Wow, can you believe it is already Week 6 of the fantasy football season? It seems like only yesterday that we were all buying fantasy football magazines and getting ready for our drafts! Amazing how time flies!
Speaking about flying, fantasy managers who own quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Ryan Tannehill are looking for a bye week answer this week. Many of the managers, whom mostly own Ryan, expect to start him every week. This week is a crucial one in their fantasy football season.
If you are in need of a quarterback to start for this week to replace these guys, or if you are looking for someone to score big so you can bench someone who won’t do anything at all, then here is my “start ‘em, sit ‘em” list for Week Six at quarterback:
Start: Geno Smith
Smith has been the new talk of the fantasy world in the past two weeks at quarterback. Playing for a team like the New York Jets, one would not have thought that Smith would have a successful first season, but he is proving people wrong. In the last three weeks, Smith has thrown for 819 yards and six touchdowns. He looks like he is getting better by the week.
His Week 6 matchup is against a struggling Pittsburgh Steelers team. Look for Smith to do more with his legs this week, being that Pittsburgh tends to blitz more than the average team. Smith should throw for 200-plus yards and two touchdowns either rushing or throwing.
Start: Chad Henne
“Dom, you are picking a Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback to start in fantasy?” Look, for anyone asking this question, I understand your concerns. Jacksonville is pathetic. However, the Jaguars play the Denver Broncos this week, and are expected to have about 100 points scored on them possibly by the end of the first quarter.
That’s clearly exaggerated, but expect the Jaguars to have to throw the ball from the first quarter and on. The team has announced that they will be starting Chad Henne this week in place of Blaine Gabbert. Henne is not afraid to throw the ball at all and with Justin Blackmon returning from his suspension, you can expected a ton of passing yards in this game from Henne.
Start: Joe Flacco
The Baltimore Ravens will be taking on the Green Bay Packers this weekend. This will be a show between two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers and Joe Flacco. Flacco should be licking his chops for this matchup. First, Clay Matthews will not be playing in Sunday’s game due to a broken thumb. Second, Green Bay’s pass defense is ranked 26th in the NFL this season.
Look for Flacco to find Torrey Smith down the field for big plays and short dump-offs to Ray Rice that will help your fantasy team out this week if you need him.
Sit: Matthew Stafford
I never thought I would say to sit Matthew Stafford when Calvin Johnson is still on the same roster. However, Johnson is still battling a knee injury. If Johnson plays this week, then you should roll with Stafford as always. However, if Johnson does not play (and he looks to be a game-time decision), then I would consider finding a replacement and quickly for Stafford this week.
Just look at his numbers from last week. The team could not move the ball or score points without Johnson.
Sit: Carson Palmer
Matchups are a very important thing when looking to start players in fantasy football. However, this week for Carson Palmer, it is not only the matchup, but the poor play of most of his offense. Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals are playing the turnover- and sack-happy San Francisco 49ers‘ defense.
With the combination of bad offensive line play and Palmer just not looking himself these days, I would not even consider starting him against this 49ers’ defense. Stay very far away for him this week!