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Start & Sit: Week 6

Every week we bring you our suggested starts and sits for your fantasy football lineups. Everyone knows to start Aaron Rodgers, so we’ll do our best to refrain from stating the obvious plays. Our starts will feature some lower owned, off the radar, sleeper types week in and week out – and our sits will feature more popular players that we think will underperform. While this is useful when setting your weekly lineups in your season long leagues, this can also be a valuable tool if you’re playing daily fantasy sports (DFS) as well. Follow along as Eric Iannaccone, Kyle August, Shaun Crandall, Josh Brickner, and myself bring you all the best start/sits so you don’t have to stress over lineup decisions.

Featured Starts

Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins

Coming off a bye week at home, Washington should be well prepared to pick apart a 49ers defense that has been consistently generous to opposing QBs. The Redskins have given up the 7th most passing yards per game and 11th most points per game so far this season. Coming off the overtime game with the Colts, playing against the rested Washington offense should provide for even more favorable numbers than those averages. Meanwhile, Kirk has been sneaky good this season. He has the 4th most passing yards per attempt (8.3), is 10th in completion percentage, and has the 13th most TD passes (7) even while having the bye.

– Eric Iannaccone

Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints

This has nothing to do with Adrian Peterson. This has nothing to do with Adrian Peterson. Now that we’ve gotten than out of the way, let’s get down to business. The last time we saw Kamara, he was putting up monster numbers in London with 10 catches, 96 total yards, and a touchdown. Now, coming off a bye week at home against a Lions team that has struggled against pass catching RBs, I think Kamara is a definite start this week. Ingram will dominate carries in New Orleans, but Kamara has proven that he can be a weapon out of the backfield and I look for that to continue this week against the Lions. Did I mention that this has nothing to do with Adrian Peterson?

-Kyle August

Pierre Garcon, WR, San Francisco 49ers

I will attribute this start recommendation to the narrative around a player facing his former team, though if we look at two of Garcon’s last three games, we will see that Garcon could be a startable option each week as he possesses a nice ceiling if involved in the game script. Washington has done well against wide receivers thus far, but I expect Garcon to eclipse them all and flirt with the century yardage mark.

-Shaun Crandall

Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers

Before the start of Week 4, I advised sitting Hunter Henry until he stopped taking a backseat to Antonio Gates and began to receive consistent targets in the Chargers offense. It appears that time has come and Henry’s stock is on the rise as he’s both out-targeted (11-8) and out-produced (5/58/2 vs 5/51/0) the future HOFer the last two weeks. The Chargers appear to have begun handing the reins of the position over to Hunter Henry as well.  Henry has been on the field for 69% of the Chargers offensive snaps the last two games compared to just 58% for Gates (Henry out-snapped Gates 76% to 53% in Week 5).  If you lost Charles Clay for a few weeks, have Jimmy Graham on bye, or have struck out streaming TEs so far this season, then fire up Henry against the 18th ranked Oakland pass defense.  -Josh Brickner

Defense/Special Teams

Denver Broncos. Look, this is usually reserved for a lower owned, off the grid-type of defense, but every once in a while an exception must be made. Denver is at home Sunday night, with one of the NFL’s best secondaries, hosting a Giants team that lost both OBJ and Brandon Marshall for the season and might be without Sterling Shepard as well. Additionally, Eli is a little banged up too. I forgot to mention that they’ve had no running game all year either and the only player who showed any signs of life (Orleans Darkwa) also strained his calf in their last game. Denver should crush the Giants. -John Di Bari


Staff Starts

Eric Iannaccone

Running Back: Lamar Miller, Houston Texans

Wide Receiver: Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins

Tight End: AJ Derby, Denver Broncos

D/ST: Jacksonville Jaguars


Kyle August

Quarterback: Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals

Wide Receiver: Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins

Tight End: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets

D/ST: Atlanta Falcons


Shaun Crandall

Quarterback: Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers

Running Back: Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings

Tight End: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets

D/ST: Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Josh Brickner

Quarterback: Philip Rivers Los Angeles Chargers

Running Back: Elijah McGuire New York Jets

Wide Receiver: Jamison Crowder Washington Redskins

D/ST: Tennessee Titans


John Di Bari

Quarterback: Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts

Running Back: Elijah McGuire, New York Jets

Wide Receiver: John Brown, Arizona Cardinals

Tight End: Ryan Griffin, Houston Texans


Featured Sits

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

This may seem like an obvious call, since Eli just lost four of his top five receivers – including Beckham, Shepard, and Marshall. His top targets will likely be Evan Engram, Shane Vereen, and Roger Lewis. To add insult to injury, they’ll have to try and score against the Denver Broncos this week. A depleted offense going up against one of the top defenses in the league? Hard pass for me.

– Eric Iannaccone

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

With the emergence of the other rookie running backs this year, McCaffrey has definitely underwhelmed. Like many others, I was relying on McCaffrey to have taken over the primary RB workload by this point in the season, but it doesn’t look like the Panthers are moving in that direction. McCaffrey has had 8 or fewer carries every week since Week 1 and outside of Week 3 against the Saints after both Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin went down, McCaffrey has yet to eclipse 38 receiving yards. On a short week against an Eagles team that is currently 5th best against running backs, I’d sit McCaffrey this week if possible.

-Kyle August

Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

Adams is a tough sit call after last week’s performance against Dallas, which included the back-shoulder reception that was the game-winning touchdown. The secondary for Dallas however, doesn’t match that of Minnesota. The Vikings secondary has kept in check the likes of Golden Tate, Antonio Brown, and Michael Thomas by allowing on average 4 receptions, 45 yards and no touchdowns to a trio that caught over 90 receptions each in 2016. Adams is no more than a flex option if pushed into it, though I would look for an alternative.

-Shaun Crandall

Jared Cook TE, Oakland Raiders

Jared Cook not only underwhelmed his fantasy owners by only converting his six targets into three catches for 25 yards on Sunday, but his first-quarter fumble was returned for a TD and put the Raiders in a 14-0 hole of which they could not escape. The Raiders, and their 26th ranked passing offense, have struggled with or without Derek Carr the last three weeks and Cook is feeling the effects. Don’t expect Cook to rebound against a Chargers D whose dominance against TEs (fourth least fantasy points allowed) was on full display in Week 5 as they held Evan Engram without a single catch. Cook needs to be left on your bench until the Raider offense begins to show signs of life.

-Josh Brickner

Defense/Special Teams

Detroit Lions. The Lions defense has been respectable this year, but coming off a tough loss, going on the road to face the Saints in New Orleans in the game with the highest projected point total on the weekend… no thanks. The Saints should have Willie Snead back as well and Darius Slay can’t cover all the Saints receivers at the same time. -John Di Bari


Staff Sits

Eric Iannaccone

Running Back: Adrian Peterson, Arizona Cardinals

Wide Receiver: Sammy Watkins, LA Rams

Tight End: Martellus Bennett, Green Bay Packers

D/ST: Detroit Lions


Kyle August

Quarterback: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Wide Receiver: Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers

Tight End: Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

D/ST: Minnesota Vikings


Shaun Crandall

Quarterback: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Running Back: Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins

Tight End: Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions

D/ST: Arizona Cardinals


Josh Brickner

Quarterback: Jameis Winston Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Running Back: Frank Gore Indianapolis Colts

Wide Receiver: Demaryius Thomas Denver Broncos

D/ST: Philadelphia Eagles


John Di Bari

Quarterback: Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles

Running Back: Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Wide Receiver: Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams

Tight End: Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders


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Chicagoan living in Las Vegas. Fantasy Football writer & Director of In-Season Analysis for Dynasty Football Factory, blogger for USFantasy and contributor to TheFakeHockey. Member FSWA.

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