The Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, and Seattle Seahawks are all on their bye weeks in Week 6, leaving many holes on fantasy football rosters across the country.
The Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles kick off Week 6 on Thursday night, and the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans wrap up the week with an AFC South rivalry on Monday Night Football.
Below is a list of notable players to start and sit in fantasy leagues for Week 6:
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson
Houston’s rookie quarterback has the second most touchdown passes (12) of any quarterback in the NFL through Week 5, trailing only Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Watson remains a must-start in Week 6 with a favorable matchup against the Cleveland Browns this Sunday. Cleveland’s defense has surrendered the fifth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, and Watson has accounted for 10 touchdowns (9 pass, 1 rush) in the team’s last two games.
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins
The Redskins are coming off their bye week, and fantasy owners should insert Cousins back into their starting lineups for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. Washington’s sixth-year quarterback has thrown five touchdowns and no interceptions in the team’s last two outings and faces a 49ers defense that has given up the 11th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara
Kamara led all fantasy football waiver wire addition ahead of Week 5 despite New Orleans’ bye week and is likely to only seen an increased workload following Adrian Peterson’s trade to the Arizona Cardinals. Kamara should be set for a huge outing in point per reception leagues but should be considered a solid starter in standard leagues as well this Sunday. The Detroit Lions have given up the 17th most fantasy points to running backs this season, and the Saints rookie found the end zone in back-to-back weeks prior to the team’s bye.
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch
Beast Mode scored his second touchdown of the season against the Baltimore Ravens last week but remains a matchup-dependent starter given his play so far this season. Lynch is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry, but that shouldn’t deter fantasy owners from starting him this weekend. The Los Angeles Chargers have surrendered the seventh most fantasy points to running backs this season, and the Silver and Black will likely look to lean on their ground game in Week 6 with Derek Carr (back) not 100 percent healthy.
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate
Detroit’s veteran receiver has not recorded over 50 receiving yards since Week 3 but draws a favorable matchup against the Saints this Sunday. New Orleans’ defense has surrendered 11th most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, and Sunday’s game between Detroit and New Orleans has the potential to be the highest-scoring game of the weekend.
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald
Arizona’s future Hall of Fame wide receiver leads the Cardinals in targets (51), receptions (32), and receiving yards (327) this season and should be considered a WR1 this week given the matchup. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have given up the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season, and Fitzgerald’s best two fantasy outings in 2017 have both come at home.
New York Giants TE Evan Engram
The Giants lost wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris to season-ending injuries in Week 5, and wide receiver Sterling Shepard is considered day-to-day with a sprained ankle. The injuries should elevate Engram’s fantasy value, as he is likely to become Eli Manning’s top targets against the Denver Broncos in Week 6. While the Broncos have the NFL’s top ranked defense in terms of yards allowed, they have struggled against opposing tight ends, allowing the eighth most fantasy points to the position.
New York Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Seferian-Jenkins worked out well as a plug and play option last week and was listed as one of the top waiver wire additions ahead of Week 6. Fantasy football owners should expect Gang Green’s top tight end to continue to produce against the New England Patriots this Sunday, as New England’s defense has given up the fourth most fantasy points to tight ends this season.
New York Giants QB Eli Manning
Manning has thrown seven touchdowns to three interceptions in the team’s last three games and has also accounted for a touchdown on the ground during that span. Despite improved play from the veteran quarterback and New York’s offensive line, Manning should remain on the bench in Week 6. The Denver Broncos are allowing the 11th fewest passing yards per game this season, and with no Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall, New York’s offense is set for some tough sledding in Denver.
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff
Goff completed just 46.8 percent of his passes for 288 yards and threw no touchdowns and two interceptions against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 5, and finds himself in the sit ‘em column for a second consecutive week with an extremely tough matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville’s defense is allowing the third fewest passing yards per game this season and is giving up the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell
Crowell averaged a season-high 3.8 yards per carry on 16 totes in last week’s loss to the New York Jets but was unable to live up to fantasy expectations given the favorable matchup. The fourth-year running back has been one of the biggest fantasy disappointments so far this season, and it’s unlikely to get easier for the Browns running back in Week 6. The Houston Texans have surrendered the fourth fewest fantasy points to running backs this season.
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart
Stewart is worth owning in fantasy leagues, but much like Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, he remains a matchup-dependent starter. The 10-year veteran running back has yet to eclipse 70 yards rushing in a game this season and has not scored a touchdown since Week 1. Stewart draws an unfavorable matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football, as Philadelphia’s defense is holding opposing running backs to the sixth fewest fantasy points.
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas
Thomas caught just one pass on five targets against the Oakland Raiders in Week 4 and faces New York Giants top cornerback Janoris Jenkins this Sunday. The Giants have surrendered the third fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season, and with New York cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie suspended, Emmanuel Sanders should be considered Denver’s top fantasy receiving option. Thomas does have value in point per receptions formats but is too much of a risk to start in standard leagues for Week 6.
Los Angeles Rams WR Sammy Watkins
Los Angeles’ receiving corps is a roll of the dice for fantasy owners in 2017, as Sammy Watkins, Cooper Kupp, and Robert Woods all have the potential to be the team’s top receiver at the end of each week. Watkins received no targets in last week’s low scoring loss to the Seattle Seahawks and is sure to have trouble against Jacksonville’s secondary in Week 6. The Jaguars have given up the fourth fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season, and Watkins will likely find himself lined up across from lockdown cornerback Jalen Ramsey in Jacksonville Sunday.
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron
Ebron’s fantasy value is quickly fading this season. The emergence of Lions tight end Darren Fells the past two weeks has made Ebron expendable in some leagues and fantasy owners should feel confident leaving him on the bench in Week 6. The Lions former first-round pick has caught just five passes for 42 yards in the team’s last three games.
Indianapolis Colts TE Jack Doyle
Doyle is likely to return for Week 6 after missing last week’s game with a concussion but should remain on the bench for fantasy football owners given Monday’s matchup. The Titans have given up the seventh fewest fantasy points to tight ends this season, and Doyle has yet to find the end zone in 2017.