There are a number of Must-Start players in Week 6. Some of them are big name players who you would normally think to start, but who have made fantasy owners begin to wonder about using them going forward.
Doug Martin is at the top of that list. He continues to bounce between big games and dud games like he did last year. He has a decent matchup this week at home against Philadelphia. On top of that, it became clear two weeks ago that the Buccaneers should not rely on their rookie quarterback to carry them. So look for Martin to come out shouldering the load as Tampa Bay returns to the field in Week 6. And against the Philadelphia defense, it means yards, touchdowns, and fantasy points for Martin.
Tony Romo and Robert Griffin III are good plays this week against each other’s defenses, who have been weak against the pass. But also consider starting Alex Smith this week. He faces the Raiders at home. Smith has already established himself as a solid QB2 this season. Bump him up to a high-end QB2 or even a low-end QB1 in Week 6, and start him if you need him.
Knowshon Moreno is a great play this week against Jacksonville, who allows a 4.9 yards per carry. He should be used as a solid RB1. And for those needing some additional RB help or a solid flex play, make sure you start Danny Woodhead. He faces the Colts at home Monday night with Ryan Nathews a bit banged up. Woodhead should be considered a solid RB2 option in Week 6.
Justin Blackmon should see plenty of air time this week as the Jaguars try to stay with and catch up to the Broncos. He is a WR1 this week. And don’t forget about Josh Gordon at home against Detroit. He has a lot of potential in this one. Fantasy owners should start him as a low-end WR1 with lots of upside.
Giovani Bernard is a good bet to make some noise in Buffalo this week. That game should be a tough back-and-forth affair without becoming a shootout. And the Bills have been a bit porous against the run. So Bernard should be seen as a solid RB2 choice in Week 6. Also, make sure you start Houston’s Garrett Graham if you are looking for a tight end for your roster. He is filling in for Owen Daniels over the next month or so. Graham produced numbers even while Daniels was on the field. So expect some good fantasy point production from him, especially this week at home against the Rams. Graham has low-end TE1 status in Week 6.
Some players to avoid in Week 6… QB Matt Schaub. It’s not that Schaub won’t produce against a Rams defense that can be exploited. In fact, Schaub might have a monster game. But Schaub owners need to consider how much his psyche may be damaged at the moment. His head coach and the entire city of Houston appear ready to pull the trigger on benching their starting QB if he continues to make costly mistakes. That kind of pressure can lead to all sorts of outcomes. So despite what people are saying about Schaub’s great matchup in Week 6, I would advise a more cautious approach to him. He is a risk-reward play who might be best left alone this week.
Colin Kaepernick faces an underrated Arizona defense on Sunday. And with the 49ers receiver corps hurting, it appears defenses have figured out how to keep Kaepernick in check. So he is downgraded to a low-end QB2 in Week 6. Try starting someone else like Tony Romo or Alex Smith instead. Some fantasy owners will point to Nick Foles’ performance in place of Michael Vick and try to start him, but they should be careful about their expectations for Foles this week. He faces a stiff passing defense in Tampa Bay that could make his day miserable.
Chris Johnson owners should look for a different option in Week 6. It’s not that teams can’t run against the Seattle defense (see Arian Foster), but this game is in Seattle. The Seahawks seem to become super-human at every aspect of their game when they’re at home. That does not bode well for anyone on the Titans. Chris Johnson should only be played as an RB3 with downside or as a low-end flex this week.
Rob Gronkowski should also be avoided this week. He appears to be a gametime decision, and that game won’t start until after the first set of games on Sunday. Even if he does play, fantasy owners should expect him to need a game or two to get back up to speed. Garrett Graham and Sean McGrath are better and more-sure options for the time-being.
Finally, fantasy owners should be careful about playing the Green Bay DEF/ST without Clay Matthews. They were having a tough enough time with Matthews on the field. Don’t be surprised if things really go downhill without him. Look for other options still sitting out there on the waiver wire like Cleveland’s DEF/ST (18 sacks, 4 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries, and a return man who can score on any kick). You might be surprised at how much more you get from them.