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Week 6 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Max Staley
Week 6 fantasy football picks for the Pittsburgh Steelers-Cleveland Browns matchup.
Week 6 fantasy football picks for the Pittsburgh Steelers-Cleveland Browns matchup. / Justin K. Aller/Getty Images
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Week 6 brings NFL fans a divisional grudge-match between two 4-win clubs in the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns. This will be Myles Garett's first time facing the Steelers since his infamous helmet swing that got him suspended him for the rest of the 2019 season.

If you need any fantasy football help for what's shaping up to be one of the best games of the week, here's some Week 6 start 'em, sit 'em advice for this AFC North showdown.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Diontae Johnson has been really frustrating his fantasy managers in recent weeks. He left each of the last two games after suffering an early injury, putting up fewer than 1.0 points in both instances. Don't forget how good this guy can be, though. He was clearly Ben Roethlisberger's favorite target over the first two weeks, handling an absurd 23 targets for 149 yards and a TD. If he's back to full health, there's no reason he shouldn't have a big role against a beatable Browns' pass defense.

Start Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland Browns: Austin Hooper's usage has been steadily climbing throughout the year. After seeing 10 targets over the first three weeks of the season, he has 17 over the past two games alone. That hasn't translated into anything huge for fantasy quite yet, but there aren't many tight ends seeing that kind of volume right now. It's a tough matchup, but Hooper is seeing the kind of volume we can't ignore. He's one of our top streaming TEs this week.

Sit Chase Claypool, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Fantasy managers who just picked up Chase Claypool after his incredible 4-TD, 42.6-point showing in Week 5 will of course be tempted to start him. But they should be advised that Claypool is shaping up to be one of the most boom-or-bust players in the league. This is an absurdly crowded WR group. Claypool has only played over 37% of the team's snaps twice, and both instances came because Diontae Johnson left early with an injury. There's absolutely a chance that Claypool has earned a bigger role in the offense, but if Johnson is back on the field, he might not see enough volume to be worth a look. It might be best to take a wait-and-see approach rather than immediately throwing Claypool into your lineup.

Sit Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield may have the eighth-best odds to win the MVP, per FanDuel Sportsbook, but he certainly won't be in contention for fantasy MVP any time soon. He has only gone over 220 passing yards once through five games. As a result, he has yet to top even 15.6 fantasy points in a single game this season. Facing arguably the league's best pass defense, this isn't exactly a get-right spot for the former Heisman Trophy winner.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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.

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