Fantasy Football: Week Six Staff Must Start, Must Sit and Sleeper Picks

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Oct 6, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) and Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell (21) reach for a ball that falls incomplete during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

J.T. McGrath:

Must Start: Tony Romo (QB) Dallas Cowboys

Everyone knows how well Peyton Manning has been playing this season, but Romo actually outperformed him in the fantasy world this past week.  Romo has been absolutely prolific at home since the start of 2012, posting an average of 347 yards/game and 2.3 touchdowns/game in those eleven starts.  Plus, the Cowboys are hosting the Redskins, a team that has allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.  Romo might make unforgettable boo-boos in reality ball, but when it comes to fantasy, you want him as your starter.  Those who benched him last week against Denver’s defense won’t make that same mistake this week.  I know I won’t.

Must Sit: Larry Fitzgerald (WR) Arizona Cardinals. 

Fitz is an obvious elite talent, but has struggled with a nagging hamstring injury and Carson Palmer has looked awful.  The 49ers’ defense has held opponents to the tune of 189 passing yards/game, a grand total of five passing touchdowns, and the game is in San Francisco.  If that isn’t a recipe for disaster, I don’t know what is.

Sleeper: Keenan Allen (WR) San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers is completing a stellar 73.7% of his passes this season and when the ball is not going to Antonio Gates, it’s being hauled in by Vincent Brown or Keenan Allen.  In weeks 3-5, Allen has seen his targets (1, 6, 9), receptions (1, 5, 6) and yards (-4, 80, 115) increase each time.  Last week, he turned some heads with his first career 100-yard receiving game and a touchdown.  By the end of the season, this guy just might be Rivers’ most reliable receiver.