by Steve Geller, Steve@wwl.com,posted Oct 12 2012 8:23AM
The Saints may be off this week, but your fantasy team ain't! If you're a Drew Brees owner, I feel for you. It's always tough when one of your main studs isn't playing. Here's who I do and don't like in week six...
Hakeem Nicks: Wide Receiver, New York Giants
Many are speculating that Nicks might return this week after sitting out weeks 3-5 with foot and knee issues. Even if he does give it a go this week, it is not likely a positive outlook anyway... given the match-up against the 49ers. If I were the G-Men, I would give Nicks one more week to heal and come out in game shape vs. Washington next week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick: Quarterback, Buffalo Bills
He had a poor outing in Week 5 against San Fran - with just 126 passing yards, zero TDs and an interception. This week the Bills face a stout Arizona defense that could pose similar issues. Also, the Buffalo offense has not looked great of late. The rushing attack has settled down, and the passing game is suffering too. The team's defensive unit is not pressuring opponent offenses, and this means that Fitzpatrick will be throwing to try to keep pace. In my opinion, this is not positive news. The likelihood of turnovers and incomplete passes increases dramatically.
Willis McGahee: Running Back, Denver Broncos
McGahee and the Denver rushing attack are becoming a second thought. As long as Peyton Manning and his receivers continue to be in sync, Coach John Fox will not hesitate to use him and the other backs as backup. This week the Broncos face a Chargers defense that was ranked in the top five in Weeks 1-4. I think both teams will focus on the passing game. Denver will win this one through the air. It's bad news for McGahee owners.
Sidney Rice: Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks
Ever since his breakout season in 2009, fantasy owners have been hoping that one day Rice would get back to that form. He has become the receiver that rookie QB Russell Wilson looks to the most. Rice leads the Seahawks in targets, receptions and yards. This week Seattle faces New England. The Pats are giving up the 3rd most passing yards this season, so I am looking for Rice to have a big game this week... maybe even eclipsing the 100 yard mark for the first time this season.
Owens Daniels: Tight End, Houston Texans
Daniels is still a free agent in tons of fantasy leagues, and has scored a touchdown in three straight games. He is third in fantasy points among tight ends, and this week he faces the Packers. Green Bay has allowed an average of close to nine fantasy points per game to opposing TEs this year. I say ride the hot player.
St. Louis Rams Defense
The Rams defense is for real, and that was evident last week when it posted a tremendous fantasy point performance over the Arizona Cardinals. They recorded 9 sacks, recovered a fumble and allowed only 3 points. This week, Coach Jeff Fisher's crew goes up against a rookie quarterback in Ryan Tannehill and a pass attack with no reliable options. Look for the Rams to have another nice weekend.
Pick up of the week
Alex Green: Running Back, Green Bay Packers
Cedric Benson will be gone for at least eight weeks and maybe the whole season. There is plenty of talk about who will carry the load in his absence, and as it stands now, the Packers will most likely use a committee of Alex Green, James Starks and fullback John Kuhn to run the ball. Green stands the best chance to get the most carries though especially on Sunday. Starks was horrible in the preseason and was also dealing with a turf toe injury that kept him inactive. That being said he will most likely be active this week, but since Green has been active through the first five games of the season, it stands to reason he will get the bulk of the carries.