If the pandemic schedule quirks have your fantasy team falling apart at the seams, I've got your back so you can make that second-half comeback and sneak into the postseason.
Here's a look at some guys I like, and some guys I don't like, in this week's matchups:
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Jets
Lowly New York allows the third-most pass yards per attempt in the league to opposing quarterbacks, so gunslinging Fitzpatrick feels like a no-brainer start. Plus, the Bearded One is coming off a three-TD effort against the 49ers, has seven TD passes in his last three games, and has thrown for 300+ yards in consecutive weeks. He's streaky, but when he gets going, Fitzpatrick is sneakily one of the most dangerous QBs in the league. This should be a big day.
RB Todd Gurley vs. Vikings
Talk about some perfect timing. Gurley is coming off his best game as a Falcon, a 121-yard outing with a rushing touchdown, and now he gets to face the porous Vikings rush defense. Minnesota has allowed five rushing touchdowns a 4.58 yards per carry to opposing RB1s, and Gurley has seen at least 14 carries in each of Atlanta's first five games this season. This is a matchup made in heaven for Gurley owners.
WR Justin Jefferson vs. Falcons
After two outrageous weeks, Jefferson cooled off against the Seahawks, but don't be afraid: the rookie will bounce back in Week 6. He has a solid 19 targets in his last three games, and the Falcons have one of the worst pass defenses in the league. Atlanta has allowed a staggering 15 passing touchdowns to opponents through five games, and a whopping 8.0 yards per pass attempt. Jefferson should be able to stretch the field in a big way on Sunday.
TE T.J. Hockenson vs. Jaguars
Hockenson's game before Detroit's bye week was certainly concerning - just two catches for nine yards?! - but, like Jefferson, his Week 6 matchup spells success. Hockenson is averaging five targets per game, and he's going up against a Jacksonville defense that has allowed opposing tight ends to find the end zone four times in the last four weeks. Expect the Lions to throw it plenty against the Jags, particularly to Hockenson.
I felt stronger about this sit before the Steelers' high-scoring win over the Eagles, but Mayfield still doesn't feel like a good matchup this week. He hasn't thrown more than two touchdowns in any game this year, hasn't eclipsed 250 yards passing, and his rush yards per attempt is nearly half of what it was in 2019. Expect a return to form from Pittsburgh's defense, at Mayfield's expense.
RB Aaron Jones vs. Buccaneers
Jones, like the rest of the Packers' offense, is off to a strong start this season, but this might be a down week. The Bucs have the best rush defense in the league, have allowed just one rushing TD in the last three weeks, and pose easily the strongest challenge that Jones has seen all season long. He'll still get his 20-25 touches, but I don't think they'll be as effective as Jones owners are used to.
WR Travis Fulgham vs. Ravens
Look, this hurts. I'm all aboard the Fulgham Hype Train. But I just don't like his matchup this week. Outside of the Ravens' loss to the Chiefs - an exception if ever there were one - they haven't allowed a single TD pass to opposing wide receivers in their other four games this season. Fulgham is obviously coming off an incredible game against the Steelers, but Baltimore's defense has double the tape on him in the Eagles' offense, and John Harbaugh's defense will be ready to take him away.
TE Gerald Everett vs. 49ers
Everett is a tempting start this week after a four-catch, 90-yard outing against Washington. He's clearly supplanted Tyler Higbee as the TE1 option in Los Angeles's offense. But the 49ers, for all their injuries and shortcomings, have been hugely successful against opposing tight ends. Mike Gesicki had a big Week 5, but that entire game was a disaster for San Fran. In the first four weeks, they held opposing TE1 options to a combined eight catches for 36 yards, including Zach Ertz, Evan Engram, and Maxx Williams. I don't like Everett here.
WR Christian Kirk vs. Dallas
It feels like I keep picking whoever the Cowboys are playing, but it hasn't failed yet. I had Kirk as a "sit 'em" in Week 2, but his big game against the Jets (5 catches for 78 yards on seven targets) and his touchdown in Week 4 have me thinking the momentum keeps going against Dallas's putrid defense. The Cowboys have allowed 12 passing touchdowns, fourth-most in the NFL, nine of which have gone to wide receivers. Put Kirk in.
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