As we enter Week 6, we are now getting to crunch time. We have bye weeks to contend with and this can be a real headache when making your start/sit decisions. However, @K_H_Ray, @ZTwiceFF, & @MattFFDynasty are here to help and give you the guys who you should be looking to start where possible and also sit, or at least temper expectations, this week.
Teams on their Bye Week:
New York Jets
San Fransisco 49ers
New Orleans Saints
Start Of The Week
Matthew Stafford @ NYG (@K_H_Ray)
For a Quarterback that doesn't add much with his legs (a dying breed) Stafford has played well and provided consistent fantasy production for managers who waited to draft the position. He has established a healthy floor, between 17-22pts on a weekly basis and has big game potential against good matchups. This weekends bout against the G-Men is exactly that. The Giants defense has given up an average of 2 touchdowns and just under 300 passing yards per game to opposing QBs this season. I believe Stafford matches that and adds more this Sunday.
Taylor Heinicke Vs KC (@MattFFDynasty)
Heinicke is coming off a tough Week 5 against the saints where he threw for 248 yards and 2 INTs (his worst performance this season). However, he has the ideal matchup to bounceback this week Vs KC. The Chiefs are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing QBs in the entire NFL with opposing teams needing to throw plenty to keep up with their high powered offense. That coupled with his rushing upside should mean Heinicke is a solid option at the QB position this week.
Carson Wentz Vs HOU (@ZTwiceFF)
Coming off of a big game against a good Baltimore defense, I expect Wentz to keep the ball rolling at home against Houston. He has quietly been a solid fantasy QB this season with 17+ fantasy points every week outside of a rough week 3.
Sit of the Week
Derek Carr @ DEN (@ZTwiceFF)
After a hot start to the season, the Raiders as a whole have cooled off. With so much up in the air in Las Vegas with Gruden resigning, coupled with a tough matchup in Denver, I'm siting Carr this week.
Kirk Cousins @ CAR (@K_H_Ray)
"You like that?!?"... No Kirk, no I don't. After a hot start averaging ~24 ppg through Week 3, Cousins has dropped off, scoring 10 and 13 points in his previous two starts. This past Sunday, in what should have been a killer matchup against the Lions, Cousins threw for 275 yards, but just 1 touchdown and an interception. Up next are the Carolina Panthers who rank in the top half of the league vs opposing Quarterbacks. I'm fading Kirk this week as well.
Ryan Tannehill Vs BUF (@MattFFDynasty)
Currently sat as the QB21, Tannehill has been a fantasy disappointment so far this season. He may be getting back one of his pass catching weapons in Julio Jones this week, but he's going to need all the help he can get against a tough Bills pass defense. The Titans will likely want to lean on their star RB Derrick Henry to keep this Bills offense off the field, and given how dominant he has been, why wouldn't they? So with that, Tannehill is a risky option this week.
Start Of The Week
James Robinson Vs MIA (@MattFFDynasty)
Remember Week 1 when Robinson only had 5 carries and 3 receptions? Thankfully HC Urban Meyer has now seen sense and Robinson is the clear leader in this backfield and coming of his best rushing performance of the season with 18 carries for 149 yards Vs TEN. Now he gets MIA who have been torched on the ground lately by Jonathan Taylor (Week 4 - 103 yards, 1 TD) & the Buccaneers (Week 5 - 121 yards, 1 TD combined). Robinson should be able to carry on that good form he's had lately into this week given the healthy workload he's now seeing.
Joe Mixon @ DET (@K_H_Ray)
Mixon was questionable with an ankle sprain going into Sunday's game vs the Packers but ended up playing and seeing a light workload. Even with fewer touches, he still put up 10 points including a score. Assuming that his ankle continues to heal, he should be primed and ready to go against Detroit who ranks 29th against Running Backs this year. With his normal workload, Mixon has a great chance to find the endzone again on Sunday.
Zack Moss @ TEN (ZTwiceFF)
Zack Moss has been rock solid so far this year, scoring double digit points in PPR leagues every week he's played. His snap percentage has also increased every week including a season high 76%. I'm starting Moss until I see a reason to not play him.
Sit of the Week
Latavius Murray Vs LAC (@K_H_Ray)
The good news - Latavius recorded not 1, but 2 receptions in Monday night's game vs Indianapolis (his first receptions of the season). The bad news - he rushed for 17 yards on just 6 attempts. It's becoming more and more obvious that the only rusher you want from Baltimore is named Jackson. To make matters worse, the Ravens continue to play Ty'Son Williams and are even incorporating Devonta Freeman into the mix (albeit in the passing game). With only 1 game above 10 fantasy points this season, it's hard to trust Murray in starting lineups. I'm fading Murray this week and for the foreseeable future.
Miles Sanders Vs TB (@ZTwice FF)
Almost every week I have the RB facing the Tampa defense as my sit of the week. That trend does not change with Sanders. Not only is he facing the stout Tampa run D, he also has been splitting time with Kenny Gainwell and cannot be trusted in week 6.
Josh Jacobs @ DEN (@MattFFDynasty)
While Jacobs is seeing plenty of opportunity right now in both the run and pass game, he's been inefficient with those touches with an average of around 3YPC and 4.5 YPR. He now faces one of the best run defenses in the league in DEN, who are allowing the 2nd least fantasy points to opposing RBs (Avg. 7.1). I'd be tempering expectations with Jacobs this week.
Start Of The Week
Diontae Johnson Vs SEA (@K_H_Ray)
Weird game for Diontae this past Sunday. 2 catches on 2 targets for 72 yards and a touchdown. Aside from a couple big plays (literally), Denver was able to keep Johnson from having an even bigger game. Because DJ has averaged ~12 targets per game before Week 5, fantasy managers shouldn't be worried. Add that teammate Juju Smith-Schuster is preparing for potential season-ending surgury, Diontae's volume could be even higher than before. I expect a big game under the lights against the Seahawks in Week 6. And oh-by-the-way, Seattle ranks 27th against opposing WRs this season. Great volume, great matchup, great Start.
Emmanuel Sanders @ TEN (@MattFFDynasty)
Stefon Diggs would be an obvious start this week, but I also like his fellow WR (who is far less rostered in fantasy) Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders actually leads all Bills WR in total team snaps this season and has claimed that spot opposite Diggs in this high powered Bills offense (69% Outside, 30.5% Slot). Now he gets the dream matchup of facing the Titans who are allowing the 2nd most fantasy points to WRs (Avg. 42.7). Start these Bills WRs with confidence this week.
DeVonta Smith Vs TB (@ZTwiceFF)
Smith leads the Eagles in targets so far this season and with Dallas Goedert testing positive for COVID, Smith should see his high usage increase. With a great matchup thursday against Tampa, Smith could explode and has a very safe floor.
Sit of the Week
Adam Thielen @ CAR (@MattFFDynasty)
The last 2 weeks for Thielen have been tough with him having less than 50 yards against both CLE & DET. Now the Vikings face CAR who have been strong against the pass and allowed the least passing yards this year in the NFL (Avg. 162 per game). Last season he was Kirk Cousins fav target in the redzone but this year he's trailing fellow WR Justin Jefferson (7 to 4) and the TDs are drying up for Thielen after a hot start (4 TDs in the first 3 Weks). He's a fade for me until we see otherwise.
AJ Green @ CLE (@K_H_Ray)
All good things must come to an end, including Green's streak of 6 targets and double digit fantasy points. The 49ers held the former Bengal star to 1 rec, 2 targets and just 13 yards. Fantasy managers should expect another down week for Green who faces a highly ranked Cleveland defense that should get back on track after a loss to Herbert & the Chargers. Green should be viewed as a low-end FLEX this week, but there are likely better options to choose from.
AJ Brown Vs BUF (@ZTwiceFF)
This one hurts me as I have Brown in multiple leagues but it has reached the point that I cannot trust him until I see it. He may still be recovering from the injury that forced him to miss week 4 and the Titans are continually using a run-heavy scheme. If you have no other options Brown can be played, but expectations should be tempered until further notice.
Start Of The Week
Ricky Seals-Jones Vs KC (@ZTwiceFF)
With Logan Thomas on IR, Seals-Jones had a solid week in his first start with 5 catches on 8 targets for 41 yards. This week against an exploitable KC defense that just gave up a big week to Dawson Knox, Seals-Jones is a great start at the thin TE position.
Zach Ertz Vs TB (@MattFFDynasty)
Don't overthink this one. Fellow TE Dallas Goedert is on reserve/Covid-19 list and unable to play this week, so fire up Ertz against this pourous Bucs pass defense. QB Jalen Hurts has constantly targeted his TEs this year (44 targets) so with Goedert out the picture this week, expect Ertz to see plenty of volume and that alone is enough to make him a solid start at the TE position.
Jared Cook @ BAL (@K_H_Ray)
I know what you're thinking. "Cook just came off a 1 catch game against the Browns and now you want me to start the guy?..." I get it. He's not exactly the picture of consistency. But it's hard to overlook the matchup here. Baltimore ranks next to last against TEs this season. With Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Austin Ekeler demanding plenty of attention, Cook could be in for a nice game against the Ravens.
Sit of the Week
David Njoku Vs ARI (@MattFFDynasty)
Njoku may be coming off a huge Week 5 performance where he had 7 receptions for 149 yards and 1 TDs, but I'm still fading Njoku. This is still a committee approach at the TE position and with that, its going to be volatile week-to-week and a headache who is going to be the top performer between him and Austin Hooper. Couple that with CLE facing a strong ARI defense who have only allowed an average of only 2.9 fantasy points per game to opposing TEs and I'm happy to avoid Njoku until he's the clear lead TE in this offense.
Gerald Everett @ PIT (@ZTwiceFF)
Coming off the COVID list, Everett should be good to go this week. That does not mean he should be played though. With Wilson out for the time-being, the already risky player in Everett is likely unplayable barring desperate measures.
Tyler Conklin @ CAR (@K_H_Ray)
It's hard to imagine many fantasy managers are relying on Conklin in their TE slot - aside from the unfortunate Thomas/Gronk/Goedert owner. After an awesome 20pt Week 3 outting, Conklin has put up pedestrian numbers as his target share slowly decreased in Weeks 4 and 5. Conklin will have his usual workload in what should be a competitive game against the Panthers, but Carolina has only allowed 1 TE this season to score more than ~9 fantasy points. I would be looking elsewhere for TE help this week.
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