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Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 6

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Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 6

Week 5 entailed another slew of injuries for fantasy owners. Players who were injured include Justin Jefferson, Travis Kelce, Anthony Richardson, Daniel Jones, Tank Dell, James Conner, De’Von Achane, KaVontae Turpin, amongst others. Don’t worry though as we have you covered! One of the most important strategies for navigating injuries is researching backup players or on another team in the same position who could take their place. Continuing to monitor news of injured players and conducting proper research of players to start in their place is crucial for a successful week of fantasy football.

Here are my recommendations for Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 6.

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Derek Carr

Saints @ Texans | 1:00 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 1.9%

After suffering a shoulder injury in the Saints week 4 matchup against the Packers he returned to action in week 5 against the Patriots leading them to a 34-0 shutout win. However, he scored a mediocre 15.72 fantasy points. In week 5 the Texans defense allowed Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder to score 26.16 fantasy points. I expect Carr to score at least 18-20 if not more fantasy points and should be considered a mid-end to high-end QB2 in week 6 against the Houston Texans.

Tua Tagovailoa

Panthers @ Dolphins | 1:00 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 67.8%

The Dolphins offense has been on fire and there is no stopping them now. The Panthers defense allowed Lions quarterback Jared Goff to score 27.44 fantasy points in week 5. I expect the red-hot Dolphins to demolish the Panthers and it starts with Tua. Tagovailoa should score over 20 fantasy points and be considered a high-end QB1 in an easy matchup.

Raheem Mostert

Panthers @ Dolphins | 1:00 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 68.8%

During the Dolphins win over the Giants 31-16, rookie running back De’Von Achane suffered a knee injury. After the game, when speaking about Achane, head coach Mike McDaniel stated that there are “various things he is undergoing.” Then finally on Tuesday morning, Achane was ruled out for multiple weeks. Even with Achane handling the majority of carries, Mostert still was a viable flex option for fantasy team owners. Now that Achane is going to miss a few games, Mostert will be taking the reigns as their starting back and should be considered a high-end RB1.

Kenneth Walker III

Seahawks @ Bengals | 1:00 pm EST

ESPN Starting Percentage: 10.8%

Walker III is fresh off a bye week and is looking to continue his run as the NFL’s leading rusher in broken and missed tackles. The matchup against the Bengals defense is a favorable one for the second-year player. The Bengals have been allowing running backs to score double digit fantasy points the entire season. I expect Walker III to continue the trend and should be considered a low-end to mid-end RB1 in week 6 against the Bengals defense.

Jordan Addison

Vikings @ Bears | 1:00 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 23.0%

One of the NFL’s best wide receivers Justin Jefferson suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday against the Chiefs after he slipped on the turf in the second half of the game. When asked about Jefferson’s injury status after the game, head coach Kevin O’Connell stated that he did not have a timetable for a return date. On Tuesday, the Vikings placed Jefferson on injured reserve, meaning that he will miss the next four games. This allows rookie receiver Jordan Addison to receive the majority of targets and it already showed as he scored 18.4 fantasy points in PPR leagues on Sunday. Week 6 brings a favorable matchup for Addison as he faces a poor Bears passing defense. Addison should be considered a low-end to mid-end WR1 in week 6.

Cooper Kupp

Cardinals @ Rams | 4:25 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 73.0%

Kupp hasn’t missed a step as he was heavily targeted in the Rams loss to the Eagles on Sunday. Kupp scored 19.8 fantasy points in PPR leagues for fantasy owners in his return to the field. He should once again contribute heavily to the offense and be considered a low-end to mid-end WR1 for fantasy owners in week 6 against the Cardinals defense.

Kyle Pitts

Commanders @ Falcons | 1:00 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 53.4%

In week 5 Pitts finally received double digit targets with 11 and scored 15.7 fantasy points in PPR leagues. On the other hand, the Commanders defense just allowed Bears tight end Cole Kmet to score 15.2 fantasy points in PPR leagues on Thursday night. I expect Pitts to score double digit numbers in another favorable matchup in week 6 against the Commanders defense.

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C.J. Stroud

Saints @ Texans | 1:00 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 37.9%

Stroud has been impressive throughout the start of his rookie season, throwing for 1,461 yards and 7 touchdowns without an interception. However, he faces a tough matchup in week 6 against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints defense humiliated Mac Jones and the Patriots last week defeating them 34-0. In that game, Jones threw 2 interceptions, one which was returned for a touchdown. He also scored an embarrassing -1.4 fantasy points if your league deducts points. I don’t believe Stroud will suddenly fall that low, but his production may drop a bit this week. The Saints passing defense has been relatively good the past few years, and I believe sitting Stroud in a tough matchup is the correct decision.

Breece Hall

Eagles @ Jets | 4:25 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 64.9%

Hall was the star for the Jets last week in their victory over the Broncos scoring 28.4 fantasy points in PPR leagues. His highlight of the night was a 72-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter making the score 15-13 with kicking the extra point. Hall is truly the face of the Jets team in 2023, but he is playing against a fierce Eagles defense in week 6. The Eagles defense on average only allows 6.8 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs which ranks second behind the Dallas Cowboys. Due to the nature of the matchup, I recommend sitting Hall in week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Adam Thielen

Panthers @ Dolphins | 1:00 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 57.2%

When the Panthers drafted rookie quarterback Bryce Young, I hope they did not believe he was going to save the franchise by himself. Unfortunately, the Panthers are the only team in the league to not win a single game this season. It has been a bad season for the team and Thielen has become an inconsistent option for fantasy owners to start. I’m not too keen on starting Thielen this week against the Dolphins defense. My recommendation is to sit Thielen in week 6.

Hunter Henry

Patriots @ Raiders | 4:05 pm EST Sunday

ESPN Starting Percentage: 30.4%

The Patriots are playing poorly on both sides of the ball. In week 5, they suffered a 34-0 loss to the Saints. Head coach Bill Belichick stated after the game “we’ll start over.” I’m not sure that the Patriots can just start over at this point in the season. Henry is a talented tight end who was thought to take his career to a new height, but at this point that is not feasible. My recommendation is to sit Henry in week 6 against the Las Vegas Raiders.

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