I would like to apologize for my Week 5 start/sit article. Predicting sleeper starts and likely busts isn’t as easy as it looks; I knew that before I started this weekly set of articles. However, my Week 5 article SUCKED out loud to the highest degree. Apologies if you started Marcus Mariota who crapped out against the Bills. Apologies if you started Derek Carr who seems to be on a serious downward spiral. Apologies if you sat Russell Wilson because he got big points against the Rams and then some. Apologies if you started John Brown who disappeared along with the rest of the Ravens offense against Cleveland. Apologies if you sat Tyler Lockett who is emerging as the WR1 in Seattle.
I do not apologize if you started Mohamed Sanu because he had another great game. Ditto for sitting Jarvis Landry and Alex Smith, they performed about as I expected. With all of that apologizing out of the way, let’s make some more magic for Week 6.
Start ‘Em QB
Browns QB Baker Mayfield VS LAC
Baker SZN has officially begun and the Chargers are up next. The dawg pound is barking about Baker and the Browns are in the thick of the AFC North race after knocking off Baltimore last week. Baker has improved every week he has played and the Chargers present a matchup that should call for plenty of passing. I think if Baker can limit turnovers and maybe even run a bit more than he has (which he can do), then he can put forth a 20-point fantasy performance. He’s worth a start this week.
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson @ Oakland (Wembley Stadium)
I don’t know why I’m focusing on Russell this week since this game will be played on the awful playing surface at Wembley Stadium but we’re reaching a fever pitch with Russell. A lot of fantasy players who drafted Wilson must be frustrated with the inconsistent performance he has put forth thus far. The Seahawks offense has had some growing pains but they’re now starting to find their way. They get the Raiders this week so not only will Russell have all day to throw but he should also be able to make some plays with his legs. This isn’t the week to get cute, start Wilson.
Sit ‘Em QB
Ravens QB Joe Flacco @ Tennessee
Last week was inexcusable for Flacco and the Ravens offense. Give credit where it’s due for a very strong performance from the Browns D but the Ravens laid an egg. This week they travel to Nashville where the Titans have started playing some very good defense as of late. It’s too dicey to start Flacco this week so look elsewhere.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota VS Baltimore
I clearly don’t think this game will be an offensive contest. It will be offensive to players on offense everywhere in the form of an ugly football game. I thought Mariota was getting it together going into last week and then he crapped out against the Bills. The Ravens have played great defense all year and that won’t change this week. Stay away, not only from the QBs in this game, but offensive players in general.
Start ‘Em WR
Bengals WR Tyler Boyd VS Pittsburgh
I hit last week targeting a weak Steelers secondary so I’ll try to double up. Tyler Boyd is having a breakout season for Cincinnati. As the Bengals’ WR2, he has had at least 7 targets in all but one game this season and that was Week 1. I expect Boyd to play a big role with Joe Haden checking AJ Green. If the Bengals want to win, Boyd needs to have some big plays. I think he’ll get them, start him up.
Texans WR Keke Coutee @ Buffalo
Coutee has been a sensation for the Texans in his first two weeks. With Tre White likely lining up against DeAndre Hopkins coupled with the fact that the Bills’ pass rush might be trouble for the Texans’ putrid O-Line, I expect Coutee to get a ton of targets on quick routes. He is a legit WR2 this week with WR1 upside.
Sit ‘Em WR
Dolphins WR Kenny Stills VS Chicago
The Bears are not to be trifled with on defense. That is bad news for a Miami team crashing back to Earth after starting 3-0. I expect the rough times to roll on this weekend when Khalil Mack brings a Bears attack currently ranked number 1 in fantasy. Stills is a great player but I don’t expect Tannehill to have enough time to get him the ball. If only Miami had a running back to nullify the pass rush (looking at you Gase, stop neglecting Kenyan Drake)
Jets WR Robbie Anderson VS Indianapolis
We’ll find out this week if Robbie Anderson has finally built up some chemistry with Sam Darnold or if last week was a fluke. I think Darnold can throw a decent deep ball and the Colts have been susceptible to the big play but Indy is getting healthy on the defensive side of the ball after being a skeleton unit in Foxboro last week. I think they’ll be prepared to stop the deep ball, making Anderson a sit candidate.