2017 NFL Week 6 Start 'em Sit 'em

NFL Week 5 Starters, Sitters, Streamers, and Sleepers


***WEEK 6 BYE-WEEK TEAMS***
Buffalo Bills
Cincinnati Bengals
Dallas Cowboys
Seattle Seahawks
 
WEEK 5 RECAP:
 
Running Backs:
 
Starts: Bilal Powell rushed twice for 5 yards and got hurt.  Marshawn Lynch rushed 12 times for just 43 yards but did score a touchdown.  Andre Ellington rushed once for -2 yards, but caught 9 passes for 65 yards.  
 
Sits: Mike Gillislee only carried the ball 12 times for 52 yards, as white and Lewis received more work.  Jay Ajayi.  DeMarco Murray.  Doug Martin took 13 totes for 74 yards and a touchdown of the game, and caught 1 pass for 8 yards. 
 
Wide Receivers:
 
Starts: DeSean Jackson caught 5 passes for 106 yards in a desperate comeback attempt in the closing minutes of the game.  Jeremy Maclin caught 6 passes for 43 yards but was held out of the endzone.  A.J. Green went off for 7 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown.  Danny Amendola caught 8 passes for 77 yards and has become a real asset in PPR leagues.
 
Sits: Sammy Watkins got shut out and Amari Cooper caught just 1 pass for 8 yards.
 
Tight Ends
 
Starts: Charles Clay caught just 2 passes for 31 yards and exited the game with a knee injury.  Cameron Brate caught 5 passes for 68 yards and the team's only receiving touchdown.  Jared Cook caught 3 passes for 25 yards.
 
Sits: Jimmy Graham caught 6 passes for 37 yards but scored the team's only touchdown.  
 
Quarterbacks
 
Starts: Jameis Winston completed 26 of 46 passes for 334 yards and a score.  Philip Rivers completed less than half of his passes (just 21 of 44) for 261 yards, 3 touchdowns and a pick.  Deshaun Watson threw for just 261 yards but 5, yes FIVE of those passes were touchdowns. 
 
Sits: Carson Wentz completed 21 passes for 304 yards, 4 touchdowns, and a pick against a tough Cardinals secondary.  Blake Bortles completed just 8 of 14 of his passes for 95 yards and a pick.
 
Defense / Special Teams
 
Starts: The Tennessee Titans defense held the Dolphins to just 10 points and turned in an 11 fantasy point effort with a fumble recovery and a pick.
 
Sits: The Seattle Seahawks shockingly held the Rams to just 100 yards on the ground (they have one of the worst run defenses in the league), and held them to just 10 points, picked off Goff twice and recovered 2 Rams fumbles.
 
RUNNING BACK (RB)
 
START
 
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders
The Chargers' rushing defense ranks stone dead last in the league.  They've given up 74 more yards than the next worst opponent, and have given up a rushing touchdown in 4 of their first 5 games.  Even if Carr starts, his health could still be in question as he's technically recovering from a broken back.  That makes Lynch a good bet to get a decent workload and find the endzone this week.
 
C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos
With heavy losses to the Giants' receiving corps, the Broncos could use their run game and defense extensively to play some old school, smashmouth football.  While the Giants' secondary and pass rush aren't the best, they will not be able to stay off of the field because their offense's inability to move the ball.  Anderson should get plenty of carries and have a good second half, as the Broncos wear down the Giants' 5th worst run defense.
 
Demarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans
It's a decent bet Murray will finally breakout this week.  The Colts' run defense is just average, and the Titans should try to run the ball, win time of possession, and keep their soft secondary from being exposed to Colts playmakers Brissett and Hilton.  
 
Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins
With Perine potentially taking handoffs away from Kelley, Thompson is the back to start this week against a subpar 49ers defense.  Kirk Cousins loves to dump the ball off to his reliable safety valve and Jay Gruden has found ways to get the ball to his receiving option out of the backfield.  
 
SIT
 
Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers
The Packers take on the Vikings' 7th-ranked rushing defense this week.  Ty Montgomery's value isn't just as the lead back, but in his ability to catch the ball and make plays out of Green Bay's backfield.  He may need to split carries with rookie Aaron Jones, who had a strong outing purely as a runner.  Monty is a decent sit this week given the matchup and questions surrounding his health.  
 
Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Hyde has been hampered by a hip flexor injury.  More importantly, Breida received more carries than Hyde, and the whole situation has turned into a timeshare.  Hyde's struggles continue this week as he and his team travel to the east coast (west coast teams traveling to the east coast have struggled historically) to take on a decent Redskins rushing defense.  It's best to bench Hyde until the 49ers backfield situation becomes a little clearer.  
 
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
Stewart gets the bench this week, given the Panthers' quick turnaround this week, the unknown status of a possibly mild ankle injury, and Philly's stout run defense.  With Cam slinging the rock again and the emergence of receiving weapon Devin Funchess to go with Benjamin and McCaffery, the Panthers will probably use their air attack to generate points against a sorry Eagles secondary.  Stewart just may not get the volume of carries he needs to generate relevant fantasy stats.
 
WIDE RECEIVER (WR)
 
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T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton is a solid start this week against the porous Titans secondary that was thrown on for 283 yards and 4 touchdowns by rookie Deshaun Watson.  Jacoby Brissett can use his feet to buy time, allowing Hilton to get open.  Hilton should have a big week this week. 
 
Taylor Gabriel, WR, Atlanta Falcons
The 5'8", 165lb speedster belongs in starting lineups this week due because of the possible absence of Sanu and a sweet matchup.  The Miami Dolphins have a pass defense ranked in the bottom third of the league.  Matt Ryan will play like he has something to prove, and Gabriel could be a beneficiary.  
 
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers
Funchess has really come on strong in the last 2 weeks, catching 14 passes for 123 yards and 3 scores during that time.  The Panthers have a lot of capable receiving options, so an already sorry Eagles secondary may need to spread out and try to cover all of those weapons.  If the Eagles try to use one on one coverage to defend the 6'4", 225lb Funchess, the Panthers wideout should see numbers and usage similar to the past 2 weeks.
 
Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
Fuller only has 6 catches this season, but 4 of them were for touchdowns.  Now that he has a real gunslinger at QB, this go-route downfield specialist can just burn defenses while they hone in on stopping Hopkins.  The Texans, who have scored 12 passing touchdowns this year, only trail the Packers, who've scored 13.  It's worth mentioning that 11 of the Texans' passing touchdowns have come in the last 3 weeks, after Watson consistently started.  That number is sure to continue rising with Fuller back in the fold.  There's no doubt that Watson will need to deliver more touchdown passes to Fuller, now that the Texans' defense is dinged up.  The ceiling just got higher for the second year whiteout.  
 
SIT
 
Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins
It's no secret that the Dolphins have struggled on offense.  Parker, Cutler's preferred target, is slightly dinged up and has not practiced at the time this is published.  Even if Landry is targeted more often due to Parker's possible absence, Cutler could struggle to get the ball to Landry against a good Falcons defense.  Landry is only a WR2 in PPR leagues.  He should be benched everywhere else.  
 
Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Kupp has been a pleasant surprise this season, quickly developing a rapport with sophomore QB Jared Goff.  He could turn out to be a colossal disappointment this week as they travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars.  There's not a lot that can prepare any quarterback for a challenge like the Jaguars defense.  For that reason, Kupp is on the bench this week.
 
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Jeffery has been one of this year's fantasy disappointments.  If there was ever a timeshare in a receiving corps, this could be it.  There are only so many passes to be thrown in a professional game, and Jeffery just doesn't get many thrown his way.  Agholor and Ertz have finally emerged as top options, limiting Jeffery's production.  Sit him this week, especially against a good Panthers defense.
 
Pierre Garcon, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Despite some decent numbers, Garcon is not matchup-proof.  The 49ers have played 5 games and Garcon hasn't found the endzone in any of them.  Even 5th-round rookie George Kittle has more touchdowns than Garcon.  Chances are the 49ers offense will continue to struggle even though Washington is without Josh Norman.
 
TIGHT END (TE)
 
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Darren Fells, TE, Detroit Lions
Fells, who was originally the blocking tight end, has seen more targets than the supposed pass-catching Ebron.  Fells should get plenty of work against a soft Saints secondary.  He has 6 catches for just 64 yards, but 2 of those catches are touchdowns. 
 
Benjamin Watson, TE, Baltimore Ravens
Watson, the Ravens pass catching tight end, was held to just 2 catches for 2 yards.  He enters this week's showdown with the Bears with a pretty high ceiling.  Per ESPN, the Bears have given up the 12-most yards to tight ends this season.  Watson should get plenty of work.
 
Jared Cook, TE, Oakland Raiders
It's a pretty well-known fact that the Chargers' linebackers cannot cover.  That means Cook could have a big day if he gets matched up with a linebacker on the other side.  This means Cook could have a big day in his safety valve role, especially with Derek Carr returning from a broken back sustained just 2 weeks ago.
 
Ed Dickson, TE, Carolina Panthers
Dickson had one great week last week and suddenly everyone's enamoured with Dickson.  Dickson isn't a bad athlete or a bad football player.  He just hasn't displayed consistency with his pass catching ability.  He does posses upside this week against a soft Eagles secondary.  With Funchess and Benjamin getting all of the attention, Dickson could have room to work.  
 
SIT
 
David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns
Njoku is a boom or bust player who relies on touchdowns for production.  While he's been consistent, catching touchdowns in 3 of his last 4 games, he only has 10 total catches for 98 yards during that 4-game stretch.  Njoku's run of touchdowns could end this week as he and his team faces a still-formidable Texans front.  
 
Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants
Engram saw his fantasy stock rise after a pproductive preseason and some good games in these first few weeks.  Unfortunately, that could abruptly end this week as he no longer has other receiving options to draw attention away from him.  There's a decent chance he'll get shut out this week against the Broncos' appropriately-named "No Fly Zone."
 
QUARTERBACK (QB)
 
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Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
Matty Ice has put up some rather pedestrian numbers so far in 2017.  In his last 3 outings (he had a bye week last week), Ryan hasn't topped 300 yards passing, and has 5 picks and a fumble to the four touchdowns he's thrown.  He belongs in starting lineups this week as he throws against a very suspect Miami Dolphins secondary.  
 
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins
Cousins has averaged 2 passing touchdowns per game in the last 3 games without throwing an interception.  He continues to get better as he figures out how to use each of his weapons.  He faces a 49ers pass defense ranked near the bottom of the league, and he should have a good week with all of his weapons rested and coming off a bye.  
 
DeShaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
Watson has been absolutely hot recently, using his legs to avoid sacks and make plays against a good Chiefs pass rush in week 5.  He should stay hot this week against the Browns because the Browns are the Browns.
 
Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts
Brissett should be able to use his legs to buy a bit of time and allow his playmakers to get downfield against a soft Titans secondary.  The Colts have just been average moving the ball on the ground, so it's likely they'll throw the ball downfield to generate points.  Either way, Brisset is a playmaker, so it's likely he'll find the endzone either passing or rushing.  
 
SIT
 
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals
In theory, Palmer should have a great week against a poor Buccaneers passing defense.  Unfortunately, this is the same passing attack that held a potent Patriots passing game to just 303 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception.  If Palmer can check it down to Ellington and his speedy receivers so they can make plays in the open field, Palmer has a decent chance at putting up some nice numbers against the Buccaneers soft cover 4.  A dink and dunk offense would work in this case.  However, if Palmer is asked to drop back, Gerald McCoy and the other Tampa Bay pass rushers could make it a very long day for Cardinals fans.
 
Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams
Goff and the Rams travel east this week to take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville.  The last time Goff traveled east to Washington, he threw for just 219 yards, a touchdown, and a pick.  The Jaguars defense led by Myles Jack, Jalen Ramsey and Calais Campbell snagged 5 turnovers off of errant passes from Big Ben.  It's probably best to bench the 2nd year QB.  he won't be getting much help from his young receiving corps either.  
 
DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)
 
START
 
Atlanta Falcons
There's no simple solution for the Dolphins' offensive struggles.  Whatever it is, they probably won't figure it out this week against the Falcons.  The Falcons have been disappointing on offense this year, but this start isn't about how good the Falcons are.  It's about how much the Dolphins' offense is struggling.
 
Washington Redskins
After putting up 39 points in week 3 against the Rams, the 49ers are a team that's looked inconsistent at best.  They travel to Washington this week to take on the Redskins.  This offense has a lot of question marks and Hoyer hasn't done much to help the situation.  The Redskins' defense is a good streaming option this week.
 
Houston Texans
Even though the Texans lost Mercilus and Watt early in last week's game, their front is still formidable.  The Browns are a team with a quarterback quandary and they don't have real receiving options.  Houston's defense should still have a good week.  
 
SIT
 
Kansas City Chiefs 
A special teams touchdown saved the Chiefs' fantasy week.  Otherwise, they gave up 261 yards and 5 touchdowns through the air.  They've struggled to get any sort of pass rush going, and Big Ben and Antonio Brown still are who they are.  It might be wise to bench the Chiefs D this week.
 
Detroit Lions
The Lions secondary just surrendered 355 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air.  Drew Brees and his potent passing attack come to down and the Lions defense could have a similar day.  Leave the Lions D on the bench and find a streaming option this week.

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