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Danny Amendola, whose clavicle popped IN and came dangerously close to ending his life, might actually be back this season, but it will likely be at least a month before his return and that’s incredibly damaging to Sam Bradford’s value.  With The Panthers, Bears, Jaguars and Saints all on bye in week 6, fantasy owners will definitely be looking for plug in value, but with Bradford’s declining value and Amendola out for a while, who should you be plugging in instead?

Surprisingly enough, Kevin Kolb is a solid play this week.  Sure, The Cardinals may have lost to The Rams last Thursday, but Kolb still passed for 289 yards.  Skelton could be eligible to play this week as well, but I think they’ll stick with Kolb for the time being.  Plus, with Ryan Williams out for the season and Beanie Wells out until at least November, their RB options are running thin; leaving The Cardinals little choice but to turn to the air more frequently.  That should make Larry Fitzgerald owners happy too.

Here’s a riddle: What’s black, white, and run all over?  The Answer?  The Titans defense.  Unfortunately for Tennessee, that includes their pass defense.  This Thursday, The Steelers travel to Tennessee in what will very likely be a one-sided battle.  Look for Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace to both reap the rewards this week.  If you need him, Ben Roethlisberger should also see his numbers dramatically increase.

Need a tight end?  Both Zach Miller of The Seahawks and Martellus Bennett have great matchups this week.  Bennett has been quiet since he became a waiver wire darling, but he has also faced some tough defenses.  Going up against a 49ers defense that is good at absolutely everything except covering the TE, Eli may be looking for him frequently

Despite some high-profile people on bye, there are still, however, players to avoid if at all possible.  I would never tell you to bench Calvin Johnson, but going up against a tricky Eagles defense that will be looking for retribution after a disappointing loss to The Steelers, both Brandon Pettigrew and Nate Burleson should sit this one out for your fantasy team.

Brian Hartline could be in for a rough week as well.  Hartline, who has put up 514 yards thus far, has to go up against a tricky Rams defense that held Arizona to just 3 points in week 5.  Fitzgerald still managed 92 yards, but Hartline is no Fitzgerald.  You probably got him off the waiver wire anyway so let him warm the bench for those players on bye week 7.

Lastly, even though The Jets lost Revis, they’re still solid against the pass and Reggie Wayne will see the majority of their focus when The Colts travel to Jersey.  It’s hard to sit him, but keep your hopes relatively low.  75 yards without a score seems about right.

  1. Real McCoy says:
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    Week 6…need help in PPR (currently 1-4)

    Pick 2 WR: Hartline, Floyd, Nelson, Hawkins

    Pick 2 RB: Murray, LeShoure, Spiller, Law Firm

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Real McCoy, Floyd, Hawkins, Murray, Green-Ellis. I might take Leshoure over Law Firm because of the PPR factor, but Law Firm’s matchup is much easier.

  2. Murph says:
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    Hey Loudon any thoughts on the cowboys matchup agianst the ravens? I have Murray and Austin going in several leagues. Thanks

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Murph, The Ravens are solid against the run, but Jamaal Charles still managed 140 yards against them last week. The Ravens also aren’t as great against the pass as they used to be so I wouldn’t be too worried about starting either of them this week.

      • Murph says:
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        @Loudon,

        Thanks I hate starting two players on the same team but the only other option would be…

        Donald Brown

        Pierre Garcon

        I just dont see any upside there

        • Loudon

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          @Murph, I like Donald Brown a lot this week, but I’d still start both of your Cowboys over him.

  3. Eng says:
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    Loudon, would you rather own Colston or Mike wallace? Thanks in advance!

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Eng, Brees seems to be all about Colston these past two weeks. Even though The Steelers have a slightly easier schedule from here on out, I think I’d take Colston over Wallace.

      • Eng says:
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        @Loudon, Thanks!

  4. Purewater says:
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    Is Heyward-Bay worth playing this week? Have some bye week issues and he’s sitting on the waiver wire. Thanks!

    • Loudon

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      @Purewater, He’s back at practice so assuming he plays, he’s an alright plug-in. Atlanta isn’t an easy matchup so don’t count on him for a huge week, but he has the talent to do something and Oakland will likely be playing from behind.

  5. Lopes says:
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    my gronk and chris johnson for his gates and mcfadden?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Lopes, I’m gonna say no on this one. McFadden definitely has more value than CJ (especially being past his bye week), but Gronk is substantially more valuable than Gates this year.

      • Lopes says:
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        @Loudon, i figured just needed someone else to tell me no

  6. DiRo says:
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    In the flex spot would you start; F. Jackson, S. Jackson, T. Smith, K. Wirght or Burleson?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @DiRo, Wow…5 tough matchups. I’d go with Steven Jackson because he’s the guy and is guaranteed to put up at least some points. Plus he is still capable of breaking one for a score.

  7. DP says:
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    Pitta, Heath, Cook or Gresham the rest of the way? Have Pitta now thinking of dropping for one of these guys. Would you drop Jacquizz instead and play matchups?

    • Loudon

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      @DP, Heath Miller. He has clearly become one of Big Ben’s favorite targets and he’s more reliable for points than any of the other 3 you mentioned. If I were you, I would also hang onto Jacquizz. His name has been buzzing a lot more recently.

  8. Mikey says:
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    Receiver question for you…would you give up Dez Bryant to acquire the injured Greg Jennings?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Mikey, No. Bryant has been OK except for not getting into the endzone thus far. There’s also talk The Packers might trade Jennings. Bryant will only improve so keep who you have.

  9. douglas says:
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    Enjoyed the article, quick question though. With standard scoring and 1 PPR, should i trade Sproles for Mike Wallace? My other two RB are McFadden and Forte, WR are Green, Nicks, and Austin. Wallace would become my flex… seems like a no brainer right?

    • Loudon

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      @douglas, One of those players has 28 receptions for 235 yards and 2 receiving TDs. The other has 19 receptions for 251 yards and 3 TDs. In standard scoring PPR leagues, these two stat lines are almost identical. The only difference is Darren Sproles also has 91 yards rushing. He has also, however played one extra game.

      The moral of this story? Go with your gut. I’d probably rank these two players almost identical for the rest of the season, but if you need someone for this week, getting Wallace after his bye week is a nice selling point for him.

      Do you only play 1 RB in this league? (Just a thought since Forte is also on bye this week)

      • douglas says:
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        @Loudon, thanks for the reply!

        I play two RB, one starter this week will need to be from the bench, i’m not too worried about it though because I’ll have everyone back next week.

        I love having Sproles, but I’m nervous about his recent production and feel like Wallace has a great chance to bounce back @TEN

  10. Velocity_X says:
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    Would you play Smith over Romo @ Ravens this week?

    Also, if Hernandez comes back this week, would you still play Owen Daniels over him and wait to see how Hernandez does?

    Thanks.

    • Loudon

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      @Velocity_X, No. Romo’s coming off of a bye and Baltimore doesn’t cover the pass the way they used to. Roll with Romo.

      I’d also still play Owen Daniels. Wait 1 week on him just to see how he does in his first action back. The Patriots have plenty of weapons so they might limit Hernandez’s snaps anyway.

  11. LT says:
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    Pick 2 for me: Martin, Leshoure, Maclin

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @LT, Martin & Leshoure

  12. Ryan says:
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    In my 12 team ppr league, i was offered andrew hawkins and donald brown for ryan fitzpatrick. Do I take this deal?

    qb philip rivers
    wr julio jones
    wr brandon lloyd
    wr marques colston
    rb alfred morris
    rb ryan matthews
    te brandon pettigrew

    k greg zuerlein

    def green bay

    bn ryan fitzpatrick
    bn dennis pitta
    bn brandon lafell
    bn greg little
    bn jaquizz rodgers
    bn ramses barden
    bn andre brown

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