• The IDP Guys’ NFL Week 6 Start/Sit List: Offense

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    Find success this weekend with the NFL Week 6 Start/Sit list for the offensive side of the ball!

    After another injury-riddled week of NFL action, Week 6 will bring another unique hurdle to the fantasy football landscape. Four teams will have a BYE in Week 6; Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, and San Francisco 49ers! Check out this week's start/sit Week 6 offense edition!

    I have a bad habit of letting pop songs get stuck in my head and with the Bye weeks looming, a certain pop song involving the word "Bye" has infiltrated my subconscious.

    "Don't want to be a fool for you..."

    A major change that was implemented for the current season was that the NFL extended the season by one additional week. This change will make the BYE weeks run through week 14; it is of the utmost importance that you get familiar with the teams that have upcoming bye weeks so you can anticipate making adjustments and gain an edge in all aspects of the game.

    "Just another player in your game for two..."

    It would be an optimal strategy to be thinking 2-3 weeks ahead in regard to trade offers and managing the free agency.

    "You may hate me, but it ain't no lie"... sorry, back to football and the injury landscape from week 5

    Navigating bye weeks and injuries will make the start-worthy options look a little different for the next several weeks. The most notable injuries of the previous week included Russell Wilson, Saquon Barkley, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and George Kittle. No need to tilt, the Week 6 start/sit list is here to help you optimize your lineup!

    "Baby, bye, bye, bye..."

    Ok, I'm done. Let's now review the concepts of how the start/sit list is organized and weekly reminders for setting optimal lineups!

    The "Trust, If You Must, and Bust" System:

    Trust” = Strong start, a player who should be started in all formats!

    If You Must” = Weak start, a player who is good enough to be a starter, but faces a tough matchup or holds an unclear opportunity in a good offense. Some caution should be used while the risk is recognized, as this is often league format dependent.

    If you play in a shallow league, I would lean towards benching this player if you have a decent replacement option. In a deep league, I would lean towards starting, since the options may be more scarce. Either way, expectations should be managed.

    Bust” = Keep on your bench, at least for now. These players should be avoided since stronger options at the relative position should be considered first. These are players who fit into one of the following categories:

    1. A player in a tough matchup or currently holds ambiguous weekly opportunities in the offense.
    2. A strong bench stash for season-long purposes but currently in a “wait and see” period. Wait and see if their role expands for starter caliber consideration. For example, this type of player may be a strong backup RB behind a stud in an elite offense or could be in line for a big workload if the starter misses time.
    3. Currently lacking a clear offensive opportunity in either a projected good or bad offense
    4. Is too volatile on a week-to-week basis. There is no need to play boom or bust type players if you can help it.

    Weekly Start/Sit Decision Reminders

    Be sure to always be mindful of weekly injury reports and gameday inactive announcements as this could pivot a weak starter into a strong starter!

    Be sure to always leave the FLEX spot(s) free of Thursday night players!

    Thursday Night Football

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles
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    Trust – Tom Brady QB, Mike Evans WR, Chris Godwin WR, Antonio Brown WR

    If You Must - Leonard Fournette RB

    Bust - Ronald Jones RB


    TrustJalen Hurts QB, DeVonta Smith WR, Zach Ertz TE, Dallas Goedert TE (if active)

    If You MustMiles Sanders RB, Kenneth Gainwell RB

    Bust - Jalen Reagor WR


    Sunday Early Afternoon Slate

    Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars (in London!)
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    Trust - Mike Gesicki TE, Myles Gaskin RB

    If You MustJacoby Brissett QB, Jaylen Waddle WR


    TrustMarvin Jones WR, James Robinson RB, Laviska Shenault WR

    If You MustTrevor Lawrence QB, Dan Arnold TE


    Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
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    TrustAaron Rodgers QB, Davante Adams WR, Aaron Jones RB

    If You Must - AJ Dillon RB, Robert Tonyan TE

    Bust Allen Lazard WR, Randall Cobb WR


    Trust –  Allen Robinson WR, Darnell Mooney WR

    If You MustJustin Fields QB, Khalil Herbert RB

    Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions
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    TrustJoe Burrow QB,  Ja'Marr Chase WR, Tyler Boyd WR, Tee Higgins WR, Joe Mixon RB

    If You MustC.J. Uzomah TE


    TrustD'Andre Swift RB, T.J. Hockenson TE

    If You MustJamaal Williams RB, Jared Goff QB


    Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
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    If You MustBrandin Cooks WR

    BustDavid Johnson RB, Phillip Lindsay RB, Mark Ingram RB, Davis Mills QB


    TrustJonathan Taylor RB, Michael Pittman WR

    If You MustCarson Wentz QB, T.Y. Hilton WR, Nyheim Hines RB, Zach Pascal WR


    Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants
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    Trust –  Matthew Stafford QB, Cooper Kupp, WR, Darrell Henderson RB, Robert Woods WR

    If You Must –  Tyler Higbee TE, Sony Michel RB


    If You Must - Devontae Booker RB, Daniel Jones QB (if active), Sterling Shepard WR,  Kadarius Toney WR, Evan Engram TE


    Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team
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    TrustPatrick Mahomes QB, Tyreek Hill WR (if active), Travis Kelce TE, Darrel Williams RB

    If You MustMecole Hardman WR

    Football Team

    TrustAntonio Gibson RB, Terry McLaurin WR (if active)

    If You MustTaylor Heinicke QB, J.D. McKissic RB, Rickey Seals-Jones TE

    Bust - Curtis Samuel WR

    Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers
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    Trust - Kirk Cousins QB, Dalvin Cook RB (if active), Alexander Mattison RB (only if Cook is inactive), Justin Jefferson WR, Adam Thielen WR

    If You MustK.J. Osborn WR, Tyler Conklin TE


    Trust –  D.J. Moore WR, Sam Darnold QB,  Chuba Hubbard RB

    If You MustRobby Anderson WR

    Bust - Terrace Marshall WR


    Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens
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    TrustJustin Herbert QB, Austin Ekeler RB, Keenan Allen WR, Mike Williams WR

    If You MustJared Cook TE

    Bust - Justin Jackson RB, Larry Rountree RB


    TrustLamar Jackson QBMark Andrews TE, Marquise Brown WR

    If You MustLatavius Murray RB

    Bust - Ty'Son Williams RB, Rashod Bateman WR


    Sunday Mid Afternoon Slate

    Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns
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    TrustKyler Murray QB, DeAndre Hopkins WR, Chase Edmonds RB

    If You MustJames Conner RB, Christian Kirk WR, Rondale Moore WR, A.J. Green WR


    Trust –  Kareem Hunt RB (if active), Odell Beckham Jr. WR

    If You MustBaker Mayfield QB, Donovan People-Jones WR, David Njoku TE

    Bust - Rashard Higgins WR, Austin Hooper TE


    Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos
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    TrustDarren Waller TE, Josh Jacobs RB

    If You MustDerek Carr QB, Henry Ruggs WR, Hunter Renfrow WR

    Bust - Kenyan Drake RB, Bryan Edwards WR


    Trust –  Courtland Sutton WR, Noah Fant TE

    If You MustMelvin Gordon RB, Javonte Williams RB, Tim Patrick WR, Teddy Bridgewater QB


    Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots
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    TrustDak Prescott QB, Ezekiel Elliott RB, Amari Cooper WR, CeeDee Lamb WR, Dalton Schultz TE,

    If You MustTony Pollard RB

    Bust - Blake Jarwin TE, Cedrick Wilson WR


    If You Must –  Damien Harris RB, Jakobi Meyers WR, Jonnu Smith TE, Mac Jones QB, Hunter Henry TE, Nelson Agholor WR


    Sunday Night Football

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    Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers

    Trust –  D.K. Metcalf WR, Tyler Lockett WR,

    If You MustGeno Smith QBAlex Collins RB, Gerald Everett TE (if active)


    TrustNajee Harris RB, Diontae Johnson WR, Chase Claypool WR (if active)

    If You Must - Ben Roethlisberger QB

    Bust - Pat Freiermuth TE

    Monday Night Football

    Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans
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    TrustJosh Allen QB, Stefon Diggs WR, Dawson Knox TE

    If You MustDevin Singletary RB, Zack Moss RB, Cole Beasley WR, Emmanuel Sanders WR


    TrustDerrick Henry RB, A.J. Brown WR, Julio Jones WR (if active),

    If You Must - Ryan Tannehill QB

    Good luck and enjoy the games!

    Thank you for reading my NFL Week 5 Start/Sit list for offensive players! You can find more of my work on my IDP Guys Author Page. Feel free to reach out anytime on Twitter at @FantasyLadder for any fantasy football-related advice, questions, or discussion so you can climb the ladder of fantasy football success with me
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