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Week 6 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Chargers vs Ravens

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Los Angeles Chargers vs Baltimore Ravens Week 6 matchup, including Mark Andrews, Keenan Allen and Jared Cook.
Fantasy football picks for the Los Angeles Chargers vs Baltimore Ravens Week 6 matchup, including Mark Andrews, Keenan Allen and Jared Cook. / Rob Carr/GettyImages

A heavyweight battle between two 4-1 NFL teams takes place in Week 6 as the Baltimore Ravens welcome the Los Angeles Chargers to town. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Ravens slated as narrow 3-point favorites in a game that could easily be decided in the fourth quarter.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 6 AFC showdown.

Keenan Allen Fantasy

Start Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers: It's important to not let an unfavorable matchup get in the way of starting a player like Keenan Allen. The Ravens have been reliable at covering wide receivers this season, but Allen should be started every single week. The veteran pass-catcher remains one of Justin Herbert's go-to options, with 32 targets over the last three games. The only thing holding Allen back is his inability to get into the end zone. That should change moving forward. The ninth-year pro tied his career high with 8 touchdowns last season and leads all Chargers wide receivers with 9 red zone targets this season. Start Allen with confidence.

Mark Andrews Fantasy

Start Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens: Mark Andrews finally lived up the hype in Week 5, hauling in 11 of 13 targets for 147 yards and 2 touchdowns. He heads into Sunday with a chance to keep his momentum going given the Chargers are giving up the fifth-most PPR fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. They have also allowed 4 touchdowns to the position, which is tied for the highest mark in the league. Andrews' average yards per target has jumped from 8.0 in 2020 to 10.5 in 2021, and he should be peppered with targets in what is expected to be a close game.

Jared Cook Fantasy

Sit Jared Cook, TE, Los Angeles Chargers: It's hard to find a player worth sitting on this Chargers' offense right now. The team is averaging 35.0 points per game over the last three weeks. Jared Cook has started to take a back seat in all of the action, however. He has now failed to surpass 30 receiving yards in two of his last three games, also seeing just 3 targets in each of those two. He's not playing a big enough role in this offense to offer much upside, even in a favorable matchup.

Sammy Watkins Fantasy

Sit Sammy Watkins, WR, Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens' passing attack took a major step forward in Week 5, but it didn't help Sammy Watkins' fantasy value at all. He played in just 27% of the offensive snaps due to a hamstring injury and ended the game with 35 yards on 3 receptions. It doesn't get any easier for Watkins in Week 5 as the Chargers are allowing the third-fewest PPR fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. They also rank 11th in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA metric. Watkins isn't worth a start even if he is able to suit up.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.