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Fantasy football starts and sits for Week 6

Which players should you fill out your fantasy lineup with this week.

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Week 6 is here, and things are as crazy as ever for fantasy players.

The Titans finally played a game after their COVID-19 outbreak, and there is a possibility that Cam Newton will return to the field following missing a game with his positive test. This week the Falcons have shutdown their in person operations after having a positive test Thursday following a player being placed on the COVID/exempt list earlier in the week.

Time will tell if they will play their game against the Vikings this Sunday, but just to be safe this list won’t include players from that game. If the game is played just start all the Vikings you can.

Week 6 bye weeks

Running backs


James Robinson, Jaguars: Robinson hasn’t had the best few weeks considering his start to season. He hasn’t reached the endzone the past two weeks, and last week was his first week where he didn’t reach 100 total yards since Week 1. Given all the running backs possibly out this week, it is hard to ignore his matchup against the Lions who allow the most points per game to opposing running backs in fantasy football, according to Fantasy Pros.

Ronald Jones II, Bucs: Jones has seemingly started to run away with Tampa Bay’s backfield. He has gone over 100 yards rushing the past two games, and now he gets a matchup against the Packers who allow 27.8 fantasy points per game. There is reason to believe that Jones will keep that streak alive, and he should get quite a few targets in the passing game as the Bucs try to keep up with Green Bay.


Joe Mixon, Bengals: Mixon’s three touchdown performance against the Jaguars seems like such a distant memory. He now will be going against the third toughest defense for running backs in fantasy, the Colts defense. He should still get plenty of volume, but it is hard to imagine he reverses that outcome against such a talented defensive line and group of linebackers.

Miles Sanders, Eagles: So Sanders had a big game last week against the Steelers, one of the toughest matchups for running backs. He had 80 rushing yards and two touchdowns, but 74 of his 80 yards came on one play. He has an equally tough matchup this week against the Ravens, and you have to ask yourself if he is capable of breaking off another 70-yard run for a touchdown?

Wide receivers


Chase Claypool, Steelers: The rookie broke out last week with four touchdowns. No one should be expecting that same outcome, but he does have a juicy matchup against a Browns defense that gives up just over 30 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers and struggles to defend the deep ball. Expect Claypool to continue his tear and count yourself lucky that you were the one who got him off waivers.

Marquise Brown, Ravens: Brown scored his first touchdown of the season last week against the Bengals. He will now go against the Eagles who have had some serious issues shutting down opposing wide receivers. Darius Slay was limited in practice on Thursday, which could make things slightly harder on Brown this Sunday. However, he should still have plenty of opportunities against a less than 100 percent Slay.

Tight ends to play

T.J. Hockenson, Lions: Hockenson has been the leading receiver for the Lions, but this week he gets a great matchup against the Jaguars who have struggled with tight ends so far this season. They have allowed the sixth most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Matthew Stafford has done a great job of spreading the ball around, but at least one touchdown is going to Hockenson this weekend.

Evan Engram, Giants: Washington allows nearly 12 points per game to opposing tight ends and that is great news for Engram who has struggled to really put together a great fantasy game together so far this season. Last week he scored a rushing touchdown, and he also had another touchdown called back on a penalty. It shows the Giants understand that he may be one of their best receiving threats, and he should have the ability to really capitalize this week.

Quarterback Stream

Andy Dalton, Cowboys: Bengals fans know how good Dalton can be when he is surrounded by talent and playing behind a solid offensive line. He will have both of that in Dallas the rest of the season. He doesn’t have the best matchup against the Cardinals this week, but he has a pretty high ceiling considering how well he can play up to his talent around him.

Gardner Minshew, Jaguars: The Lions defense hasn’t done a great job stopping the pass this season. they allow just over 20 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks in fantasy, and Minshew is coming to take advantage of that. Unfortunately, it seems the Minshew magic hasn’t been as strong as many expected following his strong start, but he still seems to be trustworthy when facing a matchup like this.

Defense stream

Bengals defense against Colts

Washington defense against Giants

Titans defense against Texans