Fantasy Football ’17 Week Six Feasters, Starvers

Tony Jaramillo ranks his three suggestions on who to start and sit this week in fantasy football. After weeks of unpredictability, players who are playing less-than adequate opponents this weekend during can sway the outcome of many fantasy matchups. Check out the feasters and starvers for Week 6 below!

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Quarterbacks

#  START  Team  Week 6 Matchup
1  Deshaun Watson  Houston Texans  CLE
2  Jacoby Brissett  Indianapolis Colts  @TEN
3  Trevor Siemian  Denver Broncos  NYG
#  SIT Team  Week 6 Matchup
1  Jared Goff  Los Angeles Rams  @JAX
2  Matthew Stafford  Detroit Lions  @NO
3  Brian Hoyer  San Francisco 49ers  @WAS

Feasters:

  • Deshaun Watson: Watson has been outstanding through 5 games and I expect his success to continue against the Browns, who have given up the 2nd-most touchdowns through 5 weeks with an average of 20 fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. Watson is a strong play this week.
  • Jacoby Brissett: The Colts square off against the Titans in Week 6, who have been terrible against opposing QB’s. Indy has allowed the 2nd-most total yards, along with being tied for the most touchdown passes allowed in the league. Brissett has not been great by any means, but I believe he will be more than serviceable on Monday night.
  • Trevor Siemian: Fresh off the Week 5 bye, the Broncos will host the struggling 0-5 Giants. New York has given up an average of 18 points to opposing quarterbacks so far this year and a terrible 10:1 TD/INT ratio. Get Siemian into your starting lineup this weekend.

Sleeper: Kevin Hogan, CLE

Starvers:

  • Jared Goff: Goff really struggled for the first time since his rookie season, and I expect that trend to last at least one more week. The Jaguars are absolutely terrorizing opposing fantasy QB’s, and they’ve only allowed 3 touchdown passes to 10 interceptions. This nasty secondary is led by Jalen Ramsey, who will be all over Sammy Watkins and Co. come Sunday. Keep Goff on your bench.
  • Matthew Stafford: This matchup looks money on paper, but it could be a possible trap. Stafford is a really tough dude, but he’s banged up with not only a sprained ankle, but an injured hamstring. The Saints have a somewhat decent TD/INT ratio at 6:4, and they will be at home in an extremely loud Superdome. Stafford should be benched if possible
  • Brian Hoyer: The 49’ers take on the Skins in Week 6, who are one of the few teams to have yet to allow 1,000 total passing yards. Norman will be all over San Francisco’s wideouts, I’d avoid Hoyer come week 6.

Running Backs

#  START  Team  Week 6 Matchup
1  Alvin Kamara  New Orleans Saints  DET
2  Elijah McGuire  New York Jets  NE
3  DeMarco Murray  Tennessee Titans  IND
#  SIT Team  Week 6 Matchup
1  Wayne Gallman  New York Giants  @DEN
2  Aaron Jones  Green Bay Packers  @GB
3  Carlos Hyde  San Francisco 49ers  @WAS

Feasters:

  • Alvin Kamara: When the Adrian Peterson trade news broke, Kamara’s stock shot higher than a share of Twitter in 2010. Kamara will share touches with Mark Ingram moving forward, but make no mistake: Kamara is the best receiver at running back in this offense. The Saints host the Lions, who have allowed the 3rd-most receptions to opposing running backs. This matchup is straight cash.
  • Elijah McGuire: It appears as if both Matt Forte and Bilal Powell will be out for Week 6, making this a volume-heavy game for McGuire who got 11 totes last Sunday. The Jets host the Patriots, whose defense has been like a hot knife through butter to opposing backs. The Pats have allowed an average of 30 points per game to backs, and I’m thinking McGuire hits at least 20 PPR points in week 6.
  • DeMarco Murray: Murray has disappointed and has definitely not been worth his ADP. I think he has his first big game of 2017 against the Colts. The Colts have allowed the 9th most points to opposing running backs and I know Murray is hungry for a big game. I think this is the one.

Sleeper: Marlon Mack, IND

Starvers:

  • Wayne Gallman: Gallman has looked like the best Giants running back, but he is an absolute must-bench in Week 6. The Giants face off against the stingy Broncos run defense, who have yet to allow a rushing touchdown to opposing running backs. The Giants are also without their top-3 receivers, and the G-Men will be seeing a lot of stacked boxes with no real receiving threats.
  • Aaron Jones: Jones honestly looked better than Montgomery has all season, and I would not be shocked to see McCarthy ride the hot hand in the backfield. However, the Packers will travel to Minnesota, who boast one of the league’s best run defenses. Minny has allowed the 3rd-fewest points to opposing backs, and I can’t imagine Aaron Jones breaks through this tough D.
  • Carlos Hyde: Hyde was out-snapped by his backup, Breida, in Week 6, which is never a good sign for fantasy owners. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan said that rookie had the “hot hand” in the game, and the coach wanted to stick with him in the second half and see what he could do. This is not good news for Hyde, and it also doesn’t help that San Fran takes on the Redskins, who have allowed the 4th fewest fantasy points to opposing backs.

Wide Receivers

#  START  Team  Week 6 Matchup
1  Martavis Bryant  Pittsburgh Steelers  @KC
2  Devin Funchess  Carolina Panthers  PHI
3  Larry Fitzgerald  Arizona Cardinals  TB
#  SIT Team  Week 6 Matchup
1  Pierre Garcon  San Francisco 49ers  @WAS
2  Sammy Watkins  Los Angeles Rams  @JAX
3  Mike Evans  Tampa Bay Buccaneers  @ARI

Feasters:

  • Martavis Bryant: Big Ben is struggling, but if I’m a betting man, I’m thinking he gets it figured out sooner rather than later. The Steelers’ next matchup will help Bryant. The Steelers travel to KC, who are tied for the most TD’s allowed with 9 given up. We just saw DeAndre Hopkins produce a hat trick on this same team, and I’m confident Bryant has a big game. We’re all waiting on that huge game from the no. 2 guy in Pittsburgh, and I think this is his week.
  • Devin Funchess: Funchess has been on fire lately, and he will continue to be hot against this Eagles secondary. Philly has allowed a league high 125 targets and 77 receptions, both most in the league. Funchess leads the Panthers receivers in targets, and I think this will be a monstrous game for the former Wolverine.
  • Larry Fitzgerald: We all know Fitz is a PPR monster, and he will feast upon the Bucs defense who have allowed the 2nd most receptions through 5 games. I love this matchup and it’s a potential kaboom.

Sleeper: Brandon Coleman, NO

Starvers:

  • Pierre Garcon: The 49ers take on the Skins in Week 6, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers, and a solid secondary even without Josh Norman. I don’t like this matchup, and I think Garcon is in for a long day.
  • Sammy Watkins: Watkins has been the epitome of boom or bust and I wouldn’t even consider playing him this week against Jacksonville and Jalen Ramsey/A.J. Bouye. This game could be another goose egg for Watkins in the fantasy column.
  • Mike Evans: The Bucs square off against the Cards, who in my opinion, possess the baddest corner in all of football in Patrick Peterson. No task is too big for Peterson, and I think he shut downs Mike Evans this week.

Tight Ends

#  START  Team  Week 6 Matchup
1  Austin Seferian-Jenkins  New York Jets  NE
2  Delanie Walker  Tennessee Titans  IND
3  David Njoku  Cleveland Browns  @HOU
#  SIT Team  Week 6 Matchup
1  Jordan Reed  Washington Redskins  SF
2  Kyle Rudolph  Minnesota Vikings  GB
3  Martellus Bennett  Green Bay Packers  @MIN

Feasters:

  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Jenkins had been solid prior to Week 5, and has been steadily targeted in this Jets offense. The Jets take on the Pats this week, who have allowed the 3rd-most touchdowns in the league, coupled with the 3rd-most fantasy points allowed to tight ends. I think ASJ finds the endzone once again in Week 6.
  • Delanie Walker: Another Titans fantasy bust, Walker should get going in Week 6 with this great matchup. The Colts have given up the fourth-most points to opposing big men, and if Mariota comes back, Walker will have that big game we’ve all been waiting for.
  • David Njoku: It seems as if every time Kevin Hogan plays, Njoku scores. Njoku is one of the few consistent pass catchers on the Browns, and going up against the Texans who have allowed 5 touchdowns to opposing tight ends definitely does not hurt his prospects for a good game. Get Njoku in your lineups in Week 6.

Sleeper: Evan Engram, NYG

Starvers:

  • Jordan Reed: I think this is another lost year for Jordan Reed; the guy just cannot seem to stay healthy. The 49ers have yet to allow a touchdown to opposing tight ends, and have only allowed 14 receptions through 5 games. I don’t see any scenario where you must play Reed.
  • Kyle Rudolph: Rudolph made some noise against Chicago in Week 5, scoring his 2nd touchdown of the season. However, don’t expect that to continue against the Packers in Week 6. Green Bay has yet to allow a touchdown to opposing tight ends, and have given up the 3rd-fewest points to opposing tight ends, Rudolph should be avoided in week 6.
  • Martellus Bennett: Until Bennett can be a consistent red zone target, he should be avoided. Bennett is not going to do damage through totaling yards; his value is in the redzone, and Rodgers has not looked his way in the money zone thus far.

Tony Jaramillo is a freshmen in college with an unhealthy obsession with the Chicago Bears and fantasy sports. Brainwashed by his Chicagoan father at the age of 10 and mixed with some Devin Hester, Tony became hooked.

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