Went to my first football game of this season this past week and it was exactly what the doctor ordered. It has me looking forward to another week of football, which naturally brings us to our Week 6 start/sit fantasy advice for running backs and wide receivers.
I promise you — I will not be pushing Rashaad Penny on you this week. He is now done for the season and his owners are left wondering what could have been. Kenneth Walker III is an obvious choice to start this week, but I try to avoid most of the "obvious" start/sits.
Teams on bye: Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Tennessee
I remind you of the ground rules for this column. Any RB or WR who is a "consensus" RB1 or WR1 (i.e. typically a player in the top 12 for his position that week) will not be mentioned as a "start." Likewise, you will typically not see any "sit" suggestions in this space for an RB or WR who is not in the top 30 of their respective position.
So let's take a look at which RBs/WRs are worthy of inserting into your starting lineup and which ones should ride the pine in Week 6.
START These RBs
Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs
Singletary has very quietly taken over this backfield. He has three times the snaps of Zack Moss and more than seven times the snaps of James Cook. So much for him losing his job to them!
We know Buffalo is a pass-heavy team, but to beat the Chiefs this weekend, they are going to have to run the ball. Singletary is averaging double-digit fantasy points each week and I think he hits that mark again this week.
Eno Benjamin, Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
One of the hotter pick-ups this week. I see Benjamin having a huge game on Sunday...
Benjamin scored last week and with both James Conner and Darrel Williams ruled out, he should rack up the fantasy points this week.
Related: QB/TE/DST Fantasy Advice for Week 6
SIT These RBs
Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
We are not even close to the Jaylen Warren breakout game. But the Najee Harris bus needs a serious tune-up or it may never get out of park again.
He has yet to have even 90 yards combined. He does have two touchdowns but hasn't scored since Week 3. Harris had all of 36 combined yards last week and is averaging a far-from-exemplary 3.2 yards per carry. If that doesn't repulse you enough, the Buccaneers come to the Three Rivers area this week. And all they have allowed is the second-fewest fantasy points to running backs this season.
Harris is just not worth the start at this point.
Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns vs. New England Patriots
Hunt is outside of most people's top 25 RBs this week. But based on the questions I am seeing in various places, people are giving Hunt some serious consideration this week.
The Patriots are actually pretty good against the run, allowing the seventh-fewest fantasy points to RBs. Hunt has three touchdowns on the year but without those, his stats would be very "meh" at best. More than 300 combined yards in five weeks is not bad for a team's secondary RB. But unless Chubb goes down, Hunt will not see the volume necessary. Leave him on your bench.
START These WRs
Devin Duvernay, Baltimore Ravens at New York Giants
So I was at the Ravens game this past Sunday night and you could tell that John Harbaugh wanted to get the ball into Duvernay's hands.
In addition to the seven targets, Duvernay also saw three carries, and another botched play appeared to be intended for him as well. And speaking of botched, Lamar Jackson overthrew a wide-open Duvernay for what would have been six points.
Rashod Bateman has already been declared out for this game, making Duvernay the defacto WR1. Duvernay has yet to hit even 55 receiving yards in a game this year. Don't be surprised when he soars past the century mark this week.
Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins
I won't sugarcoat it — the Vikings' passing game is the Justin Jefferson show. But Thielen shouldn't exit stage left just yet.
He has had seven or more targets each of the last four weeks. Miami is allowing nearly 39 PPR points to WRs each week on average. That is the sixth-worst mark in the league. Even if Jefferson gets say, 60 percent of those points, that still leaves at least 15 up for grabs.
Thielen is a high-end WR3 play this week.
SIT These WRs
Drake London, Atlanta Falcons vs. San Francisco 49ers
So many things not to like about London or the Falcons' passing game in general. Let's start with the matchup. The 49ers are one of the best defenses if not the best defense so far this season. They bottle up the run, but they've stopped passing games dead in their tracks as well. They have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to WRs this season. Ugh.