Need some advice on some fringe-level starts and sits?
Well, chew on these following suggestions as we enter Week 6.
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Andy Dalton: Cincinnati Bengals
It’s now or never time for the “Red Rifle.” Dalton has been a big disappointment this year, but he can rebound in a big way this week when he and the Bengals visit Buffalo on Sunday.
You see, the Bills are prone to giving up big pass plays and have allowed four quarterbacks to pass for multiple touchdowns so far. Buffalo also allows 261.4 passing yards per game (18th in the NFL) while also yielding nine scores through the air.
If there ever was a time for Dalton to do well, it would be this weekend.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: Cincinnati Bengals
While Giovani Bernard is the preferred Bengals running back option for fantasy owners, Green-Ellis is not chump meat. Green-Ellis has scored in two out of his last three games and is coming off his best performance of the season last week against the Patriots, when he rushed for 67 yards on 19 carries.
Both Green-Ellis and Bernard could go off in their game against the Bills, as they are playing a team that is at best a mediocre squad defensively. Currently, the Bills allow 116 rushing yards per game (22nd in the NFL).
So while Bernard is clearly the better playmaker and sexier choice, Green-Ellis is the back the Bengals trust when they get in the red zone.
Ronnie Hillman/Montee Ball: Denver Broncos
In a game against Jacksonville that Denver will almost assuredly jump out to a big lead in, the Broncos could use both Hillman and Ball to grind clock late in the game. Not only that, but the Jags allow 129.6 rushing yards per game (last in the NFL).
So, these two backs (Hillman more so than Ball) could be great flex options this week.
Steve Smith: Carolina Panthers
While Smith has been for lack of better word a bust this season, he could have some redeeming value this week.
This week Smith and the Panthers will travel to Minnesota and take on a weak Vikings’ pass defense. The Vikings are allowing 326 passing yards per game (29th in the NFL) and have given up 10 touchdowns through the air.
So, expect for Cam Newton to look to Smith early and often in this affair.
Cecil Shorts/Justin Blackmon: Jacksonville Jaguars
Just as I’m expecting a lopsided affair in the Broncos-Jaguars affair; that can mean only one thing: garbage time glory for Jags’ receivers.
With the game likely to get out of hand combined with the fact that the Broncos allow a league-worst 347 passing yards per game, expect both Shorts and Blackmon to rack up garbage stats by the boatloads.
Garrett Graham: Houston Texans
With the injury to Owen Daniels, it opens the door for Graham to show what he is really made of.
Having already scored three touchdowns on the year, Graham is someone Matt Schaub trusts in the red zone. Graham is a viable weapon Schaub will continue to lean on and as such, he’s a recommended tight end to roll with this week.
Russell Wilson: Seattle Seahawks
While he is playing at home, Wilson still makes for a risky start this week.
Tennessee (Seattle’s Week 6 opponent) is solid at defending the pass, allowing just 218 passing yards per game (9th in the NFL). With the game plan likely calling for a lot of carries for Marshawn Lynch, expect Wilson to play more of a game manager than playmaker in this affair.
Maurice Jones-Drew: Jacksonville Jaguars
Considering how bad the Jaguars are and the fact that they fall behind early in almost every game, Jones-Drew’s value has plummeted this year.
Jones-Drew best effort this year has been 70 yards rushing (last week vs. St. Louis) and has only one touchdown to date. The Jags will likely abandon the run early again and thus rendering Jones-Drew pretty much useless.
Chris Johnson: Tennessee Titans
Johnson may be in for a brutal afternoon, as playing in Seattle is no walk in the park.
The Seahawks are allowing 109 rushing yards per game, but have only allowed three rushing touchdowns thus far on the season. Besides, Johnson has not been a very effective runner this year, having still not reached the end zone on a run. Plus, Johnson also has only 38 rushing yards in his last two games.
When you add it all up, Johnson is a very risky start this week.
Denarius Moore: Oakland Raiders
Moore is your classic mix-and-match wide receiver, where starting him is dependent on the matchup.
Well, this week he will going up against the Kansas City Chiefs, who allow just 197.8 passing yards per game and have allowed just four touchdowns through the air.
With Moore being one of the more viable weapons for the Raiders, expect the Chiefs to roll a lot of coverage towards Moore and dare Terrelle Pryor to connect with his other receivers.
Kenbrell Thompkins: New England Patriots
Although Thompkins is enjoying a solid season and has come on the last couple of weeks, I can’t help but expect his production to dip with Tom Brady relying on Danny Amendola more and more in the coming weeks.
Thompkins is also coming off a bad game in which he caught just three passes for 16 yards. Also, realize that aside from his 127- yard outburst in Week 5, Thompkins has not topped 50 yards receiving in any other game. It seems Thompkins is your classic boom or bust receiver, and odds are likely against him from busting loose against the Saints this week.
Jared Cook: St. Louis Rams
After a fantastic performance in Week 1 (seven receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns), Cook has neither scored nor topped 45 yards receiving since and clearly registers as a risk these days. Even backup tight end Lance Kendricks is outperforming him of late.
Not to mention, Cook’s matchup (@Houston) is less than ideal, as the Texans—by far—allow the lowest amount of passing yards per game (134.2) in the NFL. So, pass on Cook this week.