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Week 6 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

Week 6 is here and it’s time to take a look at players with favorable and not-so-favorable matchups. Also, be sure to check out Week 6 Player Rankings.

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Start ‘Em

Eli Manning (QB, New York Giants) at Philadelphia Eagles

Eli got off to a rocky start and the number of picks he threw in the first few games was alarming, but he’s been coming around in recent weeks. He’ll be looking to continue a recent hot streak as the Giants face a very bad Eagles pass defense. Philly is giving up the most fantasy points in the league to opposing quarterbacks.

Ben Tate (RB, Cleveland) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

It’s somewhat unsettling that head coach Mike Pettine has made comments concerning a running back committee or following the “hot hand”, but at the end of the day you can be certain the Browns will get good running game production. Tate is back, healthy, and geared up to start in their Week 6 matchup versus the Steelers. Cleveland’s running backs are good and their facing a Steelers defense that is giving up an average of 28 fantasy points to RBs.

Branden Oliver (RB, San Diego Chargers) at Oakland Raiders

Injuries are creating opportunities in San Diego this season, and now it’s Branden Oliver’s turn. He’ll be the starter in Week 6, and after his monster showing in Week 5 there are some lofty expectations. He should be a big part of the offense and there isn’t much competition for snaps left on the team. The Chargers will be facing an Oakland defense that is giving up an average of 40.8 fantasy points to opposing running backs. Oliver could have a big week.

Vincent Jackson (WR, Tampa Bay Bucs) vs. Baltimore Ravens

Jackson hasn’t been particularly impressive in 2014, but he stands to get a boost with Mike Glennon starting in Week 6. Last season VJax showed that he and Glennon had good chemistry, and barring injury setbacks he’ll be a good start against the Ravens. Baltimore is giving up an average of 39.1 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in season.

Golden Tate (WR, Detroit Lions) at Minnesota Vikings

Tate has showed that he’s a very nice compliment to Calvin Johnson for the Lions, and this week he’s going to get a chance to be the man. Megatron is likely out, so Tate will be the number one receiver in the Detroit offense. He’s been consistently good so far in 2014, and he should be even better with additional targets this week. The Lions are facing a Vikings defense that is giving up an average of 35.9 points to WRs.

Eric Ebron (TE, Detroit Lions) at Minnesota Vikings

With Megatron potentially sidelined it will mean additional targets for others in the Detroit offense. Ebron could have a breakout week if he sees more targets and the matchup is decent. Minnesota is giving up an average of 10.8 fantasy points to tight ends this season.

Tennessee Titans D/ST vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Starting any defense that plays the Jags has been a pretty good strategy this season. Jacksonville is giving up the most fantasy points in the league to opposing defenses this season.

Sit ‘Em

Nick Foles (QB, Philadelphia Eagles) vs. New York Giants

Foles has been a disappointment so far in 2014 and he’s been particularly turnover prone. While the Giants pass defense has been suspect at time, this could be a tough matchup for a Philly’s struggling QB. Until Foles finds weapons and consistency he could continue to struggle. Be wary.

Alfred Morris (RB, Washington Redskins) at Arizona Cardinals

Morris has a bad matchup going into Week 6. The Redskins will be facing a Cardinals defense that is giving up the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. Alfred struggled against a tough Seattle defense in Week 5, and you can expect he won’t look much better against a stingy Arizona run defense this week.

Sammy Watkins (WR, Buffalo Bills) vs. New England Patriots

The rookie has looked decent this season despite ups, downs, and quarterback shuffling in Buffalo. He’s put up over 10 fantasy points three of the last four weeks. That said, Watkins stands to struggle in Week 6. Buffalo will be facing a tough New England defense. The Patriots are giving up the second fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. Probably not a good week to chance the rook.

Zach Etz (TE, Philadelphia Eagles) vs. New York Giants

Despite the 4-1 record, the Eagles offense has struggled in 2014. Going into Week 6 they will be facing a Giants defense that is stingy when it comes to giving up points to tight ends. NYG is giving up the second fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends in 2014, so it’s safe to steer clear of this matchup for Ertz.

Eagles D/ST vs. New York Giants

While their average fantasy points are good this season in terms of scoring, the defense itself isn’t so good in Philly. They could find themselves struggling against a hot Giants offense. I would avoid the Eagles defense this week.


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