Should I Start Kerryon Johnson, Melvin Gordon, or Austin Ekeler in Week 6?
This year, for start-or-sit advice, I’ve decided to share my wife’s fantasy football “insight” with the world. We will be looking at some sticky fantasy football start or sit decisions each week, and each of us will tell you whether or not you should rock ’em or sock ’em. I will use mostly statistical analysis, with just a touch of gut feeling. Erin will use whatever thing she uses to tell you how each player’s name speaks to her.
Start or Sit Kerryon Johnson at Green Bay Packers Week 6
Bryan’s Take: Kerryon Johnson finally paid back some of the draft capital he cost owners this summer, putting up over 150 total yards against the Chiefs last week. He still only has one rushing TD on the year, but it’s his backfield, and his alone. The TDs will come. The Packers have given up five rushing TDs in their last three games, so I expect Kerryon to be able to punch one in. Start Kerryon Johnson week 6.
Erin’s Take: I don’t know why, but his name just makes me happy. You have to admit it’s fun to say, and rolls off the tongue. Start Kerryon Johnson week 6.
Start or Sit Melvin Gordon vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Week 6
Bryan’s Take: MGIII’s triumphant return was… less than triumphant, but I can chalk that up to rustiness and game script. This week should be more telling, and give a clearer picture as to how this new look backfield is going to work. The Steelers haven’t exactly handed out rushing TDs, but they are giving up over 125 rushing yards per game. Melvin Gordon has elite talent, and you have to believe the Chargers are going to involve him more and more. Start Melvin Gordon week 6.
Erin’s Take: Several weeks ago, I said the name “Marvin” gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling. “Melvin,” on the other hand, does not. I can hear his mom scolding him for not cleaning his room, “Melvin Gordon!!” Sit Melvin Gordon week 6.
Start or Sit Austin Ekeler vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Week 6
Bryan’s Take: Is MGIII’s running mate facing a reduced role? Possibly. The Chargers won’t be running it 30+ times per game as long as Keenan Allen is healthy. Speaking of healthy, Hunter Henry is due back any day now. So where does that leave Ekeler? We might have gotten a glimpse of where last week, when Ekeler was targeted 16(!) times. For reference, Cooper Kupp led Week 5 with 17 targets. I fully expect Ekeler to remain heavily involved. Maybe more as a receiver than a runner, but he’s been far too productive to just become a spectator. Start Austin Ekeler week 6.
Erin’s Take: This one is tricky for me because I had a former preschool student named “Austin.” He was talkative and defiant, but, boy, was he smart! My Austin was a little hard to handle, but I always liked the challenging ones. Start Austin Ekeler week 6.
Bryan: Kerryon Johnson > Melvin Gordon > Austin Ekeler
Erin: Kerryon Johnson > Austin Ekeler > Marvin Gordon
Check back as we keep score on who made the best calls for week 6, and come back tomorrow for more of Bryan and Erin’s Week 6 start/sit calls.
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