Fantasy Sit Start -
1. WR Brian Quick, STL:
Quick will have a tough time getting open against Seattle this week, as he will be shadowed by CB Richard Sherman for most of the contest. Brian Quick has solidified his status at the Rams number one reciever after a hot start to the season, but playing against this tough Seahawks defense will make it difficult for Quick to get too much production. The 25-year-old breakout performer out of Appalachian State is on pace to break 1,000 yards on the season, but this week's game will not help him move too much closer to that goal. Avoid using Brian Quick against Seattle this week, as he is at best a low flex option.
2. RB Steven Jackson, ATL:
Steven Jackson will not be put in a position to succeed against the Ravens stout rush defense on Sunday. Baltimore ranks 8th in allowing 90.7 rushing yards per game, and SJax will need a lot of help in order to do some damage on the road this week. Jackson was only handed the ball 6 times a week ago, and this decreasing window of opportunity just makes it that much more difficult him to bounce back from a poor showing. Jackson has been a weapon in the passing game in past seasons, with 3,515 receiving yards in 10 seasons, but has not been utilized this way since coming to Atlanta. His value is minimal, especially this week, as he should be avoided in all standard fantasy formats.
3. QB Drew Brees, NO:
Drew Brees will likely struggle as he and the Saints head to Detroit for Week 7. New Orleans has been awful on the road,losing six straight games away from the Superdome. Complicating matters for the Saints and Brees is Detroit's number one ranked pass defense which allows only 197.2 passing yards per game. With RB Mark Ingram back from his hand injury, it could relieve Brees of some pressure and allow them to rely on the running game as well, but not really enough to the point where the passing lanes will be open for the Saints' wideouts. Brees is a middle-of-the-pack QB2 at Detroit for Sunday's contest.
1. RB Jerick McKinnon, MIN:
Jerick McKinnon dominated the Minnesota backfield, out-touching Matt Asiata 17-3. Not only did he get more touches, but McKinnon was on the field for 48 total snaps, while Asiata was only in for 15. The young athletic tailback has most likely established himself as the Vikings starting RB, and they will continue to run their offense through him. He was able to pick up 82 total yards against a stifling Lions defense, and his next task is to take on the Bills. Buffalo ranks number in allowing only 67.5 rushing yards per game, but expect McKinnon to find a way to make an impact as he will get several looks in the air as well as on the ground. McKinnon can be used as a flex play, with low RB2 upside.
2. RB Branden Oliver, SD:
Branden Oliver is a must-start RB1 at this point, as he has become the bell-cow in San Diego. With Ryan Mathews and Donald Brown sidelined, Oliver has come into the starting role and shown why he deserves to remain there even after the injury issues are eradicated. Oliver has put together back-to-back performances with at least 100 yards and 1 TD, as he has continued to gain the trust of the Chargers coaching staff to make plays in clutch situations. Olivers will look to keep the ball rolling against Kansas City's poor run defense, that is ranked 23rd, allowing 127.4 yards per contest. Look for Oliver to run the Chiefs into the ground and keep up the high level of productivity.
3. TE Jordan Reed, WAS:
Jordan Reed has fully recovered from his Week 1 hamstring pull, and is a tough guard for all defenses, so we have him listed as a fantasy football start. Reed went for a line of 8-92-0 against the Arizona Cardinals as he was eased back into action a week ago, only playing 35 of 65 offensive snaps. He received 11 targets in such little time on the field, and will certainly see similar production in Tennessee this week. The Titans rank 18th in pass defense, allowing 247.3 yards per game through the air. It will be even more difficult for the Titans defense to contain Reed this week, as it is unlikely that QB Jake Locker will be able to suit up. Without their starting QB, the Titans defense will be on the field much longer, allowing Jordan Reed to light them up. Jordan Reed can be used as a top 5 TE1 this week.