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Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 6: Alexander Mattison and Other RB/WR Fantasy Advice

Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 6: Alexander Mattison

Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 6: Alexander Mattison

Week 5 started a little rocky, but it ended smoother than many expected, and the same goes for fantasy owners (unless you have Dak Prescott or Dalvin Cook). The Bills and Titans were able to play their game and while a couple of issues have started to pop up this week already, the hope is that the Week 6 schedule will remain as it is currently constructed.

We do know that four teams are on bye and a few games have been moved around, but fantasy owners should be good to go as long as they pay attention to what's going elsewhere. Grab your starters, cross your fingers, and hope for the best.

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

Teams on bye: Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans, Seattle


Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings vs. Atlanta Falcons

All signs point to Dalvin Cook sitting out in Week 6 with an abductor strain and since Minnesota has a bye in Week 7. But based on what Mattison did last week against Seattle, it's not like we should expect much of a drop-off. Especially considering Mattison will get his shot at a Falcons defense that has allowed an opposing running back to score a touchdown in four of the last five games (the Bears RBs couldn't find the end zone). Mattison ran for 112 yards on 20 carries Sunday night after Cook left the game. He added three receptions for 24 yards. He's a borderline RB1 this week.

David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers

The Panthers have allowed eight rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs this season, the most in the league. In Week 5, Todd Gurley ran for 121 yards and a touchdown. A running back has scored a touchdown against Carolina in every game so far this year. Montgomery hasn't really been able to do a lot of damage on the ground thus far (82 rushing yards in Week 2 is the most). This could be the game where he rewards his fantasy owners.

SIT These RBs

Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos

Harris returned from injured reserve in Week 4, although most fantasy owners likely still had him on the bench as it wasn't clear that he was going to be active and the Patriots had their Sunday game postponed and moved to Monday night. He then promptly ripped off 100 yards on 17 carries in the loss to the Chiefs. Harris may have claimed the Sony Michel role but he wasn't involved in the passing game, although the Patriots didn't have Cam Newton at quarterback either. If Newton is able to return this week (which is the indication), that could change how many carries Harris sees. The matchup against Denver is tough as well so it will be hard to trust Harris as anything more than an RB3 this week.

D'Ernest Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers

With Nick Chubb on IR, fantasy owners knew that Kareem Hunt would have a bigger role. It did seem that Johnson would also have fantasy value as he was scooped off the waiver wire. But those who took a shot were disappointed in Week 5 when Johnson had eight carries for 32 yards and one catch for four yards. It's baffling as he had 13 carries for 95 yards the previous week, but it should be enough to keep him on fantasy benches in Week 6, especially against the Steelers' stout D.