Fantasy lineups are beginning to look thinner with bye weeks in full swing. Looking to this week, some key players have tough matchups that could affect your fantasy lineups. Here are five fantasy stars you should definitely keep on the bench in Week 6.
5. Christian McCaffrey
McCaffrey has had an underwhelming rookie campaign so far, but has shown promise at times. This week, however, he's going up against the tough Eagles front seven. Thursday night's game features a lot of offensive weapons, but they're battling tough defenses. Philly is third in the league against the run and will be able to get pressure in the backfield, so McCaffrey could be in for a long night.
4. Sammy Watkins
The Rams have been one of the most surprising teams so far this season, but not much of that is thanks to Watkins. He has just 211 yards in five games for Los Angeles, and it doesn't get easier this week. The Rams take on a scary Jaguars defense that leads the league in sacks and took five interceptions from Ben Roethlisberger last week. Goff will have difficulty moving the ball, so Watkins will once again put up mediocre numbers.
3. Carson Wentz
Outside of the Chiefs, you can argue that the Eagles are the hottest team in the NFL. Much of that success is thanks to Carson Wentz. He's passed for 1,362 yards, 10 touchdowns and just three interceptions, surpassing 300 yards three times this season. The game is going to go a lot different against Carolina Thursday night, however. The Panthers defense has returned to form this season, pressuring quarterbacks constantly. Carolina is third in the league in sacks, and the only times Wentz has struggled this season is when he's under duress. With a short week to prepare, it would be really impressive to see Wentz shine once again.
2. Carlos Hyde
The 49ers have had some tough breaks this season. Even with an 0-5 record, their last four losses have all been within three points. Some of the blame has to be on Carlos Hyde. He picked a bad time to have a bad season. On a contract year, Hyde has done just above nothing. Through five games, he has eclipsed 100 yards only once and has only two touchdowns. For being their top offensive weapon, it's been disappointing. I see the disappointment continuing this week against a Washington defense that's fifth in the league against the run. Look for a rise in carries for Matt Breida.
1. Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger had one of the worst games of his entire career this past week. Talks of his age and retirement were spreading this week after a five interception game against the Jaguars on Sunday. The challenge continues this week as the Steelers take on the surging Chiefs. Kansas City's secondary is even better than Jacksonville's, so unless Big Ben looks like his old self, it could get ugly again.