Week 6 Fantasy Matchups
Published: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Updated: Saturday, October 13, 2012 20:10
Will Welker’s postgame comments hurt his fantasy value? Will Run DMC come out of the bye with a strong fantasy week and is RGIII giving you a headache? This week is shaping up to be a great fantasy week so be sure you have your studs ready to go.
Andrew Luck (at NYJ): He is getting better right in front of our eyes. Luck has adjusted to the NFL nicely and it is now starting to translate to fantasy dominance. In his last two games, Luck has put up 23 and 28 fantasy points and has thrown for a total of 675 yards. He is still a rookie and there will be some bumps along the road but against a Revis-less Jets team, Luck will be able to air it out.
Andy Dalton (at CLE): After a mediocre game last week against the Dolphins, I expect Dalton to bounce back in a big way. The previous three games before playing Miami, Dalton was on fire scoring an average of 22 fantasy points a game. I expect to see that Dalton against a Browns secondary.
Robert Griffin III (vs. MIN): After suffering a mild concussion last week against the Atlanta Falcons you have to be concerned about RGIII. I do not even think the Redskins should play him, let alone relying on him as your fantasy starter.
Eli Manning (at SF): Something has to give this week against the 49ers, either the Giants offense or the 49er defense. San Francisco is out to prove that they should have won last year’s NFC title game and will take all their frustration out on Eli.
Darren McFadden (at ATL): McFadden is Oakland’s best offensive weapon so they will use him early and often. It also helps that the Falcons have the 27th ranked defense against the run. I expect to see Run-DMC to have a huge fantasy game.
Doug Martin (at KC): Going into the bye week, Martin’s fantasy points and carries were decreasing, so why is he now a fantasy stud? Well its simple. He is now playing for his job and if that cannot drive him to play to his potential then nothing will.
Stevan Ridley(at SEA): Ridley has made an already dangerous Patriot offense even more dynamic. After back to back 100 yard-plus games, it is hard to say this guy is a dud but he is playing the Seattle Seahawks who have held opposing running backs to just 7.2 fantasy points a game. After the fumble last week against the Broncos, it is still up in the air if Ridley will get some of those clock killing carries or if they’ll be rewarded to Brandon Bolden.
C.J. Spiller (at ARI): Spiller came out of the gates this season. The two problems I have with Spiller this week is that he is now splitting time with Fred Jackson and they are playing a very tough defense in Arizona. It just seems like a recipe for a disappointing fantasy week from him especially is Jackson outplays him.
Percy Harvin (at WSH): After his second game of the year with over 100 yards receiving, Harvin is now a necessary start every week. He reminds me of a bigger and stronger Welker. Harvin catches those short passes and breaks tackles for big gains. Washington’s secondary is unimpressive and Percy will exploit them this week.
Reggie Wayne (at NYJ): Wayne had a career game last week against the Packers grabbing 13 balls for 212 yards and a score. Reggie Wayne and Andrew Luck seem to be clicking. I would expect more of the same from #87, with the Jets next on the schedule.
Jordy Nelson (at HOU): Nelson has had disappointing season thus far, not living up to what he did last year. The chemistry between him and Aaron Rodgers seems to have fizzled away. Jordy also plays better when he has Greg Jennings lined up on the other side of the field. It opens things up for him to get the short yardage gains, but with Jennings being ruled out for this week’s game against Houston, Nelson will not have a good fantasy week.
Wes Welker (at SEA): His comments last week after the win against the Broncos where he racked up 13 grabs, 104 yards receiving and a touchdown, will come back to haunt him. Bill Belichick does not like it when his players talk out to the media, let alone when that player calls him out, even if it was a joke. I could see Bill calling plays that would steer away from Wes just to send a message and this will hurt his fantasy value.
Brandon Pettigrew (at PHI): I like Pettigrew this week against the Eagles, even though they have played well against opposing tight ends this year. The Eagles secondary will already have their hands full with Megatron and Pettigrew is the team’s second most targeted receiver on the Lions. If Calvin cannot get open, Stafford will go to Brandon early and often.
Owen Daniels (vs. GB): Daniels has scored a touchdown in three straight games, so it is safe to say that Schaub likes to throw to him in the red zone. Daniels is playing the Packers this week and as we have seen this year, you can throw on Green Bay. Expect big things from him this week.