Stud – Michael Vick (PHI): This could be the week Vick owners are waiting for. He’s been a big disappointment this season and has turned the ball over at an alarming rate. This week he faces a Lions team that has yet to record and interception and that has ceded five passing TD’s in four weeks. With the hopes of a shootout Vick is primed to finally get on track.
Dud – Tony Romo (DAL): We should see the Cowboys’ quarterback improve greatly over his last start against Chicago. He had an entire bye week to think about his five-interception performance. Still, it’s going to be hard to get much going against a Ravens’ defense that hasn’t allowed multiple TD passes to an opposing quarterback in 23 straight regular season contests. Romo has only mustered two TD’s total of his last three contests.
Sleeper – Matt Schaub (HOU): After watching Drew Brees and Andrew Luck light up the Packers’ secondary the past two weeks for 808 yards and six passing touchdowns I like Schaub’s chances for a decent game versus Green Bay. He makes for a good bye-week filler, but temper your expectations as he has only had multiple scores twice in five games and has been held under 210 passing yards three times this season.
Stud – Darren McFadden (OAK): Despite turning in three dud performances in three of his first four games, fantasy owners should confidently start McFadden coming out of his bye against a Falcons’ D that has been more than generous to running backs. Atlanta has ceded 5.4 yards per carry and 142.8 yards per game while allowing the 13th most fantasy points to the position. DMC has top five potential written all over him in Week 6.
Dud – Alfred Morris (WAS): It’s hard to recommend fantasy owners to sit Alfred Morris this week, but don’t be surprised if he leaves you disappointed. The Redskins face off against a Vikings’ rushing defense that ranks as the second stingiest in the league for fantasy runners to go up against while not allowing a rushing touchdown in 2012.
Sleeper – Vick Ballard (IND): The Colts are without Donald Brown for the next 2-3 weeks due to injury, leaving the door wide open for him to make a splash. To this point of the season Ballard is only averaging 2.0 yards per carry, but he’s yet to be given a large workload so expect him to find his groove. It doesn’t hurt that Indy is facing a Jets defense that is allowing 24.6 fantasy points and 144.6 rushing yards per game to opposing running backs.
Stud – Dwayne Bowe (KC): Bowe has found a way to produce most of the season in the Chiefs’ struggling passing attack, posting six or more catches in four straight weeks while ranking third in the NFL in targets. This week he’ll have Brady Quinn throwing him the ball as Matt Cassel is out with a concussion. The Bucs allow the third most points to fantasy wide receivers and that should translate into a third 100-yard day for Bowe.
Dud – Torrey Smith (BAL): After a back-to-back breakout games, Smith was stymied last week in Kansas City as he was held to just 38 yards. Now he has the daunting the task of matching up against the Cowboys’ stingy secondary. With Morris Claiborne and Brandon Flowers focusing on locking him down it is going to be tough for Smith to do what he does best, go long.
Sleeper – Andre Roberts (ARZ): The Cardinals get to face the Bills this week and that is always good news for players on your fantasy team. The Bills have been shredded the past two weeks by the Patriots and Bills and Roberts has been consistently productive most of the year. Buffalo allows two WR touchdowns per game and Roberts is a good bet to grab one here.
Stud – Kyle Rudolph (MIN): Rudolph has delivered on all the accolades I placed on him at the beginning of the year and look for the trend to continue on Sunday against a Redskins unit that is allowing the second most fantasy points to tight ends. The Vikings’ tight end rarely gets big yardage but he will get chances in the red zone.
Dud – Aaron Hernandez (NE): It’s looking as if there is chance Hernandez returns to the lineup this weekend, but with the late game owners can ill afford to wait for a game-time decision. Even if he does play, getting him back your fantasy lineup is risky.
Sleeper – Brent Celek (PHI): Celek ranks in the top five at the position in targets and faces a Lions’ defense that has allowed three different tight ends to exceed 60 yards in a game this season and is currently ceding the fourth-most fantasy points to the position.