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2017 Fantasy Football Week 6 Start-Sit

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What another terrible, injury-plagued, week for Fantasy Football, Week 5 was. Well mostly for the Giants. Odell Beckham Jr., J.J. Watt (for IDP leagues) lead the list of notable injuries. Many of these players may have been key starters for your Fantasy teams, and now faced with tough lineup decisions, owners may not know what to do. So, like always, to help you out, here is the 2017 Fantasy Football Week 6 Start-Sit preview.

You can also use the Start-Sit tool and check out our Week 5 Rankings.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 6 Start-Sit

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Starts

Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts vs Tennessee Titans

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Brissett has been effective for Fantasy Football since becoming the Colts’ starter, scoring 17 or more fantasy points in two of the last three games including a 27 point Week 3 performance. He has now thrown for 200 plus yards in three of the last four games. His floor and ceiling are raised even higher with his rushing ability, rushing for three touchdowns since becoming the starter.

He now gets a matchup against the Titans who allow the third most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The Titans allow an average of ore than 20 Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. It appears likely that Andrew Luck will continue to miss time, opening the door for Brissett to have another excellent Fantasy day against an exploitable match-up.

Todd Gurley, RB, Las Angeles Rams vs Jacksonville Jaguars

A reminder to not let Gurley’s Week 5 performance discourage owners. The Seahawks were by far the Rams toughest opponent this year, and the Rams’ overall offense didn’t look prepared for the match-up. If you watched the game, Gurley’s stat-line actually looks worse than it was. The Rams started the game rushing well between the tackles, with Gurley gashing the Seahawks for 30 rushing yards on the first drive.

LA then changed their offensive scheme and tried outside toss and pitch plays for Gurley, which the Seattle defensive ends contained successfully. The Rams also went pass heavy, resulting in Gurley’s lowest touch totals all season. Gurley’s day would have been even better as he fumbled the ball into the pylon as he extended for a potential touchdown on the first drive. The biggest takeaway here was that the Rams went away from their bread and butter and need to go back to what made them a successful offense.

Now the Rams go up against the Jaguars who are the worst rushing defense on paper and allow the seventh most Fantasy points to opposing running backs. The Jaguars do boast arguably the best passing defense, so the Rams will need to lean heavily on Gurley and get back to their successful offensive formula. Don’t panic over Gurley’s Week 5 performance and keep him in your lineups as an elite caliber RB1.

Start of the Week: Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins vs San Francisco 49ers

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With the news that Rob Kelley is doubtful to play in Week 6, my Week 6 start of the week is Perine. Perine has not run the ball very effectively when given the opportunity, only averaging 3.1 yards per carry. But the volume has been there. In the two game where Perine filled in for Kelley, he carried the ball 21 and 19 times. Volume is key, and efficiency will come to the talented rookie out of Oklahoma.

What a way to jump-start his efficiency as Perine has a plus match-up against  the 49ers in Week 6. The 49ers allow the fourth most Fantasy points to opposing running backs. Expect the Redskins to lean heavily on the run, making Perine a worthy starting running back in Week 6. It is certainly possible that Kelley plays, and if a full go, would be worthy of start consideration, but it is much more likely that the Redskins give him the week off and lean heavily on Perine. Chris Thompson is also worthy of flex consideration, especially in PPR leagues.

Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas City Chiefs

Bryant has been unimpressive through five weeks this season. However, it appears that the Steelers’ offense as a whole has been out of whack. Roethlisberger has missed several throws, and after watching the tape, Bryant has been a handful of miss throws away from massive Fantasy days.

Week 6 provides a match-up for the Steelers to get on track in the passing game. The Chiefs allow the second most Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. With the Chiefs trying to focus on slowing Antonio Brown down, expect Bryant and Big Ben to finally connect on some of those big plays, and start Bryant in Week 6.

Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants vs Denver Broncos

What a terrible week for the Giants. The Giants lost their three main wide receivers to injury; Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Brandon Marshall. To add insult to injury, the Giants advanced to an 0-5 record.

The injuries to wide outs could prove to be beneficial to rookie tight end Evan Engram. Engram looks to be the only legitimate receiving option for Eli Manning, and has already been second on the team in targets with 34, before these injuries occurred. Though the Broncos defense is elite, they have shown some vulnerability to opposing tight ends, allowing the seventh most Fantasy points to the position.

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Expect Engram to lead the Giant’s passing attack and start him with confidence in Week 6.

Honorable Mention: Deshaun Watson vs CLE; James White vs NYJ; Pierre Garcon vs WAS; Coby Fleener vs DET

Sits

Jared Goff, QB, Las Angeles Rams vs Jacksonville Jaguars

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Goff struggled in Week 5 against a tough Seahawks’ defense. He failed to throw a touchdown, though Kupp arguably should have caught the game winner, and he turned the ball over three times.

Now Goff goes up against the NFL’s best passing defense. The Jaguars allow the least amount of Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. As mentioned above, expect the Rams to lean on Todd Gurley and the rushing attack, and sit Goff in a tough Week 6 match-up.

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings

Jones looked good against the Cowboys in Week 5 (shout-out to my Week 5 start-sit column where I recommended Jones). He rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. As good as this was, he did this all against a vulnerable Dallas defense, and with little competition for carries.

Up next is a game against the Vikings and their stout defense. The Vikings give up the second fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs. Montgomery’s health is worth monitoring as well, but there is a decent chance that Jones doesn’t see another big workload. Even if he does, sit Jones in a tough game against the Vikings.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos vs New York Giants

Thomas has been exactly what I expected him to be. A safe floor weekly play, with limited upside. He has now failed to post a standard double digit fantasy point total and has failed to reach the end zone in any game.

Now Thomas goes up against the Giant who allow the fourth fewest Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. The Giants will need to be even better on defense with a decimated offense, and it looks like Thomas will be limited again. Sit him with confidence, especially in non-PPR leagues.

Sit of the Week: Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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Owners are looking at the final Fantasy points and are happy with Hill’s Week 5 performance. Do not be fooled, Hill has been rather inconsistent this year. If it wasn’t for a punt return touchdown, Hill would have had a 68 receiving yard, zero touchdown game. He now has three games under 70 receiving yards and only two receiving touchdowns on the season.

Up next is a match-up against the Steelers who allow the least amount of Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Look for Hill to continue the boom-bust trend, as he appears likely to bust in a tough Week 6 match-up.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers

Rudolph has been inefficient this year with every game under 45 receiving yards. Hi est game was Week 1 with Bradford where he had 26 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Bradford appears likely to play again this week, but the match=up is a tough one for the Vikings’ tight end. The Packers allow the second fewest Fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Rudolph’s struggles are likely to continue and owners should look elsewhere for tight end production in Week 6.

Honorable Mention: Alex Smith vs PIT; Orleans Darkwa vs DEN; Sammy Watkins vs JAX; Jordan Reed vs SF


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About Alex Hamrick

Alex is an avid fantasy football enthusiast and writer for Fantasy Six Pack. With a background in quantitative methods and analysis, Alex enjoys using statistics and data analytics to develop detailed fantasy football analysis. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @AlexBHamrick

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