Nobody is working in Washington this week, including the Redskins. Meanwhile, Thursday’s game between the Browns and Bills is so underwhelming that I’m skipping straight to Sunday. In fact, the early games on Sunday represent the most intriguing fantasy match-ups of the week, so let’s stick with them for this week’s start and sit.

Bye Week: Steelers, Bucs, Vikings, Redskins

Detroit @ Green Bay
Sun. Oct. 6 1 p.m.

This game is going to be a shoot-out. Green Bay is coming off a bye and Aaron Rodgers averages almost 300 yards per game when he’s given two weeks to prepare for an opponent. Expect Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, and James Jones to be heavily involved. Eddie Lacy is back from a concussion and will likely split time with Johnathon Franklin who posted a 100-yard game against the Bengals in Week 3. Both are risky starts but you could do worse to cover players on bye. The Detroit Lions are ranked 21st against the pass and 20th against the run. Green Bay must win this game or fall 2.5 games behind in the division.

The Lions are hitting on all cylinders with Reggie Bush back in the lineup. That’s good news for Bush owners, but puts Bell owners in a quandary. Bell had only 11 touches against the Bears in Week 4. You might have better options this week. Megatron had only 44 yards and 1 TD against the Bears, but this is the team that gave up 200 yards to Boldin in week 1. Nobody should be starting Brandon Pettigrew or Ryan Broyles. Stafford should put decent numbers despite losing sneaky good Nate Burleson to a broken arm.

New Orleans @ Chicago
Sun. Oct. 6 1 p.m.

Fresh off their dismantling of the undefeated Dolphins, the Saints face an overrated Chicago defense. Da Bears have the 15th ranked rushing defense and the 23rd ranked passing defense. Brees, Graham, Sproles, and Colston are all solid starts this week for the league’s No. 2 offense, but they won’t put up the same huge stats that they do when playing on the carpet.

Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall are must starts for da Bears. Alshon Jeffery had the best game of his career last week, but he has yet to demonstrate consistent fantasy production. Martellus Bennett is a solid starting tight end. While da Bears should be playing from behind midway through the first quarter, that is too often an invitation for Jay Cutler to turn the ball over. He’s a risky start.

Seattle @ Indianapolis
Sun. Oct. 6 1 p.m.

While this game is being billed as Luck vs Wilson, both teams are likely to pound the ball on the ground. I’m sure you could guess that the Seahawks are the 4th ranked passing defense, but did you know that the Colts have the 7th ranked pass defense? I’d rather start Eli Manning against the Eagles or Sam Bradford against the Jags than either Wilson or Luck. Richardson and Lynch, on the other hand, need to be in your starting lineup. As of this writing, it looks like Bradshaw is out for another week with a neck injury.

Philadelphia @ New York Giants
Sun. Oct. 6 1 p.m.

Philadelphia is the worst defense in the league, and the Giants haven’t been much better. Expect big fantasy points from Vick, McCoy, and Jackson as he gets back to the up-tempo offense. Eli and Victor Cruz will have big games for the Giants. See if you can buy David Wilson right now because he’s about to have his breakout game. On the other hand, Hakeem Nicks is gaining the reputation as a malcontent and is wearing out his welcome in New York. Hope that he puts up big numbers this week and then sell high.

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