Fantasy Football Saturday Mailbag for Week 6
Welcome to this weekly mailbag series! This article will take selected questions from The Footballers’ Discord server that you can join here. In it, you can find a dedicated channel for start/sit questions, public fantasy advice, and a general channel for all things fantasy football. There are also exclusive channels only available to Footclan members. Discord members are great at answering questions and you never know when your questions will appear here.
It’s always awesome when strategies start to take into account playoff runs. Injuries are an unfortunate part of football, but they do create opportunities for better managers to make it into the playoffs and win championships. Good luck to all this week!
Question #1 – Trade
Answer: This was posted as a poll and most people had picked the T.J. Hockenson side. Maybe it’s recency bias since ARSB missed a game, but this is madness. I’m not trading ARSB for a TE unless it’s for Travis Kelce. ARSB can go off on any given week and his floor is excellent. As much as I like Hockenson, and he’s looking at being targeted even more, I’d rather have ARSB and stream a TE like Logan Thomas or Hunter Henry than push a WR2 or WR3 into the lineup with Hockenson.
Question #2 – Start/Sit
Answer: This is a great question. Over five games, Khalil Herbert, Roschon Johnson, and Foreman have combined for 81 carries and 23 receptions so by average, we’re looking at about 16 carries and a handful of receptions for Chicago RBs but Foreman hasn’t been much of a factor at all. I don’t think the work magically goes to him even though the Chicago RB corps is depleted ahead of him.
With Miles Sanders out, Hubbard is also in line for a bigger workload. The Carolina offense hasn’t been very good yet but the matchup against Miami should turn into a shootout, which plays well into Hubbard’s abilities as a receiver.
If I need a big week, I’m going with Foreman for the TD upside though carries near the goal line could be lost to Justin Fields. I like Hubbard’s floor more though. I doubt he gets less than five receptions and Miami’s defense has been susceptible to RBs this season. The Footballers also have Hubbard ranked higher this week, but it’s close to a toss-up.
Question #3 – Start/Sit
Answer: I like this question because Nico Collins is in a lot of start/sit conversations this week. A.J. Brown is obviously a start. That leaves Collins, Kirk, and Addison to choose from, which is tough because they all project as WR2s this week. I try to avoid murky situations and we don’t know what the Minnesota offense is going to look like without Justin Jefferson. I’m inclined to sit Addison this week, but Nico Collins has put up a couple of stinkers this year already. I still like to chase Collins’ explosive weeks especially where Brown and Kirk can help me deal with a down game from Collins. This is one of those ‘go with your gut’ decisions.
Question #4 – Trade Strategy
Answer: I’m in a 16-team league with other writers from the Footballers and I’ve thought about doing a similar move since I’m 10-0 (did I mention I won this thing last year too?). I probably just jinxed myself, but it’s worth the brag.
Here’s what I’m thinking though. Jefferson is going to be out for at least four weeks with the IR designation. Worse, hamstring injuries typically take four to six weeks to come back from so there’s a chance he won’t return until after the Minnesota Week 13 bye. I don’t buy the Kirk Cousins trade rumors, but there is also that risk. The Minnesota season is already pretty much shot. While I don’t think Cousins is going anywhere, I don’t think there will be any rush to get Jefferson on the field until he is absolutely 100%. Maybe that happens in four weeks, but I think we won’t see him until Week 14. I still like the idea of making this trade because I’d love to have a healthy Jefferson for a playoff run, but I’m willing to ride it out for another week or two before making the move.
Question #5 – Trade Strategy
Answer: Yes. I’d want ARSB over Nacua, but I think this is a good trade opportunity especially since that group of WRs should have led to a nice record but it might not be able to perform well while working through the bye weeks. As much as I want Jefferson for a playoff run, the goal needs to be making the playoffs.