(Doc’s Note: Our weekly contest is in full swing and we need a few more managers for our week 6 FanDuel league. Do that thing you do)

Quarterbacks

Sit

Matt Schaub vs. KC

One of the more difficult things about the first half of each football season is figuring out what teams no longer fit into the same convenient categories as the previous season or two. For instance, over the last couple years, your eyes got wide when you saw your player was facing DET, STL, CLE, or KC. Well, I’m not sure I believe the Chiefs are really a top 10 defense, but they certainly look average-ish this year (and I mean that as a compliment). Schaub hasn’t been in sync, Andre Johnson isn’t 100%, Owen Daniels isn’t close to being the same weapon he was pre-injury, and since KC isn’t really an explosive offense, the Texans may try to re-establish Arian Foster.

Shaun Hill @ NYG

Matt Stafford is supposed to be close to returning, but I expect Hill to get one more start. Unfortunately, it’s against a resurgent Giants pass defense (and pass rush), and Calvin Johnson is still struggling with a shoulder injury. Some of you in super deep leagues may console yourselves with Nate Burleson or Brandon Pettigrew, but Shaun Hill is not the QB you’re looking for.

Start

Joe Flacco @ NE

The New England defense doesn’t have a player that can handle Anquan Boldin. If Belichick decides to double Boldin, that leaves plenty of room for Flacco’s less talented but still sure-handed recievers. If you’ve been patient with (or bought low on) Flacco, you should be rewarded this week.

Mark Sanchez @ DEN

The Broncos defense has been pretty good so far this year, but I think they are due for a regression soon. I was impressed with how quickly Santonio Holmes stepped back into the offense, and while his reintroduction diminishes the value of the other recievers, it only helps Sanchez.

Running Backs

Sit

Jahvid Best @ NYG

With Calvin Johnson likely out (or at least limited), the Giants defense won’t be under much pressure to stop the Lions passing game, and Best hasn’t looked the same since his toe injury.

Darren McFadden @ SF

I know you’ve been waiting and hoping for his return, but unfortunately, Bush is expected to retain the starter’s role, and McFadden may not be 100% right away. I’d sit him this week, and if he looks good and breaks a nice run or two, then you can consider starting him again next week.

Start

Matt Forte vs. SEA

There seems to be a good chance that Cutler will return, but either way I think the Bears will still run a bit more than usual — in the case of Cutler, to minimize the pass rush exposure, and in the case of other-than-Cutler, to minimize the number of completions to people wearing the wrong uniforms. The Seahawks are surprisingly tough at home, but they are pure milquetoast on the road.

Ryan Torain vs. IND

Torain was underwhelming in his first start after Portis’ injury, but I’m doubling down and starting him again this week. The Colts D-line has had trouble stopping physical backs, and even if the Redskins offense has to change gears, Torain showed himself to be a pretty adept pass-catcher last week with 4 grabs for 27 yards.

Wide Receivers

Sit

Wes Welker vs. BAL

Brandon Lloyd demonstrated that there are yards to be found against the BAL defense, but I wouldn’t look for a huge game from Welker this week. The Patriots offense will adjusting to life without Randy Moss stretching the field, and while Welker may still have some PPR value this week, I don’t see him breaking loose for big gains.

Michael Crabtree vs. OAK

Never underestimate an NFL coach’s ability to screw up a gameplan, but the 49ers should be running early and often with Frank Gore. Malcolm Floyd did go off against the OAK secondary, but he had Antonio Gates attracting the defenses attention. Vernon Davis is good, but not as good as Gates, and Crabtree won’t have as much room to operate as Floyd did.

Start

Kenny Britt @ JAX

Britt has scored in 3 straight games, and now he gets to face one of the worst pass defenses in the league. TEN still isn’t likely to throw that much, so you may not get more than 5 or 6 catches in PPR leagues, but he ought to be able to push 100 yards.

Brandon Lloyd vs. NYJ

I’m guessing most Lloyd owners are fully committed to him by now, but just in case someone is still questioning his matchup, it needs to be noted that Revis was clearly not 100% against the Vikings, and isn’t likely to be 100% any time soon. Ride the Broncos pass offense until it stops.

Tight Ends

Sit

Jermichael Finley vs. MIA

Sorry, Finley owners. That was cruel and I apologize.

Dustin Keller @ DEN

I put Keller here not so much because this week’s matchup is terrible (though I don’t think it’s great, either), but as a caution that Holmes return diminishes Keller’s value somewhat. Keller will still get a fair share of targets, but I don’t see him jumping to the next level for now.

Start

Tony Moeaki @ HOU

The Chiefs offense isn’t going to start taking big shots downfield just because they are facing a terrible HOU pass defense, but Cassel should certainly be able to hit Moeaki for some nice gains. Cross your fingers for some redzone looks.

Defenses

Sit

Baltimore @ NE

The Ravens defense has been showing some signs that they aren’t quite the same unit from last year. They’ve done a pretty good job at limiting points, but they haven’t racked up the secondary stats that really boost a good fantasy defense. The Pats offense may be more balanced with Moss gone, more willing to take what the defense gives them.

Start

Dallas @ MIN

The Dong-gate scandal rages on and Brett’s complaining of elbow pain. The Vikings are just a mess right now, and while there’s always the chance that Peterson has one of his games for the ages, I’d bet against it and feel just fine throwing the Cowboys out there again this week.

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Dakota
Dakota
11 years ago

Just to be clear…

Baltimore defense is a sit because they’re playing the NE offense, but Welker is also a sit because he’s playing the Baltimore defense? Okay…

There’s no way I’m sitting Welker in any league unless I can only start two WRs and I have Austin Miles and Reggie Wayne on my roster.

herschel
herschel
11 years ago

@Mark: 12 team ppr league. who do you like at flex (not good, i know, as two of them were recommended sits).

mcfadden
crabtree
d. bess
h. miller

batman the horse
batman the horse
11 years ago

felix jones over jahvid best this week?

Calogero
Calogero
11 years ago

I have depth at RB and WR, which is good. However, I have very little in the way of high end talent. This makes sit/start decisions particularly difficult.

RB (1): Torain, Greene, Felix
WR (1): Welker, Wallace, Knox
Flex (1): Remainder

Forte and Austin are starting at RB and WR, so that’s at least something. I like all 3 backs this week, but it’s hard to order them. Torain goes against the weakest defense (IND) but is the least explosive. Felix had a good week last week, but goes against MIN. Greene is still second fiddle for the Jets, but he’s got a very sneaky good matchup against a decimated Denver D.

For WR, I like Wallace against the Browns more than Welker against the Ravens. But Welker is still good, and you can almost bank at least 70 yards as a minimum, which is a kind of comforting stability. If I pick Wallace for WR, is Welker even in the conversation for Flex over Torain/Greene/Felix?

batman the horse
batman the horse
11 years ago

ok, one more. need a QB so I can sit Schaub

Vince Young @ JAX, Henne @ GB, Freeman v. NO, or Garrard v. TEN?

Henne is tempting vs. an injured team, but I’m thinking Young has the most upside.

dingbat
dingbat
11 years ago

Okay, shmart guy. If I’m sitting Jahvid Best, am I starting Michael Crabtree or Ricky Williams? Or even Tony Moeaki? Or is Best still a better option than those guys?

Thanks!

Max
Max
11 years ago

@Calogero:

I would start Torain-Wallace-Felix myself.

Marlo Stanfield
Marlo Stanfield
11 years ago

14 team .5 ppr, 15 yds/point for rec and rushing, 6 point all tds, 2 rbs, 2 wrs, flex.

Got a trade offer.

His Welker, and Stephen Jackson

for

My Andre Johnson and Moreno

The rest of my team
Qb= Roethy, Stafford, Cutler
RB- Charles, Bradshaw
WR-Austin, Lloyd, Branch, Murphy
TE- Keller, Celek

I am leaning towards taking this deal as i pick up an extra game (welker had his bye) and I think my weekly avg will be better if make the move. However I still have to sit one of bradshaw, charles, lloyd, every week and it is always tough to give up Johnson in a PPR. Thoughts?

Dakota
Dakota
11 years ago

@mgeoffriau: I hear ya, I just think that Welker is a no-brainer start, even against the NFL’s number one pass defense unless you’ve got some real talent at WR.

Every site I’ve looked at has Welker as a top 12 WR which would be a start for almost any team.

I’d start Floyd and Welker before I started Floyd and Steve Smith, but I will acknowledge at some point these are all projections and close calls. More than anything, I just don’t see him as a sit (meaning I think he’s a top 20 WR option this week).

herschel
herschel
11 years ago

@mgeoffriau: 12 team PPR. Have Vick and Rothlesberger for other QBs. Thoughts on me giving up Ryan and McFadden for Megatron and C. Benson?

Rookie Season
Rookie Season
11 years ago

0.5PPR, 1pt per 30 Return yards, who do you like for the Flex Spot?
Woodhead, Quarless (Finley’s replacement), B.Jacobs, K.Walter, L.Murphy, McCluster, GinnJr, A.Armstrong, Burleson.
I guess who are your 2nd and 3rd favorite, also? Thanks!

Needles
Needles
11 years ago

I’ve got C. Johnson, Mccoy Torain, and Jerome Harrison. 12 team ppr league would you trade Torain for Pierre Thomas not planning on starting torain this week anyways

Bobbo
Bobbo
11 years ago

Am I crazy for thinking of starting Vince Young over Matt Schaub this week???

MJD Took A Knee
MJD Took A Knee
11 years ago

I have Miami but not entirely sure if Rodgers will start. Pick up Dallas?

Miami @GB
Kansas City @HOU
Dallas @MIN
Minnesota vs DAL

genghis chone
genghis chone
11 years ago

PPR league, point per 25 return yards:
Who of Harvin, Best, Charles, Torain and Britt should I play at my flex slot? Also, which two of Eli, Big Ben and Orton? Thanks!

dingbat
dingbat
11 years ago

Uh-oh — several of your picks match Brad Evans’ Flames/Lames picks. That’s rarely a good sign.

Matt Leinart
Matt Leinart
11 years ago

What do you think of this trade?

I would be getting Flacco, giving Mike Wallace. I have Orton as my QB, so I’m not sure Flacco would start very often for me. I have Megatron, Marshall, Britt, and TB Williams so I could survive without Wallace. We play 3 WRs and a flex. I have many RB options for the flex spot.

Here’s the thing. I think Wallace is gonna be very good now that Ben is back. I also think I’ll be fighting this other team for a playoff berth, and I’m worried I might be helping him more than I’ll be helped (Wallace would replace Walter every week, while I would get 2 or 3 games from Flacco).

Should I hoard my WRs for now?

Thanks.

BAM
BAM
11 years ago

Who’s the more explosive defensive play this week: Chicago (against Seattle) or Tennessee (against Jacksonville)? Both are currently available and my opponent for the week has, probably, the best matchup of them all in Pittsburgh (vs Cleveland).

BAM
BAM
11 years ago

^ – my thought is that with Chi playing at home, they may be fired up. Then again, the Titans get the big stage on Monday night…

The Vaporizers
The Vaporizers
11 years ago

Do you drop any of these bench guys for Jackson? I would potentially be starting Jackson over Santana Moss in my WR3 (White and Austin already)

My bench consists of:

Tolbert, Spiller, M WIlliams (TB), B. Tate, A Hernandez and Favre.

The Vaporizers
The Vaporizers
11 years ago

Drop Favre, right?

Marlo Stanfield
Marlo Stanfield
11 years ago

@mgeoffriau: Any thoughts on the trade shown @ #9?

The Vaporizers
The Vaporizers
11 years ago

didn’t refresh screen, didn’t need last comment?
mybad, and thanks!!

Beau
11 years ago

Any reason not to start andre, foster, nicks, bradshaw all in the same game against each other?

Big ben over flacco?

The Vaporizers
The Vaporizers
11 years ago

they played against each other last week beau. Giants play Lions this week and Texans play KC

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
11 years ago

Ok, if I’m sitting Best, which actually might not be an option for me…who am I starting?

Run DMC or Hillis? It’s looking like Best might be my, er, best option…

Beau
11 years ago

@The Vaporizers: Thanks, seems like most of my starters and bench players are on those teams so i got mixed up.

Calogero
Calogero
11 years ago

Which is the better trade offer?:

1. I give Forte, Welker and Lance Moore for Charles and Fitzgerald

2. I give Forte and Welker for AP/Rice/Mendenhall

I have the AP offer out, but if that’s not accepted should I move down the line to Rice/Mendy first or go for Charles and L. Fitz?

I have good RB depth but Forte is my best so I don’t have that one solid week-in-week-out guy to count on. I also have Austin, Wallace and Knox in addition to Welker and Moore listed.

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
11 years ago

@mgeoffriau: yeah, that’s what I’m thinking too. Hillis hadn’t even crossed my mind. I’m actively trying to get either Forte, or *fingers crossed* AP, so that would help things out. I do also have Moreno, but he’s kind of in that 50-50 at best situation.

Matt P
Matt P
11 years ago

Which one should i start out of Lynch/Greene/Best and which one should i start out of Britt/Calvin/Mike Williams (TB)? Thanks for the help.

Mike
Mike
11 years ago

Mike Williams (tampa bay) over Calvin Johnson?

Black Beard
Black Beard
11 years ago

Just want to say thanks for the recent Wells advice. His owner was fed up with him going into the bye and I was able to get him for Hester. I almost feel bad.

Black Beard
Black Beard
11 years ago

2 TE non-ppr league. Quarless is available on the wire. I’m currently starting Davis and Scheffler. Is it worth picking up Quarless and dropping any of the following: Hightower (own Wells), Donald Brown, Brandon Tate, Roy Williams?

Thanks.

Black Beard
Black Beard
11 years ago

Also same league as above, which side do you like: Cutler and McCoy or Matt Ryan, Nicks, and Donald Brown?

Doc
Doc
11 years ago

@Calogero: I’d veto that second trade. I could see going with the first, but it’s almost too much, but I like JC enough that I’d do that.

@Mike: Gotta watch the injury reports, but probably.

@Black Beard: Jeez, even if he continues sucking you are fine. Nice.

I’d grab Quarless for Hightower in a 2TE league

Close one. Leaning Cutler side

Ken Plane
Ken Plane
11 years ago

Your opinion on Colston for rest of year, worth a trade for Forte

Calogero
Calogero
11 years ago

@Doc: You’d veto because which side is giving up too much? The Forte/Welker side or the AP side?

Shark Bait
Shark Bait
11 years ago

So I’ve got Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, Mike Williams (TB) and Greg Jennings in a standard scoring, non-ppr, league with 2 starting WRs.

At first I was going to go with Jennings with either Ward or Wallace, but I couldn’t decide between two, though I was leaning toward Ward.

But, with the way Jennings has been playing (and killing my record), along with Rodgers coming off of a concussion, I was thinking of going with both Ward and Wallace since the combo should put up some good numbers with Big Ben back under center.

Also, my QB is Rodgers so in case he decides to torch Miami’s secondary with Jennings post concussion, I’ll still be getting some points.

Calogero
Calogero
11 years ago

@Shark Bait: I like both Wallace and Ward, but I wouldn’t play both.

Pitt is going against Colt McCoy – this game will be ugly. The ball might not be put up in the air more than 5 or 6 times in the second half. I’d actually roll with Wallace, given a choice.

Play Jennings. Best percentage play. Williams is decent, but will be blanketed by a good CB so I wouldn’t count on him.

Black Beard
Black Beard
11 years ago

@Doc: Yeah, I honestly thought it was a steal and might experience some backlash because of it. Then I talked to some other league members and it was routinely described as a wash with me winning slightly…A WASH? The power of Razzball ladies (?) and gentlemen.

bman
bman
11 years ago

Hey looking to drop one of the following players to make room for Heath Miller, who would you drop ?

Ricky Williams, Tim Hightower, C.J. Spiller

Matt P
Matt P
11 years ago

Lynch/Greene/Best for this week?

And also if Calvin cant play Britt or Mike Williams (TB)?