Published: Oct. 12, 2016 at 10:18 a.m.
Updated: Oct. 16, 2016 at 09:24 a.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 6: Wide receivers


Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. All starts and sits are based on standard scoring leagues. Obvious fantasy starters like Cam Newton and Antonio Brown will not be featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Byes: Buccaneers, Vikings

Start 'Em

Start of the Week - Larry Fitzgerald vs. New York Jets

Fitzgerald has posted 14-plus fantasy points in three of his first five games, a stretch that includes five touchdowns. His success should continue against the Jets, who have become one of the top fantasy matchups for opposing wideouts (26.8 FPPG) this season. Fantasy fans with John Brown should also get him into their lineups.

Doug Baldwin vs. Atlanta Falcons

Baldwin has alternated good and bad stat lines in his first four games, and he's due for a successful week when the Seahawks host Atlanta. The Falcons have not fared well against wide receivers, allowing seven touchdowns and an average of 25.1 points to the position. Look for the Seahawks to win this battle of the gridiron birds.

Kelvin Benjamin vs. New Orleans Saints

Benjamin hasn't been a great fantasy option lately, but an upcoming matchup against the Saints still makes him an attractive option regardless. New Orleans has allowed an average of 213.7 yards and 25.9 fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts, so look for Benjamin to make magic in what should be a high-scoring affair.

Brandin Cooks vs. Carolina Panthers

Cooks has fallen off the fantasy radar after his Week 1 explosion, posting a combined 11.8 points in his last three games. You have to like his chances to rebound against the Panthers, though, as their defense has allowed the second-most fantasy points to wideouts (37.7 PPG) in the last two weeks. Keep this Cooks in the kitchen.

Jeremy Maclin vs. Oakland Raiders

Maclin has had a rough three-game stretch, scoring a combined 17.1 fantasy points with no touchdowns. Still, this week's matchup against the Raiders bodes well for his chances to rebound. Oakland has surrendered the most fantasy points to wide receivers (30.9 PPG), and Maclin burned them for three touchdown catches in 2015.

Devante Parker vs. Steelers, Cameron Meredith vs. Jaguars

Sit 'Em

Sit of the Week - Alshon Jeffery vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

On paper, this is a great matchup for Jeffery against a Jaguars defense that's allowed an average of 26.1 fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Here's the problem ... good matchups haven't meant good numbers from Jeffery this season. It's also notable that 43 different wide receivers have been targeted more often in 2016.

DeSean Jackson vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Jackson does have the whole "revenge" thing in his corner this week against his former team, the Eagles. But can you depend on the inconsistent veteran against a team that's allowed one No. 1 wide receiver (Antonio Brown) to score double-digit points against them? At best, he'll be a boom-or-bust No. 3 receiver or flex starter.

Terrelle Pryor vs. Tennessee Titans

Pryor was a hot waiver-wire add a few weeks back, but the Browns questionable quarterback situation and a matchup against the Titans makes him tough to start with confidence. Tennessee has surrendered an average of just 18.9 fantasy points per game to wideouts, and only five teams have allowed fewer touchdowns (3) to the position.

Tyrell Williams vs. Denver Broncos

Williams went off against the Raiders last week, posting 117 yards, one touchdown and 17.7 points. Of course, comparing Oakland's pass defense to Denver's squad is like comparing a Kia to a Maserati. When you also consider that San Diego has used a virtual wideout committee in recent weeks, and trusting Williams is difficult.

Allen Hurns vs. Chicago Bears

Hurns had his best stat line of the season before Jacksonville's bye week, scoring a touchdown and 10.7 fantasy points in a win over the Colts. The touchdown-dependant wideout is no lock to put up another good line against the Bears, however. Their defense has allowed a mere four touchdown catches to opposing wideouts in 2016.

Sterling Shepard vs. Ravens, Jeremy Kerley at Bills

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!


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