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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 6 fantasy football starts sits advice 31361015 Start 'em - Atlanta offense vs OAK Start+%27em+-+Atlanta+offense+vs+OAK Fantasy Football

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If you own Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, and Julio Jones, feel safe starting them against the Raiders.  Oakland's defense has allowed over 128 yards on the ground and 283 via the pass per game with 14 touchdowns (9 pass / 5 rush). - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 6 fantasy football starts sits advice 31365602 Sit 'em - Darren McFadden vs ATL Sit+%27em+-+Darren+McFadden+vs+ATL Fantasy Football

Going against the grain on this suggestion.  Sure, Atlanta's rush defense ranks 27th in the league (142.8 yards allowed per game) behind the Cleveland Browns (fresh off a 200-yard performance by Ahmad Bradshaw), but this is more an indictment of the Raiders' defense and offensive scheme the first month of the season.  Darren McFadden is 27th in rushing attempts this season averaging 14 carries a game.  He's rushed for less than 35 yards in three of four games.  DMC has one touchdown.  Chances are Matt Ryan breaks the scoreboard passing against an Oakland secondary that ranks 28th versus the pass with nine touchdowns allowed and NO interceptions this season.  Carson Palmer will be forced once again to try and win from behind on the road.  This means 50 pass attempts and 14-ish carries for DMC.  - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 6 fantasy football starts sits advice 31365609 Sit 'em - Ahmad Bradshaw vs SF Sit+%27em+-+Ahmad+Bradshaw+vs+SF Fantasy Football

Now would be a great time to sell high on Ahmad Bradshaw.  It's hard to ignore Bradshaw's 200-yard breakout game against the Browns last Sunday.  Let's be honest, as great as it was, it was the Browns.  The Giants' running back has rushed for 100+ yards in back-to-back games only once during his career (early 2010).  Lack of consistency is only part of the reason I'm benching Bradshaw this week.  The other reason is, of course, ringing the fantasy alarm that you try to avoid starting running backs against the Niners' defense.  Although they are slacking a tad to begin the season, seventh in the league in rush yards allowed (81.4 ypg), San Francisco has only allowed one touchdown on the ground.  This NFC Championship rematch will be won or lost by Eli Manning. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 6 fantasy football starts sits advice 31362843 Start her - Blake Lively Start+her+-+Blake+Lively Fantasy Football

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The lovely Blake Lively earns a "Start o' the Week".  She may have been scooped up by Ryan Reynolds off the fantasy waiver wire, but the "Gossip Girl" turned "Savage" remains a must-start.  Feel free to submit your own nominees - hit me up on Twitter @FOXSportsFowler- Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 6 fantasy football starts sits advice 31365612 Monitor - Arizona RBs vs BUF Monitor+-+Arizona+RBs+vs+BUF Fantasy Football

With Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams on the shelf, the Arizona backfield is a sloppy mess with three players fighting for the most touches each week.  LaRod Stephens-Howling, William Powell and Alfonso Smith all have potential to run over the Buffalo Bills (171.8 rush yards allowed per game and a league-high nine touchdowns allowed via the rush), but to pinpoint a definitive top dog is a crap shoot.  The sexy pick is William Powell, but I'm taking this week to analyze not only the three backs, but the Cardinals' offensive line, which is one of the worst in the league. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 6 fantasy football starts sits advice 31365611 Sit 'em - Andrew Luck vs NYJ Sit+%27em+-+Andrew+Luck+vs+NYJ Fantasy Football

It's safe to say the New York Jets' offense is a mess.  Unless Rex Ryan's pride gets in the way of winning (hmmm?), Tim Tebow will start at some point this season.  However, on the flip side of the line of scrimmage NFL pundits were quick to write off the Jets' secondary once Darrelle Revis hit the IR.  Granted, it's a huge hole for the Jets to fill, but Antonio Cromartie shut down Andre Johnson on Monday night.  I don't like Luck coming off an emotional comeback win over the Packers and having to take on a team desperate for a win - on the road.  It has all the makings for a letdown fantasy performance.  Think I'm wrong?  Tweet at me @FOXSportsFowler. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 6 fantasy football starts sits advice 31365586 Start 'em - Donald Brown vs NYJ Start+%27em+-+Donald+Brown+vs+NYJ Fantasy Football

INJURY UPDATE: Brown is out 2-3 weeks (knee).  Vick Ballard moves up the depth chart and is still worthy of a spot start due to the reasons listed next.  Through the first five weeks, Donald Brown has lingered quietly on my bench.  This week he earns the starting nod against the Jets as a low RB2 / high RB3.  Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne will need to put their fantasy football bromance on hold as Antonio Cromartie will be draped all over the NFL's leader in targets (60 in four games).  This opens the door for Brown (4.0 yards per rush, touchdown) to exploit the 31st-ranked rush defense (172 yards per game).  The Jets have allowed opposing offense to rush for 169, 245 and 185 yards, respectively, over the last three weeks.  Brown has averaged 17 carries per game in his last three games. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 6 fantasy football starts sits advice 31363568 Start 'em - DeMarco Murray vs BAL Start+%27em+-+DeMarco+Murray+vs+BAL Fantasy Football

After posting 140 total yards in Week 1 against the Giants, Murray owners were celebrating their second-round draft pick (based on ADP data).  However, after three consecutive weeks of less than 45 yards rushing with only one touchdown, those same owners were quick to update their trade blocks.  The Cowboys' offensive line have done him no favors this season and to be fair, Murray has faced three stout rush defenses in Chicago, Tampa Bay and Seattle (all rank in league's top five).  On the other hand, Baltimore's rush defense has been exploited without Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs there to plug the gaps.  The Ravens currently rank 20th versus the rush and have allowed six rushing touchdowns.  Give Murray a shot this week. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 6 fantasy football starts sits advice 31361022 Start 'em - Demaryius Thomas vs SD Start+%27em+-+Demaryius+Thomas+vs+SD Fantasy Football

Before the season, my fantasy stock on Demaryius Thomas was lower than most because I worried about his chemistry with Peyton Manning.  Thomas had been known for cases of the "dropsies" and I wasn't sure Manning would stand for that and look elsewhere in the passing game.  Well, he hauled in that pass you see to the left and 13 more like it over the last two games.  Thomas has posted 100+ receiving yards in three out of his five games this season with two touchdowns.  He may be sharing targets with Eric Decker (46 to 44), but Manning is looking for him downfield with 11 receptions of 20+ yards (leads NFL) already this season.  Marques Colston just lit up the Chargers secondary.  Give Thomas the nod on Monday night. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 6 fantasy football starts sits advice 31365593 Sit 'em - Matthew Stafford vs PHI Sit+%27em+-+Matthew+Stafford+vs+PHI Fantasy Football

Coming off the BYE, many fantasy owners will be quick to plug Stafford back into their starting lineup.  A quick review of Philadelphia's pass defense indicates that may not be a wise move in Week 6.  Opposing quarterbacks have been held to an average of 207 passing yards per game, five touchdowns, six interceptions and a QB rating of 67.1.  The secondary slowed down Ben Roethlisberger in Week 5 to 207 passing yards with no touchdown passes, in a pass-first offense.  Sounds like Detroit's offensive philosophy.  Stafford has thrown more interceptions (4) than touchdowns (3) in four games; well behind his 2011 pace of 11 touchdowns - three interceptions in his first four games.  With the game also on the road, I look elsewhere for a starting QB. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 6 fantasy football starts sits advice 31361017 Start 'em - James Jones vs HOU Start+%27em+-+James+Jones+vs+HOU Fantasy Football

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Without Greg Jennings, Aaron Rodgers (261 pass yards per game, 10 TDs and four INTs) has had to get creative in the passing game.  Four receivers have 25 or more targets and those same four have 20 or more receptions.  His history of dropped passes demoted James Jones to third, at times fourth, on the WR depth chart, but Rodgers is looking his way in 2012.  Four of his nine receptions the last two games have been good for six and he's been a favorite target in the red zone.  The Texans pass defense is legit as they allow only 190 passing yards per game, but Brian Cushing did tear his ACL in Week 5 - so that will be one member of the Texans defense Rodgers will dodge this time around.  I like Jones as a WR2 this week. - Ryan Fowler

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