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Erickson: NFL Week 6 fantasy football start 'em or sit 'em

For fantasy managers sitting at 2-3 or 1-4 heading into Week 6, this week is critical when it comes to start/sit decisions. Injuries continue to ravage fantasy lineups, and bye weeks have us scrambling to find replacements for the likes of Josh Jacobs, Alvin Kamara, Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Many rosters won’t be at 100% in Week 6, so we need to squeak out wins however we can.

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It’s also important to recognize that we have a considerable sample size of player performance/usage in 2020 — we need to start trusting it and move on from any preseason assumptions that have changed (ie. Robby Anderson is No. 1 wide receiver in Carolina, not D.J. Moore).

I'm here to be your guide through weekly sit/start questions across traditional 10- and 12-team leagues, along with deeper formats.

So, without further ado, get ready for the sixth edition of the 2020 PFF fantasy football start ‘em or sit ‘em.

QUARTERBACKS

Start: Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans

Ryan Tannehill arrived in Week 5 fresh off the bye week, just in time to destroy the Buffalo Bills’ defense. He totaled four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) to post exactly 30.0 fantasy points.

It’s a very short week for the Titans coming off a Tuesday-night game, but Tannehill draws a solid matchup versus the Houston Texans. They've allowed the league’s third-highest passer rating (117.2) and Tannehill played well against them last season (21.2 fantasy points per game).

The Titans’ quarterback could also get back key receivers Adam Humphries and Corey Davis, which would further bolster his positive outlook for Week 6.

Start: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins

Over the past four weeks, Ryan Fitzpatrick has averaged 26 fantasy points per game and has scored the fifth-most fantasy points among quarterbacks. He is the overall fantasy QB6 and the QB5 in expected fantasy points over that time span.

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