This season is going by too fast, week six is already here! Some players are exceeding expectations and rewarding their owners with a lot of wins. Then there are the players that are killing their fantasy teams. Here are some players you can take a chance on this week and a few who might be best sitting on your bench.
Start This Week
The players I suggest you consider starting this week are started in less than 50 percent of the leagues on MyFantasyLeague.com, but have favorable match-ups, are filling in for injured starters, or I believe are poised to have a break-out game. I would never sit my studs, but if you are looking to fill a starting position here you go
Kirk Cousins, Washington at Arizona (35.27% started)
Last week against Seattle, Cousins threw for 284 yards and two touchdown passes, scoring 23.72 fantasy points. This week he faces an Arizona defense that is 31st against the pass, and has allowed the 5th most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.
Bishop Sankey, Tennessee vs. Jacksonville (31.36% started)
Prior to last week’s game against the Browns, Titans head coach said Sankey would likely get more carries. He carried eight times, not what the 50% of owners who started him were expecting. This week he faces a Jacksonville defense that is the worst in the league against the run.
Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati vs. Carolina (21.65% started)
Playing in the same backfield with Giovani Bernard, Hill’s touches have been limited the last few weeks. The Panthers run defense has struggled this season. Twice in 2014, they have given up double digit fantasy points to multiple running backs from the same teams.
Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh at Cleveland (24.67% started)
Wheaton is coming off a one catch performance against a Jacksonville defense that I expected the Steelers to exploit. He faces a Cleveland team in week six that is one of the worst against the pass. If they concentrate too much on stopping Antonio Brown, Wheaton will have a big day.
Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants at Philadelphia (49.58% started)
Beckham finally got on the field in week five and scored his first NFL touchdown. He had four catches for 44 yards against Atlanta Falcons. The Giants are playing the Philadelphia Eagles who are horrible in pass defense, look for the rookie to continue his recent success.
Jordan Reed, Washington at Arizona (19.16% started)
Reed is still listed as questionable, but should start this Sunday against Arizona. He has been out since week two after injuring his hamstring. If he can practice in full later this week there should be no reason for him to not be in your lineup this week.
Sit This Week
When I say sit this week, I don’t mean you should bench these players in favor of inferior players. I only list these players here due to match-ups, past performances, or injury questions. In most cases I would still start these guys but don’t expect them to finish near the top of scoring for their positions.
Tom Brady, New England at Buffalo (48.96% started)
After showing the world that he was still a relevant fantasy quarterback, Brady comes back down to earth this week. Buffalo is in the top third in the NFL in points per game allowed to quarterbacks this season.
Alfred Morris, Washington at Arizona (81.34% started)
Morris is facing an Arizona defense that allows only 15.22 points per game to opposing teams’ running backs. With Roy Helu in the mix and a tough Cardinals defense, I expect Morris to struggle this week.
Randall Cobb, Green Bay at Miami (97.03% started)
The Miami Dolphins are pretty tough against the pass this season. Randall Cobb and the Packers have been pretty good on offense. Who wins this battle? Cobb has 24 receptions for 273 yards, and six touchdowns in five games so far. The two games he faced top 10 pass defenses he had only nine receptions for 86 yards, and one touchdown. The Dolphins are the 6th ranked pass defense in 2014.
Good to everybody in week six.