Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 6 – by Matty Daniels

I really hope y’all are not facing Saquon Barkley this week! Even if you are I hope these start/sits for Week 6 can help pull you out of the grave that Barkley dug for you on Thursday Night.

Start ‘Em

QB – Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons

I see this game as a shoot-out in the dome as both the Falcons (#1) and Bucs (#2) defenses are giving up the most fantasy points to QBs in the NFL. Winston is still widely available as he is owned in 50% of ESPN leagues. Atlanta is riddled with injuries and I expect Winston to take advantage of that.

RB – Isaiah Crowell, New York Jets vs Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis defense is allowing the 13th most points to opposing RBs, and just allowed 98 yards and a TD to Sony Michel last Thursday Night. Crowell is looking great on his new team as he coming off a huge game last week with over 200 yards. I know he has big boom weeks followed by several duds, but I think he follows up his big game with one more in a favorable matchup against Indianapolis. Keep an eye on the injury report as he was limited at practice earlier in the week – if for some reason he isn’t in the squad for Sunday, feel free to start Bilal Powell instead.

WR – Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns vs Los Angeles Chargers

Baker Mayfield is getting better every week as an NFL QB and he is improving his chemistry with Landry.The  L.A Chargers defense is allowing the 7th most points to opposing WRs and with the poor play of the LAC CB’s, I expect Landry to explode in this game.

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Photo Credit: Joshua Gunter/cleveland.com

Last year the Chargers CB were playing at a much higher level and you should not worry about Landry having his way with this defense.

TE – CJ Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers are allowing the second most points to the TE in the NFL, and with the season-ending injury to Tyler Eifert, Uzomah is the guy for the Bengals moving forward. The Steelers defense defends the running game well, but the WR and TE are able to score at will. The Steelers are in the top 3 for most points allowed to both TE and WR, while they are top 5 in allowing the LEAST amount of points to the RB.

Sit ‘Em

QB – Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans vs Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore’s defense has been playing very well this year, and as they have allowed the fourth least amount of fantasy points to opposing QBs in 2018. With available options like Baker Mayfield or Jameis Winston, I would rather play those guys then roll the dice on Mariota who has scored less than 10 points in 3 of the 4 games he played in. I’m a fan of Mariota, but this is not his week.

RB – T.J Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars @ Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboy’s defense is allowing the 8th least amount of points to RBs. Mostly due to the excellent play from their young linebackers. I expect this to be a very low scoring game and it will take all viewers back to the stone age.

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Photo Credit: Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports

Be prepared for a lot of punts and limited opportunities in the run game for the Jags.

WR – Josh Gordon, New England Patriots vs Kansas City Chiefs

Over the last two weeks, the Colts allowed the 4th most points to opposing WR while the Chiefs allowed the 23rd most. The Chiefs weakness on defense is in the running game and against TE as they are allowing the 3rd most points to RBs and TEs each. I expect the Patriots to expose those weaknesses with Sony Michel and Rob Gronkowski rather than use their crowded receiving corps. Even if they did, Julian Edelman has now returned and will likely be Tom Brady’s target hog once more.

TE – Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts vs New York Jets

The New York Jets defense is starting to look really good (ranked 2nd best D/ST in fantasy so far this year) and they defend the TE very well as they are in the top 5 in least amount of points allowed to TEs. Instead, I believe this will be a game that benefits Nyheim Hines the most as the Jets are susceptible to giving up points to running backs, currently giving away 18.9 fantasy points per game to the position.

by Matty Daniels – @MattyD285

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