Finding highly productive, consistent wide receivers became even more difficult after Odell Beckham Jr. was lost for the remainder of the season in week 5.

Taking some chances on the waiver wire will be a necessary endeavor for many in the fantasy football world going forward. Finding players who are going to see a decent amount of volume is the best way to predict whether to keep a player on the bench or to start him.

Here’s the week 6 wide receivers start ’em, sit ’em guide in fantasy football.


Pierre Garcon vs. Washington Redskins

Garcon has been in the middle of an off again, on again fantasy relationship. One week, he’s solid, while the next week he disappears.

He was solid last week, but instead of him taking a step back, I anticipate another stellar outing against the Redskins.

First, this is his former team, so there’s naturally going to be some motivation. Second, Josh Norman, who would do most of the covering of Garcon, is out with injury.

It’s going to be difficult for the Redskins to adjust without Norman, so I see some opportunities in this week 6 matchup. He still hasn’t scored a touchdown, which is a concern, but his targets have been above 10 in two of the last three weeks.

Amari Cooper should start in the week 6 wide receivers start ’em, sit ’em rankings. Flickr

Amari Cooper vs. Los Angeles Chargers

When you drafted Cooper in the early rounds of the fantasy football draft, I’m assuming you didn’t anticipate the last three weeks.

The No. 1 Oakland wide receiver has 23 yards receiving in three weeks. He was barely even acknowledged last week, with only two targets. Derek Carr is expected to return in week 6, so that opens up some more opportunities for Cooper.

Even against a pretty good Los Angeles pass defense, Cooper should get some attention. The Raiders have been terrible on offense while ignoring him, so they might as well try to get him the ball.

He might not be back to top-tier level, but he’s good enough to start in week 6.

Devin Funchess vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Keep an eye on the injury report, but if Funchess is a go, he’s a good start on Thursday.

Philadelphia’s pass defense has been terrible this season, giving up 283 yards per game, and allowing the second-most points to wide receivers in fantasy football.

That works well for Carolina, which has suddenly found an offense in the last two weeks. That new approach has been aided by Funchess, who has 27 targets in the last three games.

He’s a big-bodied receiver in the red zone, so he offers opportunities for touchdowns, and Cam Newton is trusting him enough to make him an integral part of the offense.


Demaryius Thomas vs. New  York Giants

The Broncos are my favorite Survivor Pool pick this week, but I anticipate kind of a slog of a matchup.

That doesn’t bode well for Thomas, who has been fairly disappointing this season.

Despite being terrible, the Giants have allowed the fifth-fewest points to opposing wide receivers. Thomas is going to attract attention from Janoris Jenkins, so the better bet in this situation is to back Emmanuel Sanders.

The last time we saw Thomas, he generated only one target. He may have a few more, but not by many, in week 6.

Tyreek Hill vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Through smoke and mirrors, Hill hasn’t been a bad fantasy option this season.

He ranks 10th in fantasy points among wide receivers, and he has three double-digit efforts in five weeks. But I still fear his consistency, with only averaging about seven targets per game.

He was quiet throughout week 5’s matchup against Houston, other than a punt return for a touchdown. Without that, he would have single-digit fantasy points in three of the last four weeks.

He squares off against a Pittsburgh defense in week 6 that is allowing less than 140 passing yards per game, and is giving up the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. I’d find someone else to fill his spot on my fantasy roster.

Jermaine Kearse vs. New England Patriots

There’s a push to start Kearse in the fantasy world against New England’s putrid pass defense.

I wouldn’t be somebody advocating for that.

New England is going to get better. It happens every year and with the amount of time they’ve had since week 5’s Thursday matchup, I anticipate it will begin to happen in week 6.

New England’s approach in this game is to run the football, take off time and keep the ball away from New York’s offense. That doesn’t bode well for an offense that already isn’t very good. Kearse has reeled in five or less targets in three of the past four games. That’s not enough volume to trust him in week 6.

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