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Start/Sit – NFL Week 6 – Fantasy Football Lineup Advice

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.

Running Backs


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.

Tight Ends


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.



Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 5

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.

These are players that are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues.

Add these Quarterbacks via Waiver Wire

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans

It’s amazing that Tannehill is still under 50% ownership. With his unexpected bye week in Week 4, Tannehill may go under the radar so I suggest you scoop him up. I don’t see many 6-field goal games for the Titans, so Tannehill’s 0 touchdown Week 3 performance should be an anomaly and not the norm. Hit the waiver wire and get this man over 50% ownership.

Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars

After attempting only 20 passes in Week 1, Minshew now has three straight 40+ attempt games. The Jaguars anemic defense will continue to force the offfense to play catch-up often this season. Furthermore, getting his number one receiver D.J. Chark back in the offense should do wonders for Minshew. Get him on your roster and start him with confidence, especially in matchups where you think the Jags will be playing from behind. 

Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers

Whether you call him Teddy Ballgame or Teddy Two Gloves, Bridgewater should be on your fantasy radar. The intermediate assassin has gotten some flak in the fantasy community in the past due to his lack of getting the ball deep downfield. However, Joe Brady’s offense is a perfect match for Bridgewater. A 73% completion percentage and a great rapport with Robby Anderson should keep Bridgewater as a viable fantasy option for the rest of the season. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins

As long as Fitzpatrick is starting for the Dolphins, he will always be a nice matchup-based streaming option. The ultimate gunslinger is a wide receiver’s best friend but he may also give the defense some opportunities as well. Keep an eye on Tua Tagovailoa replacing him in the lineup, but if Fitzpatrick continues to start he can win you fantasy weeks.

Add these Running Backs

Damien Harris, New England Patriots

With Sony Michel on the IR list, this is Damien Harris’ backfield until Belichick decides it’s not. Owning a Belichick back is risky in of itself, but Harris is a dual threat back with young legs to carry them for the foreseeable future. Rex Burkhead and James White will get their touches but Harris offers the highest upside.

D’Ernest Johnson, Cleveland Browns

The injury to Nick Chubb leaves a huge hole in the Browns offense. For this team to win games, they have to run the football and play great defense. Well it’s going to be a little harder with Chubb out 4-6 weeks. Kareem Hunt is the biggest beneficiary from Chubb’s absence. However, the former USF Bull, Johnson, will also be asked to help carry the load. Johnson actually received more carries than Hunt on Sunday (13-11). I don’t expect that to continue but I do see 8-10 carries per game making him a borderline flex option as the Browns have a strong rushing attack.

Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers

Jackson will have a similar role as Johnson above. The injury to Austin Ekeler gives rookie Joshua Kelly an inside track to fantasy stardom; but Jackson shouldn’t be an afterthought. He knows the offense and has looked good in his limited opportunities in the past. I see a 60-40 workload for Kelley going forward, but more Kelley fumbles (2 fumbles in the last 2 games) or an injury to the rookie can make Jackson the bell cow in L.A.

Other Running Backs I’m Buying on the Waiver Wire –

Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings

Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots

Add these Wide Receivers via Waiver Wire

Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals

The second round pick for the Bengals this season is starting to make an impact. In what was thought to be a crowded receiver room in Cincinnati, now has a clearer picture. John Ross has been a healthy scratch two weeks in a row, Auden Tate is nowhere to be found, and A.J Green has looked like a shell of his former self. Joe Burrow has been targeting the reliable Tyler Boyd and Higgins. Twenty-two targets over the last 3 weeks speaks volumes. Higgins should be rostered as he has a chance to explode in his rookie season.

Laviska Shenault/Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars

See Gardner Minshew above. I expect lots of passing in Jacksonville. Cole and Shenault have been consistent throughout the season and get a boost with D.J. Chark back in the lineup. Some may think Chark may diminish their fantasy production, but I see it as an opportunity for them to get more single coverage and free up space for them to eat. I like them both moving forward.

Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas Raiders

Injuries to the Raiders starting receivers Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards gives Renfrow a boost in targets in the short term. Carr’s number one option is still Darren Waller, but if teams smarten up and take him away with double coverage, then Renfrow will be the guy to target. The dependable slot receiver is more attractive in PPR leagues but he’s a good pickup as long as the Raiders starting receivers are out.

Other Wide Receivers I’m Buying on the Waiver Wire –

Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears

Greg Ward, Philadelphia Eagles

Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos

Add these Tight Ends

Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers

Tonyan now has 5 touchdowns in the last 3 games and looks like the tight end to own in Green Bay. With Davante Adams dealing with an hamstring injury and Allen Lazard our for a while, Rodgers is leaning on Tonyan in the passing game. Even when Adams returns, Tonyan is a good option for tight end needy fantasy teams. He has a good chance at finishing as a TE1 in 2020.

Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers

Rinse and Repeat from last week.

Mo Alie-Cox, Indianapolis Colts

Rinse and Repeat from last week.

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With O.J. Howard out for the year with an Achilles injury, it’s time to make Tampa Bay “Brate” again. Rob Gronkowski might be the tight end fantasy teams target, but Brate is the sneaky pickup that can outproduce Gronk. He caught a TD last week and at this point in their careers he might be the better receiving option of the two. 

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