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Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Week 6 lineup advice, matchups, DFS picks

Sporting News — (Vinnie Iyer)

If you're looking for Week 6 fantasy start 'em, sit 'em advice and NFL DFS lineup picks, you've come to the right place. Disappointments like Aaron Rodgers and Baker Mayfield are getting tougher to start, while other sleeper breakouts seem almost impossible to sit. But as we always say, it's all about the weekly matchups, and there are some interesting ones for key players this week. 

Just a reminder that the Bears, Bills, Colts, and Raiders are on bye this week, so make sure to get their players out of your lineups.

WEEK 6 NON-PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

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Fantasy Football Week 6 Start 'Em: Quarterbacks

Regular starts

Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs (vs. HOU), Deshaun Watson, Texans (at KC), Carson Wentz, Eagles (at MIN), Russell Wilson, Seahawks (at CLE), Tom Brady, Patriots (vs. NYG), Lamar Jackson, Ravens (vs. CIN)

Stronger starts

Matt Ryan, Falcons (at ARI). Ryan keeps throwing for 300 yards because Atlanta's running game is non-existent and the defense stinks. He should be involved in another shootout with more TDs than turnovers with no Patrick Peterson for one more game.

Dak Prescott, Cowboys (at NYJ). He might not need to do too much, but the Cowboys love throwing downfield, and the Jets’ secondary is bad enough to think Prescott can get more than 250 yards and two TDs before they go run heavy in the second half.

Baker Mayfield, Browns (vs. SEA). He is a matchup-based QB at the moment, and at home with Wilson and the Seahawks lighting it up, their secondary and limited pass rush will allow him to rebound with his best game on a short week.

Aaron Rodgers, Packers (vs. DET). The Packers will eventually stop scoring easy rushing TDs, and he’s bound to have another big prime-time game with Davante Adams (toe) likely back.

Kyler Murray, Cardinals (vs. ATL). He’s doing some dynamic running, which is nice, to add to his throwing all over the field. He also might be needed more as a passer and runner with David Johnson banged up and Arizona's various wide receivers' injuries.

Kirk Cousins, Vikings (vs. PHI). Cousins got the job done with limited volume against the Giants. At home in the dome, he can pick apart a bad secondary while trying to keep up with Carson Wentz.

DFS bargains

Gardner Minshew, Jaguars (vs, NO, $5,000 on DraftKings, $6,900 on FanDuel). The magic will keep happening at home against a Saints’ defense that has looked better in recent weeks but is still giving up healthy passing production to multiple receivers. Plus, he simply produces above value every week.

Case Keenum, Redskins (at MIA, $5,000 on DraftKings, $6,500 on FanDuel). Bill Callahan ended the mystery as interim coach with a QB decision for the Dolphins, and it's not Colt McCoy or Dwayne Haskins. Keenum can give us Chase Daniel-numbers or better in a cash game.

Deep streamer

Andy Dalton, Bengals (at BAL). With a limited slate, he’s the guy to target against a Ravens’ defense that will give up garbage passing points in the second half.

WEEK 6 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiverTight end

Fantasy Football Week 6 Sit 'Em: Quarterbacks

Weaker starts

Jared Goff, Rams (vs. SF). The 49ers’ pass defense is on point now, and it’s hard to trust that he won’t be a turnover machine to negate a decent day that probably will see more rushing TDs.

Jameis Winston, Buccaneers (vs. CAR). Start him at your own risk in London, but the Panthers’ pass defense should tighten some screws in coverage from last week and their first meeting.

Philip Rivers, Chargers (vs. PIT). Rivers has really been hurt by his wide receivers being bottled up and has been reduced to checkdowns of late. He’s too hard to deploy after the Steelers made Jackson look bad.

Matthew Stafford, Lions (at GB). He’s had some strong games against them in the past, but the prime-time emotional defense bump will lead the Packers’ pass defense to make more big plays than he does.

Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers (at LAR). He’s pretty TD-dependent now as the 49ers roll with a run-heavy game plan.

Deep trap

Kyle Allen, Panthers (at TB). Cam Newton left plenty on the table in the first meeting, but even with the Bucs’ pass defense being leaky, you can’t go with a QB who’s a spectator for the Run-CMC Show.

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Fantasy Football Week 6 Start 'Em: Running backs

Regular starts

Alvin Kamara, Saints (at JAX), Christian McCaffrey, Panthers (at TB), Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys at NYJ), David Johnson, Cardinals (if he plays vs. ATL), Le'Veon Bell, Jets (vs. DAL), Dalvin Cook, Vikings (vs. PHI), Todd Gurley, Rams (vs. SF), Nick Chubb, Browns (vs. SEA), Joe Mixon, Bengals (at BAL), Kerryon Johnson, Lions (at GB), Leonard Fournette, Jaguars (vs. NO), Derrick Henry, Titans (at DEN), Mark Ingram, Ravens (vs. CIN), Chris Carson, Seahawks (at CLE), James Conner, Steelers (at LAC), Aaron Jones, Packers (vs. DET)

Stronger starts

James White and Sony Michel, Patriots (vs. NYG). Rex Burkhead may miss another game, and they can keep on smashing for another week with White better for PPR and Michael better for standard.

Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler, Chargers (vs. PIT). Ekeler salvaged his fumbled mess against the Broncos with plenty of PPR-friendly short catches, but Gordon was a big bust in his first game back. It’s prime time this time and L.A. is desperate to win, so the backs rebound to have a great night.

LeSean McCoy and Damien Williams, Chiefs (vs. HOU). They need more from both of these guys to take pressure off and open things up for Patrick Mahomes, and the Texans are nothing special stopping either type of back.

Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson Jr, Texans (at KC). Hyde can get it done with scoring, and the Texans should have chances to do so many times. Johnson can be useful if the game script goes negative in the second half.

Chris Thompson and Adrian Peterson, Redskins (at MIA). Thompson should see plenty of overall touches here in a cake matchup, and maybe Callahan will let All Day be a thing again, as he wants to run more than Jay Gruden.

Matt Breida, 49ers (at LAR). The talent and matchup says you can roll with him one more time, at worst as a FLEX, in a great matchup where he can be game-script independent.

DFS bargains

Tevin Coleman, 49ers (at LAR, $4,400 on DraftKings, $5,000 on FanDuel). He’s much cheaper than backfield mate Brieda and is coming off an equally big rushing game against the Browns. His style of running can cause the Rams a lot of problems.

Kenyan Drake, Dolphins (vs. WAS, $4,400 on DraftKings, $5,600 on FanDuel). Here we go again with Drake. If there’s a better time for him to deliver some hotline bling than against the Redskins’ defense after a bye, we would like to know about it.

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Fantasy Football Week 6 Sit 'Em: Running backs

Weaker starts

Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, Broncos (vs. TEN). The Titans are very stingy against the run and cover backs OK, too.

Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith, Falcons (at ARI). It’s a touchdown-or-bust for these guys, and it will probably be the latter with Ryan needing to chuck.

Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders, Eagles (at MIN). Howard is more usable if you need him, but try to avoid this touch matchup if you can because you’ll be hoping for a TD.

Jonathan Hillman and Austin Walter, Giants (at NE). Wayne Gallman is concussed, and Saquon Barkley isn’t ready to return (most likely), so these two may need split work in a brutal matchup you will stay away from.

Ronald Jones or Peyton Barber, Buccaneers (vs. CAR). Take your pick and expect the worst in this crazy split backfield of Bruce Arians.

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Fantasy Football Week 6 Start 'Em: Wide receivers

Regular starts

DeAndre Hopkins, Texans (at KC), Davante Adams, Packers (who should return vs. DET), Julio Jones, Falcons (at ARI), Michael Thomas, Saints (at JAX), Odell Beckham Jr., Browns (vs. SEA), Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Buccaneers (vs. CAR), JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers (at LAC), Amari Cooper, Cowboys (at NYJ), Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, Vikings (vs. PHI), Julian Edelman, Patriots (vs. NYG), Keenan Allen, Chargers (vs. PIT), Tyler Lockett, Seahawks (at CLE), Brandin Cooks (if he plays), Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, Rams (vs. SF), Tyler Boyd, Bengals (at BAL), T.Y. Hilton, Colts (bye). Kenny Golladay, Lions (at GB), D.J. Chark, Jaguars (vs. NO), Tyreek Hill (if he plays, vs. HOU)

Stronger starts

Will Fuller, Texans (at KC). He won’t blow up like last week, but he’s locked in and this is a great matchup for a high-volume passing game.

Calvin Ridley, Falcons (at ARI). The Cardinals are still struggling at corner with no Peterson, and Ridley should have a good shot to dent the end zone.

D.J. Moore, Panthers (at TB). He’s Kyle Allen's most trusted pass-catcher beyond McCaffrey.

Michael Gallup, Cowboys (at NYJ). He can keep up the big-play mojo against this secondary.

Josh Gordon, Patriots (vs. NYG). The big play didn’t quite connect with Brady last week, but here’s another good chance.

Courtland Sutton, Broncos (vs. TEN). He’s been beast-ing of late, so don’t worry about the tricky matchup.

Jarvis Landry, Browns (vs. SEA). He’s more reliable with his higher PPR floor than Odell Beckham at the moment, and the Seahawks don’t handle slot receivers well.

Marquise Brown, Ravens (vs. CIN). He should hit on a big play or two off play-action as the Bengals get sucked in and struggle to stop the run.

Preston Williams, Dolphins (vs. WAS). Here’s your super sleeper special as he gets our Miami love over Albert Wilson and DeVante Parker.

DFS Bargains

Dede Westbrook, Jaguars (vs. NO, $5,100 on DraftKings, $5,400 on FanDuel). He can eat again in the slot with Marshon Lattimore worried most about DJ Chark.

Terry McLaurin, Redskins (at MIA, $6,000 on DraftKings, $6,400 on FanDuel). He looked to have some good vibes with Colt McCoy, so there’s a sneaky stack with him or Keenum.

Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (vs. ATL, $6,100 on DraftKings, $5,600 on FanDuel). He disappointed against the Bengals, but he’ll be needed more to come through against the Falcons.

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Fantasy Football Week 6 Sit 'Em: Wide receivers

Weaker starts

Alshon Jeffery, Eagles (at MIN). This is a tough size-based matchup for him.

Curtis Samuel, Panthers (at TB). He’s not the big-play guy to enjoy with Allen.

Marvin Jones, Lions (at GB). Kevin King is playing lights out away from Jaire Alexander, so don’t go chase some past big game against the Packers.

Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos (vs. TEN). He’s not Sutton against this secondary.

Mike Williams, Chargers (vs. PIT). You can’t think about him until he revs up and does something.

D.K. Metcalf, Seahawks (at CLE). He is big-play and TD dependent, and it’s hard to see either coming here as the Browns’ secondary gets healthier on the outside.

Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs (vs. HOU). It’s over for him should Hill return, even if Sammy Watkins is out, thanks to Byron Pringle and Mecole Hardman.

Dante Pettis and Deebo Samuel, 49ers (at LAR). You can’t go here or Marquise Goodwin with the way they spread the ball around to the wide receivers.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison, Packers (vs. DET). Davante Adams should see a ton of targets in his likely return, making these guys more limited factors against a decent Lions secondary.

Fantasy Football Week 6 Start 'Em: Tight ends

Regular starts

Travis Kelce, Chiefs (vs. HOU), George Kittle, 49ers (at LAR), Zach Ertz, Eagles (at MIN), Evan Engram, Giants (but he's likely not playing at NE)

Stronger starts

Austin Hooper, Falcons (at ARI). The Cardinals took a break from allowing TE TDs, but they will go right back to that business here as Hooper also racks up nice catches and yardage.

Will Dissly, Seahawks (at CLE). Keep rolling with Wilson’s favorite new underneath target.

Vernon Davis, Redskins (at MIA). He should return from his concussion this week and step into a matchup he can dominate.

Greg Olsen, Panthers (at TB). He has done nothing the past two weeks, but the Bucs’ matchup should wake him up like Week 2.

Noah Fant, Broncos (vs. TEN). You beat the Titans in the middle of the field passing, and he’s more trustworthy to do something than slot wideout DaeSean Hamilton.

DFS Bargain

Mark Andrews, Ravens (vs. CIN, $4,800 on DraftKings, $6,300 on FanDuel). There’s not much value here this week, but Andrews is a good choice to give you guaranteed production and flexibility at other positions. It helps that the matchup is also cake.

Fantasy Football Week 6 Sit 'Em: Tight ends

Weaker starts

Delanie Walker, Titans (at DEN). He’s been very quiet since Week 1, and the Broncos are pretty good at covering the position.

O.J. Howard, Buccaneers (vs. CAR). If he’s still on your shallow-league roster, you can’t even consider him here.

Jared Cook, Saints (at JAX). Cook just scored and had his best game as a Saint, but the Jaguars don’t allow much to the position.

Gerald Everett, Rams (vs. SF). He is a solid talent who had a nice breakout game against the Seahawks, but don’t chase that here against the Niners’ strong TE defense.

Chris Herndon, Jets (vs. DAL). The matchup is good and you’ve been itching to deploy him, but take a wait-and-see approach given the wavering of Adam Gase and Sam Darnold jsut returning against a good defense.

Jason Witten, Cowboys (at NYJ). The Cowboys will find it too easy to burn the Jets with wideouts.

Fantasy Football Week 6 Start 'Em: Defenses

Regular starts

Patriots (vs. NYG)

Stronger starts

Ravens (vs. CIN), Cowboys (at NYJ), Chargers (vs. PIT), Panthers (at TB), Packers (vs. DET), Titans (at DEN), Broncos (vs. TEN)

DFS Bargains

Redskins (vs. MIA, $3,200 on DraftKings, $4,200 on FanDuel), 49ers (at LAR, $2,700 on DraftKings, $3,500 on FanDuel).

Fantasy Football Week 6 Sit 'Em: Defenses

Weaker starts

Rams (vs. SF), Jaguars (vs. NO), Eagles (at MIN), Vikings (vs. PHI), Texans (at KC), Steelers (at LAC), Seahawks (at CLE).