The Philadelphia Eagles enter Week 6 fresh off a 23-14 victory over the Los Angeles Rams and will look to earn another mark in the win column when they visit the New York Jets on Sunday. Fantasy managers will have their eyes set on this one as stars like quarterback Jalen Hurts and running back Breece Hall take the field.
Those same managers are the ones tasked with making key decisions on who to put in their lineup and who to keep on the bench. Let's dive into some start/sit options for this exciting NFL battle.
Start: Dallas Goedert, TE (Philadelphia Eagles)
Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni told reporters he was "certain" Dallas Goedert would get going after his slow start to the reason and he sure was right. The Philly tight end torched the Rams defense in Week 5 to the tune of 117 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions (nine targets).
Goedert should be in Fantasy lineups as he continues to be one of the team's top scoring threats. In fact, he has seen four red zone looks over the past three weeks. That's particularly noteworthy since the Jets have allowed the most touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season (five).
New York has also given up 10.7 yards per reception to the position. The star power found in the Jets secondary with the likes of cornerback Sauce Gardner and safety Jordan Whitehead is not found when it comes to their linebacker core. Look for Goedert to take full advantage at MetLife Stadium.
Start: Garrett Wilson, WR (New York Jets)
Garrett Wilson has finished with less than 10.0 PPR Fantasy points in two of the last three weeks, but that should not make any managers hesitant when it comes to starting him. After all, the former Ohio State star has racked up 20 more targets than any other player on the roster through five games.
Wilson also draws an advantageous matchup against what has been a shaky Eagles secondary. Philadelphia has allowed the second-most receptions (83) to opposing wide receivers as well as the second-most touchdowns (8). A player of Wilson's caliber should be able to get open early and often.
The other concept working in Wilson's favor on Sunday is the fact that the Eagles could build an early lead as they are 7-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Of course, that would cause the Jets to rely on the pass and force feed the ball to their best receiver in order to mount a comeback.
Sit: DeVonta Smith, WR (Philadelphia Eagles)
Managers rostering DeVonta Smith may not be able to afford benching the stellar pass-catcher this week, but he is definitely a name to avoid from a DFS perspective. The Jets excel when it comes to covering opposing receivers as they have allowed the second-fewest yards to the position (542).
Not only that, but New York has given up just a single touchdown to an opposing wide receiver in 2023. That came all the way back in Week 1 when Buffalo's Stefon Diggs found pay dirt. Smith has only seen two red zone targets all year, which puts a bit of a damper on his Fantasy ceiling.
Smith has tallied less than 30 receiving yards in two of the last three games as the Eagles still seem to be working out some offensive snags. His production from the Vikings game in Week 2 will be replicated at some point, but it would be surprising to see that happen against the Jets.
Sit: Greg Zuerlein, K (New York Jets)
It's not hard to understand why Greg Zuerlein was among the most popular waiver wire additions at the kicker position after his Week 5 showing. The 12th-year pro nailed all five of his field goal tries and added on a pair of extra points as he was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
With that being said, the chances of him keeping that production up against the Eagles are low. Philadelphia has allowed the fewest Fantasy points to opposing kickers, mostly due to the fact that they give up only 15.0 points per away game (T-No. 4 in NFL). They are a menacing unit on the road.
Zuerlein has already had one game where he was held scoreless (Week 2) and still plays on an offense that struggles to get past midfield. His only hope for a big day comes through long field goals and he is notably just 12-of-27 from 50-plus yards over the last four years. Stream someone else.