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Here’s my Week 6 IDP rankings.

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1. Lawrence Timmons (PIT) vs. CLE:  Averaging 12 tackles per game
2. LaRon Landry (WAS) vs. Indy:  10.4 tackles per game. Peyton will keep him busy.
3.  Bernard Pollard (HOU) vs. KC:  36 tackles in his last three games.
4. Stephen Tulloch (TEN) @ JAX:  38 tackles in his last three games.
5. James Harrison (PIT) vs. CLE:  With Colt McCoy starting, Harrison licking his chops.
6. Patrick Willis (SF) vs. Oak:  Tackles are down, but always a threat for a monster game.     
7. DeMeco Ryans (HOU) vs. KC:  32 tackles in his last three games.
8. Chad Greenway (MIN) vs. DAL:  At least 8 tackles every game this year. 
9. London Fletcher (WAS) vs. INDY:  46 tackles in five games.
10. Jerod Mayo (NE) vs. BAL:  16 tackles last week against Miami. Will be busy v. Ravens.
11. D.J. Williams (DEN) vs. NYJ:  25 tackles past two weeks. Jets run a ton.
12. Ray Lewis (BAL) @ NE:  13 tackles vs. NE in wildcard game last year. He’ll get up for this one.
13. Brian Cushing (HOU) vs. KC:  Should get better as he gets into game shape.
14. DeMarcus Ware (DAL) @ MIN:  There’s blood in the water with Favre. Should abuse McKinney.
15. Shaun Phillips SD) @ St. Louis:  Phillips has 18 tackles, 6 sacks, and an INT.

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Here’s my Week 6 team defense rankings.

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1.  Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland
2. New York Giants vs. Detroit
3. San Diego @ St. Louis
4. Tennessee @ Jacksonville
5. Miami @ Green Bay
6. Chicago vs. Seattle
7. San Francisco vs. Oakland
8. Seattle @ Chicago
9. New Orleans @ Tampa Bay
10. New York Jets @ Denver
11. Dallas @ Minnesota
12. Oakland @ San Francisco
13.  Baltimore @ New England
14. Green Bay vs. Miami
15. Philadelphia vs. Atlanta

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Inside the numbers:

  • Pittsburgh is taking on Cleveland with Colt McCoy making his first start and Peyton Hillis banged up. This could look like a crime scene.
  • The Giants have 19 sacks, have allowed a league low 244.6 yards per game, and just 13 points the past two weeks against Chicago and Houston.
  • The Chargers has 18 sacks and are taking on the Rams, who have lost their top two WRs this season.
  • The Titans lead the league with 22 sacks.
  • It’s not that I think Miami has an elite defense, but they could like like they do against the injury ravaged Packers who will be playing with out Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Grant, and Jermichael Finley.
  • It’s kind of a crapshoot this week with three of the bottom-feeders (Arizona, Buffalo, and Carolina) on bye.

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Here’s my Week 6 kicker rankings.

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1.  Josh Scobee vs. TEN: Has 10 FGs, Titans have allowed league high 13.
2. Sebastian Janikowski @ SF:  Has 11 FGs, Niners have allowed 10.
3. Nate Kaeding @ STL:  Has 6 FGs, Rams have allowed 11. Expect a lot of PATs as well.
4. Adam Vinatieri @ WAS:  Has 8 FGs, Skins have allowed 10.
5. Stephen Gostkowski vs. BAL:  Has 4 FGs, Ravens have allowed 10.
6. Jeff Reed vs. CLE:  Has 8 FGs, Browns have allowed 9.
7. Lawrence Tynes vs. DET:  5 FGs, Lions have allowed 5.
8. Ryan Longwell vs. DAL:  Just 3 FGs, but Dallas has allowed 8.
9. Matt Bryant @ PHI: Tied for league lead with 12 FGs, Eagles have allowed 6.
10.  Nick Folk @ DEN:  Tied for lead with 12 FGs, Broncos have allowed 6.
11.   Graham Gano vs. INDY:  Has 11 FGs, Colts have allowed 8.
12.  Robbie Gould vs. SEA:  Has 11 FGs, Seahawks have allowed 6.
13.  Neil Rackers vs. KC:  Has 9 FGs, Chiefs have allowed 5.
14.  Rob Bironas @ JAX:  Has8 FGs, Jags have allowed 4.
15. Garrett Hartley @ TB:  I think he’ll make the most of his second chance.

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Here’s my Week 6 tight end rankings.  Keep in mind that Arizona, Buffalo, Carolina, and Cincinnati are on bye.

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1. Antonio Gates @ St. Louis
2. Vernon Davis vs. Oakland
3. Zach Miller @ San Francisco
4. Dallas Clark @ Washington
5. Tony Gonzalez @ Philadelphia
6. Dustin Keller @ Denver
7. Brent Celek vs. Atlanta
8. Aaron Hernandez vs. Baltimore
9. Chris Cooley vs. Indianapolis
10. Marcedes Lewis vs. Tennessee
11. Jason Witten @ Minnesota
12. Kellen Winslow vs. New Orleans
13. Heath Miller vs. Cleveland
14. Greg Olsen vs. Seattle
15. Tony Moeaki @ Houston
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Inside the numbers:

  • Vernon Davis finally topped 80 yards (104 to be exact) for the first time this year. He scored in his second straight game. He faces Oakland, who has allowed ten passing TDs (three to TEs) so far.
  • Zach Miller has scored a TD in three straight games. He plays the Niners, who has allowed nine TDs (three to TEs).
  • Brent Celek has scored in two straight games. Bump him up to #5 if Kolb plays as they have a great rapport.
  • Life without Randy Moss should mean more work for Aaron Hernandez.
  • Now that Big Ben is back, Heath Miller should finally post some decent fantasy numbers.
  • Assuming Jay Cutler is under center, Greg Olsen and the Chicago passing game can get back on track. He had 10 catches in weeks three and four for the Bears before being shut out thanks to Todd Collins horrific play.
  • Visanthe Shiancoe went from the first option to the third option in the passing game thanks to Randy Moss’ arrival and the way he opened up the offense for Percy Harvin. Factor in Adrian Peterson, and Shiancoe is a questionable TE1 until he proves otherwise. He doesn’t crack the top 15 this week.

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Here’s my Week 6 wide receiver rankings. Keep in mind that Arizona, Buffalo, Carolina, and Cincinnati are on bye.

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1. Miles Austin @ Minnesota
2. Hakeem Nicks vs. Detroit
3. Reggie Wayne @ Washington
4. Malcom Floyd @ St. Louis
5. Andre Johnson vs. Kansas City
6. Randy Moss vs. Dallas
7. Roddy White @ Philadelphia
8. Anquan Boldin @ New England
9. Brandon Marshall @ Green Bay
10. DeSean Jackson vs. Atlanta
11.  Steve Smith (NYG) vs. Detroit
12. Wes Welker vs. Baltimore
13. Mike Wallace vs. Cleveland
14. Donald Driver vs. Miami
15. Calvin Johnson @ New York Giants
16.  Brandon Lloyd vs. New York Jets
17. Marques Colston @ Tampa Bay
18. Greg Jennings vs. Miami
19. Austin Collie @ Washington
20. Hines Ward  vs. Cleveland
21. Dwayne Bowe @ Houston
22. Percy Harvin vs. Dallas
23. Jeremy Maclin vs. Atlanta
24. Kenny Britt vs. Jacksonville
25. Danny Amendola @ San Diego
26. Michael Crabtree vs. Oakland
27. Santana Moss vs. Indianapolis
28. Kevin Walter vs. Kansas City
29. Mike Williams vs. New Orleans
30. Lance Moore @ Tampa Bay
31. Johnny Knox vs. Seattle
32. Mike Sims-Walker vs. Tennessee
33. Roy Williams @ Minnesota
34. Braylon Edwards @ Denver
35. Santonio Holmes@ Denver
36. Davone Bess @ Green Bay
37. Pierre Garcon @ Washington
38. Eddie Royal vs. New York Jets
39. Dez Bryant @ Minnesota
40. Mario Manningham vs. Detroit
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  • Miles Austin had one stinker (20 yards vs. Houston), but has at least 142 yards in his other three games.
  • Hakeem Nicks already has six TDs. Detroit has allowed eight passing TDs. This looks like a recipe for success.
  • Malcom Floyd has clearly become Philip Rivers go-to receiver.
  • Randy Moss has 10 career TDs and a 100+ ypg average in six games against Dallas. He continually punishes Jerry Jones for passing on him in the draft.
  • Jacksonville has allowed a league high 12 passing TDs. Kenny Britt has scored in three straight weeks.
  • Oakland has allowed 10 passing TDs. There is a good chance Michael Crabtree scores for the second straight week.

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Here’s my Week 6 running back rankings. Keep in mind that Arizona, Buffalo, Carolina, and Cincinnati are on bye.

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1. Chris Johnson @ Jacksonville
2. Frank Gore vs. Oakland
3. Adrian Peterson vs. Dallas
4. Rashard Mendenhall vs. Cleveland
5. Ryan Mathews @ St. Louis
6. LeSean McCoy vs. Atlanta
7. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Detroit
8. Arian Foster vs. Kansas City
9. Steven Jackson vs. San Diego
10. Michael Turner @ Philadelphia
11. Ray Rice @ New England
12. Matt Forte vs. Seattle
13. Ryan Torain vs. Indianapolis
14.  Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Tennessee
15. Ladainian Tomlinson@ Denver
16. Jamaal Charles @ Houston
17. Pierre Thomas @ Tampa Bay
18.  Jahvid Best @ New York Giants
19. Joseph Addai @ Washington
20. Peyton Hillis @ Pittsburgh
21. Thomas Jones @ Houston
22. Felix Jones @ Minnesota
23. Ronnie Brown @ Green Bay
24. Knowshon Moreno vs. New York Jets
25. Brandon Jacobs vs. Detroit
26. Mike Tolbert @ St. Louis
27. Darren McFadden vs. San Francisco
28. Shonn Greene @ Denver
29. BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. Baltimore
30. Ricky Williams @ Green Bay

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Inside the numbers:

  • Chris Johnson is not having nearly the production he had last year, let alone his lofty goals for this season, but he should decimate the Jacksonville team that he torched for 311 yards in a pair of games last year.
  • With Buffalo on bye, the worst run defense going is Oakland’s. The Niners have to lean on Gore at home to pick up their first win of the year and at least win the Bay battle.
  • Jamaal Charles showed why he should be the Chiefs’ feature back. I expect him to start getting a bigger share of the carries.
  • If Darren McFadden’s hamstring has healed, he should reclaim the starting role. Michael Bush will get some work though, which is why McFadden is a borderline RB2. If he’s not ready, Bush will be a solid RB2.
  • Brandon Jacobs is a good bet to score for a third straight week.

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Here are my Week 6 fantasy football quarterback rankings. Remember Arizona, Buffalo, Carolina, and Cincinnati are on bye.
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1. Philip Rivers @ St. Louis
2. Peyton Manning @ Washington
3. Aaron Rodgers vs. Miami
4. Eli Manning vs. Detroit
5. Tony Romo @ Minnesota
6. Drew Brees @ Tampa Bay
7. Tom Brady vs. Baltimore
8. Matt Schaub vs. Kansas City
9. Jay Cutler vs. Seattle
10. Joe Flacco @ New England
11.  Kyle Orton vs. New York Jets
12. Ben Roethlisberger vs. Cleveland
13. Matt Ryan @ Philadelphia
14. Kevin Kolb vs. Atlanta
15. Donovan McNabb vs. Indianapolis
16. Brett Favre vs. Dallas
17. Mark Sanchez @ Denver
18. Alex Smith vs. Oakland
19. Sam Bradford vs. San Diego
20. Josh Freeman vs. New Orleans
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Inside the numbers:

  • Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion at the end of the Packers game. Obviously this is a situation to monitor for Rodgers and the rest of the Packers’ offense.
  • Speaking of concussions, there obviously isn’t a quarterback controversy in Chicago. If Cutler is good to go, I look for the Chicago passing game to get back on track against a Seattle defense yielding 302 passing yards per game.
  • (Update) Kevin Kolb will start for the Eagles. He’s not as good a play as Vick would have been, but he should still be solid.
  • Kyle Orton passed the test against Baltimore. There’s no way I can consider him anything but a weekly starter at this point.
  • I’d actually prefer it if Big Ben had a tougher opponent in terms of his fantasy potential. I can see Tomlin and the Steelers ease Ben into action, leaning on Rashard Mendenhall against a Cleveland team allowing 120 ypg on the ground.
  • Alex Smith does not have a firm grasp on his job, but is a decent start this week against an Oakland team that has allowed ten passing TDs already.

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