Alex Smith (San Francisco 49ers) vs. Oakland
Despite apparently being threatened with a benching last week, Smith ended up going 25-for-39 for 309 yards with three touchdowns, two interceptions and a lost fumble against the Philadelphia Eagles.
49ers head coach Mike Singletary has said the team will not change quarterbacks heading into Week 6 against the Oakland Raiders, which is obviously good news for Smith’s fantasy prospects.
Oakland have allowed two passing touchdowns in all five games this season and allowed 431 passing yards to the most talented quarterback they have faced this season, Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers, in Week 5.
Smith may not top 300 yards again this week and could be on a short leash if he struggles, but he is worth a shot as a QB2 if you can start two signal callers.
Brandon Jackson (Green Bay Packers) vs. Miami
Jackson had a season-high 115 yards on 10 carries along with five receptions for 25 yards against the Washington Redskins in Week 5, as he had a 71-yard run in the game and was much more productive than backfield mate John Kuhn.
The Dolphins have allowed a rushing touchdown in three straight games and have allowed nearly 4.5 yards per carry over that span. Jackson is worth consideration as a flex option this week, as he may also see a few more looks as a pass receiver with the Packers’ top two tight ends (Jermichael Finley and Donald Lee) out.
Mike Thomas (Jacksonville Jaguars) vs. Tennessee
Thomas had four receptions for 51 yards along with three rush attempts for 53 yards against the Buffalo Bills in Week 5. This makes it four weeks with at least four receptions and one 20-plus yard catch on the young season. Thomas seems to have overtaken Mike Sims-Walker as the Jaguars’ most consistent wide receiver.
Jacksonville takes on the Tennessee Titans in Week 6. Over the last three weeks, the Titans have allowed at least 20 receptions and 20 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers so Thomas could find some success again this week.
If you happen to have a bye week or injury issues at receiver this week, he is worth consideration, particularly in PPR leagues. The downside is the inconsistent David Garrard under center for Jacksonville and the possibility of Sims-Walker re-emerging.
To see who else you should start or sit in Week 6, go here... Week 6 Start 'Em & Sit 'Em.