Every week COVID-19 throws us more curveballs but the 2020 Fantasy Football season rolls along. Four teams on a bye as we enter Week 6 further complicating start/sit decisions. No matter, full steam ahead into the Week 6 Start/Sit recommendations.
Quarterback Start/Sit Recommendations
START Ben Roethlisberger vs. Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns are 4 -1 for the first time in more than two decades. But that doesn’t matter. Is that right? Fact check me. Despite the Browns’ new found success they miss Greedy Williams as a cornerstone member of their pass defense. The Browns give up the 8th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and have surrendered 12 TD passes on the season; tied for 2nd most in the NFL.
Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for at least two touchdowns in each game this season; and currently sports a 10:1 TD/INT ratio over four games. He hasn’t put up gaudy yardage totals but that could change in Week 6. At a minimum, I’m thinking 260 yards passing a trio of TDs good for a Top 12 finish.
START Matthew Stafford @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Fresh off the bye, Matthew Stafford and the Detriot Lions face the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed the third most touchdown passes on the season (11). Jacksonville also allows the fourth most passing yards per game and are tied for a league low five sacks. I had high hopes for the Lions offense entering the 2020 Fantasy Football Season. It hasn’t quite materialized thus far, but I think Stafford & Co. get on track in a big way against an overmatched Jaguars defense. Start em.
SIT Joe Burrow @ Indianapolis Colts
The Colts defense wasn’t at their best a week ago but they enter Week 6 allowing just 12.5 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. That makes them the stingiest defense in the league against QBs in fantasy football. Thus far, Joe Burrow has looked like the rookie that he is. The reality is, the Bengals supporting cast (oline) simply isn’t good enough to solidfy Burrow’s fantasy floor. Couple that with an awful matchup on paper and I’m going to pass. Sit em.
START James Robinson vs. Detroit Lions
The James Robinson buzz has died down a bit over the past two weeks. However, a Week 6 matchup with the Detroit Lions should vault Robinson back into Top 12 consideration. In fact, top 12 may be a modest outlook. The Lions allow the most fantasy points per game to the running back position in the NFL. Detriot has been gashed to the tune of 5.2 yards per carry too.
Robinson continues to dominate backfield carries (73). Chris Thompson is next in line with just six touts. Furthermore, Robinson remains involved in the passing game with just over four targets per contest. The rookie running back has failed to reach the endzone the last two games but i believe he reaches pay dirt twice in what should be a stat padding contest.
START Ronald Jones vs. Green Bay Packers
I’m not sure Ronald Jones will ever be an accomplished receiver out of the backfield; but you cannot deny his ability as a ball-carrier. Jones is coming off of back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances and has a firm grasp on early down work. All that’s missing are touchdowns. He was robbed of a TD, receiving no less, last week but I think that changes against Green Bay. The Packers struggle to defend the run and allow the 2nd most fantasy points to the running back position. Start Jones with confidence.
SIT Phillip Lindsay @ New England Patriots
Phillip Lindsay had been on the mend for several weeks but he’s healthy now; and just in time with Melvin Gordon ruled out. While Lindsay’s expanded role would generally be something fantasy owners should be all over, this week’s matchup isn’t favorable. Even with Drew Lock back in the lineup to legitimize the Broncos passing game I expect that Patriots to force Lock to beat them and elimiante Denver’s rushing attack.
New England is only allowing 15.3 points per game to the running back position. Furthermore, they’ve allowed only ONE rushing touchdown all season tied for the least in the NFL. Injuries and committees may force your hand but I recommend you Sit em’.
Wide Receivers Start/Sit Recommendations
START Justin Jefferson vs. Atlanta Falcons
Justin Jefferson (3/23/0) disappeared last week against a poor Seahawks pass defense. Such is apt to happen with rookie wide receivers. That being said, I expect Jefferson to bounce back in a big way against the hapless Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have surrendered a league high 15 passing touchdowns and are tied for the 3rd fewest sacks (7) in the NFL. The inability to affect the passer, nor hold up on the back end in a passing league is a recipie for disaster. But for Justin Jefferson owners, you should be licking your chops, salivating. Start em’.
START Chase Claypool vs. Cleveland Browns
Claypool flashed several times ahead of his Week 5 coming out party; scoring four touchdowns and putting non-dynasty football enthusiasts on notice. With Diontae Johnson still out with injury Claypool has become the the receiver to own and START in Pittsburgh. I mentioned how forgiving the Browns defense has been to opposing quarterbacks previously. Well, Cleveland is even MORE generous to opposing wide receivers.
Currently, the Browns are allowing the third most fantasy points per game to WRs. There 12 touchdown passes allowed is tied for the 2nd most in the NFL. Suffice it to say that if Myle Garrett isn’t sacking the quarterback the Browns are hemorrhaging fantasy points thru the air.
SIT Jerry Jeudy @ New England Patriots
I didn’t like Jeudy last week when I thought he was going to avoid the “Gilly-Lock.” I definitely don’t like the talented rookie with Stephon Gilmore expected to play this week even with Drew Lock in the lineup. No thanks.
START T.J. Hockenson @ Jacksonville Jaguars
See Matthew Stafford.
START Mike Gesicki vs. New York Jets
The Jets have faired pretty well against opposing tight ends to this point. However, I like Ryan Fitzpartick quite a bit this week (not as much as Roethlisberger, Stafford) and I think Gesicki is due for a touchdown grab. I imagine the Jets will have their hands full with DeVante Parker and Preston Williams on the perimeter. Meanwhile, Gesicki will take advantage in the middle of the field and redzone. Start em’.
SIT Logan Thomas @ New York Giants
Despite his consistent involvement in the passing game Logan Thomas simply isn’t Varsity yet. Tight end is such a difficult position to learn, particularly at the NFL level. Thomas is a phenomenal athlete transitioning from QB to tight end, but he can’t be trusted as of yet. Not to mention the New York Giants secondary has played pretty well this season. They are are the third best team in the NFL at defending the tight end position; allowing only 4.4 fantasy points per game. I’m avoding Thomas for the forseeable future no matter who is under center in Washington. Sit em’.
Best of luck this weekend. Remember always start your STUDS and I take ZERO responsibility if these Start/Sit recommendations are wrong. Also, if my calls are right make certain you tell a friend.Start/Sit.
Week 5 of the 2020 Fantasy Football season is in the rear-view and there are more injuries to report. The biggest two were Dak Prescott and Dalvin Cook. See below and hit the waiver wire to replace those studs.
These are players that are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues.
Add these Quarterbacks via Waiver Wire
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans
I’ve been recommending Tannehill for weeks now. With Dak Prescott out for the year, Tannehill is the best option under 50% ownership to replace him.
Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys
The next best option to replace Dak is his backup, Andy Dalton. The Cowboys have a plethora of weapons for Dalton to give you some good fantasy performances.
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
Carr unlocked the deep ball this past Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs for a season high 347 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. As long as Henry Ruggs is on the field, he enhances the Raiders passing offense.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins
I stated last week that Fitzpatrick can win you some weeks so if you played him against the 49ers in Week 5, you got yourself 350 passing yards and 3 touchdowns.
Add these Running Backs
Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings
If you are a Dalvin Cook owner or just need a back for this week, then Mattison should be prioritized. Mattison ran for 112 yards on 20 carries as Cook went down with a groin injury. Cook isn’t expected to suit up in Week 6, therefore Mattison will eat some more.
Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers
Jackson was the better of the Chargers backs against the Saints on Monday night totaling 94 yards and 5 receptions. The backfield is still a split but Jackson showcased why he should be scooped up off the waivers until Austin Ekeler is back.
Add these Wide Receivers via Waiver Wire
Travis Fulgham, Philadelphia Eagles
This is a receiver heavy waiver wire week as there are many options to choose from. I like Fulgham for the rest of the season as he showed that he can be a reliable pass catcher for Carson Wentz who doesn’t have many options at this time. Alshon Jeffery should be back soon but Fulgham earned more playing time by catching 10 of his 13 targets for 152 yards and a touchdown. Grab him immediately as the Eagles are in dire need for healthy bodies.
Henry Ruggs, Las Vegas Raiders
Ruggs finally displayed that easy speed this past Sunday that made him the first receiver off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft. Carr needs to give Ruggs a deep target at least once a quarter to stretch out opposing defenses. He might be a bit boom or bust but he can surely win you a couple of weeks on minimal targets.
Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers
A draft sleeper, Claypool showcased his skills this past Sunday with 4 total touchdowns. An injury to Diontae Johnson allowed Claypool the opportunity and he took full advantage of it. The Steelers know how to draft receivers and Claypool looks to be another stud in their long lineage of receivers. Even if Johnson is back, Claypool will be very active in the red zone and will get a couple deep shots per game. He needs to be rostered on your team.
Other Wide Receivers I’m Buyingon the Waiver Wire –
Mecole Hardman/Demarcus Robinson, Kansas City Chiefs
Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins
Add these Tight Ends
Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears
A consistent threat in the Bears passing attack, Graham is showing that he still can produce at the age of 33. The change from Mitchell Trubisky to Nick Foles is an upgrade for all the Bears’ pass catchers. It’s okay to load up on the Bears’ weapons now.
Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Gronk finally woke up in Week 5, but I still have a sneaky suspicion Brate is the Bucs tight end to own. Brate caught 5 of his 6 targets for 44 yards and I predict he will continue to be a guy Tom Brady targets in the Bucs offense.
Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts
It’s Jack Doyle, no it’s Mo Allie-Cox… I meant the tight end to grab is Trey Burton in Indianapolis. I am not sure if the Colts will ever decide on who their TE1 is but Burton had a team high in routes and targets over the past two weeks for Colts’ tight ends. He’s worth a speculative add.
Week 4 of the 2020 Fantasy Football season is in the rear-view and there are more injuries to report. The biggest two were Nick Chubb and Austin Ekeler. See below and hit the waiver wire to replace those stud running backs until they get healthy.