Bobby Sylvester’s Week 6 Rankings (Fantasy Football)
Last week was a doozy with Isaiah Crowell going for over 200 rushing yards and Robby Anderson coming back to life, but most fantasy lineups left them on the bench. Every week comes with new challenges, and while no one will get them all right, the difference between a 60% rate of success and 70% could very well be the difference between missing your fantasy playoffs altogether or flat out winning your league’s top score bonus prize. Today, I’ll attempt to help you sort through those tough start/sit questions for Week 6. There is plenty that can change between now and Sunday’s kickoff so make sure to check back in, especially on injured players and their potential replacements. I’ll update these rankings every few hours up through the weekend and those changes will show up on this page. You can use the tabs for flex or even Superflex as well as half-PPR, PPR or standard leagues to help make your start/sit decisions. None of these rankings are done for hyperbole, but are the actual order I would play them in if it were my own lineup. Before we get to the rankings, I’ll explain four of the most controversial ones. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to let me know on Twitter. The shorter you keep it, the more I can get to. Good luck!
Nyheim Hines (RB #19 vs ECR #29)
I was a little slow to come along on the Hines bandwagon and am regretful for that. With that said, I won’t make the mistake again of leaving him on my bench. Hines is one of the best receiving backs in football already and with T.Y. Hilton expected to miss another game, Hines’ role should continue to provide him 6+ targets in Week 6. If that were all, it would make him a decent flex play, but we are also talking about a running back who was given 15 carries last week. Hines had 9 days off in between games so I’m expecting him to be fed once again versus the Jets, making him a solid RB2 in my mind.
Josh Gordon (WR #44 vs ECR #34)
I love Gordon’s ability as much as anyone in the word (besides maybe Brad Evans). What’s more, is that this matchup against the Chiefs is about as good as it can possibly get. The issue, however, outweighs both of those factors for me. In two games, Gordon has played just 18 snaps. Most receivers require 50 per game to even be considered startable. In Gordon’s case, he might be able to get by with 35 snaps since he is a monster. He hasn’t even seen half of that in two games though. That won’t cut it! There is some upside here, of course, and if you are projected to lose by 15 or more fantasy points, feel free to toss him into your lineup as a lottery ticket in case he goes off, but don’t make the mistake of thinking he is some kind of sure thing even against the Chiefs.
Quincy Enunwa (WR #25 vs ECR #35)
I hope you listened last week when our podcast practically begged you to sit Enunwa versus Chris Harris Jr. His big donut was much worse than even we expected, but the game script was funky and Enunwa still led the team in targets. Through 5 weeks, Enunwa’s target share is still at 27% which puts him in the same company as Michael Thomas, Keenan Allen, Jarvis Landry and Mike Evans. He is nowhere near the same quality of player as those guys, but anytime a player is a surefire #1 like that, you start him versus the Colts without thinking twice.
Cameron Brate (TE #4 vs ECR #9)
This is the easiest streamer of the year so far. We all know that Jameis Winston loves tight ends, but he especially enjoys passing the ball Brate’s way. When Brate was the starting tight end last year, he was #4 in fantasy points over that seven game sample size. With O.J. Howard out, I’m expecting much more of the same. It is even better that Tampa comes off the bye into a perfect matchup versus the Falcons’ dreadful secondary. The over/under in this game currently sits at 57.5 points and I’m expecting Brate to be a big part of that shootout.