Sunday, October 12, 2014

Last Minute Fantasy Start'ems and Sit'ems: Week 6

Sometimes in Fantasy Football you gotta dig deep! I'm talking Titans receiver deep.
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

In a jam choosing between two borderline starters this week? I've got your back with my last-minute start'ems and sit'ems. Let's get right to it.


Quarterback: Joe Flacco, Baltimore

Matchup: At Tampa Bay, Sunday at 1 pm

It's always hard to know when "good" Joe will show up and "bad" Joe is, well, bad, but this week's matchup is very favorable, and he's the only borderline starter that has that perk. Only Jacksonville gives up more yards through the air than the Bucs, and Tampa Bay gives up those yards in a plethora of ways.

Running Back: Justin Forsett, Baltimore

Matchup: At Tampa Bay, Sunday at 1 pm

Oh yeah, those Bucs are also friendly to fantasy running backs, but not just on the ground. The Bucs are middle of the road in rush defense, but have given up a ton of yards to backs in the passing game lately, giving up over 100 yards to Saints backs last week.

Forsett is coming on strong as a receiver, with 10 catches the last two weeks, and he's also scored on the ground the last two games out. The Ravens have a bunch of backs, but if you're looking for a borderline start, Forsett's receiving ability and matchup make him a better choice than taking a chance with one of the guys in New England's backfield, or dealing with the tricky injury situation in Miami.

Wide Receiver: Justin Hunter, Tennessee

Matchup: Vs Jacksonville, Sunday at 1 pm

The matchup is obviously favorable, as nobody is worse against the pass than Jacksonville, but Hunter's big-play ability was on full display against Cleveland, and he's seemingly earned the distinction of "top outside receiver" in Tennessee's offense the last few weeks.

Jacksonville will likely look to take away Tennessee's leading receiver, tight end Delanie Walker, so there should be room for Hunter to work on the outside. If nothing else, he should get plenty of opportunities, as the speedster has gotten at least five targets in every game this year.


Quarterback: Matthew Stafford, Detroit

Matchup: At Minnesota, Sunday at 1 pm

The Vikings are better against the pass than you think (11th in the league at only 225 yards allowed per game), and Stafford will likely be without superstar receiver Calvin Johnson.

The Lions should have a full complement of running backs (though many of them are beaten up as well), so look for Detroit to commit to the running game and hope its defense can hold on for the win.

Running Back: Stevan Ridley, New England

Matchup: At Buffalo, Sunday at 1 pm

Ridley is coming off his best performance of the season, and you might be inclined to think he's going to suddenly become a reliable fantasy start each week.


Ridley is still in a Belichick-run running back by committee system, and the Bills are much stronger up front than Cincinnati. Add in the fact that Shane Vereen will likely get all of New England's looks out of the backfield, and you're basically just praying Ridley can score a goal line touchdown.

Wide Receiver: Terrance Williams, Dallas

Matchup: At Seattle, Sunday at 4:25 pm

Williams has only one game this year with over five catches, but has been a solid start due to his abilities as a deep threat and red zone target. I wouldn't want to count on that going against a talented and, more importantly, big Seahawk secondary.

That means Williams won't be able to post up corners and jump over safeties, so he'll need a ton of targets to pile up points. Considering the Cowboys are running it more these days, I'm not counting on it.

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