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Week 6 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Raiders vs Broncos

Adam Taylor McKillop
Fantasy football picks for the Las Vegas Raiders vs Denver Broncos Week 6 matchup, including Hunter Renfrow, Noah Fant and Melvin Gordon.
Fantasy football picks for the Las Vegas Raiders vs Denver Broncos Week 6 matchup, including Hunter Renfrow, Noah Fant and Melvin Gordon. / Justin Edmonds/GettyImages
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AFC West foes are set to meet head-to-head in Week 6 as the Las Vegas Raiders travel to take on the Denver Broncos. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Broncos slated as 3.5-point favorites in a game that is full of 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 AFC West clash.

Hunter Renfrow Fantasy

Start Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders: Slowly but surely, Hunter Renfrow is becoming the favorite wide receiver target of quarterback Derek Carr. This excludes the dynamic Darren Waller, who is a clear-cut top-5 TE each and every week. But, after just five games, Renfrow now ranks second in the Raiders with 38 total targets. That's 10 more than the next wide receiver on the depth chart. The former Clemson product is hauling in a career-high 73.7% of his targets and has seen at least 7 targets in four of five games this season. Denver's defense is no picnic, although they've give up at least 240 passing yards in two straight games against more talented aerial attacks. The current WR27 in PPR leagues is a solid FLEX option again in Week 6.

Noah Fant Fantasy

Start Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos: In his third NFL season, tight end Noah Fant is once again performing at a high level. He ranks as TE11 in PPR formats and prepares for a favorable Week 6 matchup against a bad red zone defense. Fant ranks second on the Broncos with 31 targets, hauling in 21 for 176 yards and 2 touchdowns. Better yet, the third-year tight end leads the team with 5 red zone targets, recording four catches and both of his scores inside the 20. The Raiders have allowed 10 touchdowns across 11 opportunities, for a second-to-last 90.9% rate. Look for Fant to find some red zone opportunities once again in Week 6.

Henry Ruggs Fantasy

Sit Henry Ruggs, WR, Las Vegas Raiders: As mentioned above, Derek Carr has a new favorite wide receiver target, and it's not Henry Ruggs. Ruggs does rank third on the team it total targets (28), but has recorded 11 fewer receptions than his counterpart Renfrow. Ruggs is fresh off a disappointing Week 5 performance against the Chicago Bears, in which he only recorded 3 receptions and 3 targets. That's a season-low mark for Ruggs, who was out-targeted by Waller, Renfrow, Bryan Edwards and Josh Jacobs. This is a concerning trend, and one we'd like to see reversed before trusting Ruggs with one of the coveted starting WR slots on fantasy rosters.

Javonte Williams Fantasy

Sit Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos: Javonte Williams had shined with his opportunities throughout the first five games of the season. However, the rookie running back operates in a full committee with veteran Melvin Gordon. In fact, Gordon has out-snapped the rookie 55% to 45% this year. Neither running back takes a clear-cut passing role either. Gordon owns 13 targets on the year while Williams sits with 12. It's just too much of a time-share to trust either running back with enough volume to make a difference in fantasy. Go with Gordon if you're choosing one of Denver's running backs, who ranks at RB21 in PPR formats (Williams is RB33). Las Vegas also ranks 14th in Football Outsiders' rush defense DVOA rating this season and is by no means a cupcake matchup for either back.


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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. 

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