Fantasy football week 6: Start’em and sit’em
We are nearing the midway point of the NFL season, when a few bad bounces or untimely losses can ruin playoff hopes. Early season favorites like Seattle, Dallas, and Philadelphia are looking for opportunities to keep their seasons afloat.
Here are our picks for who you should start on your fantasy team going into week six:
Start: Eli Manning, QB New York Giants
The younger Manning brother has caught fire over the last couple of weeks. He has thrown for multiple touchdowns in four consecutive games. Last week, he torched the 49ers for three touchdowns and 441 passing yards while completing 76 percent of his passes. The Giants face divisional foe Philadelphia on Monday night and Eli should have another big game.
Start: Lamar Miller, RB Miami
2015 has been a tough season for Miller, and accordingly for anyone who picked him up in fantasy football. However, coach Joe Philbin has been fired, and new coach Dan Campbell is determined to establish Miami’s running game. When asked about his new coach, Miller said, “He pretty much told the whole team that we have to run the ball and stop the run.” Miami had a bye week last week, so they have had ample time to prepare for this week’s matchup with Tennessee.
Start: Andy Dalton, QB Cincinnati
Dalton has had a great start to the 2015 season. Through five games, he has 11 touchdown passes and only two interceptions along with 1,518 passing yards. Critics have usually cited Dalton as the reason the Bengals are not serious Super Bowl contenders, but this season he has been the strongest part of the offense. This week, Dalton will face a Buffalo defense that has slowed down since its hot start.
I certainly wouldn't say Dalton is better than Brady in any way. http://t.co/joUkGxlIkk
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) October 15, 2015
Sit: Josh McCown, QB Cleveland
After suffering a concussion in week one, McCown has returned with a vengeance and played very well over the last three weeks. This week is when the career backup will regress to the mean. Cleveland plays Denver in week six, and the Broncos’ defense is scary good. Through five games, the Broncos are a top 10 unit in the NFL against the run, have stopped opponents on third down 70 percent of the time, and have sacked opposing quarterbacks 22 times.
Sit: Charles Clay, TE Buffalo
Clay has been a solid starting tight end through the first quarter of the season, but this week it will be tough for him to produce. Clay has been bothered by a calf injury for the last two weeks, and it definitely affected his play last Sunday. Offensive weapons Tyrod Taylor, Sammy Watkins, LeSean McCoy, and Karlos Williams are also injured, making the Buffalo offense much easier to analyze and take down. The Bengals should have no problem stifling the hobbled Buffalo offense.
Sit: Jonathan Stewart, RB Carolina
Carolina’s stalwart running back has seen his rushing attempts drop every week so far this season. Stewart has yet to rush for more than 70 yards in a single game has not been able to find the end zone in either the running or passing game. In week six, Carolina plays a Seattle defense that ranks in the top 10 in the NFL against the run, look for another quiet week from Stewart.
Will Lamar Miller be able to turn his season around after the coaching change? Will Josh McCown’s strong play continue or will Cleveland be embroiled in another quarterback controversy? Feel free to leave a comment or find me on Twitter @Andrew_Morse4