Welcome to Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em for Week 6! This week’s version comes on the road to Lambeau Field, as I’ll be at the Packers/49ers game on Monday night! A couple of my starts come right from that game, but as for the rest, let’s check them out!
QB Matt Ryan, ATL vs. TB
I know, a strong take, right? Don’t let the foot injury scare you away; Matt Ryan is going to start and finish as a top 5 QB for the week. Facing Tampa’s extremely inexperienced secondary, Ryan should have a field day against the league’s worst pass defense in his home confines. Don’t overthink, just set and forget.t
RB Aaron Jones, GB vs. SF
If Aaron Jones doesn’t take the reigns this week for the Packers as the primary rusher, he likely won’t be going forward. Jones has the best chance with a positive game script to salt this game away against an injury-riddled San Francisco 49ers team. Hopefully this is the week that Mike McCarthy comes to his senses and decides to give the majority of carries to Jones. He’s an high-end RB2 for me this week.
RB T.J. Yeldon, JAX @ DAL
T.J. Yeldon should be able to capitalize on a Dallas Cowboys defense that is in the bottom 5 in the NFL in receiving yards allowed. With 2 straight games amassing over 100 yards from scrimmage with Leonard Fournette injured, Yeldon is a high end play this week as an RB2.
WR Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. PIT
Putting up a tepid 4-47 line on 7 targets, Tyler Boyd’s stat line was merely the result of a run-heavy script versus Miami, but the Bengals should be able to involve Boyd much more against Pittsburgh. Boyd has been a ascendant fantasy commodity this season and should return WR2 value on Sunday.
WR Julian Edelman, NE vs. KC
In his return game after a 4 game suspension, Julian Edelman stepped right back into the Patriots’ offense, putting up a 7-57 line on 9 targets. With the uncertainty of the outside targets getting a big piece of the target share, the beneficiaries should be Edelman on the inside. Edelman should see a healthy target share each week, and it seems he is also over his ACL injury from last season as well.
TE George Kittle, SF @ GB
With all of the injuries hampering the pass catchers for the 49ers, George Kittle has become the most consistent and productive pass catcher for fellow Iowa Hawkeye C.J. Beathard. Nursing a knee injury but likely a go for Monday, Kittle should have a good day against a Packers defense that gives up a sizable floor to opposing tight ends but has yet to give up a touchdown to a TE this season.
QB Mitchell Trubisky, CHI @ MIA
The last time we saw Mitchell Trubisky, we saw him light up the inept Tampa pass defense to the tune of over 350 yards and 6 touchdowns. While he had an excellent game, surely we can’t expect this kind of performance going forward, and against Miami’s solid defense, we certainly won’t be expecting anything close. Don’t get sucked in, leave Trubisky on waivers.
RB Adrian Peterson, WAS @ CAR
With numerous injuries (ankle, knee, shoulder) piling up on the docket for Adrian Peterson, he probably shouldn’t be playing, but he will and will likely disappoint fantasy owners. With only 4 yards on 6 carries last week in New Orleans, and facing a Carolina defense in the top 3rd of the league in run defense, Peterson is a big fade this week.
RB Alex Collins, BAL @ TEN
Alex Collins has been a big time declining asset in fantasy, as he cedes receiving work, goal line touches, and now snaps (Collins played 27 of 87 snaps last week vs. CLE) to Javorius Allen. Basically, Collins needs touchdowns to be relevant at this point, and Tennessee hasn’t allowed a running back touchdown all season. PASS.
WR Corey Davis, TEN vs. BAL
Entering a matchup that projects to be low scoring affair, Corey Davis faces a tough matchup with Jimmy Smith, fresh off of his suspension. With the entire Titans offense struggling, Davis has been the brightest spot, but with his matchup, it may be a tough day for everybody. Davis, for me, is a low end flex at best.
WR Robby Anderson, NYJ vs. IND
With a blow up game last week vs. Denver (3-123-2TD), Robby Anderson would seem to be in line for more targets, but until we see actual progression, he’s very hard to trust and would be better served on benches for this Sunday vs. a Colts defense that is pretty susceptible to the long pass. In no game this season has Anderson received more than 6 targets or 3 receptions. Hold on Anderson.
TE Greg Olsen, CAR vs. WAS
I know, you’ve waited this long to employ him back in your lineup, but coming back from a Jones fracture for the 2nd time since the end of 2017, Greg Olsen should be given a week to see how his foot responds to in game action. Remember that he came back last season, posted 1 catch, then going catchless in the next two games. Temper, temper. Give him a week.
As far as answering fantasy lineup questions, if you send them to @ktompkinsii on Twitter, I’ll try my best to answer anything that gets to me as I’ll be in Lambeau for the Monday night game! Good luck to all of your fantasy matchups, and Go Pack Go!