Two Minute Warning - Week 6
By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - There are just a few minutes left before the games begin for real and this is your last chance to set fantasy lineups. Who will be productive performers and who will be the disappointments? The answer starts with who will play and who will watch from the sidelines.
There are four teams on bye this week: Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville and New Orleans. Make sure you haven't left any of their players in your lineup.
Here is the latest information as we approach game-time.
Alex Smith, San Francisco - He injured a finger on his throwing hand, but there is no way he misses today's game against the Super Bowl Champions. Smith is a viable starter during bye weeks. LATEST UPDATE - Smith is active.
Brady Quinn, Kansas City - Quinn will get the start against Tampa Bay with starter Matt Cassel out due to a concussion. While Quinn has yet to prove he's worthy of a fantasy start, the Bucs will be without talented cornerback Aqib Talib. LATEST UPDATE - Cassel is inactive.
Robert Griffin III, Washington - NFL.com says that despite his questionable tag, Griffin will start.
Running backs -
Arian Foster, Houston - The heart of the undefeated Texans' offense has been dealing with a knee problem, but he'll start in this important game against Green Bay, so should, of course, be in every fantasy lineup.
Reggie Bush, Miami - The oft-injured Bush has been much more reliable in Miami than in his days with New Orleans and though he won't be 100 percent he's ready to go and faces a vulnerable Rams run defense. LATEST UPDATE - Bush is active.
Ryan Mathews, San Diego - Coach Norv Turner has finally let Mathews out of the doghouse and Mathews showed last week he's a value fantasy asset both as a runner and receiver. He's a must start in what should be a high-scoring Monday night game as the Broncos top-notch cornerbacks will likely force Chargers' quarterback Philip Rivers to throw look toward Antonio Gates and Mathews more than Malcom Floyd and Robert Meachem.
Vick Ballard, Indianapolis - Donald Brown is out leaving the running game to Ballard who has yet to show us he's fantasy worthy. He'll likely play the first two downs and give way to Mewelde Moore in passing situations, so we're not sure even with the start whether he can make fantasy owners happy. LATEST UPDATE - Brown is inactive.
Alex Green, Green Bay - The second of three teams with a new starting running back. Green will likely share time with James Starks and red zone carries with John Kuhn so he may not see more than 10-12 attempts. That's a low total to put up big numbers and we recommend letting him sit against the tough Texans' defense.
William Powell, Arizona - Powell may not start, that honor could go to LaRod Stephens-Howling, but he should get more of the workload than LSH who will be the primary kick returner. The Cardinals have yet to prove they can open holes for any running back with a team average of 2.7 ypc, but if you need to start one of the backs because of injuries or the bye week then Powell is the better option.
Wide Receivers -
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants - Nicks practiced on Thursday and Friday and made the cross-country trip to San Francisco, but is still a game-time decision. If he plays, he's a must start, but have an alternative plan ready.
Wes Welker, New England - Aaron Hernandez is expected to return, but Julian Edelman will not play. Welker has been huge over the past three weeks (30-375-1) and the trend should continue.
A.J. Green, Cincinnati - Green is dealing with a slight knee problem, but has always been expected to play. He'll face the Browns' best in cornerback, Joe Haden, who is just coming off a four-game suspension. LATEST UPDATE - green is active.
Pierre Garcon, Washington - Garcon wasn't even listed on the injury list for Wednesday or Thursday, but on Friday he was limited because of his on-going foot injury. We're not sure what kind of setback took place, but be wary of putting him in your starting lineup unless you have another option that you can use if he is inactive.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland - He's on track to return this week, but is a WR3 at best against a tough Falcons' defense. Over his first three contests this season, he's failed to crack the 50-yard mark or catch more than four balls in a game. LATEST UPDATE - Heyward-Bey is active.
Mohamed Massaquoi, Cleveland - Massaquoi has done almost nothing this season and both Greg Little and Josh Gordon should be started before Massaquoi. LATEST UPDATE - Massaquoi is inactive.
Damaris Johnson, Philadelphia - Johnson was seeing about four targets-a-game as well as returning kicks, but he'll miss Week 6.
Austin Pettis, St. Louis - Pettis will start opposite Brandon Gibson for the Rams.
Stephen Hill, New York Jets - Hill is active for the Week 6 matchup with Indianapolis, but it's hard to start any Jets players the way the offense has performed over the past few weeks.
Tight Ends -
Jermichael Finley, Green Bay - Finley was limited in practice, but even when healthy he's one of the most inconsistent tight end in football. Sure he'll have a three-touchdown game once-a-season, but he's failed to put up double- digits in 15 of his last 20 games.
Martellus Bennett, New York Giants - Bennett has made a quick recovery from a hyperextended knee and is a viable fantasy option if active. If Nicks also returns, Bennett could find himself in one on one coverage all day.
Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit - Pettigrew was limited in practice but is expected to play. he's a Matthew Stafford favorite and should be plenty of targets against Philadelphia.
Dustin Keller, New York Jets - Keller will be active this week, his first since the opening game of the season. It's hard to start any Jets players the way their offense has been sputtering.
Nick Novak, San Diego - Novak will replace Nate Kaeding for a third consecutive week and has yet to miss a kick. In what should be a high-scoring Monday night game, Novak is a solid fantasy option.
Louis Delmas, Detroit - Delmas will make his 2012-13 debut and it couldn't have come at a better time for the Lions as they face DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek.
10/14 12:09:49 ET