Welcome to Week 6 in the NFL. I hope you didn’t memorize the original NFL schedule because now that doesn’t exist. With the schedule changes some teams bye weeks were also changed (the Patriots originally were on a bye this week and the Chargers bye was changed to this week). We also have the two players who are in the top six of total fantasy points not playing, so you’ll need some players to stream. We give you those options and other players to start and sit in Week 6
Week 6 Byes: Las Vegas Raiders, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Chargers
Matthew Stafford vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Stafford is once again delivering consistent fantasy performances by averaging over 19 points-per-game this year. He’ll be coming off his bye with a great opportunity against a Jaguars defense that is allowing an NFL worst 75.8% of passes completed and 8.8 passing yards gained-per-attempt.
Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. New York Jets
Ryan Fitzpatrick is the frozen pizza of fantasy quarterbacks; it’s not the greatest, but it’s always good enough to have when you’re hungry. That’s what it’s like starting Fitzpatrick, you know what you’re getting and you’re happy with the results. Let’s also talk about how he’s going against the dumpster fire that is the Jets and most importantly….REVENGE GAME!
Other Quarterbacks To Start: Tom Brady, Ryan Tannehill, Gardner Minshew, Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff
Andy Dalton vs. Arizona Cardinals
It’s tough to fill the shoes of Dak Prescott, especially with the year he was having. Dalton’s first start this year will be against a Cardinals defense that has allowed over 250 passing yards and at least two touchdowns to three of five quarterbacks. The two that didn’t? Dwayne Haskins and Joe Flacco. Dallas’ defense will never allow the offense to play conservative, Dalton will get a lot of chances to put up numbers.
Teddy Bridgewater vs. Chicago Bears
Bridgewater has back-to-back 20+ point performances and was QB6 in that span. This is the week he will fall back down to earth against Chicago who has allowed an NFL lowest four passing touchdowns.
Nick Foles at Carolina Panthers
Nick Foles not in an Eagles uniforms is like your mom putting ground beef on Wonder Bread and saying it’s just as good as McDonald’s, we want to wish it’s true, but it’s not. Foles has never had success outside of Philadelphia and continues to prove it as he’s just QB20 during his two starts and averaging less than 15 fantasy points-per-game. Carolina has been really good against quarterbacks allowing just over 13 fantasy points-per-game.
Other Quarterback To Sit: Carson Wentz, Jimmy Garoppolo, Baker Mayfield, Daniel Jones
Joe Burrow at Indianapolis Colts
Burrow put up the first dud of his NFL career with 183 passing yards last week and it was the first time he did not score a touchdown. For Burrow, when it rains it pours, as he goes against this Colts defense that looks like the real deal. Indy has given up the lowest amount of total yards-per-game this season, lowest QB rating, and just above 10 fantasy points-per-game.
Kenyan Drake/Chase Edmonds at Dallas Cowboys
Two for the price of one because the Cowboys defense is just that bad. We saw a couple of weeks ago when Kareem Hunt, D’Ernest Johnson, and even Odell Beckham Jr. were able to run all over Dallas. Both Drake and Edmonds will get enough touches to be valuable in your lineup.
Myles Gaskin vs. New York Jets
Gaskin saw his first trip to the end zone this season against the 49ers, and now he gets an even better matchup this week against the Jets who allowed the second-most rushing touchdowns this year.
Other Running Backs To Start: James Robinson, Alexander Mattison (If Dalvin Cook is out), Devin Singletary, Ronald Jones, Devonta Freeman
David Montgomery at Carolina Panthers
Monty has had a tough couple of weeks, but the matchups have been brutal against Tampa Bay and Indianapolis who are two of the best run defenses this year. His ability to be used in the passing game will help this week against the Panthers who have allowed the third-most receiving yards to running backs this season.
Darrell Henderson at San Fransisco 49ers
It’s tough to decipher who will be the guy in the Rams’ backfield. With Cam Akers back in the fold, this is a three-headed backfield and you’ll never know who will be favored this week. This is also a much tougher matchup in San Fransisco which has allowed just three total touchdowns to running backs this year.
Mark Ingram at Philadelphia Eagles
I know you want to cling onto Ingram, thinking that a resurgence is going to happen, but it’s not. The Ravens want to run the football, but they won’t commit to just one back. The snap share is pretty even with Ingram at 31%, Gus Edwards at 39%, and J.K. Dobbins at 29%. You can’t trust anyone in this backfield.
Other Running Backs To Sit: Frank Gore, David Johnson, Melvin Gordon, Adrian Peterson, Malcolm Brown
Joe Mixon at Indianapolis Colts
Why does Mixon continue to toy with our emotions? He’s like your ex that randomly hits you up, you get together and wonder to yourself ‘Why did we ever break up?’ Then a week later you’re well reminded when they’re screaming at you. This week he faces the Colts who have allowed just two total touchdowns to running backs and the third-fewest fantasy points.
Jamison Crowder at Miami Dolphins
Crowder is the diamond in the rough of the New York Jets. Even though everyone on the defense knows, everyone watching on TV knows, even the cardboard cutouts in the stands know he’s getting the ball, he’s still able to put up big numbers. His 15.2 fantasy points-per-game is fourth-best among wide receivers. Last week he showed even with Joe Flacco as the quarterback, you can keep Crowder in your lineup.
DeVante Parker vs. New York Jets
Parker has been a solid fantasy receiver this year by scoring double-digits PPR points in four consecutive games this season. He’s going up against the Jets who are allowing the fifth-most receiving yards this year to wide receivers. Parker and Preston Williams are worth starting this week.
Other Wide Receivers To Start: Christian Kirk, Justin Jefferson, Darius Slayton, CeeDee Lamb, Will Fuller
Laviska Shenault Jr. vs. Detroit Lions
I love what Shenault is doing and Jacksonville wants to find ways to get him the ball. He is poised to have a good game against this underachieving Detroit defense. A very strong flex play this week.
Michael Gallup vs. Arizona Cardinals (Monday)
Gallup’s two amazing catches on the last drive against the Giants saved him from an utter flop last week. In this pass-heavy offense, he’s been a third option boom or bust flex-start at best. I don’t like the matchup against the Cardinals who are giving up the third-fewest points to receivers that are lined up wide.
D.J. Moore vs. Chicago Bears
I said to start Moore last week and he delivered with 93 receiving yards and a touchdown, and now I’m telling you to sit him back down. The Bears are allowing the second-fewest points to receivers this year and just one touchdown and with Robby Anderson emerging as the guy in Carolina, it’s tough to start him with any confidence.
Other Wide Receivers To Sit: Jerry Jeudy, Travis Fulgham, Jarvis Landry, T.Y. Hilton, Brandin Cooks
Tyler Boyd at Indianapolis Colts
Last week was a disaster not just for Boyd, but the entire Bengals offense. I don’t see a rebound this week against the Colts who are allowing the third-fewest receiving yards to wide receivers on the year.
Mike Gesicki vs New York Jets
Have you noticed a trend? I’m basically saying that all relevant Miami Dolphins offensive players should be in your lineup this week. Even start Snowflake if he’s available.
Jimmy Graham at Carolina Panthers
Matt Nagy has been getting the ball to Graham, especially near the goal line as he’s second in red-zone targets and leads the league in red-zone touchdowns.
Other Tight Ends To Start: T.J. Hockenson, Trey Burton, Irv Smith, Jonnu Smith, Noah Fant
Robert Tonyan vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tonyan has had an impressive run with five touchdowns in his last three games. Aaron Rodgers has complete trust in him by consistently giving him red zone targets and that’s good enough to put him in your lineup.
Tyler Higbee at San Francisco 49ers
There are many reasons why we wish we could go back to 2019, Higbee’s fantasy performance is one of them. Take away that three-touchdown performance against Buffalo, he’s failed to score above eight fantasy points this year. Higbee is averaging just 15 routes ran-per-game this year which is 33rd amongst tight ends, it’s hard to trust him.
Hayden Hurst at Minnesota Vikings
The Falcons offense is starting to trend downward, but even when it was good, Hurst was not a factor. The matchup isn’t great either against the Vikings who have allowed just one touchdown to tight ends this season.
Other Tight Ends To Sit: Austin Hooper, Gerald Everett, Logan Thomas, Eric Ebron, Rob Gronkowski
Zach Ertz vs. Baltimore Ravens
He’s the hands-down best receiving option on the Eagles offense, that’s why defenses are making it a priority to take him away. Until the receiving options begin to return, it’s hard to trust Ertz.