Matt Hasselbeck is going to start at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Andrew Siciliano of NFL Network, but he should not be started on your fantasy football team in Week 6.
Matt Hasselbeck is starting again this week for the Titans, per Mike Munchak.— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) October 8, 2012
Hasselbeck has gotten a lot of playing time for the Titans over the last two weeks because of Jake Locker's injury, and not only did his team lose both of those games, he didn't play well in either game.
Here are Hasselbeck's stats from Week 4 and 5.
|Sept. 30 vs. Texans||17/25||193||2||2|
|Oct. 7 vs.Vikings||26/43||200||1||1|
Hasselbeck's opponent this week is the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have the third-best pass defense in the NFL. The Steelers allow just 185 passing yards per game, and in Week 5, the Pittsburgh defense forced three fumbles from Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, and recovered two of them.
Without any elite receivers, it's unlikely that Hasselbeck has a good game for your fantasy team on Thursday night, especially against an elite passing defense.
Another issue for Hasselbeck is the lack of a good running game to help him. Former star Chris Johnson continues to struggle with just 210 rushing yards in five games. The Titans don't even have a rushing touchdown this year.
Since he doesn't have much balance in his offense, Hasselbeck will not give the Titans or your fantasy team a strong performance versus the Steelers.
If you play in a fantasy league in which one quarterback starts per week for each team, don't even consider starting Hasselbeck, and even if you start two quarterbacks, bench the veteran quarterback anyway.
Hasselbeck cannot be trusted to give your fantasy team the amount of points it needs from the quarterback position in Week 6.