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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 6: Wide receivers

We break down this week's top starting options at receiver, along with some players who should be avoided.

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Week 6 of the fantasy football season is here, and it's time for owners to finalize their lineups ahead of a busy Sunday schedule. Wide receiver depth gets a big boost this week, with the likes of Doug Baldwin, Jeremy Maclin, Allen Robinson, and Brandin Cooks coming back from bye. This week, Mike Evans is the biggest name on bye, so fantasy owners should be close to full strength at receiver.

With that in mind, which receivers are worth starting this week, and which ones should you stay away from? Let's break it down.


Eli Rogers, Pittsburgh Steelers (@ Miami Dolphins)

Markus Wheaton is out with a shoulder injury, while Sammie Coates is playing through a broken finger. That means the next man up is Rogers, who's expected to make his return after missing two games with a toe injury. Rogers showed solid chemistry with Ben Roethlisberger when he was healthy, and he should be back on the WR3 map against the Dolphins' crumbling defense.

Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints (vs. Carolina Panthers)

Between a lingering toe injury and an early bye week, Snead has kinda fallen under the radar in fantasy circles. However, he's close to healthy and is in a perfect spot to put up big fantasy numbers. The Saints' offense is always at its best on the Superdome turf and they'll be playing the Panthers, whose defense is suddenly a major liability. Snead is being set up for a huge game here if his toe holds up.

DeSean Jackson, Washington (vs. Philadelphia Eagles)

Jackson's been pretty quiet this season, but head coach Jay Gruden has been open about wanting him to get the ball more, and Jordan Reed is ruled out with a concussion. Things are setting up for a classic "squeaky wheel gets the grease" game from the veteran receiver, and he has a friendly matchup with an Eagles defense that's weak at cornerback.


Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets (@ Arizona Cardinals)

Eric Decker is done for the season, so Enunwa is the default No. 2 receiver next to Brandon Marshall. He might get a good number of targets with Patrick Peterson shadowing Brandon Marshall, but Enunwa is hard to trust with Ryan Fitzpatrick playing truly hideous football. The Jets' offense is a complete mess right now and Marshall is the only player fantasy owners should start with confidence this week.

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (vs. Baltimore Ravens)

Shepard has considerably cooled down thanks to Eli Manning's struggles, recording just six catches for 44 yards the past two games. Until the Giants figure out how to get their offense back on track, Shepard can no longer be trusted as a WR3 in standard leagues. Keep him on the bench when New York faces the Ravens' stiff pass defense.

Jeremy Kerley, San Francisco 49ers (vs. Buffalo Bills)

Kerley has been a sneaky good PPR asset this year as Blaine Gabbert's favorite checkdown weapon, but now that the 49ers are turning to Colin Kaepernick, Kerley's fantasy value could dry up. Kaepernick not only has issues with short-field accuracy, but he tends to lock onto his first read or run instead of looking at other targets. That's likely good news for Torrey Smith, who might finally be relevant as a deep threat with a quarterback who loves chucking the ball. However, fantasy owners would be wise to sell Kerley.