NFL Fantasy: Week 6 Start 'em & Sit 'em

NFL Fantasy: Week 6 Start 'em & Sit 'em


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Get some insider tips on who to start or sit this week from our fantasy experts George Haraktsis, Jason Feiner!


Quarterbacks


Jameis Winston


George: If you’re tired of streaming a quarterback every week, Winston could be the answer to that problem. He is in a high flying offense, with a plethora of weapons at his disposal, and has one of the worst secondaries in the league on his team. Winstons fantasy ceiling is very high for the rest of the season, and the first step on this journey begins with Atlanta in Week 6. He faces a defense with about half of their Week 1 starters available. The Falcons defense has allowed at least 250 yards through the air and 3 TDs to quarterbacks in their last four games and have only shut down one quarterback this season, Nick Foles, and that was before all of their injuries started racking up. Since week 2, Atlanta’s defense has allowed 29.5 fantasy points to quarterbacks and 36.25 points per game. With the Falcons possessing a high powered offense as well, this will surely be a tasty matchup for Winston and company.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Jason: Jameis Winston will get his first start of the 2018 season after serving a three game suspension to start the year. The Buccaneers are a high powered offense and will be playing a beat up Atlanta defense who has surrendered 277 yards and a 102.3 passer rating per game while allowing 12 touchdowns through the first five weeks. Roll Winston out with confidence. He will be a top 10 quarterback this week.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Philip Rivers


George: It’s tough to sit the year’s No. 5 quarterback on the season so I can understand if sitting Rivers is just too much to stomach, but he may disappoint this week. He faces the pleasant surprise that is the Cleveland Browns defense this week on the road. The Browns have been absolute terrors at home allowing only one passing touchdown and 7.99 fantasy points on average to quarterbacks in their three home games. On the year, Cleveland has held quarterbacks to under 17.6 fantasy points in 4 out of their 5 games, and have intercepted 8 balls on the year. They did allow Derek Carr to torch them for a ridiculous 31.6 fantasy points but that was on the road and he threw the ball 58 times. Cleveland has shut down better quarterbacks than Carr, like Brees and Roethlisberger, so expecting a high-end QB1 day from Rivers would be foolish.


Verdict: SIT ‘EM


Jason: The Browns have been tough to throw on all year, but Phillip Rivers should remain in your lineup. The Browns are currently allowing 281 yards through the air and Rivers has yet to record less than two touchdowns in any game this season. It’s always a tough decision to sit your studs, and this is not the week to do it.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Running Backs


Alfred Morris


George: Volume!!! That’s what Alfred Morris is going to get this week. Matt Breida will be out against a tough Packers defense against the run. So Morris should see most if not all of the carries in this weeks matchup. If the 49ers have any plan of winning this game they will have to control the ball and keep it out of Aaron Rodgers hands. That all starts with giving the ball to Morris. Expect the volume to be high and his floor to be safe.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Jason: With Matt Breida out of the lineup after suffering an ankle injury that will keep him sidelined for the next few weeks, Alfred Morris is in line to recoup the added snaps and carries. Throughout this season, the duo has averaged 22 carries per game and it is likely Morris retains most of the added work. The Packers are a middling run defense having allowed 105 rushing yards per game and 5 touchdowns on the season. Morris slots into the flex conversation in this Monday night matchup.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Kenyan Drake


George: You just can’t trust Kenyan Drake this year. Gase has not committed to giving Drake the ball in the run game-only garnering a 45.3% of carries compared to Gores 54.7%. He had a big week last week due in large part to his involvement in the passing game, with 7 receptions and a TD, but you can’t rely on his sporadic involvement week after week. With the Bears being the #1 fantasy defense against RBs in the league, you should look for better options this week.


Verdict: SIT ‘EM


Jason: Kenyan Drake has been out carried by Frank Gore 47-39, and Drake has only managed to average 8 touches per game through the last three weeks. It is tough to rely on his 7 receptions in week 5; it was the first time he managed more than four receptions and over 18 yards in a game this season. He is to risky option to stay in lineups.


Verdict: SIT ’EM


Wide Receivers


Keke Coutee


George: Coutee has quietly made a mark in his first two NFL starts, garnering 22 targets and catching 17 of those for 160 yards and a touchdown. He has been Watson’s security blanket over the last two games and will continue to be with the continued pressure the young QB has faced. The Bills have been able to get after the quarterback this year, garnering at least two sacks in every game they’ve played, this pressure should cause Watson to look for Coutee often. Keke also has a good matchup against 4th-round pick Taron Johnson, who has faired decently this year in the slot but was torched by Adam Thielen for 14 catches and 105 yards a few weeks ago. Johnson isn’t particularly fast, running a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at the combine, while Coutee is slippery and quick. Since Hopkins has a tough matchup against Tre’Davious White, it wouldn’t be out of the question for Coutee to have another solid performance. My answer to the year’s biggest question is undoubtedly this, I do love Keke.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Jason: Buffalo has a sneaky pass defense and have only allowed 235 yards per game through the air while giving up only 8 touchdowns in 5 contests. I expect the Houston offense to struggle as a whole leaving Houston's third option with less work in week 6. Although Keke Coutee has received 9.5 targets per game, Keep Coutee on your bench this week. His depth of target sits at 4.86 yards and could see less targets in a game that may be dominated by the ground.


Verdict: SIT ‘EM


Sammy Watkins


George: The Patriots will do their hardest to shut down top receiving threats Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, so Watkins should be matched up against the Patriots second an third best cornerback options all game. In a game that Vegas has a 58.5 over-under on, expect a lot of points to be scored. Watkins should be able to get in on that, especially against a Patriots defense that is 19th against WRs in fantasy scoring.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Jason: Although he suffered a hamstring injury in week 4 that put him on the sideline he rebounded to the tune of 6 receptions for 78 yards against a Jacksonville pass defense in week 5. When healthy, Watkins has been a reliable WR2 accruing at least 5 receptions and over 10 fantasy points in his last three games played. Expect Watkins to be lining up against the second or third corners, as New England does everything in their power to stop Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Tight Ends


Greg Olsen


George: Olsen should be a sit-in almost everyone’s lineup. The Redskins have been average against TEs this year, but Olsen is just coming off an injury and could not finish the game last time he was out there. It would be safe to just sit Olsen on your bench and let him get acclimated because of the high chance for re-injury with foot problems like this. It’s better off that you wait than risk a zero in your lineup.


Verdict: SIT ‘EM


Jason: Greg Olsen is coming off another foot fracture and seems to be ahead of schedule and ready to play this Sunday. Although he is one of the premier tight ends when healthy, I don’t trust his current health status and would take the wait and see approach. He has had setbacks when dealing with foot and ankle injuries in the past. If he is in your lineup and were to suffer a setback, a goose egg may fall on your TE slot. Better safe than sorry. Wait on Olsen.


Verdict: SIT ‘EM


Cameron Brate


George: We already talked about how high-scoring of an affair the Buccaneers-Falcons matchup is going to be, so Brate should benefit from this. He’s been one of Winston’s favorite targets throughout his short career and will be more involved in the absence of O.J. Howard. Brate’s a great streaming option and a solid starting option for a few weeks until Howard is back.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Jason: Cameron Brate has been one of Jameis Winston’s favorite targets throughout their time in Tampa. Brate is a big bodied red zone target that should see numerous opportunities against a beat up Atlanta secondary. With OJ Howard still out with an MCL sprain, Brate slots in as a top 10 TE in week 6.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Defense/Special Teams


Packers D/ST


George: C.J. Beathard loves giving the ball to his opponents, racking up 6 turnovers in his last two starts. While the Packers have been not been a stellar defense fantasy defense this year, they have averaged 4.75 fantasy points if you remove their one game against the Bills, they face a less than stellar offense at home. It should be a turnover affair, and the Packers should easily benefit.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Jason: The Packers D/ST have been one of the most surprising fantasy units in the league through the first five weeks of the season. The Defense has racked up 3+ sacks in four of their last five games giving them a reliable floor and will be facing C.J. Beathard who has turned the ball over 6 times over the past two weeks. Green Bay slots in as my 8th ranked fantasy D/ST heading into week 6 vs the 49ers.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Eagles D/ST


George: The Eagles have not been who we thought they were on D/ST this year. While the same could be said for the Giants offense. The Blue men are currently ranked 29th against fantasy defenses and have given up an average of 9.4 fantasy points per game to opponents. On a short week, I expect there to be a lot fewer points scored which should bode well for an Eagles defense that is looking to bounce back.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Jason: The Eagles D/ST has struggled to this point in the season scoring an average of 5.2 points per game with three games of 4 or less points. This week, they will be playing the Giants offense who put together their best outing of the season last Sunday and could be developing a groove in the passing game, as Odell Beckham Jr finally got into the end zone. The Eagles pass defense has been the week link this season, and I expect that to continue into week 6. However, The Giants have only scored an average of 20.8 points per game, while turning the ball over 8 times in 5 games. The Eagles are my 11th ranked defense coming into week 6 and could make for a quality streaming option.


Verdict: START ‘EM

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