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Week 6 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Cowboys vs Patriots

Adam Taylor McKillop
Fantasy football picks for the Dallas Cowboys vs New England Patriots Week 6 matchup, including Ezekiel Elliott, Hunter Henry and Dalton Schultz.
Fantasy football picks for the Dallas Cowboys vs New England Patriots Week 6 matchup, including Ezekiel Elliott, Hunter Henry and Dalton Schultz. / Richard Rodriguez/GettyImages

The Dallas Cowboys look to keep things rolling when they visit the New England Patriots in Week 6. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Cowboys as 4-point road favorites in a game that features some talented playmakers on both sides of the ball.

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

Ezekiel Elliott Fantasy

Start Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys: The Dallas Cowboys have won four straight, and this win-streak coincides with an uptick in usage by running back Ezekiel Elliott. Obviously the feature back, Elliott's seen an uptick in carries in four consecutive weeks. His 21 rushing attempts in Week 5 was a season-high and seems to be the direction Dallas' offense is trending. Elliott has also found the end zone in four straight weeks and looks to feast against a vulnerable Patriots rushing defense. New England gives up 111.0 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 15th. But, that could be an aberration. Football Outsiders' rush defense DVOA metric shows the Patriots ranking just 22nd in the league. New England's secondary is great and it's a better idea to attack them on the ground.

Hunter Henry Fantasy

Start Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots: Hunter Henry is enjoying his best stretch of the season, notching three consecutive weeks with at least 5 targets and four catches. He's also found the end zone in the past two weeks and ranks as TE5 during that span. What's more, he's out-targeted his counterpart Jonnu Smith in all three of these games. With Henry trending upwards, and facing a Cowboys defense that struggles in the red zone, it's a good week to target New England's top tight end. Dallas allows its opponents to score on 66.7% of their red zone trips, ranking in the bottom half of the NFL. They've also surrendered 12 red zone touchdowns, the seventh most in the league.

Dalton Schultz Fantasy

Sit Dalton Schultz, TE, Dallas Cowboys: The New England Patriots secondary is no easy test, especially in the red zone. New England ranks eighth in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rating. Additionally, the total defense posts a 50% red zone touchdown rate, the seventh-best mark in the league. Their total of seven allowed red zone scores is the fifth-lowest mark in the league. That's exactly why Dalton Schultz stays on the bench in fantasy this week. The fourth-year TE is enjoying a breakout campaign, ranking at TE4 in PPR formats and first on the Cowboys with 26 receptions. But, as most tight ends do, he generates his fantasy value in the red zone. Schultz leads the Cowboys with 4 red zone targets and two of his three touchdowns came from inside the 20. That's not a good matchup against this Patriots defense and a warning that Schultz may struggle to put up big fantasy points in Week 6.

New England Patriots D/ST Fantasy

Sit New England Patriots D/ST: We all know the formula. Defense and special teams score fantasy points by giving up fewer points, fewer yards, and forcing turnovers. That's not a good recipe against the Dallas Cowboys, who own arguably the NFL's best offense in 2021. Dallas ranks second in the NFL with 34.0 points scored per game and 439.6 yards gained per game. The Cowboys employ a ton of weapons and are not one-dimensional either. Dallas ranks top-11 in passing yards and second in rushing yards. New England boasts a strong secondary, but the rush defense ranks just 22nd by Football Outsiders' rush defense DVOA metric. New England's defense currently ranks eighth in fantasy value, but this is a good week to stream other options.

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Adam Taylor McKillop is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Adam Taylor also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username atmckillop. 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.