2021 Fantasy Football Week 6 Start-Sit

by Dylan Clemons
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Welcome back, Fantasy nerds, it is that time again to start setting your lineups for the week, and I'm here to help with the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 6 Start-Sit article. Week 6 is the first week where we have to worry about bye weeks. The Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets and San Fransico 49ers are all on bye this week, so make sure to pull your guys from those teams from your lineup.

If you are under .500 heading into Week 6, this week is a must-win for your team! Some of the players I put in this article last week didn't help the cause, but some did happen to hit! But this week is a new week, and now let's bounce back after a tough week.

In the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 6 start-sit article, I will be giving you a start and a sit at each position. In addition, I'll be here every week trying to help by giving you a few deeper guys to start, and a few guys who the consensus believes should be in your lineup that week but whom I can't entirely agree with.

Be sure to dive into our offensive rankings as well for other start-sit advice!

At this time of year, every Fantasy Football manager has hope. My goal is to keep the hope alive for you all season long.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 6 Start-Sit

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Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittburgh Steelers (ECR QB22)

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Ben Roethlisberger is a name you probably didn't expect to be on this list after the start of the season that he has had. Through the first five weeks of the season, Big Ben has averaged only 13.6 fantasy points per game and is currently QB26 on the season.

We knew that the Steelers' offensive line was going to be an issue heading into the season, but has started playing better as of late, only allowing one sack last week against a good Broncos defense.

Ben is also doing his part in helping the offensive line by trying to get the ball out of his hand as quickly as possible. A good thing to note is that Roethlisberger is still sixth in the league in attempts so far this season.

Ben has also only thrown multiple touchdowns in a game one time this season. So at some point, there will be positive regression coming in the touchdown department for Roethlisberger, and it could be this week. Another good thing to note is that Roethlisberger is still sixth in the league in attempts so far this season.

The Matchup - Seattle Seahawks

The matchup couldn't be much better this week for the Steelers, going up against the Russell Wilson less Seattle Seahawks. The Seattle defense is far away from what we remember the legion of boom to be.

The Seahawks allow the 13th most fantasy points to quarterbacks so far this season. The Seattle defense has allowed the second-most yards to quarterbacks this season as well. This quite possibly could be Ben Roethlisberger's last Sunday night football game ever, and I can see him going out with a bang.

Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos (ECR RB21)

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Through the first five weeks of the season, Javonte Williams has been about what I expected. Williams is averaging 4.6 yards per carry, and he has shown good vision and has shown the burst to be able to break a big play.

He showed that burst with the 50-yard run that he had last week against the Steelers, and the 31-yard run that he has against the Ravens in Week 4

He has also shown the ability to have a fantasy floor even though he is splitting the work with Melvin Gordon. Williams has caught nine of ten targets during his last three games and has finished with double-digit fantasy points in two of those three games in half-point PPR formats.

Something to keep an eye on is Melvin Gordon is hampered by a knee injury that kept him out of practice Wednesday. I believe Gordon will play, but this could be the week we see the shift in touches.

The Matchup - Las Vegas Raiders

This matchup for the Broncos couldn't have come at a better time for them going against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders are dealing with a lot of drama with John Gruden resigning as Head Coach. The Raiders could be headed for a downward spiral.

But now let's discuss what happened on the field last week. They allowed Khalil Herbert to rush for 75 yards on 18 carries, and Damien Williams rush for 64 yards on 16 carries, in a 20-9 loss against the Chicago Bears.

This two-headed backfield the Broncos have should be in for a similar game. I expect both running backs to have solid days for the Broncos, so you should feel comfortable plugging Javonte Williams in your RB2 spot with the running back position being thin.

Jaylen Waddle, WR, Miami Dolphins (ECR WR37)

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Jaylen Waddle has had an up and down fantasy season as a lot of rookies do. Waddle is a big play waiting to happen, unfortunately, the Dolphins just haven't been able to unlock him.

He is getting the volume however, through the first five weeks of the season waddle is averaging just over seven targets a game which is great to see. He just hasn't been very safe for fantasy purposes, he has only scored double-digit fantasy points in half PPR formats twice.

The good news for Waddle and the Dolphins is the fact that Tua Tagovailoa is eligible to come off the IR this week and has returned to practice. Those two have a chemistry that goes back to their Alabama days, and their offense just looks better as a whole with Tua on the field.

The Dolphins will also be without wide receiver Will Fuller for the time being as well as he was placed on injured reserve with a broken finger.

The Matchup - Jacksonville Jaguars

The Dolphins are traveling to London to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in yet another 9:30 AM Eastern time start. The Jaguars haven't been bad against opposing receivers so far this season, but that is because teams are deciding to just run down their throat, allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.

However, the Dolphins haven't been able to run the ball behind their bad offensive line, so I believe we will see a ton of volume to go Waddle's way this week. Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker has also been battling a hamstring and shoulder injury that kept him out of last weeks contest. If parker is out again, look for Waddle to have a huge day in London.

Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots

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The fantasy community wasn't quite sure how this tight end room for the Patriots was going to shake up after paying Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry big money in free agency. But after five weeks I think we have found out which way it is trending.

In Week 4 Henry played 67% of the snaps while Jonnu played 47% of the snaps. Then again in Week 5, they played the same amount of snaps. In the last two weeks, Henry has out-targeted Smith thirteen to seven.

Henry in my opinion has surpassed Smith as Mac Jones' favorite tight end target just by the numbers. It is also hard for the Patriots to play both guys at once because they simply just haven't been good when they have done so. Henry should be owned in every fantasy league.

The Matchup - Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys defense has improved tremendously this season, however, tight ends haven't seemed to struggle against them as opposing wide receivers have. The Cowboys have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, allowing just over 10 fantasy points per game. With the way the tight end position is for fantasy, Henry is a start until further notice.


Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans (ECR QB17)

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Through the first five weeks of the NFL season, Ryan Tannehill has been a disappointment. He is currently QB20 on the season after being consistently being drafted as a low-end QB1 in drafts this season. I don't think anyone anticipated the Titans offensive line being so bad, Tannehill has been sacked 20 times in five games which leads the NFL.

It also didn't help that A.J. Brown missed one full game, and exited in the 1st quarter in another with a hamstring injury. Julio Jones has also missed the last two games with a hamstring injury as well but sounds like they both should be able to play this weekend.

The Matchup - Buffalo Bills

Even though both wide receivers may play for the Titans this weekend against the Buffalo Bills, I still do not want to start Tannehill if I don't have too. The Bills are the toughest matchup against opposing quarterbacks, only allowing 12.4 fantasy points per game, and just held Patrick Mahomes to only 21 fantasy points last week. Just think what they are going to do to Ryan Tannehill with a bad offensive line. I'm sitting Tannehill this week where ever I have him.

Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots (ECR RB19)

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Harris was in the start portion of this article last week, and that would have hit if he didn't happen to fumble inches before the goal line trying to stretch the ball for the touchdown. Harris did score a touchdown earlier in the day to save his day, so it wasn't a total bust.

The worrisome thing is that is Harris's second costly fumble on the season, it makes you wonder if he has started to lose the confidence of the coaching staff.

The snap share between the running backs was alarmingly close, as Harris was also dealing with an injury that he sustained during the game. Veteran Brandon Bolden led the team in snaps with 26, Rhamondre Stevenson had 24, and Harris was third on the team with only 22 snaps played.

Harris is still dealing with the injury, so I suspect it will be a committee for the carries between Stevenson and Harris, as Bolden stays in his role as the pass-catching option.

The Matchup - Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys defense is much improved through this season like we talked about earlier, and they are very solid slowing opposing running backs down. The Cowboys only allow 16.5 fantasy points per game to running backs which is seventh-best in the NFL.

If the Patriots want a chance to beat Dallas this week they will have to air it out. Look for Brandon Bolden to lead the team in snaps again.

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks (ECR WR24)

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Tyler Lockett has been exactly what he was advertised to be as it pertains to fantasy football, a very boom or bust player. In the first two games of the season, Locket scored 27 and 24 fantasy points.

In the following three weeks Lockett has only scored just over 17 fantasy points total and hasn't scored double digits since Week 2 in half PPR formats.

The Best thing in my opinion that Lockett does is to stretch the field for the Seahawks offense. The thing that is going to hurt Lockett's performance this week the most is that Russell Wilson is out at least four weeks after he injured his finger in last Thursday's loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Veteran Geno Smith is manning the quarterback position now, and I don't believe he throws the deep ball, as well as Wilson, does.

The Matchup - Pittsburgh Steelers

The Matchup against the Steelers isn't a terrible one. The Steelers have allowed the second-most touchdowns to opposing wide receivers with nine. The Steelers have also given up the second-most yards to receivers as well.

However, I just don't have faith in Smith to get Lockett the ball. The Seahawks didn't allow Wilson to just chuck the ball around the yard, they definitely aren't going to let Geno Smith do it. It might be hard to sit Lockett this week, but I feel it's the right thing to do.

Robert Tonyan, TE, Green Bay Packers (ECR TE12)

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Robert Tonyan burst onto the scene last season with Green Bay Packers catching eleven touchdowns, which tied for the league lead with Travis Kelce. That's pretty good company to be in.

However, Tonyan only saw 59 targets last season which means he had a 21% touchdown rate, which was by far the highest in the NFL. This means normally the following season the player will regress, and that is exactly what Tonyan has done.

Through Five games Tonyan has seen 17 total targets, catching nine of them Totalling 82 total yards and one touchdown. That just isn't enough production from your tight-end position in fantasy. He had eleven fantasy points in Week 2 but that is the only time he eclipsed more than two fantasy points this season.

The Matchup - Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears defense has been very solid since that Week 1 dismantling by the Los Angeles Rams. The Bears defense is especially good at slowing down opposing tight ends, the Bears give up the 27th most fantasy to the position.

Tonyan is touchdown or bust for his whole career, and I don't expect that to change anytime soon. He just isn't getting enough volume for the lack of touchdowns to be a TE1. Tonyan should find his way to your bench, and maybe even the waiver wire.

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