WEEK 6 FANTASY: START EAGLES SAM, SIT CHIPPER FAVE MARIOTA!

By Michael Donovan

Week 6 is upon us in the NFL, and fantasy owners need to decide who to start and who to sit.

Here’s what the national pundits think:

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ESPN:

Sam Bradford, QB: The Giants are bottom five in sacks this season, and when not under pressure, Bradford is completing 70 percent of his passes. He’s finally starting to look like the guy we saw in the preseason, and he’s an easy top-10 play for me against a team that gives up more passing yards per game than any team in the NFL.

Duke Johnson Jr., RB: Johnson has more catches the past three weeks than Calvin Johnson, Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr., and he is second among running backs in targets (24) and receptions (21) and third in receiving yards (172) in that time frame. He has at least six receptions in each of the past three games, and the Broncos have given up the most receptions to RBs during the past three weeks.

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Eli Manning, QB: This should be a fun game Monday night as both quarterbacks have the chance for big stat lines. Manning has been great the past four weeks with at least 23 Fantasy points over that span, including Week 5 against the 49ers when he scored a season-high 34 points. The key for Manning will be a healthy receiving corps with Beckham, Rueben Randle (hamstring) and Victor Cruz (calf) banged up. Beckham is expected to play, which is clearly Manning’s biggest asset, and the Eagles have already allowed four quarterbacks to scoring multiple touchdowns.

Anquan Boldin, WR: He’s coming off a solid game against the Giants with eight catches for 107 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets, and the Ravens have allowed the second-most Fantasy points to opposing receivers this year, thanks in part to seven touchdowns.

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Colin Kaepernick, QB: This feels like a serious case of points-chasing from last week, but the matchup is strong here for Kaepernick. Coming off a 262-yard, two-touchdown outing against the Giants last week, Kaepernick now gets one of the league’s worst secondaries. Ravens LCB Lardarius is banged up with a thigh injury, and fellow CBs Jimmy Smith and Kyle Arrington have really struggled in coverage.

Eddie Lacy, RB: The Packers are 10-point home favorites and could be draining the clock in the second half. Only the Falcons and Cowboys have allowed more fantasy points to running backs than the Chargers. San Diego is yielding 5.11 YPC and has allowed the fifth-most rushing touchdowns. If Lacy doesn’t wake up this week, it may not happen. He’s been a notoriously slow starter, but is a good bet to be top-10 the rest of the way.

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Blake Bortles, QB: Last week’s four-touchdown hero has been much better than expected this season, but already banged up, so this is not a matchup that is favorable to him. The Texans’ defense ain’t the Texans’ defense this season, y’all, but they blitz on 51 percent of dropbacks this season, the second-highest rate in the league. Since the start of last season, Bortles is just 30th out of 34 qualified quarterbacks in completion percentage against the blitz and his seven interceptions against the blitz are tied for the third-most over that span.

Jonathan Stewart, RB: He’s been bad, and the Seahawks are great at home. They haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher since Week 11 last season, and given the way the Panthers’ offense runs, I don’t see that changing on Sunday. Seattle gives up fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, so Stewart is outside my top 25.

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Marcus Mariota, QB: Mariota had his worst game of the season in Week 5 against Buffalo with nine Fantasy points. He failed to throw a touchdown for the first time this season, and he was held to under 200 passing yards. On the plus side, Mariota had a season-best 47 rushing yards, so maybe we start to see the versatility of his game. But I’ll buy into the Dolphins defense coming to play this week off their bye and with a new coach.

Jeremy Hill, RB: His past four outings he’s failed to top 40 rushing yards, and he’s combined for just 17 carries the past two weeks against Kansas City and Seattle….Buffalo has also yet to allow a running back to gain 50 rushing yards and only two touchdowns. We know it’s risky to bench Hill because when he scores he scores in bunches. But we’ve also seen when he doesn’t score you could be left with two Fantasy points or less.

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Russell Wilson, QB: Wilson doesn’t have a top-12 finish on his resume yet in 2015. Play caller Darrell Bevell’s group has been inefficient to say the least and still seems unsure how to use Jimmy Graham. Meanwhile, the offensive line can’t protect Wilson, as he’s on pace to take over 70 sacks. Wilson is racking up yards as a runner, but he’s not scoring touchdowns on the ground or through the air.

Andre Johnson, WR: The Colts did Johnson a favor to get him revenge against coach Bill O’Brien. And Johnson’s diminished skill set meshed well with fellow gray-beard Matt Hasselbeck. With Andrew Luck (shoulder) set to return, the Colts are likely to try and challenge the Patriots downfield. Johnson caught just 7-of-18 targets for 51 yards in Luck’s three starts earlier this season. He still can’t separate.

 

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