Fantasy Football Week 6 Start ’Em, Sit ’Em – Sports Illustrated



Kyler Murray, Cardinals

By any chance, did you watch last week’s game between the Texans and Falcons? The Falcons let up over 50 points and Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins looked like they were open on every play. I am not saying that Kyler Murrray will have a game like Deshaun Watson did, but they share a similar playing style. I can easily see Murray throwing for 250+ passing yards and getting 50+ yards rushing. The key, though, will be for Murray to finally convert red zone appearances into touchdowns. Once he begins to do that with regularity, he will become a fantasy star.

Matt Ryan, Falcons

It looks like the tale of two Falcons this season. The offense, spearheaded by Ryan, has looked good in the first five weeks. However, the defense has been abysmal and hasn’t been able to stop anyone. Enter the Cardinals who like to play fast and run a ton of plays. This should be perfect for Ryan who will air it out against the worst secondary in the league. WR Julio Jones usually has one game per season where he goes for over 200 yards receiving—this might be the game.


Matthew Stafford, Lions

Outside of the game against the Eagles, the Packers defense has been incredibly stingy all season long. Moreover, the Lions have committed to being a run-first team, which should mean that they will try to beat the Packers with the legs of RB Kerryon Johnson and not the arm of Stafford. Stafford should throw for around 220-240 passing yards this week which just isn’t good enough for fantasy purposes.

Running Backs:


Mark Ingram, Ravens

Outside of Miami, there is no team more generous to opposing running backs than the Cincinnati Bengals. To wit, even Cardinals backup RB Chase Edmonds ran for 68 yards, including a 37-yard TD. The Ravens are going to give the ball to Mark Ingram early and often this week, and I can easily see Ingram scoring multiple touchdowns. The only negative that I can envision is that he is so tired from running down the field that they take him out at the goal line for Gus Edwards. Don’t worry about my pessimism–you must start Ingram and don’t look back.

Adrian Peterson, Redskins

New Redskins Head Coach Bill Callahan has said that he wants the team to be a run-first offense. Well, that is just perfect in Week 6 since the Redskins are playing the Miami Dolphins who have the worst run offense in the league. Assuming the Redskins get out to an early lead, I can easily see AP getting 20 carries. If he does, there’s a good chance that he breaks 100 rushing yards and finds the end zone.


Miles Sanders, Eagles

I feel badly saying that Sanders is a sit this week, because the truth is that he is one of my favorite rookies with a huge upside as a dynasty stash. However, in Week 6, I just don’t see the pathway for success. Sanders is now in a time-share with Jordan Howard at running back mainly because Sanders has missed running lanes while Howard has done everything the coaching staff has asked. The Vikings have an aggressive defense who contain the run very well (they are the fifth-best in the league in stopping opposing running backs), so I don’t see Sanders getting outside to break off any big plays. Additionally, if the Eagles get close to the end zone, they will bring in Howard as the short-yardage back. There will be many days to start Sanders, but Week 6 is not one of them.

Wide Receivers:


Stefon Diggs, Vikings

The Vikings were forced to change their offense in Week 5 as the players lead a revolt which forced the coaching staff to open up the offense and start passing the football. Against the Giants Adam Thielen had a huge week as he scored two TDs. This week against the Eagles, I think will be a Stefon Diggs week. Both starting CBs for the Eagles are injured and neither backup CB will be able to handle Diggs’ speed on the outside.

D.J. Chark, Jaguars

Admittedly, I benched Chark in all my leagues in Week 5. I committed the worst fantasy sin of all: paralysis by over-analysis. I have sworn never to do that again when it comes to Chark. I grabbed him in the 19 round of at least 10 drafts because I thought he was ready to break out. Now I need to trust my gut. To make things even better, the Saints have struggled to cover slot receivers all season, so there is a good chance that Chark sees more PJ Williams and less Eli Apple (assuming Lattimore is on Dede Westbrook). That might be one of the top plus WR/CB on the board, making Chark a must play.


Corey Davis, Tennessee

The Broncos have been incredibly strong against the pass this season, especially when it comes to covering the opposing team’s WR1. Last week, the Broncos held Chargers Keenan Allen to four catches for 18 yards which really hurt his fantasy owners. Tennessee’s WR1 is Corey Davis and I expect him to be totally shut down in this game as Mariota will be forced to throw AJ Brown’s way.

Tight Ends:


Greg Olsen, Panthers

Two things are in play here for Olsen: 1) the Bucs are the second-worst team statistically against opposing tight ends. 2) Olsen had six receptions for 110 yards on nine targets the first time these two teams played in Week 2. My only worry is whether Kyle Allen will be good enough to find him. Assuming Allen plays well, Olsen is at the top of my list for tight end production.

Austin Hooper, Falcons

Shockingly, Bengals QB Andy Dalton missed TE Tyler Eifert wide open in the end zone against the Cardinals. Falcons QB Matt Ryan is way more precise with his passing and won’t miss Hooper at all in Week 6. The Cardinals are the worst team against opposing tight ends in the league and Hooper is Matt Ryan’s closest friend and teammate. This start looks too good to be true and I am all in on Hooper.


O.J. Howard, Bucs

Howard was one of my favorite players coming into the season, but he is a big sit for me in Week 6. Firstly, the Panthers pass rush is fierce and the Bucs will need Howard to help block to give Jameis Winston time to throw. Secondly, the Panthers have been outstanding at covering the tight end position all season long. Right now, Howard is more name than game and he needs to be benched until he gets more involved in the offensive scheme.

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