Week 6 kicks off tonight with the reigning Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos heading west to take on the 1-4 San Diego Chargers. Despite the differences in the teams records the Bolts always play the Broncos tough so we should get a good game tonight.
Denver running back C.J. Anderson will be the best fantasy option in this game and is without a doubt a must start. Philip Rivers, however, should probably find himself on your fantasy bench as the Broncos defence is in top form heading into this Thursday’s matchup.
With those free pieces of advice out of the way lets take a closer look at the rest of the games. Here are our top start/sit options for week 6.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans – “Super Mario-ta” was in fine form last week as he dismantled the Miami Dolphins with his arm and, more importantly, his legs. The second-year pro’s performance against the Dolphins was everything you would expect from Mariota, mixing some precise passing with his lightning quick feet, and there is no reason to believe the former Oregon Duck won’t put up a similar stat line in week 6 when the Titans take on the Cleveland Browns. It is honestly getting to the point where any QB playing the Browns is a elite QB so fire up Mariota with confidence.
Other QB’s to start: Tyrod Taylor, Bills; Blake Bortles, Jaguars
Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers – Hyde is the only sure thing in the Niners’ offence at this point and his fantasy owners should be extremely pleased with his six touchdowns thus far. San Fran heads to Buffalo this week to take on Rex Ryan and the improving Bills defence, but do not let this deter you from playing Hyde. Coach Chip Kelly has shown that he will give the ball to the former Ohio State star no matter what the score is (ex, Seattle game in week 3) and, with Colin Kaepernick (finally) taking over as the starting QB, look for Kelly to use the read option even more in this game, first, as a way to counter the Bills strong passing defence, and secondly, to utilize the strength’s of the athletic Kaepernick.
Other RB’s to starts: Ryan Mathews, Eagles; C.J. Anderson, Broncos; Frank Gore, Colts
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs – Maclin has been quiet so far this year but I expect him to turn that around this week against the Raiders, who have been getting scorched by opposing WR’s this year. Last week they gave up 117 yards to both Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams as well as getting gashed by Chargers tight end Hunter Henry for 74 more yards. Maclin is better than any of those players so I expect him to get open often in this one. *Just pray Andy Reid doesn’t pull an Andy Reid and ruin this for Maclin by not throwing the ball*
Other WR’s to start: Terrelle Pryor, Browns; Sammie Coates, Steelers; Kelvin Benjamin, Panthers
Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks – Jimmy Graham is back folks. He has topped 100 yards in his last two games and has the opportunity to do so again when his Seahawks take on an Atlanta Falcons team that is giving up a lot of points to opposing tight ends. After being written off after last years down season Graham looks poised to show the NFL world that he is still a dominant TE1.
Other TE’s to start: Martellus Bennett, Patriots; Delanie Walker, Titans
Brock Osweiler, QB, Houston Texans – Brock Osweiler is quickly turning into the Rob Johnson of this generation. For anyone who watched a Buffalo Bills game during the early 2000’s you know that this is not a compliment. Osweiler, like Johnson was handed big money based on a limited sample size and a big arm. So far his signing has not translated into wins for the Texans and I do not expect him to play well this week, even against a soft Colts defence.
Other QB’s to sit: Philip Rivers, Chargers; Andy Dalton, Bengals; Eli Manning, Giants
Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets – Forte has struggled over the past few weeks and it will continue in week 6 against the stingy Arizona Cardinals defence. Forte is an old work horse who may be starting to show his age. He will be able to turn back the clock and have big games this year, but not this week.
Other RB’s to sit: Melvin Gordon, Chargers; Jeremy Hill, Bengals; Arian Foster, Dolphins
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins – The ‘Fins’ are not a very good team right now. Parker is by far their best down-field weapon yet head coach and supposed “offensive genius” Adam Gase cannot get him the ball in a position to make plays on a consistent basis. Not all of this is on Gase though as Ryan Tannehill has once again shown he not a great QB. Until the Dolphins prove they can get Parker the ball he should not be trusted week-to-week in fantasy.
Other WR’s to sit: Michael Floyd, Cardinals; Sterling Shepard, Gaints; Steve Smith, Ravens
Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers – If you notice a trend here it’s that the Chargers are in tough tonight against the Broncos and most of their offence should be sat. Gates though is trending towards a permanent sit at this point. The future hall of famer simply lacks the speed to break away from defenders this late in his career and would be better off serving 3rd down/red-zone threat. Gates is still a big body who can score touchdowns but Hunter Henry is the tight end to own in San Diego moving forward.
Other TE’s to fit: Eric Ebron, Lions; Dwayne Allen, Colts