This week in fantasy football there are four teams on their bye week: the Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders. There are some decent fantasy players on those teams (Jacoby Brisett, T.Y. Hilton, Marlon Mack, Allen Robinson, Josh Jacobs, John Brown, etc.), so there are plenty of guys you may need to replace in your lineup. Obviously you start your studs this week, but if you are an owner that needs to replace a bye week player you have a decision on your hands. Who do you start? Who do you sit?
Start- Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
This week Kyler Murray is taking on the Atlanta Falcons who have had an atrocious defense thus far in 2019. Murray’s Cardinals have a terrible defense as well, so this game is set up for a shootout with Matt Ryan and Julio Jones on the other side.
The matchup is a plus and Murray has continually gotten better this season as he has adapted to the NFL. You can see that in his new willingness to carry the football. After carrying the ball six times in the first two weeks, Murray has carried the pigskin 22 times over the past three games. That gives him a very high floor. The combination of that and the matchup, Kyler is a great play in week 6.
Sit- Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Winston has been pretty solid since crapping the bed in week 1, but this week you have to sit him. His potential is enticing, but this matchup is no good (the Carolina Panthers) and he is still the same old Jameis Winston at his core: he loves to make mistakes.
Start- Damien Williams, Kansas City Chiefs
There is no way the Chiefs offense comes back this week and puts up another 10 points. They are going score in yet another shootout against the Houston Texans, and Williams could be a big beneficiary. He returned from a hamstring injury last week and played 56% of snaps. He has huge upside this week despite being an early season disappointment.
Sit- Jordan Howard, Philadelphia Eagles
Jordan Howard has been great for Philadelphia thus far, but you can’t expect him to keep up this pace. He has four touchdowns over the past three weeks. Regression is coming for Howard despite the praise from head coach Doug Pederson. Add in the fact that Howard is heading on the road to take on an awesome Minnesota Vikings defense, Howard is not set up for a good game.
P.S. Howard is still in a running back by committee, only carrying the ball 15+ times once.
Start- Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Go back and look what I said about Kyler Murray. This game is going to have a lot of offense and Larry Fitzgerald continues to ball out this season like he has his entire career. There is also the potential that Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk misses his second straight week. This makes Larry the clear cut one in an offense that loves to throw.
Sit- Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
Marvin Jones and the Lions head on up to Lambeau Field to take on the division rival Green Bay Packers. I’m willing to bet that Detroit goes in to the game trying to pound the football due to how well the Packers have defended the pass in 2019. That along with Jones’ continually relying on the big play to have a good fantasy day, you shouldn’t expect much from him in week 6.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)