We have now made it through five weeks of the 2020 fantasy football season. It’s been a crazy first five, to say the least, and we make no promises that things won’t get even crazier. It’s tough to know what’s around the bend, but we do know what’s on the docket for Week 6 of the NFL season.
With bye weeks in full effect, it can be tricky trying to figure out which players should make your starting lineup. To help optimize your fantasy lineup, here are this week’s start/sit suggestions.
The Lions’ quarterback has been getting better with each game as he’s had finishes of QB21, QB19, QB15, and QB9 over his first four games of the season. Now, facing a Jaguars team that has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, Stafford is poised to improve his finish yet again. Jacksonville’s defense has given up the third-most yards this season, and are terrible against he pass. Factor in that they’re dealing with a bunch of injuries, and this matchup just keep getting better.
It has been a relatively decent season so far for the Browns former no. 1 overall pick. He’s coming off of four straight games where he’s thrown for exactly two touchdowns, and that includes a matchup against the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday, who just so happen to be the stingiest when it comes to fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks this season. Mayfield faces another tough challenge this week against the Steelers. And it doesn’t help that he’s dealing with some sore ribs at the moment. He could be in for a bruising this week.
The Bears running back is getting the volume to where he’s really an auto-start on most weeks already, but this week in particular is very delectable. Montgomery faces the Panthers defense that allows an average of 32.7 fantasy points to running backs (half-PPR format), which is the worst in the league this season. With absolutely nobody stealing touches from him (except maybe Cordarrelle Patterson here and there), the table is set for Montgomery to have a big day.
The Rams second-year running back has to be frustrating fantasy owners as his erratic finishes has him up and down. After pulling out two straight top 10 finishes in Weeks 2 and 3, he completely flopped the following week with just 37 total yards and an RB45 finish. But then last week he was back at it again, with a top six finish thanks to finding the end zone twice. If you’re thinking of trusting him again, you might want to hold off a bit as he faces the 49ers defense that have allowed the fewest fantasy points to running backs this season.
JuJu Smith-Schuster (Steelers) vs. Cleveland Browns (Week 6 position rank: 22nd)
You might feel a little scorned playing JuJu this year, and it’s understandable. After teasing everyone that the old Smith-Schuster is back with his great Week 1 performance, the Steelers star receiver has failed to produce in subsequent weeks. In fact, he has a couple duds already this year with two WR60 or worse outings. And with Chase Claypool bursting on the scene last week, things seem to be going from bad to worse for Smith-Schuster. You might be tempted to go another direction, but don’t be shocked if he has a bounce back weak against a Browns team that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. With Diontae Johnson’s back still keeping him out of the mix, Smith-Schuster is primed for a good game this week.
D.J. Moore (Panthers) vs. Chicago Bears (Week 6 position rank: 20th)
We understand that Moore owners aren’t likely to sit him, even though he’s been a huge disappointment so far this season. His best game came this past Sunday when he finished as the WR12, but even that outcome was salvaged with the help of a 57-yard touchdown catch and run. The reality is, his targets have taken a huge hit with newcomer Robby Anderson getting all the looks now. Moore has had three games this season where he’s finished WR45 or worse. Things get even rougher for him this week as he faces a Bears defense that has allows the second fewest points to fantasy wide receivers. It wouldn’t be that outrageous to consider other options.
T.J. Hockenson (Lions) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (Week 6 position rank: 6th)
The Lions second-year tight end is having a solid fantasy season as he’s getting just enough targets to keep his score relatively consistent. And thanks to scoring a touchdown in half his games, he’s managed to finish no better than TE4, yet no worse than TE21. This week he faces a Jaguars teams that has allowed the eighth most fantasy points to tight ends this season. We’re stilling waiting for that big game from him, and this week’s matchup offers up that potential.
Rob Gronkowski (Bucs) vs. Green Bay Packers (Week 6 position rank: 16th)
Maybe it’s because the Gronk hasn’t exceeded 52 yards receiving in a game all season. Maybe it’s because he has yet to catch a touchdown pass. Maybe it’s because Cameron Brate is starting to get looks now from Tom Brady. Or maybe it’s because he’s going up against the Packers who happen to be the fourth-stingiest team in terms of fantasy points surrendered to tight ends this season. Whatever your reasoning, it’s clear the stars are not lining up well for Gronkowski to have a good fantasy performance this week.
It’s never a bad idea to just follow the Jets offense around and roll with the defense they’re going against, but it helps even more when the defense is actually playing well. And that’s the case with this Dolphins group who have been very effective recently getting after the quarterback and creating turnovers. The Jets offense has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing defenses this year, and we shouldn’t expect that to change after Sunday.
The Chiefs defense has been able to take advantage of the opportunities provided by having an offense that forces opponents to play chase. With some solid playmakers on defense, they’ve already had three top 10 finishes throughout the first five weeks of the season. Unfortunately, they face a good Bills offense that has a chance stay with the Chiefs on the scoreboard like the Raiders were able to do last Sunday, which could result in another negative outing.