Week 6 Starts and Sits
October 16, 2015 | Chet
Welcome back, fake footballers, for the Week 6 Starts and Sits. The intro is going to be short and sweet this week. The burden of my Tyrod Taylor grief weighs heavy like an anvil and I’m not emotionally stable enough to write long intros about fantasy football until TyGod is back on the field. As always, check out the Game Flowbotics spreadsheet to see the numbers behind the picks and check out the video for extra tidbits and explanations:
- Sam Bradford vs. NYG: Is the national fantasy football nightmare over? Is the Eagles’ offense back on track? Many teams have looked good against the Saints, and I’m on board with Philly’s passing game in this match-up too.
- Jay Cutler @ DET: His production in the face of Alshon Jeffery’s absence is promising.
- Blake Bortles vs. HOU: His injury concerns me, but I like this match-up and the return of Julius Thomas should be a boon.
- Ryan Tannehill @ TEN: Hopelessly devoted to the ‘Phins.
- Colin Kaepernick vs. BAL: I believed the Giants would give Kap more trouble in Week 5. They couldn’t pressure him and he produced a top-10 fantasy finish. The Ravens aren’t built to get to Kaepernick either, so he should be usable again.
- T.J. Yeldon vs. HOU: He’s probably an every-week start going forward considering this season’s attrition at the RB position. This may be the last week I highlight him here. Note: He’s questionable. Make sure he starts before using him.
- Lamar Miller @ TEN: See Ryan Tannehill above.
- LeGarrette Blount @ IND: Colts feel like such underdogs in this game that I’m starting to believe their chances of staying competitive are a little underrated. Regardless, there should be plenty of scoring here, and that bodes well for New England’s goal line battering ram.
- Javorius Allen @ SF: Yes, I’m worried about Justin Forsett.
- Charcandrick West @ MIN: Knile Davis could be the guy, but until we see a full game plan minus Jamaal Charles, we have to bank on the Chiefs’ RB usage trends up to this point.
- David Johnson @ PIT: A risky play, but he appears to be the goal line back for the Cards.
- Theo Riddick vs. CHI (for PPR): He’s dinged up and Joique Bell should return, but Ameer Abdullah’s fumbling issues could lead to more touches for Riddick, in spite of the coaching staff’s claim that fumblitis will not be punished. Note: Riddick is Questionable for Sunday.
- Donte Moncrief vs. NE: See LeGarrette Blount above. Colt should be forced to throw at some point. I like Moncrief and his possession-receiver role in that sort of game script.
- Eric Decker vs. WAS: Produces when he plays, Decker is the perfect real-life compliment to Brandon Marshall in the Jets’ scheme.
- Willie Snead vs. ATL: A call made before the Thursday game that didn’t work out particularly well (4 grabs for 55 yards on 5 targets). If you’re interested in TNF starts and sits, check the Game Flowbotics spreadsheet before Thursday games. I periodically work to complete it throughout the week and it updates in real time.
- Marquess Wilson @ DET: Definitely a start if Alshon sits again, but could have flex value even if Alshon plays.
- Kamar Aiken @ SF: I’m still on the bandwagon. Steve Smith can’t possibly be full speed yet. Also, the assumed return of Crockett Gillmore should help free up Aiken more often.
- Josh Huff vs. NYG: Huff is filling the void left by Nelson Agholor admirably. Sneaky deep play this week in a decent match-up.
- Stefon Diggs vs. KC: Another deep flyer, Diggs has seen plenty of targets with Charles Johnson sidelined and he gets to face the woeful Chiefs passing defense this week.
- Gary Barnidge vs. DEN: Continuing volume gives the Barnstormer every-week appeal.
- Jordan Cameron @ TEN: See Ryan Tannehill and Lamar Miller above.
- Crockett Gillmore @ SF: He’s practiced this week. Use him if he’s healthy enough to play.
- Ladarius Green @ GB: Showed he can remain relevant with Gates back in the picture.
- Phillip Rivers @ GB: Rivers has struggled on the road and the Packers have a good passing defense.
- Peyton Manning @ CLE: Completely untrustworthy at this point, even against the Browns.
- Alex Smith @ MIN: He’ll probably have to throw more now that Charles is gone, but I’m not convinced that’s a good thing.
- Kirk Cousins @ NYJ: The Jets’ defense is excellent and they’ve had two weeks to prepare for this game.
- E.J. Manuel vs. CIN: Look elsewhere for a Tyrod Taylor replacement.
- Melvin Gordon @ GB: Green Bay struggles in run defense, but the risk of negative game script nerfs Gordon. This is a Danny Woodhead game.
- Ameer Abdullah vs. CHI: I hope Double-A burns me because I’m starting him in a league or two, but I’m worried about reduced playing time based on his fumbles. With all that said, if Theo Riddick doesn’t play, Abdullah is a start.
- C.J. Anderson & Ronnie Hillman @ CLE: Caveat alert! If Hillman’s tweaked hamstring is a real injury, C.J. Anderson becomes a start. If they both play on Sunday, you can’t confidently use either.
- Matt Jones @ NYJ: See Kirk Cousins above.
- Jonathan Stewart @ SEA: Seahawks at home after a tough loss vs. the Bengals should lead to a statement game against a mediocre Panthers offense.
- T.Y. Hilton vs. NE: It should be easier for New England to game plan against a receiver like Hilton than Donte Moncrief.
- Allen Hurns vs. HOU: He’s probable after a minor ankle injury, but I worry about re-injury or a compensation injury with speed guys like Hurns.
- Pierre Garcon @ NYJ: See Kirk Cousins and Matt Jones above.
- Travis Benjamin vs. DEN: I’ve become a fan, but I can’t recommend him against the Broncos.
- Percy Harvin vs. CIN: I have a hard time believing in Harvin when either Tyrod or Sammy Watkins sit.
- Tedd Ginn @ SEA: See Jonathan Stewart above.
- Michael Floyd @ PIT: Will Floyd really try to take targets away from Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown in an easy match-up like this? I suggest a new strategy, Michael: Let the Wookiee win.
- Charles Clay vs. CIN: See Percy Harvin above.
- Kyle Rudolph vs. KC: Despite generally poor pass defense, the Chiefs have been solid against tight ends.
- Heath Miller vs. ARI: The Cards are much better against tight ends this year relative to the past two and I am avoiding all Steelers not named Antonio or Le’Veon until Roethlisberger returns.
- Owen Daniels @ CLE: Back where he belongs.
Thanks for reading/watching and good luck this week.