Podcastic Week 6 Start/ Sit
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QB: Ben Roethlisberger
Big Ben is having himself a decent fantasy and actual football season. He has passed for 10 TDs (at least 2 TDs in each of his games), which is huge in 6 point per passing touchdown leagues. With the emergence of Chase Claypool, even if Diontae misses this week, Ben has plenty of weapons to put up a great performance against a Browns team that has given up the 3rd most fantasy points per game to the QB position.
QB: Matthew Stafford
Stafford has increased his fantasy points every game this season and coming off a bye against a beatable Jags D, I’m expecting another big game from the gunslinger. Stafford’s passing yards are down so far this season, but the Jags are giving up 280 passing yards per game and almost 30 points a game. With his offensive weapons fully healthy, I’m starting Stafford with confidence.
QB: Ryan Tannehill (vs HOU)
Ryan Tannehill showed no rust on Tuesday Night Football with 4 TDs. He comes in as the QB17 in ECR, which is way too low. In Week 6 he goes against a lackluster Houston Texans defense that gave up 301 yards and 2 TDs to Gardner Minshew. Tannehill is currently averaging 251 yards and about 2.5 TDs per game. Look for his numbers to increase this week. Consider Tannehill a solid QB Streamer for Week 6.
QB: Ryan Tannehill (vs. Houston), FantasyPros ECR QB17
Tannehill has opened the season with two 4-TD performances at home. The Titans offense looked dominant against Buffalo on Tuesday and they may be getting Corey Davis and Adam Humphries back. Although it may not matter with they way A.J. Brown and Jonnu Smith have looked so far. This isn’t a great matchup (Houston is about middle-of-the-pack in points allowed to opposing QBs) but the game has shootout potential with Deshaun Watson on the opposing sideline.
RB: Ronald Jones
Rojo has started to look the part of a lead back as of late. He has put up back to back 100 yard rushing games. He has also commanded 14 targets in the last two games. He is also facing a subpar Packers run defense that is giving up the 3rd most fantasy points per game to the running back position. Expect Arians to keep riding the hot hand and plug Rojo in as your RB2 with confidence.
RB: Myles Gaskin
Gaskin is playing the Jets this week and when the Jets are on the schedule you start your guys. The Jets D is bad and they’re giving up 32 points per game. On top of that, Gaskin is having himself a great year so far. Averaging 16.28 fantasy points per game, he’s doing it on the ground and through the air with 23 receptions on the year. If the Dolphins continue to healthy scratch Jordan Howard, Gaskin’s touchdown upside increases as well.
RB: James White (vs DEN)
Since the Patriots-Broncos game got pushed back a week, I am going to copy and paste this. James White is currently ranked as the RB28 in ECR for PPR scoring. Upon his return to the lineup, he played on 53% of snaps and put up 12.9 points. The Patriots could be without starting QB Cam Newton once again in Week 6. Expect to see White heavily involved in the passing game in Week 6. Consider him a low end RB2 or strong flex play this week.
RB: Myles Gaskin (vs. NY Jets) FantasyPros ECR RB32
I’m surprised that Gaskin is still this low in the rankings. He’s getting the touches (averaging 20 rushes/catches over the last three weeks) and gets a great matchup this week. The Jets are allowing the 5th highest points per game to RBs. If he continues to get goal line carries, that’ll just be icing on the cake.
WR: Devante Parker
Parker has a clear connection with Fitzpatrick. He was outplayed by Preston Williams last week but still scored 13 points in PPR leagues. He is facing a Jets team that is bad at almost everything. Slot Parker in as a WR 2.
WR: Laviska Shenault
Shenault is somewhat quietly having himself a solid rookie year. He’s had 4 of 5 games in double digit fantasy points and also has 9 rushes on the year. He’s coming off his best game, and his targets and receptions have gone up since week 1. DJ Chark is dealing with an ankle injury which may present more opportunity for Shenault, and even if Chark plays Shenault’s trending in the right direction. A big game is coming and I can see it being this week.
WR: Kenny Golladay (vs JAX)
Can someone please tell me why Kenny Golladay is the WR28 in ECR for PPR scoring? He has seen 8 and 7 targets since his return to the lineup. He has also scored in both games so far. This should be the healthiest Golladay we have seen all season since coming off the bye week. In Week 6 he draws a Jaguars defense that just gave up 152 yards and a TD to Brandin Cooks. Golladay is a set it and forget it WR2 this week.
WR: Laviska Shenault Jr. (vs. Detroit) FantasyPros ECR WR28
One thing that most fantasy analysts seem to agree on is that a Shenault breakout game is coming. And a week where the Jags are facing the 9th worst defense vs. WRs and could be without D.J. Chark seems like a good bet for a breakout to happen. The only concern is that he wasn’t practicing today due to a hamstring issue. Fingers crossed that he’s good to go on Sunday.
TE: Eric Ebron
Ebron has been a decent fantasy asset this season and gets to face a Cleveland defense giving up 16.38 points per game to the TE position. The past three games Ebron has been targeted at least 5 times and he is always a threat in the red zone. You could do alot worse than having Ebron at TE this week in a plus matchup.
TE: Trey Burton (vs CIN)
Alright this one be might a stretch. However, Trey Burton enters another favorable matchup against the Bengals and has seen 11 targets since his return to the lineup. He currently is ranked as the TE21 in ECR for PPR scoring. The tight end position has been very hit or miss in recent weeks. Burton offers a somewhat safe floor in PPR formats as well as potential upside in this matchup.
TE: Mike Gesicki (vs. NY Jets) FantasyPros ECR TE15
Gesicki has been very inconsistent but when he hits, he hits big (two 90+ yard receiving games). The Jets are average in defending TEs but they’ve gotten lucky in their matchups so far, including SF without Kittle in week 2 and having Noah Fant leave early in week 4 after racking up a quick five receptions. They also gave up 50 yards and a TD to Mo Alie-Cox . So it appears that they have issues with athletic TEs. And it’s hard to find another TE in this range that offers more upside.
QB: Joe Burrow
Burrow is having a good rookie season, and I expect him to become one hell of an NFL QB. However, this is not a week where I would feel comfortable having him in my fantasy lineup. He struggled last week against the Ravens and it does not get any easier going against one of the best defenses in the league, the Indianapolis Colts. Look elsewhere this week.
QB: Joe Burrow
A rookie playing against arguably the NFL’s top D is not a good recipe. Burrow is coming off a bad game against another tough D in the Ravens and now gets the Colts who lead the league in interceptions with 9. A lot of people were touting Burrow and trying to get him into their starting lineups but he’s young and this is not the matchup for that.
QB: Matt Ryan (vs MIN)
I hate to double down on guys, but Matt Ryan is still coming in as the QB12 in ECR. He could be without Julio Jones again in Week 6. On paper the Vikings defense looks like a good matchup for Ryan. However, he is only averaging 250 yards the last 3 games and only has 1 TD in that span. The volume and opportunity might be there but he is definitely underperforming right now. Do not expect this to change in Week 6 and keep Ryan on your bench.
QB: Aaron Rodgers (vs. Tampa Bay) FantasyPros ECR QB5
It doesn’t feel great betting against Rodgers in a possible MVP season. But most of the other top ranked QBs have better matchups this week. Tampa Bay has been strong vs. opposing QBs this year, allowing just 14.5 points per game (4th lowest). Even if Davante Adams is back, he’ll be matched up with stud CB Carlton Davis.
RB: Darrell Henderson
Henderson has been a pleasant surprise this season. He has been an explosive playmaker. The problem here is that Cam Akers is back and is one hell of an RB in his own right. Akers carried the ball 9 times for 61 yards in his return from injury vs the Washington Football Team. Postgame McVay expressed that he wanted to get Akers more involved. This could come at the expense of Henderson. With a smaller workload and facing a very stingy 49ers run D, let Henderson warm a spot on your bench unless you have to slide him in as a flex play.
RB: Miles Sanders
Sanders is coming off a great fantasy game against a great defense in the Steelers but other than a 74 yard touchdown run, he was held in check. Ravens come to town now and have been locking up running backs all year. Only allowing 1 running back rushing touchdown all year and no 100 yard rushers, Sanders will have a tough go of things Sunday.
RB: Mark Ingram (vs PHI)
Mark Ingram has failed to record more than 11 touches in any game this season. Last season he was boosted up by touchdowns, but he has only scored 2 times so far this year. Coming in as the RB25 in ECR for PPR scoring, Ingram offers limited upside in Week 6. He faces an Eagles run defense that has performed well so far. Now add in the fact that Gus Edwards, JK Dobbins and him are essentially splitting snaps evenly. Avoid Ingram unless you are in desperate need of a RB to start in Week 6.
RB: Kareem Hunt (vs. Pittsburgh) FantasyPros ECR RB3
If you remove the 74 yard TD run from Miles Sanders last week, Pittsburgh has allowed 130 yards on 63 rushes (2.1 yards/carry). And they haven’t been giving up too much through the air either, only averaging 34 receiving yards per game to RBs. Hunt got it done last week against a tough Colts D (103 total yards and a TD) but I’m not betting on any RB against a defense that’s mostly contained Barkley and Sanders this year.
WR: Darius Slayton
Slayton has been quite the boom/ bust player this year. Washington has only given up 22.4 points per game to the WR position this year. With the Giants and Daniel Jones struggles this year, I would look for another option. Slayton is no more than an upside flex play this week.
WR: Deebo Samuel
I know a lot of fantasy managers are itching to get the 2019 version of Deebo into their lineups, myself included, but he’s had little production since returning to the field. Now he gets a tough Rams defense, especially against wide receivers. His quarterback situation makes things even tougher and until I see more, I’m sitting Deebo.
WR: CeeDee Lamb (vs ARI)
CeeDee Lamb comes in as the WR14 in ECR for PPR scoring. This is the highest he's been ranked so far. With that being said, he has produced great results for a rookie WR. It is important to note the season ending injury that Dak Prescott suffered in Week 5. Now Andy Dalton comes in at QB. Tamper your expectations for Lamb until we see what kind of connection him and Dalton have. Consider Lamb more of a WR3/FLEX play for this week.
WR: Allen Robinson (vs. Carolina) FantasyPros ECR WR5
Robinson has had a strong three game stretch since Nick Foles entered as QB. But the week 4 stat line was boosted by a bunch of garbage time stats (including a TD). And in week 5 he needed 16 targets to get to 90 yards. I honestly don’t know how Carolina is getting it done on defense, but they’re allowing the 5th fewest points to WRs. I’m sure Robinson will have another double-digit target day, I’m just not sure how efficient they’ll be.
TE: Tyler Higbee
The 49ers give up very minimal fantasy points to the TE position. Higbee has also been boom/ bust leaning more often towards bust. We also saw Gerald Everett get more involved last game securing 4 targets for 90 yards. Everett is an extremely athletic TE and if he keeps getting more involved it only hurts Higbee's fantasy outlook. I am probably looking for a streaming option this week if I have Higbee on my roster.
TE: Tyler Higbee (vs SF)
Speaking of hit or miss TEs, we have Tyler Higbee who comes in as the TE10 in ECR for PPR scoring. Outside of Week 2 against the Eagles Higbee has been a bust. He is looking like the true definition of a TD or bust TE. His lack of targets is very concerning and he goes against a 49ers defense that has held TEs in check. This is not the matchup to roll Higbee out in.
TE: Jonnu Smith (vs. Houston) FantasyPros ECR TE4
Smith has been on fire this year, with 5 TDs already (after scoring 8 total TDs across his first three years). He only has 18 receptions so obviously this isn’t a sustainable rate. The Texans have been decent vs. TEs so far, allowing a season-low 50 yards to Travis Kelce in week 1 and 29 yards to Mark Andrews in week 2.