Fantasy Adviser: Making the tough calls for Week 6

October 17, 2010 

Here are thoughts on how to manage your fantasy football team in Week 6:

SUIT 'EM UP

Felix Jones, RB, Dallas -- When Jerry Jones calls for you to get more carries, you're going to get more carries. Felix Jones (finally) moved into a feature role last week and responded with a 100-yard game. Until future notice, keep Jones in your lineup and Marion Barber on your bench.

Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego -- LaDainian Tomlinson's replacement was a popular preseason pick for Rookie of the Year honors. He hasn't exactly lived up to the hype quite yet, but the numbers prove he's still the best back in San Diego. Now that he is healthy, expect the Chargers to re-work Mathews into their weekly plans. Today would be a good start, when they visit St. Louis.

LET 'EM RIDE THE PINE

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit -- It would be a bold move to put Calvin on the bench this week, but he's a tough start against a good New York Giants pass defense. He has practiced sparingly most of the week, and reports from Detroit say it's clear his shoulder is bothering him. Lions coach Jim Schwartz provided a fantasy nightmare by giving Johnson the dreaded game-time decision tag, so be sure to check his status this morning.

Matt Schaub, QB, Houston -- OK, this may be a bit of a homer pick, but I expect Schaub to struggle against Kansas City today. His top target -- Andre Johnson -- will match up against underrated cornerback Brandon Flowers, who, on paper at least, is actually having a more impressive year than Darrelle Revis did with the Jets last year. Just ask Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning how tough it is to pass against the Chiefs.

PICK 'EM UP

Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants -- Sometimes you need to be proactive in your league. This is one of those times. Giants starter Ahmad Bradshaw is banged up, and his small size suggests it will be tough for him to hold up for a 16-game season. If Jacobs is available in your league, stash him on your bench. He may soon be a starter.

SELL 'EM HIGH

Terrell Owens, WR, Cincinnati -- Call me pessimistic, but I don't see T.O. continuing at this rate. Eventually, Chad Ochocinco will speak up about the lack of passes coming his way, and Carson Palmer will try to make his No. 1 receiver happy again.

BUY 'EM LOW

Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco -- Since the 49ers replaced their offensive coordinator, Crabtree has put together back-to-back quality games. He's too talented to be a bust in this league. I expect his numbers to continue to move in the right direction.

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