Week 6 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em
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We're at the point in the season where Fantasy owners are likely struggling with several lineup decisions. Injuries have ruined rosters, especially at running back, and we don't have several stars this week with Jamaal Charles and Jimmy Graham on a bye.
Your Fantasy teams are likely in great shape if you avoided any injuries thus far, but most owners aren't that lucky. Calvin Johnson (ankle), A.J. Green (toe), Montee Ball (groin), Rashad Jennings (knee) and a host of others could be sidelined, and we could be forced to start rookies like Andre Williams or Branden Oliver , who were just added off the waiver wire.
The good news is quarterback play has been better than ever, especially with Tom Brady rebounding last week against Cincinnati and Peyton Manning flexing his muscles against the Cardinals. We hope to have more good news like that in Week 6 and less of an infirmary report, but the way this season has gone, we might see more gloom and doom ahead.
If there's one thing the Browns have done consistently this season it's run the ball. Whether it's been Ben Tate , Terrance West or Isaiah Crowell , the Browns have been great on the ground.
Cleveland has had a running back reach double digits in Fantasy points in all four outings this year with two 100-yard games and five touchdowns scored. It was West and Crowell in Week 1 against the Steelers, West in Week 2 against New Orleans, Crowell in Week 3 against Baltimore and Tate in Week 5 at Tennessee.
Tate started the first game against the Steelers but suffered a knee injury, leaving with six carries for 41 yards. West took over from there with 16 carries for 100 yards, and Crowell had five carries for 32 yards and two touchdowns.
Tate was out until last week against the Titans, but he returned with a bang on 22 carries for 123 yards. The Browns still plan to use West and Crowell -- who combined for 13 carries for 50 yards against Tennessee -- but it appears like Tate is a featured option.
The Steelers have been better against the run since the first meeting with Cleveland, as Doug Martin in Week 4 is the lone running back to reach double digits in Fantasy points, and Bernard Pierce had over 100 total yards in Week 2. But we expect the Browns to continue their success on the ground this week.
Tate has the potential to be a No. 1 running back this week, and we'd start him in all formats, especially given the injuries at the position and Charles out. He should build off last week's game against the Titans, and Tate is a solid Fantasy option in this offense when healthy.
I'm starting Tate over: Zac Stacy (vs. SF), Stevan Ridley (at BUF), Alfred Morris (at ARI), Doug Martin (vs. BAL), Matt Asiata (vs. DET)
Two games where Roethlisberger left us wanting more were last week at Jacksonville when he had just 14 Fantasy points and Week 1 against Cleveland when he scored 18. He had 365 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception in that game, which was dominated by Le'Veon Bell . Joe Haden (hip) could miss this game, and the Browns just gave up 261 passing yards and four total touchdowns to Jake Locker and Charlie Whitehurst last week. In two of Roethlisberger's last three games in Cleveland he has two touchdowns, and he hasn't thrown an interception there in his last five trips.
Manning stayed hot in Week 5 against Atlanta with 20 Fantasy points in a standard league, and he now has at least 19 points in each of his past four games. He faces an Eagles defense that has allowed every quarterback to throw multiple touchdowns, including Chad Henne in Week 1 and Austin Davis last week. Manning just got a new toy in Odell Beckham , who made his NFL debut in Week 5 and scored against the Falcons. And the Eagles were one of the few teams Manning had success against last year when he scored 19 Fantasy points in their first meeting in Week 5, which was his second-best total of 2013. Manning also has three games with multiple touchdowns in his past four trips to Philadelphia.
Wilson has become an elite Fantasy quarterback this season, and we hope Fantasy owners buy in since his start percentage was just 62 percent on CBSSports.com as of Thursday. He's scored at least 21 Fantasy points in all four games, with his season-high 38 points coming in Week 5 at Washington. He has just one interception on the year, and he's doing a great job running with at least 29 rushing yards in three of four games. We always like Wilson at home, and he has a favorable matchup this week against Dallas. The Cowboys have allowed multiple touchdowns to three of five quarterbacks this season, and Wilson should stay hot in this matchup, especially playing in Seattle.
Cutler hasn't looked good the past two games against the Packers and at the Panthers with four interceptions and a fumble in those outings. But the good news is his Fantasy production hasn't really suffered with at least 20 points in every game this season. He's scored at least two touchdowns in every game, and he's adding value with at least 22 rushing yards in three of his past four outings. The Falcons have allowed at least 20 Fantasy points to each of their past two opponents in Manning and Teddy Bridgewater , and we expect this game to be high-scoring with these two stellar offenses and less-than stellar defenses. Cutler should remain a must-start Fantasy quarterback until he proves otherwise.
The one concern with Rivers this week is the chance the Chargers commit to the running game against the hapless Raiders defense. But since the lead running back is Oliver, as good as he might be, we still have plenty of faith in Rivers to dominate the offense. He's scored at least 22 Fantasy points in four games in a row, and he has three games with three touchdowns over that span, including last week against the Jets when he had 288 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He has three games with multiple touchdowns in his past five meetings with the Raiders, and last year at Oakland he passed for 411 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Oakland has allowed just Ryan Tannehill to score at least 20 Fantasy points this season because teams tend to run on the Raiders, but Rivers should stay hot in this matchup on the road.
SleepersAustin Davis (vs. SF): He has 59 Fantasy points in his past two games.
Ryan Tannehill (vs. GB): Pack has trouble stopping opposing passers on the road.
Brian Hoyer (vs. PIT): He'll top the 15 Fantasy points he had vs. PIT in Week 1.
Foles apologists have plenty of valid excuses why he hasn't been a standout Fantasy quarterback this season. DeSean Jackson is gone, the running game is struggling and there are definite problems on the offensive line. He could still come around and have a great finish this year, including a solid game this week. But the stats don't lie, and Foles has one game with more than 19 Fantasy points. He has five interceptions and three fumbles on the year, and last year he had just four combined in 10 starts. The Giants allowed multiple touchdowns to Matthew Stafford in Week 1, but since then they have surrendered just three passing touchdowns and eight interceptions. Until Foles starts playing like the quarterback we saw in 2013, he should remain on your bench, including this week.
Romo's offensive line should give him time to make plays against the Seahawks, and he's playing well coming into this matchup with at least 19 Fantasy points in three games in a row. But quarterbacks not named Peyton Manning tend to struggle in Seattle, including Aaron Rodgers in Week 1, and he was held to 189 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception. I realize the Seahawks have allowed at least 280 passing yards and two touchdowns in each of their past three games against Rivers, Manning and Kirk Cousins , with only one interception over that span. But I'm not comfortable starting Romo in this matchup on the road. He last played in Seattle in 2012 and finished with 14 Fantasy points in a standard league. If he does better then that, just consider it a bonus this week.
Prior to last week against Brady, the Bengals had yet to allow multiple passing touchdowns in their first three games, including matchups with Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco . Now, Brady beat them up a little bit with 24 Fantasy points, but that score would be a dream for Newton. He has one game with 20 Fantasy points, which was Week 2 against Detroit, and since then he has scored 18 points or less in three consecutive games. Only one quarterback has scored multiple touchdowns in Cincinnati in the past 14 games going back to 2012, which was Andrew Luck last year, and we'd bet on the Bengals defense being fired up after that 43-17 shellacking in New England. They should be able to contain Newton this week.
Glennon has done well in two games as the starter for Tampa Bay with at least 19 Fantasy points against Pittsburgh and New Orleans. He has multiple touchdowns in each game, and he's making a strong case to remain the starter even when Josh McCown returns from his thumb injury. But he'll need an exceptional effort this week against the Ravens, even at home. The Ravens finally allowed multiple touchdowns to an opposing quarterback in Week 5 against the Colts when Luck scored one passing and one rushing touchdown. But Baltimore has yet to allow multiple passing touchdowns, including matchups with Andy Dalton , Roethlisberger and Newton. Glennon is only worth a look as a starter in deep two-quarterback leagues.
Bridgewater is expected to return in Week 6 against the Lions after sitting out Week 5 at Green Bay with an injured ankle. The last time we saw Bridgewater was Week 4 against the Falcons, and he looked smooth en route to 22 Fantasy points. He has yet to throw a passing touchdown, and the Lions have yet to allow multiple touchdowns to an opposing quarterback, including matchups with Eli Manning , Newton and Rodgers. Bridgewater's rushing could also be impacted with his ankle, and he accounted for eight Fantasy points on the ground against the Falcons. With only Drew Brees and Alex Smith on a bye this week, we would pass on using Bridgewater in most two-quarterback leagues.
As Calvin Johnson goes, so typically does Stafford, which you would expect since he plays with the best receiver in the NFL. Johnson is expected to miss this game with an injured ankle, leaving Stafford in a tough spot. Including the game where Johnson got hurt -- Week 3 against Green Bay -- Stafford had three Fantasy points against the Packers, 29 points at the Jets and 12 points in Week 5 against the Bills. Stafford could easily play well against the Vikings this week, and Minnesota has allowed each of the past three opposing quarterbacks to score at least 20 Fantasy points, including Brees, Ryan and Rodgers. But Stafford without Megatron makes him an ordinary quarterback, and you should bench Stafford this week if you can. Just use our rankings to see where Stafford stacks up to the competition this week.
Williams will start this week for the injured Jennings, and we're excited for his outlook against the Eagles. He's done well the past two games with 35 carries for 131 yards and two touchdowns and two catches for 18 yards against the Redskins and Falcons, and he should do more heavy lifting this week against the Eagles. Philadelphia has allowed six touchdowns to opposing running backs, with four reaching double digits in Fantasy points. Four running backs have already rushed for at least 70 yards against the Eagles, who could be without linebackers DeMeco Ryans (groin) and Mychal Kendricks (calf).
Oliver took over for the injured Donald Brown (concussion) in Week 5 against the Jets and had 19 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown and four catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. He became the first running back to score against the Jets and reach double digits in Fantasy points, which is a nice accomplishment. Brown is likely out in Week 6 against the Raiders, and we don't expect Ryan Mathews (knee) to return either. That gives Oliver a featured role against the Raiders, who have allowed five touchdowns to opposing running backs and four to reach double digits in Fantasy points. We hope Oliver doesn't let us down, but given the circumstances with San Diego's backfield and the matchup with Oakland, we'd gamble on him as at least a flex option this week.
Bradshaw had his worst Fantasy game of the season in Week 5 against Baltimore with just five points. He did have a season-high 15 carries, and he finished with 85 total yards. But he lost a fumble and failed to score for the first time since Week 2. We expect him to rebound this week against the Texans, who have allowed three touchdowns to opposing running backs and six to score at least eight Fantasy points. The Colts are without starting guards Jack Mewhort and Hugh Thornton this week, but Bradshaw has four games this season with at least seven Fantasy points as a receiver out of the backfield. He should be considered a solid No. 2 Fantasy running back in all leagues.
The Ravens plan to use all three running backs moving forward with Forsett, Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro , but Forsett is the best of the bunch heading into Week 6. He has at least 90 total yards in each of the past two games against Carolina and Indianapolis, and he's scored in both outings. Tampa Bay has allowed seven touchdowns to opposing running backs, including four last week to the Saints with Pierre Thomas scoring twice, Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet . Six running backs have reached double digits in Fantasy points, and Forsett has also been great catching the ball with at least four receptions in four of five games.
Jackson had his best game of the season in Week 5 at the Giants with 13 carries for 37 yards and a touchdown and five catches for 37 yards. He now has a touchdown in two of his past three games, and it could have been three in a row since he was ruled down at the 1-yard line in Week 4 at Minnesota. The Bears have allowed a short-area touchdown run in each of their past two games, and five running backs have scored at least eight Fantasy points against Chicago this year. Jackson also has at least nine Fantasy points in four of his past five home games going back to last year with four touchdowns over that span.
SleepersJoique Bell (at MIN): Reggie Bush is out so Bell should dominate touches.
Fred Jackson (vs. NE): He has a good history going against the Patriots.
Ronnie Hillman (at NYJ): He should do well with Montee Ball hurt.
Bishop Sankey (vs. JAC): Shonn Greene is out so this should be a big week.
Storm Johnson (at TEN): He could emerge as the starter for the Jaguars.
There are two things that could work in Asiata's favor this week. His two best games have come at home with 13 Fantasy points against the Patriots in Week 2 and 27 points against Atlanta in Week 4. And he's done well following a poor game, which he had in Week 5 at Green Bay with 15 carries for 72 yards and a lost fumble. But he should struggle again this week against the Lions, who have allowed three touchdowns to opposing running backs and four to reach double digits in Fantasy points. Asiata will likely split touches with Jerick McKinnon again this week, and I would only consider him as a flex option in 12-team leagues.
Martin will remain the starter and primary ball carrier for Tampa Bay, but he needs to play better than he has the past two games. He did have 11 Fantasy points at the Steelers in Week 4, but he's combined for 28 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown and five catches for 45 yards over that span. The Ravens have allowed two touchdowns to opposing running backs and two to reach double digits in Fantasy points, but no running back has run for at least 60 yards against this defense. Bobby Rainey is also taking some work away from Martin, and I have no faith in him as anything more than a flex against the Ravens with how he's performed thus far.
Stacy is expected to play against the 49ers on Monday night, but he'll be less than 100 percent after dealing with a calf injury in Week 5 at the Eagles. Prior to getting hurt at Philadelphia, Stacy appeared to turn the corner with double digits in Fantasy points in consecutive games against Tampa Bay and Dallas, but now he might be back in a timeshare with Benny Cunningham , who did well against the Eagles once Stacy went down. The 49ers have done well against the run this year even with NaVorro Bowman (knee) out as DeMarco Murray in Week 1 is the lone running back to reach double digits in Fantasy points, including matchups with Matt Forte , LeSean McCoy and Charles. Stacy had seven Fantasy points at San Francisco in Week 13 last year on 19 carries for 72 yards, and that's about the best you should expect from him this week.
This is a difficult two-game stretch for Morris and the Redskins having to face Seattle and Arizona in consecutive games. Morris was held to 13 carries for 29 yards and one catch for minus-2 yards against the Seahawks in Week 5, and the Cardinals could cause similar problems. They have allowed three touchdowns to opposing running backs, but no one has gained more than 65 rushing yards, including Mathews, Jennings and Frank Gore . Morris will have to score to salvage his Fantasy production, and he hasn't scored in his past six road games going back to last season. He's a low-end starting option in standard leagues at best.
Spiller's Fantasy owners got excited in Week 5 at Detroit when Fred Jackson went down with an ankle injury. Not that any one wants to see an injury, but if Jackson were to miss time then Spiller could be a star. But Jackson is expected to play against the Patriots, meaning Spiller will remain in his part-time role. He has yet to rush for a touchdown this season, and he hit a new low against the Lions with 10 carries for 8 yards and three catches for 25 yards. New England has been hit or miss against the run this year with Knowshon Moreno going off against them in Week 1 and Charles and Knile Davis following suit in Week 4, with both games on the road. But last week the Patriots held Giovani Bernard to seven Fantasy points, and that's the likely total to expect from Spiller this week. I'd rather start Jackson, who has double digits in Fantasy points in four of his past five meetings with the Patriots.
Solving the Patriots riddle at running back is the most difficult thing to figure out on a weekly basis. We thought Ridley would struggle against the Bengals last week, but instead he had his second 100-yard rushing game and touchdown of the season. We'll find out if he can follow up on that performance with another solid effort this week against the Bills, but Buffalo has yet to allow a running back to score this season. Forte is the lone running back with double digits in Fantasy points against the Bills, but he needed eight catches for 87 yards in Week 1. Shane Vereen might have more success as a receiver out of the backfield this week than Ridley as a rusher, but use your own judgment in trusting Ridley this week. I'm expecting a letdown after last week, especially if Kyle Williams (knee) and Nigel Bradham (knee) are healthy for Buffalo's defense.
Welker has looked like his old self in the two games he's played since returning from suspension. He had six catches for 60 yards on nine targets in Week 3 at Seattle, and he had seven catches for 58 yards on nine targets against Arizona last week. He has a good history against the Jets going back to his days with the Patriots with three games with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league in his past five meetings. The Jets have struggled with receivers all season, allowing six touchdowns and seven to score at least nine Fantasy points. Welker should be at least a No. 3 receiver in standard leagues this week with the chance to be a Top 20 option if he scores his first touchdown of the year.
Jackson missed practice with injured ribs Wednesday, so check back on his status prior to setting your lineup. But if he plays as expected then start him with confidence. Since Glennon has taken over for McCown against the Falcons in Week 3, Jackson has two touchdowns and his first 100-yard outing, which was Week 5 at New Orleans. He has 22 targets in Glennon's two starts, and the Ravens have struggled with No. 1 receivers all season. Green, Antonio Brown , Kelvin Benjamin and T.Y. Hilton all had at least 90 receiving yards or a touchdown against Baltimore this year, and we expect Jackson to follow suit if he's 100 percent.
Hilton is still looking for his first touchdown this year, but he's been great the past three weeks with at least eight Fantasy points in each game against Jacksonville, Tennessee and Baltimore. He has a great history against the Texans with 22 catches for 388 yards and five touchdowns in his past four games, and he has at least 78 yards in all four outings. The Texans have allowed six touchdowns to opposing receivers, and six have scored at least nine Fantasy points. Hilton is hot right now, and he should be started in all leagues. He's having a breakout season in his third year.
I've listed Tate in this column almost every week this season, and this is likely the last time we'll keep him here based on his start percentage. He's been awesome the past two games with Calvin Johnson at less than 100 percent with 15 catches for 250 yards and a touchdown on 20 targets against the Jets and Buffalo. He should stay hot again this week if Johnson is out as expected, and the Vikings have allowed seven touchdowns to opposing receivers and six to gain at least 70 receiving yards. I expected Tate to have a breakout year in Detroit, but so far he's exceeded my expectations through five games.
There's the obvious fear of a letdown game for Quick after he was dominant in Week 5 at the Eagles with five catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns on nine targets. Or he could just keep rolling based on his overall play this season. He's scored at least seven Fantasy points in all four games this year in a standard league and at least 14 points in PPR. His targets have remained consistent with nine in three of four games, and he's found the end zone in each of the past two outings against Dallas and Philadelphia. The 49ers have allowed six touchdowns to opposing receivers and four to reach double digits in Fantasy points, and we expect Quick to remain a quality Fantasy option in all formats this week. Hopefully, Fantasy owners will start to buy in because this is another third-year breakout candidate.
SleepersDevin Hester (vs. CHI): He could deliver a big play against his former team.
Allen Robinson (at TEN): The targets are there, and the production will follow.
Andre Roberts (at ARI): He's facing his former team and has scored in two straight.
Mohamed Sanu (vs. CAR): He'll be the No. 1 guy this week with Green out.
Brian Hartline (vs. GB): He's scored at least seven points in each of his past two games.
Watkins did a nice job in his first start with new quarterback Kyle Orton . He had a season-high 12 targets at Detroit, and he finished with seven catches for 87 yards. But this week he'll have to match up with Darrelle Revis , who should make things tough on the rookie. Revis did a great job on Green in Week 5 before briefly leaving the field. Once he was off, Green caught a touchdown. The Patriots also get cornerback Brandon Browner back from suspension, so this secondary could be tough for most opposing receiving corps moving forward.
Williams has been great all season and looks like the breakout candidate I expected. He has five touchdowns on the year and has scored at least 11 Fantasy points in a standard league three times. But heading into Seattle, I would only consider him a No. 3 receiver at best. The good news is the No. 2 receiver against the Seahawks has done well with Randall Cobb , Emmanuel Sanders and DeSean Jackson all reaching double digits in Fantasy points. We'll find out if Williams can follow suit, but he has yet to have more than seven targets in any game. And the lone game where he didn't score was Week 2 at Tennessee when he had two catches for 20 yards. I hope Williams does well, but I'd be hesitant to start him this week on the road.
Hopkins, like Williams, is having a breakout season. He's scored three touchdowns on the season and reached eight Fantasy points at least four times. But this could be a tough matchup for him, especially on Thursday night. The Colts allow a league-low 13.0 Fantasy points per game to opposing receivers, which is bad news for the struggling Andre Johnson as well, and just two receivers have reached double digits in Fantasy points against them all season, which were Jeremy Maclin and Allen Hurns . They have limited Demaryius Thomas , Sanders and Steve Smith to a combined 15 Fantasy points, and this could be Hopkins' worst game of the season thus far.
Jackson's status could hinge on Patrick Peterson (ankle) playing this week, but we're expecting him to be on the field. Jackson was great last week against the Seahawks with five catches for 157 yards and a touchdown, but he has a bad history against the Cardinals. In two meetings in each of the past two seasons while with the Eagles, Jackson has combined for six catches and 79 yards with no touchdowns. Peterson did a great job to contain Jackson last year with three catches for 36 yards, and we'd only use Jackson as a boom-or-bust No. 3 receiver this week. Keep in mind he has double digits in Fantasy points in two of his past three games but no points in his other outing against the Giants in Week 4.
Jones got off to a good start this season with two touchdowns in his first two games and at least nine Fantasy points in each outing. Since then, Jones has combined for 12 Fantasy points, and he shouldn't even be considered a No. 3 receiver this week. Derek Carr (knee) is banged up, and the Raiders should be more committed to running the ball than before with Tony Sparano taking over as the interim head coach for the fired Dennis Allen. The Chargers also lead the NFL with just one touchdown allowed to opposing receivers, so on top of Jones being too difficult to trust, this is a brutal matchup for the already struggling Oakland passing game.
I'm hesitant to bench Smith based on how he's done so far this season, and the Tampa Bay secondary is far from daunting. But Smith has a terrible history against the Buccaneers. He has no touchdowns in his past five meetings against Tampa Bay and just one game with more than 65 receiving yards when he was with Carolina. Things have definitely changed for Smith, who has three games with double digits in Fantasy points already this season and at least 70 receiving yards in four of five games. The Ravens have said they want to get Torrey Smith more involved, and he could see an uptick in targets this week, which could take away from Steve Smith . He should still be considered at least a No. 3 receiver this week, but don't be surprised if his bad production against the Buccaneers continues. Sometimes players just have off games against certain teams, and Smith could be that way with the Bucs.
Walker should get back on track this week against the Jaguars after his worst game of the season in Week 5 against the Browns. He was held to four catches for 47 yards on four targets, but the Jaguars have been good for tight ends all season. Jacksonville has allowed five touchdowns to opposing tight ends, and San Diego in Week 4 is the lone team to not have a tight end score against the Jaguars, which was unfortunately Antonio Gates . Walker has three games with at least nine Fantasy points, and we expect him to get back in that range this week.
Ebron has taken on a bigger role the past two games with Joseph Fauria (ankle) out, and he could be needed even more now with Calvin Johnson ailing. Ebron had three catches for 34 yards and a touchdown in Week 4 at the Jets, and he nearly scored in Week 5 against Buffalo before the touchdown was overturned. He has four targets in each of those games, and Stafford might have to give him a few more chances to make plays with the uncertainty in this passing game. The Vikings have only allowed one touchdown to an opposing tight end, but Ebron is worth the gamble as a low-end starter this week if Johnson is out as expected. It will help Ebron if Harrison Smith (ankle) is unable to play.
The Bucs have given up two touchdowns to tight ends, which were Greg Olsen in Week 1 and Heath Miller in Week 4. Last week, with Jimmy Graham (shoulder) hurt in the first half, the Saints tight ends still combined for 10 catches for 132 yards. Daniels has 13 targets in two starts since Dennis Pitta (hip) got hurt, and he played well in Week 5 at the Colts with five catches for 70 yards. I like him as a Top 10 tight end this week.
SleepersDwayne Allen (at HOU): All he does is score touchdowns.
Jordan Reed (at ARI): He should return this week and shine vs. ARI.
Timothy Wright (at BUF): Let's hope last week is a sign of things to come.
At some point Cameron will have a breakthrough game, and hopefully it will happen soon. He's dealt with a shoulder injury this season, but he's combined for just nine Fantasy points in three games with no touchdowns. The Steelers have allowed three touchdowns to opposing tight ends, but they have done well against Cameron in their past three meetings with 10 catches for 148 yards and no touchdowns on 22 targets. I hope Cameron comes around and starts delivering on the preseason hype, but he's not trustworthy now as a must-start Fantasy option.
Witten continues to do a great job for the Cowboys as an all-around tight end, but his Fantasy production has suffered because of his blocking prowess. He has yet to score a touchdown this year, and his best game was five catches for 61 yards in Week 4 against New Orleans. He also hasn't had more than five targets in any game over the past three weeks. Seattle has struggled with tight ends this season with five touchdowns allowed to Gates (three), Julius Thomas and Jacob Tamme , but Witten doesn't have a red-zone target yet this season, which makes it tough for him to score. Until we see the Witten of old start playing at a high level again he should remain benched in most standard leagues.
Like Cameron, we hope Ertz comes around, and he looked so good in the first two games this season with seven catches for 163 yards and a touchdown against Jacksonville and Indianapolis. Since then, Ertz has combined for nine catches, 96 yards and no touchdowns despite 15 targets, and it's also tough to trust him in the majority of leagues. The Giants have been tough on tight ends this year with no touchdowns allowed and only Niles Paul gaining more than 43 receiving yards in Week 4. They haven't exactly faced an elite tight end with matchups against Detroit, Arizona, Houston, Washington and Atlanta, but Ertz isn't playing at an elite level right now.
Miller doesn't have a good track record against the Browns. In his past five meetings against Cleveland, he has just 18 catches for 170 yards and no touchdowns, and his best game over that span was six Fantasy points at Cleveland in 2012. He has one touchdown at Cleveland in his past five trips there, which was 2011. And the Browns have done well against tight ends not named Graham this year. While Graham had 10 catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns against the Browns in Week 2, they have held Miller and Walker to a combined six Fantasy points after Miller had three catches for 26 yards in Week 1.
We had Bryant as a sit last week, and he had a decent game with eight Fantasy points at the Giants. But that was his fourth game in a row with single digits in Fantasy points, and it was his first game since Week 1 with multiple field goals. We like him better indoors, and this game should be a bonanza of offensive production. The Bears have already allowed two kickers to reach double digits in Fantasy with Dan Carpenter in Week 1 and Nick Folk in Week 3. And Bryant has made at least two field goals in four of his past five games going back to last year.
SleepersBlair Walsh (vs. DET): He made four field goals at home in Week 4.
Dan Carpenter (vs. NE): He's made multiple field goals three times this year.
Josh Brown (at PHI): He's scored at least nine Fantasy points in three straight games.
Bailey has been great this season with three games of at least 10 Fantasy points, and he hasn't had fewer than eight points in his past four games. I love Bailey and drafted him in all leagues, but I don't love his matchup this week at Seattle. The Seahawks have only allowed one kicker to make multiple field goals, which was Nick Novak in Week 2. And last year, only two kickers scored double digits in Fantasy points against the Seahawks, including none at home. I don't know if I would drop Bailey in the majority of leagues since he's so talented and doesn't have a bye until Week 11, but I'm not expecting a big game.
The Broncos DST has been a disappointment this season given all their new additions on defense since they have just one game with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league, which was Week 5 against the Cardinals. Through four games, the Broncos have just three interceptions and 11 sacks with no defensive or special teams touchdowns. Facing the Jets is a good way to fix their woes. The Jets have allowed at least one interception in every game this season and at least two sacks. They have scored 19 points or less in all but one game, and last week they were shut out at San Diego with just 151 yards of total offense. The Broncos should build a lead in this game, forcing the Jets into a lot of throwing late. That could lead to some turnovers, and we like the Broncos DST as a Top 5 unit this week.
SleepersTitans (vs. JAC): The Jaguars have been good for all opposing DSTs this year.
Giants (at PHI): NYG could be great this week if Foles remains turnover prone.
Ravens (at TB): Glennon has two interceptions in two games as a starter.
The Eagles DST continues to be a fantastic unit this season with seven touchdowns on the year, including two in Week 5 against the Rams off a blocked punt and a fumble recovery. But as a defense, however, they aren't great. They allow the seventh-most points per game at 132, and they are in the middle of the pack in interceptions (three) and sacks (11). You run the risk of another defense or special teams score by benching them, but the Giants have done a nice job avoiding turnovers of late with just one interception and two fumbles in their past three games. I don't expect a quality stat line from the Eagles DST if they don't score a touchdown, so take that into consideration when starting them this week.
Full Disclosure from Week 5
Philip Rivers did great as our Start of the Week, and he finished as a Top 5 Fantasy quarterback. I'll say here what I said last week: more Fantasy owners need to start him since his start percentage is just 74 percent on CBSSports.com heading into Week 6.
Rivers was overshadowed by another quarterback we had started in Russell Wilson , who was No. 2 at his position behind Peyton Manning . We also had starters in the No. 3 running back in Andre Ellington , the No. 5 receiver in Golden Tate and sleepers who shined in Justin Forsett , Khiry Robinson , Andre Williams , Ben Tate and Brian Quick .
Our good sit calls included Nick Foles , Alfred Morris , Darren Sproles , Pierre Garcon , Cordarrelle Patterson , Larry Fitzgerald , Andre Johnson , Jason Witten and Zach Ertz . But I missed on several start calls in Colin Kaepernick , Kelvin Benjamin , DeAndre Hopkins , Steve Smith , Heath Miller and Larry Donnell .
I also whiffed on the Patriots and Bengals, saying to sit Brady and Dalton, who both scored at least 21 Fantasy points, and Ridley was a Top 10 running back. I struggled with sit quarterbacks the most last week with Kirk Cousins also finishing as a Top 10 quarterback, and I also recommended to sit Kendall Wright , who finished as a Top 5 receiver.
|Player||Fantasy Pts. (proj.)||Fantasy Pts. (actual)||Pos. rank|
|Philip Rivers , QB, Chargers||26||27||4|
|Russell Wilson , QB, Seahawks||21||38||2|
|Andre Ellington , RB, Cardinals||12||26||3|
|Golden Tate , WR, Lions||12||19||5|
|Nick Foles , QB, Eagles||18||17||19|
|Andre Johnson , WR, Texans||8||5||40|
|Alfred Morris , RB, Redskins||6||2||52|
|Colin Kaepernick , QB, 49ers||23||15||22|
|Bishop Sankey , RB, Titans||12||2||51|
|Larry Donnell , TE, Giants||12||0||46|
|Tom Brady , QB, Patriots||16||24||8|
|Kendall Wright , WR, Titans||5||20||4|
|Stevan Ridley , RB, Patriots||6||17||8|