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New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch celebrates his touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in the second half of their NFL football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts October 17, 2010. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Moving on to another week in the fantasy football season and start’em sit’em decisions continue to stay interesting as we all look to win during the bye weeks. Starting the right players during the bye weeks can be a challenge as you have to deal with key players on not playing from injury or a schedule week off.

This week will hurt fantasy owners as the Colts, Lions, Texans and Jets are all off. Seeing that all four teams have been good at scoring points this season, your team is bound to have a few holes on Sunday.

Quarterbacks

Start

Eli Manning @ Cowboys: I know quarterbacks have had some challenges against the Cowboys secondary this year but Eli Manning always seems to play well in Dallas. It’s different when two opponents play each other twice a year and know the players the will be facing. Manning and his receivers seem to give the Cowboy corners’ problems and fantasy owners should expect another mult-touchdown game from Manning with at least 250 yards passing.

Bench

Brett Favre @ Packers: Some of you may be thinking that Brett Favre will bounce back against his old team and post a big day like he did twice last season. This could happen but I’m concerned about his arm troubles lately, and I think that had more to do with the Cowboys slowing the Vikings passing game down, than their own coverage.

Running Backs

Start

Chris Ivory vs Browns: I don’t care if Pierre Thomas some how gets his butt on the field this week, start Chris Ivory. This young running back is probably going to be active in this offense the rest of the season to some degree. Ivory has the strength and power than any team would love to have and is showing he can get it done in the NFL.

Use Ivory this week as he should still get the short yardage work this week.

Beanie Wells @ Seahawks: Man oh man has Beanie Wells been a disappointment this season, but he should be a decent flex play for weeks seven. Wells enjoyed success against Seattle lasts season and recently, running backs have been productive against this group. Look for Wells to get 20 plus carries this week as the Cardinals are fresh off a bye week.

Bench

Brandon Jackson vs Vikings: Fantasy owners should know by now that Brandon Jackson is worth a look against weak opponents but not hard one’s. Just in case you were hoping his stats from two weeks ago would be a sign of better things to come, he posted an average game last week against the Dolphins. Don’t expect much production from Jackson against the Vikings’ front line.

Wide Receivers

Start

Deion Branch @ Chargers: If Sam Bradford and the Rams can tear through the Chargers than Tom Brady will have a field day. Deion Branch showed his fantasy relevance in his first game back with the Patriots, and he should continue his production while healthy. Look for Branch to have a good game for the second week in a row.

Bench

Marques Colston: Who would have thought that Robert Meachem and Lance Moore would constantly out produce Marques Colston to this point? Colston has been a disappointment and it’s time to say he is the third best receiver for fantasy football on this team. I’m not sure if Colston is healthy or not but he’s failing to produce.

The sad part is that Colston could rip off a nice game any week, but you will have to decide if he is worth having in your lineup during the weeks when he fails.

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NFL fantasy football player rankings writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com

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