We've made it to Week 6, and by this point there's a good chance all of you are dealing with some kind of injury or struggling player in your lineup.
Chris Johnson is the same Chris Johnson, Tony Gonzalez is dominating at the age of 36 and Victor Cruz is still salsa dancing all day. Fantasy football is sure to bring something new to the table each week. As we look forward to the slate of games this weekend, we see plenty of favorable matchups across the board.
Let's go ahead and take a look at who you need to start in your lineup in Week 6, and who needs to find a seat on the bench right now.
Kevin Kolb, quarterback - Kolb is by no means a fantasy stud, and he barely has a front five that you could really classify as an offensive line. However, this week he's playing a team that has allowed 12 passing touchdowns in five games. The Bills are a mess on defense, and even though Kolb might have a tough time staying on two feet, he's going to get his points. If your starter is on bye and you're in need of a sub for Week 6, Kolb can be the guy.
Michael Turner, running back - He now has three touchdowns in the past four weeks, and he'll have a good chance of finding the end zone again at home against Oakland. Don't let the Raiders' up-and-down run defense fool you. In Week 1, they played a Ryan Mathew-less Chargers squad. Then in Week, 3 it was the lackluster duo of Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer with the Steelers. Miami and Denver absolutely destroyed Oakland on the ground this season, so you can expect a team that will probably be up early to run the ball more often. Atlanta should fare well, and Turner should, too.
Andrew Hawkins, wide receiver - Joe Haden is back in action for the Browns, so he'll presumably go to work against A.J. Green. Hawkins is an extremely talented receiver who needs to be utilized more often. Cleveland's awful mark of 12 passing touchdowns allowed bodes well for Hawkins' big-play potential. If you're looking for help at receiver this week, there's a good chance Hawkins is still available in your league.
Owen Daniels, tight end - Daniels leads the Texans in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and targets. Are you still waiting to buy into him as a viable starter? He enters Sunday's matchup riding a three-week scoring streak, and the Packers should be a good bet to keep his success going.
St. Louis Rams defense/special teams - After allowing just 18.8 points per game through the first five weeks, the Rams defense looks much improved since 2011. They'll take on a Miami squad that's only putting up 20.6 points each week, and while Ryan Tannehill and Reggie Bush shouldn't be written off, St. Louis should have a chance at slowing them down in Week 6.
Ryan Tannehill, quarterback - Speaking of Tannehill, the rookie takes on one of the league's best pass rushes on Sunday. Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins have also bolstered the secondary, so don't expect Miami to be throwing all over the place. There are plenty of promising matchups for quarterback this week. You can find one better than Tannehill's.
Stevan Ridley, running back - I'm sure you're already shaking your head. Ridley ranks fifth in the league in rushing through five weeks. He's been impressive in every game, aside from his limited-action performance against the Ravens. However, the Seahawks run defense is stout, allowing just 67 yards per game. Ridley also coughed up another fumble in clock-killing time last week, so Bill Belichick's patience has to be wearing thin. It's a difficult decision to bench him right now, but the odds appear to be against Ridley here.
Torrey Smith, wide receiver - Dallas had no answer for the Bears passing game two weeks ago. Now, coming off a bye, the Cowboys will look to get back on track with their shutdown passing defense. Smith looks like simply a boom-or-bust kind of guy for 2012. The Ravens are up and down on offense, and owners have payed the price for starting Smith three out of five weeks now. He has the ability to become a must-start every week, but for now he's a risk against better secondaries.
Scott Chandler, tight end - The Bills managed to score just three points against San Francisco last week. Chandler's fantasy value relies solely on his ability to find the end zone each game, and when he doesn't, you're out of luck. The Cardinals have only given up two touchdowns all year to tight ends. Unless you want to take a bet on the Fitzpatrick-Chandler scoring combo, look elsewhere this week.
New York Giants defense/special teams - Alex Smith was a full participant in practice on Thursday, so it looks like he'll be ready to go against New York on Sunday. The 49ers look unbelievable on the ground right now, averaging 196 rushing yards per game so far in 2012. Considering the Giants are giving up 111 yards rushing per game, they should be prepared to struggle in this area yet again. San Francisco is rolling right now on offense. Avoid New York this week.
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