Every week there are top fantasy players who perform below expectations and potentially spoil your fantasy fortunes.
This column is here to prevent that letdown from happening. The “No-Start Team” is meant to warn you of some typical fantasy studs who might be duds in their respective matchups.
The decision is up to you. But, you can’t say you weren’t warned. Here’s the Week 6 “No-Start Team.”
Quarterback: Matt Ryan
It might be crazy to bench the No. 1 fantasy quarterback through the first five weeks of the season, but Ryan’s matchup against the Legion of Boom isn’t encouraging. The Seahawks are allowing only 184 passing yards per game and have surrendered just one passing touchdown through four games. Granted, the four quarterbacks Seattle has faced are Ryan Tannehill, Case Keenum, Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Fitzpatrick. But, Seattle is coming off of the bye week while Atlanta is coming off of a hard-fought road victory against the Denver Broncos.
Running Back: Devonta Freeman
After knocking off the Denver Broncos last week, Freeman and the Falcons will be rewarded with a trip to Seattle for another brutal road contest. There really isn’t much enticing about this matchup for Freeman. Seattle ranks third in the NFL with an average of 80.3 rushing yards allowed and have only surrendered 3 rushing scores this season. Plus, Tevin Coleman should play more after having a limited role in Denver because of his sickle cell condition.
Running Back: Mark Ingram
Ingram’s rushing numbers haven’t been exactly outstanding this season. His highest yardage total this season was a 77-yard output in Week 3 and he only has 1 rushing touchdown on the season. Ingram’s luck likely won’t change against a Panthers defense allowing only 94.8 rushing yards per game this season. If Cam Newton is back, this could very well turn into a shootout in the Superdome. That won’t bode well for Ingram’s fantasy prospects.
Running Back: Carlos Hyde
Hyde could be running into trouble this week against the red-hot Buffalo Bills. The 49ers are turning to Colin Kaepernick at quarterback and Rex Ryan will surely dare Kaepernick to beat him. Hyde could see plenty of six or seven-man boxes Sunday afternoon at New Era Field. Plus, Buffalo’s defense hasn’t allowed 100 rushing yards in a game since Week 2, and that includes matchups against David Johnson and Todd Gurley. Don’t be surprised if Hyde becomes the third NFC West tailback to be shut down by the Bills.
Wide receiver: Brandon Marshall
Marshall faces a tough matchup against Patrick Peterson and might even be double-teamed without his running mate, Eric Decker, who was placed on injured reserve this week. Quincy Enunwa should be productive in Decker’s place, but he isn’t going to strike much fear in the Cardinals. Arizona has allowed only 190 passing yards per game and only 5 touchdowns passes. Marshall might not be the guy you want your fantasy matchup to be dependent upon Monday night.
Wide receiver: Amari Cooper
Cooper finally caught his first touchdown pass of the season last week, but that came against a decimated Chargers secondary. This week, Cooper will likely be shadowed by star cornerback Marcus Peters and will also be facing a Chiefs team coming off of its bye week. Kansas City allowed 4 four touchdowns two weeks ago against Pittsburgh, but has only given up 1 passing touchdown since. Plus, it just seems like there’s too much chemistry between Derek Carr and Michael Crabtree to ignore.
Tight end: Martellus Bennett
Bennett’s 3-touchdown performance last week came out of thin air, especially as many expected Rob Gronkowski to be the primary beneficiary of Tom Brady’s return. Alas, Bennett was the beast on Sunday, but that doesn’t make him a lock as a starter this week. The Bengals have allowed only 7 receptions to opposing tight ends in their last three games and will give Bennett plenty of respect in coverage.