Fantasy football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Don't get comfortable in Week 6

In their first season playing under Andy Reid, Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs are undefeated.
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The NFL likes to toy with fantasy football owners, it seems. After a four-team bye week, we're now dealing with just two teams on byes in Week 6 -- Atlanta and Miami. And around the corner are Weeks 8 and 9, with six teams on bye in each week. There will be many guys you sit this week that you'll be dying to start in those weeks. Start looking ahead at some defenses to stream, as well as third wide receivers. Don't get comfortable with the bounty available to you in Week 6.

These Week 6 Start 'em, Sit 'em recommendations are based on standard scoring, non-PPR, 12-team leagues that start 1-QB, 2-RB, 2-WR, 1-TE, 1-FLEX, 1-K and 1-DST. I've tried to list most of the possible players at each position, but if you find one missing -- please comment below, and I'll share my recommendation.

Green Bay at Baltimore

Start 'em:

Packers: Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Jermichael Finley, Mason Crosby

It doesn't appear that Franklin will be taking away as many carries as expected, so Lacy continues to be someone to lean on in all formats. The Ravens have allowed just one rushing touchdown all season, but they will have their hands full against a Packers offense that can attack in several ways now. The same goes for the receiving corps against the Ravens, even though Baltimore has only allowed two touchdown passes since Peyton Manning dropped seven on it in Week 1. Finley's concussion is behind him, and the Ravens' pass defense is susceptible up the middle.

Ravens: Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, Justin Tucker

The Packers are top 5 in rushing yards allowed, but no one is sitting Rice, especially now that he's healthy and coming off his best game of the season. It's tough to argue against Smith as less than a first wide receiver in fantasy play lately, with nearly 300 receiving yards in the past two weeks. The Packers are giving up a couple of touchdown passes a game, too. Tucker is averaging three field goals and over two extra points per game in the past three weeks.

Sit 'em:

Packers: Johnathan Franklin, Packers D/ST

Until Lacy takes a step back or gets injured, Franklin is merely a backup. The Packers have nine sacks and four forced turnovers in their past two games, but there should be better matchups out there in Week 6.

Ravens: Joe Flacco, Bernard Pierce, Marlon Brown, Dallas Clark, Ravens D/ST

Brown is hoping to come back from a thigh injury, but in a week when many wide receivers are available, you can use caution and not start him. The Ravens have scored a couple of defensive touchdowns and have 11 sacks over the past three weeks, but they've forced just four turnovers in that span.

Carolina at Minnesota

Start 'em:

Panthers: Cam Newton, DeAngelo Williams, Steve Smith, Greg Olsen

Newton notched a 300-yard passing game Sunday, but he also threw three interceptions instead of touchdowns against the Cardinals. The Panthers seem to be a schizophrenic team on both sides of the ball lately. The Vikings' pass defense is actually less threatening than the Cardinals, allowing more than 325 passing yards per game, which makes us like Newton again. Williams didn't do much in Week 5, but the Vikings aren't anything special against the run. He's a good second wide receiver once again.

Vikings: Adrian Peterson, Blair Walsh

Peterson is so good, he ran for two touchdowns on his bye week! Walsh is a good fantasy kicker and benefits because the Vikings can move the ball between the 20s. When Peterson doesn't score, Walsh can clean up.

Sit 'em:

Panthers: Mike Tolbert, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn Jr., Graham Gano, Panthers D/ST

The Panthers defense is smarting after an embarrassing outing against Arizona, and Carolina should bounce back against a team that has just four passing touchdowns this season. Even so, this is a middle-of-the-road option if you can't find a top unit.

Vikings: Matt Cassel, Christian Ponder, Josh Freeman, Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson, Kyle Rudolph

There's nothing like having your team sign a free-agent quarterback in Week 5, basically telling you they aren't fond of you as their only option. With Josh Freeman in Minneapolis, Cassel and Ponder (ribs) will have to step it up to stay under center.

Oakland at Kansas City

Start 'em:

Raiders: None.

The Chiefs defense is a monster and none of the Raiders really look like good starts in regular formats.

Chiefs: Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs DST

Smith actually finds himself closer to the good side of the start/sit column this week, as the Raiders are ripe for getting dinked and dunked to death. Bowe is even worth a start in some leagues this week, too. Charles finally notched 100 rushing yards in Week 5, and he continues to look like the guy we wish we had drafted instead of C.J. Spiller. This Chiefs defense is becoming a very special unit, allowing fewer than 20 points per game in every contest so far. It also has notched at least three sacks per game, scoring a defensive/special teams touchdown in four of five games in 2013.

Sit 'em:

Raiders: Terrelle Pryor, Darren McFadden, Rashad Jennings, Denarius Moore Rod Streater, Mychal Rivera, Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders DST

Pryor wasn't bad against the Chargers, and he has notched 18 or more fantasy points in three games this season. The Chiefs defense should give the third-year quarterback some problems, however. If he can escape their pass rush, he can put up some decent rushing yardage, but that's tough to rely on, making him a borderline starter this week. McFadden is a "sit" only because he has a hamstring issue that might keep him out of the lineup. If he's pronounced 100 percent, get him back in the "start" section, since he rushed for 100 yards twice against the Chiefs last year.

Chiefs: Donnie Avery, Anthony Fasano, Ryan Succop

The Raiders aren't great defensively, by any means, but their ineffectiveness doesn't necessarily make all of the Chiefs' pass receivers a good fantasy start in Week 6. Avery is dealing with a shoulder injury. Succop is worth a look if your kicker is watching TV at home this weekend.

St. Louis at Houston

Start 'em:

Rams: Zac Stacy, Austin Pettis, Greg Zuerlein

The rookie running back is the flavor of the week for the Rams' backfield, and he was adequate, if unspectacular, against the Jaguars. The Texans are allowing over 125 rushing yards per game, too. Pettis has just been a weird surprise, especially after we heard all about Tavon Austin's playmaking ability, and how Chris Givens was ready to become a No. 1 receiver. He's not a great fantasy option, but as a third wide receiver, you could do worse than Pettis.

Texans: Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, Texans DST

The days of Ben Tate being a hindrance to Foster's fantasy value are over for now, and Foster has re-emerged as a top-five fantasy running back. The Texans passing game, however, is in some trouble, as Matt Schaub's sudden shakiness has his starting job in danger. The Texans defense has forced three turnovers this season, although it does have 14 sacks. It isn't a bad option if you are streaming defenses this season.

Sit 'em:

Rams: Sam Bradford, Daryl Richardson, Chris Givens, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Rams DST

The Texans have kept quarterbacks down during these first five weeks, so hopefully, you have Bradford as an emergency starter only right now. Cook has been disappointing in the past few weeks, making us feel a little duped after his Week 1 breakout. He looks more like the underperforming tight end we knew in Jeff Fisher's old offense in Tennessee.

Texans: Matt Schaub, Ben Tate, DeAndre Hopkins, Garrett Graham, Randy Bullock

Schaub and Hopkins deserve a seat in most formats, until the former can get his confidence back. Bullock has been a huge disappointment, as well. Graham's fantasy value got a boost after Owen Daniels broke his leg.


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McQUADE: Risers & Sliders -- Top players struggling to produce stats
BELLER: Fast Forward -- Quarterbacks steal the spotlight in Week 5

Philadelphia at Tampa Bay

Start 'em:

Eagles: LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Alex Henery

McCoy leads the NFL in rushing and remains one of the top three players in fantasy, along with Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles. Interesting stat: Of the eight wide receivers with at least 50 targets so far, only Jackson and Torrey Smith have caught fewer than 30 passes. While that's not very efficient, they both have more yardage than almost all the others, because they both get more than 18 yards per catch.

Buccaneers: Doug Martin, Vincent Jackson

Even after a bye week, Martin still leads the NFL in carries with 100. Unfortunately, his 3.4 yards per carry is well under last year's 4.6 yards per carry. With that said -- trade for him before Week 6! This offensive line is much better than it has played, and with the Josh Freeman saga behind the Bucs, we could see the offense make some strides. Glennon will need to play better for it to happen, though. This Eagles defense is one of the worst in the NFL, and it is coming off a bye week. Against the Eagles last December, Martin rushed for 128 yards, Jackson caught six passes for 131 yards (his highest mark of 2012) and Williams caught a touchdown pass.

Sit 'em:

Eagles: Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Bryce Brown, Jason Avant, Brent Celek, Eagles DST

In Week 5, Foles took over for Michael Vick (hamstring) and will be facing a Buccaneers team in disarray, making him a borderline starter in fantasy. The Buccaneers aren't great against tight ends, allowing 322 yards to them in four games, but Celek isn't reliable enough to consider starting over 12-15 other tight ends. Avant could be another sneaky play, considering Jackson will be dealing with Darrelle Revis at times.

Buccaneers: Mike Glennon, Mike Williams, Rian Lindell, Buccaneers DST

Despite the good passing matchup, Glennon is not a recommended start. The rookie has to make huge strides before that's a possibility. Williams caught Glennon's first touchdown pass in Week 4, but has been ruled out. The Buccaneers DST will be a favorable fantasy unit in a couple games this season, but this week is not one of them.

Pittsburgh at New York Jets

Start 'em:

Steelers: Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Heath Miller, Steelers DST

Bell scored a pair of touchdowns in his first NFL game and it's apparent the Steelers need him to succeed in the run game so as to get the passing game room to work. The Jets are tough against the run, however. Brown has become a targets hog, averaging more than 10 per game. He'll be dealing with CB Antonio Cromartie, but he's really only a second-tier shutdown corner. Brown did catch seven passes for 79 yards against the Jets one year ago. Miller is actually a borderline option, in case you have Charles Clay or Tony Gonzalez on byes.

Jets: Bilal Powell, Jets DST

Powell had to share the backfield with Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson in Week 5, but now he'll get to face the Steelers defense, which has allowed six rushing touchdowns this year. The Jets have learned a lot about Powell in recent weeks, and they'll need to go back to him regularly, although Ivory is going to continue to get more touches. The Jets DST has been good, but from a fantasy perspective, it hasn't been very good. It only has three forced turnovers, but don't forget those 16 sacks on the season -- and we expect it to get another handful in Week 6.

Sit 'em:

Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger, Emmanuel Sanders

The Jets are actually pretty tough on quarterbacks, and Big Ben is still dealing with a porous offensive line that has allowed 15 sacks this season.

Jets: Geno Smith, Chris Ivory, Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, Kellen Winslow

No doubt, the rookie quarterback out of West Virginia has been impressive. Unfortunately, he plays a position that is saturated with better talent. He's someone to start in two-quarterback leagues only right now.

Cincinnati at Buffalo

Start 'em:

Bengals: Giovani Bernard, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, A.J. Green, Bengals DST

Teams are seeing some success running on the Bills defense, as Browns RB Willis McGahee scored his first touchdown of the season against Buffalo in Week 5. Green-Ellis and Bernard will be relied upon, as the Bills pass defense has a sharper bite. Bernard is getting more carries every week, and has proven to be a reliable change-of-pace guy to the heftier BJGE. Expect the Bengals to go up early and run for most of the second half. The Bengals defense shut down Tom Brady in Week 5, and it will be more than ready for former practice team quarterback Thad Lewis.

Bills: C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson

Not a lot of good news coming out of the Bills' Week 5 game, as they lost E.J. Manuel (knee) for a few weeks and Stevie Johnson left the game with a back injury. But at least both of their running backs excelled and scored touchdowns, despite their own injuries. With 10 days to rest, Spiller's ankle should be good enough to take the lead rushing job away from Jackson, but the seven-year veteran is still worth a look in most formats because of his nose for the end zone. Jackson has four touchdowns in his past four games.

Sit 'em:

Bengals: Andy Dalton, Mohamed Sanu, Tyler Eifert, Jermaine Gresham, Mike Nugent

With just two teams on byes this week, fantasy owners don't have to show desperation starting any of the above players. Sanu holds promise, but he has yet to score more than six fantasy points in any week this season.

Bills: E.J. Manuel, Thaddeus Lewis, Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods, Scott Chandler, Dan Carpenter, Bills DST

The passing situation is a bad one, and now Lewis gets a turn under center with Manuel hurt. Woods continues to impress as a rookie receiver, however. Once Manuel returns, Johnson will return to fantasy lineups, and Woods will be a good bye-week replacement. The Bills defense forces plenty of turnovers and gets some sacks, but it has allowed 23 or more points in all but one game this season, including the 37 points allowed to Cleveland.

Detroit at Cleveland

Start 'em:

Lions: Matthew Stafford, Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, Calvin Johnson

Stafford's fantasy value took a big dip Sunday when it was announced Megatron was held out with a sore knee. Johnson was close to playing, however, which indicates he should be even closer against the Browns. Bush couldn't get going either in Week 5, but the Browns have allowed eight rushing touchdowns so far this season, which ranks as the most in the NFL. That also bodes well for Bell, who has been quite active in the Lions' passing game. Only five running backs have more than Bell's 22 catches in 2013.

Browns: Willis McGahee, Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron

McGahee finally came through with RB1 numbers, rushing for 72 yards and a touchdown against Buffalo. The Browns are going to want to continue to lean on their running game with Brian Hoyer out, and the Lions have allowed 267 rushing yards and two touchdowns in their past three games. Gordon and Cameron should still play well with Brandon Weeden under center. Over the past three weeks, since Gordon has returned from suspension, he ranks fifth in receiving yardage (303) at his position, and only four other wide receivers have more fantasy points than him in PPR leagues.

Sit 'em:

Lions: Ryan Broyles, Kris Durham, Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler, David Akers, Lions DST

In a week when Broyles should have gotten a lot more attention, due to Johnson's injury, he was targeted just twice -- and now has only five catches in three games. The tight ends, meanwhile, did get more looks, and Pettigrew has 11 catches for 113 yards in his past two games. If you have Tony Gonzalez or Charles Clay, Pettigrew might be an option, but the Browns have yet to give up a touchdown catch to a tight end.

Browns: Brandon Weeden,, Chris Ogbonnaya, Greg Little, Davone Bess, Billy Cundiff, Browns DST

As strong as the Browns DST has been, going up against Matthew Stafford, Reggie Bush and a healthier Calvin Johnson does not bode well for them. But if your league also rewards special teams play (see Travis Benjamin's return game), leave the Browns in as a starting DST.

Tennessee at Seattle

Start 'em:

Titans: Chris Johnson

CJ2K ranks up there as one of the biggest non-injured disappointments in fantasy football. It is important to note that we thought similar things around this time last year, and then he ripped off 652 rushing yards and four touchdowns in five weeks -- starting in Week 6. The Seahawks are tough against the run, but this is the Titans' best chance of attacking them.

Seahawks: Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Steve Hauschka, Seahawks DST

Four of Wilson's five games this season have been up against some relatively good pass defenses. In spite of the difficult schedule, and the lack of playmaking wide receivers, he still ranks among the top 12 fantasy scorers at his position. Lynch finally had his first 100-yard game this season, but even when he's not hitting the century mark, he's scoring touchdowns. The Seahawks defense should be considered one of the best options for Week 6, once again. Only Stephen Gostkowski has more field goals than Hauschka this season.

Sit 'em:

Titans: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Nate Washington, Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright, Delanie Walker, Rob Bironas, Titans DST

The Seahawks defense is tough in general, but at home, it really cranks things up. The Seahawks have five interceptions and six sacks in two home games this season, while averaging just 10 points allowed. The Titans defense has become a middle-of-the-road fantasy option in most weeks, and it should be avoided this week.

Seahawks: Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Sidney Rice, Zach Miller

It's your guess as to which wide receiver to rely on in traditional fantasy play, but Tate makes for a good, cheap option in daily formats. Miller is dealing with a bad hammy, but he's still a crapshoot when he's healthy.

EDHOLM, MIGLIO: One quarterback is going to turn it around in a big way this week

Peyton Manning and the Broncos should have an easy time disposing of Jacksonville this weekend.
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Jacksonville at Denver

Start 'em:

Jaguars: Maurice Jones-Drew, Justin Blackmon, Cecil Shorts

While the Jaguars don't have a great passing game, they do throw it a lot as they get behind early and often. Those garbage yards are going to Blackmon and Shorts, and that makes them fantasy valuables. MJD, however, should be bottled up early, and it's unlikely he finds the end zone against the Broncos, who have allowed an NFL-low 70 rushing yards per game. Even so, he does see action in the passing game, so we have him as a top-30 back.

Broncos: Peyton Manning, Knowshon Moreno, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Julius Thomas, Matt Prater, Broncos DST

Considering the point spread in this game is 28 points, tying the highest mark every for an NFL game, dating to the late '60s, you should start your Broncos. Manning is on pace to throw an NFL-record 64 touchdown passes this season, so ... start him. Moreno has four touchdowns in his past four games and he's running like the top-10 back he was originally expected to be when he was drafted out of Georgia five years ago. Prater is on pace to blow by the record for extra points (92) held by Stephen Gostkowski (74 in 2007). The Broncos DST should be able to get three or four interceptions this week -- and a possible pick-six.

Sit 'em:

Jaguars: Chad Henne, Blaine Gabbert

Set up a siren on your computer to go off if you accidentally start the Jaguars DST this week. Henne will start in Gabbert's (hamstring) place, which is good for both Blackmon and Shorts.

Broncos: Ronnie Hillman, Montee Ball

Hillman is averaging 12 touches over the past two games, and he's pushing Ball deeper down the bench. There aren't many bad signs ahead for the Broncos, although a case can even be made for Hillman and Ball if the Broncos run the ball a lot after going up big early.

Arizona at San Francisco

Start 'em:

Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald

There's not much going right on this Cardinals offense, outside of Fitzgerald. He has yet to eclipse the 100-yard receiving mark, and the Niners have a very good pass defense. But he remains a must-start player no matter what.

49ers: Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis, 49ers DST

Kaepernick hasn't thrown for more than 200 yards in a game since Week 1, and he's still not doing much with his legs, either, so he's a borderline play this week. Gore actually has a tough matchup ahead, with a Cardinals defense that's allowing 79 rushing yards per game and just one touchdown so far this season. But he has been great recently, running like a young Gore, with 316 yards and two touchdowns in his past two games. Davis' hamstring issues look like a thing of the past, especially after watching him dash 64 yards for a touchdown late in Sunday's game against Houston.

Sit 'em:

Cardinals: Carson Palmer, Rashard Mendenhall, Andre Ellington, Andre Roberts, Michael Floyd, Rob Housler, Cardinals DST

Ellington will be the Cardinals' starting running back by Week 8, when the Falcons come to Phoenix. Mark it down. Until then, however, the Cardinals' running game should be avoided in fantasy play.

49ers: Kendall Hunter, Phil Dawson

Hunter remains a player to keep in mind for later in the season. Dawson's not a bad option at kicker, but we just didn't want to recommend 15 kickers this week, with only two teams on byes.

New Orleans at New England

Start 'em:

Saints: Drew Brees, Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham, Garrett Hartley

Sproles is fourth in targets for running backs, but he leads the position with 308 receiving yards. His success doesn't affect Pierre Thomas much, since he scored two receiving touchdowns of his own. Both RBs will need to attack through the air again, as the Pats have given up just two rushing touchdowns in 2013. Colston is a good buy-low option right now, as he's coming off a two-target game and he hasn't scored since Week 1. Graham is considered a go-to wide receiver, like Calvin Johnson or Brandon Marshall from last season, and while the rest of the Saints share the rest of the targets, the Saints tight end gets his no matter what. His fourth consecutive 100-yard receiving game matched an NFL record for tight ends.

Patriots: Tom Brady, Danny Amendola, Stephen Gostkowski

Brady's consecutive games with a touchdown streak ended at 52, but really, with the injuries his squad has seen, it's surprising this didn't happen a few weeks ago. With that said, there's nothing to fear here, as the Bengals defense is an above average squad and both teams had to deal with inclement weather. The Saints defense is much improved, as well, but Brady gets Amendola another week healthier.

Sit 'em:

Saints: Mark Ingram, Kenny Stills, Saints DST

Would you want to be the defense facing Brady & Co. a week after the quarterback's touchdown streak ended? Me neither. Stills is someone to watch long-term, but for now, he's a reserve.

Patriots: Stevan Ridley, Brandon Bolden, LeGarrette Blount, Kenbrell Thompkins, Julian Edelman, Aaron Dobson, Patriots DST

If Ridley's knee is healthy enough, maybe consider him as a flex against a Saints team that's giving up an NFL-high 5.4 yards per carry. Bolden continues to deserve looks in PPR formats. Once it was known that Ridley was sidelined for Week 5, Blount became a popular starter in many leagues. Unfortunately, he fumbled in the second quarter and the Patriots went away from him for most of the rest of the game. With Amendola back, Edelman's targets dropped to seven in this game. Thompkins owners should be equally concerned. Trade either of them now for some players to help you in the upcoming six-team bye weeks of Weeks 8 and 9.

Washington at Dallas

Start 'em:

Redskins: Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris, Pierre Garcon

RGIII had a couple weeks to prepare for the game in Dallas, where he threw for 304 yards and four touchdown passes last Thanksgiving. Morris should also see plenty of daylight against the second-worst rushing defense in the NFL.

Cowboys: Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Dan Bailey

Romo threw for 500 yards and five touchdowns against the Broncos in Week 5 -- and now he has the fifth-worst passing defense coming to town in Week 6. Murray scored his second touchdown of the season against the Broncos, and the Redskins should allow him his third. Only the Jaguars defense give up more rushing yards per game than Washington's 142. With Julio Jones (foot) out and Calvin Johnson (knee) on the mend, Bryant looks like the best fantasy wide receiver going in Week 6. He has six touchdowns in his past four games.

Sit 'em:

Redskins: Roy Helu, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Jordan Reed, Kai Forbath, Redskins DST

While the Redskins offense should do well, we only recommend rolling the dice on these characters in some daily formats.

Cowboys: Miles Austin, Terrance Williams, Cowboys DST

Austin will forever be dealing with hamstring issues, so be cautious there. If he doesn't play, however, taking a chance on Williams against this defense in weekly leagues isn't a horrible idea. He won't reach 151 receiving yards again, like he did in Week 5, but the rookie could net 60.

Indianapolis at San Diego

Start 'em:

Colts: Andrew Luck, Trent Richardson, Reggie Wayne, T.Y.Hilton, Coby Fleener, Adam Vinatieri

Quick, which quarterback has more rushing yards: Kaepernick or Luck? ... Well, it's Kaepernick (154), but Luck isn't too far off with 135! That is enough to make you think that Luck's mobility is also a fantasy weapon, considering he now has seven rushing touchdowns in his career. Hilton was the player of the week for the Colts, as he hauled in two touchdown passes and 140 receiving yards in Week 5. He might receive more defensive attention in Week 6, but the little guy's not going to have too much trouble working against a Chargers defense that has allowed 10 touchdown passes this season. And only three defenses have allowed more than the 20 completions of 20 yards or more San Diego has given up.

Chargers: Philip Rivers, Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead, Vincent Brown, Antonio Gates

Rivers continues to play well in Ken Whisenhunt's offensive system, as he now has thrown for over 400 yards in three games this season. The Colts' defense actually poses a much tougher challenge than Oakland's, since it has allowed around 200 passing yards per game. Even if they split the difference, a 300-yard game would be welcome to Rivers' fantasy owners. Brown isn't a bad option this week, even though he'll likely draw the Colts' top corner.

Sit 'em:

Colts: Donald Brown, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Colts DST

DHB could even sneak in a touchdown catch this week, but coming off a week in which he didn't make one catch on six targets, he's too much of a risk for our tastes. While the Colts defense has been very good from a fantasy viewpoint this season, the Chargers pose a good enough threat to make Indy's D/ST a suggested "sit" this week.

Chargers: Keenan Allen, Eddie Royal, Nick Novak, Chargers DST

Allen has emerged as a stud rookie, with 11 catches for 195 yards and a touchdown over the last two games. While Brown is the team's No. 1 receiver, Allen is more dynamic, with a bigger upside, but it's tough to recommend him over Brown this week. Royal will have up-and-down games, just like he has had so far, as he works the slot and underneath routes. The cheapest of these wide receivers, Royal actually makes for a nice flex play in weekly fantasy leagues if the price is right.

David Gonos is a fantasy sports veteran of over 20 years and over 100 fantasy football leagues. You can also follow him @davidgonos on Twitter. If you have some good Week 6 Start 'em, Sit 'em opinions, drop them in the comments below.


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