Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fantasy Football Start'em, Sit'em: Week 6 Fantasy Wide Receivers

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, DeSean Jackson is listed below as a "start" for Week 6. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 6 with him as one of my starting wide receivers.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Julio Jones, Keenan Allen and Jackson and start two receivers, you should start Jones and Allen -- and in turn, bench DJax.

So, while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

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Week 6 Fantasy Football WR Start'em


WR - Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (vs. GB)

Thielen leads the team's receivers in targets (40), receptions (29) and has just three less yards (392) than Stefon Diggs (395) this season. With Diggs ruled out for Week 6, Thielen should see a high volume of targets against the Packers, who have allowed the 12th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. Even though Thielen has yet to score a touchdown this season, he's still the WR24 in standard-scoring formats. With Diggs out, he's on the WR1/WR2 border this week.

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WR - Chris Hogan, New England Patriots (at NYJ)

Always a threat to score 30 points in a given week, the Patriots are averaging 29.6 points per game through Week 5 and Hogan has made himself a home in the end zone. Scoring in four consecutive weeks, Hogan has a total of five touchdowns this season. Due to his red-zone success and the trust in him from Tom Brady, he has finished as a weekly top-12 fantasy wide receiver in every game except the season opener. At this point, Hogan has become a weekly must-start.

WR - DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at TB)

Starting a talented wideout that won't be shadowed by Patrick Peterson is usually a good bet. With Mike Evans sure to get shadowed by Peterson, that leaves D-Jax with a favorable matchup on the other side. Jackson had his first 100-yard game as a Buc last week and the upside is there for him to get another this week.

WR - Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (vs. TB)

Fitzgerald has had mostly quiet weeks this season -- WR26, WR82, WR5, WR23 and WR38, respectively. That said, there's another great opportunity for him to (attempt to) exploit this week against the Bucs, who have allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing receivers this season.

No quarterback has thrown more pass attempts than Carson Palmer (227) and Fitzgerald himself has had double-digit targets in three of five games with an average of 10.2 per contest. Given his volume and the matchup this week, Fitzgerald has the potential for his second top-10 week of the season.

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Week 6 Fantasy Football WR Sit'em


WR - Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders (vs. LAC)

The good news for Cooper (and the offense overall) is that Derek Carr (back) will return this week. The bad news is that Cooper has scored a fractional fantasy point in three consecutive games (with Carr and without Carr). In a matchup against the Chargers, who have an excellent tandem of cornerbacks, this may not be the week that Cooper bounces back to what we should expect from the talented wideout.

[That said, I think Cooper is an intriguing tournament play in DFS as Sean Beazley pointed out in our Week 6 DFS Round Table.]

WR - Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (at KC)

The good news first is that Bryant had a season-high five receptions and tied his season high in targets with eight in Week 5. The good news ends there. The big-play wideout was limited to just 4.2 Y/R on his five catches and he has now finished outside the top-40 fantasy wide receivers in all but one game this season.

Last week's matchup against the Jags was clearly difficult, but based on this week's matchup, he's likely to see the most of Marcus Peters amongst the Steelers receivers. Given Ben Roethlisberger's home-road splits and talk of getting JuJu Smith-Schuster more involved at the expense of Bryant, there are valid reasons to be pessimistic about Bryant's Week 6 outlook.

WR - Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams (at JAX)

Based on his talent, there is always the potential for Watkins to turn in a performance similar to his Week 3 outburst (6/106/2 and 22.6 fantasy points). On the other hand, that hasn't been the norm. In his other four games with the Rams, Watkins has scored a total of 10.5 fantasy points. Granted, I'm not always going to score as many fantasy points as Watkins, who put up a goose egg on four targets last week.

But in my opinion, the Jaguars have the league's best cornerback duo with Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye so the sledding will be tough whether the Rams make a concerted effort to get a frustrated Watkins more looks or not. (Unfortunately for Watkins, he's likely to be listed here again next week as the Rams face Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals in Week 7.)

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