Sometimes fantasy football can be a real kick to the groin. Montee Ball would say as much about real football, and if you got burned by him or someone else going down or simply stinking up their respective joint, you know the exact feeling. Needless to say, one the worsts parts of fantasy football can be making those tough calls each week.
That’s what I’m here for. You can follow me blindly by just going by my week six fantasy football rankings, or you can hope your exact situation is covered below as I break down the toughest calls for the week. Let’s get to it:
Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) vs. Andy Dalton (Bengals)
Both of these AFC North passers have good matchups this week, but Roethlisberger’s is much better on paper. He also has all of his weapons, while Dalton will be without stud receiver A.J. Green.
Nick Foles (Eagles) vs. Eli Manning (Giants)
Foles hasn’t really looked comfortable at any point this year, but it’s hard to ignore four straight quality efforts to start the year. His last two appearances have been anything but quality, unfortunately. While he’s seen a dip, Eli has been on a rise ever since week two. Now he has Odell Beckham to work with and faces an easy to destroy Philly pass D. He’s on the road against Foles and co., but he has tons of upside and seems to be the safer play here, too.
Andre Williams (Giants) vs. Stevan Ridley (Patriots)
Ridley is coming off of a big week and really is a very strong RB2 anytime the Pats get him going. That’s happened three times and he was impressive against Cincy last week, but it’s hard to envision him going off on the road against a very tough Bills run defense. Williams, on the other hand, is projected to see 20+ touches with Rashad Jennings out. Oh, and he faces an awful Eagles run defense.
Ben Tate (Browns) vs. Andre Ellington (Cardinals)
Ellington finally went off the way we hoped he could last week, but his quarterback situation may continue to hold him back a bit. It’s worth noting his long score was a bit lucky/fluky in week five and now he gets a very tough Redskins run defense. Tate, on the other hand, returned with a huge role and a nice 100+ yard rushing day in week five. Now he gets the so-so Steelers, who he ran all over in week one. Tate is your guy this week.
Keenan Allen (Chargers) vs. Michael Floyd (Cardinals)
Floyd does have more pure upside at this point, and even has a way better matchup. If Carson Palmer is a full go, he’ll be the guy. Unfortunately, it sounds like it’s another week of Drew Stanton. That doesn’t bode well for Floyd, while Allen should at least be targeted heavily. Besides, Allen hasn’t scored yet this year and is flat out due.
Wes Welker (Broncos) vs. Roddy White (Falcons)
I’m sure Rowdy Roddy gets rolling again this week, but Welker has simply been way more involved the past two weeks. Both teams have terrific matchups, but Welker’s is better (@ Jets) and there’s no way New York shuts him down before trying to take away the Thomas bros. Welker is the much safer bet to see 5+ catches and he should also get his first touchdown of the year.
Jordan Cameron (Browns) vs. Jordan Reed (Redskins)
A battle of the Jordan’s has both of these guys bringing solid matchups and loads of talent to the table. The problem here is Cameron has done nothing to rave about against the Steelers in his career, while Reed may be very limited in his first game back from a hamstring injury. Reed’s hammy could also always flare up. Cameron is a risk, too, with his shoulder issue in the back of your mind. Cameron needs to get involved eventually, though, and it seems like he’s the healthier of the two. I have him ranked one spot ahead of Reed for week six.
Larry Donnell (Giants) vs. Delanie Walker (Titans)
Donnell had been simply amazing through his first four games, then laid a real goose egg on us in week six (one target, zero catches). That had a lot to do with Odell Beckham’s debut, and it might continue to be a issue. Donnell does have a tasty matchup, but that might not be enough to overcome Walker, as he gets the Jaguars and has been about as reliable. Consider Walker a tad safer this week.