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Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 6: Vick Ballard, LaRod Stephens-Howling and Alex Green Provide Decent Flex Options

This week’s Fantasy Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em presents some interesting experiments at the running back position. Most of the top backs have neutral to below average matchups. Plenty of unknowns and ne’er do wells have the best matchups. Of course, quality often rises to the top, though matchups certainly matter. Will players like Vick Ballard, LaRod Stephens-Howling, and yes, Shonn Greene take advantage of plus matchups to shoot up the charts this week? I wouldn’t start them over other established stars, but if you need a matchup play, they all present positive situations.

At quarterback, my value play is Kevin Kolb against the Bills. We’ve seen Mark Sanchez and last week Alex Smith light this defense up. That offensive line is Arizona has struggled, so we can’t go overboard, but Kolb should be in your top twelve based on how poorly Buffalo has played against the pass.

QUARTERBACK

  1. Matt Ryan vs. OAK
  2. Peyton Manning at SD
  3. Andrew Luck at NYJ
  4. Tom Brady at SEA
  5. Eli Manning at SF
  6. Robert Griffin III vs. MIN
  7. Andy Dalton at CLE
  8. Aaron Rodgers at HOU
  9. Kevin Kolb vs. BUF
  10. Michael Vick vs. DET
  11. Matt Stafford at PHI
  12. Matt Schaub vs. GB
  13. Alex Smith vs. NYG
  14. Tony Romo vs. BAL
  15. Joe Flacco vs. DAL

AVOID: Philip Rivers vs. DEN

DEEP SLEEPERS: Already recommended Kevin Kolb as the start of the week among non-stars, if you have Drew Brees or Cam Newton on bye. Christian Ponder would be next based on matchup. If you have to go deeper, my desperation choice would be Bradford going against the Dolphins.

RUNNING BACK

  1. Arian Foster vs. GB
  2. Ray Rice vs. DAL
  3. Jamaal Charles at TB
  4. Trent Richardson at CIN
  5. Marshawn Lynch vs. NE
  6. Stevan Ridley at SEA
  7. Frank Gore vs. NYG
  8. Ryan Mathews vs. DEN
  9. LeSean McCoy vs. DET
  10. Darren McFadden at ATL
  11. Adrian Peterson at WAS
  12. Michael Turner vs. OAK
  13. Reggie Bush vs. STL
  14. Willis McGahee at SD
  15. Benjarvus Green-Ellis vs. CLE
  16. Alfred Morris vs. MIN
  17. DeMarco Murray at BAL
  18. Ahmad Bradshaw at SF
  19. Mikel Leshoure at PHI
  20. Vick Ballard at NYJ
  21. Doug Martin vs. KC
  22. C.J. Spiller at ARI
  23. Alex Green at HOU
  24. LaRod Stephens-Howling vs. BUF
  25. Shonn Greene vs. IND
  26. Steven Jackson at MIA
  27. Jacquizz Rodgers vs. OAK
  28. Fred Jackson at ARI
  29. Kendall Hunter vs. NYG
  30. LeGarrette Blount vs.KC

SLEEPERS: If Shaun Draughn is active, the Chiefs should continue a run heavy approach against Tampa Bay, he’s questionable, though.

WIDE RECEIVER

  1. Percy Harvin at WAS
  2. Calvin Johnson at PHI
  3. Roddy White vs. OAK
  4. Larry Fitzgerald vs. BUF
  5. A.J. Green vs. CLE
  6. Julio Jones vs. OAK
  7. Reggie Wayne at NYJ
  8. Demaryius Thomas at SD
  9. Victor Cruz at SF
  10. Dwayne Bowe at TB
  11. Andre Johnson vs. GB
  12. Jordy Nelson at HOU
  13. Wes Welker vs. SEA
  14. Brian Hartline vs. STL
  15. Miles Austin at BAL
  16. Vincent Jackson vs. KC
  17. Dez Bryant at BAL
  18. Michael Crabtree vs. NYG
  19. DeSean Jackson vs. DET
  20. James Jones at HOU
  21. Eric Decker at SD
  22. Steve Johnson at ARI
  23. Torrey Smith vs. DAL
  24. Malcom Floyd vs. DEN
  25. Denarius Moore at ATL
  26. Jeremy Maclin vs. DET
  27. Andre Roberts vs. BUF
  28. Randall Cobb at HOU
  29. Hakeem Nicks at SF
  30. Brandon Lloyd at SEA

AVOID: Pierre Garcon still limited by injury against Minnesota

SLEEPERS: Jeremy Kerley is one of the few Jets options and has a decent matchup against the Colts. Brandon Gibson is in the same boat in STL with Amendola out, and a decent matchup against Miami.

TIGHT END

  1. Vernon Davis vs. NYG
  2. Tony Gonzalez vs. OAK
  3. Owen Daniels vs. GB
  4. Rob Gronkowski at SEA
  5. Jason Witten at BAL
  6. Kyle Rudolph at WAS
  7. Brent Celek vs. DET
  8. Antonio Gates vs. DEN
  9. Brandon Pettigrew vs. PHI
  10. Dennis Pitta vs. DAL
  11. Jermaine Gresham vs. CLE
  12. Fred Davis vs. MIN
  13. Martellus Bennett at SF
  14. Jacob Tamme at SF
  15. Coby Fleener at NYJ

AVOID: Jermichael Finley against the pass rush and linebackers of Houston, especially with his great hands.

DEEP SLEEPER: Well, he’s not a deep sleeper, but Aaron Hernandez is a game time decision. If he plays, he’s worth a flyer even though the matchup isn’t great, if you don’t have a top 10 matchup otherwise.

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