Week 6 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em
Week 5 saw a historical output when it comes to fantasy production. Guys like Christian McCaffery, Amari Cooper, and Deshaun Watson lit up the fantasy board as expected. Then we also had guys like Aaron Jones, Will Fuller, and D.J. Chark also put up insane fantasy numbers. Week 6 is upon us and as we can see, who knows what is going to happen. Here's our week 6 start 'em and sit 'em.
Quarterback Start 'Em
Aaron Rodgers vs. Detroit- Rodgers has been disappointing thus far in 2019. After being a consensus top three quarterback drafted, he has not shown his fantasy owners any love. I don't expect a monster game from Rodgers in Week 6, but I do expect a solid stat line. The Lions are one of the better defensive teams in the NFL against the run and pass. I expect this game to be a close one, which leaves opportunity for Rodgers to keep chucking the ball. If Davante Adams suits up, it only helps.
Carson Wentz at Minnesota- Some people see Minnesota and shy away from Wentz. Minnesota has quietly been ranked 16th in pass defense which is mediocre. However they are ranked 4th in run defense. We expect Alshon to be taken out of the game by Xavier Rhodes, but Deshaun Jackson should be back to suit up along Ertz and the other wideouts. I am still firing up Wentz as a QB1.
Quarterback Sit 'Em
Jared Goff vs. San Francisco- What a daunting matchup for Goff in Week 6. San Fran has one of the best defenses in the NFL thus far. They rank 2nd in pass defense and we saw them shut down the Browns passing attack in Week 5. Now we know the Rams have stud wideouts and will throw the ball a lot, so maybe the volume bails Goff out. However, given his recent performances against undermanned defenses, I am not confident in his ability to perform against a great one.
Baker Mayfield vs. Seattle- The matchup doesn't scare you, but the Cleveland offense does. How do you have one of the best wide receiver duos in the league, a stud running back, and still be ranked 27th in QB points? If you're hoping you catch Baker going off, don't get your hopes up. We need to see it before we can have any confidence in this passing offense. If I'm a week too late on starting Baker, I am happy to oblige. Leave Mayfield on the bench or waiver wire.
Running back Start 'Em
Derrick Henry at Denver- In what should be a low scoring affair, Henry should be in the game plan the entire game. Look for him to grind his way to a solid outing against a defense that ranks 26th against the run and is now missing Bradley Chubb.
Kerryon Johnson at Green Bay- The Packers defense has been great thus far in 2019. If you want to move the ball against them, its best done on the ground. The Lions are a ground and pound team so this matches up well on paper. Look for Kerryon to go over 15 points, and stay involved in the passing game as well.
Running back Sit 'Em
Todd Gurley vs. San Francisco- Sit Goff and Gurley? This article is all about expectations. I expect Gurley to be inefficient in this contest. Yes, he might plunge into the end zone which could save his fantasy day. However, Gurley has been decent this year by averaging 12 points a game but not what we were expecting by any means when drafts were underway. I am going for the under on 12 for Gurley.
Joe Mixon at Baltimore- I had Mixon on the start 'em last week and got burned. He got off to a hot start against Arizona and didn't get the touches he needed to break free. Now on the road against Baltimore, I am not going to expect much from Mixon in this one or for the season until the Bengals get healthy again.
Wide Receiver Start 'Em
Larry Fitzgerald vs. Atlanta- Father time has yet to catch up to Fitz. He is the focal point of a high volume passing attack. Now going against the Falcons, who have bled fantasy points to wideout, ala Will Fuller. Fitz is set it and forget it for me this week.
Calvin Ridley at Arizona- When it comes to fantasy points, I expect the matchup between the Cardinals and Falcons to be a goldmine. Both defenses are bad, and both offenses are capable of putting up points. Ridley should see enough targets to turn in a good fantasy day. A very strong flex play for me.
Wide Receiver Sit 'Em
Mike Evans vs. Carolina- Turning in a goose egg last week, I don't expect Evans to bounce back in a major way. Carolina has had Evans on lockdown the past couple of games, James Bradberry being a big reason. He went 5 catches for 64 yards in two games against him last year. You're probably not benching Evans, but don't expect much.
Juju Smith-Schuster at Los Angeles Chargers- Wow, Im telling y'all to sit Evans and Juju, what a time. As with the case with Evans, you're probably not going to be able to sit Juju. Expectations should be low with a potential third string quarterback and getting the Casey Hayward treatment. Juju might be in for a long day in Week 6.
Tight End Start 'Em
Austin Hooper at Arizona- Another player in this Arizona and Atlanta game. Hooper could see himself a solid amount of targets in a what should be a high scoring game. Seemingly the third option in the passing offense, Hooper has been solid thus far and should continue that trend in Week 6.
Jimmy Graham vs. Detroit- This is all about the health of Davante Adams. If Adams is sidelined, I expect Graham to see a solid workload and potentially get in the end zone. He led the team in receiving yards in Week 6, which was a game where Aaron Rodgers didn't need to throw the ball.
Tight End Sit 'Em
Delaine Walker at Denver- Not exactly a high upside player, Walker as been mediocre all season. I'm expecting another 8 point outing from the veteran, and I would advise taking a shot at a tight end with more upside in Week 6 if possible. Denver has been solid against tight ends and this seems like a Derrick Henry game.
Jason Witten at New York Jets- With Gallup back in the fold, Witten should see even less targets and opportunities. Given that the Cowboys should be in the lead the entire game, I have little to no confidence in starting Witten.