Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (Week 6): Alexander Mattison, Phillip Lindsay, Mecole Hardman & 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:

Ronald Jones (RB) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The return of Fournette clearly has more of an impact on Jones, as Fournette’s limited touches make him tough to trust. Jones, meanwhile, has thrived in Fournette’s absence:

  • vs. LAC – 20 carries for 111 yards (5.6 YPC)
  • at CHI – 17 carries for 106 yards (6.2 YPC)

Taking on Green Bay, who has allowed the second most points per week to opposing running backs, even if Fournette cuts into his touches there should be more than enough opportunity. Keep Jones locked into all lineups for another week.

Verdict – Start ‘Em

Alexander Mattison (RB) – Minnesota Vikings

In Week 5 Mattison erupted for 112 yards on 20 carries, while catching 3 passes for another 24 yards. Dalvin Cook will miss Week 6 leaving Mattison to lead the backfield against an Atlanta defense that’s been burned more by pass catching backs (317 yards and 4 TD) then any other team.

Mattison hasn’t shown much in that department over the past two years, so that needs to be kept in mind. It suppresses his ranking a little bit but he should still be considered a must start as the lead back.

Verdict – Start ‘Em

Odell Beckham Jr. (WR) – Cleveland Browns

After a big week against the Cowboys Beckham didn’t post big numbers in Week 5, with 5 receptions for 58 yards. He was targeted 9 times and has 6+ targets in all five games this season. While the Steelers aren’t an easy matchup, after not playing in Week 4 they were burned for 233 yards and 2 TD against the Eagles in Week 5. Overall they’ve allowed the fourth most points per week to opposing wide receivers (811 yards and 6 TD), and that keeps Beckham as a WR2 in all formats with Baker Mayfield also expected to start.

Verdict – Start ‘Em

Phillip Lindsay (RB) – Denver Broncos

Melvin Gordon didn’t travel with the team, leaving Lindsay inline to dominant the carries for Denver. That would make you think that Lindsay is a can’t miss option, however New England has allowed the fifth fewest points per week to opposing running backs. Lindsay also hasn’t played since Week 1, when he struggled against Tennessee (7 carries for 24 yards).

He’s not a player to completely avoid, but it fully depends on your alternatives. That said, he’s a low-end RB2/FLEX at best.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em (Risky RB2/FLEX)

D.J. Chark (WR) – Jacksonville Jaguars

We all know Chark’s potential, but he’s been targeted four times or less in three of the four games he’s played this season (including 25 yards or less in two of them). It’s easy to suggest that he’s a must play, but given the production and the potential for him to be limited is it so obvious?

He’s a WR2, at best, but under the circumstances it all depends on your alternatives. He’s a risky play, and a better fit as a WR3.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em (depending on your alternatives)

Mecole Hardman (WR) – Kansas City Chiefs

With Sammy Watkins sidelined for Week 6, there should be plenty of opportunities for Hardman. Watkins has averaged about six targets per game this season, and at least some of those should go to Hardman.

We’ve heard about Hardman’s upside since he was selected in the second round of the 2019 draft and he’s shown flashes (in Week 3 he turned 6 targets into 4 catches, 81 yards and 1 TD). There’s obviously some risk, but there’s enough upside that he’s a viable WR3/FLEX.

Verdict – Start ‘Em (High upside WR3/FLEX)

Sources – ESPN,

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

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends


  1. With Godwin a go this week I’m dropping him into my flex. That leaves me with Lindsay, Edelman or Fulgham to choose from (1/2 PPR).

    Safest play seems like Edelman unless Cam wants to put on a show. Fulgham’s got a tough matchup and Lindsay’s playing his first game in weeks. Am I overthinking it??

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