Week 6 brings a four-team bye on the schedule as fantasy owners adjust to the absence of the Raiders, Chargers (and red-hot rookie QB Justin Herbert), Saints and Seahawks.
That means streaming options and overall depth come into play, making this another week where how well an owner drafted comes into play.
This week’s start/sit offers some good news for Falcons QB Matt Ryan and confirmation that the Chase Claypool hype isn’t a one-week wonder. On the flip side, finding a streamer is a must for Jared Goff owners.
START: Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons: Held without a touchdown pass in each of his past two games, Ryan gets a solid opportunity to rebound against a Vikings defence susceptible to big passing plays (29th in air yards allowed). Star wide receiver Julio Jones (hamstring) may return to the lineup. If so, there should be little fear in playing Ryan.
SIT: Jared Goff, QB, Rams: Despite having a 12 to 3 touchdown to interception margin in six previous starts against the 49ers, Goff is best served remaining on fantasy benches. Goff has averaged just 197 passing yards per game against the Niners, who have allowed the third-fewest passing yards per game (215.6) along with seeking to rebound after struggling against Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 5.
START: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Colts: Only the Lions and Texans allow more rushing yards per game than the Bengals (159). That makes Taylor a strong must start despite the fact he had just 12 carries in last week’s loss to the Browns. The Colts will look to make Taylor a focal point early in order to help keep QB Philip Rivers from having to throw more than 30 passes. Indy is 3-0 when Rivers attempts fewer than 25 passes, so the less of Rivers means the better for Taylor’s fantasy owners.
SIT: Devin Singletary, RB, Bills: Singletary struggled (11 carries, 25 yards) in his chance to carry the bulk of Buffalo’s run game in Tuesday’s loss to the Titans. He’s eclipsed the 70-yard barrier just once this season with only one rushing touchdown. Even if Zack Moss (toe) remains sidelined, Singletary is too much of a risk as an RB2 against a Chiefs defence that allows 5.0 yards per carry and is 23rd in fantasy points per game allowed to opposing backs.
START: Chase Claypool, WR, Steelers: The hype — and talent — are real. Claypool averages 16.2 yards per touch and the 72.5% snap count he’s averaged the past two games is a clear sign he’s going to get passes from QB Ben Roethlisberger. Another four-TD outing is too much to expect, but count on Claypool to thrive against a Browns defence that’s 30th in both fantasy points per game allowed to opposing receivers and touchdown passes allowed (12).
SIT: Travis Fulgham, WR, Eagles: Fulgham has been a revelation the past two games, catching 12 passes for 209 yards and two scores. He’s going to be a popular streaming option, but expectations must be tempered as Fulgham must contend with a Ravens defence that’s seventh in fewest fantasy points allowed per game to opposing receivers and has allowed just six passing touchdowns.
START: Eric Ebron, TE, Steelers: Ebron has averaged six targets in his past three games and should have a strong performance in yardage against the Browns, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing TEs. Sunday has the makings of a big game for the Pittsburgh offence and there’s every reason to buy into Ebron serving as a contributor.
SIT: Logan Thomas, TE, Washington: A promising start from Thomas has turned into major disappointment as he has just two catches for 12 yards the past two weeks. The Giants are 11th in passing yards allowed per game and when combined with the uncertainty surrounding who could get the ball to Thomas, it makes sense to simply find another option.
START: DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins: Parker will likely get more than the three targets he had in last week’s win at the 49ers. With QB Ryan Fitzpatrick averaging 288.5 passing yards per game in his past four starts, look for Parker to rack up WR1-caliber numbers at the expense of a Jets defence that allows the eighth-most passing yards per game (265.6) in the league.
SIT: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Panthers: This is the one week not to consider Bridgewater as a streaming option, as his recent resurgence is expected to come to a halt against a Bears defence that is second only to the Colts in fewest fantasy points allowed per game to opposing QBs. Chicago has also limited opposing passers to a 77.1 passer rating, the second-lowest mark in the league.
START: Todd Gurley, RB, Falcons: Coming off his best outing of the season, Gurley faces off against a Vikings defence that has allowed the eighth-most rushing yards in the league. Minnesota also allows an average of 5.2 catches per game to opposing RBs, which only enhances Gurley’s potential in PPR formats.
SIT: Golden Tate, WR, Giants: Even in PPR formats, Tate’s value continues to decline. Despite having at least four receptions in each game this season, Tate hasn’t scored and has failed to exceed 47 yards in a game. Don’t count on Tate’s numbers to rise against Washington, which has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing receivers.
START: Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions: Surprisingly, Stafford has yet to cross the 300-yard mark this season. That should change as he and a healthy WR Kenny Golladay return from a bye week to face a Jaguars defence that’s allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Jacksonville has also given up 11 touchdown passes, making Stafford — who has thrown multiple touchdown passes in each of his past three games — more appealing.
SIT: Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington: Count McLaurin as someone who misses QB Dwayne Haskins. McLaurin had just three catches for 26 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Rams, and with the level of uncertainty at quarterback, it’s best to sit McLaurin despite the fact the Giants are 22nd in the league in fantasy points allowed per game to opposing WRs.
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Brandon C. Williams, The Associated Press