As we move towards the halfway point of the season and the bye weeks start to pile up, setting your fantasy football lineup can be daunting. Let’s take a look at the match-ups for and break down your best options to start or sit as you fight for a win Week Six.
Bye weeks: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Seattle.
Deshaun Watson (QB - HOU vs CLE)
As if it could be anyone else. Watson has been absolutely unstoppable since taking over in Houston, and he gets a great match-up with the Browns this week. Averaging over 280 yards and four touchdowns per game over the last three weeks, Watson is currently the top-ranked fantasy option at his position. And did I mention he’s playing the Browns? Get him in your lineup.
Mike Wallace (WR - BAL vs CHI)
Wallace has had back-to-back impressive games with 188 yards and a score over the last two weeks. He also has a favorable matchup against the Bears defense this weekend and seems to be emerging as a clear favorite target for quarterback Joe Flacco. He’s a solid play this week.
Will Fuller (WR - HOU vs CLE)
Speaking of good matchups, Fuller is back in a big way for the Texans and has a cupcake opponent in the Browns’ defense this weekend. Fuller has four touchdowns and 92 yards in two weeks since returning from a collarbone injury and is a big time target for Deshaun Watson. He’s a great option for fantasy this weekend.
Alvin Kamara (RB - NO vs DET)
Kamara’s role has been slowly increasing since Week One and the departure of Adrian Peterson means the Saints are ready to go all-in on their rookie running back. With a favorable game against the Lions on the schedule this week, Kamara should be started in all leagues.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE -NYJ vs NE)
Jenkins is trending upward for fantasy purposes, nabbing his first touchdown of the season last week and steadily building his number of catches. The Patriots’ pass defense has been poor this year, putting Seferian-Jenkins in a good position to put up a solid game for fantasy owners.
Derek Carr (QB - OAK vs LAC)
Carr is supposed to return to action this weekend, but could still struggle as he gets back on the field after a serious injury. The Chargers have been solid against the pass this year and Carr hasn’t had a good fantasy game since Week Two. Sit him in favor of a QB that is 100% healthy if you can.
Amari Cooper (WR - OAK vs LAC)
What is wrong with Cooper this seasoN? No more than five receptions in a single game and he hasn’t eclipsed 35 yards or found the end zone since the season opener. He should be on your bench until the Raiders can figure it out.
Latavius Murray (RB - MIN vs GB)
I thought Murray would be the guy in Minnesota after Dalvin Cook went down with an injury, but it seems like Jerrick McKinnon will be the lead back instead. McKinnon took more than double the snaps Murray did last week. Barring some big shift in the backfield, Murray should be on your bench.
Julius Thomas (TE - MIA vs ATL)
Thomas has been a non-factor for fantasy purposes all season and now faces off with a tough Falcons defense as well. Finding a dependable tight end is difficult, but there are probably better options on your waiver wire.
What are your thoughts, fantasy owners? What players are you looking to start or sit in Week Six? What match-ups are you targeting or avoiding? You can discuss in the comments section below.