Opportunity wide open for Jackson
Week 6 of fantasy football play is highlighted by an all-in game (TexansChiefs) and a Falcons-Cardinals game that could see a combined 100 pass attempts from Matt Ryan and Kyler Murray.
The week also will be defined by whether a pair of elite receivers can rebound following poor performances in Week 5.
Start: Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens: After tossing five interceptions over the last two games, Jackson not only gets a rebound against the Bengals secondary, he also faces a defense that allows the second-highest rushing yards per game to QBs. Don’t be shocked if Jackson breaks off his first 100-yard game on the ground in 2019.
Sit: Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles: Only the Colts’ Jacoby Brissett has a lower yards per attempt (6.4) than the 6.6 Wentz is putting up. Wentz is completing just 60.3 percent of his passes, a mark that is second-lowest in the league, with only the Browns’ Baker Mayfield (55.9 percent) keeping him from rock bottom.
Start: Duke Johnson, RB, Texans: In what is expected to be a high-scoring matchup, Johnson will be a dream start in PPR formats. The Chiefs give up 176.2 yards from scrimmage to running backs, and Johnson will have ample shots to exploit a defense whose main focus will be on WRs DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.
Sit: Miles Sanders, RB, Eagles: Jordan Howard has erased any notions of a timeshare in Philly, leaving Sanders as mostly an option on passing downs. Sanders has yet to score on 54 rushing attempts and will struggle against a Vikings defense ranked fourth in fewest fantasy points per game allowed to running backs.
Start: Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys: He returned from IR with seven catches for 113 yards and a TD in Sunday’s loss to the Packers. Gallup ranks among the league leaders with five receptions of better than 20 yards despite missing two games and should feast on a Jets defense that is 21st in fantasy points allowed per game to receivers.
Sit: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Packers: With a golden chance to step up in the absence of Davante Adams, MVS had just one catch for 18 yards and was targeted only four times against the Cowboys. Even if Adams misses Monday night’s game, shy away from Valdes-Scantling as he faces a Lions secondary that allows only a 51.8 percent completion rate to wideouts.
Start: Austin Hooper, TE, Falcons: The Cardinals allow an average of 1.2 TDs per game to tight ends, far and away the worst rate in the league. Hooper comes into Sunday having caught 21 of his 26 targets (80.7 percent) for 252 yards and a pair of TDs over the last two weeks.
Sit: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings: At this point, it’s safe to drop Rudolph, who has been targeted only eight times this season. The disappearance of Rudolph is jarring when one considers he was targeted a combined 295 times the previous three seasons.
Start: Gardner Minshew II, QB, Jaguars: Quietly, Minshew has produced a 9-1 TD:INT margin and has thrown two TDs in each of his last three games. Not only is he coming off the first 300-yard game of his career, Minshew also is the league’s most efficient passer in the red zone with a rating of 127.8. The Saints are 28th in fantasy points allowed per game to QBs and similar production is possible if too much focus is placed on stopping Jags RB Leonard Fournette.
Sit: Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals: Although the Ravens allow 290.8 passing yards per game, they are still 10th-best in fantasy against QBs. Dalton is averaging 285.6 yards per game, but is also on pace to be sacked 64 times this season. The number could increase, especially if the Bengals’ running game continues to struggle.