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We bring back our fantasy football start/sit advice for Week 6 of the NFL season.
Quarterback - Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton is getting early season MVP talk, which is impressive when you consider the seasons Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are having. Dalton's play is backing that up, though, with 1,518 yards already this season, fourth in the league, on a 67.5 percent completion rate, and 11 touchdown passes, tied for third in the NFL. The Bills defense is not dominating in fantasy points this year, sitting about in the middle of the league, so Dalton will have a chance to put up some good numbers this week.
Running Back - Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
The Detroit Lions are 27th in the league in rushing yards allowed per game, allowing 126 yards per contest. Forte as reached at least 100 yards in every game this season, except one. He should be able to continue to find space on the ground, and should add at least a score. Neither of these teams are tearing up the league this year, which means a lot of people will be looking elsewhere for players, but do not overlook Forte's potential to put up some big fantasy points.
Tight End - Antonio Gates, San Diego
Gates returned to the Chargers last week and he exploded for nine receptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Look for him to continue to be a big part of the Chargers offense. The Chargers face the Packers this weekend, which could turn this game into a shootout, and clearly Philip Rivers is comfortable with Gates, despite the four games missed for the tight end. If you are playing in a salary cap style league, Gates is probably pretty cheap right now. Get him in your lineup.
Wide receiver - Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
Normally you should stay away from 49ers players this year, at least 49ers players not named Hyde, but there is a lot in Boldin's favor this weekend. There's the show up the former team motivation, with Boldin wanting to stay with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013, only to be told the team will not be bringing him back. Now, it is Boldin's chance to make them pay for that. The last time these two franchises faced off was Super Bowl XLVII, which the Ravens won, with Boldin. The Ravens defense this year is not the same as that Ravens defense, and they are allowing the second most points to quarterbacks this year (so maybe Colin Kaepernick should be a must start too?) and the second most points to wide receivers this year. Boldin was targeted 12 times last week, and should see similar numbers this week.
Quarterback - Josh McCown, Cleveland Browns
McCown has been over 300 yards passing with two touchdowns each of the last three weeks, including his 457 yards last week against the Ravens. A lot of people will love that and tell you McCown is a must start because of what he could do to the Ravens defense. As we pointed out above, the Ravens are not the Ravens of the past. The Browns face the Denver Broncos this week, and they are fifth in the league in passing yards allowed per game this year at just 193 yards and lead the league in sacks at 22. Those do not stack up well for McCown this week.
Running Back - Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
Stewart has disappeared this year, with no rushing touchdowns and just five receptions through Week 5. His season high in rushing yards is 62. Seattle is seventh in the league in rush defense this season, allowing just 93 yards on the ground per game, and they have yet to allow a rushing touchdown on the year. The matchup is horrible for Stewart, and he is not producing anyway. Stay away.
Tight End - Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
I started Clay last week over Eifort, and still regret it. Clay did not put up numbers in a game in which the Bills were without their top receiver and their top two running backs. Now, they face the Cincinnati Bengals, who have shutdown the tight end position all year. Clay needs to be on your bench this week.
Wide receiver - DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
There has been a lot of talk in South Florida this week about Miami wanting to get Parker more involved in the offense, corresponding with talk that Greg Jennings may see less of a role as the season continues. The two are probably not as connected as they would appear, as Miami is more likely to use Kenny Stills in a bigger role if Jennings is asked to play less, at least until Parker has proven he is capable of assuming the mantle as the team's number one option. Parker will probably see more snaps this week, and potentially could be targeted more, but more does not mean enough for you to start him. Make Parker prove to you that he is a big part of the offense before you are starting him.
Last Week's Start/Sit Results:
QB: Eli Manning - 41-for-54, 441 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
RB: Justin Forsett - 21 carries, 121 yards, 1 TD, 4 rec, 49 yards
WR: Kamar Aiken - 4 rec, 78 yards
TE: Charles Clay - 1 rec, 7 yards
QB: Drew Brees - 26-for-43, 335 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
RB: Carlos Hyde - 21 carries, 93 yards, 1 TD, 1 rec, 4 yards
WR: Golden Tate - 8 rec, 74 yards, 1 rush, 8 yards, Fumble lost
TE: Jimmy Graham - 3 rec, 30 yards