Saturday, October 16, 2021

Week 6 Fantasy Football WR Start'em, Sit'em

The decision on which player to start, or sit, largely comes down to the options on your roster (and/or possibly the players available on your league's waiver wire).

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

Then again, Claypool may be a "sit" for your team.

In other words, if you roster Davante Adams, Cooper Kupp and Claypool and start only two receivers, you should start Adams and Kupp and, in turn, bench Claypool.

For a more direct answer on whether we would start Player X over Player Y, check our Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings. Instead of making those direct comparisons, the goal here is to highlight players that we like, or dislike, for the week.

Week 6 Fantasy Football WR Start'em

Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. SEA)

In his two most recent games, Claypool has 9/96 on 15 targets and 5/130/1 on six targets in Weeks 3 and 5, respectively. With JuJu Smith-Schuster out for the season, fantasy managers can rely on consistent volume for Claypool to be a viable WR2 every week.

The Seattle Seahawks offer a favorable matchup for Claypool, Diontae Johnson and the Steelers receivers. Through Week 5, the Seahawks have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to the opposing wide receivers.

Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos (vs. LV)

The Las Vegas Raiders have limited opposing receivers to the fourth-fewest fantasy points this season, but Sutton has been productive with Jerry Jeudy sidelined. Over the past four weeks, Sutton has two games with double-digit targets and 120-plus yards. In a challenging matchup against the Steelers last week, Sutton finished with seven catches for 120 yards and a score on 11 targets.

Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens (vs. LAC)

Few receivers have been as productive as Brown this season. Heading into Week 6, the third-year receiver ranked top-six in all fantasy football scoring formats. With the exception of a drop-laden Week 3, Brown has scored in four of his other games played this season.

In those four games, Brown has a minimum of 16.4 half-PPR fantasy points each week. Even in Baltimore's run-heavy offense, Brown has been able to make the most of his opportunities. Rashod Bateman, the first of two first-round picks by the Ravens in 2021, will make his NFL debut this week, but Sammy Watkins will be out this week as well.

Continue to fire up Brown as a high-upside WR2.

Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals (at DET)

It might have taken some time in the offseason for Joe Burrow and Chase to get on the same page, but the former LSU teammates have hit the ground running in the regular season. Chase set career highs in Week 5 with 10 targets and 159 yards.

Chase has a minimum of 54 yards in every game this season and he has a total of five touchdowns through five weeks. Chase has scored at least 10.7 fantasy points in every game and has gone over the 20-point mark in two of his past three games.

Perhaps the Bengals lean heavily on Joe Mixon, given how generous the Lions have been to opposing running backs, but no team has allowed more yards per reception to opposing wide receivers than the Lions (16.18 Y/R). In addition, their WR catch rate allowed (69.51%) is sixth-most in the NFL.

Week 6 Fantasy Football WR Sit'em

Robby Anderson, Carolina Panthers (vs. MIN)

Glass-half-full view: Anderson had 11 and seven targets, respectively, in the past two weeks. Those games were without Christian McCaffrey, who will now miss at least three more as the Panthers have placed him on Injured Reserve. With CMC, Anderson had only 11 targets in the first three games of the season.

While it's certainly possible that Anderson is once again more featured this week than he was early in the season, he has not been very productive the past two weeks. In those games, he finished with 5/46 (WR55) and 2/30 (WR79), respectively. Given his struggles to connect (41.38% catch rate) with Sam Darnold, Anderson is an upside WR4 or a GPP dart throw in Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS).

Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears (vs. GB)

Only the Houston Texans have a lower implied total this week than the Bears. Perhaps the Bears will throw a little more often as six-point underdogs to the Green Bay Packers and it's a positive for Robinson that Jaire Alexander (IR) is out.

That said, Robinson has 35 receiving yards or less in four of five games this season. In addition, here are his weekly half-PPR finishes this season: WR67, WR46, WR79, WR51 and WR66, respectively. Until we see more from A-Rob, he likely deserves a spot on your bench.

Bust alert: Odell Beckham, Cleveland Browns (vs. ARI)

Given the talent, it wouldn't surprise me if Beckham had a big week, but I wouldn't expect it. After a decent performance in his season debut, OBJ has back-to-back two-catch outings with a total of 47 receiving yards in those two games. Add in some less-than-ideal weather conditions (wind), Beckham slides into our rankings in the 30's, which makes him a low-end WR3 in 12-team formats.

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