Week 6 Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em
Here’s another weekly installment of guys we recommend inserting into your traditional or daily fantasy sports (DFS) lineups, and guys we recommend keeping on the bench or out of such lineups.
Quarterback: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals — Through five games this season, Andy Dalton has thrown for at least 240 yards every game, and last week was the only game where he didn’t have two or more touchdown passes. He has a very favorable matchup this week at home against a porous Pittsburgh Steelers’ secondary.
Running Back: Sony Michel, New England Patriots – If you don’t now, you need to know: Sony Michel has now become a must-start player in fantasy leagues. Despite missing the first game of the season, he’s already among the top 15 running backs in the NFL in rushing yardage, and he should get plenty of carries on Sunday as his New England Patriots try and play “keep away” from the Kansas City offense.
Wide Receiver: Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons – Another rookie who’s now become a must-start player due to his NFL-leading receiving touchdown total, wide receiver Calvin Ridley is benefitting from all the attention opposing defenses are paying to fellow wide receiver Julio Jones. Ridley could have another big game on Sunday when Atlanta plays Tampa Bay, owners of the worst passing defense in the NFL.
Tight End: Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins – People who have Jordan Reed on their team are going to get tired of hearing it, but the Washington Redskins know that they have to get the ball to Jordan Reed, who might be their best pass-catching playmaker on the team. Going against a Carolina defense that’s among the most favorable against opposing tight ends, Reed should see a lot more work.
Quarterback: Mitch Trubisky, Chicago Bears – If you’re expecting quarterback Mitch Trubisky to continue his hot streak, after throwing six touchdowns last week, don’t hold your breath. Remember that Trubisky only had two touchdown passes all season long until last Sunday, and he’s going against a deceptively talented secondary of the Miami Dolphins.
Running Back: Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins – Even if it’s a different coach, the Miami Dolphins have an amazing penchant for simply not handing their best running back the football as much as possible. They did it with Lamar Miller (before he left for Houston), and now they’re doing it with Kenyan Drake. Drake has a total of nine rushing attempts over the past two games, and faces the NFL’s hottest defense on Sunday, when Miami playes the Chicago Bears.
Wide Receiver: Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings – The arrival of quarterback Kirk Cousins has definitely brought juice to the passing game of the Minnesota Vikings. But this might be the week to stay away from Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs, when Minnesota plays the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona has been one of the stingier teams in the NFL in opposing fantasy points, and as the outside receiver, Diggs could see a lot of Patrick Peterson in coverage.
Tight End: David Njoku, Cleveland Browns – You can’t help but admire how quarterback Baker Mayfield has helped rejuvenate the offense of the Cleveland Browns. But that rejuvenation hasn’t really benefitted tight end David Njoku, who many people thought would be this year’s breakout player. Njoku still drops too many passes, evidenced by his team-worst target to reception ratio (he catches less than two-thirds of the passes going his way). The Los Angeles Chargers have sufficient speed and athleticism in the back seven of their defense to match up with Njoku.