Week 6 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Fantasy Football

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 15: Adrian Peterson #26 of the Washington Redskins carries the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half at FedExField on September 15, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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Bye weeks keep rolling on, and this is our first time in 2019 with four teams (the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders) getting a week off.

Who Should I Start in Fantasy Football?

That can force your hand with some fantasy football lineup decisions, but having limited options makes it especially important that you get it right in the spots you do have to decide on in Week 6.

Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit em Week 6 2019

If you need some help with your Week 6 lineup, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em, Week 6 Quarterbacks

Start Gardner Minshew II (JAX vs NO): Gardner Minshew II quietly ranks 12th among QBs in fantasy points per game, with 18.1. That production has come with a high degree of consistency, scoring north of 16 fantasy points in all five of his games. The New Orleans Saints defense ranks only 20th in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings, and while Minshew hasn't shown a ton of upside, he's a solid, consistent option that isn't likely to give you a dud if you're in need of a Week 6 starter.

Sit Jared Goff (LAR vs SF): The San Francisco 49ers defense has been outstanding to open the 2019 season, and they rank No. 1 in pass defense DVOA. They're also one of only two teams holding opposing quarterbacks to fewer than 10 fantasy points per game. Jared Goff has a middling ranking of QB14 on the year, and this matchup is more than enough to take him out of play, even at home.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 6 Running Backs

Start Adrian Peterson (WAS @ MIA): Adrian Peterson ranks 60th among RBs in standard scoring fantasy points this season, and he's fallen below four points in each of his last three games. He's still hit double-digit carries in three of his four games for the winless Washington Redskins though, and it looks like if they start to have some more success they'll be happy to lean on AP and the rushing game (like we saw in 2018 when he carried the ball 251 times). A matchup with the Miami Dolphins has Washington favored by 3.5 points on FanDuel Sportsbook, and if they are ahead we can expect Peterson to see a solid workload here.

Sit Jordan Howard (PHI @ MIN): Jordan Howard has had a fantasy breakout with five touchdowns across his last three games. Those three opponents all ranked 14th or worst in run defense DVOA this season though, while the Minnesota Vikings rank second. The Vikes have held opposing RBs to the league's fifth-fewest fantasy points per game, and Howard's average of 13 carries and one reception per game in that breakout stretch isn't the kind of workload he will likely need for a big game in such a tough matchup.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 6 Wide Receivers

Start Terry McLaurin (WAS @ MIA): After missing Week 4 with a hamstring injury, Terry McLaurin returned in a brutal matchup against the New England Patriots in Week 5. This is not the time to quit on the rookie though, as he still saw seven targets in that return, bringing him up to 31 across four games in 2019. The Dolphin have allowed top-10 fantasy production to opposing wideouts while getting burned for the NFL's most adjusted yards per pass attempt (12.0), and this should be a bounce-back spot for McLaurin.

Sit Robert Woods (LAR vs SF): Like Goff, Robert Woods finds himself in a nightmare divisional matchup against the San Francisco 49ers this week. Woods' heavy volume (eight-plus targets in four of five games) means he's not an egregious play this week, but his efficiency is a huge concern here. Despite his 47 targets, he's only turned in double-digit fantasy points (standard scoring) once this year, while he's failed to hit five points on two occasions. This is not the kind of matchup that lends itself to a rebound in efficiency.

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