Week 6 Starts and Sits
By: Andrew Jacques @mclovinffaffair
As with every week, who to start and who of sit is a big decision for fantasy managers. I’ll always try to get straight to the point with some very basic ground rules – If players were drafted in the top 36 or are top 6 at their position, I’m not going to talk about them in the “start” column. With that high draft capital and/or performance thus far, I’m assuming they’re in your starting lineup. I may mention them in the sit column if it’s a particularly bad matchup, they have some sort of injury, or their status as a startable asset is otherwise questionable. That said, let’s get to it!
Jalen Hurts – It’s easy to fade opponents of the Buccaneers, but as dominant as they are on the ground, an area they struggle with is defending through the air. Jalen Hurts has had the benefit of being blown out a couple of times this year and, because of this, has put up some pretty gaudy fantasy stats. I expect Hurts to play outside of the pocket a ton while he finds Ertz and Smith down the field. Tampa’s sub-par pass defend paired with garbage time = big-time stud start. Hurts has yet to finish outside of QB1 territory; he shouldn’t sit this week.
Taylor Heinicke – They play the Chiefs this week and, much like Tampa Bay, they have an explosive offense but are lacking on the defensive side of the ball. This opens up a significant opportunity for Heinicke, McLaurin, Gibson, and McKissic. I know they faltered this past week against a solid Saints defense, but they should rebound.
Trevor Lawrence – The Dolphins are a middle-of-the-pack passing defense. I anticipate Lawrence continuing to grow as he further integrates what he’s learned in the first 5 weeks. I’m playing Lawrence because his RPO plays have gone up since week 3, he’s utilizing Laviska supremely, and Dan Arnold is a fun weapon in the end zone. Marvin Jones ain’t a pushover, either.
Randall Cobb – Cobb continues to see his role increase as the weeks go on. Rodgers trusts him. And that’s enough. They play a lethargic Bears secondary. And let’s be honest, Rodgers has straight pwned these n00bs for what feels like a decade. Flex play.
Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, or Tyler Boyd – Again, all Bengals starting receivers make the list. They’re up against a terrifying Lions defense (Ha!) who only allow 250 passing yards per game. With Mixon still a little banged up, I expect the Bengals to once again lean heavily on their pass catchers to carry the team. Play as WR2’s/Flex’s.
Brandin Cooks – We sat him (wisely) last week, but this week they go against a pretty beat up version of the Colt’s secondary. He averages over 8 targets per game… he’s good! Fire him up for a solid 80 yards with TD upside.
James Robinson – I probably don’t need to keep mentioning him; he’s putting up solid numbers every week. Play again with confidence against the ‘Phins, who have allowed 6 rushing TDs and almost 700 rushing yards through 5 weeks. Plug in the game script where Brissett is either recovering from a hamstring or Tua is fresh off the IR, and I expect a competitive matchup where Robinson is, once again, lethal on the ground.
Zack Moss – No touchdowns in week 5 but solid usage in a high stakes matchup. This week they’re playing a soft Titans defense; I’m very willing to go ahead and plug him in as a flex. He’s getting 11 touches per week (on average) but has seen 15+ the past 2 weeks. I believe that usage continues, especially in the passing game. Tennessee allows the 2nd most rushing TD’s against them and a bottom half of the league in rushing yards allowed per game.
Damien Williams – Montgomery is damaged, and Damien Williams played well in Week 5, totaling 84 yards and a TD. They go up against the Cheeseheads this week, and they love to take the ball out of Fields’ hands. Expect another 18-20 touch game for Williams.
Tommy Tremble – I’m tossing him out there this week. He had 1 giant play in week 3, was silent in week 4, but put up a solid finish last week. He’s definitely TD-dependent, but he has the upside to finish top 12 this week.
Tyler Conklin – I think this will be a really fun game to watch, and I keep seeing Conklin’s role continue to improve on this offense, where he’s averaging 5 targets per game. Cousins likes and trusts him, play calls are being drawn up for him, and he’s the only giant on this offense that they’re throwing to. Put this tattooed monster man in your lineup.
Daniel Jones (if healthy) – Up against the Rams, Jones struggles against interior pressure. It turns out the Rams employ this dude named Aaron Donald. I’m fading Daniel Jones so hard that it hurts. And he’s been awesome so far! But put him down this week.
Baker Mayfield – Up against a tough Cardinals defense, Mayfield will be trying to keep up with fire … by handing the ball off to Chubb and Kareem 45 times. He hasn’t looked like himself and, even in last week’s total shootout, he only tossed the pill 32 times and barely eclipsed 300 yards. I worry that he’s injured, and they’re trying to limit his throwing.
Kadarius Toney – He has been involved and good the past 2 weeks, but they’re going up against a tough Rams defense with possibly a backup QB. I can’t think of a much worse week for him to try and perform. Bench him if you own him and use this game as a buy low window if you can.
Adam Thielen – They play a tough Brown’s secondary this week and, even though the Minnesota offense will still do work, I don’t see Thielen being heavily involved. True, Cousins trusts and loves that dude, but this is a good week to let his weary legs rest on your bench.
Miles Gaskin – I had him on here last week, and the process was right. I just didn’t see the entire Dolphins WR group getting injured. I don’t expect him to ever see 10 targets again. And though the Jacksonville defense isn’t good, I don’t think Gaskin is either. I’d sell him high if I owned him (before Sunday!) and bench him if I can’t.
Alex Collins / Chris Carson – Whoever the starting RB is this weekend, I’m fading them pretty hard. They play the Steelers defense, which has limited opposing rushers to 100 yards/game, and that’s with their starting QBs in play. The Seahawks are about to be exposed as they play without Russell Wilson. The offense will be flat under Geno Smith and defenses will be able to play heavy pass rush/run defense.
Dalton Schultz – He’s been so, so good for the price you paid thus far in the season, but the Patriots are giving up the 2nd lowest yardage to the TE position in the entire league. Dallas has enough offensive pieces to steer clear of the seam and flat routes, I expect them to move the ball well, and Schultz’s targets plummet from 6 targets per game down to about 3 for 48 yards. Playable, I guess, but I’m looking to avoid this man.
Robert Tonyan – Chicago is the #6 defense against TE’s, limiting them to 35 yards and .2 TD’s per game. Tonyan is a creature of efficiency, and it just doesn’t appear that the Bears are willing to give up the big shots to the Tight End position. I’m sitting with confidence as he makes my list 3 weeks in a row.