We all know the busts of a season – look no further than WR68 in the standard leagues, Allen Robinson – but potential misfires await behind the scenes every week. Whether it’s because a player is wasting playing time, getting injured, facing a tough game, or just having a cold snap, there are a number of reasons they can fall flat in your lineups. . Identifying possible busts is essential and can save you disastrous weeks. We’ve picked some fantastic potential Week 6 busts from each position, such as Devontae Booker and Kadarius Toney who are hot names on waivers but come with risk in their clashes. At the very least, our list should help you know who to watch out for when making startup and sitting decisions.
As always, even perennial stars can erupt in favorable clashes – like AJ Brown in Week 5 – but we know players like him are “must-haves”. We’ll stick to naming the guys on the start-or-sit bubble. As mentioned above, you can’t always avoid players on this list. Sometimes you don’t have the depth to reasonably rate these guys (or you might just disagree completely with our ratings).
WEEK 6 FANTASY: Sleepers | Start them, sit them down
After a solid Week 4 we had a batting average of around 0.500 in Week 5. We were right over Miles Sanders, Brandin Cooks, Odell Beckham Jr., Derek Carr, Taylor Heinicke and Jared Cook. The touchdowns bailed out two of our caps, Tyler Higbee and James Conner. Now where do we look silly? Kyle Pitts had the game of his life, Courtland Sutton had over 100 yards and one touchdown, and Trevor Lawrence was a Top 10 quarterback. And the worst bad beat of all? Buffalo was the No.1 fantasy defense – against Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City.
STANDARD RANKING FOR WEEK 6:
quarterback | Back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
All in all, it’s been a weird and unpredictable week, but hey, it’s fantastic football. As always, we will not choose total soft balls; instead we’re going to target guys who deserve at least some consideration to start this week.
Fantastic busts of week 6: running backs
Chris Carson / Alex Collins, Seahawks @ Steelers (Jackson Sparks). Whatever guy that stats this Sunday night soccer game, we recommend that you sit them down. Sometimes it’s hard to sit like a running back with guaranteed touches due to the scarcity of the position, but see if you can find an alternate option. Pittsburgh’s defense has shown some flaws in the passing game, but it’s still in the top five against the Fantastic RBs. That offensive line against the first seven will be a major shift, and the Steelers won’t respect Geno Smith as a passer, which means more boxes loaded for Collins or Carson.
Josh Jacobs, Raiders at Broncos (Vinnie Iyer). This backfield has been terrible. Look for the Raiders to be more focused on poor-performing passes this week.
Devontae Booker, Giants vs. Rams (Matt Lutovsky). Booker’s fantastic day looked better than last week due to two short TDs. Without those, he had just 58 total yards on 19 touches. It’s hard to start a TD dependent RB, but with that kind of volume Booker has a certain appeal. The Rams have had their ups and downs against running backs, but they are still slightly above average. If you start Booker, don’t expect big points.
WEEK 6 PPR RANKINGS:
quarterback | Back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Fantasy Football Busts of Week 6: Quarterbacks
Ryan Tannehill, Titans vs. Bills (Sparks). Tannehill has been a disappointment this year, and it’s hard to think he’ll turn the tables against arguably the best defense in the league. Buffalo is the No.1 defense against the Fantastic QBs and has limited Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs to just 20 points. With AJ Brown (hamstrings) and Julio Jones (hamstrings) saggy, it’s hard to see a path to fantastic success here.
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Seahawks (Iyer). Pittsburgh won’t meet much resistance here, with the defense making a number on the smashed Seattle offense, so it will mostly be Najee Harris in a cake game.
Derek Carr, Raiders @ Broncos (Lutovsky). Carr’s hot start came to a screeching halt over the past two weeks, when he averaged just 201 passing yards and a touchdown. The Broncos give the QB the second-fewest fantasy points, and given the turmoil in Vegas, you just don’t know what to expect. Carr is a very risky game.
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Week 6 Fantasy Football Busts: Wide Receivers
Chase Claypool, Steelers vs. Seahawks (Sparks). We understand that Claypool is coming off a solid two games and JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) is out, but even against a bad secondary it’s hard to trust anyone in the Steelers offense except for Diontae Johnson and Najee Harris. It feels like a game where the Steelers might actually have the chance to be successful on the pitch. After all, Big Ben’s throwing arm would need a rest.
Kadarius Toney, Giants vs. Rams (Iyer). Toney! Toney. Toney? Will it be good to throw him in that game against Jalen Ramsey? No, it won’t. The award for the most disappointing performance on a big stage after the love of the waiver thread goes to …
Tyler Lockett, Seahawks @ Steelers (Lutovsky). It’s hard to seat Lockett, especially in a statistically favorable clash like this, but with Geno Smith under center, it’s just as hard to trust him. The Steelers’ pass defense should be better than it is, and it feels like a place a big-game specialist like Lockett could get stuck.
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Week 6 Fantasy Football Busts: Tight Ends
David Njoku, Browns vs. Cardinals (Sparks). Don’t be fooled by Njoku’s monster 7-149-1 performance – the Browns’ offensive pass-catchers can’t be trusted week after week. Additionally, Arizona are the No.1 defense against Tight Ends in Fantasy, and while they haven’t faced any of the league’s top players in this position, it’s worth noting that they’ve stopped Tyler. Higbee and Tyler Conklin in capable attacks.
Dalton Schultz, Cowboys at Patriots (Iyer). Put the sergeant on the bench because the Patriots will do a good job watching him.
Robert Tonyan, Packers @ Bears (Lutovsky). By now you should know that Tonyan is TD or Bust, so any week can be good and any week can be bad. There’s really no rhyme or reason for it, but facing a Bears defense that grants the TEs seventh-less fantasy points doesn’t help.
Fantastic Busts of Week 6: Defenses
New England Patriots vs. Cowboys (Sparks). The Cowboys gave fantastic defenses the second fewest points, and while the Patriots are some of the best defensive units in the league, elite quarterbacks and attacks generally win in this offensive league. While Dallas is rolling, no defense should be thrown against them.
Chicago Bears versus Packers (Iyer). They’ve played well and are at home, and while the Packers may give up sacks and Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been perfect, you can’t go back.
Arizona Cardinals @ Browns (Lutovsky). The Cardinals have been one of the best fantastic D / STs this year, but Cleveland has been tough to face. The Browns are giving defenses fifth fewer fantasy points thanks to their heavy offense, so it feels like a game where the Cards are showing their low bottom.