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NFL Week 6: Fantasy football sits and starts

Who you should start and sit on your fantasy team in Week 6.

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It is Week 6 of the fantasy season. Hopefully, your fantasy team has been doing as well as the Bengals have been, but if you’ve been struggling, don’t worry. We have some advice for what you should do this week.

Bye weeks: Lions and Saints

Must starts

  • Sony Michel (Patriots RB): Michel has a good chance to keep his momentum going this week. He’s coming off a two-week stretch where he rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns, and is going up against a Chiefs defense that has allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs, according to Fantasy Pros.
  • Jarvis Landry (Browns WR): Landry is by far Baker Mayfield’s favorite target; Combine that with a Chargers defense that has struggled to contain opposing receivers, and you have a recipe for success on your hands.

Favorable matchups

  • Ronald Jones (Bucs RB): After being a surprise inactive to start the season, Jones out-touched Peyton Barber in Week 4 before the Bucs’ bye week. It looks like he could emerge as the lead back in an offense that took the league by storm without their starting quarterback. He could be a great pickup (even if it is just for this week) as the Bucs are set to face the Falcons who haven’t been able to slow down running backs this season. They have allowed 25.4 points per game to opposing running backs.
  • The Falcons wide receivers: On the flip side of that game, Atlanta is at home against a Bucs defense that has been down right terrible. Mohamed Sanu was the only receiver for Atlanta to score on Sunday against the Steelers as Julio Jones is still searching for a touchdown this year. Jones is still an automatic play regardless along with Calvin Ridley and Sanu has a great matchup as well.

Good but not great

  • Dalvin Cook (Vikings RB): Cook was a limited participant in the Vikings’ practice on Wednesday, which means he should end up playing. He hasn’t inspired much confidence from fantasy owners this season, but he is set to go up against the Cardinals who have allowed over 30 points per game to opposing running backs, which is the most in the NFL. This one is more about the matchup.
  • Tyler Boyd (Bengals WR): We saw Boyd’s hot streak hit a bump last week. The Steelers’ defense isn’t as good against the pass as Miami is though, and if John Ross is able to suit up after miss last week’s game with a groin injury, that should open things up even more for Andy Dalton’s favorite safety blanket.

Just sit them

  • Derrick Henry (Titans RB): Henry has been a pretty big disappointment this season. You shouldn’t expect that to change against the Ravens who have allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season. In fact this could end up being a game where you start Dion Lewis as a flex option in your PPR leagues as he could get involved with a ton of dump off passes from Marcus Mariota.
  • Dallas wide receivers: I’ll level with you. There aren’t a lot of bad matchups this week with players people should be starting. So this is more a PSA: don’t try and get cute with Cowboys receivers until they prove they aren’t a mess. They are going up against the Jaguars this week, who have allowed the fewest points to opposing receivers, and that isn’t even taking into account the mess that locker room is in where Allen Hurns is publicly calling out the offense.

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Quarterbacks

  • Jameis Winston (Bucs QB): If you are in a deeper league and missing Drew Brees or Matthew Stafford this week, Winston is most likely available on your waiver wire. After Ryan Fitzpatrick’s magic wore off, the Bucs came to their senses and realized they should probably be starting Winston again, and he has an amazing matchup against the Falcons defense that has been torched two weeks in a row.
  • Andy Dalton (Bengals QB): I almost don’t want to include Dalton because I feel like he should already be a week to week starter in fantasy with his production so far. However, he didn’t have an amazing week against Miami and some fans may be scared to start him against the Steelers, but you shouldn’t be. Pittsburgh has allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

Tight ends

  • Geoff Swaim (Cowboys TE): He doesn’t have a great matchup this week facing the Jaguars, but he has scored seven or more points in the past three weeks. Remember how bad the tight end position is this season?
  • Austin Hooper (Falcons TE): Based on the matchup, Hooper is going up against a Bucs’ defense that has allowed the most points to opposing tight ends. He has been wildly inconsistent though. Last week he had his best game of the season with nine catches for 77 yards. The week before he only caught one pass for 19 yards.

Defenses

Texans defense vs the Bills: Buffalo has proven that every so often their offense can come to play, but the odds still favor them playing poorly.

Bears defense vs the Dolphins: The Bears are a must start each week, but it is worth looking if whoever owned them was dumb enough to drop them during their bye week.

Dolphins defense vs Bears: The Dolphins are sort of an outside shot kind of pickup. A lot of the typically bad offensive teams are either playing terrible defenses or defenses that are likely already owned. Miami has done a great job at getting turnovers this season though. That shouldn’t change against Chicago.