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NFL Week 6: Start 'Em and Sit 'Em

NFL Week 6: Start 'Em/Sit 'Em
Top bye-week players you need replacements for:

Bengals -- RB Cedric Benson, WR Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, QB Carson Palmer

Bills -- RB Fred Jackson, RB C.J. Spiller, WR Lee Evans

Panthers -- RB D'Angelo Williams, RB Jonathan Stewart, WR Steve Smith

Cardinals -- WR Larry Fitzgerald, RB Beanie Wells
 
Atlanta at Philadelphia
Sunday, Oct. 17 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Falcons
RB Michael Turner, Matt Ryan, WR Roddy White, TE Tony Gonzalez, K Matt Bryant

The Eagles have been a bottom-five team against RBs for most of the season, while being a top-10 team against WRs. Ryan should remain active, though, especially since he gets another piece in the passing game back from injury in Michael Jenkins and the Eagles have been exposed a bit by TEs. This figures to be a wide-open, high-scoring game.

Eagles
RB LeSean McCoy, WR DeSean Jackson, WR Jeremy Maclin, QB Kevin Kolb, TE Brent Celek, K David Akers

The Falcons have been a solid defense, proving themselves last week in shutting down the Browns' running game, but the Eagles have too many weapons for them to have as productive of a week. Maclin and Celek showed life with Kolb at the helm and Kolb will be making what could be his last start in awhile. He should be plenty motivated to play well in what figures to be a pass-heavy game. McCoy will get touches still and likely should remain active despite the fractured rib.

SIT
Falcons
D/ST, RB Jason Snelling, WR Michael Jenkins, WR Brian Finneran, WR Harry Douglas

The Eagles proved to be still a potent offense with their starting QB out, which makes the Falcons defense a tough play, especially on the road. The Eagles are good against WRs to date, so sit the Falcons alternate options at WR with Jenkins coming back from injury to muddle it up even more. Snelling hasn't even been close to serviceable since his flash-in-the-pan week and there is little reason to expect that to change anytime soon.

Eagles
D/ST

If there is one "player" to sit against the Falcons, it is the Eagles D/ST. The Falcons are a close-to-the-vest team that figures to control the clock, move the ball and not turn it over.

INJURY WATCH
Falcons
None.

Eagles
QB Michael Vick (ribs) -- He is unlikely to play, especially since Kolb was effective last Sunday. It is important to note, though, Vick will start once healthy again.

 
Cleveland at Pittsburgh
Sunday, Oct. 17 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Browns
None.

It is the Steelers defense. It could be a rookie QB making his first start. The lone fantasy starter is banged up with a hamstring issue. It is all bad news for the Browns.

Steelers
RB Rashard Mendenhall, D/ST, QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Hines Ward, WR Mike Wallace, K Jeff Reed

Big Ben returns, which should make productive fantasy options out of Ward and Wallace again -- even if there is some rust to kick off. The fact the Browns won't do anything offensively and the Steelers should run the ball well, will help Big Ben work his way back slowly. He is a viable starter even if his stats will be conservative in a Steelers' blowout win.

SIT
Browns
RB Peyton Hillis, RB Mike Bell, WR Mohamed Massaquoi, WR Josh Cribbs, TE Ben Watson, K Phil Dawson, D/ST, QB Colt McCoy

Expect a Brown-out against the Steelers, especially if McCoy truly makes his first NFL start. Hillis was exposed as a fraud against the Falcons, save for a receiving TD. It should be worse against the Steelers. If you're counting on a Browns player this week in fantasy, you're better off picking out your Halloween costume or planning trips for the Holidays.

Steelers
TE Heath Miller, WR Antwaan Randle El, RB Mewelde Moore, RB Isaac Redman

The Browns have limited opposing TEs to just 4.9 fantasy points per game, good for fourth-best in the league. That makes Miller one of the few Steelers to sit this week. We expect such a blowout, the backup RB might be an option in deeper formats as a bye-week replacement. The problem there is Moore is losing ground to Redman, so they cancel each other out.

INJURY WATCH
Browns
QB Jake Delhomme (ankle) QB Seneca Wallace (ankle) and WR Brian Robiskie (thigh) -- You don't need injury to sit players against the Steelers defense.

Steelers
QB Dennis Dixon (knee) and QB Byron Leftwich (knee) -- The Steelers haven't named the backup QB as Charlie Batch, so all three of these guys are worthless handcuffs to Big Ben at this point.

 
Seattle at Chicago
Sunday, Oct. 17 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Seahawks
TE John Carlson

We cannot advise you using any other Seahawks offensive player this week. The Bears play good defense and the Seahawks were shut down in St. Louis before the bye week. Two weeks to prepare helps, but the Seahawks are breaking in a new feature back and lost one of their best WRs in a trade over the break. Carlson is one potentially useful option, because only one team has allowed more receptions to TEs than the Bears to date. Also, the loss of the WR could give Carlson more looks in the limited passing game the Seahawks do have.

Bears
RB Matt Forte, D/ST, K Robbie Gould, TE Greg Olsen, WR Johnny Knox

Forte faces a defense that is No. 2 in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game, but it shouldn't affect your decision to play him. He remains a factor in the passing game, which should be dramatically improved with the return of Jay Cutler. That should help Olsen and at least Knox be viable starts this week. The defense has quickly become a must-start unit, along with the kicker as well.

SIT
Seahawks
RB Marshawn Lynch, RB Justin Forsett, QB Matt Hasselbeck, K Olindo Mare, D/ST, WR Mike Williams, WR Deon Butler, RB Leon Washington, WR Golden Tate

Lynch will look to fix the Seahawks' rushing problems. They are second-worst in the league in rushing average on first down, but it will be tough to improve that against one of the stiffest defenses in the NFL. Forsett moves to being a third-down/receiving back, which limits his fantasy value. The passing game is a mess with Hasselbeck and Bulter and Tate moving up to replace Deion Branch shouldn't help much right away in fantasy.

Bears
WR Devin Hester, WR Earl Bennett, WR Devin Aromashodu, RB Chester Taylor

Bennett leads the WRs in receptions, but he doesn't stretch the field. It will be hard to predict which WR will get the bulk of the fantasy production outside of Knox. Hester is explosive, but that is more because of special teams. Taylor might be the goal-line back, but the Seahawks run defense doesn't figure to allow him enough scraps to be a sure-fire option this week.

INJURY WATCH
Seahawks
None.

Bears
QB Jay Cutler (concussion) -- He is expected to play and likely should start for you if he does.

 
Miami at Green Bay
Sunday, Oct. 17 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Dolphins
RB Ronnie Brown, WR Brandon Marshall

The Packers defense is without some key contributors, which should at least give you more comfort in starting their primary weapons this week in Brown and Marshall, even if they haven't live up to their draft status thus far. That Packer defense should still be good enough to limit this offense, though, particularly in Green Bay.

Packers
RB Brandon Jackson, WR Greg Jennings, WR Donald Driver, D/ST, K Mason Crosby

Jackson shouldn't be affected by the status of QB Aaron Rodgers (concussion) too much, because if Rodgers is out, then Jackson figures to be relied upon heavily. If Rodgers is in, it should create more scoring chances for Jackson. Coming off his breakout game, get him active, especially since the Dolphins are in the bottom half of the league in fantasy scoring for RBs. The question marks here are Jennings and Driver, who are candidates to sit if Rodgers doesn't play. We have to figure he will at this point, so keep them active along with their top D/ST and K.

SIT
Dolphins
RB Ricky Williams, WR Davone Bess, QB Chad Henne, TE Anthony Fasano, D/ST, K Dan Carpenter, WR Brian Hartline

Williams and Bess are more useful in other weeks than this one on the road against a hungry opponent. The Dolphins defense would be intriguing if Rodgers was going to be rule out, but that hasn't happened yet. The Packers should play inspired this week, with or without their QB.

Packers
RB John Kuhn, WR James Jones, TE Andrew Quarless, QB Matt Flynn

As stated above, add Jennings and Driver to this list if Rodgers doesn't play and don't dare touch the injury replacements Flynn or Quarless. Kuhn was a dud last week and he and Jones figure to only be factors in blowouts, which this one doesn't figure to be.

INJURY WATCH
Dolphins
None.

Packers
QB Aaron Rodgers (concussion), TE Jermichael Finley (knee) and TE Donald Lee (chest) -- We believe Rodgers can play, but the question is whether he will, as it was with Jay Cutler last week. Rodgers starts for you if he plays, but he could be a game-time decision. Finley is likely out for the season after surgery.

 
Detroit at New York Giants
Sunday, Oct. 17 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Lions
RB Jahvid Best, TE Brandon Pettigrew

Best was supposed to get back to his early season form last Sunday, but a blowout allowed him to heal up some. He should be featured against the Giants this week, though, and should remain active -- as should Pettigrew, who was performed like a top 10 fantasy TE with the backup QB.

Giants
RB Ahmad Bradshaw, WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Steve Smith, QB Eli Manning, D/ST, RB Brandon Jacobs, K Lawrence Tynes

It should be another bountiful week for the Giants on offense as the Lions are second-worst in RBs scoring and are also bottom 10 against QBs and WRs. The defense has been outstanding lately, becoming an elite fantasy unit because of the sacks and turnovers. Also, Jacobs has become more of a factor against weaker opponents in recent weeks and is a viable starter again, especially since he could get TDs and garbage time with Bradshaw dealing with a sore ankle.

SIT
Lions
QB Shaun Hill, RB Kevin Smith, K John Hanson, D/ST, WR Nate Burleson, WR Bryant Johnson, TE Tony Scheffler

Perry Fewell's NASCAR defense has gotten after the QB and ruined the likes of Jay Cutler and Matt Schaub, who had been elite veteran fantasy options. Hill is not, especially if he is without his No. 1 WR. Hill does with the RBs and TEs, so perhaps Scheffler is a sleeper in deeper formats if you're desperate.

Giants
WR Mario Manningham, TE Kevin Boss, RB Danny Ware

If there is one thing the Lions defense does well, it is limiting the TE -- even if it is because everything else seems to work against them. The Lions are top five in TEs scoring. Manningham is a bit banged up still and losing targets to Nicks and Smith. Ware is too far down the depth chart to be a factor.

INJURY WATCH
Lions
WR Calvin Johnson (shoulder), QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder) -- Stafford likely won't be allowed to play. Megatron is unlikely to play as well and would be a questionable start even if he does.

Giants
None.

 
New Orleans at Tampa Bay
Sunday, Oct. 17 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Saints
QB Drew Brees, WR Marques Colston, D/ST, WR Devery Henderson, WR Lance Moore, WR Robert Meachem, K Garrett Hartley

We thought it would last week, but the Saints still haven't developed its passing game they way they have had it for years. Let's go with this week, making each of the top four receivers viable starts this week. They are due, even if we cannot definitively name anyone but Colston a must-start. The Bucs are in the bottom half in WRs points allowed. The defense should be a solid play against the upstart Bucs offense, while Hartley is back to being the primary kicker.

Buccaneers
TE Kellen Winslow, RB Cadillac Williams

Winslow is their go-to man and the Saints are fifth-worst in TEs scoring, making it a match made in heaven. Also, the Cadillac has looked like a late model thus far, but the Saints are in the bottom 10 in RBs scoring, so this should be a good day for him to get started. You shouldn't worry about the other RBs in the system as much, they don't get the workload Williams gets. He should continue to carry the load and the numbers should improve.

SIT
Saints
TE Jeremy Shockey, RB Chris Ivory, RB Ladell Betts

The running game is a mess right now, so we cannot advise either Ivory or Betts. If you have to choose, go with Ivory, but both could be relegated to the bench if Pierre Thomas (ankle) plays. Also, Shockey hasn't been consistent enough to trust and only two teams have allowed fewer TE receptions to date.

Buccaneers
WR Mike Williams, QB Josh Freeman, RB Earnest Graham, RB LeGarrette Blount, D/ST, WR Sammie Stroughter, WR Michael Spurlock, WR Arrelious Benn, K Conner Barth, RB Kareem Huggins

Graham was a popular pickup off waivers, but you should look at his limited touches before trusting him. Williams has led the rest of the WRs, but you shouldn't use him or any of the others this week. The Saints are No. 1 in the league in WRs scoring, allowing a league-low 9.4 points per game -- that is whole receiving corps, not one receiver. The lone saving grace would be if the Bucs fell behind big early and had to play catch-up, but that hasn't been the way the Bucs or the Saints have rolled thus far.

INJURY WATCH
Saints
RB Pierre Thomas (ankle), RB Reggie Bush (leg) -- They don't figure to play this week, although there is a chance Thomas does. Thomas is a viable start if he plays.

Buccaneers
None.

 
San Diego at St. Louis
Sunday, Oct. 17 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Chargers
QB Philip Rivers, TE Antonio Gates, RB Ryan Mathews, WR Malcom Floyd, K Nate Kaeding, D/ST

Rivers, Gates and Floyd have been fantasy MVPs to date and this should be the week Mathews joins them. The Chargers are determined to unleash him now, especially since the Chargers aren't winning the way they're playing. The Rams have been pretty stingy against RBs, but Mathews is a factor in the passing game and on the ground. Also, the fumble issues of Mathews' backups could help get him goal-line touches, too. The defense hasn't been great but it has been scoring for fantasy owners.

Rams
RB Stephen Jackson, WR Danny Amendola

The Chargers are pretty good against RBs and are No. 2 in the league against WRs, but Jackson is too good to sit and Amendola had 12 catches last week and will become the leading receiver with the loss of Mark Clayton for the season. The Chargers lone weak spot defensively has been against TEs, but the Rams really don't have a significant contributor at that position.

SIT
Chargers
RB Mike Tolbert, RB Darren Sproles, WR Legedu Naanee, WR Patrick Crayton, WR Buster Davis

Tolbert was terrible last week and might have fumbled away his goal-line role, too. The other WRs haven't been consistent enough, even when the Chargers have had a wide-open passing-focused offense. They figure to rein it in some to control the ball more and play a bit more conservatively.

Rams
QB Sam Bradford, RB Kenneth Darby, D/ST, K Josh Brown, TE Daniel Fells, WR Brandon Gibson

The Chargers are No. 2 in fantasy against QBs and WRs, making Bradford a bad play once again, especially since he has lost his top WR for the season. The Chargers sorely need a victory and should have their way with the Rams, even on the road. You shouldn't dare touch their D/ST against the potent and desperate Chargers either.

INJURY WATCH
Chargers
None.

Rams
WR Laurent Robinson (foot) -- He could be the replacement for Clayton, but he needs to prove healthy and productive before you trust him in fantasy.

 
Kansas City at Houston
Sunday, Oct. 17 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Chiefs
RB Jamaal Charles, RB Thomas Jones, TE Tony Moeaki, WR Dewayne Bowe, K Ryan Succop

The Texans were shredded by the Giants and have been one of the worst secondaries in all of football. That doesn't mean you should be jumping on their QB, but if you need a fill-in TE or WR, Moeaki and Bowe are options for you, as will be the kicker Succop. Charles apparently has taken primary RB duties from Jones, but both backs will remain featured prominently enough to use in most leagues on a regular basis. The Texans are terrible against QBs, WRs and TEs and merely bad against RBs.

Texans
WR Andre Johnson, RB Arian Foster, QB Matt Schaub, TE Owen Daniels, K Neil Rackers

Foster and Schaub were rendered useless last week, and they face another good defensive unit, but they likely have to remain active in most formats. Johnson has proven over his ankle issue, so keep him active, while Daniels became more of the offense last week. He looks like he can be a useful TE again. We expect the Chiefs to play the Texans tough like they did the Colts, so Rackers could be their No. 1 weapon once they move the ball into the red zone.

SIT
Chiefs
D/ST, QB Matt Cassell, WR/RB Dexter McCluster, WR Chris Chambers

The Chiefs have played very consistent defense, but they really haven't been a high-scoring fantasy unit. We don't figure they will be this week either. Cassell is the wild card here. He has about as good of a matchup as he will get, but he hasn't really done enough to illicit confidence in him. If it was a tougher week for top QBs on bye -- only Carson Palmer (hardly) can qualify -- we would suggest you use Cassell, but you likely have safer, more consistent options already available to you.

Texans
RB Derrick Ward, RB Steve Slaton, D/ST, WR Kevin Walter

Ward scored a vulture TD last week, but he is merely there to take fantasy points from Foster and Slaton. Walter was limited with the return of Johnson, so consider him merely a stopgap option all over again. The defense? Forget it. Mario Williams can pressure the QB, perhaps, and they have Brian Cushing back from suspension, but the Texans have been one of the worst defenses in the league to date.

INJURY WATCH
Chiefs
None.

Texans
WR Jacoby Jones (calf) -- The injury is enough for you to avoid him as a fringe WR3 option.

 
Baltimore at New England
Sunday, Oct. 17 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Ravens

RB Ray Rice, WR Anquan Boldin, QB Joe Flacco, K Billy Cundiff, TE Todd Heap, WR Derrick Mason

Rice finally broke out last week and might have taken over goal-line running duties to boot. That could make him the best runner in fantasy if it sticks. The Ravens offense faces a Patriots team that is among the worst in fantasy against QBs, WRs and TEs, which makes fringe guys like Heap and Mason viable starts.

Patriots
QB Tom Brady, WR Wes Welker, K Stephen Gostkowski

If the mess of a running game wasn't enough, the loss of Randy Moss makes the passing game a question mark now, too. You cannot quite know how it will play out, outside of Welker getting a league-leading dose of targets like he always has. Brady will make everyone around him good, but you cannot guarantee where the production will come from consistently. Gostkowski figures to become more of a factor in the red zone with Moss gone now, too.

SIT
Ravens
D/ST, RB Willis McGahee, WR T.J. Houshmanzadeh

The Ravens defense? Where the heck has it gone? The Patriots don't figure to be a team that will turn it over like it did in their playoff meeting, so consider alternatives if you're frustrated with their poor start to the season. McGahee might have lost his goal-line job to Rice and Houshmandzadeh might have lost his team's faith with his words about not getting the ball. Housh would a decent play against the Patriots' pass defense otherwise, but he appears to be a fourth or fifth option in the gameplan at this point.

Patriots
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, TE Aaron Hernandez, WR Deion Branch, WR Brandon Tate, WR Julian Edelman, D/ST, RB Sammy Morris

Green-Ellis might not have to share carries for him to be a risky play against the Ravens defense, which should be much better than it has been. Hernandez also figures to be getting more targets with Moss gone, but the Ravens are third-best in fantasy against TEs. It is a tough week to trust him, even if you love him here on out. The WRs are a mess that won't be figured out even in one game. One week, one will star; then someone will rise up the next without warning. The defense and special teams was great last time out against the Dolphins, but you can be sure the Ravens won't be that sloppy.

INJURY WATCH
Ravens
WR Donte' Stallworth (foot) -- He is out.

Patriots
RB Fred Taylor (toe) -- He needs to practice late this week to play, but you likely cannot trust him against the Ravens defense regardless.

 
Oakland at San Francisco
Sunday, Oct. 17 :: 4:05 p.m. EST
 
START
Raiders
TE Zach Miller, RB Michael Bush, K Sabastian Janikowski, WR Louis Murphy, D/ST

Miller has become the Raiders' leading receiver, no matter who is playing QB. He is a solid starter in any league now. Bush likely remains the primary ballcarrier against a disappointing defense that has been the bottom 10 against RBs. The Raiders' defense is a solid play with the 49ers' struggles to date and Murphy is a nice sleeper as a WR3.

Niners
RB Frank Gore, TE Vernon Davis, WR Michael Crabtree, D/ST

The new offensive scheme has made Davis and Crabtree productive finally, even if the QB is on the verge of being benched. The Raiders are fourth-worst in fantasy vs. TEs, by the way. Keep them and Gore active. Also, the struggling D/ST is definitely due after its awful start to the season. A game against the rival across the bay should be a better one, likely the best one yet.

SIT
Raiders
QB Bruce Gradkowski, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey

We cannot be sure Gradkowski plays and you have to figure the 49ers are due to finally look like the team that was picked to wins their division. The defense was a big reason for that, even if it hasn't shown it to date.

Niners
QB Alex Smith, RB Anthony Dixon, WR Josh Morgan, K Joe Nedney, RB Brian Westbrook

Smith is closer to losing his job to David Carr than he is to the starting lineup. These other options just aren't worth owning, much less using in fantasy right now.

INJURY WATCH
Raiders
QB Bruce Gradkowski (shoulder), RB Darren McFadden (hamstring), WR Chaz Schilens (knee) -- Regardless of whether these guys you probably shouldn't be starting them.

Niners
None.

 
New York Jets at Denver
Sunday, Oct. 17 :: 4:05 p.m. EST
 
START
Jets
D/ST, RB Ladainian Tomlinson, RB Shonn Greene, QB Mark Sanchez, TE Dustin Keller, WR Santonio Holmes, WR Braylon Edwards, TE Dustin Keller, K Nick Folk

The Broncos are bottom 10 in fantasy vs. QBs, so Sanchez is a solid play -- as are all of his top targets. The Jets look like they could be real good offensively. You're not going to sit either of the RBs either, not after they turned a stout Vikings run defense to mush Monday. Folk might not get as many FG chances this week, because there should be more TDs scored, but he remains a must-start kicker.

Broncos
QB Kyle Orton, WR Brandon Lloyd, WR Eddie Royal

The Jets will take away the run and you have to be sick of betting against Orton and Lloyd in the passing game. Royal declined last week as he took over kick return duties, but the guess here is the Jets will force Orton to play catch-up and lead to some garbage-time numbers like the Vikings got Monday.

SIT
Jets
WR Jerricho Cotchery

Holmes' return looks like he can help Keller and Edwards, not hurt them. But Cotchery clearly is a fourth-best option, of fifth if you count L.T. out of the backfield.

Broncos
Laurence Maroney, RB Correll Buckhalter, WR Jabar Gaffney, D/ST, TE Daniel Graham, K Matt Prater, WR Demaryius Thomas

You don't need even a good reason to sit these guys more weeks. This Sunday against the Jets is a great reason to.

INJURY WATCH
Jets
DB Darrelle Revis (hamstring) -- He is likely out, which could allow you to start more Broncos WR than you might otherwise.

Broncos
RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) -- He might return this week, but starting him against that top Jets run defense is not a good move in fantasy.

 
Dallas at Minnesota
Sunday, Oct. 17 :: 4:15 p.m. EST
 
START
Cowboys
QB Tony Romo, WR Miles Austin, TE Jason Witten

The Vikings are another hungry team that will focus on defense, particularly stopping the run, even if it didn't work against Jets. There might be plays to be made in the passing game with Romo, Austin and Witten, but we wouldn't consider them premium options this week. The D/ST should start if Brett Favre (elbow) doesn't. You have to figure Favre will play.

Vikings
RB Adrian Peterson, WR Randy Moss, D/ST, TE Visanthe Shiancoe, WR Percy Harvin, K Ryan Longwell

The Vikings are playing another top defense, but Moss showed in the second half, he is going to open things up for everyone, especially Harvin. Favre's status won't affect the fantasy status of Peterson, Moss or the D/ST, but a start by Tavaris Jackson would move Shiancoe, Harvin and perhaps even Longwell to the sit category.

SIT
Cowboys
RB Marion Barber, RB Felix Jones, D/ST, WR Dez Bryant, WR Roy Williams, K David Buehler, RB Tashard Choice

Barber looks like he could be ready to give way to Jones, but we wouldn't start either of them against the Vikings run defense. The Cowboys have been more of a team to play from behind and abandon the run. They will have to because the run just won't be that successful. The Vikings are also one of the best teams in the league against the QB, so consider the secondary options in the passing game and the kicker candidates to sit, too.

Vikings
WR Bernard Berrian, WR Greg Camarillo, WR Greg Lewis, RB Toby Gerhart

These guys have been rendered pretty useless now, as Moss has made the Vikings much less of a spread-the-ball-around team in the passing game. They will be joined by a few more prominent names if Favre rests his sore elbow this week.

INJURY WATCH
Cowboys
None.

Vikings
QB Brett Favre (elbow) -- He is hinting his consecutive games streak ends. We don't see it. You're justified going with alternatives if you have a good one, though.

 
Indianapolis at Washington
Sunday, Oct. 17 :: 8:20 p.m. EST
 
START
Colts
QB Peyton Manning, WR Reggie Wayne, TE Dallas Clark, RB Joseph Addai, K Adam Vinateri

The Redskins did a good job on an elite QB last week in Aaron Rodgers, but you have to figure Manning won't be held down for a second consecutive week. The premium options are must-starts, while Addai is facing a Redskins team that was torched by Brandon Jackson and is in the bottom half against RBs.

Redskins
QB Donovan McNabb, TE Chris Cooley, WR Santana Moss, RB Ryan Torain

Torain is the noteworthy option here. The Redskins are best moving the ball through the air with McNabb, Cooley and Moss, but the Colts are still a bottom-10 team against RBs. Torain is a nice sleeper starter. McNabb hasn't been spectacular in fantasy yet, but you can be sure the ball will be his to distribute when the Colts get up as expected. McNabb has shown an early connection with Cooley and Moss.

SIT
Colts
D/ST, WR Austin Collie (ankle), WR Pierre Garcon (hamstring), RB Donald Brown, RB Mike Hart

The Redskins are sixth-worst in fantasy against WRs, but the uncertainty of the targets behind Wayne and Clark make it a bit difficult to trust Collie and Garcon. You can start them out of necessity, though. The same goes for the backup RBs. They both figure to play, so count on them canceling each other out as they split time.

Redskins
WR Anthony Armstrong, RB Chad Simpson, WR Joey Galloway, D/ST, K Graham Gono

The Redskins are doing good things, but these alternative options are merely change of pace guys. They cannot be counted on in fantasy, especially the defense and kicker against the Colts.

INJURY WATCH
Colts
WR Anthony Gonzalez (ankle) -- He remains out with a high ankle sprain. Keep him benched.

Redskins
RB Clinton Portis (groin) -- He sounds closer to being out for the season than playing anytime soon.

 
Tennessee at Jacksonville
Monday, Oct. 18 :: 8:30 p.m. EST
 
START
Titans
RB Chris Johnson, K Rob Bironas, QB Vince Young, WR Nate Washington, WR Kenny Britt, D/ST

The Jaguars defense is worst in fantasy against QBs and WRs, which makes Young a nice bye-week replacement. There is also a thought it is nice to have MNF options to stage a really in your matchup. Young, Washington and Britt can help. The D/ST also should be its best yet, if you need an option there.

Jaguars
RB Maurice Jones-Drew, TE Marcedes Lewis, K Josh Scobee

MJD remains a must-start, even if the Titans project to slow him this week while he is battling some nagging injuries. Lewis has emerged as a solid TE, even if the Titans are good at taking that away, too. And, lastly, when picking your kicker, find a team that has a good running game to get them into scoring position and a bad QB who struggles to punch it into the end zone. That is the Jags in a nutshell and the reason Scobee is off to a good start.

SIT
Titans
RB Javon Ringer, TE Bo Scaife

You need a real good reason to sit any Titans this week. Ringer and Scaife just haven't been a big enough part of the gameplans for them to be useful fantasy options yet.

Jaguars
D/ST, WR Mike Sims-Walker, WR Mike Thomas, QB David Garrard

The Jags figure to struggle more than they have in recent weeks, so you shouldn't expect the same out of the D/ST or Garrard in particular. Thomas and Sims-Walker aren't much in the passing game for him either.

INJURY WATCH
Titans
WR Justin Gage (hamstring) -- You don't need a reason to sit him.

Jaguars
RB Rashad Jennings (shoulder) -- He is likely out and wouldn't be a factor if he did play.

Eric Mack writes the Start 'Em, Sit 'Em fantasy football column weekly for SI.com. You can mock him, rip him and (doubtful) praise him before asking him your personal lineup questions on Twitter @EricMackFantasy. Hit him up. He honestly has nothing better to do with his free time.
 

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  1. Click the Firefox bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Show All Bookmarks.
  3. This will open the library window. In the Library window, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Location field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.
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