Sit/Start Week 6: Reviewing All Fantasy Relevant Players In Every Single Game

Our team tells you who you should be starting in week 6 of the fantasy football season

Game Info


Kickoff: Sunday, October 18 at 12:00 PM ET

Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN

Betting Odds: IND -7.5 via Oddsshark

Network: FOX


Cincinnati Bengals



Joe Burrow (Sit)


Coming off the worst game of his young career with 183 yards, no touchdowns, and two turnovers, Joe Burrow now gets possibly an even tougher test with Indianapolis who boasts the best pass defense in the league. Teams are averaging just 190 yards per game against them and just picked off Baker Mayfield a couple of times last week. Burrow is going to put up big numbers against weaker defenses, but with this offensive line and great defense on tap, you want to sit Burrow for this one.


Running Backs

Joe Mixon (Start, RB2), Gio Bernard (Sit)


Two weeks ago Joe Mixon finally broke out in a big way with his highest ever fantasy football performance of his career. Last week in an abysmal game offensively for the Bengals, he still managed a good output as he was way more involved in the passing game. He managed 94 yards and six catches on eight targets. If that kind of target share keeps coming, as it could with a hobbled AJ Green, then we could see steady RB2 numbers from Mixon even against good defenses. Gio Bernard is merely a handcuff or waiver fodder at this point.


Wide Receivers

Tyler Boyd (Start, Flex), AJ Green (Sit), Tee Higgins (Sit)


While there have been plenty of targets to go around, we saw last week that when Burrow gets under pressure from the good defense, he is still inexperienced. This is understandable as a rookie, but it leaves much to be desired from the ones catching passes. The first start I have this week is Tyler Boyd who should still have a Flex floor with WR2 upside. Last week in a bad game Boyd still managed a healthy six targets, albeit in a 4/42 effort. Hopefully, with another week of planning and the shock of the first bad game for Burrow behind him, Boyd can see his yardage totals increase with a little more time to get downfield. AJ Green was ruled out mid-game with a hamstring injury and is not recommended even if he plays in a limited fashion. Tee Higgins actually had more targets than Boyd did, and I could see him delivering Flex value with 6-8 targets again as he has been in double-digit PPR points the last three weeks.


Indianapolis Colts



Philip Rivers (Sit)


Can you say over the hill? Failing to hit 20 points in a week so far, Philip Rivers should no longer be rostered in fantasy leagues. After putting up 242 with no touchdowns and a pick-six against the awful Browns defense, please do not consider him this week as the Colts head into their bye. I would not be surprised to see someone else under center before too long as they are winning on the mostly defensive effort.


Running Back

Jonathan Taylor (Start, RB1), Nyheim Hines (Sit)


Since taking over as the lead dog in the Colts backfield, Jonathan Taylor has put up at least 13 points in 4 out of 5 games, the lone single-digit output understandably coming against the Bears. This week he gets a middle of the pack Bengals defense and should get all he can handle with broken down Rivers at QB. Coming off a 74 total yard game with a touchdown, he has a high chance of seeing the endzone again. The hope is that he sees more than his three targets from last week to give him a higher floor. Nyheim Hines on the other hand has been a huge disappointment since his big week one, only barely scoring in double digits once. He is a drop at this point as a low volume handcuff for Taylor owners.


Wide Receivers/Tight End

T.Y. Hilton (Start, Flex), Zach Pascal (Sit), Trey Burton (Start, TE2)


To be honest, being a Philip Rivers wideout these days is tough. If you don’t believe me, just ask T.Y. Hilton owners who have only seen one week of double digits that came in Week 5 against the Browns with 6/69 on 10 targets. While he is at this point more of a Flex upside player than WR2 that owners had hoped, he is still someone you can plug in with bye weeks starting. Many thought Zach Pascal could step up in the wake of injuries to other wideouts for the Colts, but that didn’t happen as he only got two targets last week. Trey Burton is looking like an upside tight end for the moment as Rivers loves his tight ends. He saw six targets and put up 5/33 as he is working his way back from injury to open the season. Start him as an upside TE if you have been struggling to fill the spot.


-Matt Dean (@MattDeanQBList on twitter, mdean8 on Reddit)

24 responses to “Sit/Start Week 6: Reviewing All Fantasy Relevant Players In Every Single Game”

  1. JJ says:

    Start Fitzpatrick over Cam? Asking for a friend ;)

    • Bryan Sweet says:

      I would. Fitz has been playing lilghts out and it’s the Jets. I like Cam this week but Fitz has a higher ceiling.

  2. Paul says:

    play in a 3WR league .5 PPR. My WRs are JuJu, Edelman, Ridley, Aiyuk, Kirk.

    which 3 should I start?

  3. Graham says:

    should I trade Michael Thomas and Leveon Bell for Josh Jacobs? I have Amari cooper devante Parker and Jameson Crowder at WR and Aaron Jones and Mike Davis at RB

  4. Sam says:

    McLaurin or Justin Jefferson? Who should I start?? (btw I really appreciate these articles as I am not very good with football haha)

    • Bryan Sweet says:

      McLauring is probably always going to be the answer to this. He’s far and away the best player on that team and Jefferson is competing with Cook/Mattison and Thielen for targets.

  5. Sam says:

    Bears, Cardinals or Washington D/ST this week?

    • Bryan Sweet says:

      I’d lean Washington just because the Giants are much worse than the other two opponents (Carolina and Dallas).

  6. Mike R says:

    I need to start 3 (2 WR/1 Flex) of the following: Tee Higgins, A.J. Brown, Laviska Shenault, Evan Engram, Chase Claypool, and Brandin Cooks.

    I currently have Claypool, Brown and Shenault.

  7. AD says:

    Who should I start, Ryan Fitzpatrick or Matt Stafford?

  8. Karl Driver says:

    Rb1 Mostert, RB2 Davis Flex Miles Sanders
    WR1 Adam Thielen Who should I start WR2- Julio Jones, Godwin, Boyd, Deebo Samuel. ( or should I remove one RB from flex and add a WR)
    Bench RB Gibson, Lindsay

  9. Pat says:

    I’m a first time fantasy player and up against the number one team this week. I would really appreciate your input this week on who to start. I need to play 2 WR/1 Flex and I need to decide which RBs
    A. Mattison
    Ronald Jones
    David Johnson
    Robbie Anderson
    T Hill
    Adrian Peterson
    D. Singletary
    J. Edelman

    • Karl Driver says:

      Your RB should be Ronald Jones and A Mattison. WR Tyreek Hill and Robbie Anderson.

      Flex I would choose D Singletary for this week.

  10. Mike says:

    Start josh allen or Ryan Fitzpatrick this week? And start which 1 of the following: devante Parker, fulgham or laviska shanault

  11. Fran says:

    1.0 PPR league – Claypool or Robby Anderson? TYIA

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