Fantasy football Week 6: Start em', Sit em'

Adam Thielen

Hats off to you if you started Will Fuller last week.

Start ‘Em

QB: Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New Orleans Saints

The rookie sensation currently ranks 11th amongst all quarterbacks in fantasy points this season. He’s been a high floor option with more than 16.1 points in all five games this season, but he’s yet to score more than 21 points in a game. He gets his chance to explode against a New Orleans defense that’s giving up the third-most points to QBs this season.

RB: Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers

The second-year running back from Auburn finally broke out of his slump in Week 4 as he rushed for 125 yards against the Chiefs. Now he gets the chance to right the ship. Johnson can keep the momentum flowing against a Green Bay defense that’s giving up the third-most points to RBs this season. Detroit will want to establish a ground & pound attack to keep Aaron Rodgers off the field. Johnson would be the beneficiary of that.

WR: Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Adam Thielen has had an up and down season to this point. Although Kirk Cousins is the one to blame here, it’s Thielen’s fantasy value that’s suffering. Cousins has played well against bad defenses. That trend will benefit Thielen against a roastable Eagles’ secondary. The Eagles have given up the fifth-most points to wide receivers this season. Start the Vikings best receiver with confidence.

TE: Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals 

I’m running out of words to describe how bad the Cardinals tight end defense is. Tyler Eifert is just about the lone TE to not burn Arizona this season, but he’s got very little left in the tank. Austin Hooper has scored double-digit points in every game this season except one. He’s a high-volume target playing in a pass-heavy offense. Start him against a league-worst Cards TE defense.

Sit ‘Em

QB: Jared Goff, LA Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers

Goff owns a 7:7 touchdown to interception ratio through the first five weeks of the season. It hasn’t been pretty, but Goff has still managed to be a top 15 quarterback to this point. Goff’s upcoming matchup with a rejuvenated 49ers defense is scary. Quietly, the 49ers have given up the second-fewest points to QBs this season. Behind a struggling offensive line, things aren’t going to be pretty for Goff on Sunday.

RB: Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans

Royce Freeman continues to out-snap Phillip Lindsay. But Lindsay continues to outproduce Freeman. It’s just not fair. Lindsay is far more talented, but his limited workload makes him so big play dependent. Those big plays are going to be hard to come by against a Titans defense that’s giving up the seventh-fewest points to running backs this season.

WR: Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Marquise Brown’s ankle injury on Sunday was a reminder to fantasy owners why the Ravens refused to play him early in the season. Brown has the ability to take it to the house any time he touches the ball, but that may not happen against an underrated Cincinnati defense. The Bengals have given up the sixth-fewest points to wide receivers this season. Brown’s injury only further complicates things.

TE: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Jets

Jason Witten has seen exactly four targets in every game this season. After a solid start to the year, Witten hasn’t caught a TD or surpassed 54 yards since Week 2. His struggles will only continue against a Jets defense that’s been stingy with tight end production. The Jets have allowed the sixth-fewest points to the position all year. 

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