NFL Week 6 Start/Sit
NFL Week 6 Start/Sit
Week 6 brings the first four-team bye on the schedule as fantasy owners adjust to the absence of the Raiders, Chargers (and red-hot rookie quarterback Justin Herbert), Saints, and Seahawks. That means streaming options and overall depth come into play, making this unofficially the first week where how well an owner drafted comes into play.
This week’s start/sit offers some good news for Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and confirmation that Chase ClaypoolMania isn’t a one-week wonder. On the flip side, finding a streamer is a must for Jared Goff owners.
Start: Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
Held without a touchdown pass in each of his last two games, Ryan gets a solid opportunity to rebound against a Vikings defense susceptible to big passing plays (29th in air yards allowed). There’s a reasonable chance Julio Jones (hamstring) returns to the lineup. If so, there should be little fear in playing Ryan.
Sit: Jared Goff, QB, Rams
Despite having a 12-3 TD:INT margin in six previous starts against the 49ers, Goff is best served remaining on fantasy benches. Goff has averaged just 197 passing yards per game against the Niners, who have allowed the third-fewest passing yards per contest (215.6) along with seeking to rebound after being strafed by Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 5.
Start: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Colts
Only the Lions and Texans allow more rushing yards per game than the Bengals (159). That makes Taylor a strong must-start despite the fact he had just 12 carries in last week’s loss to the Browns. The Colts will look to make Taylor a focal point early in order to help keep Philip Rivers from having to throw more than 30 passes. Indy is 3-0 when Rivers attempts fewer than 25 passes, so the less of Rivers means, the better for Taylor’s fantasy owners.
Sit: Devin Singletary, RB, Bills
Singletary whiffed (11 carries, 25 yards) on his chance to carry the bulk of Buffalo’s run game in Tuesday’s loss to the Titans. He’s eclipsed the 70-yard barrier just once this season with only one rushing touchdown to show for his efforts. Even if Moss (toe) remains sidelined, Singletary is too much of a risk as an RB2 against a Chiefs defense that allows 5.0 yards per carry and is 23rd in fantasy points per game allowed to opposing backs.
Start: Chase Claypool, WR, Steelers
The hype — and talent — is real. Claypool averages 16.2 yards per touch, and the 72.5% snap count he’s averaged the last two games is a clear sign he’s going to be fed by Ben Roethlisberger. Another four-touchdown outing is too much to expect, but count on Claypool to thrive against a Browns defense that’s 30th in both Fantasy points per game allowed to opposing receivers and touchdown passes allowed (12).
Sit: Travis Fulgham, WR, Eagles
Fulgham has been a revelation the past two games, catching 12 passes for 209 yards and two scores. He’s going to be a popular streaming option, but expectations must be tempered as Fulgham must contend with a Ravens defense that’s seventh in fewest fantasy points allowed per game to opposing receivers and has yielded just six passing touchdowns.
Start: Eric Ebron, TE, Steelers
Ebron has averaged six targets in his last three games and should have a strong afternoon in yardage against the Browns, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. Sunday has the makings of a big afternoon for the Pittsburgh offense, and there’s every reason to buy into Ebron serving as a contributor.
Sit: Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team
A promising start from Thomas has turned into major disappointment as he has just two catches for 12 yards the past two weeks. The Giants are 11th in passing yards allowed per game, and when combined with the uncertainty surrounding who could get the ball to Thomas, it makes sense to find another option.
Start: DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins
Parker will certainly get more than the three targets he had in last week’s win at the 49ers. With Ryan Fitzpatrick averaging 288.5 passing yards per game in his last four starts, look for Parker to rack up WR1-caliber numbers at the expense of a Jets defense that allows the eighth-most passing yards per game (265.6) in the league.
Sit: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Panthers
This is the one week not to consider Bridgewater as a streaming option, as his recent resurgence is expected to come to a halt against a Bears defense that is second only to the Colts in fewest fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks. Chicago has also limited opposing passers to a 77.1 passer rating, the second-lowest in the league.
Start: Todd Gurley II, RB, Falcons
Coming off his best outing of the season, Gurley faces off against a Vikings defense that has allowed the eighth-most rushing yards in the league. Minnesota also allows an average of 5.2 catches per game to opposing running backs, which only enhances Gurley’s potential in PPR formats.
Sit: Golden Tate, WR, Giants
Even in PPR formats, Tate’s value continues to decline. Despite having at least four receptions in each game this season, Tate hasn’t scored and has failed to exceed 47 yards in a contest. Don’t count on Tate’s numbers to rise against a Washington Football Team that has yielded the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing receivers.
Start: Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions
Surprisingly, Stafford has yet to cross the 300-yard mark this season. That should change as he and a healthy Kenny Golladay return from a bye week to exploit a Jaguars defense that’s conceded the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Jacksonville has also given up 11 touchdown passes, making Stafford — who has thrown multiple touchdown passes in each of his last three games — more appealing.
Sit: Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Football Team
Count McLaurin as someone who misses Dwayne Haskins. McLaurin had just three catches for 26 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Rams, and with the level of uncertainty at quarterback, it’s best to sit McLaurin despite the fact the Giants are 22nd in the league in fantasy points allowed per game to opposing wide receivers.