Fantasy Football: Week 6 starts, sits

October 16, 2015 - 8:07 am
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It's Friday, and that means it's time for some starts and sits. As always, I tried to avoid the obvious choices. Some of these options are more viable in deep formats and/or desperate situations. If you are looking for weekly ratings on players not listed in this space, you can always consult my full lineup rankings over at Rotobahn. They will updated over the weekend, as always, and they are totally free as always. Jim Hackett and I will be back Sunday morning from 8-9 a.m. on 93.7 with the Week 6 edition of the Fantasy Football Hour. Tune in if you haven't already. And if you still need lineup advice on Sunday morning, feel free to attend our Week 6 chat at 11 a.m. right here on WEEI.com. There will be a link to the chat on the home page, usually an hour or two ahead of time, so get those questions in early! If you want to keep pace with all of my fantasy football content, follow @Rotobahn on Twitter. If you are a daily fantasy player, look for my Week 6 DraftKings article, which will be posted Saturday. QUARTERBACKS Start Sam Bradford, Eagles vs. Giants He's settling in, and this is a matchup where the Eagles will have to throw the ball to win. Bradford should be good for QB1 numbers in all leagues, which is what he's produced the last two games. Blake Bortles, Jaguars vs. Texans Bortles was a disappointment in Week 1, but since then he's been a very good option for fantasy footballers, and it culminated in a big Week 5 performance. The second-year passer has forged a good relationship with both receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. With the return of tight end Julius Thomas, Bortles has a nice trio of weapons, and they all are great in the red zone. Bortles should be a solid play at home this week against a Texans defense that has underperformed all year. Jay Cutler, Bears at Lions There is a caveat to this recommendation. Alshon Jeffery must be active on Sunday. If that happens, Cutler should be a very nice play against a Detroit team that has issues everywhere, and that includes the coaching staff. Cutler has been battling since Week 1 without Jeffery -- using players like Martellus Bennett and Marquess Wilson as his go-to guys. He's been a reasonable fantasy play the last two games, and I think he can continue the trend as long as he gets his big gun back in the fold. Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings vs. Chiefs His skill guys are healthier than they have been since Week 2 and he's got a favorable home matchup. If you play in a big league, you could do worse than Bridgewater. He's been up and down so far, but I expect him to be more consistent from here on out, and it starts Sunday. He's a viable play in 12-team leagues. Sit Alex Smith, Chiefs at Vikings He lost some punch when Jamaal Charles went down, and this would be a tough matchup anyway. I'd take a wait-and-see approach with Smith for now. RUNNING BACKS Start Duke Johnson, Browns vs. Broncos He may not have a lot of rushing yards, but they will get him involved as a receiver, and that should make Johnson a viable RB2 option in PPR leagues. The rookie seems to get a little better each week. He's got 21 receptions over his last three games. C.J. Anderson, Broncos at Browns Yeah, there's no doubt that this guy has been brutal. I get it. Still, when you look at what the Browns have given up on the ground, you have to consider starting Anderson as a flex or RB2. The only team in the league that is giving up more rushing yards than the Browns is the Dolphins, and they are under new management. Charcandrick West, Chiefs at Vikings He's got the skill set you want in an Andy Reid running back. He's not as talented as Jamaal Charles, but he can play in all situations and he has the speed to make some big plays. He should catch some balls out of the backfield, so he is viable in PPR scoring. How much he plays near the goal line is yet to be determined. It's very possible that Knile Davis could have a role in those situations. West is a reasonable RB2 option for Week 6 in both standard and PPR formats. Shane Vereen, Giants at Eagles As I said over at Rotobahn, Vereen is playing a lot of snaps now. He was on the field for half of the offensive plays last week and that translated to eight catches for 86 receiving yards and a score. The Giants should put the ball in the air a lot on Monday night and that should keep Vereen involved as a receiver. He's a solid play in PPR leagues. Sit Chris Johnson, Cardinals at Steelers He's been great so far, but he lost a lot of touches last week with Andre Ellington back, and this week he gets a very tough Steelers run defense. While he is certainly a viable play in 12-team standard (non-PPR) leagues, he's a bit of a reach in 10-team leagues this week. I'm thinking he posts about 60 rushing yards and that's it. WIDE RECEIVERS Start John Brown, Cardinals at Steelers You pass to beat Pittsburgh, and Brown should have some good matchups. Bruce Arians will have his team ready to play when the Cardinals go back to his old home. Eric Decker, Jets vs. Washington He's been practicing fully, so all indications are that he is past his knee injury. The timing is good because Washington is hurting at cornerback and whoever its best guy is, he'll be on Brandon Marshall. Decker should be good for WR3 numbers, and he has a solid shot at a score. Donte Moncrief, Colts vs. Patriots He's been very good in the games started by Andrew Luck, and I expect Luck to start this weekend's contest. If they are forced to go to Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback, then Moncrief loses significant appeal. As it stands, Luck should play, and he should target Moncrief often, as he should be matched up with the Patriots' lesser defenders. Sit Doug Baldwin, Seahawks vs. Panthers He'll be covered by stud cornerback Josh Norman, so it makes sense to avoid him this week if you have a choice. The Seahawks are not a high-volume passing game as it is. Marvin Jones, Bengals at Bills He normally gets good matchups against No. 2 cornerbacks, but that won't be the case this week against a loaded Bills defense. It feels like a Tyler Eifert game to me or perhaps an A.J. Green game. Jones is a riskier than usual option. TIGHT ENDS Start Gary Barnidge, Browns vs. Broncos It makes sense for a few reasons. First, he's on a roll over the last three games. Second, Denver's strength in coverage is at cornerback, so the ball will find its way to the tight end against the Broncos. Barnidge seems like a strong play in all leagues. Delanie Walker, Titans vs. Dolphins He's the go-to guy for Marcus Mariota, and I would stick with him coming off of a down game against the Bills last week. Walker gets targeted regularly and should be a solid play in all PPR leagues this week. Ladarius Green, Chargers at Packers He played 64 percent of the offensive snaps last week, and the Chargers will field the same offense without Stevie Johnson, so you probably can get away with playing Green for one more week. After that, it's anybody's guess. The Packers are not an easy mark, but Green is the third option, which could help him. In deep leagues and desperate situations, Green is viable. Derek Carrier, Washington at Jets He looked good last week, and it looks like starter Jordan Reed will miss another game with a concussion. The Jets have covered tight ends surprisingly well so far, but their personnel still is mediocre relative to the outside and slot corners. Carrier should see some targets as Darrelle Revis and company lock down most of the wide receivers. Sit Eric Ebron, Lions vs. Bears I am skeptical that he is fully healthy. Use him if you need him. The matchup is not scary, that's for sure, but Ebron took a real good shot to his knee. He initially was listed as out three weeks, and he's back after one. He may be a bit of a decoy this week. Use him carefully. DraftKings DraftKings has your shot to play for FREE in the $1 Million Fantasy Football Contest THIS SUNDAY! First place takes home $100,000! FOR FREE ENTRY, CLICK HERE.