Fantasy Football Start/Sit Lineup Decisions Week 6
By: Nate Georgy @KingN8G
Week 5 is in the books, and we got to witness some historic fantasy performances. Deshaun Watson, Will Fuller, and Aaron Jones put up some of the highest scoring weeks we will see all season.
Last week we hit on some sits with Philip Rivers, Baker Mayfield, Wayne Gallman, Golden Tate, and Delaine Walker. As well as some some good starts with Tyler Boyd, Courtland Sutton, and Austin Ekeler. We had our fair share of misses, so like always, let’s get better, the goal is to be perfect.
We have 4 teams on their bye this week; the Bills, Bears, Colts, and Raiders. Here we go with Week 6’s Start/Sit decisions.
Quarterback Starts of the Week
Kyler Murray vs ATL – Cardinals rookie QB Kyler Murray is quietly having a good fantasy season. Last week he finally torched a defense with his legs, to the tune of 93 yards and a score. This week he faces the non-existent Falcons defense who just gave up 5 TDs and 426 yards to Deshaun Watson.
Aaron Rodgers vs DET – With the way Aaron Rodgers has been playing for fantasy reasons, he is no longer a must start QB. Rodgers has been no doubt disappointing as he is the 19th ranked QB overall. This week he faces a Lions defense that has been respectable thus far, but one Rodgers should be able to throw on.
Quarterback Sits of the Week
Baker Mayfield vs SEA – Saying Baker Mayfield has been a disappointment this season is a massive understatement. Mayfield is currently the 28th ranked QB and appears to be a complete train wreck right now. Even in a solid matchup like this Mayfield can not be started, heck even owned, until he proves otherwise.
Carson Wentz @ MIN – Carson Wentz has had a very up and down season so far, including a rough week last week against the Jets stingy defense. This week won’t get any easier as he travels to Minnesota to face the Vikings terrific defense. The Vikings are allowing the 8th fewest points per game to opposing QBs, and are even better at home. Add in a slow pace and a likely low scoring match up, along with his top deep target DeSean Jackson still out, and it makes this an easy pivot.
Running Back Starts of the Week
James Conner @ LAC – As upset as we are in James Conner’s performance this season, he is currently the 18th ranked RB. With Jaylen Samuels out for a month, Conner should see a bell cow level workload in the coming weeks. This week he faces a Chargers run defense who just got shredded by Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. Even if this game turns into a negative game script, 3rd string QB Devlin Hodges should look Conner’s way in the passing game often.
Austin Ekeler/Melvin Gordon vs PIT – Last week the Chargers used both Ekeler and Gordon in two completely different fashions. Ekeler saw a lot of looks through the air, and Gordon saw most of his work come on the ground. If this continues it looks like there is room for both of these players in your starting lineup. The matchup this week is about average, but could feature a very positive game script for the Chargers.
Running Back Sits of the Week
Phillip Lindsay vs TEN – Although he has had a couple big weeks thus far, Lindsay is in a near even split with Royce Freeman. Lindsay is a startable asset most weeks despite the split, but not in this matchup. This game will have a very slow pace of play from both sides and likely be low scoring, look to pivot from Lindsay.
Matt Breida @ LAR – I love Matt Breida as much as the next guy, but despite his electric skill-set, he is still involved in a committee. Tevin Coleman returned last week for the 49ers and saw 5 more carries than Breida, and even looked good himself. Coleman also appears to be the goal line back, really hampering Breida’s chances to be a weekly starter.
Wide Receiver Starts of the Week
D.J Chark vs NO – The Jaguars second-year WR is elevating his play big time this season, and is now a must start every week. He is coming off his best game of his career with a 8-164-2 statline on 11 targets. This week he faces the Saints who have been better as of late against WRs, mainly thanks to Marshon Lattimore. However, Chark will likely not see a shadow from Lattimore, and the Jaguars could very well be in a negative game script in this matchup.
Terry McLaurin @ MIA – McLaurin’s amazing rookie campaign slowed down a bit last week, but that was expected against New England. McLaurin still saw 7 targets and 95% of the snaps in that matchup and now gets to face the Dolphins. Miami has been one of the worst defenses against WRs, McLaurin should see a bounce back game this week.
DJ Moore @ TB – DJ Moore had his first productive game with Kyle Allen last week with 8 targets and 6 receptions. This week he faces the Buccaneers secondary who currently ranks deadlast at stopping WRs. This game could end up being a shoot-out which would only add to Moore’s upside this week.
Wide Receiver Sits of the Week
Alshon Jeffery @ MIN – Jeffery has stepped right back in since his injury soaking up top WR targets. This week however he is likely to draw a shadow from Vikings top corner Xaiver Rhodes, which is never good for your WR. Targets could end up trumping this matchup, but it is best to start another option.
Emmanuel Sanders vs TEN – Sanders appears to have been overtaken by Courtland Sutton as Joe Flacco’s favorite target. After putting up a few monster games, Sanders has been a near no-show in 2 of his last 3 contests. This matchup will feature as little passing attempts as possible, with a slow pace of play, hindering Sanders chances greatly.
Tight End Start of the Week
Gerald Everett vs SF – Tight End is such a wasteland right now that we are just looking for guys running routes. Gerald Everett is not only running a lot of routes right now, but he is being targeted. Everett has seen 19 targets over the last two weeks on an offense that is throwing a ton right now. This week he faces San Francisco, which is not an ideal matchup, but like I said, Tight End is a wasteland.
Tight End Sit of the Week
Delanie Walker @ DEN – The old reliable tight end is not very reliable right now after totaling just 2 receptions over the last 2 games. This week he will be involved in a slow paced low scoring game against Denver. A match up that could give Walker a similar stat line to the previous two weeks.
Defense Starts of the Week
DAL DST @ NYJ – Dallas gets a juicy matchup this week against a Jets offense that should struggle even with the return of Jets QB Sam Darnold.
LAC DST vs PIT – The Steelers are down to 3rd string QB Devlin Hodges and he is stuck making his debut under the prime time lights. Roll out Chargers defense with confidence.
WAS DST @ MIA – Never in a million years would I think I’d suggest starting the Redskins defense. But that is what happens when you face the Dolphins.
Defense Sits of the Week
PIT DST @ LAC – Pittsburgh’s defense has been terrific since acquiring Minkah Fitzpatrick. But there are better options this week than facing the Chargers loaded offense.
JAX DST vs NO – You could go worse off, but the Saints offense has looked solid without Drew Brees.
5 Matchups to Exploit
CAR Pass Catchers vs TB – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been horrendous against WRs and TEs this season. As discussed, start DJ Moore with confidence, but it does not end there. Greg Olsen should have a good bounce back game. In deep leagues, we can probably squeeze a flex week out of Curtis Samuel as well.
ARZ Passing Attack vs ATL Secondary – Kyler Murray is already my start of the week at QB. However, we can keep adding on against the Falcons terrible secondary. With WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk in your lineups with confidence.
BAL Rushing Attack vs CIN Run Defense – The Bengals have been atrocious against the run week after week. It should continue rolling this week against Mark Ingram and the Baltimore rushing attack.
Damien Williams Pass Catching vs HOU – The Texans have been average against RBs this season. But they have really struggled at limited receptions to RBs, as discussed on last weeks matchups to exploit. I predicted a big day through the air for Devonta Freeman, and it came to fruition. This week it is Damien Williams turn, who excels as a pass catcher.
MIN WRs vs PHI Secondary – The recipe to beat the Eagles this season has been through the air. Minnesota loves to run the ball, but against this Eagles front 7, it is going to be difficult. Roll out Adam Thielen as usual. But do not be afraid to play Stefon Diggs, as he looks to get back on track.
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