Often, fantasy owners have limited options when it comes to who to start at quarterback, tight end or even defense/special teams (DST). They can turn to the waiver wire, but often (especially for tight end), the waiver wire is pretty bare.
However, some fantasy owners are lucky enough to have multiple options on their bench. They can either use the other player in a flex spot or they are forced to make a tough start/sit decision. For Week 6, four teams are on bye, and this may make start/sit decisions even more difficult. Fantasy owners are the ones responsible for making the final decisions: trust your gut.
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Chicago, Indianapolis, Oakland
START These Quarterbacks
Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta Falcons
The rookie has slowly been putting together a nice season. In six points per passing touchdown leagues, he is the No. 12 quarterback in fantasy points this season. He started the season with two games 300-yard games and two touchdowns. In the last three games, he has one game with under 200 yards (but he had two touchdowns in that game) and two with over 240 yards. The touchdowns haven’t been there, but against Atlanta this week, expect some touchdowns.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals
The Falcons face the Cardinals in a game where neither team has a strong defense. This game has the potential to be a shootout. Ryan has at least 300 yards in all five games this season. He has multiple touchdowns in four of the five games. The Cardinals allow the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. This is the week to start Ryan with confidence.
SIT These Quarterbacks
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers
Even though Goff threw for more than 500(!) yards in Week 4, he still doesn’t have the touchdowns needed in order to get him into the fantasy football elite. He has two games with two TD passes and three with one scoring strike this year. The Rams face the 49ers in Week 6, and their defense is very good. While the Monday night performance against Baker Mayfield may not be the best judge, San Francisco has allowed just one QB to throw for more than 200 yards.
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings
Against a porous New York Jets defense in Week 5, Wentz should have put together a better game. Unfortunately, he faces a much tougher Minnesota defense in Week 6. The Vikings haven’t allowed a quarterback to throw for more than 250 yards since Week 1. They’ve only allowed eight TD passes in five games. Wentz still isn't expected to have DeSean Jackson back and he may struggle this week.
START This Tight End
Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns
The Seahawks face the Browns in Week 6, and the Browns have allowed four touchdowns to opposing tight ends. Russell Wilson looks to Dissly in the red zone, and this is a great opportunity for him to score his fifth touchdown of the year. Out of his 26 targets, he’s caught 23 of them so far this year. This builds Wilson’s trust in Dissly, and that should continue in Week 6.
SIT This Tight End
Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos
In the past two weeks, Walker has only had two targets in each game. He’s caught one in each game, giving fantasy owners in non-PPR leagues zero and one point respectively. Since he had two touchdowns in Week 1, his production has gone downhill. Jonnu Smith has become more involved in the offense, which has taken away from Walker’s targets. The Titans face the Broncos, who have only allowed one touchdown to an opposing tight end.
START This DST
Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets
The Cowboys face the New York Jets in Week 6. Even though the Jets will get Sam Darnold back, it’s hard to say how well he will play after missing a month (three games plus a bye) due to mono. The Cowboys will certainly look to get after him, and they have recorded at least one sack in each game so far. They have 10 sacks in the last three games. The pass rush will be in Darnold’s face, which should lead to turnovers. The Jets also aren’t known for scoring a ton of points, which bodes well for an opposing DST.
SIT This DST
Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers
The Rams face the San Francisco 49ers, and the 49ers have been leaning on the running game lately. This bodes well for Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida, but lessens the likelihood of getting turnovers, sacks or interceptions from Jimmy Garoppolo. The Rams DST has allowed 85 points over the past two games as well. Many fantasy owners may not want to drop the Rams DST, but this isn’t the week to start them.
— 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.
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