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Fantasy Football News: 2013 NFL Week 6 Matchup Previews and Analysis

Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 6 Matchups to Watch

October 12, 2013

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Week 6 Matchups to Watch

St. Louis Rams at Houston Texans - There is no question that Matt Schaub in on the hot seat, and with that, the entire Texans offense is on the fantasy hot seat. It is hard for NFL teams to overcome the loss of a reliable starting QB, and opposing defenses love to get after backup quarterbacks. T.J. Yates performed well as a rookie when he had to step in for Matt Schaub in 2011, but his lack of experience could impact the Texans fantasy value. Schaub has kept this offense moving for many years now, and it would be much easier for fantasy owners if Schaub could simply right his ship this week at home against the Rams weak secondary. If Schaub can't get the job done, than fantasy owners will have to hope T.J. Yates is up to challenge, otherwise the Texans fantasy value will drop like the Buccaneers fantasy value has.

The St Louis Rams have several questions that need to be answered as well. Many fantasy owners are wondering why Jared Cook is taking a stroll down mega bust boulevard. Fantasy owners are also wonder if there is a running back on the Rams roster that can be started with confidence. And finally, will a legitimate number one wide receiver emerge this year for the Rams? The Texans have a strong defense, so the Rams will have a difficult time scoring points this week. The Rams will need playmakers to step up and make big contributions during this game, otherwise, it will be a long day for the Rams fans, and fantasy footballers that started Rams players.

Fantasy Football News: 2013 NFL Week 6 Matchup Previews and Analysis

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Can Schaub keep his job?

Where is Jared Cook?

Will a true lead running back and wide receiver emerge this year for the Rams?


Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys - The Fantasy Football World is still feeling the aftershocks from the offensive earthquake that rocked Dallas last weekend. Now fantasy footballers are wondering if Romo is capable of an encore performance against a struggling Redskins defense. Romo should have his full complement of weapons on the field this week. Miles Austin is looking like he will play Sunday, and fantasy owner will be curious to see how Romo utilizes both Austin and the recent waiver wire darling, Terrance Williams.

Fantasy owners are also wondering when the real RGIII will show up and play like he did last year. The Redskins offense has been able to score points in the second half, but they have struggled at the beginning of games. These struggles are contributing to a declining running game as well, and Alfred Morris's fantasy value as taken a hit. Last year Alf averaged 21 carries a game in the Redskins first four games, and this year Alf is averaging only 14 carries a game. Morris still looks to be the lead back in Washington, but the horrifying nightmares cause by the dreaded Shanahanigans are starting to creep into the back of fantasy footballers minds. Morris should be healthy and play well against the Cowboys this weekend, but if he struggles and Roy Helu plays well like he did in the Redskins last game, than the Redskins backfield could become a fantasy nightmare.

Can Romo produce an encore performance against a weak Washington secondary?

Who will get more targets, Terrance Williams or Miles Austin?

Will RG3 get back on track?

WIll Alfred Morris prevent Shanahanigans from starting again?


Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings - Cam Newton compares himself to Superman when he celebrates after scoring a touchdown. Newtown has only scored one rushing TD this season, and he has not been very "super" this year at all. Newton was drafted to be a top 5 fantasy quarterback, and his fantasy value comes from his rushing ability. So far this season, Newton has only rushed 20 timed for 123 yards. Newton has rushed for over 700 yards in every year he has been in the league, but he is currently on pace for just under 500 yards. Newton started out slow last year but found his groove around the midseason mark. Fantasy owners that invested a high draft pick in Newton are hoping this is the week he breakouts out and gets back on track.

The Vikings have the consensus overall number one fantasy draft pick on their team, but as of now, Adrian Peterson is the only reliable fantasy option on the Vikings team. Since the Vikings have shown they are moving away from Christian Ponder, will this quarterback change cause more reliable fantasy options to emerge in Minnesota?  Jerome Simpson and Greg Jennings will greatly benefit from upgraded quarterback play, and Kyle Rudolph could also turn his season around. Right now Cassel is the Vikings starting quarterback, but Josh Freeman was brought in to compete for playing time. Both Cassel and Freeman are veteran quarterbacks, and either one should provide a lift to the Minnesota passing attack.

When will Cam Newton and Steve Smith show up?

Will the Vikings QB change create more fantasy starters in Minnesota?


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