2017 Fantasy Football Start'em, Sit'emEvery week, we highlight players that we like (or dislike) and believe should be a start (or sit) for the majority of owners. Of course, the actual decisions will depend on your roster, league settings, bye weeks, etc.
Quarterback Start'em, Sit'emQB - Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (vs. CLE)
With 10 touchdowns -- nine passing and one rushing -- in his past two games, Watson has scored 33-plus fantasy points and finished as the weekly QB1 in back-to-back weeks. Even though Tom Savage started the season opener, Watson has scored the second-most fantasy points among all quarterbacks this season.
The great thing about Watson is that his dual-threat abilities provides fantasy owners with a solid floor even if he has an off day throwing the ball. For example, Watson threw for 125 yards and no touchdowns in Week 2 (his first start) yet scored 17.7 fantasy points as that week's QB7 due to a 5/67/1 rushing line.
Watson may not three-peat as the top weekly performer, but he gets a favorable matchup against the Browns. Not only have the Browns allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, but only three teams have a higher implied total based on Vegas odds this week than the Texans.
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Running Back Start'em, Sit'emRB - Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints (vs. DET)
Adrian Peterson wasn't much of a factor in this backfield, but now that he's gone, there will be a few extra touches to go to both Ingram and especially Kamara. Before their bye, the trio had the following usage rates -- 46.72% for Ingram, 28.69% for Kamara and 23.77% for Peterson.
With AP now in Arizona, I could see that split be in the 60-40 neighborhood with Ingram getting the edge. In their two wins immediately preceding the bye, Ingram had 16 and 18 touches, respectively, and he should be a lock for 15-plus again this week. He's yet to score a touchdown and he's averaged a pedestrian 4.05 YPC this season.
That said, Ingram is still heavily involved as a receiver -- 22 targets in four games including eight in Week 4 -- despite Kamara's role in the offense as a change-of-pace option. While Kamara's 28 targets equates to an 18.67-percent target share, Ingram's 22 targets is 14.67 percent of the team total. Only 12 running backs have a higher percentage of team targets than Ingram. (Kamara is third.)
Before the bye, Kamara had double-digit fantasy points and a touchdown in back-to-back games and converted all 10 of his targets in Week 4. With one of the five highest implied totals on the week, there should be plenty of scoring opportunities for the offense in general. I have Ingram ranked inside my top 10 fantasy running backs and Kamara inside my top 24, which makes both of them viable starting options in standard-scoring formats.
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Wide Receiver Start'em, Sit'emWR - Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (vs. GB)
Thielen leads the team's receivers in targets (40), receptions (29) and has just three less yards (392) than Stefon Diggs (395) this season. With Diggs ruled out for Week 6, Thielen should see a high volume of targets against the Packers, who have allowed the 12th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. Even though Thielen has yet to score a touchdown this season, he's still the WR24 in standard-scoring formats. With Diggs out, he's on the WR1/WR2 border this week.
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Tight End Start'em, Sit'emTE - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets (vs. NE)
Since serving a two-game suspension to begin the season, Seferian-Jenkins has a total of only 106 yards (7.07 Y/R). But the volume has been encouraging as ASJ has averaged five catches and six targets per game. With 26-percent team target share in two of his three games, he's one of just five tight ends to have two such games this season. (The other four are Charles Clay, Jason Witten, Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz.)
In a favorable matchup against the Patriots, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, Seferian-Jenkins could have his best game of the season this week. And given his volume, he has a pretty high floor for a position that is so TD-dependent.
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Start'em, Sit'em ToolFor a quick way to compare two players to start based on our rankings, use the start-sit tool below:
Rankings from Kevin Hanson:
- Week 6 Fantasy Football QB Rankings
- Week 6 Fantasy Football RB Rankings
- Week 6 Fantasy Football WR Rankings
- Week 6 Fantasy Football TE Rankings