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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 6 Key Matchups

Fantasy Football Week 6: Matchup Plays and Sleepers

October 9, 2013

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Week 6 in the NFL is fast approaching (don’t you just love these two-day turnarounds?) so it’s time to start getting that fantasy lineup together. Every Wednesday during the season, we take a look forward to the upcoming schedule and come up with a few waiver-wire level starts who look like they’ve got favorable matchups ahead. Let’s take a look at this week’s selections and see if anyone’s worth starting in your league.

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: If you’ve got Cutler on your roster, this might be the week to start him. He’s playing a Thursday night game against the Giants to kick off Week 6, and that matchup is particularly tasty. The 0-5 New York team has been pretty awful in just about every phase of the game, so the Bears offense should find plenty of room against them. Cutler, meanwhile, has posted 300-plus-yard, multi-touchdown efforts in his last two outings, so he’s playing pretty well when it comes to fantasy numbers.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 6 Key Matchups

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Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Williams broke out in Week 5 as a key contributor in Tony Romo’s record-setting day against the Broncos. The two hooked up for 151 yards and a score, yet another positive step in the right direction after a 71-yard Week 4 performance. Williams will face the divisional rival Redskins this week. We like this matchup, not just because the ’Skins defense is pretty bad, but because Romo will be looking to silence any doubters after his late interception against Denver. That means lots of passing.

Garrett Graham, TE, Houston Texans: This one comes as more of an injury play than anything else, but there are other factors at work here. Graham should be getting plenty of attention after fellow TE Owen Daniels’ injury, which will keep him out for the next 4-6 weeks. On the year, Graham has three touchdowns, so he’s definitely a red zone factor. He’ll see the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, and though the Rams’ defense was supposed to be a big-time force this season, it hasn’t really played out that way. Heck, they allowed 20 points to a snoozing Jacksonville team in Week 5.

Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams: Speaking of the Rams, let’s look at Stacy, who has become the most enticing waiver-wire RB out there this week. He’s coming off a pretty good 78-yard effort on his 14 carries against the Jags, and will get another starting nod this week. Even though the Texans defense is pretty good, we expect Stacy to get enough work to make him worth your fantasy while. He makes a nice flex player this week.

Indianapolis Defense: One of the most-added defenses out there right now is the Colts. That’s something of a surprise, but the numbers back it up: they rank No. 4 in the league after the first five weeks, and have scored double-digit points in the last three weeks.
The only issue here is their Week 6 opponent. The San Diego Chargers have been pretty good offensively, and will provide a tough challenge to the Indy defense. Still, if they can keep up their opportunistic ways (defensive touchdowns in the last two games), the Colts could come up big here.

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