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Citak: Week 6 Fantasy Football Sweet & Sour Lineup Advice

Matt Citak
October 11, 2018 - 1:48 pm
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Looking for some lineup advice heading into Week 6?

Well good thing Sweet & Sour is back for another week of start and sit recommendations, with a few sleeper picks along the way!

Players who look poised for a big week will fall under the "Sweet" category, while guys who might be in for a tough matchup will fall in the "Sour" section. In addition, I'll add a couple of sleeper picks at each position for those in need of a streaming option.

Let me preface this article by saying I won't be telling you the obvious. You don't need me to tell you to start Todd Gurley or Antonio Brown each week. And a player falling in the "Sour" section doesn't necessarily mean you should bench him -- it means you should lower your expectations for that player given the circumstances that week (matchup, injuries, etc.). While I want these recommendations to help you make lineup decisions, at the end of the day you have to go with your gut.

Here we go.

Quarterbacks

Sweet

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- If you've been streaming quarterbacks all season, I hope you snagged Winston on the waiver wire this week. The fourth-year QB has a lot to prove, but he is in an amazing situation with several high-end weapons in a strong offensive system. It doesn't hurt that Tampa Bay has one of the worst secondaries in the NFL and will likely surrender a ton of points each week. That will result in Winston participating in numerous high-scoring affairs. Winston will go up against a Falcons defense in Week 6 that has been destroyed by opposing quarterbacks over the last four weeks, immediately making the young QB a top 10 option.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals- I will continue to bang the Dalton drum until the “Red Rifle” gets the credit he deserves. Dalton is on pace to set new career bests in both yardage and passing touchdowns, and he has the Bengals off to a strong 4-1 start. His seven interceptions on the year are a bit alarming, but the veteran has a very tasty matchup in Week 6. The Bengals will welcome the Steelers to Cincinnati on Sunday in an important division matchup. Pittsburgh enters the game having allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, making Dalton a fringe top 10 QB this week.

Sour

Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers- Rivers has been great this year: throwing multiple touchdowns in every game and finishing with over 20 points in four of the Chargers' five games. However the veteran may have trouble continuing those trends this week against a surprisingly tough Browns defense. Believe it or not, Cleveland will go into Week 6 ranking second in the NFL in QB rating allowed. It's still the Browns so there is always a chance they fall on their face, but I'm downgrading Rivers this week.

Alex Smith, Washington Redskins- Despite throwing for at least 220 yards in each of Washington's first four games, Smith has been rather unimpressive in 2018. In those four contests the 34-year-old has managed to toss just four total touchdowns. This week he gets a Panthers defense that comes in tied for eighth in passing touchdowns allowed. Smith could get his season going in the right direction at some point, but it likely won't be in Week 6.

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Sleepers

Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars- You never want to rely on Bortles as your starting QB, but in a matchup against a Cowboys defense without Sean Lee, and with Leonard Fournette out yet again, you can do a lot worse than Bortles.

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns- Mayfield has thrown for 687 yards total in his first two career starts, and this week he faces off against a Chargers defense allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

Running Backs

Sweet

Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks- Carson wowed against the Rams last week: gaining 116 yards on the ground on just 19 carries for an average of 6.1 yards per carry. The second-year RB is the clear lead back in the Seahawks’ backfield despite Mike Davis continuing to receive some carries each week. Seattle is running the ball more than any other team in the NFL, and that won't change in Week 6 against the Raiders, who have allowed an opposing back to score or gain 100 total yards in four of five games this season.

Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos- Lindsay continues to be one of the biggest surprises of the 2018 NFL season. The undrafted rookie back is averaging 5.8 yards per carry on 57 rush attempts, totaling 328 rushing yards to go with his eight receptions for 65 yards. The Broncos' offensive line has been performing extremely well in run protection which has lead to the early-season success of Lindsay and Royce Freeman. After the Rams allowed two Seattle backs to score last week, there's a good chance Lindsay is able to find the end zone in Week 6.

Sour

Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens- Collins played in just 27 of Baltimore's 87 offensive snaps last week, which is certainly a cause for concern for fantasy owners. While he is clearly the Ravens' early-down back, the 24-year-old continues to lose goal line carries and passing downs to Javorius Allen, and it doesn't seem like John Harbaugh plans on veering from that course anytime soon. Collins is a touchdown-dependent fantasy option at this point. This does not bode well for Collins as the Ravens take on a Titans team in Week 6 that has yet to allow a touchdown to a running back.

Lamar Miller, Houston Texans- Alfred Blue did a great job filling in for Miller in Week 5, which could lead to more of a timeshare between the two this week. That is awful news for fantasy owners. The Bills have allowed only one opposing back (Aaron Jones) to score more than 10 fantasy points over the last three weeks. When healthy, Miller has the potential to bust out a huge touchdown run at any point. However it doesn't sound like the back is 100 percent, so I'm staying away from Miller in Week 6.

Sleepers

Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers- One of these days, Mike McCarthy is going to realize that Jones is by far and away the most talented back on the team. I think it could happen in Week 6 on Monday Night Football.

Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts- He has yet to find any running room this season (averaging 3.0 ypc), but Hines has carved out a large role in the Colts' offense as the team's pass-catching back with 29 receptions.

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Wide Receivers

Sweet

Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals- Boyd came back down to earth in Week 5 after three consecutive strong performances. He caught just four passes for 44 yards. But the third-year receiver could be in for a breakout game Sunday as the Bengals take on the Steelers at home. Joe Haden, Pittsburgh's top corner, will likely cover A.J. Green for most of Sunday's battle, which should allow Boyd to run crazy on the rest of the Steelers' secondary. This game has tremendous shootout potential and Boyd could be one of the biggest beneficiaries.

Josh Gordon, New England Patriots- Gordon was able to score his first touchdown as a Patriot in Week 5, catching two passes for 50 yards and the score. His playing time will continue to increase as he gets more acclimated to New England's offense, which is bad news for opposing defenses. The Patriots and Chiefs will play on Sunday Night Football in Week 6, and, considering the state of both defenses, we can expect a ton of scoring. Gordon has a very high ceiling in this matchup and should be started in all leagues.

Sour

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans- Davis had a tough matchup against Buffalo's Tre'Davious White last week, resulting in only four receptions for 49 yards. Things may not get any better for the talented young receiver this week as the Titans face the Ravens and their stingy secondary in Week 6. Standout corner Jimmy Smith has completed his suspension, is back with the team, and will likely be lining up opposite Davis for most (if not all) of this game. I'd look elsewhere at WR this week.

Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins- Stills has slowed down considerably after his hot start, reeling in five catches for 57 yards in the last two weeks combined. It’s not entirely his fault, as the Dolphins' offense has seemingly crumbled around Ryan Tannehill: they’ve scored a total of just 24 points in the last two games. Miami has a tough matchup in Week 6 as the team will welcome the Bears to town. Tannehill will be running for his life from Khalil Mack, which means Stills will likely not be given enough time to get open in this one.

Sleepers

Keke Coutee, Houston Texans- Coutee has impressed with 17 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown over the last two games, and he should continue to play well running out of the slot against a Bills defense struggling to slow down opposing slot receivers.

Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons- Calvin Ridley has received all of the attention opposite Julio Jones in the Falcons’ offense, but it's Sanu that has put together three straight games with either 100 receiving yards or a touchdown.

Tight Ends

Sweet

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Brate has long been a favorite target of Winston in the Buccaneers' offense. With the young QB taking over under center, along with the injury to O.J. Howard, Brate suddenly jumps into the TE1 conversation. Brate caught six of Winston's 19 touchdown passes last year and eight of the QB's 28 touchdowns in 2016. The two have clearly developed a rapport over the years, and that connection should do wonders for Brate this week as the Bucs tangle with the Falcons and their awful defense.

Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons- Hooper has been incredibly hit-or-miss this season. After failing to reach 25 yards in two consecutive games, the tight end snagged nine of 12 targets for 77 yards against the Steelers last week. Now it's no guarantee Hooper comes even close to as many targets in Week 6, but you have to like the matchup against Tampa Bay. As you can see, I want as many players as possible from this Bucs-Falcons game. Hooper should be considered a low-end TE1.

Sour

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings- Rudolph had a great start to his season, catching a touchdown or gaining 70+ yards in each of his first three games. In the two contests since the tight end has reeled in 10 passes for 98 yards, but more importantly has failed to find the end zone. He may find it difficult to buck that trend Sunday against a Cardinals defense ranked 11th in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends. Rudolph will need a touchdown to put up decent numbers in Week 6.

David Njoku, Cleveland Browns- I am still a firm believer that big things are ahead this season for the second-year tight end. However, I do not see that breakout happening against the Chargers in Week 6. Thanks in part to the stellar play of rookie safety Derwin James, the Chargers are allowing the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. In fact, George Kittle is the only one to top 35 yards against LA this year. Start Njoku if you must, but there should be better streaming options available on the waiver wire this week.

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Sleepers

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals- Uzomah is the last Bengals tight end standing after injuries to Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft. I'm expecting a much better game from Dalton in Week 6, which in turn should result in a solid outing from Uzomah.

Ryan Griffin, Houston Texans- Fantasy owners should only turn to Griffin if desperate, but the tight end did see nine targets from Deshaun Watson last week, and the Bills are not that great against tight ends.

Matt Citak is a Web producer for WFAN Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewCitak.