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Week 6 Start_Sit: Nothing But Headaches

Week 6 Start_Sit
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I’m going to need some Advil, Aleve, or Tylenol after everything that happened in Week 5. The Browns upset the Ravens, Buffalo shocked Tennessee, no words can describe Blake Bortles, and the Rams’ defense is struggling. As we look ahead into the Week 6 Start_Sit the NFL is about to start picking up. More teams are going to suffer injuries and go on their bye weeks.

[Spoiler Alert] Robert Woods made my start list this week due to Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks both suffering from concussions. He will be moved to either the WR1 on the depth chart depending if Kupp and Cooks are inactive. Both of them most likely will be out, as it is common for players to miss a week while recovering from concussions.

As we take a look into this week’s article we have to account for so many big names out this week. With both the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints on their bye weeks. Look at these highly owned Fantasy players and adjust your rosters accordingly: Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Kerryon Johnson, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram II, Michael Thomas, Kenny Golladay, Golden Tate, Matt Prater, Will Lutz, and Saints D/ST.

Week 6 Start_Sit

Start

Quarterback

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Andrew Luck, vs New York Jets

I’ve messed up the last two weeks with saying to Sit Andrew Luck. His Fantasy value is high due to his volume of passes. With a combined 121 pass attempts in Weeks 4 and 5, it’s not surprising he has been productive. It is still too early to say whether or not T.Y. Hilton will be available Sunday, but Luck’s game against New England proved that doesn’t matter. With a lack of a running game and inconsistent defense, we could see 45-plus pass attempts against the Jets.

Matt Ryan, vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Alright, I know I put him on the Start list for Week 5, but who would’ve suspected a lackluster outing? Lets look ahead to another good matchup against their divisional rival, Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have had a difficult time stopping the pass all season because of their depleted secondary. The last game before their Week 5 bye, this defense allowed over 350 passing yards and 6 passing touchdowns to Chicago’s, Mitchell Trubisky. Ryan is a viable QB1 and could end Week 6 as the best QB in Fantasy Football.

Running Back

T.J. Yeldon, vs Dallas Cowboys

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It has already been confirmed that Jacksonville’s starting RB, Leonard Fournette, has already been ruled out for Week 6, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.


The Jaguars lost Corey Grant with a season ending Lisfranc injury. With Fournette and Grant out, the team signed veteran Jamaal Charles. Charles will be used as a pass catcher and a change of pace back. There isn’t anyone on Jacksonville that will take away carries from Yeldon. His volume is enticing and he is a sure fire RB2 this week.

Wendell Smallwood, vs New York Giants

Jay Ajayi is out for the season with an ACL tear, Corey Clement is recovering from a quad injury, and Darren Sproles remains sidelined with a hamstring injury. This leaves Smallwood as the lone back for the Eagles. It is worth noting that the Eagles are on a short week and there is no guarantee that Clement will be able to play on Thursday. Even if Corey Clement is able to go, we don’t know if he’ll be at full health. It is looking like Smallwood is moving into the starting RB role and a strong Flex option for Week 6.

Wide Receiver

Robert Woods, vs Denver Broncos

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If you read the introduction, you already knew Woods made the Start list. It is too early to tell if teammates Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp will be active for Week 6. If they are, then he is still a WR3 or Flex option. If they are not, Woods will move into the WR2 range and has Top 15 upside.

Keke Coutee, vs Buffalo Bills

In my Week 5 Start_Sit article I had Coutee as a start. He caught the lone Texans touchdown on Sunday and he also hauled in six catches for a total of 51 yards. Will Fuller didn’t look completely healthy and has a lingering hamstring injury. It’s very clear that Coutee and Deshaun Watson have a connection, even with Fuller on the field. Heading into Week 6, this Houston offense will look to have another productive game against this roller coaster Buffalo team.

Tight End

Cameron Brate, vs Atlanta Falcons

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Teammate O.J. Howard is out for a few weeks due to a sprained MCL and this leads to Brate as the starting TE in Tampa Bay. More and more TE’s are getting hurt and this leads to slim options for your Fantasy lineups. You can trust Brate this week against Atlanta. Both teams have decimated defenses and this could lead to an aerial battle between the NFC South opponents. Jameis Winston could attempt over 40 passes this week and that bodes well for Brate.

David Njoku, vs Los Angeles Chargers

Last week against the Ravens was the first game of 2018 Njoku received double-digit targets. Njoku and Baker Mayfield look like a real tandem out there. In the last two games Baker has started, Njoku has 18 targets, 11 catches, and 121 receiving yards. All he needs is to score his first touchdown of the season and he’ll be a Top 5 TE.

Defense

Green Bay Packers, vs San Francisco 49ers

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Jimmy Garoppolo is out for the year, Matt Brieda has an injured ankle, and Dante Pettis has already been ruled out for the Monday night game. I would say the 49ers are the second most injury plagued team besides the Indianapolis Colts. Green Bay is fifth in the league in sacks with 16, so they don’t have a problem getting after the QB. The Cardinals just finished as second best D/ST in Week 5 against San Francisco. There shouldn’t be a problem for the Packers to have similar success on Monday.

Baltimore Ravens, vs Tennessee Titans

Even suffering a loss, this didn’t stop the Ravens from being a Top 10 defense last week. Four of the five games this season, Baltimore has allowed 14 points or less. Baltimore hasn’t had a problem sacking the QB this season as they’re tied for sixth with 15 sacks.  Now they have Jimmy Smith back who is the best CB on the team and will increase their five interceptions against the Titans inconsistent offense.

 

Sit

Quarterbacks

Alex Smith, vs Carolina Panthers

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It is looking like Alex Smith is reverting to his old form. The Redskins have many weapons and Smith is still throwing short passes. He hasn’t had a 300 passing yard game this season even with attempting a season high 46 passes. His starting RB, Adrian Peterson, has a sprained shoulder and is questionable for Week 6. If AP is inactive that would force Alex Smith to throw more. Unless Smith throws a couple touchdowns he will finish outside the top 20 for QB’s.

Marcus Mariota, vs Baltimore Ravens

The Week 4 game against the Philadelphia is looking like a flash in the pan. If you get rid of that Philadelphia game, he has combined for 332 passing yards with four interceptions and no touchdowns, in the three other games he started. One of the reasons for his lack of Fantasy relevance is his lack of passing attempts. If you total his attempts from Weeks 1, 3, and 5 he has an average of 20 throws per game. Mariota isn’t worth the risk against Baltimore. If you’re able to grab Jameis Winston that is a better option.

Running Backs

LeSean McCoy, vs Houston Texans

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Again we have a Buffalo Bills player on this list. McCoy entered the season with an array of problems both on and off field. After receiving his season high in carries (24), he wasn’t effective. He averaged just 3.5 yards per carry and now is against a tough Texans defense. That Texans defense held Cowboys’ RB, Ezekiel Elliot, to 54 rushing yards on 20 carries and 30 receiving yards on seven catches. “Shady” McCoy is a must Sit for Week 6.

Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis, vs Baltimore Ravens

There hasn’t been one RB to have a successful game against Baltimore yet. Against a top three rushing defense there is more risk than reward in starting these two. Dion Lewis hasn’t been productive since Week and Derrick Henry hasn’t been productive all season. The Baltimore Ravens defense are allowing opposing RB’s a total of 369 rushing yards and one touchdown in five games. Look back any RB that has played the Ravens and it further proves my point of not playing these two backs.

Wide Receivers

Larry Fitzgerald, vs Minnesota Vikings

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Fitz is another victim of an ineffective offense and that is only the tip of the iceberg. The main cause to his slow start is the consistent hamstring injury. The injury occurred in Week 2 and it is still hampering him. Since that injury, Larry has only two or three catches in each game since Week 2. Even if he is close to 100%, there is too much risk in putting him in your Fantasy lineups.

Chris Hogan, vs Kansas City Chiefs

There are too many mouths to feed in New England and Hogan is looking like the low man on the totem pole. Hogan is definitely behind Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, James White, Josh Gordon, and then there is a cluster of other receivers. It’s worth noting, he has five targets or less in each game and the most receiving yards he’s had all season is 42. With Edelman back and Gordon getting more looks it will be difficult for Hogan to step out of their shadows.

Tight Ends

Charles Clay, vs Houston Texans

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Buffalo is looking like they’ll have another top 10 draft pick in 2019. Besides LeSean McCoy there isn’t a Fantasy relevant starter. For the people that do have Clay this one is for you. The downfield for him this season is the ineffectiveness of his QB, Josh Allen. Clay has failed to have more than 40 yards in every game this year. Not to mention in four out of his five games he has two or less catches. If you haven’t done so yet please drop Charles Clay.

Jesse James, vs Cincinnati Bengals

Jesse is a Sit once again this week. Hopefully, you listened to me last week because in Half-PPR leagues he finished as TE25. If you want to see why I’m not a fan of Jesse James you can read my Week 5 Start_Sit summary below.

Now the clear second TE on the depth chart, James has little value in Fantasy. The first two games of the year he was the clear starter, but in Weeks 3 and 4 it was the opposite. One catch and one target is all he had over the last two weeks. Even with a favorable matchup, there isn’t much of a reason to start Jesse James.

Defenses

New England Patriots, vs Kansas City Chiefs

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It was one of the toughest game on the Chiefs schedule, playing the Jaguars. Many Fantasy Football analysts had their concerns about not starting Patrick Mahomes, but now it is confirmed nothing can stop him. He has thrown for over 250 or more passing yards in every game this season. Scoring 35 points per game is a great reason to keep the New England defense on the bench this week against Kansas City.

Denver Broncos, vs Los Angeles Rams

Plain and simple, no one has been able to stop the Rams. When the Broncos faced off against the Chiefs they held them to a season low 27 points. Denver has turned the corner with this defense. It doesn’t oppose the same will or fear into their opponents as they once did. A matchup against one of the two best teams in the NFL is a problem. Los Angeles is the second highest scoring team in the NFL this season with 34.6 point per game. If you’re able to stream another defense that is a safer alternative.

 

Conlin Postma

Fantasy Football Writer at So Called Fantasy Experts
An aspiring Fantasy Football Analyst, a member of the #RavensFlock, and the biggest Tyrod Taylor fan you'll meet.

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