Week 6 brings about the first round of bye weeks, meaning some fantasy football roster decisions will have to be made. On bye this week are the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, and San Francisco 49ers. With this in mind, let’s look at a few start ’em and sit ’em options in Week 6, even with some fantasy staples not available this week.
NFL Start’ Em Sit ‘Em Week 6 | Players to start
Some names are locked into your lineup, while others might be in question. Let’s help make those hard decisions heading into Week 6 with some players worth starting.
Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Darrell Henderson is the locked-and-loaded top RB option in a Rams offense that is putting up 28.4 points per game. Currently sitting at RB15 in half-PPR scoring, Henderson has outperformed his preseason ADP of RB26 following Cam Akers’ injury.
With some top RB options battling injuries and bye weeks set to begin, Henderson should be started as a locked-in RB2 with RB1 upside against a New York Giants team allowing 139.0 rushing yards per game.
Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears
Now, we’re getting deep. The RB3 on the Chicago Bears depth chart finds himself in line to carry the load this weekend after David Montgomery’s injury and Damien Williams landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Chicago has been leaning on the run this year, keeping the ball on the ground with 29.8 rushing attempts per game (eighth-most). Even with Williams in the game, Herbert saw 18 carries last week. He’ll essentially have no competition for carries in the Bears’ matchup with the Wisconsin Cheeseheads on Sunday. The Packers have been middle of the … well … pack … against the run this season, allowing 17.9 fantasy points per game to the position.
Herbert should be viewed as a flex play this week with what looks to be a safe volume that will give him a solid floor.
Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
When the Jaguars lost DJ Chark to injury, the expectation was that Laviska Shenault Jr. would step up into a more prominent role in their Week 5 tilt against the Tennessee Titans.
Except that didn’t happen.
Shenault saw only 3 targets, although he did convert his lone reception into a 58-yard gain. His lack of usage was puzzling, to say the least.
This week, the Jaguars get the Miami Dolphins, who have allowed 29.4 fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position, third-most in the league. The Dolphins look like they’ll have Tua Tagovailoa back at quarterback, giving this the look of a high-scoring game. Shenault is in a good position to start as a “squeaky wheel” that needs some grease.
NFL Start’ Em Sit ‘Em Week 6 | Players to sit
Now that we’ve identified some potential fill-ins for bye weeks and injuries, let’s talk about some players that deserve to have a seat on your bench this week.
Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
Some situations are hard to quantify with numbers. What’s currently going on with the Jon Gruden situation in Las Vegas is one of them. Putting that drama aside, the Raiders are playing the Broncos in Denver this Sunday on a two-game losing streak with an interim head coach.
Josh Jacobs was held to only 48 yards on 15 carries last week against the Bears. Furthermore, the Broncos are surrendering the third-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs through three weeks — even after the Steelers’ Najee Harris torched them for 122 yards this past Sunday.
This is a brutal matchup and an off-the-field situation that I want to avoid altogether. Jacobs can sit on the bench.
Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears
This one makes me sad. I love Allen Robinson’s game, but the production hasn’t been there this season. In half-PPR, Robinson’s high-water mark is 9.4 points, which he posted in Week 2. He has eclipsed 35 receiving yards only once this season, has 1 receiving touchdown, and is currently the WR63.
It’s hard to bench a name like Robinson that you invested a high draft pick on. But at this point, it’s time to sit him until we see something on the field that changes the narrative. Going up against a Packers defense that has given up the fifth-fewest points per game to the wide receiver position doesn’t help.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans
Ryan Tannehill was drafted as a back-end QB1 before this season, and boy has he disappointed in fantasy football. Currently the QB20, Tannehill has topped 20 fantasy points only once and has 0-1 passing touchdowns in four of his first five contests.
With Derrick Henry currently looking unstoppable, the Titans have leaned on the run game and asked less of Tannehill. This week, the Titans square up with the Buffalo Bills, who have been the best defense in the NFL thus far this season. They’ve also allowed the least fantasy points per game to the quarterback position this season — hard pass.