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Fantasy football general managers have been scratching their heads trying to figure out what to do with Arizona Cardinals players in Week 6. With the injury bug plaguing the running backs and tight ends there is sure to be more emphasis on the wide receivers in this weeks matchup against the Buffalo Bills who's secondary is allowing 29.2 fantasy points per game to WR units according to ESPN fantasy. The news that LaRod Stephens-Howling (LSH) is getting the start at RB does not particularly mean he's in for a career day, it means that he'll be on the field and part of a rotation meaning his fantasy relevance is little. Let's take a look at three players on both sides of the ball to give your fantasy team a boost in Week 6.
Start: Andre Roberts, WR. It's obvious that you should always start Larry Fitzgerald as you never know when he is going to go off. But currently higher ranked in fantasy points is Andre Roberts who is ranked as 16th in overall WR points, and averages 9.8 points per game in standard league formats. Against this secondary I expect both Roberts and Fitzgerald to get plenty of catches, especially due to the mess which is the running game.
Sit: LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB. I say sit any RB in an Arizona uniform this week as the coaching staff tries to reevaluate what they have in the stable with Alfonso Smith and William Powell. Don't be surprised to see Anthony Sherman get more passes out of the backfield as was displayed in the limited time against the Rams. This is a unit in flux and should be avoided until someone comes out a winner or the Cardinals sign a new RB #1.
Watch: Rob Housler, TE. Housler has four points in back to back weeks racking up 48 and 45 yards against Miami and St. Louis. With the mess at RB the Cardinals will have to be creative with their TEs and Housler has been proving his worth with big catches and this could be the game that finally lands him in fantasy relevance as an integral part of the Arizona offense. He's one TD away from taking over as TE1 in my book.
Start: Stevie Johnson, WR. Stevie is going to be matched up against Patrick Peterson who is an incredibly skilled CB, but who was also being exploited by Danny Amendola prior to an injury. With Johnson's speed and his connection with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick they could exploit Peterson in a similar manner and connect for some big yards.
Sit: Rian Lindell, K. Lindell hasn't been asked to kick many field goals this year, only being called upon twice and Arizona is not the place to try and dust off his leg. The Cardinals Special Teams is known for blocking kicks and creating pressure which can affect a kickers mentality at home (Janikowski), and sometimes on the road (Gostowski).
Watch: Scott Chandler, TE. Due to the issues on the offense last week against San Francisco Chandler didn't get a lot of action as he was used for blocking and more short passes rather than deep throws or end zone passes. If the Cardinals Defense plays up to the standards they've set for themselves when playing at home Chandler will have a slow week. But Arizona has proven the tendency to let the big bodied TEs make some plays late in the game as proven against Gronkowski, Celek, and Fasano. Chandler proved what he could do against the Patriots and if he's used as a weapon he could be dangerous.
Start the Cardinals Defense/ST. The 49ers had a field day against the Bills last week and a banged up offensive line could be the opening the Cardinals have been looking for to reestablish their dominance of opposing QBs.