You never want a poor performance from your Thursday night players, whether it’s because they’ve been in your lineup or played on your bench. This week’s Thursday night soccer game features the Buccaneers and Eagles – two offenses that can light up the scoreboard and two defenses that can fold and break under the right circumstances. This means plenty of opportunities for yards and points, but not all players are must-haves. We break down all of the tough decisions to make so you can start your week 6 on the right foot.
We also have some DFS tips at the end for those who are planning to try their luck in a unique DraftKings Showdown or FanDuel game competition. Even if you don’t have Bucs or Eagles in your roster for the season, there is no excuse to miss out on this game full of opportunities.
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Buccaneers: who to start or sit in fantasy football on Thursday night
Start: QB Tom Brady
Brady had the hiccups in the rematch against the Patriots, but it was business as usual with relentless assists and goals against the Dolphins. The Eagles don’t have the constant pressure on passing or secondary depth to deter him from throwing the ball into the park. He’s mostly fight-proof, and at this point 300 yards and three touchdowns feels like his ground.
Start: RB Léonard Fournette
Fournette has taken control of the backfield as he did in the playoffs last season. He turns out to be a full back and makes the offense less predictable than having either the pure power of Ronald Jones or the pure reception of Giovani Bernard in the game. They’ll always have their situational touch, but that backfield belongs to Lenny, taking him back to his solid Jaguar days.
Start: WR Mike Evans
Evans could have the toughest game of the week against cornerback Darius Slay, but there’s no guarantee it will be a shadowy situation. # 2 corner Steven Nelson also played very well, but the Bucs are moving well around Evans as well. He had no trouble dusting off the Dolphins’ high-priced corners last week. Don’t expect the same monster play, but something like 6-80-1 is doable.
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Start: WR Chris Godwin
Godwin was the “silent” last week, as Brady stole the big goals from Evans and Antonio Brown, but still had a good WR2 / WR3 day minus touchdowns. There should be an effort to feed him often as the Eagles play two deep safeties to protect against the deep ball and have a hard time covering the slot from the outside with slot man Avonte Maddox.
Start: WR Antonio Brown
Without Rob Gronkowski (ribs), Brown would have to be locked up and loaded into lineups every week due to his high cap. It may have the sweet game here or there and that could definitely be one of them, but it’s hard to imagine having many better WR3 options.
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Sitting: TE Cameron Brate
Brate wasn’t involved enough with Gronkowski (ribs) on the shelf, as the Bucs simply swiveled to roll with their three wide receivers all the time into 11 people. It doesn’t take the Harvard education that Brate has to know you could easily get a zero close to him.
Seated: RB Giovani Bernard and Ronald Jones II
Bernard shot in the end zone last week, but Fournette is still the man there for the most touches. Neither Bernard nor Jones should even be entered in shallow leagues as long as Fournette is in good health.
WEEK 6 PPR RANKINGS:
quarterback | Back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Start: Buccaneers DST
The Bucs are shorthanded, but they still have a few pointers. They can hit Jalen Hurts a few times on the pass rush, and he tends to force a few cover shots per game. They are a top 12 option with a high floor but a limited ceiling.
Sitting: K Ryan Succop
Brady being so proficient in the red zone has kept Succop from becoming a top 12 option so far this season. You can probably find kickers who have more multiple field goals this week.
STANDARD RANKING FOR WEEK 6:
quarterback | Back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Eagles: who to start or sit in in fantasy football Thursday night
Start: QB Jalen Hurts
Hurts is the ultimate high stage QB with his racing volume and enough regular touchdowns. He’s getting a great passing game, and he should throw a ton in the second half as he tries to catch up with Tom Brady. He’s in your seasonal roster every week, unless you have another important passer.
Start: RB Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell
It’s a bit off the beaten track, as the Eagles are not a running team when it comes to using their backs and the Buccaneers’ run defense is dominant. But without tight end Dallas Goedert (COVID-19 roster), they need shorter passing options for Hurts. However, the Bucs are struggling to cover the back and won’t have linebacker Lavonte David (ankle). Myles Gaskin’s performance in Week 5 (10 catches, 74 yards, two touchdowns) should inspire the Eagles to use Sanders and Gainwell on the open court. Sanders can always turn a touch into a long score. Gainwell can get good use in the red zone. This makes them flexible regular to deep league PPR options.
Start: WR DeVonta Smith
The Alabama rookie gets into his groove as the go-to guy from Hurts. He can roast that exhausted secondary with his road run, speed and quickness over any terrain. He should get double-digit goals and come up with something like 8-100-1.
Seated: WRs Jalen Reagor, Quez Watkins, Greg Ward
The Eagles are unable to support multiple wide receivers with consistency with Hurts passing. You can do better with guys from other teams if you’re desperate for WR3 or flex.
Start: TE Zach Ertz
Ertz returns to his familiar role as his longtime side’s best tight end with Goedert unavailable. The Bucs have also had issues covering the close end, and the crafty veteran will be back for a night with Hurts.
Sitting: K Jake Elliott
Elliott has a big leg, but the Eagles aren’t scoring enough outside the red zone to trust him.
Sitting: Eagles DST
Javon Hargrave was a revelation with the Inward Rush, and Slay was right there with the take out. But you can’t expect them to slow down the GOAT.
Buccaneers vs. Eagles: FanDuel single match roster
- MVP (1.5X): QB Tom Brady $ 16,500
- AnyFLEX: WR Chris Godwin $ 13,000
- AnyFLEX: WR DeVonta Smith $ 12,000
- AnyFLEX: WR Antonio Brown $ 11,500
- AnyFLEX: TE Zach Ertz $ 6,500
Brady and Godwin are expected to be the star combination for the often-lunge-working Buccaneers, but Brown can have some cross-road success against deep balls if Slay focuses on Evans. Smith should have a big game against the Bucs high school with high volume. Ertz was an obvious free space with Goedert on the verge of missing the game.
Buccaneers vs. Eagles: DraftKings Showdown lineup
- Captain (1.5x): WR Chris Godwin $ 14,100
- FLEX: QB Tom Brady $ 12,400
- FLEX: WR DeVonta Smith $ 8,800
- FLEX: WR Leonard Fournette $ 7,800
- FLEX: TE Zach Ertz $ 3,200
- FLEX: RB Kenneth Gainwell $ 2,400
The same logic applies here with Godwin, Brady, Smith and Ertz. Fournette is there because of the Eagles’ run defense issues, and Gainwell is there for his use of garbage time.