Thomason: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em For Week 6

Gardner Minshew and Sony Michel have favorable matchups this week.

Jack Thomason
October 10, 2019 - 2:58 pm

(670 The Score)"Sit ‘Em, Start ‘Em" is a breakdown of some of the best and worst fantasy football matchups to help you navigate setting your lineups for the week.

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My goal with this article is to provide you with a player to start who may not be the most obvious of starts and to share a player to sit whom you normally wouldn't consider shying away from regardless of matchup. 

Let's get to it.


START – Gardner Minshew, Jaguars (vs. Saints) The Saints aren’t the easiest matchup, but Minshew has played well no matter what team he has faced. He has to be one of the biggest surprises of the season and is making DJ Chark, Dede Westbrook and Leonard Fournette more than fantasy relevant. New Orleans ranks 20th in Football Outsiders’ pass defense DVOA and 22nd in 4for4’s schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed (aFPA) to opposing quarterbacks. Minshew has shown a consistent floor and provides rushing upside for a higher ceiling as well. The line opened with the Jaguars as a one-point home underdog but has now moved to them being favored by a point. Minshew is also currently the QB11 on the year. Fire up him and feel the Minshew mania.

SIT – Carson Wentz, Eagles (at Vikings) It’s always tough to bench Wentz. Even in his difficult matchup in Green Bay a couple weeks ago, he managed to throw three touchdowns with only 160 yards passing. This week, he’ll face a Vikings defense that ranks ninth in pass defense DVOA and 13th in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks, and the Eagles are three-point road underdogs with a team total of just 20.5 points. Look for a defensive battle as this game has the fourth-lowest over/under total of the week (44 points).

Running back

START – Sony Michel, Patriots (vs. Giants) Michel finally hit a mark last week that many fantasy owners expected to see often. He tallied 123 yards and a score on 19 touches and looked like the player whom fantasy owners wanted when they drafted him. The one caveat to last week was that Rex Burkhead was inactive. This week, the Patriots square off against a Giants defense that ranks 18th in aFPA to opposing running backs. The Patriots' implied team total is 29.5 points, and they’re currently 17.5-point favorites at home. This should be another matchup in which Michel finishes as at least a solid RB2.

SIT – LeSean McCoy, Chiefs (vs. Texans) After drawing more than 40 percent of the snaps while Damien Williams was out, McCoy fell to just 22 percent of the snaps upon his return last Sunday. Darrel Williams saw the same amount of snaps. McCoy didn't earn a carry and had only two receptions while also fumbling Sunday. It looks like Damien Williams has reclaimed the backfield moving forward and in a tougher matchup for the ground game, he’s the only one I’d want in my lineup from the Chiefs.


START – Terry McLaurin, Redskins (at Dolphins) At the time of this writing, we aren’t certain who the starting quarterback will be for the Redskins, but it’s likely to be Case Keenum, who has shown a connection with McLaurin. Even against standout Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore last week, McLaurin snagged three balls for 51 yards. McLaurin is a baller and has an opportunity to rebound in a big way against a Dolphins secondary that ranks 32nd in pass defense DVOA. 

SIT – Mike Williams, Chargers (vs. Steelers) Pittsburgh’s defense has played better since acquiring safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. The one area the Steelers have been dominated in is the slot, where Williams doesn't venture to. Williams has been mediocre this season, catching only 50 percent of his targets and ranking 59th in contested catch rate, an area he usually excels in. With no touchdowns on the season and more offensive line injuries for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to deal with, I’m avoiding Williams this week. 

Tight end

START – Noah Fant, Broncos (vs. Titans) Outside a handful of players at the tight end position, you’re throwing darts for production. We will take a stab at Fant this week, because he’s a talented rookie, playing 69 percent of the snaps and facing a Titans defense that ranks 25th in aFPA to opposing tight ends. Fant has seen four or more targets in three of five games and found the end zone against Jacksonville two weeks ago. Let's hope for the same this week in a good matchup.

SIT – O.J. Howard, Buccaneers (vs. Panthers) Howard is one of the biggest fantasy busts to date. He's borderline droppable in non-dynasty leagues. All that is preventing my from fully committing to that is my own hope that a breakout is coming. He’s just too talented of a player. That being said, he seems to be in coach Bruce Arians' doghouse and didn’t see a target last Sunday. Carolina also ranks fourth in pass defense DVOA and third in aFPA to opposing tight ends. 

Other starts: Kyle Allen (at Buccaneers), Adrian Peterson (at Dolphins), Michael Gallup (at Jets) and Geoff Swaim (vs. Saints).

Other sits: Matt Stafford (at Packers), Jordan Howard (at Vikings), Golden Tate (at Patriots) and Tyler Eifert (at Ravens).

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​