Another week, another quarterback bites the dust. Or so we think.
This time it’s the Bills’ Tyrod Taylor, who injured his knee in Week 5 vs. the Titans. While head coach Rex Ryan isn’t ruling “TyGod” out for Sunday’s matchup against the Bengals, he likely has a sprained MCL. Let’s be real, despite putting in limited practice time, he’s probably not playing. And that’s a shame because Taylor has become a fantasy force.
If Taylor is out, former first-round pick E.J. Manuel will be under center. And I don’t have to tell you what you should do with E.J. Manuel and the Bills passing game this weekend. But I will: Don’t use them.
Before we get to this week’s start and sit recommendations, bookmark our fantasy football rankings 2015 page to keep up-to-date on the latest projections and rankings for each NFL week throughout the season. All of my Week 6 rankings are up.
Here’s our version of start and sit: “He Will Shine” and “Show Him the Pine.”
He Will Shine
Sam Bradford, Eagles, vs. Giants
The Eagles are starting to find a rhythm as Bradford has thrown for 5 touchdowns over the past 2 games. And the Giants come to the City of Brotherly Love showing all sorts of affection for opposing quarterbacks. The G-Men are dead last in passing yards allowed. Bradford and his probable 45 attempts won’t help New York climb the ranks in that department.
Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings, vs. Chiefs
Bridgewater has been a total dud thus far. But the Chiefs have been accommodating passers of all abilities, allowing 13 TDs while intercepting just 2. And to be fair to Bridgewater, he is coming off a very solid game against the very tough pass D of the Broncos. He’ll have an easier time with K.C.
Blake Bortles, Jaguars, vs. Texans
Bortles is coming off a 4-TD game, but also has an ailing throwing shoulder. He’s expected to play, though you’ll want to check prior to game time. If he does go, which in all likelihood he will, the Texans have a 9-to-2 TD-to-INT ratio and have surprisingly struggled to get to the quarterback. And do not sleep on Bortles’ weapons — Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and now Julius Thomas — they are legit.
Colin Kaepernick, 49ers, vs. Ravens
Show Him the Pine
Matthew Stafford, Lions, vs. Bears
I’m not throwing in the towel on Stafford just yet as I think he’ll get his helmet screwed on right eventually. But you can’t seriously consider playing him as your No. 1 QB until he shows the ability to stop making mind-numbingly silly throws to the other team. Nine turnovers vs. 5 touchdowns won’t cut it in the real world or fantasyland.
Kirk Cousins, Redskins, at Jets
The good news is WR DeSean Jackson might make his season debut (hamstring). The bad news is, well, everything else. Don’t entertain this one. Not even in 2-QB leagues.
Cam Newton, Panthers, at Seahawks
Let’s pretend for a second Cam Newton really is Superman. Well, we have found his kryptonite. And it’s the Seattle defense. Newton has yet to figure out the Seahawks as he’s 0-4 against them and thrown for over 171 yards just once. While Cam has carried the Panthers on his back so far, you might want to draw the line on this matchup.
Josh McCown, Browns, vs. Broncos