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Fantasy Forecast: Week 6

Last week in the NFL we saw some highs and some lows for fantasy sports. The most noticeable low had to be Adrian Peterson gaining just 32 yards on the ground and nine yards from the pass. What a waste of a play that was!

Matt Hasselbeck continues to be a fantasy bust as he put up just 105 yards in the air, while throwing an INT and taking a sack. Kurt Warner continues to impress with his early season success. Through five games, Warner has thrown for 1472 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. I could do without the 14 sacks, which ranks him sixth in the league for total sacks taken.

Another dud to stud makeover has to be Kyle Orton. Now, I am not an Orton fan or owner, and I will not tell you to grab him because it is only a matter of time before he remembers who he is and that limp noodle of his goes haywire. But, 1,100 passing yards, 7 TDs and 4 INTs are good enough to rank him just outside of the top 15 fantasy players heading into Week 6.


Jon Kitna missed practice on Thursday, which means the 36-year-old is a solid bet to miss the Vikings game. That is a good thing for the offense actually.

Joey Galloway has resumed his running in practice and thinks he has a shot at playing this weekend. Even if he does play, his role is sure to be limited and not worth playing in fantasy leagues yet.

Selvin Young and Tony Scheffler have both been ruled out this weekend with groin injuries. Michael Pittman and Nate Jackson will start in their places. Pittman is talked about below, and Jackson isn't someone I want to play at all.

Brandon Lloyd: Didn't practice this week and dealing with sprained PCL mean he is likely out against the Falcons.

Anthony Gonzalez is likely to see some time on the field against the Ravens, but I wouldn't play him just yet.

Justin Fargas is likely back this week and should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Brian Griese is out and Jeff Garcia is back in. Does it really matter though?

Anquan Boldin is out this week, so do not play him.

Brian Westbrook will most likely sit this week and be back after the bye next weekend.

Chris Chambers's status is uncertain for Week 6, but I'd bet on him sitting.


Don't worry Bengals fans. T.J. Houshmandzadeh is not likely to be traded this season. (Bengals photo)
The Dayton Daily News published reports of T.J. Houshmandzadeh being on the trade block this week. Rest assured, team officials at Bengals HQ say those rumors are absurd. Trades with marquee players rarely happen in the NFL during the season.

Chris Henry is back to playing games, but he still hasn't passed Antonio Chatman on the depth chart, so there is no need to go running out to pick up Henry off your wire right now.

Carson Palmer still has a bad elbow to deal with, but the team is combating that by allowing him to throw as little as possible leading up to the Week 6 contest.

Chris Perry fumbled yet again, bringing the total to an NFL-leading fifth time this past Sunday. It is now time to grab Cedric Benson if you own Perry and have an open roster spot. I am not excited about Benson, but he did look good on Sunday and Perry is losing the ball too often.

Ben Utecht has been missing in action this season as he only has 23 yards receiving. On the other hand, Shayne Graham is going to get some rare kicker love from me here. Graham has been good enough to boot through seven field goals and five PATs thus far. Kickers are next to impossible to predict, which is why I dont try, but Graham has been solid enough so far this season.


Carson Palmer: No, this isn't a homer pick. I really do like Palmer against the Jets defense since they allow 265 yards in the air per game. Palmer has Housh, Ocho Cinco, Chatman and now Henry to throw to, so Palmer is a great buy-low candidate if you can get him still.

Jason Campbell: Campbell's success this season hasnt gone unnoticed, but he is still unowned in 17 percent of Yahoo! leagues. This weekend he faces off against the St. Louis Rams, and their defense has been bad enough to rank them No. 1 overall ... if you go from worst to best that is.

Steve Slaton: Another 17 percent casualty. OK, while it is true that those same 17 percent leagues are most likely 8-team leagues, Slaton owners are not giving him his due. He has racked up 285 yards on the ground with 100 yards via the air, 3 TDs from the ground and another one via the air. If you have Slaton, I wouldn't sit him unless you have one of the top 5-6 RBs on your team.

Correll Buckhalter: Brian Westbrook has banged up McRiblets, and the Eagles have their bye next week. So, the team will most likely sit Westbrook this week as to give him two full weeks of healing. The 49ers are not known for their rushing defense as they allow 128.4 yards per game on the ground. Play Buckhalter if you have Marshawn Lynch, Larry Johnson or Chris Johnson/LenDale White on a bye this week.

Michael Pittman: Selvin Young is hurt and who do the Broncos turn to? Michael "touchdown stealer" Pittman, that's who! To steal one from Yogi Berra, the Jaguars defense ain't what they used to be. I'd play Pittman as a flex back or a second back in a two-back league.

Marques Colston: He MAY play this weekend. He returned to practice Wednesday and was limited, but he still practiced. If he avoids any setbacks this week in practice, he should play this weekend. If he does play, I'd feel very comfortable starting him.

Bobby Engram: Look, Hasselbeck has been HORRIBLE for fantasy owners this season, but you know if you cut him he will blow up that same weekend. So, you keep him. This weekend he plays the Packers and they allow just over 201 yards per game in the air. But, I have a feeling about Engram and will recommend you start him. This is nothing more than a feeling ... no stats to back me up.

Chris Cooley: Cooley is on the Campbell bus that is riding through statsville, USA, otherwise known as St. Louis. Washington is at home, but you know what I mean. The Rams are the best AAA team the NFL has, so play any offensive player you have against them.

Redskins Defense: Well, there is always ONE time to play a fantasy player, and this weekend is the Redskins time. Not only do the Rams give up a lot of points on defense, but they dont score many on offense (43 points this season). Ranked last in fantasy defense and last in scoring offense makes you the best team to play a defense against.

**SIT 'EM**

J.T. O'Sullivan: Everyone is still all hyper over his success. But O'Sullivan has taken 20 sacks so far this season, which ranks him No. 1 in the league. You can't take that many sacks and expect to keep up your top 50 fantasy ranking for very long. This weekend he faces the Eagles and their stifling defense, so expect the O-line to have issues and O'Sullivan to struggle.

Kyle Orton: People want to start him ... they are dying to do it. Sorry, not this weekend. The Falcons are tied for 9th in the NFL with 5 INTs and since Orton has had three good weeks in a row, I am betting it is time for him to go Kyle Orton and throw more picks than TDs this weekend.

Edgerrin James: James is a top 35 fantasy player and people don't expect that when they hear his name. People don't give him the credit he deserves, but playing against the Cowboys isn't the matchup I want to see. I'd sit him in favor of a LeRon McClain or Justin Fargas if they are still available.

DeAngelo Williams: Everybody and their momma went out and grabbed Williams off their waiver wire Sunday when he busted out for 123 yards and 3 TDs last week. Don't get caught up in the hype; Jonathan Stewart is still the main attraction in Carolina. Tampa Bay can stuff the run and while Williams will start, Stewart will spell him when the defense is already tired.

Roy Williams: The emergence of Calvin Johnson has all but made Roy Williams the forgotten man in Detroit. Williams hasn't exactly shined with his 209 yards receiving (ranked 45th in WRs) and one touchdown this season, largely due to Kitna's 1:1 touchdown to interception ratio. I wouldn't play him against the Vikings anyway though.

Eddie Royal: He has a tweaked ankle and is questionable for the game. Coach Shanahan still expects him to play and called his injury a bone bruise, but not practicing on Wednesday isn't a good sign for a good fantasy weekend. Hold him out if you can.

Todd Heap: Heap has gone Vernon Davis on the fantasy leagues and put up a phat 78 yards receiving and one fumble lost. If you happen to be one of the very few that own Heap still, sit him or cut him. Either way, I wouldn't play him this weekend.

New England Defense: The Chargers will be without Chris Chambers this weekend most likely, but they still have the third-highest scoring offense in the NFL right now. Matt Cassel hasn't been Tom Brady by any means, so I look for the Chargers defense to go 3-and-out a lot, meaning more time for the offense on the field.


Q: What do you think of Bo Scaife? Is Anthony Fasano the real deal? Are there any TEs on waivers that are any good?

A:** Bo Scaife is a lower end pick at TE. Fasano is not a GREAT TE in reality, but with no WRs to throw to he has been Pennington's favorite target near the red zone. I view Fasano as a legit top 6-7 fantasy TE this season and would grab him unless you have Witten, Gonzalez, Gates, Cooley or Owen Daniels.

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