysmal start to the season for the Steelers, however, the season has been much kinder to Antonio Brown.  Coming into the season, there were question surrounding Brown about whether Brown could be a legitimate number one receiver for the steelers, and he hasn't disappointed.  Having been Ben Roethlisberger's clear favorite target so far, Brown should get his fair share of targets this week against the lousy Jet's pass defense.

Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers
Danny Woodhead puts a base on his fantasy output through his contributions to the Charger's pass game, already with 31 receptions this year.  However, this week, with Ryan Mathews sitting out again, Woodhead should also make a solid contribution in the running game.  Despite going up against the stingy Colt's defense, Woodhead should get enough touches to make a difference.

Sit 'Em:
Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Yet to reach 60 rushing yards in a game this year, Richardson has only provided fantasy merit in his two touchdowns.  However, as Donald Brown continues to prove himself as a solid running back for the Colts, Richardson may begin to lose his valuable red zone carries.  If he isn't getting you touchdowns, than what else does he provide?  At least for now, Richardson should remain on your bench, especially when playing a Charger's defense that has questions in the secondary but has been solid up front.

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions
It is unclear whether Johnson will play this week against the browns, but even if he does, he should remain on your bench.  If Johnson is active, he will likely be a decoy more than anything else.  Additionally, he will be blanketed by one of the top corners of the game, Joe Haden.  I know it is difficult to bench your first round pick, but he simply shouldn't have a very large effect on this week's game against the Browns.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson has played pretty well this year, but so has the sneaky-good Titan's defense.  Russell Wilson's season could be quite accurately described as up-and-down, and it makes sense that a "down" will come against a good defense.  The Titans defense has performed admirable against Matt Schaub, Ben Roethlisberger, Phillip Rivers, and Alex Smith.  Wilson may be better than these quarterbacks, but not by much, and simply put, there are better options out there for this week.

Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers
The Philadelphia Eagles pass defense is certainly not good, but they may just be better than the Buc's horrid pass game.  Despite having Jackson and Mike Williams, quarterback Mike Glennon and former quarterback Josh Freeman have severely under-impressed this year.  Moreover, Vincent Jackson is one week out of an injury and has yet to play a game with Glennon.  It would be wise to let Jackson warm your bench for now.

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