When it comes to choosing who to start each week, fantasy football owners likely have some nagging decisions. Often, come Sunday afternoon, owners are kicking themselves for making that last-minute swap. Do I trust Golden Tate in his first game back or go with D.J. Chark, who has been great this season? In Week 5, the owners who went with Chark breathed a sigh of relief and the owners who went with Tate looked on with sadness as the points piled up on their bench.
While fantasy owners can always turn to the rankings when making start/sit decisions, sometimes having a little background is more helpful than just looking at numbers. Other times, fantasy owners should listen to their gut. If you really think this is the week for a particular player, go for it. At the end of the day, it's your team and your decisions.
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Chicago, Indianapolis, Oakland
START These Running Backs
Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (Mon.)
Johnson is fresh off a bye and faces the Packers in Week 6. Green Bay has allowed a running back to score at least one touchdown in every game since Week 2. In Weeks 2-4, running backs scored multiple touchdowns. Johnson has finally gotten more work, and the Lions should continue to give him the ball. He's an RB1 this week.
Mark Ingram, RB, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Ravens face the Bengals in Week 6, who allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Cincinnati has allowed a touchdown to a running back in every game so far this season. This includes three receiving touchdowns. While Ingram usually isn't as involved in the receiving game, he still should have a solid Week 6.
SIT These Running Backs
Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings
The running game has been going through Jordan Howard in Philadelphia. While Sanders is getting some work on the ground, he has shown ability as a pass-catching back. The Eagles face the Vikings in Week 6, and they have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. They've allowed one rushing touchdown and two receiving scores to running backs so far this season. Sanders may be evolving in the passing game, but this doesn't look like a matchup he will be able to exploit.
Royce Freeman, RB, Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans
The problem for Freeman is Phillip Lindsay. Lindsay has been more effective with his carries and touches. Both backs have gotten carries and targets, but Lindsay has done better with them. The Broncos face the Titans in Week 6, who have given up a total of two touchdowns (both rushing) to opposing running backs. With four teams on bye, Freeman could be a flex option, but that's about it.
START These Wide Receivers
Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (London)
Fantasy owners have been starting Samuel for at least the past two weeks waiting for the big game. It hasn't happened. In Week 3, he had his first (and only) touchdown on the season. The Panthers face the Bucs in Week 6, and Tampa Bay allows the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. When Samuel faced the Bucs in Week 3, he finished with the most receiving yards (5/91/0) he's posted this season. While he's not a must-start WR, especially with Kyle Allen still in at QB, this is the week to give Samuel a shot as a high WR3.
D.J. Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New Orleans Saints
With five touchdowns on the season and two 100-yard games so far, Chark has emerged as a solid WR2 with WR1 potential each week. The Jags face the Saints in Week 6, and New Orleans just gave up 125 yards and two touchdowns to Chris Godwin in Week 5. The Saints have allowed at least one touchdown to a wide receiver in four of the five games so far this season. In those same four games, they have allowed at least one 100-yard receiver. Chark is the most likely candidate to take advantage of this defense and is a solid WR2 this week.
SIT These Wide Receivers
Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
While the Bengals do allow points to slot receivers, Brown has been struggling the past few weeks. He's dealing with an ankle injury, and it likely won't keep him out, but it may hinder him a bit. Brown scored a touchdown in Week 5, but hasn't had more than four receptions in the past three weeks. Lamar Jackson hasn't been the must-start QB1 he was during the first two games either. He had a good game against Cleveland in Week 4, but in order for his receivers to shine, he needs to play well in the tough matchups.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns vs. Seattle Seahawks
Baker Mayfield is struggling, and the Browns offense as a whole is under-performing. Landry has had one good game this year (Week 4, at Baltimore) but aside from that he's not even the PPR monster that fantasy owners had hoped he'd be. Week 4 aside, he hasn't had more than four receptions in a game. Landry is just a WR3 for Sunday's matchup with the Seahawks.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.