Oh, the injury bug. Every week rosters are still being dismantled. Jamaal Charles was the newest addition to “out for season.” Time to buckle down and find the diamonds in the waiver wire rough. There are so many reasons you could need this week’s Start and Sit column and while my calls don’t apply to everyone, it at least gives you an idea as to which guys I like and don’t like for week six:
BYES – Dallas, Oakland, St. Louis, Tampa Bay
QB, Eli Manning, New York Giants
Listen, you have to take the good with the bad. Moronic throw to end the half last week but leads the offense down field for a game winning TD with under two minutes to play. Eli has been hot lately and Phili is ranked at the bottom of the league in pass D. If the Giants want to win the NFC East they need this game. I think Eli stays hot.
RB, Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos
Guess who has the worst rushing defesne in the league? Cleveland is correct. Hillman has outperformed C.J. Anderson thus far. Even if the touches are split, Hillman is going to have the more productive day.
WR, Mike Wallace, Minnesota Vikings
Before last weeks’ bye, Wallace finally showed some production in the offense. Wallace still has some gas left in the tank and is still a threat. I like him against a Kansas City team that is probably very deflated right now. Just be sure he’s active, as he’s reportedly a bit banged up.
TE, Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
QB Tyrod Taylor has been in sync with Clay. Clay only had one catch on three targets last week but has been a dart board otherwise. Clay is going to have to be part of the offense this week for Buffalo to have a chance to beat undefeated Cinci.
D/ST, New York Jets
Coming off a bye and a nice game in London, the Jets are looking pretty good. Washington is so hot and cold and just too inconsistent. I really like the Jets to get to Cousins and get some turnovers this week.
QB, Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Seattle’s defense just faltered on the road at Cinci. I’m not sure Newton wants to face an angry Seahawks team in Seattle.
RB, Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
Not that I’m high on the Patriots’ defense but think about it…..The Patriots are going to probably be up pretty big in this game early. At what point is the running game abandoned and Hasselbecks’ arm fall off?
WR, Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs
How will the Chiefs respond after losing Charles? Minnesota’s passing D is ranked 4th in the league. Maclin becomes the top target for Kansas City so you’d have to think Minnesota keys on him and limits him.
TE, Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
See Cam Newton above. Long day for Carolina.
D/ST, Buffalo Bills
Cinci has weapons all over. I know Rex is good with schemes but Buffalo had a hard time stopping the Giants. How do they stop Cinci?