Week 6 Studs and Duds
This article will be a weekly series where I talk about five guys I’m locking into my lineup and five guys that I’m taking out if at all possible. These recommendations will primarily be matchup-based and will vary greatly from week to week. I plan to try my best to stay away from the studs that you plan on starting anyways and dive a little deeper. All of these recommendations also assume a PPR format but would not change much, if at all, in a standard league. Here are the Week 6 Studs and Duds.
Marshawn Lynch (OAK) vs LAC – Marshawn finally got into the end zone last week against a solid Baltimore Ravens defense. I would be looking for that to continue against a porous Chargers run defense. Derek Carr is also expected to be back and that should rejuvenate that offense. The Chargers have been one of the worst team’s against the run and even though Lynch isn’t seeing great volume, he should be able to do a lot with a little. Lynch is a stud RB2 with multiple touchdown upside.
Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) vs TB – The Tampa Bay secondary has been exposed this season. Offenses this season have taken full advantage of the rough Buccaneers secondary. Carson Palmer also has a ridiculous amount of attempts this season and I don’t expect that to stop now. The Cardinals offensive line has not allowed them to run the ball so far and they will still continue to pass the pall. Larry Fitzgerald is sure to reap the rewards. He is always a PPR machine and he should be a stud WR1 option this week.
George Kittle (SF) @ WSH – George Kittle was a dynasty darling this offseason and finally had a coming out party last Sunday. He had seven catches for 83 yards and a touchdown and was heavily involved in the offense. On a team that is desperate for playmakers, Kittle is sure to remain involved. The Redskins have also allowed a TE1 week every game this season so there is a definite upside for Kittle this week. The position is a desolate, fantasy wasteland so Kittle could be a stud option this week.
Devin Funchess (CAR) vs PHI – Cam Newton has turned his season around the last few weeks and Funchess has benefitted. Funchess has had a solid floor and even touchdown upside these past few weeks in the absence of tight end Greg Olsen and has given you great fantasy weeks. Philadelphia’s secondary can be had and their run defense is stout so I expect Carolina to pass quite a bit. Funchess should continue to play well and he can stud WR2.
Kelvin Benjamin (CAR) vs PHI – Kelvin Benjamin is the other Panthers wide receiver that has benefitted from Newton’s elevated play. Benjamin scored a touchdown as well last week and again, has that upside. A lot of the points I made about Funchess still apply to Benjamin. He will benefit from the Eagles’ bad secondary and will be a stud WR2 for your roster with touchdown upside.
Mike Evans (TB) @ ARI – You likely can’t afford to bench Evans this week but expectations should definitely be tempered. Evans will be shadowed by Patrick Peterson and Peterson has shut down #1 wide receivers this year. Evans always has the chance to blow up and still has a chance for a touchdown given his immense size but it’s more likely than not that he will be shut down by Peterson. You probably have to start him this week but don’t be surprised if he duds this week.
Jameis Winston (TB) @ ARI – Jameis Winston will see a bad matchup against a good Arizona secondary. Arizona still has a good defense and I would be looking to stream the quarterback position if I owned Winston. Evans being shadowed by Peterson will likely Winston, as his top target will be taken away. Winston may get away with a couple deep shots, but will likely be stuffed for a lot of the game. He may be fine to start but like I said, I’d be looking to stream because a dud game is definitely within Winston’s range of possibilities.
Christian McCaffrey (CAR) vs PHI – McCaffrey has continued to see decent usage in the passing game but has not seen good volume in the running game. He only saw three carries last week and that’s extremely worrisome. Especially against a stout Philly run defense, McCaffrey has capped upside. He has actually seen his usage trend down the past few weeks and I would really look to bench him until his usage trends up. The possibility of a dud game greatly outweighs the possibility of a stud game.
Carlos Hyde (SF) @ WSH – The 49ers went with a “hot hand” approach last week and that clouds Hyde’s outlook from here on out. This is looking like it will turn into a full on RBBC from now on and that tells me to stay away, especially on a bad offense. Honestly, if I have to play a running back from that team, I’m probably playing Matt Breida. Hyde is extremely talented but he is unstartable if he isn’t seeing good usage. The coming weeks will be filled with dud games for Hyde and I’m trying to stay away.
Adrian Peterson (ARI) vs TB – Don’t get too excited about AP being traded to the Cardinals. They have a terrible offensive line and Peterson didn’t look good in the limited touches that he saw in New Orleans. He may stay afloat based on volume alone but it won’t be pretty. Running backs haven’t done well in Arizona this year and I wouldn’t count on Peterson to buck that trend. You just have to sit AP this week and avoid the upcoming dud week.