Start and Sit for Week 6

Now that the bye gauntlet is on its way, tough decisions need to be made to bring home that win so we can inch closer to hoisting up that title at the end of the season. This week, Leo Grandio (@smooth1074) and Matt Miles (@DirtyAirFC) look at who are some options to start or sit for Week 6. Remember that you are starting your fantasy studs if they are healthy. We will focus on giving fantasy managers an edge on who to ride with or on who should ride the pine for the week. Without further ado here are some options to Start and Sit for Week 6.

Starters at Quarterback

Matthew Stafford, QB Los Angeles Rams

Reunited and it feels so good! That is what Matthew Stafford is saying after the return of Cooper Kupp to the lineup. Stafford has already established chemistry with Puka Nacua and now has his security blanket back with Kupp. Stafford has thrown for at least one touchdown in four consecutive games and for 300-plus yards in three out of five games so far this season. Now in Week 6, Stafford faces a Cardinals team that is allowing the fifth most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season and just allowed Joe Burrow to get his groove back to the tune of 317 yards and three touchdowns. So fire up Stafford if you have him. - Leo Grandio



Gardner Minshew, QB Indianapolis Colts

Revenge Game! Gunslinger! Uncle Rico! Arguably one of the biggest caricatures of the NFL Gardner Minshew is looking to be the Colt's starting quarterback for the foreseeable future. You could argue that this supporting cast that Minshew is working with is one of his best, save his time with the Eagles last season, who already had the post-season all but assured when Minshew took the reins. The Jaguars haven't been strong pass-rushers, so Minshew with time and solid weapons at all levels should shine this week. - Matt Miles



Sitters at Quarterback

C.J. Stroud, QB Houston Texans

The best rookie quarterback this season is not number one pick Bryce Young or athletic freak Anthony Richardson, it’s none other than C.J. Stroud. Stroud has been the most consistent of the three so far this year with three 300-plus passing-yards games. Unfortunately, Stroud will go up against a tough Saints defense that is allowing the sixth-fewest amount of fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. The Saints just finished embarrassing the Patriots 34-0 and now have their sights set on Stroud and the Texans. Try to look for another option because it may not be pretty in Week 6 for the rookie. - Leo Grandio


Dak Prescott, QB Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott is quite a conundrum for fantasy players. The floor has become quite scary with a defense that either runs up the score or lets the score run up on them. It doesn't seem to be an injury issue.  It doesn't seem to be a play-calling issue.  Dallas hasn't had a second half where they've had any plays called with a difference of two touchdowns in either direction. It seems like Prescott needs to get back in a groove, and until that happens, it just might be best to sit him until we see a turn. - Matt Miles



Starters at Running Back

Isiah Pacheco, RB Kansas City Chiefs

Isiah Pacheco is clearly the RB1 for the Chiefs in 2023. He has carried the lion's share of the touches in this backfield and has scored in three straight games. Now in Week 6, the Broncos' Swiss cheese defense comes to Arrow Head allowing the most fantasy points to running backs this season. Start Pacheco without hesitation as he could be in for a breakout performance this week. - Leo Grandio



James Cook, RB Buffalo Bills

Just nine carries last week. Ceding snaps to Latavius Murray. Why the heck would we say start James Cook?  Three words: New York Giants. This is as good of a get-right spot as it gets in the Year of our Lord 2023 in the National Football League. The Giants are 25th in rushing yards allowed and dead-last in sacks. The clock-grinding potential with cool is there for a potential bump in scoring this week. - Matt Miles



Sitters at Running Back

Rachaad White, RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rachaad White has been one of the few running backs who has remained healthy so far this season. Coming off the bye fantasy managers will be eager to insert him back into their lineups. But if you take a moment and realize that his opponent this week is the Lions who are allowing the third-fewest fantasy points, you may want to think otherwise.  Only Kenneth Walker has scored over 10 fantasy points versus the Lions this season, so act accordingly. - Leo Grandio



Dameon Pierce, RB Houston Texans

I love the snap counts, but Dameon Pierce has been woefully inefficient this season. He's been hit behind the line of scrimmage a lot, and despite being fourth in broken tackles, there just hasn't been the spark and YAC with his work so far this season. Facing the New Orleans Saints this week, who are allowing only 15.2 points per game this season, fourth best in the league. - Matt Miles



Starters at Wide Receivers

D.J. Moore, WR Chicago Bears

The Force has awakened! After a disappointing Week 1, all D.J. Moore has done is steadily prove why he is one of the best wide receivers in the game. Moore has four straight games with double-digit fantasy points and ended with a crescendo of eight receptions for 230 yards and three touchdowns in Week 5. Now for his encore performance, Moore and Justin Fields get to lay the wood on the Vikings who are allowing the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Moore has now become a set-it-and-forget player for the rest of the season. So if you have him on your roster enjoy the ride. - Leo Grandio


Jakobi Meyers, WR Las Vegas Raiders

The WR1 for the Raiders Jakobi Meyers is Jimmy Garoppolo's safety blanket. When the two are on the field, they have finishes of WR3, WR25, and WR10. Meyers is better than Jaylen Waddle and Devonta Smith so far this year. If you have him, you're starting him. - Matt Miles



Sitters at Wide Receivers

Brandon Aiyuk, WR San Francisco 49ers

Brandon Aiyuk has been feast or famine so far this season. If the 49ers play a vulnerable pass defense Aiyuk goes off, but if it’s a tough defense Aiyuk has not been as productive, failing to reach 10 fantasy points. This week Aiyuk could be in for another lackluster performance since he will face the Browns' pass defense that is only allowing 125 passing yards per game and has allowed the least amount of fantasy points to wide receivers in 2023. Aiyuk may be nothing more than a low-end flex this week at best, so look elsewhere if you have options. - Leo Grandio



KJ Osborn, WR Minnesota Vikings

The proclaimed WR1 for the Vikings is supposedly now KJ Osborn. We actually have a decent sample size of when Osborn is considered a WR1 (six or more targets) for the Vikings, and things aren't pretty. His ceiling is WR13, with lows at WR60.  His yards per route run are also very low this season. It's best to wait and see how the 1-4 Vikings will look to scheme Osborn in the coming weeks. - Matt Miles



Starters at Tight End

Logan Thomas, TE Washington Commanders

Whether you already had Logan Thomas on your roster or just added him off waivers this week, get ready to insert him straight into your lineups. Last week Thomas was counted on to provide an offensive spark for the Commanders. Quarterback Sam Howell targeted Thomas for a whopping 11 times and the tight end produced nine receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown. Look for that production to continue in Week 6 with Thomas facing the Falcons who are allowing the second-most fantasy points to tight end this season. - Leo Grandio



Tyler Higbee, TE Los Angeles Rams

I'll be 100% honest, this was almost like picking a name out of a hat. The position is pretty brutal this week, however, the departure of Van Jefferson to the Falcons this week just might open up some more opportunities for Higbee.  Higbee has flashed this season and can give you a solid average of eight points a game. - Matt Miles


Sitters at Tight End

Dalton Schultz, TE Houston Texans

Finally, Dalton Schultz is showing some life for fantasy managers. Schultz has scored a touchdown in two consecutive weeks and was targeted 11 times in Week 5. That was the good news, but the bad news is that the veteran tight end will be going up against the New Orleans Saints who have been owning opposing tight ends this season. The Saints are allowing the least amount of fantasy points to tight ends this Fall. Opposing tight ends through five weeks are averaging less than six fantasy points per game. You’ve been warned. - Leo Grandio


Taysom Hill, TE Los Angeles Rams

I'll be 100% honest, this was almost like picking a name out of a hat... again.  The position is pretty brutal this week, however, if for some reason you've got Taysom Hill in a starting spot, don't do it. The Saints' defense has kept the offense largely in positive game scripts, so the B-side of the playbook hasn't been needed. He's been a heck of a run blocker, though. - Matt Miles



Starters at Defense

Las Vegas Raiders Defense

I can’t believe I’m about to recommend starting the Las Vegas Raiders Defense but here we are. The Raiders showed me on Monday Night Football that they have some fight in them when they smack down the Packers. Now the apprentice head coach Josh McDaniels gets to face his old master Bill Belichick in Week 6. I must say that this could be an intriguing matchup but the Patriots are looking really bad. They can’t run, they can’t pass and they can’t score. Not a good combination. If you are looking for a streaming defense for the week take a chance with the Raiders if you dare. - Leo Grandio

Atlanta Falcons Defense

The Atlanta Falcons Defense has quietly been a solid streaming option, regardless of match-up this season.  In the third quarter alone of games, they've only given up 41 yards and zero points.  This week, the Falcons face a reeling Commanders team. Line up the Falcons' zero this week! - Matt Miles


Sitters at Defense

Dallas Cowboys Defense

Oh, how the mighty Dallas Cowboys Defense has fallen. In two of the last three weeks, the Cowboys' Defense has been embarrassed to its core. First, the Cardinals spanked that Cowboys ass in Week 3, and then last week the 49ers gave them an Undertaker tombstone and buried them. In those two weeks, the Cowboys tallied up zero fantasy points. This week we have the Kellen Moore revenge game as the Cowboys will face their old offensive coordinator who has the Chargers scoring some major points this year. Not only are they coming off a bye but they will have Austin Ekeler back as well. Find an alternate defense if you can. - Leo Grandio


Minnesota Vikings Defense

Early in the season, it would have been wise to start defenses against the Chicago Bears.  However, it seems like Justin Fields has turned a corner in his game. The rushing hasn't hit for Fields yet but with both backs hurt in Chicago, and Minnesota Vikings Defense's 23rd rank against the run, Fields might be using his legs much more than his arm this week. Sit the Vikings this week! - Matt Miles


If you have any start or sit dilemmas or any fantasy questions feel free to reach out to us on X at @FCFantasySports.

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