We’re through five weeks of NFL action, and the fantasy football league has to started to naturally shake up a bit. There’ve been some underdog field generals that’ve taken the world by storm and continue to do so, while other quarterbacks have simply continued the performances that we’ve grown accustomed to over the years.
There’s going to continue to be some tentative switches in rankings and possibly some unfortunate struggles for some quarterbacks due to rescheduling of games due to COVID-19. Yet the overall rankings should more or less remain stable.
With that, we look at our start ’em sit ’em picks for quarterbacks in Week 6.
QBs to Start in Week 6
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins
Whether the player or the team he’s up against, this pick shouldn’t come as a shocker. Fitzpatrick tore up the stat sheet on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, completing 78.6 percent of his passes for three touchdowns. His performance helped seal the win against the 49ers, giving him a quarterback rating of 154.5.
Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins will be going up against the New York Jets in Week 6, which is all that fantasy football owners really needs to know when plunged in the depths of deciding which quarterback will provide the best outcome on their rosters. With quarterback Sam Darnold expected to be out once more, the Jets’ defense may give in early to a surging Dolphins’ offense.
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Yes, the Bills are facing the Kansas City Chiefs, but how many times have they disappointed so far into the season? The answer is only once. The Bills are 4-1 as they lead the AFC East division against the likes of the Patriots. Josh Allen is a huge reason for that.
Though recently defeated, Allen has been dominant for the better part of the season. Prior to their Week 5 lost against the Tennessee Titans, Allen had completed over 65 percent of his passes in his first four games. He’s completed 69.3 percent of his passes throughout the 2020 season as well for 1,589 yards along with an amazing 14 touchdowns, bolstering his rising star fantasy football output.
The Chiefs will be on the prowl for a bounce back game against the Bills, but that will only make Allen rise to the occasion once more as he’s done against formidable opponents so far this year.
Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
Now’s not the time to bail on Watson and what’s to come for him in the season; if anything, he’s just getting started. Watson has been freed from the grips of former head coach Bill O’Brien’s play-calling. In his first post-O’Brien game, Watson completed 71.4 percent of his passes, his highest of the season. He also threw for 359 yards and two touchdowns.
The Titans’ defense ranks ninth in points allowed, a testament to their outing against the Bills that resulted in a shocking win for the Titans. Watson will definitely have to post one of his better passing games after throwing two picks in Week 5 against a Jacksonville Jaguars squad.
The safer bet is to bank on Watson turning in another decent performance against the Titans.
QBs to sit in Week 6
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
Don’t expect a comeback game from Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams. The seven-year quarterback didn’t turn in much of a performance in Week 5 after returning from an ankle injury he sustained in Week 2. He finished his Week 5 outing only completing 7 of 17 passes for 77 yards. He also threw two picks during that time span, forcing head coach Kyle Shanahan to go with backup C.J. Beathard instead.
Though Shanahan stated it was simply to protect Garoppolo, a little deeper diving could suggest a significant cut in Garoppolo’s playing time in Week 6. Due to his performance, the Dolphins didn’t stand a chance; moreover, Fitzpatrick had a monstrous game.
With backup quarterback Beathard or Nick Mullens set to take up the bulk of snaps, Garoppolo may be a no-brainer to sit this week to save the fantasy football stress.
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
Carson Wentz’s luck doesn’t get any better this week. The Eagles have slipped back to their losing ways after a significant win against the 49ers in Week 4—and Wentz has been a contributing factor in that turmoil.
Wentz has seen his fair share of complications in completing passes, seeing as he’s yet to complete even 65 percent to date. He’s thrown two interceptions in all of his games except for in Week 1–he only threw one.
Going against the Ravens’ defense will just count as an invisible bye week for Wentz, seeing as how he’d be better up not showing up to the game at all. If he does, expect the disaster that has been his season to continue.
Cam Newton, New England Patriots
There’s still a lot of question marks surrounding Cam Newton’s return from his recent bout with COVID-19. Though he reported being asymptomatic, that’s not necessarily where his subpar performance will come from. Newton hasn’t seen any game action through two weeks. What makes matters worse is that he hasn’t fully adjusted to his new system with the Patriots yet.
This could be the riskiest pick if Newton comes out in normal fashion and performs splendidly. The Broncos’ defense hasn’t been a dud, though they leave a little more to be desired in generating turnovers.
It may be in fantasy football owners’ best interests to sit this one out with Newton.