It’s time for a look at our weekly start/sit advice for the toughest calls facing your fantasy football lineups in Week 6.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston vs. Arizona Cardinals
It hasn’t always been pretty, but Jameis Winston is consistently producing for your fantasy team. He’s thrown for over 300 yards in three straight games, and he has six passing scores over that span. Winston will now face a Cardinals secondary that is very weak outside of Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. Arizona is allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Start Winston in Week 6.
New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee vs. New York Jets
Mike Gillislee got off to a fast start this season with four touchdowns in his first two games, but he’s come back down to Earth in recent weeks. He has just 36 carries for 132 yards and no scores in his last three games, but expect those numbers to jump when the Patriots face the Jets. Entering Week 6, the Jets are allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs. And with Tom Brady nursing a shoulder injury, the Patriots should go with a run-heavy approach in New York. Keep Gillislee in your starting lineup for Week 6.
Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams vs. Minnesota Vikings
After an injury scare in Week 4, Davante Adams didn’t miss a beat in a Week 6 win over the Cowboys. Adams caught the game-winning touchdown and finished with seven grabs for 77 yards and two scores. Even with Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson in the same offense, Adams has shown he can produce week to week. He’ll now face a Vikings defense allowing the seventh-most yards to wide receivers this season. Start Adams in Week 6.
Carolina Panthers TE Ed Dickson vs. Philadelphia Eagles
When the Panthers lost Greg Olsen to a season-ending injury, it looked like an already-stagnant offense would suffer more. It’s been anything but thanks to Ed Dickson stepping up and making it look like Olsen never left. In his past two games, Dickson has caught eight passes for 237 yards on just nine targets. Expect that to continue against an Eagles defense surrendering the seventh-most receptions to tight ends this season. Get Dickson in your starting lineup.
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota vs. Indianapolis Colts
Marcus Mariota is still working his way back after suffering a hamstring injury in the Titans’ 57-14 loss to the Texans in Week 4. He then missed Tennessee’s 16-10 loss to the Dolphins the following week, but he got enough work in that he was listed as questionable. He’s already doing more work this week, but even if he’s hobble in Week 6, he’ll still face a very vulnerable Colts defense, which is surrendering the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. As long as Mariota plays, put him in your starting lineup
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Alex Smith has arguably been the NFL MVP after five games, and he’s made a good run at being your fantasy MVP as well. He enters Week 6 ranked third in fantasy scoring among quarterbacks. However, three of the defenses he’s faced are ranked in the bottom 10 in points allowed to quarterbacks, including the Patriots, who rank dead last. That’s making his production look better than should be expected, which should come to a head against the Steelers, who are allowing the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Keep Smith on the bench this week.
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones vs. Minnesota Vikings
Aaron Jones has become one of the biggest surprises of the fantasy season. After being the third-string back behind Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams, injuries allowed Jones to assume the featured back role over the last two games. He responded with 174 yards and two scores on just 32 carries. It looks like Jones will be the featured back for at least one more week, but even so, he faces a Vikings defense allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to running backs this season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin vs. Arizona Cardinals
Doug Martin looked like a stud in his Week 5 return, leaving no doubt that he’s the top back in Tampa Bay going forward. However, he now faces a Cardinals defense that has shut down opposing running backs this season. Ezekiel Elliott is the only back to score over 11 points against Arizona, who is allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points to backs this season. Keep Martin on the bench this week.
Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry vs. Atlanta Falcons
To no surprise, the Dolphins have been a mess with Jay Cutler at quarterback. Jarvis Landry has still managed to put up decent production, but not enough to feel good about starting him against a good secondary. That’s what he’ll face in Atlanta this weekend, as the Falcons are allowing the seventh-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Bench Landry in Week 6.