In Fantasy football Week 6, there’s no Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Justin Herbert or Derek Carr. You won’t have Alvin Kamara, Chris Carson, Josh Jacobs or Justin Jackson. You can’t start Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf, Henry Ruggs, Emmanuel Sanders or Michael Thomas. And Darren Waller, Hunter Henry, Jared Cook and Greg Olsen are getting a mini vacation.
We’ve had to manage our Fantasy rosters a little different this year as a result of COVID-19, and four teams have already had an impromptu bye week between Pittsburgh and Tennessee in Week 4 and Denver and New England in Week 5. But now the depth of your Fantasy roster will be tested with four more teams on a bye in the same scoring period: New Orleans, Seattle, Las Vegas and the Chargers.
Along with several major injuries, including the season-ending ankle injury for Dak Prescott, we have many Fantasy managers scrambling. But hopefully you’ve prepared for this and are ready to compete. As always, we’re here to help.
We have all the starts and sits you need to make your lineup competitive, as well as some sleepers you might not have considered. This will hopefully be a week where some of those backup options you’ve stashed on your bench come to play, and one in particular could be huge in Minnesota since Dalvin Cook (adductor strain) is expected to be out.
Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em
Alexander Mattison will hopefully not throw away his shot as the lead running back for the Vikings this week with Cook expected to be out against the Falcons. U.S. Bank Stadium will be the room where it happens, and I’m counting on Mattison to blow us all away.
We’ve told you since last season that Mattison was a lottery ticket in case Cook ever missed any time. Mattison didn’t get the chance to cash that ticket in 2019 since he was also hurt when Cook went down in Week 16, and we had the failed Mike Boone experiment in many Fantasy championship games. Like many of you, I’m still upset over that one.
But you saw the upside of Mattison in Week 5 at Seattle when Cook got hurt. Mattison had 20 carries for 112 yards, as well as three catches for 24 yards on three targets against the Seahawks, and I expect him to finish as a top-three Fantasy running back this week. He’s averaged 4.7 yards per carry in his career, and Gary Kubiak’s system is excellent for running backs.
It sets up well for Mattison to face the Falcons at home. While Atlanta could be motivated to play for interim coach Raheem Morris after Dan Quinn was fired, it’s doubtful this defense will dramatically improve in a week. Chris Carson, Ezekiel Elliott, Aaron Jones and Mike Davis have punished this Falcons defense, and Mattison should follow suit. Cook would have had a monster game in this spot, and I’m treating Mattison like Cook was starting.
So don’t hesitate to start Mattison in all…