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Week 6 NFC North Fantasy Starts/Sits: Adams will keep dominating, wait on Trubisky

It’s the pass catchers, not the pass throwers that are the best starts this week. Unless you have Aaron Rodgers. Always start Aaron Rodgers.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

The Lions of Detroit are the NFC North team on a bye this week, but there are still three other NFC North games to keep eyes on. The Bears come back fresh after a Week 5 bye to face the Dolphins in Miami, the Vikings host the Cardinals, and the Packers host the 49ers on Monday Night Football.

There are plenty of opportunity for each team to put up some numbers on the opposing defenses. While we wait for Kenny Golladay to come back off a bye, let’s look into what other NFC North players are worth starts and who might be best left sitting for your fantasy team.

Bears @ Dolphins

Start: Tarik Cohen, RB

Cohen is a great flex option this week especially if he builds off his Week 4 performance. Per Football Outsiders, the Dolphins are number one against WR1s and number 5 against WR2s, but where they have trouble in the passing game is against running backs. They’re ranked 23rd there and have relinquished the third most fantasy points per game to running backs in PPR formats.

Sit: Mitchell Trubisky, QB

The Bears exploded against the Buccaneers before their bye week, but they did so against the worst pass defense in football that is starting two rookies. So I’m pumping the brakes on Trubisky. He’s worth keeping on your watch lists, but if you’re looking for a streaming option then look at some other available players. Sam Darnold has a juicy matchup against the Colts (6% owned in ESPN leagues). The Dolphins have allowed only six passing touchdowns on the year to go along with 10 interceptions. They’re the 5th ranked team in DVOA for total defense.

Cardinals @ Vikings

Start: Kyle Rudolph, TE

The story of the fantasy season has been the league-wide attrition at viable fantasy tight end options. Rudolph has been a steady start, though, averaging a solid 11 points per game. He only has two touchdowns on the season so far, but his consistent play speaks back to what I wrote before the season: he’s just going to be available. He feels like a lock for at least six catches in this matchup and hopefully one of those is in the endzone.

Sit: Dalvin Cook, RB

The Cardinals have allowed the most fantasy points per game to running backs so far this season, but I’m still hesitant. Cook is only averaging 5.5 fantasy points per game this season and oddly Latavius Murray has been doing more. The offensive line still isn’t great which makes me want to see Cook string together a few good games before I lock him back into a starting lineup.

Niners @ Packers

Start: Davante Adams, WR

Last week, Adams torched Lions DB Darius Slay despite having a calf injury. It hasn’t mattered who’s been covering Adams and San Francisco is ranked 23rd in pass defense DVOA, allowing 12 passing TDs to only one interception on the season. According to Pro Football Focus, Richard Sherman is playing 146.0 coverage snaps per reception allowed, which is insane. Part of that is because quarterbacks are only 1-for-8 when throwing Sherman’s way through four games. However, Sherman is still working one side of the field. Fully expect to see Adams continue to line up all over the field and still see the most targets on the day.

Sit: C.J. Beathard, QB

An interesting streaming option with Drew Brees and Matt Stafford on bye, but not this week. Green Bay ranks 2nd to Jacksonville in passing yards allowed and rank 5th in sacks with 16 on the season. Last week, Beathard was sacked 4 times, had 2 picks, and 2 fumbles against the Cardinals. There’s also the Monday Night Football factor which will shine a spotlight on a player that I don’t think is ready for a coming out party. This also might make the Packers Defense a sneaky start.