Fantasy picks: Week 6

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In Week 6 of the Home Team Challenge, the free fantasy football game with great prizes on HoustonTexans.com, the winning player will take home a picture autographed by Texans Pro Bowler DeMeco Ryans.

Here's my weekly fantasy advice, with a few players I like and a few players I don't.

PRICE IS RIGHT
RB Clinton Portis, WAS, 47 points (vs. STL): The Redskins have been on fire the past few weeks with wins at Dallas and at Philadelphia. Portis ran for 121 yards and 145 yards in those games, respectively. The 'Skins are on the top of their division and playing very solid football. The past two defenses they've faced are much better than what they will see this week, so look for Portis to find even more running room.

VALUE PICK WR Plaxico Burress, NYG, 30 (@ CLE): Plaxico is back after sitting out the last two weeks because of a team-arranged suspension. The Giants' go-to receiver will be ready to play and make up for lost time against the Browns. Cleveland's pass defense is good, only giving up 187 yards per game, but Giants quarterback Eli Manning should be able to find Burress for some good yardage.

NOT WORTH IT RB LaDainian Tomlinson, SD, 53 (vs. NE): Tomlinson is still the best running back in football, but right now, he isn't healthy. Tomlinson's toe injury has hampered him this season, and it has shown in his stats. He has eclipsed the 100-yard mark only once so far, against Oakland, and was held to just 35 yards rushing against the Dolphins last week. Tomlinson might feel obligated to have a big game against the rival Patriots, but there are healthy running backs with better matchups that you could use instead.

TE Kellen Winslow, CLE, 22 (vs. NYG): Winslow is an elite tight end, but he just hasn't produced this season in a struggling Cleveland offense. Winslow has 170 yards receiving for the year but has not scored since week one against the Cowboys. There has also been talk of a quarterback controversy in Cleveland because of Derek Anderson's lack of production (543 yards and three touchdowns). Winslow is due for a breakout game, but it won't be this week against the Giants and their strong pass rush.

SLEEPER SPECIAL QB Kyle Orton, CHI, 44 (@ ATL): Orton started the season slowly but has since hit his stride. He has thrown for 801 yards and seven touchdowns in the Bears' last three games. The Falcons are giving up an average of 221.6 passing yards per game, which bodes well for Orton.

A LITTLE BIT EXTRA ADVICE
Don't put too much stock in big names. The big-name running backs and quarterbacks usually cost too many fantasy points, anyway. You can always go with a lesser-known player with a good matchup that can produce just as much as an expensive LaDainian Tomlinson or Tony Romo.

TEXANS FANTASY STARTER OF THE WEEK
K Kris Brown, HOU, 25 (vs. MIA): Brown is seven-for-seven in his field goal attempts this year and has converted all eight extra point opportunities. He is as consistent a kicker as they come. In last season's game against Miami, Brown made five field goals, including three from 50-plus yards. A repeat of that performance, or anything close to it, would mean big things for your fantasy team.

To register for the Home Team Challenge, click here. Make sure to set your lineups by Sun., Oct. 21 at 10:00 a.m.

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