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Week 6 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

Week 6 is here. Each week I will be taking a look at some players with favorable matchups that are start-worthy and others with not-so-favorable matchups that you should keep on the bench. If you are a daily fantasy player, some of these starts could be great values. Be sure to check back often for updated player rankings and weekly waiver wire targets.

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Start ‘Em

Colin Kaepernick (QB, San Francisco 49ers) vs. Baltimore Ravens

Kaepernick finally looked pretty good for the first time this season in his Week 5 matchup. Sooner or later the team is going to realize they need to maximize his potential by giving him more freedom. He’s good, but he won’t stay afloat trying to be a pocket passer alone. All of that said, I really like Kaep going into the Niners’ Week 6 matchup versus Baltimore. He’s coming off a nice week and this week he’ll be facing a Ravens defense that is giving up the most fantasy points to opposing QBs. Let’s get a little confidence back in Kaepernick.

Jay Cutler (QB, Chicago Bears) at Detroit Lions

Cutler had a solid performance last week and things are looking up as receiver Alshon Jeffery should be making it back to the field soon. Maybe even this week. The Bears face the Detroit Lions in Week 6, and that certainly bodes well. The Lions have been an embarrassment thus far in 2015. Their defense is giving up nearly 20 points per week to opposing QBs. It’s a good week to play Cutler.

Eddie Lacy (RB, Green Bay Packers) vs. San Diego Chargers

Lacy hasn’t quite been performing as well this season as his fantasy owners have hoped. However, it’s looking up in Week 6. The Pack will be facing a Chargers defense that has surrendered the most fantasy points to running backs this season. Lacy is a good play this week.

C.J. Anderson (RB, Denver Broncos) at Cleveland Browns

Speaking of under performing running backs, C.J. Anderson owners have suffered this season. The logic still prevails that Anderson will find success at some point under Kubiak’s system. Going into Week 6 things are certainly looking up. He and the Broncos will be facing a Browns defense that has suffered against opposing running backs. They’ve given up the fourth most fantasy points to RBs thus far  in 2015.

Shane Vereen (RB, New York Giants) at Philadelphia Eagles

At this points we all know that Vereen’s threat is as a receiving option and he’s a good play going into Week 6. Beckham and Randle are nursing a hamstring injuries, and it’s a near sure thing that the team will find ways to make Vereen a big part of the offense. While the have been relatively good against the run, they’ve suffered versus the pass giving up the fourth most fantasy points to receivers. Look for Vereen to play his joker role well and have a good Week 6.

Eric Decker (WR, New York Jets) vs. Washington Redskins

Sure, Brandon Marshall is the clear number one and will see the majority of targets in Week 6. But, Decker has been solid and is particularly good as a red zone target. He’s scored a touchdown every week he’s played so far this season. The matchup is good as the Jets will be facing a Washington defense that’s giving up over 23 fantasy points per week to wide receivers.

Golden Tate (WR, Detroit Lions) vs. Chicago Bears

Tate has managed 50+ receiving yards each week this season, but has failed to find the end zone. Defense and game plan dictate a great deal, and this week he’ll be in a very favorable matchup against a Bears team that has struggled in covering slot receivers. Look for him to monopolize on short routes and YAC in Week 6.

Donte Moncrief (WR, Indianapolis Colts) vs. New England Patriots

Moncrief has some things working in his favor going into the Colts tough matchup versus the undefeated Patriots. First, the New England defense is giving up over 22 fantasy points per week to wide receivers. Second, he should benefit from T.Y. Hilton drawing double coverage that should leave him in single coverage scenarios that can be monopolized upon. It’s going to be a tough game, but I like Moncrief as a sneaky play in this one.

Tyler Eifert (TE, Cincinnati Benglas) at Buffalo Bills

Cincinnati will be facing a tough Bills defense in Week 6. Tough though it may be, it could be a good week for Tyler Eifert. While A.J. Green will be given fits from Buffalo’s strong secondary, Eifert could be getting great looks in advantage single coverage mismatches. The Bills defense is giving up an average of 7.4 fantasy points to TEs this season. Eifert is a good start.

Sit ‘Em

Cam Newton (QB, Carolina Panthers) vs. Seattle Seahawks

It’s tough to bench Cam, but history tells us that his Week 6 matchup is a bad one. He’s struggled mightily in his three meetings with Seattle, averaging only 145 yards and 1 touchdown. His performance so far this season has been solid, but be wary in Week 6.

Alfred Morris (RB, Washington Redskins) vs. New York Jets

It’s about time to give up the ghost on Morris. While he has potential, the running back committee situation in Washington is leaving his value on a steady decline. Combine that with the fact that the Redskins are facing a Jets defense that is has given up the third fewest fantasy points to running backs this season, and you have warning signs galore. Steer clear of Morris in Week 6.

Travis Benjamin (WR, Cleveland Browns) vs. Denver Broncos

Benjamin has been on fire this season, and there probably hasn’t been a more surprising anomalous player. After the first two weeks he seemed like a special teams firecracker with little likelihood of sustaining his fantasy production, and now going into Week 6 he’s an essential part of the Browns’ passing game. Owners who grabbed him and started playing him after Week 1 have to be pretty happy with themselves. Ok, now let’s pump the brakes and look at Week 6. Cleveland will be facing a Denver defense that has allowed the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season. And, by a fairly wide margin. That’s a tough secondary and a tough matchup for Benjamin. This is the week you stash him on the bench.


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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...