Fantasy owners are scrambling to set their lineups ahead of week 6. While you and everyone else is subbing players in and out of your lineup up until game time, we are here to help you make a confident choice. Below is our Week 6 Start/Sit column highlighting depth players that could help or hurt you this week:
Starts of The Week
QB: Jameis Winston (at ATL): The Atlanta Falcons have allowed at least 250 yards and 3 touchdowns to every quarterback they have faced, besides Nick Foles. Jameis Winston struggled in his first week back but that was against Chicago, who is one of the best defenses in the NFL. He also had the bye week now to prepare for this upcoming game. With all of the weapons that Winston has at his disposal, this is the perfect game for him to get going.
RB: James White (vs KC): Another week, another shootout in Kansas City. With both teams likely trying to keep up with each other, there shouldn’t be much running. That might sound like a bad thing to start a running back but James White is hardly that. White averages 8.8 targets per game and it has been climbing since Sony Michel took over the running game. At this point, he is Tom Brady’s favorite target and in a game that could see a massive amount of points on the board, I want the Patriot’s best “receiver”.
WR: Tyler Boyd (vs PIT): Tyler Boyd has been very good this season and it’s time that he gets the credit that he deserves. The Bengals have been peppering him with targets (at least 7 in each of the last 4 games) and he also gets a good matchup against a bad Steeler’s secondary. Boyd is easily a WR2 in all formats this week and you should figure out a way to get him in your lineup.
TE: David Njoku (vs LAC): The tight end landscape is tough this season and if you don’t have one of the top options, you are likely streaming the position each week looking for a lucky touchdown catch. Njoku is a guy that is still available in a portion of leagues and you don’t have to depend on a touchdown catch in order for him to be a good play. His is quickly becoming one of Baker Mayfield’s favorite targets which will make him a valuable add and start this week.
DEF: Houston (vs BUF): Houston’s defense has been a disappointment so far but there is hope, at least for this week. The Bill’s offense has been giving up massive amounts of fantasy points to defenses this year and it will likely continue all season. Look for the Houston to get major pressure on Josh Allen and to force multiple turnovers this week.
Sits of the Week
QB: Deshaun Watson (vs BUF): Deshaun Watson has been on fire, throwing for over 300 yards in every game since week 2. The problem is that the Buffalo pass defense has also been on fire. In the past 3 weeks, the Bills defense has intercepted more passes than touchdown passes allowed. The Texans should still win this game but, it could easily turn into a low scoring affair with both teams focusing on the running game.
RB: Kenyan Drake (vs CHI): Fantasy owners finally got a serviceable game out of Kenyan Drake last week and might even be thinking about starting him after it. Don’t. Chicago has completely bottled up every running back that they have faced and are the number one ranked rushing defense. Drake was also out-carried by Frank Gore 12 to 6 last week despite his efficiency. At this point, you need to see Drake do it on consecutive weeks in order to start him.
WR: Corey Davis (vs BAL): Jimmy Smith is back in the Raven’s secondary and hasn’t lost a step. He was able to hold Jarvis Landry to just 5 catches for 69 yards and now he takes on Corey Davis. Like Kenyan Drake, Davis is another guy that has only been able to get it done once this season but his upside makes him a tempting start every week. If you are going to put him in your lineup, make sure it’s at least a good matchup and this week is not.
TE: Greg Olsen (at WAS): The Panthers get to bring back one of the best tight ends in the past decade with Greg Olsen in week 6. One thing that we have learned from multiple players this season (see Dalvin Cook, Leonard Fournette) is that sometimes guys can come back to early and reinjure themselves giving you a dud in your lineup. Olsen has already done it once this season and you should definitely wait for him to prove his health before giving him a start.
DEF: Miami (vs CHI): Miami has been one of the top scoring fantasy defenses on the season but like most teams, they are still matchup dependent. This week they get the Chicago Bears coming off of a bye week and before that, a 48 point week. They have also only turned the ball over 5 times on the season. There are much better matchups to go after this week so don’t get sucked into sticking with Dolphin’s Defense.