By Jeff Pratt
This is the sixth installment of my weekly all-in-one fantasy football article which consists of recaps from the prior week, start/sit advice and waiver targets. Stay tuned for new updates every week! Now, let’s get into this Week 6 preview:
Week 5 Recap
*All fantasy stats are based on PPR scoring*
Chase Claypool – 42.6 points
Travis Fulgham – 31.2 points
Patrick Mahomes – 30.7 points
Brandin Cooks – 30.1 points
Mike Davis – 29.9 points
Zach Ertz – 1.6 points
Amari Cooper – 4.1 points
Devin Singletary – 4.3 points
D.J. Chark – 4.6 points
Joe Burrow – 5.3 points
Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 6
Start: Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. NYJ)
Fitzpatrick is rolling right now, scoring 21+ points in four straight games. That trend has a good chance of continuing this week against an abysmal Jets defense. Until he proves otherwise, Fitzmagic has entered must-start territory.
Sit: Joe Burrow (@ IND)
The #1 overall pick looked lost against a tough Ravens defense last week, throwing an interception and fumbling twice. Things won’t get any easier for Burrow this week against a stout Colts defense. Until he strings together a couple solid outings, bench the rookie.
Start: Damien Harris (vs. DEN)
Harris looked tremendous against a tough Chiefs defense in Week 4, rushing 17 times for 100 yards exactly. The sophomore back looked much more explosive than his backfield mate Sony Michel, who is currently on IR due to an injured quad. With Michel out this week, Harris should once again see a significant workload against a beat-up Broncos defensive line.
Sit: Frank Gore (@ MIA)
The Jets released Le’Veon Bell earlier this week, but it doesn’t set Frank Gore up to serve as their workhorse. Adam Gase declared that La’Michal Perine will see an increased workload instead, stating “Perine’s definitely going to get a bigger role. Frank (Gore), you’re not going to lean on him as heavy a load”. New York clearly likes what they see in Perine, which could result in Gore receiving limited snaps for the rest of the season. Stash him on your bench this week.
Start: JuJu Smith-Schuster (vs. CLE)
JuJu struggled last week against the Eagles, catching just four balls for 28 yards. With Diontae Johnson (back) banged up, expect Ben Roethlisberger to look to his most reliable target more this week against a vulnerable Browns secondary. Chase Claypool won’t score four touchdowns again, so the Steelers will have to look elsewhere for production. Fire up Smith-Schuster in what should be a bounce-back game this week.
Sit: Michael Gallup (vs. ARI)
Gallup has been relegated to the Cowboys’ #3 WR, taking a back seat to Amari Cooper and rookie sensation CeeDee Lamb. With Dak Prescott done for the year, Dallas could rely on Ezekiel Elliott to carry the offense down the stretch. Even if backup Andy Dalton does throw the ball, Gallup won’t be one of his first options. Meanwhile, Arizona has been a top-5 pass defense so far, further solidifying the case to sit Gallup this week.
Start: Mike Gesicki (vs. NYJ)
Gesicki snapped his cold streak last game against the 49ers, and I’m expecting him to keep rolling this week against a porous Jets secondary. With Ryan Fitzpatrick playing at an elite level, Gesicki is a must-start option at tight end.
Sit: Hayden Hurst (@ MIN)
After breaking out in Week 2, Hurst has been lackluster ever since, failing to score more than 10 points in a game. Atlanta is also currently dealing with COVID-19 issues, having to shut down their facilities on Thursday. I wouldn’t bet on a Hurst breakout coming off a short practice week, so keep him on your bench for now.
Waiver Wire Target of the Week
This was the obvious choice. Claypool dominated last week, racking up 116 total yards and four touchdowns. He’ll likely see an increased role in Pittsburgh’s offense with Diontae Johnson banged-up moving forward. There’s always a chance Claypool will end up being a one-hit wonder this year, but it’s impossible to ignore last week’s performance and he definitely deserves a roster spot.