Can Tyrese Keep Paul Wall At Bay?: Fantasy Football Week Six Preview

Top two teams in each division square off; Uncle Luke hopes to notch a win.

It's time to separate the contenders from the pretenders. In week six of MTV News' fantasy football league, several matchups have the potential to shake things up — especially because the top two teams in each division will be squaring off.

Tyrese "Black Ty" Gibson has risen to the top of the heap behind the strong play of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, the top overall performer in fantasy football so far this year. After narrowly slipping by Cool & Dre in week one by a single point, look for another grudge match between Gibson and Miami's finest.

(See how it all went down! Method Man, Paul Wall and the others fight to draft the best players in this video, only on Overdrive.)

The battle for the South marks the Gridiron Gangstas contest between leader Yung Joc and second-place Lil Wayne. Atlanta's Joc obliterated Weezy in week one, pounding the New Orleans resident's roster en route to a 114-98 victory. But after ridin' high for the first three weeks, Joc has stumbled of late, dropping his last two games by a combined total of 27 points. Will Joc work his way back into contention for the league's overall top spot?

Method Man looks to rebound from a brutal beatdown by Paul Wall (see "Tyrese Stands Alone At The Top: Fantasy Football Week Five Recap"). The Wu-Tang rapper was asleep last week, failing to substitute several key players on his roster who had byes (maybe it was the tical?). This week, Meth takes on MTV's own Liz Hernandez, who bounced back from a three-game losing streak to spank Uncle Luke by an obscene margin during last weekend's contest.

Crunchtime Zone Firing Squad's Paul Wall, the thinking man's fantasy football tactician, has retooled his QB position after one too many sub-par results from embattled Dallas Cowboys signal caller Drew Bledsoe. The Houston grill man wants to take a bite out of Luke's team, which has sunk to the bottom of the standings after sticking Wall with an L in week one. But who knows what could happen for sure? Like Chris Berman says, that's why they play the games.

Let's check out the matchups — and don't forget to check back on Tuesday, after the dust has settled from all of this weekend's games, to check out the winners, losers and latest standings:

Method Man (2-3) vs. Liz Hernandez (2-3)
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati QB Jake Delhomme, Carolina
Jamal Lewis, Baltimore RB Steven Jackson, St. Louis
Dominic Rhodes, Indianapolis RB Chester Taylor, Minnesota
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis WR Terrell Owens, Dallas
Chris Chambers, Miami WR Randy Moss, Oakland
Todd Heap, Baltimore TE Chris Cooley, Washington
New Orleans Saints D/ST San Diego Chargers
Robbie Gould, Chicago K John Kasay, Carolina

When he first stepped on the scene, Method Man had his peers petrified. In fact, he clowned Tyrese for picking McNabb on draft day. But who's laughing now? Mef's choice for defense this weekend, the Saints, are sure to have their hands full with the aforementioned McNabb, who has passed for at least two TD tosses in every game this season. Liz's bad boy wide receivers — Terrell Owens and Randy Moss — should do her plenty good, not to mention her back, Steven Jackson, who's currently the league's top rusher. Advantage Liz.

Lil Wayne (2-3) vs. Joc/ Block Entertainment (3-2)
Daunte Culpepper, Miami QB Drew Brees, New Orleans
Larry Johnson, Kansas City RB LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego
Reggie Bush, New Orleans RB Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis WR Anquan Boldin, Arizona
Muhsin Muhammad, Chicago WR Joe Horn, New Orleans
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City TE Alge Crumpler, Atlanta
Atlanta Falcons D/ST Seattle Seahawks
John Carney, New Orleans K Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis

Lil Wayne embarks on a matchup with Joc with a backfield more potent than a shot of sizzurp. Larry Johnson continues to put up solid numbers, while rookie Reggie Bush is fresh off scoring his first touchdown as a pro. However Wayne's top QB choice, Daunte Culpepper, has been benched indefinitely by the Dolphins' coach. Joc continues to march on with his usual workman-like roster. Expect a huge performance for Joc this week from LT as he shreds a porous San Francisco defense. And Alge Crumpler should see the end zone a couple times this weekend against the Giants.

Cool & Dre (3-2) vs. Tyrese "Black Ty" Gibson (4-1)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis QB Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia
Ronnie Brown, Miami RB Tiki Barber, New York
Ahman Green, Green Bay RB Thomas Jones, Chicago
Steve Smith, Carolina WR Torry Holt, St. Louis
Donald Driver, Green Bay WR Matt Jones, Jacksonville
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis TE L.J. Smith, Philadelphia
Carolina Panthers D/ST New England Patriots
David Akers, Philadelphia K Olindo Mare, Miami

The last battle between these two titans resulted in a spirited one-point victory for Tyrese. But with McNabb facing an under-matched Saints secondary, Cool & Dre should be hearing the music from the opening whistle. They could even produce it! But not so fast — even though his team has a bye, wide out Steve Smith should keep things close for Cool & Dre despite Peyton Manning starting this week. Yet with valuable players missing this week on both sides of the ball for the 305 musical tandem, Tyrese should have an easy path to a W.

Uncle Luke (1-4) vs. Paul Wall (3-2)
Byron Leftwich, Jacksonville QB Marc Bulger, St. Louis
Edgerrin James, Arizona RB LaMont Jordan, Oakland
Warrick Dunn, Atlanta RB Tatum Bell, Denver
Chad Johnson, Cincinnati WR Keyshawn Johnson, Carolina
Antonio Bryant, San Francisco WR Nate Burleson, Seattle
Desmond Clark, Chicago TE Antonio Gates, San Diego
Chicago Bears D/ST Pittsburgh Steelers
Ryan Longwell, Minnesota K Nate Kaeding, San Diego

What it do? Paul Wall is hotter than his home state of Texas during a heat wave. The Houstonian is on a three-game winning streak and facing Luke, who has dropped his past four sets. But Luke's lone win this season came against Wall. Maybe Luke has his number? The Miami mayor fields a strong trio of offensive threats in Edge, Chad Johnson and Antonio Bryant this week, but Chicago's stonewall D looks to be the difference maker here.

Standings: Gridiron Gangstas
Team Wins Losses Points For Points Against
Joc/Block Entertainment 3 2 408 362
Lil Wayne 2 3 380 441
Liz Hernandez 2 3 372 357
Method Man 2 3 333 374

Standings: Crunchtime Zone Firing Squad
Team Wins Losses Points For Points Against
Tyrese "Black Ty" Gibson 4 1 402 340
Cool & Dre 3 2 350 305
Paul Wall 3 2 338 322
Uncle Luke 1 4 322 390

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