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NFL Week 6 Sit ‘Em, Start ‘Em

Posted by in NFL Week 5 Start 'Em Sit 'Em Advice on October 13th, 2009 | Comment »


1.) Rashard Mendenhall — Time to keep on riding Mendenhall.  After great games against the Steelers in Chargers, he now has the Browns.  He has 3 TDs in the last two games and an average of 137 combined yards in those contests.  What a great late-round pickup since you could count on Willie Parker getting injured at some point in the season.

2.) Brian Westbrook/LeSean McCoy — Westbrook got you a TD last week against the Bucs, but neither back put up big yards since the Eagles aired it out against the Bucs.  Andy Reid was a little upset with the lack of the ability to run.  He should be able to get the running game going against the Raiders 31st ranked run D.  You obviously want to start Westbrook, but I also think there’s enough room to get McCoy some quality fantasy points if you have a flex spot on your team.

3.) Cadillac Williams — Williams is either hit or miss.  He can either give you 100 yards or 10 yards.  He’s not a “must start” but he is if you don’t have a good RB option this week.  The Panthers give up over 150 rushing yards per game.  The Bucs should turn to the running game this week against the Panthers since Josh Johnson is still developing as a QB.

4.) DeAngelo Williams — He should rebound after a poor outing against the Redskins when he was held to just 41 yards on 20 carries.  The Bucs run D has been spotty this year.

5.) Thomas Jones/Leon Washington — Both players get the nod against the Bills, who give up over 150 yards per game on the ground.

6.) Cedric Benson — Who would have thought Benson would have been such a fantasy stud at the beginning of the season.  I figured he would be a good option as a 3rd or 4th back, but you want him in your lineup this week against the Texans.

7.) Clinton Portis — This guy keeps getting favorable matchup after matchup.  He finally got into the endzone last week against the Panthers.  Look for another quality game from a guy who bounced back after a slow start to the season.

8.) T.J. Houshmandzadeh/Nate Burleson — Against a poor Cardinals passing D, you have to start the Seattle receivers this week.

9.) Randy Moss — After a 36 yard performance against the Broncos, don’t get fed up with Moss just yet.  He’ll have the Titans, who can’t seem to stop the pass to save their life.  They’ve been torn up by the Texans, Jets, and Colts.  Tom Brady should have a field day.

10) Santana Moss — He’s been hit of miss, but this week should be a hit against the Chiefs.

11.) Donnie Avery — Avery finally made a fantasy impact last week with 87 yards and 1 TD.  Against a Jags defense that gave up 4 passing TDs and was shut out 41-0 by the Seahawks, you might want to start Avery despite being on the Rams.


1.) Jerome Harrison/Jamal Lewis — Jerome Harrison had some quality games in weeks 3 and 4, but he Jamal Lewis is back and has been cutting into his carries. After a dismal team performance against the Bills, no Browns player is worth starting, especially not against the Steelers.

2.) Tim Hightower — The Seahawks held MJD to 34 yards on 12 carries last week.  Don’t expect anything big from Hightower.  However, you may get lucky if he gets a goal-line carry.

3.) Julius Jones/Edgerrin James — Neither back is worth starting this week against the Cardinals. The Seahawks are definitely a pass first team and with those backs getting only 10-12 carries each, don’t expect much more than 40 yards if you’re lucky. You also never know who will get those TD carries.  Last week Hasselbeck just handled it with his arm..

4.) Larry Johnson — It’s not the time to start Larry Johnson yet. Not only is he averaging 2.4 YPC and without a TD this season, but he’ll be facing a tough Redskins defense.

5.) Sammy Morris — He was a decent waiver wire pickup for the Broncos game, but the Titans don’t give up many rushing yards. Just 75 YPG in fact.

6.) LaDainian Tomlinson — So much for a rebound year from LaDainian. 7 rushes for 15 yards against the Steelers in week 4. Ouch. Maybe the bye week will give him the rest and the Monday Night game at home will get him geeked up to finally perform, but the Broncos D is legit. I would opt for a more favorable RB matchup if you have one.


1.) Jeremy Maclin — He had 2 deep 50+ yard TDs last week.  There’s his coming out party.  With Curtis likely out another week, Maclin gets the start again and will face the Raiders.  Look for another tremendous game.

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