NFL Soup|Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Week 6 Fantasy Football Studs: 4 Guys You Have to Start 

Looking for those fantasy football locks that you can’t sit under any circumstances? You came to the right advice column. Week six is no less crucial than any other week, so I’m here to help you lock-in some potential studs that could save your season or keep you running full steam ahead.

Last week I whiffed on Dennis Pitta, but nailed down Philip Rivers, Trent Richardson and Julio Jones. Let’s see if we can make the right calls two weeks in a row:

Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Vick hasn’t lived up to the hype this year, so I get any hesitance to use him. However, he’s a potential fantasy machine and he’s going to blow up eventually. Week six against a shaky Lions defense is as good a week as any to put some trust in him. I think he has a field day against Detroit.

Darren McFadden, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Run DMC hasn’t been what we thought he’d be, but a slow start doesn’t always mean a dead season. After all, at least McFadden has been getting the ball like crazy all year long. Don’t expect that to stop against a suddenly soft Falcons run defense.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Right there with Vick, D-Jax is too talented to be so average for much longer, while the matchup is clearly there. There are also whispers that Jackson could jump back into punt return duty, adding to his value in leagues that award return yards and scores.

Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers

If you hadn’t noticed, this is redemption week. Just like these other guys above, Gates hasn’t met expectations and is getting closer and closer to that breakout game we all crave. I think this is finally the week he at least hits pay dirt and gets you some solid production.

I know Gates has been leaving a lot to be desired so far in 2012, but you have to stick with him. As bad as it’s been, he’s about to blow up and a prime time stage with a matchup against the division rival Broncos couldn’t be a better place for it.

About the author: Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts heads the fantasy football division of NFLSoup. In 2012, Roberts finished 16th overall in Fantasy Pros expert fantasy football rankings. In addition to running the fantasy football section of the site, Roberts contributes to NFL Soup’s NFL Draft coverage and breaking news reporting. Follow Kevin on Twitter @NFLSoupKevin

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