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Start ’em/Sit ’em: Week 6

Each week from this point on, Nick and Brett will be providing their thoughts on who they believe is a “must start” and “must sit” at each position in fantasy football.   We kick off with some great options in week 6.

Starts of the Week

Nick’s Starting Quarterback:  Deshaun Watson (Houston Texans)-  Rookie Quarterback Deshaun Watson continues to improve as the season progresses and has exceeded expectations by far. Watson has some great offensive options in his arsenal, and after scoring 10 touchdowns and throwing for 250+ in his last two games,  the points should come easy against a Browns defense giving up the 6th most points per game.

Brett’s Starting Quarterback:  Deshaun Watson (Houston Texans)- Deshaun Watson has exploded onto the fantasy scene as of late. He has had back-to-back 30+ point performances and now draws a matchup against the Browns. There is no reason to expect less than 25 points from Watson this week and he could very well be the top scoring fantasy quarterback.

Nick’s Starting Running Back:  Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints)-    Alvin Kamara was splitting the running back duties with Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson.  Now that Peterson is out of the picture after being traded to Arizona, I expect Kamara to have an even bigger role in the offense, in particular as a threat in the passing game.  It is wise to value Kamara as a great flex play and a strong RB2 this week and probably moving forward as well.

Brett’s Starting Running Back:  Samaje Perine (Washington Redskins)- With Rob Kelly ruled out for the week, Perine is thrust into the starting running back role for the Redskins coming off of a bye week. Perine should be completely healthy after dealing with a a nagging ankle injury the last few weeks. Although Chris Thompson will see a large workload, Perine should see a ton of usage against a weak 49ers defense.

Nick’s Starting Wide Reciever:  Will Fuller V (Houston Texans)-  The second Texan to appear on my list is Will Fuller V.  I would consider him more of a flex option unless you are thin at the wide receiver position or need to find other options due to players being on a bye week. His dependancy on scoring touchdowns is what makes him more of a flex option.  DeAndre Hopkins gets most of the targets in Houston, but Fuller V being a touchdown threat gives him potential to have a great week.  He is a high risk and high reward type of player, but when playing the Cleveland Browns, the risk is usually worth the reward.

Brett’s Starting Wide Reciever:  Will Fuller V (Houston Texans)- Again, a plus matchup against the Browns is the top reason you start fuller (or any player on the Texans offense). Although he does have a nice matchup, the play of Fuller has been outstanding even after missing the first three weeks of the season. Fuller and Watson have a chemistry that will continue to grow by the week and he can be trusted in any lineup.

Nick’s Starting Tight End:  Austin Seferian-Jenkins (New York Jets)-  There are multiple options that you can go at the tight end position.  Kyle Rudolph and Evan Engram are also great options, but the reason why I chose Seferian-Jenkins is his continued improvement.  A strong showing against the Cleveland Browns in which he scored a touchdown helps as well.  Factor in that Seferian-Jenkins is also up against arguably the worst defense in the league in the New England Patriots, makes him a good option for week 6.  Is there better options then Seferian-Jenkins?  Yes, there is, but he is a good player to stream for at least this week.

Brett’s Starting Tight End:  Evan Engram (New York Giants)-  The injuries to Giants receivers has been well documented over the past week. For a team that has absolutely no run game, Eli Manning will be forced to throw the football in a game in which the Giants will likely be playing catch-up early. Missing their top four receivers due to injury, the Giants have been forced to sign guys off the streets right into starting roles on the outside. Engram is the only player on the team right now that Eli has any sort of chemistry with and despite the matchup he should have enough targets to warrant good fantasy numbers at a shallow position.

Nick’s Starting Defense/Special Teams: Jacksonville Jaguars- The Jacksonville Jaguars have had a suprisingly good season so far.  The two key components of this team are star rookie running back Leonard Fournette and the teams defense. On the defensive side of the ball, the Jaguars have been one of the best teams thus far. What could be a tough match up against the Los Angeles Rams awaits, but the Jaguars still deserve to start in your lineup this week.

Brett’s Starting Defense/Special Teams:  Baltimore Ravens- The Ravens have been one of the better fantasy defenses this year mostly due to the amount of turnovers they force. Pair that with a matchup against a weak offense with a Quarterback starting only his second career game and being home in Baltimore makes for a potentially great outing for the Ravens defense.

Sits of the Week

Nick’s Sit For Quarterback:  Eli Manning (New York Giants)-  Eli Manning has struggled for most of this season.  Eli will be playing without Brandon Marshall and he won’t have Odell Beckham Jr. who will be out for the rest of the season.  Eli is running out of options in New York, so I expect tight end, Evan Engram, to have a much bigger role for the rest of the season.  Eli is still attempting to lead his Giants to their first win, but I don’t see it happening against the Denver Broncos.  Denver is also one of the better defenses in the league, so Eli could struggle.  I would avoid Eli Manning at all costs this week.  There are much better quarterback options for this week and for the entire season as a whole.

Brett’s Sit For Quarterback:  Alex Smith (Kansas City Chiefs)-  Although he has been the highest scoring quarterback in fantasy this year, Alex Smith should not be in your lineup this week assuming you have a decent backup option. Smith comes into Pittsburgh facing a much improved defense that has been one of the better secondaries in the NFL. The Steelers are also the second best defense in the NFL against quarterbacks in fantasy. The last time these teams met was in the playoffs last year.  Smith threw for 172 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. There is going to be a healthy dose of Kareem Hunt in attempt to keep the Steelers offense off the field. Find an alternative option to Smith.

Nick’s Sit For Running Back:  Adrian Peterson (Arizona Cardinals)-  Adrian Peterson gets a fresh start in Arizona after being traded from the New Orleans Saints.  A.P. didn’t have much of a role with the Saints, but his role should increase with the Arizona Cardinals.  With that said, I think he continues to split touches in a platoon type role.  The unpredictability in how he is going to play and the unpredictability in how the Cardinals will use him makes him a safe bet to either keep on your bench or keep on the waiver wire.

Brett’s Sit For Running Back:  Adrian Peterson (Arizona Cardinals)-  After making news being traded from the Saints to the Cardinals, Peterson is being immediately put into the role of the early down back for the Cardinals. With the release of Chris Johnson, the running downs are cleared for Peterson to be the workhorse in Arizona. There is still a problem, Arizona simply can not run the ball. Although Peterson is an upgrade in talent, the offensive line of the Cardinals is awful. Not only do we not know if Peterson can still be an effective back in the NFL, we also have no clue how much of the offense Peterson has been able to learn in a week. This along with a matchup against a defense in the top half of the league in containing running backs in fantasy makes Peterson a very risky play.

 

Nick’s Sit For Wide Reciever:  Amari Cooper (Oakland Raiders)-  Amari Cooper has been one of the most disappointing players in the NFL this season.  Cooper has severely underperformed and continues to be outperformed by Derek Carr’s preferred target in Michael Crabtree.  I don’t see Cooper as a reliable option and I would keep him on your bench until he starts to turn things around, if that ever ends up happeing this season.  I traded Cooper in our SportingEdge league before he really started to struggle, getting value back for him while he still had some trade value.  Right now he doesn’t have any trade value.

Brett’s Sit For Wide Reciever: Sammy Watkins (Los Angeles Rams)-  Outside of one game where Watkins exploded for 6 receptions, 106 yards, and 2 TDs, Watkins has been a receiver not even worthy of a roster spot. He has failed to score a touchdown or record over fifty yards the rest of his matchups on the year including last week where he had zero catches. Playing an away game against one of the best defenses in football makes for another week in which Watkins can not be expected to produce.

Nick’s Sit For Tight End:  Eric Ebron (Detroit Lions)-  Eric Ebron has struggled this season and has lost playing time to teammate Darren Fells.  He has been outplayed by Fells as well.  Ebron is best suited sitting on your bench, even though the Lions are playing a struggling Saints defense, especially a struggling secondary.   Some of the players I mentioned above such as Austin Seferian-Jenkins or Evan Engram are much better options this week and probably going forward as well.

Brett’s Sit For Tight End:  Jordan Reed (Washington Redskins)-  Considering the lack of depth at the tight end position in fantasy you may have no other options here, but do not expect Jordan Reed to produce much this week. Reed was basically a decoy last week against Kansas City only playing a total of 14 snaps. Reed is still not 100% after injuring after injuring himself against the Rams week two. Although the 49ers have struggled on defense, they have been fantastic against tight ends allowing a total of 107 yards and no touchdowns through five contests. If you have a better option, put Reed on the bench for the week.

Nick’s Sit For Defense/Special Teams:  Detroit Lions-  The Detroit Lions are one of the top defenses in the league.  However, they have a very tough matchup against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.  Brees is one of the top quarterbacks in the game who is great enough to keep his Saints team in the game despite their struggling defense.  I expect this game to be a high scoring game, so there are probably better options out there for this week.

Brett’s Sit For Defense/Special Teams:  Detroit Lions-  The Lions have been one of the most consistent defensive groups in fantasy this season, but the numbers are a bit inflated. Defensive touchdowns in each of the first three weeks of the season helped give a solid boost in their scoring production which was a pace the simply could not be continued. This week they travel to the Super Dome to go against one of the top quarterbacks and offenses in the NFL. Fantasy defenses do not produce at all against the saints and this week should be no different.

Authors: Nick Eberhardt And Brett Santos

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