Start or Sit These Players on Sunday to Win Week 6 Fantasy
I will be here each week to give you my start/sit recommendations for the Sunday match-ups. The goal is to aid you in setting the best roster possible and to assist you with your tough decisions each week. Often the recommendations here will be weekly flex plays.
Each and every week this season, I will give you my “Start of the Week” along with two “Start” recommendations and two “Sit” recommendations at each skilled player position. So without further ado, let’s take the first step towards your Week 6 victory.
1. Start of the Week
James Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars
On Monday, August 31, 2020, the Jacksonville Jaguars surprised many by releasing 2017 4th overall selection RB Leonard Fournette. That left Ryquell Armstead in prime position to take over lead back duties. A stint on the Covid-19 IR list led to the Jags handing the keys to the car to undrafted free agent James Robinson, and J-Rob took full advantage and finished his rookie season as RB7 overall.
Entering the 2021 offseason, many wondered aloud what role James Robinson would have in the Urban Meyer led offense. Even the most optimistic fantasy managers doubted Robinson when Jacksonville added Clemson RB Travis Etienne in Round One of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Well, fast forward to Week 6, Etienne was lost for the season in training camp, Carlos Hyde is Carlos Hyde, and after a slow start with a combined 17.8 PPR points in the first two weeks, Robinson is back to RB1 form. In the last three weeks he has averaged 22.57 points a game and is the RB6.
In Week 6, Jacksonville travels to London to face the Miami Dolphins. Thus far this season, the Dolphins have allowed 850 scrimmage yards and 8 touchdowns to the opposing running backs. The 33.2 PPR points allowed to the position is second worst in the league. Robinson will be the primary ball carrier for Jacksonville this weekend in London and is poised for his 4th straight 20+ point outing.
Tyler Heinicke – Washington Football Team
Taylor Heinicke was bad last week against New Orleans, and there is really no other way to put it. Heinicke’s 11.62 points were the lowest since his 10.24 point relief appearance in Week 1. Weeks 2-4, his average was 24.10 points a game and he was QB8 in that three game span. I’m going back to Taylor Heinicke this week, with the Football Team facing the Kansas City Chiefs.
In five games this season, the only opposing QB to not have a top-4 weekly finish against KC was Baker Mayfield back in Week 1. The Chiefs’ defense has given up an average of 28.1 fantasy points to the QB this season and has looked very beatable all year long. Add to this the fact that the Washington Football Team has giving up a league high 155 points, and there will be a pile of points in this one. Start Taylor Heinicke.
Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow enters Week 6 as QB17 overall averaging a rather pedestrian 18.63 points a game. He has been good, not great, as he works his way back from a major knee injury. It is worth noting that it appears he is heating up. Joe Burrow has scored multiple touchdowns in every game while posting over 280 passing yards in his last two contests.
One would think that this week’s matchup against the Lions would be advantageous, but so far this season it hasn’t been. Teams are too busy running all over the Lions and don’t really need to throw while leading. The Bengals strength is the passing game and Burrow and company will get out to a comfortable lead before running out the clock. I like Burrow as a back end QB1 this week.
Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns
I told you all to sit Baker Mayfield last week, and I was wrong. Baker put up a season-high 23 fantasy points in the shootout loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The 23 points, in fact, were his highest since he put up 31.04 points in Week 14 a season ago. I just don’t see a reason to chase his points from last week here. In Week 6, Cleveland faces the undefeated Arizona Cardinals, and their defense has been very good this season. In five games, Arizona has allowed seven touchdown passes and the eighth-fewest fantasy points to the quarterback position. For the second straight week I am out on Baker Mayfield.
Derek Carr – Las Vegas Raiders
Clearly there is a lot of turmoil in Raider-land these days, and with the departure of former Head Coach Jon Gruden, so goes the play-caller for Las Vegas. Despite all his short comings, Jon Gruden is a good offensive mind, and a very solid play caller. Derek Carr likely continues to struggle as he has the past two weeks scoring a combined 21.7 points.
I believe that he should be on your bench against the Denver Broncos this week. In six career games in Denver, Carr has only one game with more than 20-plus fantasy points. This season the Broncos are third best against the opposing QBs, allowing only 14.8 points a game. There will be games to start Derek Carr, but this week just isn’t one of them.
3. Running Backs
Darrell Henderson – Los Angeles Rams
Darrell Henderson finished Week 5 as the RB20 after scoring 16.9 fantasy points. His performance could have been ever better as he only saw 33% of the Rams’ touches and lost some goal-line work to Sony Michel.
There will be some that see this as a committee in the making, and I do not. I still believe that Henderson, barring injury, will be the primary ball carrier and pass catcher out of the Rams backfield. He’s a solid start this week against the Giants, who have given up an average of 170 scrimmage yards and the fifth-most points to opposing running backs on the season.
Myles Gaskin – Miami Dolphins
I had Myles Gaskin as a sit last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. My quote from a week ago: “if he is going to turn it around, it won’t be this week. The Dolphins face Tampa Bay in Week 5, who are holding opposing backs to 42 rushing yards/game. Gaskin doesn’t do much in the passing game so he is an easy sit for me”.
Well, Gaskin finished with 10 catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns, and averaged 5.0 yards per carry. His 31.9 PPR points and RB2 Week 5 was sitting on many fantasy managers’ benches. Gaskin is Miami’s best offensive weapon. The Dolphins might feed him targets again if DeVante Parker (shoulder) remains out with Will Fuller on IR. The Jacksonville Jaguars have allowed a running back to score a touchdown nine times this season. Gaskin is a great start this week, and this time when he goes off you should have him in your lineup.
Devontae Booker – New York Giants
Saquon Barkley was starting to turn into the Saquon Barkley of old before a freak ankle injury sidelined him once again. That injury means that Devontae Booker will take over as the Giants’ new lead back. It is extremely important to note that Booker is not Barkley, and you added a backup RB off waivers that now gets to start.
He will be a volume-based FLEX option if you are desperate with the bye weeks and injuries limiting our options. I would prefer to stay away altogether. The Giants face the Los Angeles Rams with potentially a backup QB, RB and without their top 3 WRs. LA stacking the box early and often makes a lot of sense here. With the Giants offense being a mess of injuries, Booker could be in for a long afternoon.
Latavius Murray – Baltimore Ravens
Speaking of staying away altogether, that is my desired approach when it comes to the Baltimore Ravens backfield as well. The only way one of their backs helps your fantasy roster is if they score. Baltimore will continue to rotate three running backs, and in Week 5 against the Colts it was Murray, Ty’Son Williams and Devonta Freeman. Murray caught a season-high two passes against Indianapolis, but he managed just 30 total yards for the game.
There have been four running backs to go over 100 scrimmage yards against the Los Angeles Chargers this season (Antonio Gibson, Tony Pollard, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Nick Chubb). Latavius Murray has hit 59 yards as his high this season. It’s Lamar that likely gains the majority of the yards on the ground for Baltimore this week. Leave that backfield alone until there is some more clarity on how it will be used.
4. Wide Receiver
Chase Claypool – Pittsburgh Steelers
I was the high man on the RotoHeat team when Claypool was coming out of Notre Dame, and I was the low man on Claypool entering his second professional season. I felt he was much too TD dependent in his rookie season and the bulk of his fantasy success came in one game in which he topped 40 points.
Last week, Chase Claypool had a huge game against Denver, posting 130 yards and a touchdown. With JuJu Smith-Schuster out for the season, Claypool is almost certain to see more targets, week in and week out. A matchup against the Seahawks who allow the 6th most fantasy points to opposing WRs is a great option for Claypool and your fantasy roster this week.
Emmanuel Sanders – Buffalo Bills
Ask a group of Stefon Diggs fantasy managers how the Bills No.1 WR is doing this season. When you are done listening to them complain, ask yourself why Diggs’ production has fallen off as much as it has. The answer is simple; it is Emmanuel Sanders.
Sanders is rapidly becoming one of the best draft day bargains of 2021. Sanders has scored 13-plus points in three straight games including two games with 20-plus. He’s a start this week against the Tennessee Titans who have surrendered eight touchdowns and the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears
Allen Robinson joined the Chicago Bears in 2018. It is no secret that Robinson has had below average QB play since his Penn State days. In 2021, it was widely felt despite who his QB was this season that it would be the best QB he has ever lined up with in the NFL. The thing is, no matter how bad those previous QBs were, they targeted Allen Robinson.
In 2018, Robinson averaged 7 targets a game. In 2019 it was 10, 2020 it was 9.4, and 2021 season-to-date it is 5. Chicago has attempted 122, (24.4/game) passes this season, 31st in the NFL. Since Justin Fields took over it has gotten worse, as the Bears have thrown the ball a league-low 35 percent of the time since Justin Fields has taken over as the starter. The Packers aren’t great against wideouts, but I can’t start Allen Robinson right now and I hate it.
Odell Beckham Jr. – Cleveland Browns
First A-Rob, and now OBJ. This is not a good feeling at all. Cleveland scored 42 points last week in their shootout loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Baker Mayfield threw for more than 300 yards and Odell Beckham Jr. still had two catches for 20 yards.
Honestly, I am not putting this on OBJ, as I am putting this on Baker. I would not be typing this had Baker hit OBJ on a wide open walk-in TD, but he didn’t. The disconnect between OBJ and Mayfield is real, making it near impossible to start Beckham with any confidence. The Browns face Arizona this week in a game that I see being a lower scoring affair. The Cardinals have been tough on the receivers lined up out wide this season, and have been beaten in the slot. If OBJ keeps lining up out wide, he’s is an easy sit.
5. Tight End
Hunter Henry – New England Patriots
Henry has taken over as the top tight end for the Patriots, and he’s been great the past two weeks against Tampa Bay and Houston. He has turned 13 targets into 10 catches, 107 yards and two touchdowns, and he should continue to be a prominent target for Mac Jones.
“Double H” is emerging as a must-start option in all leagues, He should be able to stay hot this week against Dallas. The Cowboys are 9th in fantasy points allowed to tight ends this year.
Dan Arnold – Jacksonville Jaguars
Sometimes you just like to write about guys you like. It’s especially enjoyable when it makes sense to do so. That is where we are at with Dan Arnold. In Jacksonville’s first game without D.J. Chark, Arnold had six catches for 64 yards on eight targets against the Titans in Week 5. I would look for that volume to continue this week against the Miami Dolphins in London. The Dolphins have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends in their past four games and have given up 15.9 points per game this season.
David Njoku – Cleveland Browns
David Njoku had a monster week in Week 5 finishing with 149 yards, one touchdown and 27.9 fantasy points against the Chargers. As much as I like Njoku, and even though I believe he is the best TE on the Browns roster, I am not chasing points here. This is the same David Njoku that has scored a combined 18.1 points in his previous four games. The matchup against the Arizona Cardinals isn’t great. Their defense has allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season, and I anticipate this one to be a low scoring contest.
Robert Tonyan – Green Bay Packers
Robert Tonyan was a touchdown machine in 2020. Thus far in 2021, he has just one touchdown on the season and one game with more than four targets. It’s hard to start him if he’s not going to score. Green Bay faces Chicago this week, and the Bears are 6th best in terms of fantasy points allowed to tight ends. Chicago has allowed just one touchdown to an opposing tight end, which was Austin Hooper in Week 3, including matchups with Tyler Higbee, T.J. Hockenson and Darren Waller. Tonyan is a rather easy sit this week.
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