Bench Arian Foster this week.

Just kidding.  Can you imagine?  Foster’s a solid play even when he’s on bye.  At least he’d be a better play than DeAngelo Williams was last week.  Thankfully Foster’s not on bye this week so he’s obviously starting for every fantasy team that’s fortunate enough to own him.  There are plenty of more difficult decisions to make in the running game for week 6.

What do Maurice Jones-Drew, DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Matt Forte, Michael Bush, Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, and Darren Sproles all have in common?  They’re all on bye this week, so if any of those names look familiar to you and your fantasy teams, you have some choices to make.  With most of those players in a committee situation anyway, this could be your chance to catch a few breakout performances elsewhere.

For starters, Rashard Mendenhall is back and ran for 81 yards with a TD in his return.  He did that against a difficult Eagles defense too.  What does this all mean?  It means you start him when he plays The Titans this Thursday.  Don’t be surprised if he breaks 100 yards and scores another TD.  If he does, I highly recommend selling him while he’s hot, but keep him around this week.

This is also the week to start Donald Brown again.  The Jets give up plenty of yards on the ground and Brown has looked solid so far this season with an average of 4 yards per carry.  He averaged 4.9 against Green Bay just last week so start him with confidence.  He may not get you a score, but he has a good shot at his first 100 yard mark of 2012.

There’s also a very interesting situation in Arizona right now.  With both Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams out, LaRod Stephens-Howling and William Powell both have an opportunity to step up.  My money is on LaRod for the time being and against The Bills, he’s a solid flex play this week, but keep an eye on both.  If you have room on your bench, Powell might be worth stashing away.

Speaking of teams with multiple options at RB, you should probably sit every RB from Buffalo in your fantasy leagues this week.  Arizona is solid against the run and with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson dueling for the top spot as it is, it’s difficult to know who you can trust on The Bills anymore.  Jackson is your best bet for a score if you have to play one of them, but if you have other choices, use them.

The same can be said for Stevan Ridley.  Don’t get me wrong, Ridley has been great this year, but against a tough Seahawks defense that was responsible for DeAngelo Williams’ awful week, Ridley’s more likely to repeat his week 3 performance against Baltimore when he carried the ball 13 times for 37 yards.  The Patriots use the RB position better than almost any team in the league, but that doesn’t always make their RBs worthy fantasy plays.

Last but not least, ok…maybe least if we’re talking fantasy points: Ahmad Bradshaw.  Bradshaw’s having a great year so far, but so are the 49ers; especially their run defense…again.  Bradshaw still has some value thanks to his receiving ability, but he won’t do enough damage on the ground to merit a solid fantasy start.

  1. supra says:
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    Donald Brown is out for 2-3 after surgery… just grabbed Vick Ballard, hope he gets the ball more than Delone Carter… thoughts?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @supra, So much for recommending Brown. ESPN is suddenly projecting Ballard to get 12+ fantasy points. While I don’t know if he’ll quite reach those numbers, he’s a solid flex play.

  2. Joe F says:
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    Hey I grabbed Ballard also and wanted to know if I should start Ballard, Leshoure or even pick up William Powell for my flex? (.5 PPR). Also at WR is Kerley a good spot start this week uch I can’t believe I’m considering starting a Jets receiver.

    Thanks!

    • Loudon

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      @Joe F, I would rank Leshoure slightly above Ballard this week and Powell another step below Ballard. This could all change within one week, but from what we know about these players, that’s how I’d rank them right now. Don’t bother with Kerley. As soon as the cries for Tebow become too much, Kerley’s value drops drastically.

  3. birrrdy! says:
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    Looking to shore up my RBs for the upcoming bye weeks. Foster (HOU) and SJAX (STL) are my starters (byes in weeks 8 and 9). Hillman (DEN), Richardson (STL) and Woodhead (NWE) are my backups.

    Ballard (IND) and Powell (ARI) are still on the waiver wire. Should I drop any of my current guys to pick one or more of these guys up? Our league allows trades in case one gets hot and I have a bye week problem…

    • Loudon

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      @birrrdy!, Ballard has more upside than Powell, at least for the immediate future. Both have more upside than Woodhead at this point.

      • birrrdy! says:
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        @Loudon, thanks! I already pulled the trigger on Ballard for Hillman. Broncos have a bye in week 7, so unless McGahee goes down this week, Hillman will be a hopefully safe drop for now. I think that was my sprint to the waiver wire move.

        But I’d like to explore dropping Woodhead for Powell a bit further. Howlings-Green is probably the lead back, and Powell will have a shot. They also have Alfonso Smith. Beanie Wells coming back in Wk 12 at soonest.

        Woodhead is getting solid numbers, safe for bye week play. TDs in 2 of the last 3 weeks, and a high of 15 carries against the Ravens (0 against BUF w 2 recepts, 7 last week against DEN). Ridley is the lead back, Bolden getting second dibs, Shane Vareen still in the mix. Pats offense explosive.

        But just read that Ridley may be in the doghouse:
        http://www.telegram.com/article/20121009/NEWS/110099980/1119/RSS01&source=rss#.UHW9OhWdPnh

        (“But Ridley didn’t see the field again after his fumble Sunday, his second in as many games. It was reminiscent of last year’s divisional playoff game against the Broncos, when he was benched after fumbling in the third quarter. Ridley was then inactive for the AFC Championship and dressed, but didn’t play in the Super Bowl.”)

        Should I take a chance and hold on to Woodhead vs. Powell this week to see how this shakes out? Any comments from the gallery, too, would be really helpful. This one’s tough, and Bellichek is hard to predict. Any feedback on my other moves are welcomed as well!!

        • Loudon

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          @birrrdy!, Belichick is definitely hard to predict, but The Patriots have too many weapons to count on anyone from week to week. I’m not saying Woodhead is bad, but he’s impossible to predict or rely on. Give me someone who will at least guarantee me 5-8 points a week even if he doesn’t score a TD for a fill in. Woodhead is, at best, the #2 RB for a team that doesn’t use the RB position the way most teams in the league do. It might be worth holding onto Woodhead over Powell for this week since Stephens-Howling will get the start, but even if Ridley were to not play, I don’t think Woodhead would suddenly become a Top 20 caliber RB.

        • Murph says:
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          @birrrdy! from “the gallery”

          Woodhead is the #4 RB in an already complicated backfield. I seriously doubt reduced carries for Ridley means any extra production for Woodhead with the way Bolden has been playing and Vareens TD last week, Hernazdez is also back which means limited reception options too. You are better off predicting winning lottery numbers than predicting when belichick will use Woodhead there is just no upside. You would be better off taking a risk on a high ceiling player or a for sure #2 back behind someone that is injury prone. Not sure what your waiver options look like but I think Powell is better pick up than Woodhead ROS and for Week 6 even in PPR.

          I think the Ballard move was great one as I grabed him in 2 leagues. The Colts have been looking to replace Brown for years and Ballad has the opportunity to prove himself with a very easy schedule ahead. We saw a simillar story play out last year with Demarco Murray.

  4. Murph says:
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    Donald Brown out 3-4 weeks?!?! When did this happen?

    Is Vick Ballard worth a pick up?

    • Loudon

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      @Murph, Apparently this all just broke today. I’d say Ballard is worth a pick-up if you can afford to drop someone, but his upside isn’t quite what Brown’s was.

      • Murph says:
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        @Loudon,

        Yeah I replaced Howling AZ for Ballard as I have Donald Brown, better than gambling on the AZ backfield. I like the Colts schedule ROS and there is a small possibility that Ballard takes the starting role which would make him top 20 RB material. His college stats were pretty impressive. Maybe the Demarco Murray of this year???

  5. PPR
    I am the unfortunate owner of Cedric Benson, I missed out on getting Green off waivers, however W Powell and Ballard are both available on waivers. Who would the better pickup be?

    My other RB’s are Lynch, Le Shoure and David Wilson.

    Thanks

    • Murph says:
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      @Clueless,

      Ballard strictly on guarenteed opportunity and upcoming matchups we have no idea what’s going to happen in the AZ backfield small chance Powell is better ROS but Ballard makes immediate impact. hurry he won’t last long on waivers.

  6. Crowe says:
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    Got offered a trade and can’t make up my mind. I would be giving up Maclin/McGahee for Lynch in a standard scoring 14 team league. Thoughts?

    • Loudon

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      @Crowe, This somewhat depends on who else is on your team, but unless you’re super deep at WR, I think I’d pass. Lynch is an upgrade from McGahee, but not a huge one. If there’s any PPR in your league, then I’d say absolutely not.

      • Crowe says:
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        @Loudon, No PPR involved. Other WRs are Welker, James Jones, and Heyward Bey

        • Loudon

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          @Crowe, I would hang onto McGahee and Maclin personally, but go with your gut. If you think Lynch can keep it up for 16 games, he might be worth it.

  7. nickerboxer says:
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    should i trade for nicks, i can get DMC and nicks for t-rich, torrey smith and leashore. i need to win now, so can’t have nicks out for too long. Should i do it

    • Loudon

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      @nickerboxer, So you’d be trading Trent Richardson, Torrey Smith, AND Mikel Leshoure for Nicks and DMC?

      ABSOLUTELY NOT! Maybe Smith and Leshoure, but if Richardson’s part of that deal, don’t do it.

  8. AA says:
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    In a keeper league, would you trade DeMarco Murray for Stevan Ridley?

    • Loudon

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      @AA, Only if you think Ridley will be traded to another team. It’s too hard to tell what NE will do week to week and while Ridley has been very good, his ceiling is limited by his coach.

  9. Mikey says:
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    More Vick Ballard advice needed. Sadly. Would you pick him up for a WR4 and start him at RB2 in place of SJax or FJax who have trickey this week? Much appreciated.

    • birrrdy! says:
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      @Mikey, I second that question. Especially when considering SJAX vs. Ballard this weekend in a non-PPR league.

      • Mikey says:
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        @birrrdy!, Apologies: *tricky matchups this week.*

        • Murph says:
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          @Mikey, @birrrdy

          Ballard is intriguing but no reason to start an unproven rookie over either of those guys regardless of matchup. We have no idea how the colts will use him. Worth an add but not a start unless you are desperate.

  10. barker says:
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    trade offer 8 team league .5 ppr

    i give vernon davis i get jordy nelson

    my te t gonz v davis
    my wr fitz dez bryant colston desean jackson

    his other wr are welker demayius thomas garcon cruz l moore
    i should try for thomas or welker right? with gonzalez

    • barker says:
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      @barker, WR on waivers are cobb d moore n washington m williams heyward bey hawkins

      • Loudon

        Loudon says:
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        @barker, I actually like that trade for you. You’ll need to find another TE for next week when Atlanta is on bye though. You might be able to get Welker or Thomas if you use Gonzo as bait, but not all that likely.

  11. Hoog says:
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    Was just offered AP/Cruz for my Morris, Mendenhall, and M. Wallace. I’m thinking about waiting till after this week, but i kind of think i might be able to get more for that. Should I shoot for more or pull the trigger?

    My team (2 qb league)
    QB: Rogers, RGIII
    RB: Matthews, MJD, Morris, Mendenhall
    WR: M. Wallace, Colston, S. Johnson

    • Loudon

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      @Hoog, Matthews, MJD and AP would be a deadly trio. You’re giving up a good amount for it, but depending on how many people you start on a weekly basis, this could turn out to be a great deal for you. You might want to see if you could get a bite on Colston instead of Wallace while Colston’s value is super high. Plus you’d get this other person to swallow Colston’s bye week for you.

  12. El wookie says:
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    PPR LEAGUE

    Was offered Trent Richardson + j. Witten
    For Reggie bush + eric decker

    Fair trade? (My te is f. Davis)

  13. Loudon

    Loudon says:
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    That’s a relatively fair trade assuming you don’t need Decker to maintain a solid WR core.

  14. Loudon,

    Would you recommend starting Maclin or Kerley this week? I think Maclin could have a break out game, but the Indy pass defense hasn’t been great so Kerley could be an ok option too. Which do you think has the best upside this week?

    • Loudon

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      @Matt Lee, I think Maclin has more upside. The Eagles are completely healthy this week so they could be in for a terrific performance against The Lions.

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