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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 6: Quarterbacks

Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate weekly look at NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. Fantasy superstars such as Patrick Mahomes and Christian McCaffrey will not be featured in this column. All player matchups are based on a PPR scoring system. For your final starting lineup decisions, check my weekly fantasy football lineup rankings.

Start 'Em

Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan
Atlanta Falcons · QB
Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
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Start of the Week

Ryan is on pace to throw the football more than 700 times this season, so it makes sense that he's in the mix as a start of the week as Atlanta travels to Arizona. The Cardinals have surrendered a 116.1 passer rating and an average of more than 23 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, so Ryan should produce another solid line.

Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray
Arizona Cardinals · QB
Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
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Murray, listed as a start 'em last week, scored over 25 fantasy points in a win over the Bengals. He has another great matchup next, as the Falcons have allowed an average of 263.2 passing yards and the second-most fantasy points (23.3 PPG) to quarterbacks. Their defense has also allowed two rushing touchdowns to the position.

Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay Packers · QB
Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
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Yes folks, it's come to this ... Rodgers is no longer a must-start in fantasy leagues. (Sounds weird, right?) The good news is that he faces a Lions defense this week that's allowed more than 18 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. He's also been a top-eight fantasy field general in four of his last five home games against the Lions.

Dak Prescott
Dak Prescott
Dallas Cowboys · QB
New York Jets
New York Jets
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Prescott is coming off a strong fantasy line against the Packers, and I'd keep him active this week when the Cowboys face off against the Jets. Their defense has allowed an average of 272 passing yards and 25.3 points per game this season, so Prescott should keep his hot start to the season (at least in fantasy terms) going in this game.

Gardner Minshew
Gardner Minshew
Jacksonville Jaguars · QB
New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
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Minshew has scored 17-plus fantasy points in two of his last three games, and he's thrown for multiple touchdowns in all but one of his first five contests. He's a nice option during the bye week, as the Saints have given up an average of over 23 fantasy points per game to signal-callers. Minshew is a free agent in most leagues.

Start 'Em:Lamar Jackson vs. Cincinnati Bengals, Jared Goff vs. San Francisco 49ers
Sleepers:Kirk Cousins vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Kyle Allen at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (London)

Sit 'Em

Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford
Detroit Lions · QB
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
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Sit of the Week

Stafford has had a solid start to the season, scoring 23-plus points in tow of his first four starts while throwing for multiple touchdowns three times. Still, I'd keep him on the sidelines in what is a tough matchup in Green Bay on Monday Night Football. Their defense has given up an average of just 13 fantasy points per game to enemy quarterbacks.

Baker Mayfield
Baker Mayfield
Cleveland Browns · QB
Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
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Mayfield has been an enormous bust this season, scoring fewer than 10 points three times including a minus-2 point stinker last week. He isn't even worth a roster spot in shallow fantasy leagues, and I'd bench him (again) ahead of a matchup against the Seahawks. Their defense has given up just 15.3 fantasy points per game to home quarterbacks.

Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers
Indianapolis Colts · QB
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
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Listed as a sit 'em last week, Rivers put up a massive stinker in a loss to the Broncos. I'd keep him on the sidelines this week too, as a bad matchup against the Steelers is next on the schedule. Their tough pass defense has surrendered an average of just 250 passing yards and fewer than 15 fantasy points to field generals after five weeks.

Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston
New Orleans Saints · QB
Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
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Winston has produced 17-plus fantasy points in three straight games, but I'd temper expectations against the Panthers. Their defense has allowed an average of fewer than 15 fantasy points per game to enemy quarterbacks this season, and Winston has finished as the QB14 or worse in all but one of his eight career starts vs. Carolina.

Marcus Mariota
Marcus Mariota
Tennessee Titans · QB
Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
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Listed as a sit 'em last week, Mariota scored just 8.6 fantasy points in a loss to the Bills. I'd keep him on the sidelines this week too, as the Titans face a road matchup in Denver. Their defense has been tough on quarterbacks, allowing just four touchdown passes, 207.6 passing yards and the third-fewest fantasy points per game to the position.

Sit 'Em:Jimmy Garoppolo at Los Angeles Rams, Sam Darnold vs. Dallas Cowboys
Busts:Carson Wentz at Minnesota Vikings, Teddy Bridgewater at Jacksonville Jaguars

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. You can follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram for all of the latest fantasy football news, notes and in-depth analysis!

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