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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 6: Fire Up Fant and Other QB/TE/DST Fantasy Advice

The trade from Denver to Seattle seems to be working out just fine for a certain tight end.

I'll start the start/sit Week 6 fantasy advice for quarterbacks, tight ends, and defense/special teams (DSTs) with a reminder that this is the start of the bye weeks. So if you have any Lions, Texans, Raiders, or Titans, definitely get them out of your lineup. And if you are looking for some additional QB/TE/DST advice, well then you've come to the right place.

I will warn you however that this is not a "judgment-free" zone. In fact, there is plenty of judgment being made and more often than not, I've led you in the right direction.

Week 6 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Teams on bye: Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Tennessee

I'll remind you that this column focuses on the options in the "QB2/TE2/DST2" range, i.e. those ranked from around 13 to 24. That's the tier I will be evaluating. And more often than not, I'll try to give you a lower-ranked option for whom to start and a higher-ranked option for whom to sit when possible.

Week 6 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

But I think I might have found some options worth starting that should exceed expectations and some others that will fall short of expectations.

Read below to see what they are.


Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons

Don't look now, but Garoppolo has a 5:1 TD-to-INT ratio. Okay fine, go ahead and look. You'll also see that Garoppolo is coming off his best week of the season, completing 18 of 30 passes for 253 yards and a couple of scores.

Okay, yes it was against Carolina, so let's not get too excited. But Atlanta's secondary is even more porous than Carolina's and has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.

But it's not just the opponents. Garoppolo is playing smarter this year:

We have to start accepting that Garoppolo might actually be good and is worth starting!


Daniel Jones, New York Giants vs. Baltimore Ravens

This Baltimore Ravens' defense is better than you think and is now getting Tyus Bowser back in the fold. He had a respectable seven sacks last year and gives Baltimore another piece to help rotate guys in and out.

Jones meanwhile is worse than you think. If I had to guess, I would have said Jones had five TD passes on the year. Nope. He has three and his season high in yards to this point is 217, which he did last week. So there's hope.

Jones is just way too risky for not enough reward to make him worth starting this week. Sit em.

Related: RB/WR Fantasy Advice for Week 6


Noah Fant, Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals

Remember this summer when we thought the biggest loser in the Russell Wilson trade was Fant? That's why you sometimes need to let these things play out. Denver is struggling on offense; Seattle meanwhile is scoring constantly as only six teams have put more points on the board than Seattle.

And the news gets even better when you realize that the Arizona Cardinals have allowed the second-most fantasy points to TEs this season. Fire up Fant!


Hunter Henry, New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns

We'll get to the Browns' defense later. All you need to know is that this is a horrible matchup for Henry as the Browns have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to his position this season. Even Henry says so:

But even if the matchup was a good one, you still should not be starting Henry. Henry hasn't scored yet. He's reeled in just nine catches on only 14 targets. He has 95 yards total this season. That's not good.

Even as recently as last year, Henry was providing some fantasy goodness. Blame it on the QB situation in New England if you want, but the shine has absolutely come off on Henry. I'd sit him this week and every week moving forward until he proves worthy of otherwise.

START This Defense/Special Teams (DST)

Cleveland Browns vs. New England Patriots 

Cleveland still has a decent secondary and is allowing the third-lowest completion rate in the NFL. New England meanwhile will either start a QB returning from injury or a rookie that's making his second career start in the pros.

Cleveland also plays at an intentionally slow pace and therefore its defense has been on the field for only 296 plays, tied for the fourth fewest in the league. The defense also has been on the field for the shortest amount of time. The Browns are a little under the radar, but Cleveland makes for a decent DST streaming option this week.

SIT This Defense/Special Teams (DST)

Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs

I doubt many folks will even be considering this option as the matchup is so obviously bad. But the Bills are currently the top DST in fantasy. And the KC offensive line seems to have sprung a leak lately, allowing 2.3 sacks over their last three games. Only eight teams have been worse.

But don't let that fool you. The Chiefs have scored a league-leading 20 TDs this season, two more than the next closest team. They also lead the league with 15 TD passes and Buffalo's secondary continues to not be at full strength because of injuries.

There might be some temptation to be sneaky here but resist it.

— Written by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.