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Fantasy Football Week 6 Advice: Sit, Start Projections By Position Across The NFL

We provide a rundown of the top fantasy football projections for week six at all six major positions. We will follow up with position-by-position breakdowns including a look at some possible sleepers at each position. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams and follow @sbnationfantasy.

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Fantasy Football Week 6 Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Cam Newton Will Punish Low-Ranking Falcons Pass Defense

Having trouble decided who to start and sit on your fantasy football team in Week 6? Maybe this will help.

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Fantasy Football Week 6 Advice: Sit, Start Projections For Defense/Special Teams

The NFL reaches week six of the 2011 season, which means fantasy football owners are almost halfway through their own regular season. Sit/start projections for these "dog days" of the season are incredibly important, particularly given the bye weeks. Week six byes include Arizona, Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Seattle and Tennessee. For team defenses and special teams, this removes two particularly solid weapons in the Titans and Chargers. The Titans were whipped by Pittsburgh last week, but overall have been a very solid fantasy option.

As teams deal with byes, it is not quite as simple as the kicker position where you can generally waive most kickers and find a new one moving forward. Some kickers are a little better than others, but there are significantly fewer moving parts at kicker as compared to team defense/special teams. You will likely want to keep some of the top five or six defenses, and then consider your mix and match options further down your roster.

When looking at defense/special teams (DST), you have to factor in things like how many points they will allow, how aggressive they are in forcing turnovers and the potential for return touchdowns from their special teams unit. I generally focus on the scoring and turnovers aspect because return touchdowns are just about impossible to predict.

The Oakland Raiders are an intriguing possibility this week against the Cleveland Browns. The Raiders are solid at forcing turnovers and have averaged two per game. I would also suspect the Browns would not score a whole ton of points in most games, let alone a huge emotional game in Oakland. It is the first Raiders home game since Al Davis passed away. Needless to say, it's going to be intense.

Here are the top 15 defense projections for today. You can view all the projections at numberFire.com. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow us on twitter @sbnationfantasy.

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Fantasy Football Week 6 Advice: Sit, Start Projections For Kickers

Fantasy football leagues are quickly reaching the halfway point of their season, with many leagues passing said point this week or next. As owners figure out appropriate sit/start projections, the current bye weeks raise plenty of question marks. In week six, the bye week includes Arizona, Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Seattle and Tennessee.

For the kicker position, bye weeks really aren't all that huge a deal. I suspect most people simply drop their current kicker and find a new kicker. There are some kickers I would not waive, with Sebastian Janikowski of the Raiders being at the top of the list. Seabass does not always score the most points, but he is as consistent as anybody from 50+ and even gets a chance at some 60-yard field goals on occasion.

For this bye week, if you are looking for a decent kicking option, your best bet is to go with the kickers from teams that have high over/under totals. For those wondering what that means,the over/under is total combined points oddsmakers expect two teams to score. You can view some over/under totals at Odds Shark.

Dallas/New England, Carolina/Atlanta and Buffalo/NY Giants are three of the higher over/unders. If any of those kickers happen to be available, jump on them. Other than that, consider kickers on teams with poor red zone offenses. Some struggling red zone offenses, courtesy of Football Outsiders premium stats content include St. Louis, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Houston. If any of those kickers are also available, you can jump on one of them.

Here are the top 15 kicker projections for today. You can view all the projections at numberFire.com. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow us on twitter @sbnationfantasy.

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Fantasy Football Week 6 Advice: Sit, Start Projections For TEs

Week six of the 2011 NFL season is upon us, which means we have some significant bye weeks to account for in terms of sit/start projections in fantasy football. This week Arizona, Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Seattle and Tennessee are all on bye, which thankfully for the tight end position does not hurt too much. Aside from the likes of Jared Cook and Jeff King, there aren't no significant tight ends sitting out.

At the same time, there are enough struggling tight ends this season that you need to make some important sit/start decisions at the tight end position in week six. In fantasy football, we have seen the likes of Zach Miller (Sea), Heath Miller and Visanthe Shiancoe all take a nose dive in productivity. Guys who had been staples at the tight end position have either lost a step or are forced to stay in more frequently to block.

Thankfully there are some very intriguing sleepers you would be wise to consider for your week six fantasy football lineup. Here are a few such options if you are struggling at tight end.

Sleepers

I would argue the most significant sleeper tight end this week is Delanie Walker of the 49ers. Under head coach Jim Harbaugh, the tight ends have been used in a variety of ways, although it has not led to huge numbers for Walker, who is often left in the shadow of Vernon Davis. However, with WR Joshua Morgan on injured reserve following a leg injury, the 49ers will be looking for some other receiving options. I have a strong feeling Walker will be a significant part of the offense. He played wide receiver in college before switching to tight end and should get a decent amount of looks on Sunday.

Texans tight end Joel Dreessen is another sleeper, albeit in a tough matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. Dreessen had a strong performance against the Raiders and will likely continue to get looks while Andre Johnson is sidelined. The Ravens are number one in the league defending against tight ends, but Owen Daniels will give them a handful, potentially opening some spots for Dreessen.

Steelers tight end Heath Miller is a traditional point scorer in fantasy football, but has been held back to block quite a bit in 2011. The Steelers though have Max Starks back on their offensive line, which might open up some more opportunities for Miller moving forward. If he is a free agent and you need tight end help, I recommend pouncing.

Here are the top 15 tight end projections for today. You can view all the projections at numberFire.com. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow us on twitter @sbnationfantasy.

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Fantasy Football Week 6 Advice: Sit, Start Projections For WRs

The 2011 NFL season enters week six on Sunday with a variety of great matchups for football fans to enjoy. While many NFL teams are figuring out where they sit a third of the way into the season, fantasy football owners are approaching the halfway point of their regular season. You are at a point of either building towards the playoffs or concerned about a potential fire sale. With six teams on bye this week (Arizona, Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Seattle and Tennessee), the lineup decisions get a little more difficult.

The wide receiver position will be without some talented players this week, including the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, Dwayne Bowe, Brandon Lloyd and Vincent Jackson. You know to start guys like Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker and Greg Jennings. You seek out fantasy wisdom to make the tougher calls in your lineup. Below we have thirty top projections at wide receiver courtesy of numberFire.com. As you go through those, here are some of the intriguing sleeper possibilities at wide receiver. Whether you are considering guys on your bench or waiver wire possibilities, these are wide receivers to consider.

Sleepers

Colts receiver Pierre Garcon is likely already on somebody's bench, and if he is on yours, he is a very interesting possibility this week. The Bengals don't present a particularly great matchup, but Garcon has established an unmistakable rapport with QB Curtis Painter. The Colts season is going in the tank, but Garcon is becoming a fantasy force with Painter.

Ravens rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith has been hit and miss this season. He blew up for three touchdowns in week four against the Rams and followed that with one receiving yard against the Jets. He faces a Texans defense that has enough question marks to make him a possible start at your flex spot. Consider him if you are really looking for something there.

Beyond that, wide receiver really is a roll of the dice position from week to week. 49ers receivers Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams are deep, deep sleepers, with Williams being the option with more upside. Kevin Walters likely has more upside than Jacoby Jones while Andre Johnson remains out.

Here are the top 30 wide receiver projections for today. You can view all the projections at numberFire.com. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow us on twitter @sbnationfantasy.

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Fantasy Football Week 6 Advice: Sit, Start Projections For RBs

Week six of the 2011 NFL season kicks off in a few hours, which means fantasy football owners are likely scrambling for some last minute lineup suggestions. We are approaching the halfway point of the fantasy football regular season, which means every sit and start recommendation could mean the difference between enjoying the fantasy football playoffs and simply waiting for the real playoffs.

Week six is the second bye week with Arizona, Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Seattle, and Tennessee all on the sidelines. This is not the worst week in the world for running back byes, but a few decent backs are out. Among others, you will not be able to use Beanie Wells, Chris Johnson, or Ryan Mathews. All things considered, that is not too bad.

Nonetheless, injuries and lost jobs mean there are some tough decisions to make at the running back. Everybody knows that they should be starting Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice and Darren McFadden. The question now is what sleepers do you start?

Sleepers

Depending on the inactive list for Sunday, I would actually suggest both Tim Hightower and Ryan Torain as legit starting options. The Eagles rush defense is fairly abysmal and I think that no matter which of these two gets the start, both could be in for solid performances. Hightower is questionable so you will want to check the inactive list. If you have BOTH Hightower and Torain, if you need a flex running back, I actually think starting both of them might not be such a bad idea. The Eagles rush defense can be that bad.

Colts running back Delone Carter is another interesting sleeper option. He has gotten a good number of carries aside from Joseph Addai, and with Addai sidelined for Sunday, he is worth considering if you are short at running back. Carter likely would lose some carries to Donald Brown, but given how much more work he has gotten than Brown, I wouldn't use that as a reason not to start him.

Earnest Graham is one final sleeper. He will be getting the snaps in place of LeGarrette Blount and will likely be leaned upon quite a bit against the Saints. Graham is an excellent receiver out of the backfield, so even if he doesn't pile up a huge rushing total, he will make up for it in the passing game.

Here are the top 15 running back projections for today. You can view all the projections at numberFire.com. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow us on twitter @sbnationfantasy.

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Fantasy Football Week 6 Advice: Sit, Start Projections For QBs

We are a few short hours away from the kickoff of week 6 of the 2011 NFL season, which means it is time to make some hard decisions about who you will start this week in fantasy football. Amazingly enough we are almost halfway through most fantasy football regular seasons. The quarterback position has some interesting start possibilities, as well as guys you should definitely sit in light of week six byes for Arizona, Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Seattle and Tennessee.

As would be expected, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Cam Newton are at the top of our numberFire.com projections for the week. This Top 15 list features primarily quarterbacks you will be starting this week, but a few options that are on your bench, leaving you with a head-shaking decision. Everybody knows to start the Rodgers, Brady and Brees QBs of the world. You don't come to us for that kind of information. And if you are not sure if you should start Aaron Rodgers this week, or any week (outside of his bye week), we have bigger issues to discussion.

Sleepers

An intriguing sleeper this week is 49ers QB Alex Smith. He has not put up spectacular numbers, but his ability to avoid turnovers adds tremendous value. He is coming off a week five blowout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in which he only passed for 170 yards, but he also added three touchdowns. He has some modest scrambling skills and Detroit's defense has enough question marks to make him an intriguing start.

Browns QB Colt McCoy is another interesting sleeper. The Browns passing attack doesn't impress a lot of people, but the Oakland Raiders defense has been lit up at times in the passing attack. Starting McCoy is not the easiest decision in the world, but if you are desperate, he is not the worst in the world. I realize that is Inspiring advice.

Some people might find themselves questioning whether to stick with Josh Freeman a week after he put up a stinker against the 49ers. He faces a Saints pass defense that isn't bad, but is questionable enough that Freeman could get a decent number of yards out of the game. If you are on the fence, depending on your back, I'd suggest rolling the dice on a bounce-back at home from Josh Freeman.

Here are the top 15 quarterback projections for today. You can view all the projections at numberFire.com. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow us on twitter @sbnationfantasy and feel free to fire off sit/start questions.

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Fantasy Football Week 6 Advice: Sit, Start Projections Across The NFL

We provide a rundown of the top fantasy football projections for week six at all six major positions. We will follow up with position-by-position breakdowns including a look at some possible sleepers at each position. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams and follow @sbnationfantasy.

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