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Fantasy Football Week 6 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers

The fifth week of the NFL season is now behind us and it was yet another week that showed how deep the wide receiver position is in fantasy football. In Week 5, we saw 12 wide receivers score 20 or more fantasy points (second-most in any week this season).

Furthermore, there were six wide receivers in Week 5 who garnered 3o or more fantasy points. Among them, Will Fuller had a masterclass performance with 14 receptions for 217 yards and three touchdowns for a whopping 53.7 points.

There are a ton of terrible occurrences in fantasy football that happen throughout the season. But none are worse than having a player who scores 53.7 fantasy points sitting on your bench as your team loses by a slim margin.

That is exactly what happened to quite a few Fuller owners this week. Nevertheless, let’s delve into what wide receivers you should start this week to avoid another ‘Fuller’ situation from happening.

All of the picks made in this article are based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues. With that in mind, here are the wide receivers that you should start and the ones you should sit in Week 6.

WRs to Start in Week 6

Josh Gordon, Patriots

Patriots’ Josh Gordon (vs. Giants): If there was any week to start every single player in the New England Patriots offense, this is the week. That includes inserting Josh Gordon into your starting lineup.

Gordon hasn’t caught a touchdown since Week 1 but the big-play wide receiver faces a less-than-stellar New York Giants secondary in Week 6. The Giants defense has been susceptible to the pass, allowing eight touchdowns to WRs this season (tied for third-most in the NFL).

Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald (vs. Falcons): Another wide receiver who could easily find the end zone in Week 6 is Larry Fitzgerald. With Christian Kirk dealing with an ankle injury, the ageless wide receiver is the only reliable pass-catching weapon for the Arizona Cardinals.

The 36-year-old wide receiver hasn’t caught a touchdown in the past two games but he’s due for one on Sunday. Fitzgerald will line up against an Atlanta Falcons defense this weekend that has given up 10 touchdowns to WRs this season (most in the NFL).

Panthers’ D.J. Moore (vs. Buccaneers): Coming into the season, D.J. Moore was expected to become the No. 1 wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers. After five weeks have been played, Moore has shown he can be the team’s best receiver moving forward.

The second-year wide receiver has caught 26 passes for 352 yards and a touchdown for 66.4 fantasy points this season. This week, Moore will draw a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that has allowed 45 fantasy points per game to WRs (most in NFL) and 78 receptions to the position (second-most in the NFL).

Other WRs to Start: Redskins’ Terry McLaurin (vs. Dolphins), Jaguars’ DJ Chark (vs. Saints), Bengals’ Tyler Boyd (vs. Ravens)

WRs to Sit In Week 6

Marvin Jones, Lions

Jets’ Jamison Crowder (vs. Cowboys): Yes, Sam Darnold is coming back to be the starter for the New York Jets after missing the past three games for the team. However, we don’t know if he’s going to be in game-shape yet and whether he can take a hit or not.

With Darnold returning, some people may believe that they can go back to starting Jamison Crowder or Robby Anderson in their lineups. Before doing that, you should be aware that the Dallas Cowboys have only surrendered just 25.9 fantasy points to WRs per game this season (best in the NFL).

Packers’ Marquez Valdes-Scantling (vs. Lions): When Davante Adams was ruled out for Week 5, most people jumped on the idea of starting Marquez Valdes-Scantling in their lineups. Instead, the Green Bay Packers took to the ground with Aaron Jones to make up for the absence of Adams.

If Adams is out for another week, Green Bay will likely decide to run the ball again to keep Matthew Stafford and company off of the field. Additionally, the Detroit Lions defense has given up just three touchdowns to WRs this season (tied for fourth-best in the NFL).

Lions’ Marvin Jones (vs. Packers): On the other side of the game, the Lions are also going to be somewhat limited throwing the ball against the Packers this Sunday. Kenny Golladay will likely matchup with Jaire Alexander and Marvin Jones will get Kevin King.

Regardless of who covers Jones, Green Bay’s pass defense has been their strong suit up to this point. As a matter of fact, the Packers defense has only allowed 50 receptions this season to WRs (second-lowest in the NFL for teams who haven’t had a bye week yet).

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