We all survived the first week of bye weeks, but unfortunately, there are many more weeks of it to come. A few of my teams were rocked last week, but I don’t have to worry about bye weeks much going forward. I guess that’s a huge plus after struggling to fill my rosters last week.
Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas and Seattle are taking the week off. I’ve had a couple fantasy teams decimated from byes since I have TE Jordan Reed, RB Chris Thompson, WR Julio Jones and RB Devonta Freeman on multiple teams.
What should we expect from Jacksonville RB Leonard Fournette? His final numbers last week were insane, but he struggled for the first three quarters. Did he have a lucky quarter or will he have another crazy fantasy week?
Here is our Fantasy Football Sit/Start for Week 6 of the 2017 NFL season…and enjoy our
odd amazing MS Paint masterpiece of Fournette.
I want to explain what I mean by “sit” and “start.” Of course you are going to start some of the guys i say to bench this week, because you probably used high draft picks or a lot of money in an auction for them. My ‘sit’ players are guys I am just not completely sold that they will have good weeks. If you have a guy that you are on the fence about, maybe this will help you pick between the players.
- RB Leonard Fournette (Jacksonville Jaguars) – It didn’t look like Fournette was going to have a very good fantasy week thru the first three quarters of his game against Pittsburgh. He then went off in the fourth quarter. He ran the ball 13 times for 139 yards. He finished the game with 28 carries for 181 yards and two touchdowns. He faces the Rams this week, who have struggled against the run this year. I expect the Jaguars to get Fournette the ball in many different ways. He should have an awesome week.
- WR Will Fuller V (Houston Texans) – I’ve been on the Fuller bandwagon the last two weeks and it has paid off. He hasn’t caught many passes, but he has caught two touchdowns in each of the last two games. I expect him to get the bulk of redzone targets going forward. His numbers will be better than many expected going into this season due to the progress rookie QB Deshaun Watson has made as a starter.
- RB Aaron Jones (Green Bay Packers) – Jones looked like a legit pro last week by gaining 125 yards on 19 carries. He also scored a touchdown late in the Packers win over the Cowboys. RB Ty Montgomery is still dealing with a rib injury and it’s unknown if he will play this weekend. The Packers could take a measured approach and take their time getting Montgomery back in the game. The Vikings have a pretty good defense, but backs have had success against them in the past. Bears RBs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen finally started moving the ball late in the game against them on Monday night. I expect the Vikings will gameplan around Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, so I doubt we will see many defensive formations with eight men in the box.
- QB Carson Wentz (Philadelphia Eagles) – Wentz has been very good this season with 10 passing touchdowns and three interceptions. He has also passed for 300+ yards three times this season. He faces the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night. Carolina was very good against the pass, but has struggled the last two weeks, even though they won those games. I believe losing safety Kurt Coleman to injury has caused the Panthers secondary to struggle. The Eagles have a lot of weapons for Wentz to target, so he should have a very good fantasy game on Thursday.
- RB Jerick McKinnon (Minnesota Vikings) – After rookie RB Dalvin Cook went down with an injury, it was assumed RB Latavius Murray would get the bulk of the work. He did start out getting the most snaps, but he was ineffective with 12 carries for 31 yards. The Vikings offense had a spark in it when McKinnon was in the game. He is also a better receiver than Murray. I expect McKinnon will get the most snaps this week against the Packers.
- Atlanta Falcons Defense & Special Teams – This was an obvious choice since Atlanta faces Miami, who has struggled to put points on the board. The Dolphins are a one-dimensional team due to RB Jay Ajayi struggling through an injury. They aren’t even a very good one-dimensional team, since QB Jay Cutler looks like he should have stayed retired.
- WR Roger Lewis (New York Giants) – Due to injuries to nearly the entire New York Giants receiving corps, Lewis finds himself as a fantasy option this week. Unless WRs Sterling Sheperd or Brandon Marshall heals up in a hurry, Lewis will be the Giants #1 receiver. I’m not sure how many yards he will get, but if you are struggling to fill a roster spot, Lewis could be a nice PPR addition.
- RB Melvin Gordon (Los Angeles Chargers) – Gordon ‘went off’ last week against the Giants. He ran for 105 yards with 58 yards receiving and two touchdowns. I normally wouldn’t read too much into this due to Gordon’s early-season struggles, but Oakland has been bad against the run. Oakland has also struggled against pass-catching running backs. I expect Gordon to be a fantasy stud this weekend.
- TE David Njoku (Cleveland Browns) – Njoku has primarily been used as a redzone target, but he’s talented enough to be used in any situation. The Texans have given up over 100+ yards to tight ends in two out of the last three weeks. Losing LBs J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus to injuries will cause those numbers to stay high going forward. Browns QB Kevin Hogan is a better shot-range quarterback, so Njoku should get some more PPR love.
- RB Andre Ellington (Arizona Cardinals) – Arizona just traded for RB Adrian Peterson, so he will get all the fantasy adds this week…but Ellington is the running back you want. The Cardinals cut RB Chris Johnson as well, so they have one less back to help block and catch the ball. Peterson will get some carries, but he doesn’t catch the ball. QB Carson Palmer is getting sacked way too much, so Ellington will need to stay in the game to help pass block. Ellington was also targeted more than any other player last week. I expect more of the same this week against Tampa Bay.
- RB Marlon Mack (Indianapolis Colts) DEEP LEAGUE ALERT – Mack was barely in the game, but he still managed to gain 91 yards on only nine carries. He was a healthy scratch just two weeks ago, so last week’s power surge was unexpected. RB Frank Gore is only averaging 3.2 YPC, so the Colts will need to look at other players to make big plays on the ground. Tennessee is strong against the run, so Indy will need to be creative to get him the ball.
- RB Isaiah Crowell (Cleveland Browns) – Crowell was a popular sleeper this preseason, but he hasn’t lived up the hype. RB Duke Johnson Jr. was supposed to move to a slot receiving position, but has been lining up as a running back again. Crowell isn’t getting as many snaps as expected and I don’t see him earning more going forward.
- TE Darren Fells (Detroit Lions) – Fells scored two touchdowns last week, but I wouldn’t expect that again. He’s not much of a receiver, but he’s getting more action due to TE Eric Ebron’s drops and lack of blocking ability. Fells could get a couple redzone touchdowns this season, but he will lay a few fantasy goose eggs too. I’d stay away from him.
- RB Paul Perkins (New York Giants) – Perkins has struggled to get going this season. The Giants are winless, so they are starting to throw stuff at the wall and see if it sticks. They are using RBs Orleans Darkwa and rookie Wayne Gallman more due to Perkins’ ineffectiveness and rib injury. Due to all the wide receiver injuries, I expect the Giants try to lean on the running game to help. Darkwa would be the Giants running back I would want to own the most out of the three backs.
- New England Patriots Defense & Special Teams – I know it’s tempting to start the Patriots over the Jets, but there’s something about the Gang Green that usually gives the Pats trouble. Their defense is a tad weak, so I expect even the average Jets offense to get in the end zone a few times.
- RB Le’Veon Bell (Pittsburgh Steelers) – I know. You spent a #1 pick or a lot of auction money to have him on your team. Why would you sit him? Well, he’s struggling and is barely averaging over 3 YPC. The Chiefs haven’t been tested much on the ground since they have been playing from ahead most of the season. They have a nice run defense, so even if the Steelers feed Bell, I don’t see him having a huge game. You clearly will still start him, so I’m just trying to stymie expectations.
- WR Eric Decker (Tennessee Titans) – Due to QB Marcus Mariota’s injury, all Titans receivers took a hit in their fantasy production. I don’t expect Mariota to be healthy enough to play this week against the Colts. Decker wasn’t lighting the world on fire with Mariota at quarterback, so I don’t expect his numbers to rise or even stay the same. If you have Decker, it’s time to dump him.
- QB Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) – The Jaguars picked off Big Ben five times on Sunday. He faces the Chiefs this week and their secondary has a lot of ball hawks. I know they don’t have a good secondary on paper, but they are better than that. I don’t expect Big Ben to have a very good day. There are better fantasy options to stream.
- WR Terrelle Pryor (Washington Redskins) – If you own Pryor on any fantasy team, I’d dump him. He’s just not a very good wide receiver. He’s not getting open and he doesn’t have the chemistry with QB Kirk Cousins. Washington’s passing game is going through RB Chris Thompson and TE Jordan Reed/Vernon Davis. Until those options are ineffective, Pryor will only get a few targets a game.
- RB Adrian Peterson (Arizona Cardinals) – I’ve had Peterson on this list nearly the entire season. He was traded to Arizona, but I still don’t see any fantasy value this week. He will need to get acclimated to the new offense and terminology. He may have some decent games later in the season, but I wouldn’t start him this week.
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.