Fantasy Football Week 6 Start 'Em & Sit 'Em: Chiefs trust next man up Darrel Williams, and so should you


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It’s Week 6, and that means byes have arrived! There are not many massive names taking the week off. In fact, more studs are out due to injury, but it’s still enough to start challenging your roster’s depth, making your decisions this week all the more important. Let’s get into some Start/Sit plus: We’ll be looking at six categories (which are described in detail here in our Week 1 article). And to ensure total transparency, I’ll also note at the bottom of each section how I went in last week’s article (I’ve logged it as 56 hits and 24 misses, meaning a 69% success rate so far this season, but you be the judge). If you disagree or have start/sit questions, hit me up on Instagram or Twitter.

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Fantasy Football Week 6 Start 'Em & Sit 'Em: Chiefs trust next man up Darrel Williams, and so should you

Sporting News 14 October, 2021 - 06:05am

Now that the bye weeks are here, we get to see which Fantasy managers have enough depth on their rosters to survive with plenty of star players being out. And we're also dealing with several key injuries as well. This is when the fun begins.

The teams on a bye are New Orleans, Atlanta, the 49ers and the Jets. That means you don't have Alvin Kamara, Cordarrelle Patterson, Calvin Ridley, Kyle Pitts and Deebo Samuel, among others. And we also just lost guys like Russell Wilson (finger), Saquon Barkley (ankle), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee), Kenny Golladay (knee) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) due to injury, along with many other standout players dealing with ailments.

You might find yourself starting players you never expected because of a desperate situation. Some quarterbacks to consider include Taylor Heinicke and Carson Wentz because of positive matchups. Darrel Williams, Devontae Booker and Brandon Bolden are potential running back replacements. At wide receiver, Tim Patrick, Rondale Moore and Amon-Ra St. Brown are in good spots. And we have tight ends like Dan Arnold and Ricky Seals-Jones who could be reliable.

Your Fantasy rosters will be tested this week. Hopefully, the players you have available to use -- and the ones you are forced to start -- help lead you to a victory.

Editor's Note: Projections are provided by CBS Sports and not Jamey Eisenberg. Projected points are for PPR leagues.

Darrel Williams has been here before for the Chiefs. Just last season in the NFL playoffs, Williams was the lead running back for Kansas City when Clyde Edwards-Helaire was dealing with hip and ankle injuries, while Le'Veon Bell was struggling.

In the Divisional Round against Cleveland, Williams had 13 carries for 78 yards, along with four catches for 16 yards on four targets. Then in the AFC Championship Game against Buffalo, Williams had 13 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown, along with one catch for 9 yards on one target.

He scored 12 PPR points in each outing and proved to be a serviceable option. And that's what I'm expecting from him in Week 6 at Washington with Edwards-Helaire out again.

Williams isn't going to be a superstar Fantasy running back this week or for however long Edwards-Helaire is out. But he can be a potential top-15 Fantasy running back this week in all formats, and I would start him with confidence.

He was already playing in tandem with Edwards-Helaire, and Williams has two rushing touchdowns and three games with at least two receptions on the season. He should be looking at around 15 total touches, and he should have the chance to score against Washington.

It's not an easy matchup since Washington has allowed just five total touchdowns to running backs, and only Zack Moss, Cordarrelle Patterson (if you count him as a running back) and Alvin Kamara have scored more than 11 PPR points against this defense. But I'm trusting Andy Reid and the Chiefs offense to have a big performance this week after a down game against Buffalo, and Kansas City is a 6.5-point favorite on the road.

Washington will likely dare the Chiefs to run in an attempt to slow down Patrick Mahomes, and that should benefit Williams. We also could see Jerick McKinnon get work, but Williams should be the lead running back with Edwards-Helaire out.

"We have trust in the other two guys," Reid said Wednesday. "Particularly Darrel, he's been productive since he's been here."

This should be another chance for Williams to prove himself as the lead running back for the Chiefs. And he's worth trusting as a No. 2 Fantasy running back in all leagues in Week 6.

Colts (vs. HOU): The Texans come into this game having averaged 10.3 points in their past three games against Carolina, Buffalo and New England. Davis Mills has four interceptions over that span, and he's been sacked 10 times in those outings. The Colts had a good first half against the Ravens in Week 5 before falling apart, but the defense also played well against the Dolphins in Week 4. The Colts DST is a top-10 Fantasy option for Week 6.

Ravens (vs. LAC): The Ravens DST has been a letdown so far this season, and this is not a unit to trust in Week 6 against the Chargers. Baltimore only has five turnovers on the year, and the Chargers are averaging 35 points per game in their past three outings. Justin Herbert has no interceptions in his past three games, and the team has just two fumbles on the year. It should be a rough outing for the Ravens DST this week.

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The Rams o-line will not allow a sack against the Giants 13 October, 2021 - 09:01am

The offensive line looks to continue their elite level of pass protection

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Left tackle Andrew Whitworth is continuing to play at an elite level so far during the 2021 season. According to Pro Football Focus, Whitworth is the eleventh ranked tackle in the league and is coming off of his highest rated pass protection grade of the season.

The Giants won Super Bowls with the likes of Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul but they haven’t had a true edge threat since losing the tandem of Pierre-Paul and and Olivier Vernon several years ago. As a result, New York has been one of the worst teams in the league in terms of rushing the passer this season, though Ojulari, the 50th overall pick, has been a bright spot . Through five games they have a total of just eight sacks, despite blitzing on almost 30 percent of passing plays. Ojulari is tied for the team lead with defensive tackle Austin Johnson at three sacks each.

Johnson has only accumulated 6.5 career sacks, but strangely has three this season after only having 3.5 in his first five campaigns. If it’s any comfort, he only gets a sack in odd number weeks this season.

It would be understandable if the sack totals were low because the defensive pressure is getting close enough to the quarterbacks to force them into throwing interceptions. The pressure has been nearly nonexistent, as “Big Blue” has only been able to hurry the quarterback 16.8 percent of quarterback drop backs, according to Pro Football Reference.

While that time to throw statistic ranks near the middle of the pack, it does not account for time created by a quarterback scrambling and extending the passing play. For example, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson leads the league in time to throw with 3.11 seconds (with a minimum of 150 pass attempts), partly due to his ability to elude defenders in the pocket and buy extra time for his receivers to get open.

L.A. has only allowed four sacks this season. The offensive line has only been responsible for three of those, as tight end Tyler Higbee allowed the only sack in Week 5 against the Seattle Seahawks. That means the Rams offensive line has actually gone two consecutive games without allowing a sack. Do you think L.A. can make it three in a row?

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