Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2019): Quarterback & Tight End Edition: Week 6: Kyler Murray, Greg Olsen, Gardner Minshew & More


Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:


Start – Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals vs. ATL)

The Atlanta Falcons have allowed the second most points per week to opposing quarterbacks, including 12 TD vs. 2 INT. It’s a good spot for Murray to get things going with his arm, as he has failed to throw for a touchdown in three of the past four games. Getting on track there, coupled with an ability to make a play with his legs, should go a long way towards a productive day. Just look at what he’s done running the football:

  • Week 3 – 8 carries for 69 yards
  • Week 4 – 4 carries for 27 yards and 1 TD
  • Week 5 – 10 carries for 93 yards and 1 TD

That’s a dangerous combination, and despite some rookie stumbles it makes him a solid QB1 in all formats.

Sit – Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions at GB)

Stafford draws a Packers’ defense that has more interceptions (7) than touchdowns allowed (6) this season, helping them to allow the seventh fewest points per week to opposing quarterbacks. That alone is going to make it a tough matchup for Stafford, who doesn’t bring the benefit of an ability to make plays with his legs.

While Stafford has been solid this season, the matchup is enough to keep him on your bench depending on your alternatives. While he’s not completely unusable, in single-quarterback leagues you’d be better off utilizing another option.

Another quarterback to start:

  • Gardner Minshew II (Jacksonville Jaguars vs. NO) – The Saints have allowed the third most points per week to opposing quarterbacks. Minshew has made a splash immediately since taking over as the starter, throwing for 2 TD in four of his five games, and he should be able to keep the good times rolling.

Another quarterback to sit:

  • Jared Goff (Los Angeles Rams vs. SF) – While he’s still borderline usable thanks to his weapons, he has 6 INT over his past three games. He’s also not going to continue getting 50+ throws per week and draws a tough defense, which should limit his upside.

Tight Ends

Start – Greg Olsen (Carolina Panthers vs. TB)

He’s been terrible as of late, as you can see by these lines:

  • Week 4 – 2 receptions for 5 yards
  • Week 5 – 0 receptions

In the two games prior to that he combined for 12 catches, 185 yards and 2 TD, including a 75 yard effort against the Buccaneers. His production against them hasn’t been an aberration, with Tampa Bay yielding the second most points per week to opposing tight ends. Look for him to quickly get back on track.

Sit – T.J. Hockenson (Detroit Lions vs. GB)

Green Bay has allowed just 181 yards and 1 TD to opposing tight ends this season, which alone is going to make Hockenson a tough play. The fact that he had stumbled for three straight games prior to the bye week makes trusting him though much tougher:

  • Week 2 – 1 reception for 7 yards
  • Week 3 – 1 receptions for 1 yard
  • Week 4 – 3 receptions for 27 yards and 1 TD

Another tight end to start:

  • Gerald Everett (Los Angeles Rams vs. SF) – The Rams have numerous alternatives, though you could argue that Everett has surpassed Brandin Cooks on the target depth chart recently. It’s not going to be an easy matchup and that makes him a borderline play, but with the uncertainty at the position he’s worth the gamble.

Another tight end to sit:

  • O.J. Howard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CAR) – We all know the upside, but given the “production” this season is anyone about to trust him?

Sources – ESPN, Fangraphs

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 6 rankings:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends


    • 1 – Winston, but considering I have them back-to-back on the rankings it’s really a coin flip

      2 – I like Murray this week, but it’s Wilson by a mile

      I’d add Brown of the two for this week, since I think Johnson will play

  1. Prof, couple of decisions I need to make in my leagues (all full point PPR):
    1. WR: one of Thielen, Tyreek, or Chark?
    2. RB: need two out of these three: Gordon, Mixon, or Ingram?
    3. Flex: need two out of these three: Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, or Philip Lindsay?

    Thanks Prof!

  2. What’s up? All PPR- Pick 2 Ekeler, Conner, Malcom Brown?
    Pick 1- Hollywood Brown or Malcom Brown?
    Pick a D- Niners,Denver,Philly or Rams?

  3. Hi guys please choose a TE and a Flex player for me. League is point per reception. Mark Andrews,George Kittle, Christian Kirk, Robby Anderson, MVS?

  4. I don’t think you got The whole question I asked earlier. Please choose 2 from Ekeler, Conner and Malcom Brown for PPR.

    And which Brown you like? Malcom or Marquise? For PPR.


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