We are headed into Week Six, where Minnesota and Tampa Bay both have byes. Let’s take a look at who will benefit from a good matchup or suffer from a bad one, who is a must-start, and who you should keep on your bench this weekend.
Texans’ Start of the Week:
Last week it was hard to recommend a Texans’ player to start against the daunting Vikings’ defense. This week, Houston’s offense will get the chance to bounce back against the Colts and should have a much easier time racking up fantasy points.
I like Will Fuller this week against Indianapolis. I think he’s had the best connection with Brock Osweiler thus far, and DeAndre Hopkins has been the one drawing the more difficult coverage. Both of those spell big plays for Fuller, though I think Lamar Miller also gets a nod as a must-start against the Colts’ defense.
Start Em’/Sit Em’ Around the League:
Marcus Mariota (QB—TEN): The Titans’ QB has a solid matchup this week against the Browns’ defense. He threw for three touchdowns last week against Miami and should have another good fantasy performance on Sunday.
Frank Gore (RB—IND): Houston has been terrible against the run this season, and I don’t see that changing in Week Six. Gore has had a decent amount of touches with the Colts and should do well against the Texans’ defense.
Zach Ertz (TE—PHI): I had Ertz in this column last week, but he didn’t do as well in his first week back from injury as we hoped. The tight end will continue developing chemistry with QB Carson Wentz, and should produce this week against the Redskins, who have the 27th overall defense.
Jordan Howard (RB—CHI): Jacksonville has been mediocre against the run this year, and Howard has been exceptional in Jeremy Langford’s stead. That combination should bode well for fantasy owners. Howard should be a big playmaker in Week Six.
Kelvin Benjamin (WR—SEA): As long as Cam Newton is back on the field this weekend, Benjamin should be a great play against the Saints’ defense. New Orleans and Carolina both boast high-scoring offenses, and a shootout could mean big points for Benjamin. On that note, Saints’ WRs Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks are good options this week as well.
Tyrell Williams (WR—SD): Williams hasn’t had to face a really tough defense yet this season, but that streak will end this week with Denver. He isn’t the safest start this week against the number six overall defense in the NFL.
Duke Johnson Jr. (RB—CLE): Johnson has been outplayed and out-touched by fellow Browns’ RB Isaiah Crowell. His mediocre production has been a disappointment to fantasy owners and will likely continue this week. I know it’s hard to bench any RB right now, but keep Johnson on your bench if you can.
Dwayne Allen (TE—IND): Every week, I have put the tight end who is facing the Texans’ defense in this column, and every week it has been the right decision. Houston has shut down top-tier tight ends all season, largely thanks to the coverage of A.J. Bouye. Allen will join the ranks of tight ends contained by the Texans’ defense and should stay on your bench this week.
Do you have any of your own recommendations for Week Six? Who else are you starting or sitting? What matchups are you avoiding or taking advantage of? Use the comments section to talk lineup advice and to ask fantasy questions.