By Pat Pitts
The beginning of the dreaded bye weeks begin this week, adding the element of true strategy of your fantasy football leagues. Bye week decisions can make or break your year and shows the true competitive aspect of your entire league. I am here to help guide you to the win column, so grab your Tomahawk Shades BlueLight+ glasses, and open your fantasy apps because class is in session.
Joe Burrow @ DET
Burrow has thrown for multiple touchdowns in every game this season for the Bengals. He faces the Lions this week and Detroit struggles weekly defending the pass, especially one with a scarce secondary. Burrow belongs in starting lineups on Sunday.
Ben Roethlisberger vs SEA
The Seahawks have allowed the most passing yards in the league (2254) this season. It’s worth considering starting Roethlisberger, despite his recent woes, tends to shine on the Sunday Night Football stage. Treat him as a QB2 with upside.
Trevor Lawrence vs MIA
Lawrence threw for 273 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against the Titans. The Dolphins have allowed the third most yards in the NFL this season (2111) and fourth most passing touchdowns (12). Hopefully he can lead you, and the Jags, to a victory this week.
Najee Harris vs SEA
The Seahawks’ defense has allowed the most passing yards (1528) and second-most rushing yards (726) this season to opposing offenses this season. Regardless of the state of the Steelers offense, start Harris this week.
Myles Gaskin @ JAX
Gaskin played his best game last week, where he caught ten passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Gaskin slides into lineups as a superb RB2 option and an even better FLEX play against a subpar Jags defense.
Zack Moss @ TEN
Moss has finished with over 12 points in every game that he’s suited up for this season, snatching the RB1 role away from Devin Singletary. With the Titans’ defense continuing to struggle, it makes Moss a must-start.
Mike Williams @ BAL
Williams has more thirty-point fantasy finishes (2) than single-digit finishes (1). He can be one player to set and forget for the rest of the season as long as you remember to bench him during his bye week, but he will have to be monitored before Sunday as he’s been dealing with a knee injury.
Tim Patrick vs LVR
Patrick has caught 22 of 28 passes (79% catch rate) and leads the team in touchdowns (2). He’s a solid WR2 play against the Raiders defense that gives up big plays almost every single week.
Marvin Jones vs MIA
Jones disappointed fantasy managers with his worst performance of the season, one catch for 25 yards, against the Titans in Week 5. Jones faces an inconsistent Dolphins secondary that has allowed 12 touchdowns to opposing offenses this season. Nevertheless, he ranks as a bounceback boom play in Week 6.
Mark Andrews vs LAC
Darius Leonard couldn’t stop him. No one else will. Lock him in.
Dawson Knox @ TEN
Knox comes into his prime-time matchup with back-to-back 20+ point fantasy games. Ride the hot hand against the sluggish Titans defense.
Hunter Henry vs DAL
Henry scored in his second straight game in Week 5 against the Texans. He ranks as TE9 across fantasy platforms, but more importantly, he’s Mac Jones’ TE1. He’s working towards being a weekly start for fantasy managers.
Sam Darnold vs MIN
Darnold had a hot start to the season, but the Eagles defense gave him a reality check and made him look more like New York Jets Sam Darnold. The Vikings’ defense has improved from last season, especially in their secondary. As a result, Darnold will have more success handing it off to his RBs rather than throwing it this week.
Daniel Jones vs LAR
Jones is still working his way back from a concussion and the Giants would be doing him no favors by rushing him back to face Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey.
Dak Prescott @ NE
The last time Prescott traveled to New England, he relied on the run game to move the ball. He failed to throw a touchdown and threw one interception. The Patriots’ defense has improved since then with the addition of Matt Judon and rising star J.C Jackson. There are three QBs I’ve listed who have better matchups this week.
Chase Edmonds @ CLE
Edmonds’s four points the previous week foreshadow his performance on Sunday. James Conner has been a goal-line vulture this season and with Edmonds dealing with a shoulder injury, you can save yourself a headache and start someone else.
Devontae Booker vs LAR
Booker did well in relief for the injured Saquon. This week, however, he faces a formidable defense with the Rams, who rank inside the Top-10 of lowest points allowed to RBs. So the odds are not in your favor.
Damien Harris vs DAL
Harris cannot hold onto the football. Dealing with New England RBs is not a position you want to find yourself in when they’re dealing with turnover issues. Harris is also dealing with an injury he sustained in Week 5, so you’re better off looking elsewhere.
AJ Brown vs BUF
AJ Brown has been dealing with an injury all season, and now returns to face a Top-5 defense against fantasy WRs. It pains me to sit him, but it is the right decision.
Allen Robinson vs GB
The Bears have been incredibly inconsistent and Allen Robinson has cracked over 60 yards receiving just once this season. He’s someone you should think about putting on the trade block and getting value based on his name, not his play, this season.
Odell Beckham Jr. vs ARI
It has been a tough season for OBJ. He has yet to find any success with Baker Mayfield, leading him to slide down the WR rankings. It’s time to let him sit on your bench for a few weeks.
Jonnu Smith vs NE
Don’t drop the ball on this one.
Tyler Conklin @ CAR
Conklin had one flash in the pan game against Seattle in Week 3 and has since been a fantasy nightmare. He’s borderline droppable.
Robert Tonyan @ CHI
Tonyan has taken a nosedive since his breakout 2020 season. His last three games have been atrocious, catching four balls for 22 yards. Rodgers rekindled his connection with Randall Cobb, putting Tonyan on the sidelines and someone you can drop in your league.