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Exclusive Week 6 fantasy tips

Who should I start in Week 6: Eli Manning or Vince Young? -- N. Roen, Eau Claire, Wis.

 

Michael Fabiano: Young was taken ahead of Manning in most drafts, but the former has been a better option for owners. Headed into this week, Manning is on pace to finish the season with over 3,400 passing yards and 29 touchdowns. Those numbers are far superior to Young, who is on pace for under 2,400 passing yards, 492 rushing yards and a mere 16 total touchdowns. Manning also has a better matchup this week against an Atlanta defense that has allowed an average of 21.5 points and 224.5 passing yards per game at home, so start the Giants quarterback.

Should I sit Terrell Owens in Week 6 and start Bobby Engram or Vincent Jackson instead? -- L. Sanchez, Fla.

M.F.: Owens has had two consecutive poor statistical starts, but he will be extra motivated this week against Randy Moss and the New England Patriots. I realize the matchup is not favorable -- plus Engram is a solid sleeper with Deion Branch out -- but in this case I would stick with the stud and keep T.O. active.

Who should I start in Week 6: Earnest Graham or Chester Taylor? -- J. Ring, Lawrence, Kan.

M.F.: This question shows how depleted some fantasy rosters have become, especially at the running back position. Neither back has a favorable matchup (Graham faces Tennessee's third-ranked run defense while Taylor faces Chicago's 12th-ranked run defense), but I would start Graham based on the fact that the Buccaneers have fewer options in their backfield. The team has lost Cadillac Williams and Michael Pittman in consecutive weeks, and the addition of Zack Crockett isn't a long-term solution. As a result, Graham should see most of the carries against the Titans and is a better option than Taylor, who will lose a lot of carries to rookie standout Adrian Peterson.

I have been offered Adrian Peterson and Alge Crumpler for Roy Williams and Tony Gonzalez. My running backs are Cedric Benson, Warrick Dunn and Steven Jackson, and my wideouts are Chris Chambers, Laveranues Coles, Marvin Harrison and Wes Welker. Should I make the trade? -- F. Dy, Philippines

M.F.: I like this trade if you aren't rewarded points for catches, since the combination of Williams and Gonzalez has more value than Peterson and Crumpler is such a league. Anytime you can add a back the caliber of Peterson (in a standard format) when most runners have been statistical disappointments, I would pull the trigger. The loss of Williams will hurt, but you still have Harrison, Chambers, Coles and Welker at wide receiver. What's more, it's much easier to find a viable wideout on waivers than it is to find a back.

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