Week 6 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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Here is a no huddle approach, toward addressing your best starts, and most advisable sits for all 30 teams that will be in action this week. That excludes the Falcons and Dolphins, who will each have their byes. Game time is approaching, so we’ll immediately launch into Week 6.

Giants at Bears

New York

Start: Victor Cruz

Even though the Bears are banged up, he is the only Giant that I can recommend this week.

Other Starts: None

Sit: Brandon Jacobs

The Giants are dead last in rushing while averaging an anemic 57 YPG. They won’t be able to establish a ground game in this matchup either, and there is no reason to subject yourself to starting Jacobs.

Other Sits: Eli Manning, Da’Rel Scott, Hakeem Nicks, Rueben Randle, Brandon Myers  


Start: Martellus Bennett

If Bennett can overcome his knee injury, he should torture his former team.  

Other Starts: Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery

Sit: None  

The Giants have surrendered over 36 PPG, which makes it difficult to suggest benching any Bears.

Other Sits: None 

Packers at Ravens

Green Bay

Start: Jermichael Finley

The Ravens pass defense has been respectable. But their sixth ranked run stoppers have been more effective. Green Bay should rely even more heavily than usual on their passing attack, and all of your Packer receiving weapons should be active.

Other Starts: Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones

Sit: Johnathan Franklin

He has performed well enough during his limited opportunities. But fumbles and the Packers’ emphasis on an aerial assault should keep him out of all lineups.

Other Sits: None


Start: Torey Smith

He has garnered 51 targets while no other Ravens have even reached 30. He will be extensively involved once again, and deliver respectable output.

Other Starts: Ray Rice

Sit: Bernard Pierce

When Rice is healthy, Pierce does not receive enough touches to warrant using him. Plus, Green Bay’s fifth ranked run stoppers should force Joe Flacco to throw more than the Ravens would prefer.

Other Sits: Joe Flacco, Marlon Brown, Jacoby Jones 

Eagles at Buccaneers


Start: Nick Foles 

Foles is a respectable pocket passer, and should accumulate enough yardage if you are in a deeper league, or if you are disillusioned by the play of your QB1.

Other Starts: LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson  

Sit: Brent Celek

It is wise to avoid an overreaction to his output last week. Even if he is remains in the offense with Foles under center.

Other Sits: Bryce Brown, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper  

Tampa Bay

Start: Doug Martin

He remains the most dependable fantasy option on his team amid a tumultuous year

Other Starts: Vincent Jackson

Sit: Mike Williams

Even with an enticingly matchup against the NFL's 29th ranked pass defense, it's very risky to depend upon Mike Glennon to locate him.

Other Sits: Mike Glennon 

Steelers at Jets


Start: Antonio Brown

The Steelers will have to attack the Jets through the air. And with 13 targets in each if his last two contests, there is no better start than Brown

Other Starts: Ben Roethlisberger (2 QB Leagues), Heath Miller, Emmanuel Sanders

Sit: LeVeon Bell

The stingy Jet run defense has consistently shut down opposing runners, and the rookie will not stop that trend

Other Sits: Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman  

New York

Start: Bilal Powell

The Jets should have success pounding away at Pittsburgh than to attack the Steelers’ fifth ranked pass defense. The only concern is the potential for Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson to pilfer carries.

Other Starts: None

Sit: Jeremy Kerley

Kerley is the most likely candidate to collect the most receiving yardage. But you should look elsewhere for WR options, rather than attempting to forecast the distribution within Gang Green’s passing attack.

Other Sits: Geno Smith, Chris Ivory, Mike Goodson, Stephen Hill, Jeff Cumberland

Panthers at Vikings


Start: Greg Olsen

It’s been difficult to rely consistently upon any Panther this season, but no team has struggled to contain TEs more than Minnesota

Other Starts: Cam Newton, DeAngelo Williams, Steve Smith

Sit: Brandon LaFell

Even if you are desperate for a plug-in WR, it is risky to employ him. Because he disappointed those who use him throughout his career.

Other Sits: Mike Tolbert, Ted Ginn 


Start: Adrian Peterson:

Granted, it's hardly a revelation to list him here, but it's difficult to trust any other Vikings in your lineups.

Other Starts: None

Sit: Greg Jennings

It is not wise to expect a big play for the second consecutive contest, and an underwhelming yardage total is far more likely

Other Sits: Corradelle Patterson, Jerome Simpson, Kyle Rudolph 

Raiders at Chiefs


Start: Denarious Moore 

His 34 targets are 12 more than any other Raider. He is clearly his team’s primary receiving option, has been effective as a downfield target, and is often employed on shorter patterns. Keep him active, even against a tough Chief defense.

Other Starts: Terrelle Pryor (2 QB Leagues), Marcel Reece

Sit: Rod Streater

With three targets in each of the past two contests, he has not been utilized sufficiently in recent weeks to warrant being in your lineups. Not to mention the little matter of Kansas City’s stout defensive unit.

Other Sits: Mychal Rivera 

Kansas City

Start: Sean McGrath

If you are looking for a TE due to Tony Gonzalez’ bye week, or because you can’t handle using Jared Cook any longer, he should garner enough targets to generate yardage against Oakland’s pass defense.    

Other Starts: Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery

Sit: None

All Chiefs who are on the majority of rosters should be in your lineups this week.

Other Sits: None 

Rams at Texans

St. Louis

Start: Austin Pettis

Pettis is now second on the team with 36 targets, and has received at least five in each contest. His yards per catch average (YPC) has steadily climbed during that span, and includes the season best 12.3 that he registered in Week 5. He also leads the Rams with four TDS, and is safe to start against Houston.

Other Starts: Zac Stacy

Sit: Sam Bradford

The Rams offensive shortcomings might be remedied if they were to play the Jaguars on a weekly basis. But since that will not be taking place, you should avoid using Bradford this week. Even in 2 QB leagues.

Other Sits: Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead, Benny Cunningham, Chris Givens, Jared Cook 


Start: Garrett Graham

Six of the team’s eight TD receptions have been collected by Graham (3) and Owen Daniels (3). With Graham taking Daniels’ place in the lineup, he will have an opportunity to add to his total.  

Other Starts: Arian Foster, Ben Tate, Andre Johnson

Sit: DeAndre Hopkins

Not only does he have just two receptions in each of the past two games, but the Texans are likely to employ a run heavy approach against the Rams.

Other Sits: Matt Schaub 

Bengals at Bills


Start: Giovani Bernard

The Bills are allowing 116 YPG on the ground. Which could easily entice the Bengals to remain conservative, and place heavy emphasis on their ground game.

Other Starts: BenJarvus Green Ellis, A. J. Green

Sit: Andy Dalton

Despite a huge win for the Bengals in Week 5, there was little reason to be impressed with Dalton. He has not thrown a TD pass wince Week 3, and averages just 200 YPG. Even in 2 QB leagues he should be avoided.

Other Sits: Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones, Tyler Eifert, Jermaine Gresham 


Start: Fred Jackson

One constant amid Buffalo’s collection of adjustments due to injuries, is that Jackson should continue to capture the coveted goal line carries.

Other Starts: C. J. Spiller   

Sit: Stevie Johnson

His back injury, coupled with having Jeff Tuel at QB, will combine to limit him extensively.

Other Sits: Robert Woods, Scott Chandler   

Lions at Browns


Start: Reggie Bush

His proven potential as a duel threat should compel you to keep him in your lineups. But continue to monitor Calvin Johnson’s status. Because his ability will impact the entire offense.

Other Starts: Matthew Stafford, Brandon Pettigrew

Sit: Kris Durham

It is best to search elsewhere for your WR3. Because even if Megatron does miss another contest, you are likely to get burned by relying on another Lion receiver to produce.

Other Sits: Joique Bell, Ryan Broyles, Tony Scheffler 


Start: Jordan Cameron

He possesses far too much ability for you to bench him, despite the fact that Brandon Weeden became the cooler for Cameron’s numbers in Week 5. The third-year TE was targeted just five times, after receiving 43 in the previous four games combined. Keep him active but prepare for less production.

Other Starts: Willis McGahee, Josh Gordon

Sit: Brandon Weeden

The success that had been generated in Cleveland’s passing attack with Brian Hoyer under center will not be replicated by Weeden. You can expect more reliance upon the ground game, making Weeden a dicey start in deeper leagues.

Other Sits: Chris Ogbonnaya, Bobby Rainey, Greg Little, Davone Bess  

Titans at Seahawks


Start: Chris Johnson

But only as a flex or RB3. You can’t count on another 49-yard TD reception as the result of a busted play, and Seattle is too 

Other Starts: Kendall Hunter

I would not advise starting any Titan receivers, as Seattle is imposing at home, and should be extremely focused after last week’s loss.

Other Sits: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Nate Washington, Justin Hunter, Delanie Walker 


Start: Russell Wilson

His 179 rushing yards in the last two contests have been a refreshing development for owners who invested in his duel threat capabilities during their drafts. Even though the Titan defense is vastly improved, he can be deployed as a low end QB1.

Other Starts: Marshawn Lynch

Sit: Golden Tate

No Seahawk receiving weapon delivers enough consistency to entrust in your lineups.

Other Sits: Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Zach Miller 

Jaguars at Broncos


Start: Justin Blackmon 

Chad Henne injected life into a dormant passing attack last season, and now returns under center again. He will be targeting Blackmon frequently during a mammoth blowout.

Other Starts: Cecil Shorts 

Sit: Maurice Jones-Drew 

He is averaging just 2.8 YPC, and has scored only once. As a result, you should make it a weekly practice to only start Shorts and Blackmon from this unit until further notice.

Other Sits: Chad Henne, Clay Harbor


Start: Julius Thomas

Owners of any Broncos that are involved in the team’s passing attack should be counting the moments until kickoff.

Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker, Knowshon Moreno

Sit: Montee Ball

With one measly touch in Week 5, he should only be on the deepest rosters.

Other Sits: Ronnie Hillman 

Saints at Patriots

New Orleans

Start: Darren Sproles

He only was allotted six touches in Chicago. But you can expect a sizable increase this week against New England’s 23rd ranked rush defense.

Other Starts: Drew Brees, Pierre Thomas, Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston  

Sit: Kenny Stills

No other Saints are sufficiently involved to be in your lineups.

Other Sits: Robert Meachem

New England

Start: Brandon Bolden

While the RB workload is always subject to change during each successive contest, his pass catching ability should keep him involved in the mix

Other Starts: Tom BradyDanny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski

Sit: Kenbrell Thompkins

After averaging just under 10 targets in his first four games, that number plummeted to four in Week 5. With Amendola back in the mix, it is too risky to expect that he will be a preferred option against New Orleans.

Other Sits: LeGarrette Blount, Stevan Ridley, Aaron Dobson

Cardinals at 49ers


Start: Larry Fitzgerald

No other Cardinals should be under consideration against the NFL’s fifth ranked defensive unit.

Other Starts: None

Sit: Andre Ellington  

The rookie is impressive, and should be rostered. Just don’t start him in this particular week.

Other Sits: Carson Palmer, Rashard Mendenhall, Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts 

San Francisco

Start: Colin Kaepernick

Arizona ranks third against the run, which could push Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman to nudge the playbook open further for Kaepernick to make plays.

Other Starts: Frank Gore, Anquan Bolden, Vernon Davis

Sit: Kendall Hunter

Gore owners should have him secured as a handcuff. But don’t use him against the stingy Cardinal run defense.

Other Sits: None 

Redskins at Cowboys


Start: Robert Griffin III

Heading into Washington’s bye week, RG3 was sixth among all QBs with 1,202 yards. He should amass excellent numbers against a 31st ranked Dallas pass defense, that has allowed a league worst 14 TDs.

Other Starts: Alfred Morris, Pierre Garcon

Sit: Santana Moss

Pierre Garcon has nearly doubled than target total of any other Redskin, and it is too dicey to depend on any other Washington wideouts.

Other Sits: Leonard Hankerson, Logan Paulsen  


Start: Dez Bryant

Not that you would bench him. His name is listed so that his owners can savor the fact that he will be lining up against a Washington pass defense that ranks 28th, and has yielded nine TDs in four contests.

Other Starts: Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Jason Witten, Terrance WIlliams

Sit: Miles Austin

While he is improving, allow his hamstring to heal further before you risk watching him depart yet another contest.

Other Sits: None 

Colts at Chargers


Start: T. Y. Hilton

Who predicted that Hilton would be the WR to burn Seattle’s exceptional secondary repeatedly? While the Chargers will be well aware of his presence now, their issues at slowing down the opposition should compel you to keep him active.

Other Starts: Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne, Coby Fleener

Sit: Trent Richardson

His owners have been burned by three straight performances, as 151 yards on 51 carries is not what you signed up for. Until there is any evidence that he can manufacture satisfactory yardage behind the same run blocking and formations that Donald Brown manages to produce yardage with, there is no reason to continue starting him if you have other options.

Other Sits: Donald Brown, Darrius Heyward-Bey  

San Diego

Start: Philip Rivers

The three INTs in Oakland were disappointing. But he is still third overall in passing yardage (1,610), and tied for second with 13 TDs. He should be locked into your lineups again this week.

Other Starts: Danny Woodhead, Antonio Gates, Keenan Allen, Vincent Brown

Sit: Eddie Royal

He has averaged all of 34 YPG in the last three contests, as the collective production of Allen and Brown has exploded.     

Other Sits: Ronnie Brown 


  1. Mike says

    Just a typo I assume …

    PHI Other Starts – LeSean Jackson, DeSean Jackson

    I think that was mean to be …

    LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson