The doldrums of October are upon us... and by doldrums I mean focusing on playoff baseball and the start of hockey season. But that doesn't mean fantasy football goes away, in fact it gets even more intense.
Byes: KC, NO
Who to Start:
QB Philip Rivers (SD) vs. OAK: Life continues to be great for Rivers and the Chargers despite the fact they've played every center in the history of football. Now, they get to go up against the Oakland Raiders, who if you haven't noticed have a new coach and are a tire fire. He also always does well against the Raiders too.
RB Eddie Lacy (GB) vs. MIA: He has risen from the fantasy depths! Now with 10 days off, he gets to go up against a Miami Dolphin defense that has struggled mightily against the run, especially at home recently.
WR Alshon Jeffrey (CHI) vs. ATL: Another example of a tire fire of a defense, the Falcons have been horrendous on that side of the ball this season. The Bears, despite the fact that they have a great ability to shoot themselves in the foot, should be able to get plenty of yards on offense, especially Alshon Jeffrey.
WR Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) vs. NYJ: He is a target machine for Peyton Manning right now, even if he hasn't scored TD's yet. But against the Jets, that streak might end because the Jets secondary is injured and also pretty bad regardless.
TE Delanie Walker (TEN) vs. JAX: Aside from the fact that the Jaguars can never defend against Tight Ends, other things work in his favor. Namely, that Zach Mettenberger may be starting on Sunday and will need a safety blanket.
DEF Denver vs. NYJ: It's the Jets and Geno Smith.
Who to Sit:
QB Cam Newton (CAR) vs. CIN: Despite his renaissance last week against Chicago, his lot will get much tougher next week against Cincy, whose defense is still the class of the AFC despite what happened on Sunday Night. He's also taken some sort of beating too.
RB Zac Stacy (STL) vs. SF MON: Not only is he a little dinged up heading into this Monday Night showdown, the 49ers have shut him down completely in past meetings with the Rams. Also, the 49ers still have an amazing rush defense.
WR Cordarrelle Paterson (MIN) vs. DET: He's been a total bust this season fantasy wise, and even with Teddy Bridgewater back under center, the matchup is not favorable against the surprisingly strong Detroit defense.
WR Sammy Watkins (BUF) vs. NE: He's been consistent if unspectacular this season, but even with that said, the Patriots secondary has been nearly lock-down this season, and Watkins will be matched up against a certain Revis fellow, who is still really good at man-to-man coverage.
TE Martellus Bennett (CHI) vs. ATL: Is the October swoon beginning? It didn't look promising last week, and the Falcons, despite their overall defensive woes, have defended against Tight Ends well this season.
DEF Dallas vs. SEA: Even if the Seahawks offense hasn't been a juggernaut by any means, this matchup is still sketchy for a Cowboys defense who hasn't been tested like this on the road yet.
3 Super Sleepers:
QB Brian Hoyer (CLE) vs. PIT: The Browns are comeback specialists this season, and their offensive output has been jumping upwards as a result. With the Steelers defense being banged up and not the Steel Curtain of old, Hoyer could have another big game.
RB Andre Williams (NYG) vs. PHI: The Eagles can't stop the run, and with Rashad Jennings on the shelf, Williams could see himself thrust into a major fantasy spotlight.
DEF Green Bay vs. MIA: When the Dolphins have faced interesting defenses, they've looked ugly. The Packers defense has looked better overall recently, so this could be an interesting play this week.
QB Kirk Cousins (WSH) vs. ARZ: Kirk Cousins hasn't been that terrible, and sure Arizona's defense was torched by Peyton Manning last week, but this matchup still could be pretty ugly. I'd be worried about having to start him if you do.
Good Luck in Week 6!