We’ve made it to the sixth week of the NFL season. It’s been a jubilant ride for some of you and rocky for others.
This week we will help inform you of who to avoid in this week's fantasy and DFS lineups matchups.
DFS Avoid: Jonathan Taylor, RB 6, SIC score 75
The NFL’s leading rusher for the 2021 season missed his first game of the season last week. Taylor suffered a right ankle sprain in week 4 that will likely continue to hamper him this week.
According to the Pro Football Docs, Taylor is trending towards playing with limited effectiveness against the Jaguars.
Fantasy owners will have to play him if active, but DFS players should look elsewhere for value this week.
His lack of pass-catching ability hurts his overall value if he can't be a workhorse back as a runner. Furthermore, Colt's third-down running back Nyheim Hines has a chance to be active after a concussion last week.
Tee Higgins, WR 27, SIC score 74
Tee Higgins has filled a significant role this season as the Bengals number two wide receiver. But Higgins looked hampered last week and could not finish the team's week 5 matchup versus the Ravens.
According to the Pro Football Docs, Higgins will likely be limited against the Saints with his ability to cut with an injured ankle in question.
He should be healthier after another week to rest, but the Saint's secondary provides a tough matchup. Higgins will be a true game-time decision.
Kyle Pitts, TE 16, SIC score 74
Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts missed last week's game with a hamstring strain.
According to the Pro Football Docs, Pitts will likely play this week but will have limited ability to create separation.
Pitts has yet to record a 100-yard game this season and has faced a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. Pitts has only caught 10 of the 22 passes thrown in his direction, and he’s tied for 75th in receiving yards on the season with 150.
This is a safe game to avoid Pitts in all your fantasy lineups.
Tyler Lockett, WR 14, SIC score 66
The veteran Seahawks wideout seemingly picked up a hamstring injury on Thursday and may miss this week’s contest against the Cardinals.
Lockett relies on a combination of speed and route running to get open. The hamstring injury will likely limit his effectiveness if he suits up, according to the Pro Football Docs.
Damien Harris, RB 89, SIC score 72:
Harris left last week’s game early with a hamstring strain and did not return. This week, Rhamondre Stephenson will get a majority of the work and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him inactive for the contest.
His value is already depleted this week, given by his Fantasy Pros running back ranking, and he isn’t worth a flier in any DFS format.
Dalton Schultz, TE 28, SIC score 71:
Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz reaggravated his right knee PCL strain in last week’s win over the Rams and only returned for a handful of snaps.
This week, he is questionable for the matchup against the Eagles and will be limited if he suits up. This offense should be avoided at all costs with Cooper Rush under center, but Dak Prescott could be back for Week 7.
Keenan Allen, WR 108, SIC score 70:
The veteran Chargers wideout has returned to practice in limited capacity this week after missing the last three games. His initial hamstring strain did not appear too serious, but he suffered a setback prior to Week 4.
He will likely be listed as questionable and have decreased effectiveness if he’s active on Monday night, according to the Pro Football Docs. Don’t play the waiting game for this rough matchup against the Broncos secondary.
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