In addition to our weekly Waiver Wire posts, we’ll also be providing valuable matchup analysis each week along with our suggestions on who to start and who to bench. If you have any additional matchup questions, or you are not sure who to start this week, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

St. Louis (0-5) at Jacksonville (2-3)
St. Louis YARDS/GAME RANK Jacksonville YARDS/GAME RANK
Passing Defense 237.2 25th Passing Defense 273.0 30th
Rushing Defense 125.8 23rd Rushing Defense 107.6 18th
Fantasy Impact: Jacksonville is coming off of a terrible loss last week at the hands of the Seahawks (it might have been closer if they let Mike Sims-Walker play or at least let his fantasy owners know they were going to bench him, and because of this I was happy to see that they got drilled) so due to this loss they will be looking to take it out on the Rams. I fully expect Sims-Walker to play and do well, Maurice Jones-Drew to catch a ton out of the backfield, which means David Garrard will have a nice bounce back game. For the Rams the real question is will Steven Jackson ever get into the endzone? An interesting fact is that in 4 out of his 5 seasons it took Jackson at least 5 games to rush one into the endzone. What does this mean? Nothing!!, the Rams are still awful but if Marc Bulger plays and Donnie Avery shows up again they might be close enough to give Jackson a few shots. Prediction: Steven Jackson finds the endzone this week.
New York Giants (5-0) at New Orleans (4-0)
New York Giants YARDS/GAME RANK New Orleans YARDS/GAME RANK
Passing Defense 104.8 1st Passing Defense 212.0 11th
Rushing Defense 105.8 15th Rushing Defense 83.3 7th
Fantasy Impact: A match-up of two undefeated teams in week six normally equals a game with a ton of fantasy implications and that is exactly what we have here. However, it might be more of a defensive game then most think. We all know about the G-Men’s defense but look at the Greg William’s led Saints D, that’s right they are close to the top of the league in both defensive categories. So if you thought this was going to be shoot out you may be wrong. With that being said you still have to start Drew Brees every week he steps on to a football field, but the Giants may get to him, so look for Pierre Thomas to get a ton of carries to try and set up the pass. For the Giants, Eli Manning is looking like he is worth every penny and Steve “No longer the other” Smith (that is stolen from Andrew whom posted that in our forums, great stuff Andrew) is a true number-one now; however, just like the Saints, the G-Men will have to run to set up the pass. I actually expect the Giants to give a heavy dose of both Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw (who should be fine) this week and try to control the clock. Now by no means do I want to give everyone the impression that this is going to be a low, low scoring game just don’t hold your breath for a 42-35 shoot-out.
Baltimore (3-2) at Minnesota (5-0)
Baltimore YARDS/GAME RANK Minnesota YARDS/GAME RANK
Passing Defense 238.0 26th Passing Defense 224.6 18th
Rushing Defense 76.0 4th Rushing Defense 96.0 10th
Fantasy Impact: So do you think Ray Lewis will take it personally that Cedric Benson was the first human to rush for over 100 yards in roughly the last 700 days against his Ravens? The answer is yes, and he will do everything in his power to make sure that it does not happen in back-to-back games. I fully expect Adrian Peterson to see eight in the box every single down and for the Ravens to dare Brett Farve to throw the ball anywhere near Ed Reed (insert your favorite cool ball hawk nickname here, because the guy is simply great). I think this will be the game where people start to question Farve’s age and my prediction is 2 picks for him. For the Ravens, Joe Flacco is having his ups and down this season but if the Ravens want to win he better play well and be able to avoid the monster that is Jared Allen. I think the Ravens will do what they always do run the ball well. Ray Rice found the endzone and is on his way to the 5 TD season prediction for this season with more on the way since he does catch the ball well and Minnesota does have a problem with pass catching backs. Look for Flacco to set up the screen more than once to Rice on Sunday. For Willis McGahee we hate to say we told you so, but if you did not trade him last week then shame on you since his value tanked like Black Monday (yep a history reference) last Sunday and unless you do not have better options you may want to sit him this week as well. He is now a hit or miss type player.
Detroit (1-4) at Green Bay (2-2)
Detroit YARDS/GAME RANK Green Bay YARDS/GAME RANK
Passing Defense 244.6 27th Passing Defense 223.0 17th
Rushing Defense 133.4 21st Rushing Defense 112.3 20th
Fantasy Impact: Aaron Rodgers owners have to be happy about his next two match-ups against the Lions and the Browns and he will take full advantage of both. This week Rodgers will find Greg Jennings and Donald Driver for three quarters then hand the ball off to Ryan Grant as they drain the clock in the fourth. For the Lions it does not matter who starts at quarterback just start Calvin Johnson this week if he is healthy. The Packers have been giving up long pass plays and Calvin is a deep threat every snap. For Kevin Smith he finally gets a more favorable match-up but his offensive line still scares me. Due to the bye weeks, Smith and Grant are safe plays just do not expect too much out of either since I believe this will be a an aerial attack for both sides.
Houston (2-3) at Cincinnati (4-1)
Houston YARDS/GAME RANK Cincinnati YARDS/GAME RANK
Passing Defense 222.2 16th Passing Defense 228.8 22nd
Rushing Defense 140.8 26th Rushing Defense 98.8 12th
Fantasy Impact: As stated last week the Texans look like an offensive Juggernaut this season minus game one and the first 36 minutes of last week and this week should be no different. (I know it sounds like a lot but they have been putting up great fantasy numbers) The Bengals give up a ton of passing yards (what did they expect signing an undersize linebacker to play safety in Roy Williams) this season and they do not have the personnel to cover Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter, and Owen Daniels. Expect Matt Schaub to throw the ball 40+ times including in the Red Zone since it is apparent that the Texans cannot punch it in by running the ball (maybe if they gave Steve Slaton a chance it might happen). As for Slaton it will be long day if he runs between the tackles so look for him to try to catch a few balls out in the flat. One fluke play from being undefeated, the Bengals are on top of their division for the first time in a long time and Cedric Benson is a big part of that. If Benson ran for over 100 yards against the Ravens then he should have a field day against this Texans’ team (a strong candidate for a stud selection on our Sunday show). For Carson Palmer, his entire team trusts him to make the right decision but he will look for Chad Ochocinco once again this week. Look for this game to be a high scoring affair with a ton of good fantasy repercussions.
Cleveland (1-4) at Pittsburgh (3-2)
Cleveland YARDS/GAME RANK Pittsburgh YARDS/GAME RANK
Passing Defense 209.8 10th Passing Defense 219.6 14th
Rushing Defense 170.4 32nd Rushing Defense 71.2 2nd
Fantasy Impact: The Browns won last week even with Derek Anderson putting up negative fantasy points in most leagues (how pathetic was that??), so how do you think he will do against a good Steelers defense? Exactly, sit all Browns this week (and to paraphrase “The Raven”, maybe Nevermore – Literary reference, wow one history and one literary thus far) including Jamal Lewis who ran for 130+ yards last week. They just are not as good at this football game as the Steelers are. For the Steelers, the Lions gave them all they could handle in what seemed like a home game in Detroit last week. This week I believe they will go back to running the ball and controlling the clock which may be an easy thing to do going against the worst rushing defense in the league. If Willie Parker plays, this is one of the few weeks I would feel safe starting both Parker and Rashard Mendenhall. For Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward, and Santonio Holmes the only question is how many times will they actually have to throw it? Since it is the Browns, I cannot give the advice to sit any of these guys just hope the Browns keep it respectable to give them all a chance to have a nice fantasy day.
Kansas City (0-5) at Washington (2-3)
Kansas City YARDS/GAME RANK Washington YARDS/GAME RANK
Passing Defense 270.0 29th Passing Defense 171.2 3rd
Rushing Defense 132.8 25th Rushing Defense 119.6 22nd
Fantasy Impact: Every single opponent the Redskins have faced this season have been winless this year and three of them have come out with wins after playing the Skins (what’s the over-under on Jim Zorn still be in Washington after the bye-week?). If Kansas City wants to be the fourth, Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe need to show up against the third best passing defense in the league. One would think with the signing of Albert Haynesworth the Skins run defense would be stellar this season but he spends more time getting carted off the field then playing on it so Larry Johnson might be worth a bye week replacement start this week. Washington is looking at this game as a must win for head coach Jim Zorn so they should be fired up and Clinton Portis will be ready to shut the mouths of every local beat writer and local sports Junkie that has been dogging him all week. I am not sure if this means he will do anything but rest assured he will be fired up (unless he wants Zorn fired like every fan in DC). One overriding problem however stands in the way of Portis having a great day and that is the woeful Redskins offensive line. The Skins have a terrible offensive line consisting of guys that would not be back-ups on 28 other NFL teams and they might be playing without Chris Samuels this week. So Zorn might have to run the ball to the right once or twice this week and shock the world. Jason Campbell continues to be a nice bye week replacement due to schedule more than ability and this week is no different. The Skins will be looking to go to Santana Moss deep however, tight end Chris Cooley (remember him?) will have the big day since the Chiefs cannot cover anyone over the middle.
Carolina (1-3) at Tampa Bay (0-5)
Carolina YARDS/GAME RANK Tampa Bay YARDS/GAME RANK
Passing Defense 165.8 2nd Passing Defense 227.2 21st
Rushing Defense 115.5 30th Rushing Defense 152.6 28th
Fantasy Impact: Do not think I am crazy but if you are desperate for a quarterback due to the byes you could do worse than Jake Delhomme this week. Tampa Bay is looks like a division two school (or whatever they call it now – 1 single A?, sure) either way they are not good at that game of football. So this means to start all Panthers this week and expect a good day out of DeAngelo Williams and Steve Smith finally, and if they do have a good day, trade them as soon as it is over so you can get a little value for them. For Tampa Bay, I suppose I can bring up names again this week, remember they are on probation and thin ice each week still due to their 86 total yards of offensive week 4. I will bring up three Carnell Williams (10 carries last week), Derrick Ward (6 carries last week), and Earnest Graham (5 carries last week) this is a fantasy nightmare even if they are playing the second worst rushing defense in the league. One of these guys will have a good game, the question is who will that be? Sit everyone on Tampa Bay once again because Carolina pass D is actually decent and this running back situation is terrible.
Arizona (2-2) at Seattle (2-3)
Arizona YARDS/GAME RANK San Francisco YARDS/GAME RANK
Passing Defense 303.0 32nd Passing Defense 208.0 9th
Rushing Defense 71.0 1st Rushing Defense 106.8 17th
Fantasy Impact: Last week Matt Hasselbeck faced the worst passing defense in the league and threw for four touchdowns. This week Arizona has the new crown of worst team against the pass and Hasselbeck should have field day again. (The next sentence is copied word for word from last week but it is the perfect forecast again) Nate Burleson and TJ Houshmandzadeh (I did not have to look up how to spell that this week!) should be primed for big games, which leaves little for Julius Jones but he might find the endzone if either of these guys gets knocked out of bounds on their way in for a touchdown. For the Cardinals Kurt Warner and company has a tough match-up this week but, due to their talent, it does not matter: Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin are must starts on a weekly basis. For Tim Hightower he has the same deal as Jones unless there is a short yardage play I doubt he will find the endzone this week.
Philadelphia (3-1) at Oakland (1-4)
Philadelphia YARDS/GAME RANK Oakland YARDS/GAME RANK
Passing Defense 171.5 4th Passing Defense 221.0 15th
Rushing Defense 100.8 13th Rushing Defense 161.0 31st
Fantasy Impact: Why do Eagle fans insist on booing Donovan McNabb? Last week he made everyone remember how scary their offense is with one pass and this week every Eagle is a must start. The fantasy stud of this game will be Brain Westbrook, and his owners should be pleased to hear that. Look for Westbrook to go for over 125 total yards and a touch. Now Oakland fans should be booing JaMarcus Russell since he is not good at throwing a football, which is a problem since he is a NFL quarterback. If they go to the run, the Eagles will have eight in the box which means Oakland is in for a long day. Do not start any Raider this week unless you have to.
Buffalo (1-4) at New York Jets (3-2)
Buffalo YARDS/GAME RANK New York Jets YARDS/GAME RANK
Passing Defense 185.6 6th Passing Defense 194.4 8th
Rushing Defense 154.6 29th Rushing Defense 110.4 19st
Fantasy Impact: The Terrell Owens trade talk has begun and I want to throw a long shot out there stating he will land in New England, since Joey Galloway has been trash. (I know same division but doesn’t it make sense?). Back to fantasy, I do not expect big things out of TO again this week or any Bills receiver for that matter unless they can run the ball which is not out of the realm of possibility. The Fins had success running the ball Monday night vs. the Jets and Marshawn Lynch and Fred Taylor are the poor man versions of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, so either of them could be primed for decent day. For the Jets Braylon Edwards paid immediate dividends and they will ask him to do the same thing every week – run a go- route and catch the ball (with Braylon the latter has not been an easy task for the past couple of seasons). But it will not be Edwards that should be excited for this match-up it should be Leon Washington. Washington has been slowly getting more touches each week and he is facing run defense that could not stop a banged up Jamal Lewis. Will this be his breakout game finally? All signs point to yes.
Tennessee (0-5) at New England (3-2)
Tennessee YARDS/GAME RANK New England YARDS/GAME RANK
Passing Defense 287.6 31st Passing Defense 218.0 13th
Rushing Defense 75.4 3rd Rushing Defense 96.8 11th
Fantasy Impact: Will we see a Vince Young start this week? For all Nate Washington and Justin Gage owners, hope not. If Young does start sit all Tennessee receivers until we can see what he can do. Now no matter who starts, Chris Johnson should be in store for a heavy workload since the blue print has been set to beat the Pats – run the ball and get to Tom Brady. The problem is I do not think the Titans will get to Brady which is a major reason they are second to last in passing defense. Good news for Randy Moss and Wes Welker owners both could catch ten plus balls this week. Sammy Morris will get the start and should be owned in deeper leagues at this point but if you picked him up you may want to sit him because as terrible as the Titans are against the pass they are as good against the run.
Chicago (3-1) at Atlanta (3-1)
Chicago YARDS/GAME RANK Atlanta YARDS/GAME RANK
Passing Defense 226.0 20th Passing Defense 228.8 23rd
Rushing Defense 93.5 9th Rushing Defense 127.0 24th
Fantasy Impact: Welcome back Roddy White and Michael Turner, both had huge days last week and one might do it again this week. My guess is the winner is Roddy White, the Bears run defense has been consistent but not their passing defense however, it is pick your poison for the Bears. Either they take away Tony Gonzalez and let Roddy burn them or they take way Roddy and watch a future Hall of Famer burn them. The Bears are coming off a needed bye and Matt Forte is facing the 23rd ranked rushing defense – this could mean another solid week for the underperforming top five pick. For Jay Culter he still has yet to find his go to guy but has been distributing the ball quite well the last few weeks. I have a gut feeling it is Greg Olsen’s turn to put up big numbers for the Bears.
Denver (5-0) at San Diego (2-2)
Denver YARDS/GAME RANK San Diego YARDS/GAME RANK
Passing Defense 171.8 5th Passing Defense 214.8 12th
Rushing Defense 81.0 6th Rushing Defense 151.0 27th
Fantasy Impact: Denver is undefeated, they have now won more games that I thought they would the entire year (yeah I can man up and say I thought that unlike other writers that claim they saw the upside with this team) however, this is a potent offense coming off a bye they are facing. The Chargers are no longer the LaDainian Tomlinson show, it is Phillip River’s team and he is finding both Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson (I will say it again 1000 yards and 10+ touches for Jackson this year) on a weekly basis. I still do not think the Broncos are a top defense but I am getting close to changing my opinion so do not sit either of these guys this week. Coming off an emotional win, Denver is looking to keep it going and you can bet this week they will center their offense around rookie Knowshon Moreno. If Moreno gets it going, both Eddie Royal (welcome back to fantasy relevance) and Brandon Marshall (people are always happy when they win) will have opportunities to put up some nice numbers.