NFL fantasy: Week 6 start ‘em, sit ‘em wide receivers

There are a lot of obvious wide receivers who need to start in Week 6, but here a few fringe players you might not have considered.

Anyone who needs to be told to start TY Hilton, DeAndre Hopkins, Stefon Diggs, or Jordy Nelson this week must have used an autodraft to get them on their NFL fantasy team. But some of the second or third wide receivers might take a little more thought. Let us help you out.

Start this guy: Adam Thielen, MIN vs GB

Assuming that Minnesota starts a quarterback who can walk this week, Adam Thielen will thrive as the second wide receiver in a wide open offense trying to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and company. Thielen has been racking up yardage all season. This week, a touchdown puts him among the points leaders.

Sit this guy: Emmanuel Sanders, DEN vs NYG

The Giants can still defend wide receivers, ranking as the fourth-stingiest defense to them in NFL fantasy football. This is not likely to be a very exciting affair, with Denver likely relying on running CJ Anderson and Jamaal Charles for most of the second half if they have a lead by then. Be wary of playing any Denver wide receiver this week.

Start this guy: Rishard Matthews, TEN vs IND

Tennessee’s wide receivers get their chance to play Indianapolis’ secondary this week; Colts wide receivers are just as happy to be up against the Titans secondary. Assuming Marcus Mariota plays – and he came close to playing last week – every wide receiver in the game has good fantasy upside. Rishard Matthews has been Mariota’s most consistent and reliable target since last year. Even with their newest acquisitions on the field, Matthews garners more targets. If Mariota is less mobile than he wants to be, he will look for his most familiar receiver quickly and often.

Sit this guy: DeVante Parker/Kenny Stills, MIA at ATL

Miami has been offensively challenged recently, but that isn’t the whole rationale about sitting their outside receivers. The Atlanta Falcons have given up the third-fewest points per game to wide receivers in 2017. Throw in a suspect ankle on Parker, who is expected to play, and it only reinforces the logic. Jarvis Landry remains a PPR option on short routes, but otherwise, avoid the Dolphins as Atlanta comes off their bye.

Start this guy: Adam Humphries, TB at AZ

Adam Humphries has quietly drawn over six targets per game this season and averages 12 yards per reception on his 17 catches through four games. Cameron Brate and Mike Evans have been the red zone targets of Jameis Winston for the most part, but Evans will be blanketed this Sunday by Patrick Peterson. Other than whoever is being defended by Peterson, wide receivers have had a lot of success at Arizona’s expense this season. Humphries will get more looks and yards with Evans taken out. If he can break a mid-range touchdown, he’ll be a top-ten wide receiver this week.

Sit this guy: Michael Thomas, NO vs DET

Darius Slay will shadow Michael Thomas all game in New Orleans this week. He will hold Thomas to a few short receptions, but nothing explosive. If you want to get a piece of the New Orleans offense this week, Alvin Kamara and Willie Snead are better options.

Week 6 flash in the pan prediction

Remember Kenny Golladay? If you didn’t get around to cutting him after picking him up on Week 2 waivers, this is your week. New Orleans’ improved defense controls Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, but they have no answer for Golladay. The rookie grabs two more touchdowns among his eight catches and 100 yards.

Full disclosure: about last week

After five weeks, I continue to run at a two-thirds accuracy rate. This week, I missed big time by benching AJ Green against Buffalo. I humbly admit that he is a must-start against any defense. I gave four start ‘ems last week, tying Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess together. The pair, along with Pierre Garcon finished in the WR-2 range. Jaron Brown did not, giving me 5 of 7 correct picks on the day.

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Pat Opperman


Pat recently retired from real life to watch sports and write. Look for references to games and events from ancient times as memories of an earlier Age of Sport tend to pop into his head.