Week 6 has come and gone. However, I’ve got some good news. I’m now going to be writing this section for the rest of the season. That’s a hell of a birthday present if I say so myself. Shout out to Jamal Adams of the Jets who shares the same birthday as me. Alright, I’m done.
I’ll do some reflecting on my starts/sits next week as this is my first week making the recommendation. If you stick with me on these recommendations, I thank you for placing your team’s weekly fate into my hands.
The Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers are all on Byes this week. Christian McCaffrey owners will have to find an alternative to him carrying your team like he’s done the Panthers offensively.
Quarterback Starts of the Week
Aaron Rodgers vs OAK – Although he did get some help from the referees versus the Lions, Aaron Rodgers looked like his old self sans Davante Adams. To make matters better, the Raiders rank a respectable 12th in pass defense statistically, isn’t going to slow down #12, allowing Rodgers to build on last week’s numbers at Lambeau Field.
Jared Goff vs ATL – You should chalk this up as somewhat of a risk. However, I’d say last week’s performance was more of an outlier than what you should expect out of the Rams offense. The Falcons have been shredded for 331 YPG through the air the past three games. Coach McVay won’t allow another showing like last week, and with the Rams defense being just as suspect even with Jalen Ramsey being acquired, you can expect a shootout.
Honorable mention: Matt Ryan vs STL
Quarterback Sits of the Week
Matthew Stafford vs MIN – You can insert any team versus Minnesota and I’d more than likely agree with you. With the Vikings ranking 10th in passing defense and the Lions taking more of a balanced offensive approach, there are better options this week even with teams on a Bye week.
Philip Rivers @ Ten – Although it feels weird to place him here, Philip Rivers has an awful offensive line, the Chargers have a plethora of injuries, and the Titans sport one of the best defenses, allowing the 11th least amount of yards per game. The Chargers rank 10th in the league in yards allowed. I expect a low scoring output, especially considering the struggles Rivers has had.
Running Back Starts of the Week
Leonard Fournette @ CIN – The Bengals are the first team to allow 1,000 yards rushing, ranking dead last at 1,107 (184.5 YPG). We’re already aware of Fournette’s ability. Place the lion in a ring with the gazelles and the lion has his opportunity to feast relentlessly. Start him as a high-end RB1 this week.
Mark Ingram @ SEA – Although the Seahawks rank 12th in run defense and will have the “12th man” behind them, both of these teams sport the run heavily as Baltimore ranks 2nd in the league with 37 attempts per game and the Seahawks rank 3rd at 32 attempts per game. Expect every opportunity for Ingram and Carson to lead the charge.
Honorable mention: Chris Carson vs. Baltimore
Running Back Sits of the Week
Adrian Peterson vs SF – The 49ers defense is animalistic. They’ve allowed the least amount of yards in the league and continue to be a stalwart in both the rushing and passing game. Adrian Peterson’s “breakout game” was against the Dolphins. Not to disrespect one of the greatest backs in the game, but you and I could do that against the Dolphins “defense.” Sit AP this week.
Joe Mixon vs JAX – I’m not a fan of throwing shade at Mixon. However, his utilization has been awful. That offensive line is awful even with Cordy Glenn scheduled to return. The passing game has been subpar. As always, the Bengals will play from behind and game script won’t allow Mixon to find any room nor will he get the attempts. Until he shows out, it’s time to consider other options than Joe.
Wide Receiver Starts of the Week
Allen Robinson vs NO – The Saints defense has been pretty respectable. However, somebody has to catch the ball. During a Bye week, what better option than inserting A-Rob back into the mix. He’s averaged a healthy six catches and 75.4 YPG. Even though those are solid numbers, he has only scored twice this year. Play him with a solid WR2 floor with upside and knowing that is Trubisky’s favorite target (he practiced in full yesterday).
Tyler Boyd vs Jax – As it seems to be the norm, the Bengals will be playing from behind. Jalen Ramsey was traded to the Rams. All signs point to the Bengals passing a lot, which means ample opportunity for Boyd to provide at least low-end WR2 numbers.
Honorable mention: Amari Cooper (if healthy) vs. PHI
Wide Receiver Sits of the Week
Kenny Golladay vs MIN – I like Golladay and he’s done very well as a Detroit Lion. However, any wideout going against Xavier Rhoads is doomed for a limited fantasy day (except maybe Marvin Jones). Consider Golladay no more than a FLEX at best this week if Bye weeks dictate you starting him.
Sterling Shepard vs ARI – I know what you’re thinking: “But the Cardinals defense is so bad!” While that may be true, Patrick Peterson is NOT bad. He’s one of the top cornerbacks in the game and is officially reinstated to play. Additionally, Shepard is dealing with a concussion. He may not suit up but don’t bother waiting until you get official word… Sit him!
Tight End Start of the Week
Hunter Henry @ TEN – He’s back and looked like he never left. Rivers has always enjoyed targeting tight ends in the red zone. Ask Antonio Gates for confirmation on that one. He may be one of the few bright spots for LAC, and with Jayon Brown still banged up, the Titans linebacker core can be exploited this week at the tight end position.
Tight End Sit of the Week
Jared Cook @ CHI – Cook has been serviceable, scoring the past two weeks. But up until then, he had an 8/90/0, which is far from reliable. Going against the Bears stout defense, I don’t envision Cook doing much. Although he has nine targets the past two game, the likelihood of him scoring is due for some negative regression.
NOTE: Cook has been ruled OUT for the Saints Week 7 contest against the Bears.
Defense Starts of the Week
SF DST @ WAS – Case Keenum doesn’t do well against superior defenses. Prepare for a golden opportunity for the Niners defense.
JAX DST @ CIN – Even without Jalen Ramsey, that pass rush and secondary is still reliable to dominate a porous Cincy offense.
BUF DST vs MIA – Any team going against the Dolphins is a worthy streaming option. Play Buffalo this week.
Defense Sits of the Week
ATL DST vs LAR – Atlanta is very bad in pass defense. The Rams have a very good passing offense.
BAL DST @ SEA – There are better options because Russ has been on a tirade and Baltimore has shown signs of weakness in the running game, a spot where Seattle excels.
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