Oct 12, 2012
Just as it seemed the Packers had found a running back they liked in Cedric Benson, he then goes down with a foot injury that will likely cost him the rest of the season. Enter Alex Green. Green, a second-year player out of Hawaii, is going to make his first professional start this week against the Houston Texans. Green’s fantasy value has skyrocketed because of Benson’s injury. That, and fantasy owners pounce on any available running back who’s assured starting touches. However, Green is one of many players on our Week 6 Sit ‘Ems list. Starting touches does not always equal fantasy production, and Green is one of many players we expect to have a subpar week.
TEAM DEFENSE - SIT ‘EM
New York Giants D/ST @ San Francisco
Eight different defensive players are listed on the injury report for the New York Giants, most of which have either been limited in practice or haven’t practiced at all this week. The Giants are 23rd in passing yards allowed and 22nd in total yards allowed, which doesn’t bode well for this week’s game at San Francisco. The 49ers offense ranks first in rushing yards per game (196.2), tied for third in points per game (29.8) and sixth in total yards per game (401.6). Also consider the 49ers have turned the ball over just six times this season. This is not a good matchup in any aspect for the Giants defense.
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Green Bay Packers D/ST @ Houston
There may not be a better balanced team than the Houston Texans. Offensively they rank sixth in rushing yards per game (143) and tied for third in points per game (29.8), and they’ve turned the ball over just four times. The only defensive category in which the Packers rank in the top half of the league is in points per game, where they’re 14th (22.2). The Packers give up a lot of yards, and though they’re good at generating pressure on the quarterback as evidenced by their 18 sacks, it’s unlikely they get enough sacks or turnovers to be worth a start against Houston.