Starts of the Week: Week 6



It’s Week 6, and that means byes have arrived! There are not many massive names taking the week off. In fact, more studs are out due to injury, but it’s still enough to start challenging your roster’s depth, making your decisions this week all the more important.


Quarterbacks


Start of the Week:

Matthew Stafford (LAR) Hold up, haven’t we done this before, twice? Yep, Stafford somehow remains on the cusp for a lot of people. He’s regularly putting in solid performances without really blowing up, thanks to a lack of touchdowns. The passing yards are there, though, and the Rams have a run of excellent QB matchups, so you needn’t waste a valuable roster spot on a backup QB. Just roll with Stafford!


Stream of the Week:

Taylor Heinicke (WAS) I spoke about Heinicke being a great stash last week, and he’s now a super streaming option if you lost Russell Wilson or have some issues at QB. The Chiefs have been the easiest matchup in the league for quarterbacks, and that should continue this week in what could easily become a shootout with the Washington defense having surprising struggles this season.



Running Backs


Start of the Week:

Joe Mixon (CIN) The usage and success of Samaje Perine last week could freak out a lot of Mixon owners, but the fact your guy was even out there was a great sign. Now facing a juicy matchup against the league’s worst run defense and with Perine on the Covid list, Mixon is a must-start going forward.


Co-start of the Week:

Darrel Williams (KC) For the next three weeks, the Chiefs’ backup is a solid start in fantasy. While not guaranteed to get all of the receiving work, we’ve seen that Andy Reid trusts Williams around the goal line and views him as the main man. He’s a low-end RB2 this week in Washington, then has a number of positive matchups after that, so you can confidently start him while CEH is out.


Fade of the Week:

Devontae Booker (NYG) If Saquon Barkley, one of the league’s best and most elusive runners, has struggled behind the Giants line, what makes you think Booker will have success? The hope is that he falls into the end zone again this week, but if he doesn’t, you could very easily end up with a single-digit score.



Wide Receivers


Start of the Week:

Michael Pittman (IND) With the awful Texans on deck (who teams, to be fair, don’t really need to throw on) and the clear WR1 role in Indy, Pittman is a starter for me every week there are byes. He’s unlikely to be even a WR2 in rankings, but he does enough to make him a weekly flex and bye-week replacement. As a bonus, he’s due more touchdown regression as he’s getting a heap of red-zone looks.


Stream of the Week:

Emmanuel Sanders (BUF) With the Bills playing a lot more 2WR sets, Sanders has emerged as the clear WR2 behind Stefon Diggs, often finishing in front of his stud teammate in fantasy. With the awful Titans secondary up next, Sanders is a must-start this week.


Fade of the Week:

Odell Beckham Jr (CLE) The Browns have proven time, and again they have an elite running game, making their receivers risky propositions at best. While OBJ is an amazing talent, he just can’t be trusted most weeks, despite the solid matchup against the Cardinals. If you can fade him, I would.



Tight Ends


Start of the Week:

Zach Ertz (PHI) Ertz has slowly been taking over from Dallas Goedert as the pass-catching tight end in Philly. With Goedert on the Covid list just days from TNF, Ertz is left as the clear starter. Whether he remains an every-week starter moving forward remains to be seen, but for now, he’s a guy that needs to be rostered and started in all leagues.


Fade of the Week:

David Njoku (CLE) After his Week 5 explosion, people have been clamoring for the former first-round pick. He’s a worthwhile roster stash just to see what happens, but there’s no way I’m starting him as this feels like an Uzomah-esque fluke.



Week 7 Stashes

'Pick up & bench, if you have an available roster spot'


Tua Tagovailoa (QB - MIA) The Dolphins have looked a mess since Tua went down in Week 2. I wouldn’t want to start him the first week back, but Miami has a nice Week 7 matchup with the Falcons, so it would be reasonable to stash Tagovailoa for that game if you have Josh Allen, Justin Herbert, or Dak Prescott as your starter and a lack of options on waivers.


Kenneth Gainwell (RB - PHI) The Eagles for some reason don’t seem to be loving Miles Sanders, despite his obvious talent and solid performances when given the chance. Kenny Gainwell is a very talented prospect and is starting to chip into the goal line and receiving work in Philly. He’s a great injury gamble or desperation bye week option, plus it’s possible he just takes over the role.


Backup Running Backs

Stash backup running backs! Most of the best options are now starters or unavailable but here are a few who may be there: AJ Dillon, Kenneth Gainwell, Sony Michel, Jeremy McNichols.



Players to Sell High On


Myles Gaskin (RB - MIA) After weeks of mediocrity, Gaskin came out of nowhere to finish as the RB4 against one of the league’s best run defenses. How, you may ask. Well, he caught 10 passes for 74 yards and two TDs. It’s that simple. With DeVante Parker and Tua Tagovailoa likely back this week, it’s unlikely we see anything like that sort of performance again, keeping in mind Gaskin has only 34 rushes on the whole season to this point. If you can get anything for him at all, do it!


Coutland Sutton (WR - DEN)

Sutton has had a few boom games, but this is a run-first offense about to be joined by Jerry Jeudy. That’s a recipe for disaster. Sell now while the iron’s hot.