by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Just hours before the start of Week 6 I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit? Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:
Bishop Sankey – Running Back – Tennessee Titans
Shonn Greene will be out for the second consecutive week (he’s officially listed as “doubtful), leaving Sankey to operate as the team’s lead back once again. Last week he was the only running back to have more than two carries, picking up 18 rushes for 61 yards. Of course a lot of his production came courtesy of one 22 yard rush, so it was hardly an impressive performance.
Dexter McCluster could see an increased role and the Redskins have been among the best rushing defenses in the league (they are allowing just 3.9 yards per carry tied for ninth fewest). It’s certainly not a favorable situation despite Greene’s absence.
Start/Sit Advice – Still the lead back, consider him more of a FLEX option dependent on your alternatives
Kelvin Benjamin – Wide Receiver – Carolina Panthers
According to Joe Person (via Twitter):
“WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) made the trip to Wisconsin, per team official. All signs point to him playing Sun.”
This morning Ian Rapport added:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 19, 2014
It’s good news, but it hardly makes him a must start option this week. The Packers secondary ranks in the bottom half of the league in points allowed to opposing wide receivers this season with their 783 receiving yards allowed coming in at the eighth fewest. Benjamin has had at least 8 targets in every game and Cam Newton is just now rounding into shape. There’s a little bit of risk, but plenty of upside.
Start/Sit Advice – As long as he does dress, he’s a solid WR2 in all formats
Jimmy Graham – Tight End – New Orleans Saints
While there’s no official word, the fact that Tom Crabtree was released yesterday is a very good sign for Graham’s availability. The Saints now have just three tight ends on the active roster (Josh Hill & Benjamin Watson join Graham) so it appears he’s going to be active. Adam Schefter tweeted this morning that:
So for now, Saints TE Jimmy Graham is expected to play, though not expected to start due to shoulder injury. Will test injury in pregame.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 19, 2014
Even if Graham is limited, there’s too much red zone potential not to have him active. We all know what he’s capable of and it may only take him being on the field 25% of the time to produce elite numbers. Luckily the team plays at 1:00 PM EST, so we will have clarity to the situation prior to the start of today’s games.
Start/Sit Advice – If he’s active for the Saints he’s worth starting as a TE1
Zac Stacy – Running Back – St. Louis Rams
He’s listed as probable and is going to be a part of the Rams’ backfield rotation against the Seahawks on Sunday. While no one would’ve expected it to be the case, Stacy has clearly played himself out of lead back duties as he’s averaged a meager 3.9 yards per carry on the season. Rookie Tre Mason was the most impressive running back of the trio last week against the 49ers in his first usage of the season:
- Tre Mason – 5 carries for 40 yards
- Benny Cunningham – 7 carries for 21 yards and 1 TD
- Zac Stacy – 8 carries for 17 yards
Look for Mason’s role to continue to grow, further hurting Stacy’s potential value. As it is, the matchup against the Seahawks isn’t a promising one.
Start/Sit Advice – Too risky to trust, as is all of St. Louis’ backfield options
Michael Floyd – Wide Receiver – Arizona Cardinals
He has been a pretty big disappointment thus far, though he’s not alone among Cardinals’ wide receivers:
- Michael Floyd – 16 receptions (36 targets), 306 yards, 1 TD
- Larry Fitzgerald – 19 receptions (34 targets), 262 yards, 1 TD
- John Brown – 15 receptions (28 targets), 156 yards, 3 TD
The return of Carson Palmer should go a long ways in helping all of them improve their numbers. Floyd found the end zone for the first time this season in Week 6 (4 receptions for 47 yards and 1 TD) and should be able to continue to build on those numbers.
Start/Sit Advice – Should be considered a WR2 and viable option in all formats
Storm Johnson – Running Back – Jacksonville Jaguars
According to Ryan O’Halloran of The Florida Times-Union (click here for the article):
“Minus Gerhart, Bradley said the running back plan will be Storm Johnson and Denard Robinson splitting first- and second-down snaps and Jordan Todman handling the third-down duties.”
Last week this split led to 10 carries for Johnson, 5 for Robinson and 3 for Todman. While the Browns have allowed the ninth most points to opposing running backs this season, does anyone truly believe that Johnson or anyone else is going to get enough touches to hold value? This is a situation to avoid if possible.
Start/Sit Advice – Johnson, as well as Robinson/Todman, are nothing more than desperation plays
Golden Tate – Wide Receiver – Detroit Lions
Both Calvin Johnson & Eric Ebron are not going to be active today, leaving the Lions to likely go with a ground based attack via Joqiue Bell & Reggie Bush. That said we know Matthew Stafford is going to throw the football and Tate clearly will be the go to receiver.
The Saints are allowing the fourth most points to opposing wide receivers. Tate has been targeted at least 9 times in each of the past three games, including a pair of 115+ yard performances.
Start/Sit Advice – With WR1 potential, he’s a must start in almost all formats
Jarvis Landry – Wide Receiver – Miami Dolphins
Brandon Gibson is expected back this week, but it’s easy to envision the rookie Landry playing over him. Gibson has 7 catches on 13 targets over four games while Landry broke out in Gibson’s absence last week turning seven targets into 6 receptions for 75 yards and 1 TD (he has 18 receptions for 25 targets on the season). That’s not to say that we should count on Landry replicating last week’s success, but another strong performance will certainly put him on fantasy radars.
Start/Sit Advice – More of a dynasty league stash, but those in redraft leagues should be watching his performance closely
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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