Week 6 Fantasy Football Start Sit Advice is brought to you by Scott Pineau. Every week Scott breaks down this week's games and picks the winning team and who he likes fantasy wise, as a solid Starter.
Pittsburgh at Tennessee – Thur. 8:20 pm ET
This will not be pretty. Although the Steelers still have some injuries they still face a Titan's team that ranks 29th running the ball and 28th stopping the run. Mendenhall looks very good, and CJ No K doesn't. If Tennessee has any chance in this one it will be through the air. Even without Polomalu the Steelers should be able to come up big and pull out a road victory.
Start: Big Ben, Mendenhall, Wallace, Brown, Miller, Britt
Kansas City at Tampa Bay – Sun. 1:00 pm ET
I will continue to say that KC has the sloppiest productive offense. They lead the NFL in both fumbles and interception with a total of 19 turnovers. They are #2 overall running the ball with 180 rushing yards per game, but very poor in the passing game. The Bucs are the home team coming off a bye so I would expect them to be a little bit better and prepared, though they have not exactly been stellar this season. Bucs by a hair in a game mainly fought on the ground.
Start: Charles, Bowe, Martin, Jackson
Indianapolis at New York (Jets) – Sun. 1:00 pm ET
I look for the momentum to continue for Indy facing a Jets team that has been decimated with injuries. On offense they are only generating 284.4 total yards per game, 5th worst in the league. And although the Colts are not primarily know for their running game they might look like this Sunday. The Jets are pretty much tied for worst in the league allowing 172 rushing yards per contest. Luck leads the charge and pulls out another close one.
Start: Luck, Wayne, and NO Jets
Cincinnati at Cleveland – Sun. 1:00 pm ET
The Bengals look to rebound after losing at home to the Dolphins last week. An interesting match-up will be the red hot A.J. Green versus a rested Joe Haden coming off of suspension. Green-Ellis should find some holes against the Brown’s front seven. I wouldn’t be surprised if this turned into a ground and pound slug-fest, but ultimately I see Cincy coming out on top.
Start: Dalton, AJ Green, Green-Ellis, Richardson
Detroit at Philadelphia – Sun. 1:00 pm ET
A good question is which one of these teams wants to win. Both teams have played extremely sloppy football, both in terms of giving the ball away, and in basic execution. The Lions are coming off of a bye so I look for them to be a bit more explosive than their last game where they fell flat. If Vick can protect the ball the Eagles have a great chance. Lions get an early lead and blow it as Vick engineers a 4th quarter comeback.
Start: Johnson, Vick, Eagles D, McCoy
Oakland at Atlanta – Sun. 1:00 pm ET
Atlanta returns to the Georgia Dome undefeated and have been playing extremely well, especially on offense. The defense, although not elite by any means, is coming up with big plays and playing well enough each week to keep the Falcons in every game. Despite Oakland coming off of a bye I see them falling behind quickly. McFadden should see most of his work in the passing game as the Raiders try but ultimately fail to keep up Atlanta’s high octane passing attack.
Start: Ryan, Turner, White, Jones, Gonzalez, Palmer, McFadden
St. Loius at Miami – Sun. 1:00 pm ET
This could be a slugfest by two teams that want to run the ball and are mediocre at best passing. I would imagine that Bush will break off a couple of big runs as he is another week healthier from the onset that knee injury. I like him to be more productive than Jackson, who just hasn’t been himself this season with injuries piling up and now facing the #1 rush defense in the league. I like Miami at home in a bruise-fest.
Dallas at Baltimore – Sun. 1:00 pm ET
Another case of a team coming off of a bye yet headed for the “L” column. Dallas’ improved secondary might keep them in the game, but Baltimore’s defense will be all over Romo, who should throw at least two picks to ball hawks, Reed and Webb. Murray could see more work in the passing game than on the ground. Rice should have a big game and we might possibly see the resurrection of Pitta if Boldin and Smith are contained.
Start: Romo, Murray, Austin, Bryant, Witten, Flacco, Rice, Pitta, Smith, Boldin
Buffalo at Arizona – Sun. 4:05 pm ET
The Bills have been playing from behind for years, and their defense still needs a ton of work. The problem is that the Cardinals are not skilled enough at the QB position to take advantage of this moment. On the flip side it will be rough sledding Fitzpatrick and company. The Cardinal defense might end up winning this game…yes, in fact I think it will.
New England at Seattle – Sun. 4:05 pm ET
I am very interested to see what the Patriots’ offensive game plan will be. As the game wears on we should expect New England to get something going, but Brady should get harassed early and often. On the other side of the ball look for Belichick to dial up something that will force the struggling Seattle offense to make some big mistakes. That will be the difference in a game that the Pats will ultimately barely win.
Start: Brady, Ridley, Welker, Gronk, Hernandez (monitor his availability), Lynch
New York (Giants) at San Francisco – Sun. 4:25 pm ET
Here is the rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game. The Niners are playing really sound football and have been making some big plays on the offensive side of the ball. Look for Alex Smith to hook up with Davis and Crabtree against a very week Giants secondary. This could turn into a shoot out, though both teams will try to their best to run the ball. The Niners should survive and try to make the statement they failed to make in the NFC title game.
Start: Manning, Bradshaw, Cruz, Smith, Gore, Davis, Crabtree
Minnesota at Washington – Sun. 4:25 pm ET
If RGIII plays this will be a much more competitive game. If not I would expect the entire Redskin offense including Morris to collapse. The Minnesota defense is only allowing 78.6 yards per game, and they are good enough defending the pass to handle Cousins. If Griffin takes the field this all changes. The Vikings should have no problem moving the ball up and down the field. Either way Viking should win, it just a matter of how.
Start: Ponder, AP, Harvin, Rudolph, RGIII (monitor availability), Morris (if RGIII plays)
Green Bay at Houston – Sun. 8:20 pm ET
Before the season started I would have said that this will be a very good test for the Texans, but now I feel much differently. Green Bay has been underwhelming this year, mostly on the offensive side of the ball. The Packers cannot get into a groove, in part due to miscues and dropped balls galore, not to mention the sacks and hit Rodgers is taking. Houston should win this game as long as they simply control the game by avoiding big mistakes. The Jets put the league on notice Monday Night that if there is a chink it is in the Houston special teams. I still like the Texans.
Start: Rodgers, Jennings (monitor availability) Foster, Johnson, Daniels
Denver at San Diego – Mon. 8:30 pm ET
There is a great deal of fantasy value here. Look for both teams to move the ball well, but San Diego better. Now that Mathews has worked his way out of the dog house look for him to run wild. Manning should keep up with Rivers and the score could be very high. The Broncos pull off the upset and the Chargers find themselves sinking in the standing, once again.
Start: Manning, McGahee, Thomas, Rivers, Mathews, Floyd
Teams on bye: Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville, New Orleans - so don't start anyone on these NFL teams on your fantasy football team, duh!