Fantasy Football Week 6 advice
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 23:10
Start: Knowshon Moreno (vs. Jacksonville). Moreno got off to a slow start to the season when he totaled just 65 yards of offense Week 1 against Baltimore. With that slow start, the timeshare the Broncos have at running back with Ronnie Hillman and Monte Ball, coupled with Peyton Manning’s unbelievable passing numbers, Moreno became an afterthought following that performance. However, since that game, Moreno has emerged as the best back Denver has to offer. He has scored touchdowns in consecutive games, and has double-digit fantasy points in three of the last four weeks. That alone makes Moreno a solid No. 2 back. However, it gets even better this week as lowly Jacksonville will travel to the Mile-High City. I don’t have to go into depth about how bad the Jaguars are, but once Peyton spots Denver a multi-touchdown lead before halftime, look for Denver to lean towards the running game. That should leave Moreno owners salivating as he should receive the bulk of the carries in this high-powered offense. Look for him to have a week worthy of a top 10 running back.
Bench: Larry Fitzgerald (@ San Francisco). At first glance, you may think benching Fitz is crazy. But before you jump to conclusions, let me throw some numbers at you. In four games since his 80-yard, two touchdown performance in Week 1, Fitzgerald has totaled 16 catches, 208 yards and just one touchdown. In all three games this season Fitz has been held without a touchdown, he has not topped 70 yards either. Those games came against Detroit, New Orleans and Carolina, teams not known for having a rock solid pass defense. This week the Cardinals travel to San Francisco, a team that has lockdown corners and a solid pass rush to disrupt quarterback Carson Palmer. If Arizona’s offensive line cannot keep Palmer protected, he will have a hard time getting Fitzgerald the ball downfield where he can use his athletic ability to make plays. If you’re a Fitzgerald owner, you may want to look elsewhere this week as his struggles may continue against the 49ers.
Wavier Wire Pickup: Zac Stacy (@ Houston). Last week against Jacksonville, Zac Stacy received significant playing time for the first game this season. Coming in with just one career carry, Stacy led the Rams with 78 yards on 14 carries, good for better than 5.5 yards per carry. Those numbers could have been even more impressive if he was not knocked out of the game early, but the coaching staff said he only got the wind knocked out of him and should be fine for Week 6. The rookie out of Vanderbilt comes from the Alfred Morris mold; a short but powerful back who can finish carries and run successfully between the tackles. Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson have not been able to seize the starting running back role for St. Louis yet this year, and according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said Stacy has earned another start next week against Houston. Stacy is certainly worthy of taking a flier on in case he continues his strong running in his next game. If he does, he should be the starting back of the Rams going forward and could post solid fantasy stats for the remainder of the season.