Fantasy Football Week 6 Start and Sit
Hello Heat Seekers, welcome to episode 108 of Sully’s 2 Cents Fantasy Football Podcast, I am you host Rob Sullivan. Sully’s 2 Cents Fantasy Football Podcast is a proud member of the RotoHeat family of podcasts.
The Covid-19 pandemic continues to reek havoc over the schedule makers in the NFL. We lost the Broncos and Patriots last week, and had a Tuesday night special as a result. We also had some serious schedule realignment for the coming weeks.
The league announced last Sunday afternoon a number of scheduling changes stemming from this week’s postponement. Among them is that the Broncos-Patriots game will be moved to Week 6 and played on Sunday.
Seven other games were affected by the postponement. Hang in there with me this is messy and somewhat confusing.
The Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills Week 6 game moves from Thursday, Oct.15 to Monday, Oct. 19 at 5:00 p.m.
The New York Jets at Miami Dolphins game moves from Week 10 to Week 6
The Jets at Los Angeles Chargers game moves from Week 6 to Week 11
The Jacksonville Jaguars at Chargers game moves from Week 8 to Week 7
The Chargers at Broncos game moves from Week 11 to Week 8
The Dolphins at Broncos game moves from Week 6 to Week 11
As a result, six teams will now have different bye weeks.
Denver’s bye week moves from Week 8 to Week 5; New England’s bye week moves from Week 6 to Week 5; Los Angeles’ bye week moves from Week 10 to Week 6; Miami’s bye week moves from Week 11 to Week 7; Jacksonville’s bye week moves from Week 7 to Week 8; and New York’s bye week moves from Week 11 to Week 10.
Personally the Chargers bye week moving into this week hurts me in a lot of leagues, on the positive side it also allows all my Keenan Allen shares to get healthy, and gets Austin Ekeler one week closer to retuning without losing a game on the schedule.
In total, ten games have now been rescheduled to different weeks this season. Week 4’s Pittsburgh Steelers-Tennessee Titans matchup was moved to Week 7 after multiple Titans players and personnel tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, Pittsburgh’s game against the Baltimore Ravens was moved from Week 7 to Week 8.
Today we are talking start sit for week six. Week 5 was better, I missed at the QB position as both Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins were a disappointment. Starting Mike Davis and Todd Gurley was a homerun as they finished 1 & 2 at the position last week. Darrell Henderson continues to be my 2020 kryptonite. WR wasn’t great and TE wasn’t either. By the way, last week I suggested you sit AJ Green, this week you should drop him if you haven’t already.
Ok, Week six. Bonus part of all the schedule fluctuation is we do not have a Thursday night game in Week 6. Ok same drill this week, two starts and two sits at each position, lets get into this.
Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings
Sully’s Rank: QB7
I mentioned last week when calling Cousins a start that he is hard to trust. Well that remains true in Week 6. He proved that a week ago, when he put up a 14-points in Seattle. Still, it’s tough to look past a sexy fantasy matchup against the Falcons. Their defense has been an joke, giving an average of 345.6 passing yards, a league-high 15 touchdown passes, and the most fantasy points to quarterbacks (30.1 PPG) this season. Every QB to face the Falcons season to date has scored no fewer than 20 points in 2020. Dalvin Cook likely misses this one and the Vikings will look to Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen as a result, benefitting Kirk Cousins and his fantasy managers
Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions
Sully’s Rank: QB9
Stafford has averaged 20-plus fantasy points in his last two games, which are the two games he’s had Kenny Golladay back in the offense. He’s a solid option for fantasy fans this week, as the Jaguars have one of the least formidable defenses in the league. Quarterbacks have averaged the eighth-most points (21.4 PPG) after five weeks. That includes three QBs who have put up at least 24.8 points. This game with an over/under of 53.5, so expect a lots of points here.
Teddy Bridgewater – Carolina Panthers
Sully’s Rank: QB18
As a Vikings fan, I am certainly enjoying seeing Teddy Bridgewater as a starting NFL QB once again. He has been pretty damn good recently as well. He scored nearly 21 fantasy points in a win over the Falcons. He’s now posted over 20 points in two straight games, and his schedule is pretty favorable over the next month. The exception to the favorable schedule however is this week’s game against the Bears. Their defense has allowed just four touchdown passes and barely over 12 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, so the prospects of another big performance from Bridgewater don’t look very good.
Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles
Sully’s Rank: QB21
Another week, and another sit Carson Wentz recommendation. I fully understand that Wentz has averaged nearly 20 fantasy points over the last three weeks, but an upcoming matchup against Baltimore is anything but favorable. The Ravens have been difficult on quarterbacks since the start of last year, allowing an average of just 13.3 fantasy points to the position. That’s the second-fewest in the NFL during that time. Wentz will also be playing behind a banged-up offensive line (again) that’s allowed 19 sacks and 44 quarterback pressures after five weeks.
2. Running Backs
James Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars
Sully’s Rank: RB4
Robinson is coming off his worst stat line of the season, as he was held under 100 scrimmage yards and lost a fumble in Houston. Week 6 he is going to rebound. He has a great matchup this week. Detroit has struggled to stop opposing running backs, allowing an average of 190.8 total yards and the fourth-most fantasy points (32.6 PPG) to the position. As long as the Jaguars stay in a neutral game script this week, Robinson should post top-5 RB fantasy stats.
Myles Gaskin – Miami Dolphins
Sully’s Rank: RB23
Myles Gaskin has emerged into a true featured back for the Dolphins, ranking ninth in offensive snaps and tied for 11thin touches among running backs. While his numbers haven’t always been great, that volume makes him a solid option when the matchup is right. That’s the case this week, as Gaskin will face a Jets team that’s allowed eight total touchdowns and the fifth-most fantasy points (30.9 PPG) to opposing running backs this season. I’d consider Gaskin a nice RB2/flex starter. In other news RIP Jordan Howard and all my shares.
Malcolm Brown – Los Angeles Rams
Sully’s Rank: RB37
Brown’s usage has been up and down all season, and it looks like Darrell Henderson is again the top fantasy runner in the L.A. backfield after last week. He led the three-headed RB monster in snaps, touches and points, one week after Brown was tops in those categories. That could change at a moment’s notice, of course, but at this point, the lone Rams running back to trust in fantasy land is Henderson, not Brown. Keep the Brown on the bench this week versus the San Francisco 49ers.
Leonard Fournette – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sully’s Rank: RB52
Fournette was active last week, but he didn’t see work as Ronald Jones appears to have seized the top spot on the depth chart. While that could change at a moment’s notice (we saw that in Week 2), there’s just far too much risk in starting Fournette this week. Running Backs have gashed the Packers after their first four games, but it’s hard to trust a player who has had double-digit touches just once while also doing next to nothing in the stat sheets. Keep Fournette benched, and fire up Ronald Jones if you have him.
3. Wide Receiver
Will Fuller – Houston Texans
Will Fuller was in this spot last week and he remains in this spot in Week 6. Fuller continues to produce for fantasy fans, scoring 15.8 points in a win over the Jaguars. He’s now scored 15-plus points in all but one game. Fuller has also avoided the injuries that limited his statistical ceiling in the past. Fuller should remain in lineups in all leagues this week, as the Texans head to Tennessee to face the Titans. Their defense has allowed nearly 43 fantasy points per game to wide receivers overall, including over 22 points to receivers lined out wide. This game should be a shootout.
Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings
Sully’s Rank: WR23
Jefferson wasn’t able to “three-peat” in the stat sheets in Week 5, as his 5.3-point effort was a disappointment and ended a streak of two big games. I’m continue to roll with the rookie, though, as a matchup against the Falcons is a good one. Their defense has struggled to stop wide receivers, allowing an average of 215 yards and the eighth-most points to the position. Atlanta has also surrendered 32.2 points per game. Jefferson as a start has a lot to with my Kirk Cousins start call and vice versa with Jefferson. Atlanta is too good of a match-up not to exploit.
Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys
Sully’s Rank: WR36
Gallup was invisible last week until the final drive where he made some absolutely terrific catches. Reality, he finished with just four targets as the Cowboys continued to push the ball to CeeDee Lamb. So while Gallup leads all Dallas receivers in snaps, he’s a distant third in targets behind Amari Cooper and Lamb. He also has a tough matchup against the Cardinals, who have surrendered just one touchdown and the third-fewest fantasy points to receivers lined out wide (16.0 PPG) this season.
Travis Fulgham – Philadelphia Eagles
Sully’s Rank: WR64
Fulgham went bananas a week ago, scoring 31.2 fantasy points in a loss to the Steelers. As a result fantasy mangers raced to the waiver wire and added the WR. I get picking him up, I really do. I mean why not. Two weeks ago I had no idea who this dude was to be completely honest. He’s now seen 16 targets over the last two weeks and seems to have emerged as the top option in the passing game for Carson Wentz. Can he do it again? Simple answer is no. The Baltimore Ravens now have tape on Fulgham and will undoubtedly look to limit him. I mean if you are the Ravens who are you going to double this week? Baltimore has held wide receivers to the second-fewest fantasy points this season. WRs they have faced you ask, Odell Beckham Jr, Will Fuller, Tyreek Hill, and Terry McLaurin. So Travis Fulgham doesn’t interest me at all in Week 6.
4. Tight Ends
T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions
Sully’s Rank: TE5
Hockenson has had a solid start to his second season in the NFL, ranking eighth in fantasy points per game among tight ends. He should continue to produce this week at a high level as the Lions travel to face the Jaguars. Jacksonville’s defense is banged up, which was evident last week when it allowed 30 points to the Texans. It has also struggled against tight ends, as players at the position have scored a combined four touchdowns and averaged 16.2 points.
Evan Engram – New York Giants
Sully’s Rank: TE6
I seem to have Engram as a start every week so what the hell lets keep at it. Engram and Giants have a nice matchup against the Football Team, who have struggled against tight ends. Their defense has allowed 5.4 receptions, 68.2 yards, and five touchdowns to tight ends, which equated to more than 18 fantasy points allowed per game. Engram has also averaged a solid 11.2 points per game over his last three meetings against Washington, so keep him in your fantasy lineups.
Austin Hooper – Cleveland Browns
Sully’s Rank: TE13
Hooper has strung together a couple of nice stat lines in a row, making him a more attractive low-end fantasy starter during the bye weeks. I’d try to avoid chasing the points, though, as a matchup in Pittsburgh isn’t an attractive one. Their defense has been tough on tight ends, holding Evan Engram and Zach Ertz to fewer than three points apiece. In all, the position has averaged 3.3 catches, 37 yards, and fewer than nine fantasy points per game to the position. I’d fade Hooper this week.
Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sully’s Rank: TE17
Gronkowski ranks tied for sixth among tight ends in snaps, but he’s seventh in rushing snaps. In all, he’s run a pass route on 41 percent of his time on the field. He’s also tied for just 17th at the position in targets. I’d keep the future Hall of Famer on the sidelines this week, as the lack of consistent pass snaps and targets make him a risk against the Packers. Their defense has been tough on tight ends, allowing the sixth-fewest points per game to the position.
That’s going to do it for today’s episode, thank you for reading Fantasy Football Week 6 Start and Sit
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