Week 6 Start/Sit For Fantasy Football

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Week 6 Start/Sit For Fantasy Football

Hopefully, Thursday night was a success for everyone, from a fantasy perspective. Below is a reminder of how this article will be laid out, followed by the rest of my Week 6 start/sit.

Must Start: These are players that you’re starting week-to-week, regardless of the opponent.

Flex Start: These are players who are more opponent dependent or players you might need to start depending on league size. This is also a spot where some of the stars have tougher matchups, but you are still starting them.

Sits: These are players that don’t have a good matchup or don’t have much of a role in their team’s offense.

***Please note that this article was written before the Sunday and Monday night game and with that comes changes to player situations due to injury or other factors. If a player(s) is injured or inactive after this article was published please use common sense and sit them. Please always double-check your lineup before kickoff.***

In order for me to be able to cover every team’s matchup, the explanations will be brief. I do base these recommendations on my fantasy football experience along with the necessary research. This is my first year doing this weekly article and last week, I made approximately 200 decisions (start/sit) and got 158 correct and 40 incorrect for an 80% correct rate. My average so far this season is 70% correct. Please note, I didn’t do week 1 rankings. Let’s dive into the rest of week 6.

Bye Week: Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, & Oakland Raiders

Panthers @ Buccaneers (London)

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Carolina Panthers:

Must Start: Christian McCaffrey (RB)

CMC had 16 rushing attempts for 37 yards and 0 touchdowns. I think he vastly improves on his week 2 performance against Tampa Bay.

Flex Start: Kyle Allen (QB) D.J. Moore (WR) Curtis Samuel (WR) Greg Olsen (TE)

In his first matchup, Moore had 9 catches on 14 targets for 89 yards. Samuel had 5 catches on 13 targets for 91 yards, the last time these teams met. Olsen has struggled over the last few weeks, but he did have 6 catches on 9 targets for 110 yards, in week 2. Even though that was done with Cam Newton under center, I still think Olsen is a sneaky start.

Sit: N/A

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Must Start: Chris Godwin (WR)

He had 8 catches on 9 targets for 121 yards and a touchdown, against the Panthers, in week 2.

Flex Start: Mike Evans (WR) Peyton Barber (RB)

Evans had 4 catches on 8 targets for 61 yards, the last time these teams met. You’re starting Evans, just temper your expectations on his production. Barber had 23 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown in week 2.

Sit: Jameis Winston (QB) Ronald Jones (RB) Breshad Perriman (WR) O.J. Howard (TE) Cameron Brate (TE)

In his first match up Winston was 16 of 25 for 208 yards and a touchdown. He saved his day with a strong second half, but I’d sit him here if you can. Ronald Jones struggled in his previous matchup totaling 9 rushing yards on 4 carries. Howard has had a tough season, so far, and I don’t see that turning around here.

Redskins @ Dolphins

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Washington Redskins:

Must Start: Terry McLaurin (WR)

He’s still being productive regardless of who’s under center. He has a bright future in the NFL and in dynasty leagues.

Flex Start: Case Keenum (QB) Adrian Peterson (RB) Chris Thompson (RB)

Something has to give in the matchup and I think these players can have productive games against another rebuilding NFL team. The over-under for this game is 41. This game could go one of two ways, both teams can’t stop each other or both teams can’t move the ball.

Sit: Paul Richardson (WR) Trey Quinn (WR) Jeremy Sprinkle (TE)

I’m sure these guys will be involved in the battle of winless teams, I’m just not sure they will be enough to flex this week.

Miami Dolphins:

Must Start: N/A

Flex Start: Josh Rosen (QB) Kenyan Drake (RB) Mark Walton (RB) DeVante Parker (WR) Preston Williams (WR) Albert Wilson (WR)

Much like the Redskins, I think these players can have a productive game. I mean someone has to win, unless they tie….man I hope that doesn’t happen. Mark Walton is expected to be more involved in the offense. Albert Wilson is expected to suit up for this one.

Sit: Nick O’Leary (TE) Mike Gesicki (TE)

The tight end hasn’t been productive in this offense. Could that change here, yes, but not a chance I’d take.

Eagles @ Vikings

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Philadelphia Eagles:

Must Start: N/A

Flex Start: Carson Wentz (QB) Jordan Howard (RB) Alshon Jeffery (WR) Zach Ertz (TE)

You’re starting Wentz but he is going against a tough Minnesota Vikings defense. Just temper your exceptions for Wentz. With bye weeks ramping up Howard is tough to sit. The Vikings defense is allowing 3.7 yards per rush and one touchdown. From the looks of it, Jeffery should see Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes.

Sit: Miles Sanders (RB) DeSean Jackson (WR) Nelson Agholor (WR)

Sanders is in a timeshare with Howard and Sanders has been the less productive of the two. Jackson isn’t expected to play due to an abdomen injury. Agholor isn’t an option behind Ertz, Jeffery, and the running game.

Minnesota Vikings:

Must Start: Dalvin Cook (RB)

Flex Start: Kirk Cousins (QB) Stefon Diggs (WR) Adam Thielen (WR)

The Eagles have a shaky secondary, which could open up more opportunities to throw for Cousins.

Sit: Kyle Rudolph (TE)

He’s just not involved in this run-first offense.

Texans @ Chiefs

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Houston Texans:

Must Start: Deshaun Watson (QB) DeAndre Hopkins (WR)

This could be a get right game for the Watson Hopkins connection.

Flex Start: Carlos Hyde (RB) Duke Johnson (RB) Will Fuller (WR) Keke Coutee (WR) Jordan Akins (TE)

The Chiefs defense has allowed 133 rushing yards per game, which is the second-most in the NFL. Both guys should be able to be used, in what’s projected to be a high scoring game. Fuller had quiet the game last week and gets another juicy matchup against the Chiefs defense. With Stills looking iffy, Coutee makes for a sneaky play in this one. Akins played 48 offensive snaps in week 5, which was his most of the season. He’s another sneaky play in this one.

Sit: Kenny Stills (WR)

He’s looking like a game-time decision, but I’d rather sit him, even if he does play.

Kansas City Chiefs:

Must Start: Patrick Mahomes (QB) Tyreek Hill (WR) Travis Kelce (TE)

It’s looking like Hill is going to play and if that’s the case, you’re starting him.

Flex Start: Damien Williams (RB) Demarcus Robinson (WR) Mecole Hardman (WR) Byron Pringle (WR)

This backfield is very hard to predict which player will be the most productive, week to week. I expect this game to be high scoring, however, I think most of the production will be done through the air. For these three wide receivers, it’s hard to know who will be the most productive. Given the matchup and Kansas City’s offense, if you have one or more of these three you should play them.

Sit: LeSean McCoy (RB) Darrel Williams (RB) Sammy Watkins (WR)

McCoy had a tough game, last week and it looks like Damien Williams is atop the depth chart. I’d rather sit McCoy, but I understand if you need to start him. I don’t think Williams has much of a role and game script should work against him, this week. I’m not expecting Watkins to play this week, due to a hamstring injury.

Saints @ Jaguars

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New Orleans Saints:

Must Start: Alvin Kamara (RB) Michael Thomas (WR)

These are guys you’re starting regardless. I’m hoping both of them are heavily used/targeted here.

Flex Start: N/A

Sit: Teddy Bridgewater (QB) Ted Ginn (WR) Jared Cook (TE)

I would go chase the points he had from last week’s game. Teddy also faces a tough Jacksonville defense that should be getting Jalen Ramsey back. Cook did score a touchdown last week, but like the quarterback, I wouldn’t go chasing the points.

Jacksonville Jaguars:

Must Start: DJ Chark (WR)

He’s clearly the Jags number one receiver and should have a good week. He might see Marshon Lattimore, but you’re still starting him.

Flex Start: Gardner Minshew (QB) Leonard Fournette (RB) Dede Westbrook (WR)

Minshew has thrown multiple touchdown passes in all but one game he’s played. He’s been pretty consistent and over his last four starts, he’s QB 10 in fantasy. He’s someone who’s a strong play for those owners who are affected by the bye week teams. Westbrook has seen 17 targets over the last two weeks and could be a nice flex play in this one.

Sit: Geoff Swaim (TE)

Swaim is the only healthy tight end for the Jags, but I’d rather not use him this week.

Seahawks @ Browns

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Seattle Seahawks:

Must Start: Russell Wilson (QB) Chris Carson (RB) Tyler Lockett (WR) Will Dissly (TE)

All of these players have been on a roll so far this season. If you look at what the 49ers did to this Browns defense on Monday night football (181 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 275 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns and 70 receiving yards and 1 touchdown by Kittle) this should be a nice week for these guys.

Flex Start: N/A

Sit: D.K. Metcalf (WR) Rashaad Penny (RB)

He’s only seen 7 targets, over the last two weeks. Penny is listed as questionable for this game and is someone I’d just rather avoid.

Cleveland Browns:

Must Start: Nick Chubb (RB)

Flex Start: Odell Beckham (WR) Jarvis Landry (WR)

With bye weeks I think you’d have to be starting these guys, but I would just temper your expectations as the Browns offense continues to struggle.

Sit: Baker Mayfield (QB) Demetrius Harris (TE) Ricky Seals-Jones (TE)

Just like last week, he’ll remain a sit until he and the offensive line can turn things around.

Bengals @ Ravens

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Cincinnati Bengals:

Must Start: Tyler Boyd (WR)

Flex Start: Andy Dalton (QB) Joe Mixon (RB) Giovani Bernard (RB) Auden Tate (WR)

The Ravens defense has struggled against the pass this season allowing 280 yards per game, which is 28th in the NFL. That’s good news for Dalton. With four teams on bye, you’re probably starting Mixon, but I’d rather sit him. Gio could be a sneaky play here as the Bengals could find themselves down and needing to throw to keep up.

Sit: Tyler Eifert (TE)

He’s seen 9 targets over the last two weeks and hasn’t done much with them.

Baltimore Ravens:

Must Start: N/A

Flex Start: Lamar Jackson (QB) Mark Ingram (RB) Willie Snead (WR) Miles Boykin (WR) Mark Andrews (TE)

If the Ravens are able to get an early lead, I could see them running more with Jackson and Ingram. For Snead and Boykin, this is assuming that Brown misses this game. Andrews is listed a questionable with a should injury, but the Ravens are expecting him to play. If he does, he should be in your lineups.

Sit: Marquise Brown (WR)

Brown looks to be a game-time decision, so double-check the injury report before kickoff. I’d rather sit him if possible.

49ers @ Rams

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San Francisco 49ers:

Must Start: George Kittle (TE)

Flex Start: Tevin Coleman (RB) Matt Breida (RB)

Coleman and Breida both played 26 snaps, last week, however, Coleman had more carries 16 to Brieda’s 11. I’d prefer to play Coleman over Breida. The loss of fullback Kyle Juszczyk could have an impact on this running game.

Sit: Jimmy Garoppolo (QB) All wide receivers

This is a run-first offense. If he has to throw to anyone other than Kittle, lookout.

Los Angeles Rams:

Must Start: N/A

Flex Start: Jared Goff (QB) Malcolm Brown (RB) Robert Woods (WR), Cooper Kupp (WR) Brandin Cooks (WR) Gerald Everett (TE)

So far this season, Goff has thrown 222 pass attempts and might need to throw a lot more. With Gurley out Brown should see plenty of work with Henderson mixing in. Kupp is clearly the number one wide receiver, but against this defense not sure how these three receivers will fair. Everett is a popular add after lasts week’s performance, however, I wouldn’t go chasing the points. He is a solid play at a position of such uncertainty.

Sit: Todd Gurley (RB) Darrell Henderson (RB)

He’s listed as doubtful with a quad injury. Henderson is a flex play if needed, just not sure I want to gamble on his production this week.

Falcons @ Cardinals

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Atlanta Falcons:

Must Start: All offensive players

I’m expecting very little defense from both teams and lots of scoring.

Flex Start: N/A

Sit: N/A

Arizona Cardinals:

Must Start: All offensive players

Double-check the injury reports for David Johnson, Christian Kirk, and Damiere Byrd.

Flex Start: N/A

Sit: Tight Ends

Cowboys @ Jets

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Dallas Cowboys:

Must Start: Dak Prescott (QB) Ezekiel Elliott (RB) Amari Cooper (WR)

Flex Start: Michael Gallup (WR)

I think Gallup and Cooper should have a nice game, given how poor this defense is overall.

Sit: Randall Cobb (WR)

He’s questionable with a back and hip injury. Even if he does play, he shouldn’t be started.

New York Jets:

Must Start: Le’Veon Bell (RB)

He’s the only Jet player I’d be starting even with Sam Darnold back.

Flex Start: N/A

Sit: Sam Darnold (QB) Robby Anderson (WR) Jamison Crowder (WR) Chris Herndon (TE)

With this being Darnold’s first game back from mono, I want to take a wait and see approach with this offense. If I had to start someone out of this group it would be Crowder.

Titans @ Broncos

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Tennessee Titans:

Must Start: Derrick Henry (RB)

I think the passing game will struggle, which will allow Henry to be more productive this week. The Broncos has struggled against the run too.

Flex Start: Delanie Walker (TE)

The Broncos pass rush could force more check-downs to Walker.

Sit: Marcus Mariota (QB) Corey Davis (WR) A.J. Brown (WR) Adam Humphries (WR)

A road matchup against this Broncos defense doesn’t bode well for Marcus. The Broncos defense has only allowed 4 passing touchdowns, so far.

Denver Broncos:

Must Start: N/A

Flex Start: Joe Flacco (QB) Phillip Lindsay (RB) Courtland Sutton (WR) Noah Fant (TE)

I’d prefer not to start him, but I do think his defense will give him sort fields, which improves his chance for a touchdown pass. He’s the clear number one receiver of late for this offense. He is a risky flex play against this defense.

Sit: Royce Freeman (RB) Emmanuel Sanders (WR) DaeSean Hamilton (WR)

While both Freeman and Lindsay continuing to split carries, Lindsay looks like the more productive back at the moment. Sanders’ production has been way down lately and going against a Titans defense that is tough on wide receivers, this week is a week to leave Sanders on your bench.

Steelers @ Chargers

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Pittsburgh Steelers:

Must Start: N/A

Flex Start: James Conner (RB) JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR)

Given where you drafted him and with four teams on bye, I’d imagine your still starting him. Even though Juju has struggled, the rookie quarterback may look his way early and often.

Sit: Devlin Hodges (QB) Jaylen Samuels (RB) Benny Snell (RB) Diontae Johnson (WR) Vance McDonald (TE)

His first NFL start, no thank you. Samuels is expected to miss about a month, due to a knee scope. Snell could have some sneaky flex appeal, but I’d rather sit him. He might play in this one (shoulder), but I’d rather avoid him, even with a rookie QB under center.

Los Angeles Chargers:

Must Start: Keenan Allen (WR)

Flex Start: Philip Rivers (QB) Austin Ekeler (RB) Melvin Gordon (RB) Mike Williams (WR)

Rivers struggled last week, but there’s an outside chance he has Hunter Henry, this week. He’ll be limited if he plays, but this only works in Rivers’ favor. He’ll also have another week of Gordon and Ekeler. I still want to see how this backfield will play out between them. Williams is still looking for consistent play, not sure how much that changes here. I’d sit him if possible.

Sit: Hunter Henry (TE)

Lions @ Packers

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Detroit Lions:

Must Start: Kerryon Johnson (RB)

He’s been a workhorse as of late and now he gets a Packers defense that has allowed 5.3 yards per rush and 7 touchdowns. He’s also played 72 percent of the offensive snaps the two weeks before the bye.

Flex Start: Matthew Stafford (QB) Kenny Golladay (WR)

The Packers defense has been tough on quarterbacks, to start the season. I’d rather sit Stafford, but I understand his start to the season might make it hard for some owners to do so. The offense is throwing more than expected to start the season, which is benefiting Golladay.

Sit: T.J. Hockenson (TE) Marvin Jones (WR) Danny Amendola (WR)

He’s been very inconsistent, to start the season and the Packers defense has been tough on tight ends. I’d rather sit Jones, but if you need to start him, with four teams on bye, I get it.

Green Bay Packers:

Must Start: Aaron Jones (RB)

His recent production is something you should ride for the time being.

Flex Start: Aaron Rodgers (QB) Jamaal Williams (RB) Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR) Geronimo Allison (WR)

Even without Adams he still should be usable, seen as the Lions defense struggles to stop opposing quarterbacks. Williams is trending toward playing on Monday night, which will make the running game snaps more balanced. I hope not though. I’d rather sit MVS and Allison as this is a run-first offense and Rodgers hasn’t been able to develop much connection with anyone other than Adams.

Sit: Jimmy Graham (TE) Davante Adams (WR)

Like the Packers defense, the Lions defense has also been tough on tight ends too. Graham has also been very inconsistent so far this year as well. Adams is unlikely to play on Monday night.

Good luck in week 6 and remember don’t overthink your lineup decisions this week.


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