Week 6 Start’em, Sit’em
Darrius Heyward-Bey vs Browns –
No one would blame you for being slow to add Darrius Heyward-Bey onto your roster, let alone put him in your lineup, but it’s time to believe. Yes, Heyward-Bey still needs work on polishing his game, but I believe in Coach Hue Jackson’s abilities to get his talented players in positions to win matchups.
Unlike JaMarcus Russell, Heyward-Bey has always worked hard to improve himself, and he’s clearly done that this year. Since coming back from an early-season injury, DHB has made quick work of taking over as the teams top receiver and pushing ultra-talented rookie Denarius Moore down the depth chart.
Heyward-Bey gets the Browns, Chiefs and Broncos in his next three games, so consider him a must add off the waiver wire, and a respectable starter (did I just say that?) for your lineup this week.
Michael Crabtree @ Lions –
Kind of funny that Michael Crabtree and Heyward-Bey are both on my start’em section together, but here we are. The second wide out taken in the 2009 draft, Crabtree has been coming of late and while it didn’t show in the box score against Tampa Bay, this guy is ready to take over as the teams top receiver.
With Josh Morgan suffering what looks to be a season-ending leg injury, Crabtree should see a full compliment of snaps this week as the team heads out to Detroit.
Ryan Fitzpatrick @ Giants –
The Bills may have defeated the Eagles but quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had his second below average fantasy performance in a row. That said, Buffalo will head back on the road this week and play a Giant secondary that made Seattle quarterbacks and receivers look like world beaters as they put up over 30 points in the game.
I expect the Giants to play a cleaner game at home this week, and that should lead to a high score affair, in-which the Bills won’t have the luxury of playing off an early lead, as was the case against Philadelphia. Get your Bills players in for this game.
Ryan Torain vs Eagles –
It’s hard to trust the Coach Mike Shanahan when it comes to running backs, as we saw Tim Hightower find the bench in a key week four matchup against the Rams. While fantasy owners who started Hightower that week were disappointed, we should have see it coming as Shanahan tipped his hand earlier in the week by point out that he almost pulled Hightower in the Monday night game against the Cowboys, because he didn’t look right.
Shanahan has had a thing for Ryan Torain dating back to his time with the Broncos, and when healthy, Torain is a start-worthy fantasy back. When watch the film from the Rams game, it was clear to see that Torain did show a better burst then Hightower and looked strong when finishing his runs.
The Redskins offensive line is doing a good job, blowing holes open in the running game, and it’s not like the Eagles have stopped anyone this year. While Torain is always a risk for injury, fantasy owners should look at him as a legit RB-2 this week, and a must start.
Daniel Thomas @ Jets –
Coming off a bye week I was hoping to hear that Daniel Thomas was ready to roll after a hamstring injury, forced him to miss his week four contest against the Chargers. Unfortunately for Thomas owners, the rookie was reportedly, “a bit tentative” in practice on Tuesday, and that is not what fantasy owners need to hear.
The Dolphins are one of the worst teams in football at this time, and if Matt Moore is going to play like last year, Thomas may only be worth using against weak run defenses, when healthy. This week Thomas is likely to have a limited workload, on the road, against a Jets defense that is going to take out their recent frustrations on Miami.
Johnny Knox vs Vikings –
I haven’t gone back to look at Johnny Knox’s snap count from Monday night, but I couldn’t find him on the field until the second half. A big part of Knox being inactive in this game had to do with the Lions pass rush and that Jay Cutler had no time to get the football down the field. Knox is a one-trick pony, and when the Bears can’t pass protect, they are forced to go with options like Dane Sanzenbacher for quick routes. Don’t expect the Bears to fare better against the Vikings front line and Knox should have another poor game.
Matt Ryan vs Panthers –
Disappointed by the Falcons game plan on Sunday Night? You should be, as the Falcons scored two early touchdowns and then seemingly tried to play a dink and dunk offense from that point on, as if that was going to beat the Packers. This offense has the weapons to attack down the field and be aggressive in the passing game, and if they don’t change things soon, their coaching staff is going to feel pressure from the media and their fan base.
To top it off, Julio Jones suffered a hamstring injury in the second half and likely will be out against the Panthers this week. Consider Michael Turner, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez all solid starters this week, but Ryan needs to be on the bench, unless your desperate.
I would keep him on the bench until the coaching staff starts to attack in the passing game and not try to play conservative like Ryan is still a rookie.