Where to Put 'em is the Fantasy Football Nerd's look at the best and worst matchups for Week 6 of the 2011 season. Decisions are based upon the FFN rankings and matchup analysis. Given the known conditions, these matchups are the ones to watch and/or avoid.
This list does not generally include the elite players that you are going to start regardless of matchup. You don't need us to tell you to start Aaron Rodgers, Andre Johnson, or Adrian Peterson. Where to Put 'em takes a look at other players on your team that we believe either have great matchups or should be avoided for multiple reasons. Factors like opposing defense, performance trending, and peer comparisons may influence our decisions.
Bye Week Teams: Broncos, Cardinals, Chargers, Chiefs, Seahawks, Titans
Here's a strategy question for you... I see you (and the rest of the world) recommend benching Marshall this week. Unfortunately, with Fitzgerald and Washing on bye and A. Johnson almost certainly out this week Marshall is pretty much the last man standing. I'm 3-2 with a tight game this week (on paper). Do I drop Washington/Marshall and pick up Manningham/Meachem/Knox/Ward/Moore for this weekend and the rest of the season? A corollary question is how much of the "bench Marshall" decision comes from his match up this week with Revis and how much is due to losing Henne for the rest of the season? Is it time to dump him regardless? Thanks.
His QB situation and Revis both play into the decision to put Marshall on the bench. I wouldn't be ready to drop him completely from my team though, and if he's the only one I've got then so be it. Just don't expect much from him. Revis shut him down the last time they met and the odds are very heavily in favor of Revis shutting him down again. The guy is that good and he statistically shuts down virtually every elite receiver he lines up against. If you already had someone else on your bench, that's where the recommendation comes in to bench Marshall in favor of someone else.
On Ernest Grahm v. Saints run D... "They rank 10th in the league in rushing yards given up per game and that has come against guys like Adrian Peterson, Jahvid Best, Michael Turner, and Frank Gore. Graham is none of those guys"
--only problem is, the Saints have only played one of those. Gore and the 9ers. Haven't played Vikings, Lions, or Falcons yet. ??????
V davis or A hernandez?
Garcon or J. Nelson?
Nerd, thanks for your thoughts. I just read Marshall's latest hype about expecting to get booted from the game in the 2nd quarter. As though I wasn't already anxious enough about having to start him. You sure Meachem and an old jockstrap aren't a better deal going forward? lol
@jkimre1 - you are correct. Not sure how that happened - I must have been looking at the wrong screen.
@RudyRN - Even though it could possibly backfire, I think you continue to ride the hot streaks on those guys this week. Davis over Hernandez and Garcon over Nelson.
@Lute - Meachem could be a nice pickup, but I'm just not ready to give up on Marshall just yet. Too much talent and his schedule after this week isn't too bad. IF they can get him the ball, he can still score points, particularly in fantasy postseason Weeks 15 & 16 where he faces the Bills (4th worst pass defense) and the Patriots (worst pass defense). The downside is that without Henne, he risks becoming irrelevant. Remember Steve Smith (Car) with no decent QB? Sucked...but if you can get him the ball...wow!
I'm stuck with Nate Washington and Sidney Rice on the bench with a bye week...I have Santonio Holmes, Michael Crabtree, and Kevin Walter for two spots as my third spot is Miles Austin...Which two should I start alongside Austin? I'm thinking Holmes and Crabtree but with Jones out I don't know if I'm doing the right thing not starting Walter. Torey Smith is also a free agent in my league but he seems like a big gamble dropping Crabtree or Walter to pick him up. Any suggestions?
Joe, I've got MJD, Matt Forte, Willis MaGahee, Stevan Ridley as my RB's. I know this is "bye season", but Hightower is on my ww wire.
Should I I drop MaGhee or Ridley for Hightower? (My WR's are pretty stacked)
@R2D2 - Go with your gut on this one - Holmes and Crabtree.
@Clay - Tough one. If I had to do it, I'd drop Ridley for Hightower.
Hey What do you think about Daniel Thomas on monday night if he is able to go? Do you believe he will be able to go? Also Jay Cutler threw 3 TDs a game on the Vikings last year and they are giving up 270 yards passing a game.
By all accounts, Daniel Thomas appears to be a "go" for this matchup. I don't anticipate the Dolphins having a monsterous passing game so they'll probably lean on Thomas quite a bit. I'm starting him in my FFN Users League II matchup this week.
RE: Jay Cutler - he may not be able to replicate those numbers with this season's offensive line. While I think the Bears will probably win this one, the Vikings will put pressure on Cutler. They're also coming off a 4-sack, 3-INT game from last week. When they faced division rival Detroit in Week 3, they got to Stafford and sacked him 5 times. Surely they can get to Cutler.
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