Start' EM Sit' EM Week 6
Week 6 is here! Now it's time to get back in the saddle for another week of fantasy football as we get ever closer to the fantasy playoffs. But before we start putting the cart before the horse, we have to have our lineups set and ready to go. Hopefully, you had a pretty good Week 5 matchup and didn't get caught up by the Justin Fields/DJ Moore fantasy massacre in Thursday Night Football against the Washington Commanders. The Commanders messed up my picks for that game. And hopefully, you'll be able to have all of your players ready to go this week. With the latest injury news coming out of the NFL, with players like Justin Jefferson and De'Von Achane expected to miss multiple weeks behind knee injuries, losing value players can hurt a fantasy manager's lineup.
Week 6 Start' EM Sit' EM
*Start percentage via ESPN
Kirk Cousins vs. CHI (55.7% Start)
Kirk Cousins may have lost his best receiver in Justin Jefferson (who's now on IR), but that doesn't mean Cousins doesn't have an opportunity to put up some fantasy points this week. Cousins heads into a divisional battle for Week 6 against the Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears. Despite the explosion of points in Week 5 against the Washington Commanders, the Bears defense still allows 31.4 points per game on the season and has allowed the fourth-most total yards per game so far this season. The Bears' defense can be had and Captain Kirk should be able to get the job done against a bad defense even without Jefferson on the field.
Justin Herbert vs. DAL (29.9% Start)
Justin Herbert was dealing with a finger injury before heading into the bye week but looks to be ready to go against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. The Cowboys' secondary has been picked on as of late without star cornerback Trevon Diggs on the field. The Cowboys' defense made Brock Purdy look like the second coming of Tom Brady as they gave up three passing touchdowns to Purdy and Kittle during the game. While on paper, the Cowboys are still giving up the second-fewest passing yards per game, against better quarterback play, the Cowboys' weaknesses begin to show. Herbert will also be getting back running back Austin Ekeler as well, adding another pass catching weapon to the mix.
Rhamondre Stevenson vs. LVR (57.5% Start)
While he did have a nice start for fantasy with two games over 10 fantasy points in Week's 1 and 2, Rhamondre Stevenson hasn't been able to come close to that level of production over the last few weeks. The Raiders present an opportunity for the Patriots running back to get back on track. The Raiders are a mid-range fantasy defense allowing 21.3 FPPG heading into Week 6 and are giving up 4.3 y/a to enemy running backs. The Patriots need to get the ground game going to help Mac Jones out and this looks like a solid chance to get that started.
Raheem Mostert vs. CAR (68.5% Start)
While being the starter for a high-octane offense, Raheem Mostert may have been taking a backseat to rookie running back De'Von Achane and his explosive playmaking ability. But with Achane now injured behind a knee injury, Mostert may be able to reassert himself with a full workload against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers defense has been one of the worst in fantasy when facing opposing running backs. Last week, Lions running back David Montgomery went for over 100 yards and a touchdown while averaging 5.7 y/a. Mostert in the Dolphins offense that is averaging
Jordan Addison vs. CHI (37.8% Start)
There are bigger expectations heading into Week 6 from Jordan Addison now that Justin Jefferson will miss the next four games behind a hamstring injury. Addison will likely inherit a bigger target share moving forward which will making him an even more appealing fantasy option. Chicago comes into the game allowing nearly 173 yards per game to wide receivers. Addison is averaging 12.4 FPPG heading into Week 6.
Jakobi Meyers vs. NE (41.3% Start)
I have to admit that Jakobi Meyers is doing much better than I expected. Meyers is averaging nine targets per game even with Davante Adams playing opposite. Jimmy Garoppolo defers to Meyers enough to make him much more fantasy relevant than expected but will now get an opportunity to continue playing well with his 17.6 FPPG. New England is allowing just over 33 FPPG to opposing wide receivers heading into the Week 6 matchup.
Hayden Hurst vs. MIA (1.7% Start)
Hurst is not going to blow off the doors for fantasy managers with his 5.8 FPPG average but the opportunity is here for him to be an asset against the Miami Dolphins this week. The Dolphins are allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to tight ends at nearly 14 FPPG. Hurst may be a stretch play but the matchup is there.
Deshaun Watson vs. SF (18.7% Start)
Deshaun Watson returns after a bye to face off against the San Francisco 49ers. If you need to consider starting Watson against one of the best passing defenses in the league, respectfully, you must be desperate. The Niners are allowing just 220 yards per game to opposing quarterbacks and just 11 FPPG too. The Niners abused Dak Prescott in Week 5, holding him to just 153 passing yards. Look elsewhere for this week.
Breece Hall vs. PHI (65.2% Start)
Every week there's a player who I want to play in the hopes he defies the odds and while the gloves are off for Breece Hall, the Eagles defense presents too big of an obstacle for Hall and the Jets this week. The Eagles run defense is allowing just 48 yards per game to running backs and the fewest fantasy points per game this season. Play Hall if you're desperate.
Nico Collins vs. NO (55.7% Start)
Another player who's been having a great season but is running into a bad matchup this week. Nico Collins heads into Week 6 as the WR11 averaging 17.9 FPPG. The Saints stifled the Patriots wide receivers last week and are giving up just 144 yards per game to the position which ranks 15th overall. Collins could see a heavy dose of Marshawn Lattimore too this week.
Kyle Pitts vs. WAS (56.6% Start)
I know everyone is excited about this game after seeing Kyle Pitts emerge from the bowels of Arthur Smith's tight end hellscape but it may be a short-lived experience for fantasy managers hoping the trend continues. Fellow tight end Jonnu Smith is seeing a near split in snaps with Pitts so far this season and the Commanders are hindering opposing TEs to just 7.9 FPPG, the sixth-fewest among defenses going into Week 6.
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