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FANTASY FOOTBALL: Week 6 fantasy studs, duds and sleepers

5:52 AM, Oct 11, 2012   |    comments
  • STUD - QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers: Big Ben has gone over 300 yards passing just once in four games, but with Rashard Mendenhall back and leading the running game, defenses will be forced to be more honest. The Tennessee Titans can't stop much of anything on defense, and they're allowing 2.4 passing scores per game, good for fifth most in the league. (Photo Courtesy: US Presswire)
  • DUD - RB Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers: He looked healthy and fresh in his 81-yard, one-score season debut last week. You can't ask for a better rushing matchup than the Titans, but Todd Haley plans to stick with a running back committee, and they don't want to overwork Mendy too soon. If the Steelers jump out to a sizable lead, they'll probably feel fortunate to ease off the pedal with Mendenhall. (Photo Courtesy: US Presswire)
  • SLEEPER - RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals: The Law Firm has been serviceable, to say the least, after five weeks. He's the type of back that needs plenty of carries to get going, and the 0-5 Browns should give him the opportunity for a generous workload. They've allowed 25.2 attempts, 130.4 yards and 0.40 rushing TDs per contest. (Photo Courtesy: US Presswire)
  • DUD - TE Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers: Michael Crabtree's emergence as a trustworthy receiver may start to lessen Alex Smith's reliance on Davis. The G-Men are still vulnerable on the outside, but they haven't been beaten by tight ends, giving up only 4.60 catches and no scores per game to the position. (Photo Courtesy: US Presswire)
  • SLEEPER - TE Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles: Philly must be searching for ways to avoid Michael Vick sacks and fumbles. Getting the ball out faster could be a solution that would benefit Celek. Detroit has been vulnerable to tight ends, too, surrendering 63.3 yards and 0.75 receiving touchdowns per game. (Photo Courtesy: US Presswire)
  • SLEEPER - QB Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals: Kolb and the up-tempo Arizona offense shouldn't be slowed too much by a very mediocre Buffalo defense. The loss of Ryan Williams (shoulder) for the season will push the Cardinals to rely more on Kolb's arm, and it's the perfect matchup to do so if you need a bye-week filler at QB. (Photo Courtesy: US Presswire)
  • SLEEPER - Detroit Lions defense: The Lions have been one of the worst all-around units, but the impending return of Louis Delmas (knee) and a Week 5 bye should invigorate them -- at least in the secondary. Facing Michael Vick, who has fumbled eight times and taken 14 sacks, can't hurt. (Photo Courtesy: US Presswire)
  • DUD - QB Eli Manning, New York Giants: By now, it's becoming taboo to start your guys when they go up against the San Francisco 49ers, and with good reason. Hakeem Nicks isn't a lock to return, and even if he does, he'll unlikely be at full speed. The Niners secondary is good enough to force someone other than Victor Cruz to beat them. (Photo Courtesy: US Presswire)
  • STUD - RB Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons: Turner has quickly lost his appeal as the Burner, and he's surpassed 100 yards rushing just once -- against the Carolina Panthers. However, another 100-yard effort could be in the cards against Oakland. The Raiders are allowing over 100 yards and 1.3 rushing scores per contest. Atlanta likes to control the clock when it's comfortably ahead, too, which is a good bet. (Photo Courtesy: US Presswire)
  • STUD - WR Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs: Expect Brady Quinn to look Bowe's way often if starting quarterback Matt Cassel can't play. The Chiefs have heavily favored the run in previous games, but Tampa Bay's stout run defense will change their game plan. It doesn't hurt that the Bucs have allowed the highest per-game passing yardage (354.8), either. (Photo Courtesy: US Presswire)
  • STUD - TE Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings: It's no secret that Washington's secondary can be exploited, even by Christian Ponder. Rudolph is one of Ponder's favorite targets -- especially in the red zone -- and the Redskins are allowing the second-most fantasy points to tight ends (11.2) in the league. (Photo Courtesy: US Presswire)
  • DUD - WR Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens: Smith has struggled coming off the line of scrimmage against physical corners, which Dallas possesses. Joe Flacco may decide to look elsewhere -- or just hand the ball to Ray Rice.
  • STUD - WR Andre Johnson, Houston Texans: Other than an eight-catch Week 1, Johnson hasn't had more than three grabs in his other four games, compounded by a one-catch effort against the Jets. The matchup against Green Bay figures to be a shootout, though, and the Packers secondary hasn't slowed opposing wideouts. (Photo Courtesy: US Presswire)
  • DUD - RB Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots: Ridley's two-game run of 100-yard rushing efforts is about to come to an end. The possible return of Aaron Hernandez will likely mean more passing, especially since Seattle's defense has only allowed 66.6 ground yards per game. (Photo Courtesy: US Presswire)
  • SLEEPER - WR Steve Smith, St. Louis Rams: Brandon Gibson and Chris Givens will become starters on the outside with Danny Amendola (clavicle) dinged up. Smith will slide into the slot, though, and against a suspect Miami secondary, the former Giant wideout could be looked at often. (Photo Courtesy: US Presswire)
    
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It's Week 6, and bye weeks are in full force. Thankfully, fantasy owners setting their lineups this week can find a comfort zone with several veterans who have favorable matchups. Here are the week 6 fantasy football players you'll want to sit, start or slip into your lineup.

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