This is the first big bye week of the 2019 season and it’s a doozy as four teams are on break: Buffalo, Indianapolis, Oakland and Chicago. Many teams have shown who they are, while we’re still waiting to see if others have shown their makeup or if they’ll evolve into something down the road. Either way, Week 6 is an opportunity to keep the momentum going in the right direction.
Seasoned fantasy players know about the studs and chalky plays so at Bruno Boys we try to help wade through the matchups on those tougher decisions, or point out when there’s a great matchup that you should go all-in on.
Still, we feel very strong about these recommendations and you should use them to help guide you to your starting lineup.
Here are your Week 6 Fantasy Football Running Backs to Sit.
Standard Alert: Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I know, McCaffrey is a stud, and I wouldn’t tell anyone to go against their gut or sit a stud running back outright, without good reasons, which is why I need to preface this recommendation to downgrade the Carolina running back to a flex spot. I get all the right reasons you would want to start McCaffrey, like scoring over 25.0 fantasy points in four out of his first five games, but hear me out.
The one game that McCaffrey didn’t score 25.0 points, was against Tampa’s third-ranked run defenses in Week 2 when he scored 6.3 points (in a Yahoo PPR scoring setup) where he rushed 16 times for 37 yards. Alvin Kamara was the only back to rush for over 40 yards on the Bucs this year. And only Todd Gurley (60 rushing) has scored on them (twice). In PPR formats, you definitely still need to start McCaffrey because he is a double threat, but in standard, scoring-heavy leagues, he is a risk.