Week 6 of the NFL season already is here, and the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos will kick things off on “Thursday Night Football.”
Both teams have pretty important fantasy football players, which means you’ll have to make some tough choices well before Sunday. Luckily for you, we’re here to help with our “Thursday Night Football” start/sit advice.
Quarterback: It appears the plan is for Trevor Siemian to be back under center for the Broncos. He’s completed 67.3 of his passes for 824 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions in four games. If you’re looking for a replacement quarterback because of an injury or bye, you should give Siemian a shot. Just keep an eye on the inactives to make sure he’s officially good to go.
Running Back: If you have C.J. Anderson as one of your running backs, you should start him pretty much every week. He has three rushing touchdowns and one receiving TD, along with 293 rushing yards and 94 receiving yards.
Wide Receiver: Two more obvious starts are Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. Even with the inexperience at quarterback, both receivers have three touchdowns and at least 373 receiving yards.
Tight End: The Broncos don’t have any viable fantasy options at tight end, so that makes this any easy decision.
Defense: Denver has a top-10 defense and is one of the five best teams against the pass. It surprisingly hasn’t been as sharp against the run, but the Broncos’ defense is a must-start in almost every situation.
San Diego Chargers
Quarterback: The Chargers are horrible, but at least they still have a star quarterback in Philip Rivers. Still, starting Rivers against this Denver team would be a bad idea. If you have a QB with a better matchup this week, bench Rivers.
Running Back: Melvin Gordon has been a touchdown machine this season, and the Broncos rank in the bottom 10 in rush defense. Seems like a pretty good opportunity for Gordon and fantasy owners.
Wide Receiver: We’d recommend starting Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams most weeks, as both have over 350 receiving yards with two touchdowns. But, again, the Broncos have excelled against the pass this year, making both receivers less-than-ideal fantasy picks for this week.
Tight End: Antonio Gates gave it a go last week and had four receptions with one touchdown. However, he likely will split time with Hunter Henry for the foreseeable future, and neither are smart starts against Denver.
Defense: If you have San Diego’s defense, then you’re doing fantasy football wrong.
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