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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 6

Syndication: The Record Chris Pedota, via Imagn Content Services, LLC



Matt Ryan, Falcons (vs. Vikings): Ryan has recorded only one passing touchdown over the past three games. However, he will have a great opportunity to bounce back against the Vikings, who are allowing 30.4 points per game (sixth-most in the NFL).

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins (vs. Jets): Excluding his Week 1 game against the Patriots, Fitzpatrick is averaging 24.6 fantasy points per game this season. He seems like a surprisingly safe bet against the Jets, who are allowing 32.2 points per game (third-most in the NFL.

Sleeper: Andy Dalton, Cowboys (vs. Cardinals)


Carson Wentz, Eagles (vs. Ravens): The Ravens are allowing only 15.2 points per game, which is the fewest in the league. Last week, the Bengals avoided being shutout by the Ravens defense by kicking a field goal with 32 seconds left in regulation. Joe Burrow was held to only 4.32 fantasy points.

This is a touch fantasy matchup for any quarterback, and Wentz already has ten turnovers this season.

Joe Burrow, Bengals (vs. Colts): After being shut down by the Ravens last week, Burrow will face another difficult matchup in the Colts, who are allowing the least fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.

Running backs


Frank Gore, Jets (vs. Dolphins): In a surprising move, the Jets released running back Le’Veon Bell leaving veteran Frank Gore as the de facto starter. Gore took over as the lead back in three games this season, but his effectiveness was limited. He averaged only 3.06 yards per carry in those three starts. However, it is important to put those games into context. He faced the 49ers, Colts, and Broncos. Those are the three teams that are giving up the fewest points to running backs this season.

Adam Gase obviously has no reservations about giving Gore touches. Gore had 21 carries against the 49ers earlier this season. He should have best game of the season thus far against the Dolphins on Sunday.

Adrian Peterson, Lions (vs. Jaguars): Peterson has been Detroit’s leading rusher in every game this season. However, the Lions backfield is still crowded, so Peterson is a matchup play. Well, this is a great matchup for Peterson. The Jaguars have given up the fifth-most rushing yards this season.

Sleeper: Alexander Mattison, Vikings (vs. Falcons)


Darrell Henderson Jr., Rams (vs. 49ers): Cam Akers returned to the lineup last week and immediately led the Rams in rushing yards. Henderson still holds fantasy value, but his ceiling is now limited competing with Akers and Malcolm Brown for touches. In addition, the 49ers allow the second-fewest fantasy points to running backs.

Mark Ingram II, Ravens (vs. Eagles): The Ravens have three talented running backs in Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards, and J.K. Dobbins. However, none of them are getting a high volume of touches due to the presence of the other backs. After facing the Bengals, Ingram will have a tougher defensive matchup in the Eagles, who held James Conner to 44 rushing yards on 15 carries last week.

Wide Receivers


Marquise Brown, Ravens (vs. Eagles): The Eagles are giving up the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Furthermore, cornerback Darius Slay is dealing with a concussion and missed practice on Wednesday.

The Eagles have a tendency to give up big plays, so on paper, this is shaping up to be a big game for Brown.

Julian Edelman, Patriots (vs. Broncos): Edelman has cooled off considerably after his 179-yard performance against the Seahawks in Week 2, but Cam Newton’s return will certainly boost his production. Also, the Broncos are allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to wide receivers. Start him with confidence this week.

Sleeper: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers (vs. Buccaneers)


Tyler Boyd, Bengals (vs. Colts): Boyd was held to a pedestrian 42 yards against the Ravens. Now, he will have another tough matchup in the Colts, who have allowed the fewest passing yards in the NFL this season.

A.J. Green, Bengals (vs. Colts): To be frank, Green has not looked like his usual self. Against the Ravens, he often appeared to be disinterested, and the Bengals have not exactly made a large effort to get him involved in the offense in the past three weeks. Green is currently WR92. He definitely should not be started against a stout Colts defense.

Tight Ends


Evan Engram, Giants (vs. Washington Football Team): Engram is a must-start against a Washington defense that struggles to cover tight ends. Gerald Everett had a season-high 90 receiving yards against them last week.

Sleeper: Robert Tonyan, Packers (vs. Buccaneers)


Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers (vs. Packers): Gronkowski simply is not a starting option in most fantasy leagues right now. He is currently TE31. He did have his best game of the season against the Bears last week with three receptions for 52 yards, but I would not trust him against a Packers defense that is allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends.