Time to Shine or Ride the Pine: Week 6 Start or Sit

A new week is upon us and week 6 start or sit is here to help with some of your roster dilemmas.

Last week Calvin Ridley continued to be used more than Julio Jones. The Kansas City Chiefs improved to 5-0, and the Cleveland Browns got their first Sunday win in a very long time. This week we get to see Kansas City travel to New England and face a fully healthy Patriots offense and the Raiders host the Seahawks in Oakl…, Las Veg…, Las Ange…  LONDON?! Here are the full results of my attempted fortune telling:

Running backs who will shine

Kenyan Drake ([email protected]Mia 1pm est)

Kenyan Drake Started from the bottom of fantasy hearts last week but will be on top this weekend. He is still second to the ageless one Frank Gore in the carries department however, Drake has been targeted a team leading 25 times compared to Gore’s 4.

In a game against the Bears who lead the NFL against the run, expect Miami to throw a ton. Kenyan will be targeted often as the Bears will also put heavy pressure on Tannehill during Sunday’s tilt. This week Mr. Drake gives us the return on investment we expected during drafts.

Prediction: 11 carries 32 yards, 8 rec 64 yards 1 td: 19.6pts

Ronald Jones (TB@Atl 1pm est)

The 38th overall selection Jones is ready to take over in Tampa’s potentially explosive offense. Peyton Barber was performing more like Peyton’s (Manning) Barber and barely cutting it. I mean, if Jaquizz Rodgers is stealing passing game duties from you that may say something. With last games debacle behind them, and a bye week under their belts, expect the Bucs to full sail with their rookie running back.

Prediction: 14 carries 55 yards 1 td, 4 rec 26 yards: 16.1 pts

Marshawn Lynch ([email protected]Oak (London) 1pm est)

Marshawn will not just be “here so he won’t get fined” Sunday in London. Lynch decided to retire after a disappointing 2015 when some tension between the team and him boiled over stemming from Super Bowl 49. Now 2018, and minus most of the Legion, Seattle is susceptible against the run and have surrendered the fourth most rushing yards in the NFL to date. Oakland will want to feature Marshawn often during his revenge game as this is the first time playing against the Seahawks. Get ready for the Beast to Power Up.

Prediction: 21 car 91 yards 1 td, 2 rec 9 yards: 17 pts

Put a splinter in their backsides

Isaiah Crowell ([email protected]NYJ 1pm est)

Isaiah made a lot of fantasy players eat (Crow)ell with last week’s performance. He ran for 219 yards on only 15 carries but still finished with 4 less touches than Bilal Powell. The Jets lead most of the way which allowed them to run a total of 38 times.

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This week they face an explosive Colts team which has continued to flourish even without its top 3 weapons. Indy will keep this game close or even be leading which leans more towards airing it out for the Jets. Game flow and Powell’s involvement will cause many fantasy players who jumped on the wagon to need repairs this week.

Prediction: 12 car 51 yards, 2 rec 16 yards: 7.7 pts

Mike Davis (Sea@Oak (London) 1pm est)

Sorry Mike, Chris Carson is back, and I have a Penny for your thoughts. Davis still received 12 carries last week even with the return of Carson. However, Pete Carroll has once again come out and stated he’d like to get Rashaad Penny more involved on offense which would eat into Mike’s touches.

Week 6 will likely be lower scoring with my previously mentioned game plan by the Raiders. This plus the intention of getting Rashaad more involved will leave Davis with limited impact opportunities.

Prediction: 8 car 35 yards, 2 rec 15 yards: 6 pts

Alfred Morris (SF@GB 8:15pm MNF)

Alf is going to be cancelled during Monday Night Football. This game wreaks of a Packers blowout and lots of passing by the 49ers. Matt Breida is likely going to miss this game which allows the 9ers to utilize Kyle Juszczyk as their primary receiver out of the backfield. Alf’s limitations in the passing game and facing a potential large deficit means its time to change the channel to somebody else this week.

Prediction: 15 car 67 yards, 1 rec 4 yards: 7.7 pts


Wide Receivers/TE in the spotlight

Larry Fitzgerald (Ari@Min 1pm est)

Larry Legend is admittedly my favorite player. Therefore, this is wishful, and biased, but he’s going to grow his legend Sunday against the Vikings. Fitzgerald plays a similar position and role that Zack Ertz does in Philadelphia, and Ertz had 10 rec, 110 yards and td vs this same Vikings team last week.

Minnesota’s strength lies on the outside which benefits Larry’s new skill set of playing the slot. Buried deep on fantasy benches at the moment, Fitz is set to shine bright in his hometown and finally find the same end zone where he played catch with Cris Carter as a kid.

Prediction: 7 rec 73 yards 1 td: 16.8 pts

Will Fuller ([email protected]Hou 1pm est)

Will’s receiving line will be Fuller this week at home facing the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo’s star corner, TreDavious White held Corey Davis to only 49 yards on 4 receptions last week. He’ll likely be shadowing Deandre Hopkins leaving Will Fuller the beneficiary. White will in no way shut down Hopkins but his presence will lead Watson to look to Fuller a few more times than normal. Fuller is coming off his worst performance of the year as well as the first game he hasn’t scored. Expect him to return to fantasy stardom and put up good numbers this week.

Prediction: 1 rush 7 yards, 5 rec 84 yards 1 td: 17.6 pts

John Brown (Bal@Ten 4:25pm est)

“I got the feelin’” John Brown is this season’s wide receiver steal. He is averaging a ridiculous 20.8 yards per reception in the leagues 2nd heaviest passing attack. All it takes is 2 catches for Brown to make for a successful fantasy asset each week. This week, he is facing a Titans D much better against the run than the pass, so expect Baltimore to air it out and Brown to “Feel good” “benenenenene” week 6.

Prediction: 6 rec 113 yards 1 td: 20.3 pts

Splinter Time

Allen Robinson (Chi@Mia 1pm est)

“Danger Allen Robinson, Danger!” The Chicago Bears scored a robust 48 points during an absolute mauling of the Bucs in week 4. Six touchdowns were scored through the air and Robinson caught one of those. However, he recorded his lowest target share and reception total with 4 and 2 during the game.

This week he’ll be running routes against Xavier Howard which should lead Trubisky to look elsewhere. Robinson may be the no.1 target for Chicago, but they’re unafraid of featuring other players.

Prediction: 6 rec 72 yards: 10.2 pts

Robby Anderson ([email protected] 1pm est)

Anderson had fallen short of all the preseason hype that surrounded him before last weeks dynamic game. He had 3 catches for 123 yards and 2 tds. The yardage total equaled more than what he had accumulated the previous 4 weeks combined. He did however see the same amount of targets, 5, that he’s been seeing all season and don’t expect that to increase.

The Jets want to limit the hits on their franchise QB Sam Darnold by running and throwing short. Robby is the deep guy who sees a couple opportunities a game making him an extremely high risk/reward play.

Prediction: 3 rec 49 yards: 6.4 pts

Donte Moncrief (Jac@Dal 4:25 pm est)

Donte has been an inferno the last two weeks with a combined 11 receptions for 185 yards and a 1 td on 20 targets. The flames will go out this week against a Cowboys defense who has allowed only 6 passing tds and wants to control the clock.

Even if Jacksonville is ahead during week 6, expect them to rely on TJ Yeldon and newly signed Jamal Charles to move the sticks. Donte will be put on ice this week which should also be done by you.

Prediction: 4 rec 55 yards: 7.5 pts


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