Week 6 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Denver Broncos vs New England Patriots

Max Staley
Cam Newton fantasy outlook makes him a solid start assuming he's back to full health.
Cam Newton fantasy outlook makes him a solid start assuming he's back to full health. / Adam Glanzman/Getty Images
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The Week 6 matchup between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos is easily one of the strangest on the slate. It was supposed to take place in Week 5, but covid-related issues forced the NFL to move it back a week, giving both teams a bye this past week.

With all the chaos due to the scheduling issues, fantasy managers may need some help figuring out what to do with this one. Here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 6 showdown.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos: Tim Patrick has been on something of a roll recently. He's had at least 4 catches for 40 yards and a TD in back-to-back weeks now, including a 6-catch, 113-yard performance when we last saw him in Week 4. Of course that was against the New York Jets and things will be getting tougher against the Patriots. But Bill Belichick will likely focus most of his attention on stopping big-name players like Noah Fant and Jerry Jeudy. Likely to be playing from behind, Patrick could be getting a ton of looks in this one.

Start N'Keal Harry, WR, New England Patriots: N'Keal Harry's spot on this list comes with one major caveat: he's not worth starting if Cam Newton doesn't play. But most signs seem to point to Newton being active for this game. Harry certainly isn't the best receiver from what has become a star-studded 2019 WR class, but he's solid. He's also seeing plenty of volume this year, averaging 7.0 targets per game. Getting that much volume against a Denver defense that's allowing opposing passers to throw for the 11th-most yards per game could lead to a nice showing from Harry.

Sit Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver Broncos: Melvin Gordon has been on a tear since Philip Lindsay went down, turning 19.4 touches per game into 80.0 yards from scrimmage and 3 TDs through three games. However, it looks like Lindsay will be back from that toe injury on Sunday. That should mean Lindsay will cut into Gordon's workload significantly. Facing a pretty solid defense, it's probably best to take a wait-and-see approach with Gordon to figure out how the workload in this backfield will shake out. Making matters worse, Gordon's status to play it all is also uncertain following a recent DUI.

Sit Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots: Rex Burkhead has had his moments this season, and he looked poised for a bigger role once Sony Michel went down. However, second-year back Damien Harris appears to be the top dog in this backfield, at least while Michel is sidelined. Harris turned 17 carries into 100 rushing yards against the Chiefs in Week 4, while Burkhead had just 50 yards from scrimmage on 12 touches. Burkhead is the RB26 in points per game in PPR formats, but that's mostly due to just one monster showing in Week 3. Don't let his production fool you, Burkhead isn't fantasy relevant right now.


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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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