Last week was a pretty good week overall, albeit the one miss on Daniel Jones. It wasn’t a total loss though, because when you really think about it the Giants proved that Dallas’s defense is exploitable. Anyway, this week we have more byes and I think you’re starting to get the feel for the way we’ve been doing these starts and sits previously. We’re going to go on a bit of a speed run with Week 6 and figure out where your next fantasy football victory is going to come from.
Lamar Jackson at PHI – This one should be a big game for Lamar Jackson. However, we’ve been thinking that for weeks now and it’s finally time to admit that Jackson could be a huge bust for the 2020 fantasy season. I’m still starting him because I’d rather be too late than too early on Lamar for at least one more week. If he doesn’t explode against this Eagles defense, then it’s finally time to start shopping Jackson or starting your backup quarterback.
Ryan Tannehill vs. HOU – Even with the missed practices, a COVID-19 outbreak, and delaying the game to Tuesday Night Football, Ryan Tannehill played like a man with something to prove in Week 5. 195 passing yards and three touchdowns in addition to 42 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown add up to approximately 30 fantasy points in most leagues. Does this continue against the Texans? In a divisional matchup and at home, I say yes.
- Josh Allen vs. KC
- Patrick Mahomes at BUF
- Kyler Murray at DAL
- Deshaun Watson at TEN
- Aaron Rodgers at TB
- Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. NYJ
Tom Brady vs. GB – Think of last week’s defensive game plan from the Chicago Bears: hitting Tom Brady and disrupting his rhythm, the same as the Bears-Rams game from 2018. The Bears defense completely shut down Jared Goff and the Rams high-octane offense and quite literally gave Bill Belichik the blueprints on how to defeat the Rams, which he used in the Super Bowl only a few months later. What the Bears did to the Buccaneers last week will be the formula for all other defenses going forward and you can be sure Packers head coach Matt LeFleur watched the Bears closely last Thursday night.
Ben Roethlisberger vs. CLE – The Browns held Philip Rivers to under ten fantasy points last week including two interceptions. This Browns team is legit and I think this week they finally get the respect they deserve.
Cam Newton vs. DEN – If you have other options, then definitely explore them. We have no idea how COVID-19 is going to affect Cam Newton’s athleticism and abilities on the football field.
- Carson Wentz vs. BAL
- Teddy Bridgewater vs. CHI
- Philip Rivers vs. CIN
Wide Receiver/Running Back/Tight End Starts
We’re going to avoid the obvious choices here. You don’t need me to tell you to start Ezekiel Elliott every week, right?
Alexander Mattison vs. ATL – Dalvin Cook is slated to miss some time, therefore Alexander Mattison is a must-start. Even if Cook plays, Mattison could see an uptick in action to play it safely with Cook’s health.
Chase Edmonds at DAL – Edmonds is being out-touched by Kenyan Drake 3:1 but is outscoring him in fantasy points. Through the first five weeks, Chase Edmonds has scored an approximate 59.2 fantasy points to Drake’s 51.6 depending on the league’s scoring rules.
Jamison Crowder at MIA – An insane amount of targets and virtually the main weapon in the passing game for the New York Jets should be plenty enough for you to start Crowder weekly.
Robert Tonyan at TB – Even when Davante Adams returns, Tonyan should still see heavy usage considering the nice rapport he and Rodgers have built in recent weeks. I don’t often play two tight ends in my lineup, but if I have a starter and Tonyan on the bench, then they both slide into my starter’s roles and rack up those points.
- David Montgomery at CAR
- Devonta Freeman vs. WAS
- CeeDee Lamb vs. ARI
- Marquise Brown at PHI
- Jimmy Graham at CAR
Wide Receiver/Running Back/Tight End Sits
Cordarrelle Patterson at CAR – What the hell is Cordarrelle Patterson’s role in Chicago? We thought the loss of Tarik Cohen would make his usage go up and it did in certain ways. Unless your league counts kickoff and punt return yards, like my family’s league, then Patterson is most certainly a bench spot this week.
Rob Gronkowski vs. GB – The man is a shell of his former self and I still don’t understand his attempted comeback in 2020. Leave him un-rostered.
- Amari Cooper vs. ARI
- Tyler Boyd at IND
- Devin Singletary vs KC
- Leonard Fournette vs GB
- Tyler Higbee at SF
There are obviously several players left off this list, but this is just a quick overview of certain matchups that jump off the page to me. There are a ton of ways to win your matchup this week and keeping faith with certain players like Lamar Jackson and Chase Edmonds could very well be your meal ticket.
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