Week 6 Fantasy Football Buy or Sell: Time to Unload Aaron Rodgers?
It’s time for another weekly addition of fantasy football buy or sell, with some big-time names I’m buying this week, as well as big-time names I’m selling. With nearly a month and a half of the 2012 season in the books, we now have a better idea of who’s going to help our fantasy teams, and who’s going to only hurt them.
And since fantasy football is a marathon, not a sprint, it’s important to get an early lookout for those players that can aid your team to an eventual championship.
1. Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens
Despite Flacco’s subpar performance against the Chiefs last week, I’m still high on him for the 2012 season. His seven touchdowns and four interceptions may not look good on paper, but he hasn’t thrown more than one interception in the five games so far this season. Plus next week, he faces an average (at best) Cowboys defense which Jay Cutler lit up. Flacco fans and fantasy owners, he’s going to bounce back.
2. Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings
Until Ponders two interceptions against the Titans, he hadn’t thrown any picks all year. Through five games, he only has six touchdowns and not even 1,100 yards passing, but he’s playing pretty solid ball right now. His team’s 4-1 and he’s thrown the ball 25+ times in every game so far. He may not be your starter every week, but he’s a solid fill-in during bye weeks or injuries.
3. Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
He may be on a bye this week, but Cutler faces average secondaries against the Lions, Panthers and Titans in his next three games after the bye. He’s thrown 4 touchdowns and just one interception his past two games, and is 7-7 on the season in those two categories (remember, he had a four interception game against the Packers). The Bears offense is rolling and the Cutler to Brandon Marshall tandem seems unstoppable right now.
4. Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
The first overall pick in many fantasy leagues, Foster has not been a disappointment at all this season. He’s had at least one touchdown in every game so far this season with five rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown as his the Texans are 5-0. He’s getting plenty of touches in every game, too, with at least 25 total in every game. He’s a must start every week, regardless of the opponent.
5. Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants
Against the Browns, Cruz had five catches with three of those being touchdowns. Though opposing defenses attempt to shut him down every week, it’s been a hard thing for them to do; Cruz has had a touchdown in three out of the five games so far this season. Eli Manning is going to continue to throw the ball his way, and he is also a must start every week.
1. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
This may seem like a stretch, and I hate to say it, but I have to sell Rodgers–last year’s NFL MVP–for right now. Though he’s had seven touchdowns and only two interceptions in his last two games, with ten and four on the year, respectively, the road ahead is going to be bumpy for Rodgers and the Packers. The loss of running back Cedric Benson is going to hurt, and the absence of wide receiver Greg Jennings has proved to be huge. He faces the Texans next (which will be a hard matchup), before facing underrated secondaries in the Rams and Cardinals in two of their three games after Houston. He’s not the Aaron Rodgers of last year, and with no threatening running game, all defenses have to do is play that Cover 2 defense to slow down Rodgers and the passing game.
2. Mark Sanchez, QB, New York Jets
Sanchez has thrown an interception in all but one game so far this season, and has six touchdowns with six interceptions on the season. Since Week 1, he hasn’t produced great fantasy numbers, and with an average offense that misses Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill and Dustin Keller, Sanchez isn’t going to light up the field and scoreboard any time soon.
3. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
I love Larry Fitzgerald and think he’s one of the best wideouts in football, however, he’s just not a great fantasy receiver without a great quarterback. He only has two touchdowns on the season and doesn’t even have 400 yards receiving; Fitzgerald has broken the century mark in just one game all year. Whether it’s Kevin Kolb or John Skelton throwing the ball, with defenses consistently doubling him, he’s going to continue to have trouble putting up big fantasy numbers on a consistent and reliable basis.
4. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
Newton is facing a sophomore slump this season, with four touchdowns and five interceptions on the year. Add in three more touchdowns rushing and it doesn’t look too bad, but he still hasn’t been playing great football this year (or near the level he played last season). Newton is also, at times, allowing his emotions get the best of him, and his frustration is clearly evident. He’s on a bye this week, before facing the Cowboys, Bears, Redskins and Broncos.
5. Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders
McFadden has once again been a fantasy disappointment, having just one touchdown on the season. Though he’s managed to finally stay healthy, his numbers still lack quality production. Since Week 1, he hasn’t touched the ball more than 20 times in a game, which has led to (aside from the Steelers game), poor yardage production. He faces a tough Falcons defense this week, and it likely won’t be worth to start him this week, if not for awhile.