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Weyrauch: NFL Week 6 fantasy football start ’em or sit ’em

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws in the first quarter of a Week 5 NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Green Bay Packers At Cincinnati Bengals Oct 10

With bye weeks upon us, secondary and tertiary starting options are going to begin entering fantasy football starting lineups as the season grinds on. Riskier plays can be rewarded for those who aren't afraid to move on from underperforming players. Trust your instincts — coupled with solid PFF metrics, of course.


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Let's get to it: the Week 6 edition of fantasy football start ’em or sit ’em.

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QB JOE BURROW, CINCINNATI BENGALS

Burrow has thrown at least two touchdown passes every single week this season, and he's thrown the ball at least 32 times in each of his last two appearances. The second-year QB has finished as the QB11 and the QB16 over the past two weeks — low-end starting quarterback territory.

This week, Burrow takes on a Detroit Lions defense considered the easiest matchup for quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends by PFF's Strength of Schedule tool. The Lions secondary has just one player with a defensive grade higher than 49.7 so far this year. Burrow should be able to pick and choose his passing avenues all day long.

RB MYLES GASKIN, MIAMI DOLPHINS

This one probably feels like chasing points, but there have been some positive signs suggesting Gaskin was going to pop eventually, despite an abysmal Week 4 showing. In four of his first five games, Gaskin saw at least five targets. His rushing totals haven’t been impressive, but he was finally used in the red zone last week for the first time since Week 1, converting one of his three opportunities into six points. Gaskin played 69% of the offensive snaps last week — his highest rate yet.

The Dolphins square off with the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars this week. Thanks to game script and personnel issues, the Jags have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs so far this season. Gaskin should see more pass-catching usage with the Dolphins' wide receivers banged up. Those who benched Gaskin for a player who is now on a bye can feel free to fire him back up. 

Related Content for you: NFL Week 6 Positional Fantasy Football Rankings via Nathan Jahnke

 

WR JAYLEN WADDLE, MIAMI DOLPHINS

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