Start/Sit Week 6
October 9, 2014 | Mike Braude
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Eli Manning at PHI
No team has allowed more passing touchdowns than the Philadelphia Eagles. They’ve allowed at least two passing touchdowns in every game this season. Last week the Eagles let streamer Austin Davis throw for 375 yards and three touchdowns. Manning is a top-five option this week.
Matt Forte at ATL
Everyone knows to start Matt Forte so this one is more for the daily players. Forte is my #1 overall running back this week. The Falcons have already allowed 9 rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs – no other team has allowed more than 5. The Falcons have also allowed a league high 668 rushing yards to opposing running backs.
Bishop Sankey vs. JAC
While he’s going to be dicey week-to-week, this is a good week to spot start Sankey. Facing a Jaguars defense that has allowed the 2nd most points to opposing running backs, Sankey should find running lanes. The Titans are also favored, meaning that he should receive some clock-killing carries.
Branden Oliver at OAK
Last week’s breakout player should immediately be inserted into starting lineups. Oliver will draw the start and has already shown game-breaking ability. Oliver was the first running back to score a touchdown against the Jets, and he scored two! He was also the first running back to rush for over 100 yards against the Jets. This week he faces a Raiders defense that has allowed 120+ rushing yards to opposing running backs in three of their four games.
Rueben Randle at PHI
With the Giants offense heating up, Rueben Randle has at least five catches or a touchdown in each of the last four games. Now he draws a matchup with an Eagles’ secondary that is allowing the most points to opposing wide receivers. The Eagles defend the slot well with Brandon Boykin, so expect Randle and Odell Beckham to benefit. Randle is a solid WR3 with upside this week.
Roddy White vs. CHI
According to Vegas, this week’s highest scoring game is Falcons/Bears at 53.5 points. The Falcons are favored, which ties them for the highest expected point total with the Broncos. Forgive Roddy for his dud last week; he’s worth playing in this high scoring affair. The same is true for Brandon Marshall.
Mohamed Sanu vs. CAR
With AJ Green re-aggravating his turf toe and Marvin Jones not quite healthy yet, Mohamed Sanu looks like the Bengals top WR this week. It would not be surprising to see the Bengals come out with a heavy dose of Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill, but they will still be forced to pass. When passing, I’d expect Sanu to see a high market share of targets.
Delanie Walker vs. JAC
Despite a mediocre output last week, Delanie Walker has been extremely effective. He’s averaging 5.2 catches for 72.8 yards. This week he faces a Jaguars defense that is allowing the 2nd most points to opposing tight ends.
Andy Dalton vs. CAR
I’m all for streaming quarterbacks but Andy Dalton isn’t a reliable option without AJ Green in the lineup. I expect the Bengals to go run-heavy with their best wide receiver out of the lineup.
Stevan Ridley at BUF
While Ridley had a promising performance on Sunday night, this is simply a bad matchup. The Bills are one of two teams that are yet to allow an opposing running back to score a touchdown this season. They are also yet to allow more than 86 rushing yards to opposing running backs in any game this season.
Zac Stacy vs. SF
Zac Stacy is another running back that has a very difficult matchup. Since Week 1, the 49ers have held opposing rushers to an average of 48 rushing yards per game. With Cunningham seeing 3rd down work, Stacy will need to consistently pull off big gains on the ground – something the 49ers have done a great job of limiting.
Doug Martin vs. BAL
Few players have been more disappointing than Doug Martin. Yet to top 45 rush yards this season, Martin hasn’t received enough touches or displayed enough efficiency to warrant more work. The Ravens have been stingy against the run, allowing just 3.5 yards per carry. Only three teams have allowed fewer points to opposing running backs.
Cordarrelle Patterson vs. DET
Since Week 1, Cordarrelle Patterson has been extremely disappointing. It doesn’t help that the Vikings don’t even look like they are trying to scheme him the ball. Considering he’s averaging just 3 catches for 37.8 yards per game, I’d rather sit Patterson against the stout Lions defense.
James Jones vs. SD
While he has been productive, James Jones’ inclusion in your lineup should be dependent on his matchup. This week Jones faces a Chargers’ secondary that is allowing the fewest points to opposing wide receivers.
Eddie Royal at OAK
While Royal has had a solid year, he’s not a consistently reliable player. His fantasy value is inflated by his four touchdowns. Only six teams are allowing fewer points to opposing wide receivers than the Raiders.
Zach Ertz vs. NYG
At this point, I would wait and see with Ertz. He hasn’t topped 43 yards in any of the last three games and doesn’t look like a big part of the Eagles offense. This week he faces a Giants defense that is allowing the 2nd fewest points to opposing tight ends.