NFL Fantasy: Week 6 start ‘em sit ‘em individual defensive players (IDP)

Week 6 sees new names replacing IDP stalwarts. Are any of them worth starting?

You can never replace a JJ Watt, but can you replace JJ Watt? Check below to see if we say start ‘em or sit ‘em to Joel Heath as he steps into the Texan lineup this week. 

Start this guy: DE Myles Garrett, CLE at HOU

Cleveland’s top draft pick debuted with a sack on his first play from scrimmage last week. He later picked up a second in limited playing time. Garrett didn’t play many snaps, but he rushed the passer on almost every one. His playing time will only increase as the games go on. This week, he takes on the Houston Texans who are giving up the most points to defensive ends through Week 5. Garrett is a safe play, even if he plays half the snaps, against Houston. 

Sit this guy: DE Joel Heath, HOU vs CLE 

Picking up JJ Watt’s replacement is not a bad idea, but don’t play him this week. Heath came in after Watt’s injury to make six tackles and tacked on a sack. With Jadeveon Clowney on the other side, he will see more one-on-one opportunities than Watt did. But this week, as enticing as a game against Cleveland sounds for offensive players, Heath faces the stingiest offensive line in the league for points given to defensive ends. 

Start this guy: LB Mark Barron, LAR vs JAC

Alec Ogletree is the bigger linebacker name from the Rams, but Barron quietly leads the league in solo tackles over the past four weeks. This week, he gets a heavy dose of running backs against the Jaguars which can only help those numbers. 

Sit this guy: Jarrad Davis, DET at NO

New Orleans has a wide-open offense coming off a bye week. When they pass, they go deeper than the average team. When they run, they run through the line. What does that all mean? I’m not that smart, except that I know New Orleans gives up fewer points to linebackers than any other team. If the pattern follows, Jarrad Davis’ usual numbers will dip in Week 6. 

Start this guy: S Malcolm Jenkins, PHI at AZ

Adrian Peterson will not transform the Cardinals into a running team this week. Carson Palmer still needs to throw the ball if Arizona is to fend off the Eagles. Jenkins will see plenty of chances for tackles and might even come up with another interception by the end of the day. 

Sit this guy: CB Trumaine Johnson, LAR vs JAC

You would think to have Blake Bortles as the opposing quarterback would make defensive backs salivate. This year, it actually makes them yawn. Bortles simply isn’t passing the ball much and when he does, the routes are simpler and safer than years past. The Jaguars will run most of the time, which is why they give up the third-least points to defensive backs so far in 2017. 

Week 6 flash in the pan prediction

Nothing inspires the Jets like a game against the Patriots. Maligned Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson lives in the Patriots’ backfield this week. He finishes with a sack, three tackles for a loss, and seven total tackles on the day. 

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Pat Opperman


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