2010 NFL Fantasy Football: Week 6 Start’em, Sit’em

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It can be tough to make a decision between starting or sitting specific players throughout your fantasy football season based on favorable and/or tough match-ups.

TotalProSports.com is here to help you make such decisions with our weekly Start’em & Sit’em post where we will break down each position and give you some players you may want to consider starting, and some you might be better off sitting.


Start’em: Vince Young vs. JAC – Vince Young hasn’t been blowing anyone away with his numbers thus far this season, but his four touchdowns and zero interceptions have been quite solid over the past three weeks.  And things should only get better for the Titan’s quarterback when he takes on the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday night.  The Jags have given up a league high 12 touchdowns through the air thus far this season.  Look for Young to get it done both through the air and on the ground in this division battle.

Other QB start’ems worth noting: Joe Flacco vs. NE, Jay Cutler vs. SEA, Eli Manning vs. DET

Sit’em: Sam Bradford vs. SD – Bradford is coming off a disappointing effort in week 5 and we don’t expect him to have a bounce-back game in week 6 against the Chargers.  San Diego has allowed only 160 yards per game and four total touchdowns thus far through the air.  With Mark Clayton now out for the season, expect Bradford’s best weeks to be behind him.  And until he proves otherwise, leave him on your bench.

Other QB sit’ems worth noting: Shaun Hill vs. NYG, Kevin Kolb vs. ATL, Brett Favre vs. DAL

Running Backs

Start’em: Ryan Torain vs. IND – The Colts defense has been up and down all season.  One week it appears as though they couldn’t tackle if their life depended on it, and the next week they look like the same defense that won them a Super Bowl a few years back.  We expect them to once again look like the former when they take on the Redskins.  Now that Washington has a quarterback, they have been able to keep opposing defenses off balance.  Expect them to do the same to Indy and Torain should be able to take advantage of their 29th-ranked run defense that has allowed 142 yards against per game and five total touchdowns on the ground thus far.

Other RB start’ems worth noting: LaDainian Tomlinson vs. NYJ, Ahmad Bradshaw vs. DET, Jamaal Charles vs. HOU

Sit’em: Peyton Hillis vs. PIT – Hillis has been one of the biggest surprises in fantasy football thus far this season, but you may want to stick him back on your bench in week 6 when his Browns travel to Pittsburgh.  The Steelers have been the toughest team to run on, giving up only 62 yards per game on the ground while surrendering only two rushing touchdowns.  Hillis proved that he can run against the big boys in week 3 when he ran for 144 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens.  However, this week Colt McCoy is expected to get the start at quarterback, so look for the Steelers to stack the line and pay more attention to stopping the run.  That should be enough to slow down Hillis, making him a tough start this week in most fantasy leagues.

Other RB sit’ems worth noting: Benjarvus Green-Ellis vs. BAL, Justin Forsett vs. CHI, Knowshon Moreno vs. NYJ

Wide Receivers

Start’em: Mike Wallace vs. CLE – Besides a big performance in week 3 against the Bucs that saw him record 100 yards and two touchdowns, Wallace has been rather quite thus far this season.  That should change now that Ben Roethlisberger is back.  Look for the Steelers to begin throwing the ball more often and that should benefit Wallace greatly, as he is the team’s biggest downfield threat.

Other WR start’ems worth noting: Anquan Boldin vs. NE, Steve Smith vs. DET, Kenny Brit vs. JAC

Sit’em: DeSean Jackson vs. ATL – It is tough to sit a player with Jackson’s talents, but if you have other options, it may not be a bad idea.  The Eagles’ wideout has struggled to produce with Kevin Kolb at quarterback, recording just 43 yards and zero touchdowns in the past two weeks.  It also doesn’t help his cause that he will be facing a Falcons defense that has been solid against the pass (5 TDs, 10 INTs).  It is a tough call, but if you have the depth, benching Jackson for another week may not be such a bad idea.

Other WR sit’ems worth noting: Michael Crabtree vs. OAK, Greg Jennings vs. MIA, Mike Williams (SEA) vs. CHI

Tight Ends

Start’em: Tony Moeaki vs. HOU – The Kansas City Chiefs will have the luxury of taking on the Houston Texans and their league-worst pass defense this weekend.  Unfortunately, their passing game has little to offer in terms of fantasy value.  But one man you may want to start is tight end Tony Moeaki.  He has been the Chiefs’ best receiver thus far this season, and if they decided to take advantage of the Texans’ weak pass defense, Moeaki could be the biggest beneficiary.

Other TE start’ems worth noting: Zach Miller vs. SF, Tony Gonzalez vs. PHI, Brent Celek vs. ATL

Sit’em: Owen Daniels vs. KC – If you still find yourself holding on to a false hope that Owen Daniels will suddenly turn things around this season, give it up.  This looks like it will be a long process.  Daniels has been a disappointment thus far this season, and although we should cut him some slack as he is recovering from major knee surgery, there is simply no way he should be starting on any fantasy roster at this point.

Other TE sit’ems worth noting: Jeremy Shockey vs. TB, Todd Heap vs. NE, Tony Scheffler vs. NYG


Start’em: Nate Kaeding vs. STL – The Rams defense has been surprisingly good at times thus far this season, and while we don’t expect them to slow down Philip Rivers and the Chargers’ potent offense, they could stop them from scoring touchdowns a few times, forcing Kaeding to kick a couple of extra field goals.

Sit’em: David Akers vs. ATL – With Kolb still at quarterback, the Eagles could have a tough time moving the ball against the Falcons, who have surrendered only 4 ppg to kickers.  That does not bode well for Akers.


Start’em: Giants vs. DET – When given the opportunity, the Giants defense has shown that it is capable of putting up some big numbers, thanks to their ability to get to the quarterback.  Expect them to be in the Lions backfield often on Sunday.

Sit’em: Ravens vs. NE – It can be tough sitting the Ravens defense if you have them, but when it comes to preparing a team over the course of a bye week, there may be none better than Bill Belichick.  Look for Brady and company to put up some points and keep the Ravens defense off-balance as they attempt to get some payback for last year’s playoff loss.

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