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Fantasy football expert Nate Hamilton shares his top starts and sits for Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season. Take a look at the players you should be high or low on this week.

Fantasy Football Week 6: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

Start and sit decisions each week in fantasy football is a challenging thing to balance. Which players you start versus who you leave on the bench will often come back to bite you.

In this weekly Start/Sit article, I’ll aim to guide you in making those difficult decisions. Each week of football presents a whole new list of opportunities for players you may not think about starting. The same goes for higher-profile players. It may not always be sunshine and rainbows for your “every week” starters. There will be weeks that force you to make the tough choice to bench a great player.

My goal is to provide you with enough information to help you make roster decisions that you will feel confident about and have it work out for you each week.

If you have any questions for Nate, follow him on Twitter at @DomiNateFF!

Fantasy Football Week 6 Starts


Taylor Heinicke, QB, Washington Football Team (vs. Kansas City Chiefs)

I’ve mentioned Taylor Heinicke a bunch this week, with good reason. Before last week, he threw multiple touchdowns in 3 consecutive games. He’ll certainly have to throw a bunch against the Chiefs if Washington has any chance to make it a football game.

Heinicke has been a solid option for fantasy football this year. He’s rostered in just 21% of leagues and could easily be someone you play over your current quarterback who may have a tough matchup.

Additional Week 6 QB Starts

  • Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts (vs. Houston Texans)
  • Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Miami Dolphins)

Running Back

Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins (at Jacksonville Jaguars)

Myles Gaskin has been disappointing the first four weeks. You benched him in Week 5 (like me) against a top front seven defense. Who knew he would go on to catch all 10 of his targets for 74 yards and two touchdowns?

You may think we are chasing points from last week, but after the Dolphins found some success targeting Gaskin as much as they did, one would assume they will want him more involved going forward. He’s worth the start this week as we’ve just witnessed the kind of upside he presents.

Additional Week 6 RB Starts

  • Devontae Booker, New York Giants (vs. Los Angeles Rams)
  • Damien Williams, Chicago Bears (vs. Green Bay Packers)

Wide Receiver

Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills (at Tennessee Titans)

There is no way around it. Cole Beasley has been ice cold for fantasy the last two games. He went from 23 catches in his first three games to just 3 in his last 2. Typically, you’d want to be cautious and bench him, but I believe he’ll bounce back in Week 6.

The Titans have given up the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Josh Allen has found plenty of success when targeting Beasley. However, this is the “get right” game for Beasley. If he doesn’t get the targets this week, we may have to write him off.

Additional Week 6 WR Starts

  • Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans (at Indianapolis Colts)
  • Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos (vs. Las Vegas Raiders)

Tight End

Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Washington Football Team (vs. Kansas City Chiefs)

Like I mentioned with Taylor Heinicke, the Washington Football Team will have to throw a ton to keep up with the Chiefs this week.

Last week, Ricky Seals-Jones saw a season-high in targets, receptions, and yards. Logan Thomas is on injured reserve, which leaves available targets for Seals-Jones this week. He’s not someone you would typically think to start, but given the questionable landscape at tight end, Ricky Seals-Jones should see a fair share of opportunities against the Chiefs.

Additional Week 6 TE Starts

  • Hunter Henry, New England Patriots (vs. Dallas Cowboys)
  • Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Miami Dolphins)

Fantasy Football Week 6 Sits


Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders (at Denver Broncos)

Derek Carr is coming off his two worst performances of the season. After beginning the year with three consecutive 20+ fantasy point games, he’s slowed down his production against decent defenses.

The Broncos are much better than decent. Carr and the Raiders will have to travel to Mile High to face a Broncos defense that has allowed the 3rd fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. The Broncos have given up just one 300+ passing yad-game, and just 5 touchdown passes through 5 games.

Additional Week 6 QB Sits

  • Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (vs. Buffalo Bills)
  • Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (at Carolina Panthers)

Running Back

Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo Bills (at Tennessee Titans)

It would appear the Bills have been fairly even with the splits between Zack Moss and Devin Singletary this season. Although, Singletary has just 9 more touches than Moss, who didn’t play in Week 1.Last week, Zack Moss doubled the amount of touches Singletary had (14-7). Zack Moss has been able to do more with less, and I believe the Bills coaching staff may start tilting the scales in Moss’s favor.

Additional Week 6 RB Sits

  • James Conner, Arizona Cardinals (at Cleveland Browns)
  • Damien Harris, New England Patriots (vs. Dallas Cowboys)

Wide Receiver

Sammy Watkins, WR, Baltimore Ravens (vs. Los Angeles Chargers)

I almost wrote about Sammy Watkins as a buy-low candidate until last week’s performance. He had 7 or more targets and exactly 4 receptions in each of his first 4 games. Watkins hasn’t been able to amount it to much production, but I thought given his target share, the production would come.

In Week 5, in a game where Lamar Jackson had 442 passing yards and 4 touchdown passes, Watkins was barely involved. In fact, he had his worst game of the season. Watkins caught just 2 of 3 targets for 35 yards. A dud. Lamar Jackson has his favorite targets, and Sammy Watkins hasn’t done enough to continue receiving the opportunities he was getting the first 4 games. The Los Angeles Chargers have given up the 2nd fewest fantasy points to wide receivers.

Additional Week 6 WR Sits

  • Robby Anderson, Carolina Panthers (vs. Minnesota Vikings)
  • A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans (vs. Buffalo Bills)

Tight End

Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants (vs. Los Angeles Rams)

Evan Engram has not shown any upside in his 3 games of 2021. Even with the majority of key receiving options on the sideline, Engram has totaled just 103 receiving yards in 3 weeks.

The emergence of Kadarius Toney doesn’t help Engram’s chances of increased targets. Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton are expected to be back this week. So anything Evan Engram has done up until this point will likely go away in Week 6. It wasn’t much, to begin with.

Additional Week 6 TE Sits

  • Jonnu Smith, New England Patriots (vs. Dallas Cowboys)
  • Tyler Conklin, Minnesota Vikings (at Carolina Panthers)

Article Author


Nate Hamilton has produced high-quality content for some of the top fantasy football sites including FantasyPros, The Fantasy Footballers, The Game Day, and now OddsChecker! He is a co-author of Amazon's #1 Best Selling "The Fantasy Football Black Book" with Joe Pisapia. He lives on Twitter: @DomiNateFF


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