Sit Adam Thielen this week!
By: Matt Gruber
Week six is upon us and it is time for the weekly starts and sits. This is the sixth installment of the 17-piece series aimed to help you make the roster decisions to give you an edge over your opponent. Let’s jump into it and win some championships.
Start: Taylor Heinicke – Washington Football Team
Washington quarterback, Taylor Heinicke has a juicy matchup this week as he faces the Kansas City Chiefs. Ranked last against the pass, the Chiefs have allowed at least 28 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in the last three weeks. In a game where I expect Washington to have to throw in order to keep up, I’m plugging Heinicke into my lineups.
Honorable Mentions: Matthew Stafford @ NYG, Trevor Lawrence vs. MIA, Carson Wentz vs. HOU
Sit: Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans
Titans quarterback, Ryan Tannehill has been underwhelming this year. Things won’t get any easier this week as he goes up against the Buffalo Bills. Ranked first against the pass, the Bills have held opponents to under 13 fantasy points in three of their games so far. In fact, they have held opposing quarterbacks to under 300 yards in every game and have only let up a total of five passing touchdowns. I would look elsewhere for a quarterback this week.
Honorable Mentions: Kirk Cousins @ CAR, Mac Jones vs. DAL, Jared Goff vs. CIN
Start: James Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars
After a slow start to the season, James Robinson has scored at least 20 fantasy points in three consecutive weeks. He looks to keep the ball rolling this week against a Miami Dolphins team that has been suspect to the run all season. Allowing over 100 rushing yards to running backs in every game so far, Robinson should feast on Sunday. Start him with confidence.
Honorable Mentions: Myles Jaskin @ JAX, Antonio Gibson vs. KC, Javonte Williams vs. LV
Sit: Josh Jacobs – Las Vegas Raiders
Looking like a touchdown-dependent back, Josh Jacobs is a sit for me this week. He has yet to receive over 15 attempts and this week he faces a stout Denver Broncos defense. Prior to last week, the Broncos have held opposing running backs in check. Not allowing more than 75 yards per game after the first four weeks, I expect Jacobs to struggle in this game. If he doesn’t fall into the endzone, he could leave fantasy managers frustrated. Look for another option with a better matchup.
Honorable Mentions: Chase Edmonds @ CLE, Chris Carson @ PIT, Miles Sanders vs. TB
Start: Brandin Cooks – Houston Texans
Recording at least 15 fantasy points in each of the first three games, Brandin Cooks appeared to have cooled off these last two weeks. This week, he plays against the Indianapolis Colts and I am expecting him to bounce back. In three of their five games this season, the Colts have surrendered at least 40 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Cooks is the obvious focal point of the Texans’ offense. I think we see him get targeted early and often.
Honorable Mentions: Diontae Johnson vs. SEA, Emmanuel Sanders @ TEN, Robert Woods @ NYG
Sit: Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings
As the touchdowns have slowed, so has Adam Thielen’s production. Yet to crack 60 yards in the last four weeks, we are banking on him to score for him to produce start-worthy fantasy numbers. I am not too confident in him this week as he faces the Carolina Panthers. Holding opposing wide receivers to under 150 yards each game in their last four weeks, this is a tough matchup for Thielen. I am leaving him on the bench.
Honorable Mentions: Robby Anderson vs. MIN, Cole Beasley @ TEN, Tyler Boyd @ DET
Start: Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams
Tyler Higbee has a favorable matchup this week as he goes up against the New York Giants. Allowing at least 75 receiving yards or a touchdown in every game this season to opposing tight ends, I think Higbee will put together a nice game. In a position with not many viable options, I am starting Higbee and not looking back.
Honorable Mentions: Mike Gesicki @ JAX, Noah Fant vs. LV, Ricky Seals-Jones vs. KC
Sit: Robert Tonyan – Green Bay Packers
Failing to score more than two fantasy points in every game except one this season, Robert Tonyan is staying on my bench this week. Going up against the Chicago Bears, I think we see Tonyan struggle yet again. Holding opposing tight ends to under 10 fantasy points every week, I am looking at other options this week. Tonyan has given us no reason to trust him.
Honorable Mentions: Jonnu Smith vs. DAL, Austin Hooper vs. ARZ, T.J. Hockenson vs. CIN
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