Week Six Reaches

Quarterback

David Garrard vs. St. Louis – He was bad last week, but he didn’t have his best passing target. Mike Sims-Walker is back, so Garrard should be able to put up good numbers against a suspect Ram secondary.

Jason Campbell vs. Kansas City – I know, Campbell has been bad. It doesn’t help that LT Chris Samuels is out, so there’s some downside risk. The upside is that the Chiefs have no pass rush and they’ve had coverage problems all season. I’m using Campbell this week for a bye week replacement and I’m expecting 220 yards or more and a TD in that role. That’s realistic production.

Running Back

Mike Bell vs. NY Giants – We’re told he’ll be getting goal-line carries from here on out, so Bell has a chance to score every game. While he’s not likely to post good yardage against a solid Giant run defense, he’s a decent bet to score. Not a bad #3 RB.

Tim Hightower at Seattle – He’s averaging about six catches/game, so Hightower is a rock solid #3 RB starter in PPR leagues every week. Against Seattle, he’ll get a decent amount of touches, so start him in that role.

Leon Washington vs. Buffalo – We know, he’s been disappointing to say the least. But it’s not like Washington isn’t getting the touches. It’s about how they use him. Against Buffalo which has major injury issues at linebacker, Washington should put up good enough numbers for you to start him as your #3 RB.

LeSean McCoy at Oakland – Sure, these reaches that are supposed to be in blowout games haven’t exactly come through. But can you see any way that the Eagles don’t blow out the Raiders? That said, McCoy has to put up numbers in garbage time as well as coming in to spell starting RB Brian Westbrook. Start him as your #3 RB.

Wide Receiver

Sidney Rice vs. Baltimore – The Ravens have small CBs and Rice is pretty tall. The Ravens have been inconsistent against the pass at times, so Rice could find success in this game as your #3 WR.

Bryant Johnson at Green Bay – Assuming starting WR Calvin Johnson is inactive for this game, there’s a possibility that Bryant Johnson moves over to his side. If he does, that means he’ll be more involved. Even if he doesn’t, we’re expecting the Lions to be playing from behind all game, so he’s not a bad #3 WR in PPR leagues.

Steve Breaston at Seattle – Make sure he’s actually playing because he’s listed as questionable. If he is, the Seahawks have a weak nickel DB, so Breaston could do some damage as your #3 WR.

Dennis Northcutt at Green Bay – He could be heavily involved if Calvin Johnson is inactive. If Johnson is out, look for Northcutt to catch 4-7 passes in this game, good enough for you to start him as your #3 WR.

Devery Henderson vs. New York Giants – This could finally be the game where the absence of CB Aaron Ross for the Giants gets exploited. We have to think that head coach Sean Payton dials up a deep play or two off of play action in this game with Henderson being the recipient.

Mike Wallace vs. Cleveland – He doesn’t catch a lot of passes, but when he does, 1-2 are usually for big plays down field. Wallace isn’t a bad reach player as your #3 WR.

Johnny Knox at Atlanta – His role still isn’t defined, but it’s hard to keep this guy down based on his obvious skill set. He could make a few big plays against a suspect Falcon secondary.

Andre Caldwell vs. Houston – Carson Palmer seems to have trust in him to take over a missing possession role in their offense. The Texans lack good cover CBs, especially as backups, so Caldwell could catch 4-5 passes in this one as your #3 WR in PPR leagues.

Chris Henry vs. Houston – While the Bengals have clearly become a run first-team in mentality, the Texans are a poor coverage team. They’ve only faced one good passing team and they did a poor job against the Cardinals last week. The Texans have bad backup CBs, so Henry has a chance at a big play or two.

Danny Amendola at Jacksonville – He’s starting to be used more as I expected out of the slot. They likely will be behind in this game, so they will have to throw more. Amendola has decent value this week as your #3 WR in PPR leagues.

Tight End

Jermichael Finley vs. Detroit – Hopefully, his performance against the Vikings will carry over. He’s almost impossible to cover one-one-one because of his athleticism, so Finley has a decent chance to do something of note against a bad Lion defense.

Heath Miller vs. Cleveland – They probably won’t throw it much against bad Brown defense since they can win the ball any way they want to. But Miller has 18 catches of his last three games and has five catches in four out of his first five games. So they finally are starting to use him more consistently. Good matchup for him this week against a bad Brown secondary and cover LBs.

Marcedes Lewis vs. St. Louis – He’s been targeted quite a bit so far and Lewis is hard to cover because he’s so tall. He’s not a bad starter this week against a less than average Ram defense.

Zach Miller vs. Philadelphia – Jabroni Russell continues to struggle, so there’s always a chance that Miller does as well, so he’s a risky starter. However, the Eagles don’t cover the tight end well, so Miller has a chance to be productive.

Defense

Green Bay vs. Detroit – They’ve been struggling since their hot start. However, they’ll face turnover prone QB Daunte Culpepper, so it’s a good week to start the Packer defense.

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