Week 6 Rankings

Patrick Daugherty
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Patrick Daugherty breaks down all of Week 6's top plays, including Russell Wilson

Week 6 Rankings

Patrick Daugherty breaks down all of Week 6's top plays, including Russell Wilson

Updated 10/16 at 12:10 PM ET. Removed Dwayne Washington. Moved Justin Forsett up. Removed Will Fuller. Moved DeAndre Hopkins up. Ticked Sammie Coates down. 


Russell Wilson entered the season a strong contender for QB1 overall status. Then he injured his ankle in Week 1 and knee in Week 3, limiting him to two scores in three games. The Jets presented a potential get-right matchup in Week 4, but how Wilson would respond as he played on two bum legs was anyone’s guess.  


He got right, smoking Gang Green’s league-worst secondary for three scores and 309 yards on just 32 attempts, completing 71.9 percent of his passes and posting a 9.66 YPA. His reward was another week to get healthy during Seattle’s bye.


Wilson returns against a Falcons pass defense permitting 290 weekly yards. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, or served up more aerial scores (14). With Doug Baldwin (knee), Tyler Lockett (knee) and Jimmy Graham (knee) all another week healthier, as well, Wilson is set up to emphatically announce his 2016 presence.  


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Week 6 Quarterbacks

Rank

Player Name

Opponent

Notes

1

Russell Wilson

vs. ATL

-

2

Drew Brees

vs. CAR

-

3

Tom Brady

vs. CIN

-

4

Ben Roethlisberger

at MIA

-

5

Cam Newton

at NO

Questionable (concussion)

6

Carson Palmer

vs. NYJ

-

7

Aaron Rodgers

vs. DAL

-

8

Andrew Luck

at HOU

-

9

Derek Carr

vs. KC

-

10

Blake Bortles

at CHI

-

11

Matthew Stafford

vs. LAR

-

12

Andy Dalton

at NE

-

13

Dak Prescott

at GB

-

14

Alex Smith

at OAK

-

15

Brian Hoyer

vs. JAC

-

16

Tyrod Taylor

vs. SF

-

17

Marcus Mariota

vs. CLE

-

18

Trevor Siemian

at SD

-

19

Kirk Cousins

vs. PHI

-

20

Eli Manning

vs. BAL

-

21

Matt Ryan

at SEA

-

22

Carson Wentz

at WAS

-

23

Philip Rivers

vs. DEN

-

24

Joe Flacco

at NYG

-

25

Case Keenum

at DET

-

26

Ryan Tannehill

vs. PIT

-

27

Brock Osweiler

vs. IND

-

28

Ryan Fitzpatrick

at ARZ

-

29

Colin Kaepernick

at BUF

-

30

Cody Kessler

at TEN

Questionable (ribs)


QB Notes: Averaging 400 yards through two games at the Superdome, Drew Brees has already thrown for seven touchdowns at home. He’s been helped along by excellent matchups in the Raiders and Falcons, but the Panthers’ suddenly soft defense provides another inviting foe for Week 6. No one can match Brees’ combination of home floor and ceiling. … Tom Brady pitched a perfect game coming off suspension, completing 70 percent of his throws as he totaled 406 yards and three touchdowns in 54 minutes against the Browns. The Bengals present a tougher test, but have quietly allowed the sixth most passing scores (11). … 12 of Ben Roethlisberger’s 15 touchdowns have come in Pittsburgh, but Big Ben should feel right at home in Miami. Collapsing at every level, the Dolphins’ defense is allowing the 12th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, creating few giveaways or sacks. In even greater crisis than the defense, Miami’s woeful offense ensures Pittsburgh’s will rarely leave the field. … Cam Newton is the QB6 by average points, but his play hasn’t matched the fantasy stats. Newton has only two more touchdowns (eight) than turnovers (six), and been walloped for 13 sacks. He’s had one multi-score game in four starts. The Saints are a mouthwatering matchup, but caution is called for with Newton coming off a concussion.     


With as many turnovers as touchdowns (six), Carson Palmer’s play has been cause for concern. Warranted though it may be, it can be thrown out the window for Week 6. The Jets’ pass defense is in ruins, allowing 9.2 yards per attempt and 302 yards per game. Despite his struggles, Palmer has been throwing all day, averaging 38 attempts and 288 yards. He’s going to light up Gang Green. … Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been good. It’s really that simple. There have been 72 260-yard games by quarterbacks. Rodgers has zero of them. He’s averaging 6.30 yards per attempt and completing 56.1 percent of his passes. Rodgers’ talent remains worth betting on, but he hasn’t earned top-five status, especially against a Cowboys team that will limit his time of possession. … The numbers are skewed by a soft schedule — Jay Cutler, Alex Smith, Jacoby Brissett, Marcus Mariota and Sam Bradford — but no team is allowing fewer weekly passing yards (181) than the Texans. Bill O’Brien’s defense has conceded all of three aerial scores. Alternating duds with big days, there’s little guarantee Andrew Luck will expose Houston’s J.J. Watt-less defense.


Continuing his rise up the ranks, Derek Carr enters Sunday’s home date with the Chiefs’ regressed defense averaging 308 yards and three touchdowns through two starts in Oakland. … Blake Bortles has struggled, but is still the QB8 by average points. He’s had two weeks to game plan for Chicago’s overachieving defense. The Bears are not a soft matchup, but are also far from imposing. … Fresh off a three-score day against the Eagles’ supposedly elite defense, Matthew Stafford is catching the Rams on a good week. Lockdown corner Trumaine Johnson (ankle) is out, while Robert Quinn, William Hayes and Michael Brockers are all questionable. … I said the same thing about Eli Manning last week, but Andy Dalton is due for some positive regression. His 67.4 completion percentage and 8.04 YPA suggest someone deserving of more than five scores. Struggling to create pass rush and benefitting from a weak schedule (Brock Osweiler, Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Tannehill, Cody Kessler), the Patriots’ pass defense is more attackable than the numbers suggest. … A modest QB15 by average points, Dak Prescott has yet to have a truly monster fantasy day, but has cleared 20.6 points in each of his past four starts. The Packers have been exploitable through the air, and yet to face a dual-threat quarterback.


Alex Smith was nightmarishly bad in Week 4, but had the Chiefs’ bye week to lick his wounds. Coach Andy Reid, of course, is famous for his post-bye game plans. Allowing the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks, the Raiders are the right matchup. … Averaging 339 yards through three starts, Brian Hoyer has posted a 6:0 TD:INT ratio. He’s spreading the ball around, and playing legitimately good football. If there’s reason for Week 6 concern, it’s the Jags’ underrated pass defense. Jax has been lit up for the eighth most quarterback fantasy points, but is permitting a stingy 199 yards per game and 6.1 yards per attempt. It’s quite possible Hoyer keeps rolling, but the Jags could get on a roll of their own coming off their bye. … The ever volatile Tyrod Taylor has posted weekly finishes of QB32, QB4, QB15, QB15 and QB17. He has a higher floor than usual this week against the 49ers’ pathetic run defense. … Marcus Mariota has eight touchdowns in five games. Four of them came in Week 5. It was a welcome breakout from someone who had been the league’s worst quarterback, but still an outlier. The Browns are a juicy matchup, but Mariota hasn’t yet earned the benefit of the doubt. … Matthew Stafford took a little of the shine off the Eagles’ defense in Week 5, but Kirk Cousins still seems extremely unlikely to post more than two scores.  


I thought Eli Manning would have some positive regression in Week 5. Instead he just regressed, generating 199 yards and one touchdown against a burnable Pass D. “Burnable” has been the last word to describe Baltimore this season, rendering Manning a low-end QB2. … Matt Ryan has been the league MVP through five games, but the Seahawks have been scary good against the pass, surrendering just one touchdown in four games. Ryan was a little better than expected against the similarly-elite Broncos last Sunday, but the matchup is simply too forbidding against a Seattle team coming off its bye at home. Ryan made a living checking down to his running backs in Denver, but the Seahawks have some of the league’s best coverage linebackers. … Carson Wentz has been acing the “eye test,” but yet to throw for more than two scores. His ceiling isn’t terribly high for a road game against a Redskins defense that’s allowed six passing touchdowns in five weeks, and is getting Bashaud Breeland back. … The matchup is right for Trevor Siemian, but a bum shoulder on the road on a short week for his teammates? Temper your expectations. … Philip Rivers hasn’t been the problem for the Chargers, but the Broncos are a major problem for his short-week prospects. … Colin Kaepernick and Chip Kelly need a “wait and see” week, but there’s upside here.


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Week 6 Running Backs

Rank

Player Name

Opponent

Notes

1

Le'Veon Bell

at MIA

-

2

David Johnson

vs. NYJ

-

3

LeSean McCoy

vs. SF

-

4

DeMarco Murray

vs. CLE

-

5

Ezekiel Elliott

at GB

-

6

Lamar Miller

vs. IND

-

7

Todd Gurley

at DET

-

8

Christine Michael

vs. ATL

-

9

Jordan Howard

vs. JAC

-

10

Carlos Hyde

at BUF

-

11

Mark Ingram

vs. CAR

-

12

Frank Gore

at HOU

-

13

C.J. Anderson

at SD

-

14

Melvin Gordon

vs. DEN

-

15

Devonta Freeman

at SEA

-

16

Jamaal Charles

at OAK

-

17

Isaiah Crowell

at TEN

-

18

LeGarrette Blount

vs. CIN

Questionable (hip)

19

Eddie Lacy

vs. DAL

Questionable (ankle)

20

Terrance West

at NYG

-

21

Ryan Mathews

at WAS

-

22

Jonathan Stewart

at NO

Questionable (hamstring)

23

Matt Forte

at ARZ

-

24

Spencer Ware

at OAK

-

25

Matt Jones

vs. PHI

-

26

Tevin Coleman

at SEA

-

27

Giovani Bernard

at NE

-

28

Arian Foster

vs. PIT

Questionable (groin)

29

T.J. Yeldon

at CHI

-

30

Jalen Richard

vs. KC

-

31

James White

vs. CIN

-

32

Bilal Powell

at ARZ

-

33

Jeremy Hill

at NE

-

34

Darren Sproles

at WAS

-

35

Duke Johnson

at TEN

-

36

Rashad Jennings

vs. BAL

Questionable (thumb)

37

DeAndre Washington

vs. KC

-

38

Devontae Booker

at SD

-

39

Justin Forsett

vs. LAR

-

40

Chris Ivory

at CHI

-

41

Derrick Henry

vs. CLE

-

42

Jay Ajayi

vs. PIT

-

43

Bobby Rainey

vs. BAL

-

44

Chris Thompson

vs. PHI

-

45

Fozzy Whittaker

at NO

-

46

DeAngelo Williams

at MIA

Questionable (knee)

47

Zach Zenner

vs. LAR

-

48

C.J. Spiller

vs. ATL

-

49

Mike Gillislee

vs. SF

-

50

James Starks

vs. DAL

Sidelined (knee)

51

Buck Allen

at NYG

-

52

Cameron Artis-Payne

at NO

-

53

Josh Ferguson

at HOU

-

54

Alfred Morris

at GB

-

55

Rob Kelley

vs. PHI

-

56

Kenneth Dixon

at NYG

-

57

Wendell Smallwood

at WAS

-


RB Notes: Le'Veon Bell has 332 yards from scrimmage through two games. … The Jets remain stout against the run, but have allowed the eighth most running back receptions (28). There’s no need to fade David Johnson. … The RB6 by average points, LeSean McCoy’s hot start has come in spite of the fact he’s faced run defenses allowing a collective 3.79 yards per carry. Shady came out of the gauntlet with a 5.25 YPC, and now gets San Fran’s tissue-soft unit. It will be worth paying up in DFS. … DeMarco Murray has posted RB6, RB11, RB9, RB1 and RB14 finishes. It’s like 2015 never happened for 2014’s RB1 overall. Allowing the seventh most fantasy points to rival runners, the Browns are not a tough matchup. … The league’s leading rusher by 85 yards, Ezekiel Elliott has seen his yards per carry increase each week, crescendoing at 8.93 against the Bengals last Sunday. On paper, the Packers boast the league’s best run defense, permitting a microscopic 2.0 yards per carry and 43 yards per game. Impressive, but less so when you consider an emergency start T.J. Yeldon, an injured Adrian Peterson, pass-catcher Theo Riddick and Orleans Darkwa are the “lead runners” they’ve faced. A beastly Zeke will put the Pack to the test.


Lamar Miller has 115 touches but zero touchdowns. You could argue “positive regression” is coming, but Miller is running behind an awful line in a bad offense. Week 6 hope comes in the form of his matchup. Coughing up 4.6 yards per carry, the Colts have also been stung for 30 running back receptions, the sixth most in the league. They’ve silver plattered seven touchdowns to opposing backfields. We know Miller is going to get the ball. Perhaps this week he’ll finally score it. … Todd Gurley is coming off his two highest yardage totals of the season thanks to Benny Cunningham’s (hamstring) absence allowing him to post 8/85 in the passing game. Cunningham is back for Week 6, however, taking some of the wind out of the sails of an otherwise good matchup. The Lions are surrendering 4.9 yards per carry. Gurley is averaging 2.74. Something’s got to give? … The RB11 by average points, Christine Michael comes off bye against a Falcons run defense getting whipped for the 12th most fantasy points against, including the second most RB receptions (45). Atlanta has Michael in play as an RB1, and C.J. Spiller on the RB3 radar for desperate PPR leaguers.


It’s been two starts, two top-15 finishes for Jordan Howard, who is averaging 23 touches. Allowing 4.0 yards per carry, 106 yards per game and a touchdown per week, the Jags’ Run D is not a shy-away unit. … The RB5 by average points, Carlos Hyde has been the rare every-week RB1 on a bad team. His fortunes will be boosted further by the insertion of Colin Kaepernick under center. Teams will take Kap’s running threat much more seriously than Crazy Legs Gabbert’s. … With 10 catches for 79 yards over his past two games, Mark Ingram is re-establishing his floor. … Averaging 18 weekly touches, Frank Gore’s lack of big plays limits his ceiling, but the floor is buffed and litter free. … Fifth in yards from scrimmage, Devonta Freeman has a tough Week 6 matchup in the Seahawks, but has yet to post fewer than 15 touches. Freeman has a 1B in Tevin Coleman, but there’s no question who the 1A is. Freeman and Coleman have been jacking up their floors with passing-game dominance, but sturdy coverage ‘backers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright aren’t going to get ripped through the air the way Denver did.


The alarm bells should be ringing for C.J. Anderson owners. The Chargers are a soft short-week matchup, but an ineffective Anderson ceded 10 Week 5 touches to Devontae Booker. Averaging an uninspiring 3.48 yards per carry, Anderson hasn’t cleared 50 yards rushing since Week 2. The Chargers are getting pasted for rushing scores (eight) and RB receptions (48), but Anderson is shaping up as a timeshare waiting to happen. Booker needs to be stashed in all formats. … Melvin Gordon has lost critical fumbles in back-to-back weeks. The Broncos are much tamer on the ground than through the air, allowing six rushing scores in five games, but aren’t the kind of cakewalk matchup Gordon has gotten fantasy fat off of. … Jamaal Charles has said he’s “110 percent” healthy. Spencer Ware will remain a factor in the Chiefs’ backfield, but Charles is coming off bye to a golden matchup. The Raiders are surrendering 4.9 yards per carry and 122 yards per game on the ground. It’s time to bet on Charles’ upside. … Game script finally got Isaiah Crowell in Week 5, but it’s unlikely to be an issue against the Titans. This will be a close contest.


Tom Brady makes LeGarrette Blount more unpredictable, and boosts James White’s RB3 case. After leaning on Blount for Weeks 1-4, there will be games where he gets only 10-12 touches. … The Ravens fired their offensive coordinator for not giving Terrance West the ball enough last week. The Giants’ Run D has been solid through five weeks, but got exposed a bit by Eddie Lacy. The new-look Ravens should feed West at least 15 carries. … Ryan Mathews reclaimed No. 1 status against the Lions, but it still translated to just 11 carries. The Redskins are an elite matchup, but Darren Sproles and even Wendell Smallwood remain concerns. … Cameron Artis-Payne didn’t do nearly enough to make the Panthers’ backfield a committee in Jonathan Stewart’s absence. J-Stew immediately resumes RB2 status for a plus matchup with the Saints. … Theo Riddick’s RB2 status is on thin ice with Justin Forsett aboard and Dwayne Washington (ankle) on the mend. … Arian Foster is back after a 3.5-game absence, but will probably just get hurt again. The Steelers are allowing the fifth-fewest rushing yards per game (77). … A banged up Jeremy Hill seems to be falling behind Giovani Bernard. … DeAndre Washington got the first shot in Oakland’s backfield last week, but it will be Jalen Richard’s turn against the Chiefs.             


Week 6 Receivers

Rank

Player Name

Opponent

Notes

1

Antonio Brown

at MIA

-

2

A.J. Green

at NE

Questionable (calf)

3

Odell Beckham

vs. BAL

-

4

Allen Robinson

at CHI

-

5

T.Y. Hilton

at HOU

Questionable (hip)

6

Jordy Nelson

vs. DAL

-

7

Doug Baldwin

vs. ATL

-

8

Larry Fitzgerald

vs. NYJ

-

9

Brandon Marshall

at ARZ

-

10

Marvin Jones

vs. LAR

Questionable (foot)

11

Amari Cooper

vs. KC

-

12

DeAndre Hopkins

vs. IND

-

13

Kelvin Benjamin

at NO

Questionable (knee)

14

Julio Jones

at SEA

Questionable (knee)

15

Brandin Cooks

vs. CAR

-

16

Emmanuel Sanders

at SD

-

17

Demaryius Thomas

at SD

Questionable (hip)

18

Michael Crabtree

vs. KC

-

19

Jeremy Maclin

at OAK

-

20

Alshon Jeffery

vs. JAC

Questionable (hamstring)

21

Jarvis Landry

vs. PIT

-

22

Julian Edelman

vs. CIN

Questionable (foot)

23

John Brown

vs. NYJ

-

24

Willie Snead

vs. CAR

Questionable (-)

25

DeSean Jackson

vs. PHI

-

26

Randall Cobb

vs. DAL

-

27

Jordan Matthews

at WAS

-

28

Terrelle Pryor

at TEN

-

29

Sammie Coates

at MIA

Questionable (finger)

30

DeVante Parker

vs. PIT

-

31

Travis Benjamin

vs. DEN

-

32

Quincy Enunwa

at ARZ

-

33

Michael Thomas

vs. CAR

-

34

Mike Wallace

at NYG

Questionable (ribs)

35

Allen Hurns

at CHI

-

36

Tavon Austin

at DET

-

37

Robert Woods

vs. SF

-

38

Sterling Shepard

vs. BAL

-

39

Jeremy Kerley

at BUF

-

40

Tyrell Williams

vs. DEN

-

41

Kenny Britt

at DET

-

42

Cole Beasley

at GB

-

43

Cameron Meredith

vs. JAC

-

44

Chris Hogan

vs. CIN

-

45

Tyler Lockett

vs. ATL

-

46

Eddie Royal

vs. JAC

-

47

Brandon LaFell

at NE

-

48

Michael Floyd

vs. NYJ

-

49

Davante Adams

vs. DAL

-

50

Pierre Garcon

vs. PHI

-

51

Golden Tate

vs. LAR

-

52

Jamison Crowder

vs. PHI

-

53

Victor Cruz

vs. BAL

-

54

Anquan Boldin

vs. LAR

Questionable (ankle)

55

Terrance Williams

at GB

-

56

Phillip Dorsett

at HOU

Questionable (ankle)

57

Brian Quick

at DET

Questionable (calf)

58

Marqise Lee

at CHI

-

59

Dorial Green-Beckham

at WAS

-

60

Chris Conley

at OAK

-

61

Ted Ginn

at NO

Questionable (foot)

62

Tajae Sharpe

vs. CLE

-

63

Jermaine Kearse

vs. ATL

-

64

Eli Rogers

at MIA

Questionable (toe)

65

Kenny Stills

vs. PIT

-

66

Mohamed Sanu

at SEA

Questionable (elbow)

67

Torrey Smith

at BUF

-

68

Seth Roberts

vs. KC

-

69

Breshad Perriman

at NYG

-

70

Brice Butler

at GB

-

71

Kamar Aiken

at NYG

-

72

Jaelen Strong

vs. IND

-


WR Notes: Neither Malcolm Butler nor Logan Ryan have been playing up to their 2015 standards. A.J. Green should have a big day in New England. … Odell Beckham finally scored. He’s still just the WR33 by average points, but the Ravens have bent for nine scores against the pass. Getting OBJ going will remain a point of emphasis for the G-Men. … The Bears have been stronger than expected against the pass, but coming off the Jags’ bye with three scores in his past two games, Allen Robinson is overdue for a 100-yard day. … As mentioned earlier, the Texans came off a soft five-game slate of opposing passers with the league’s No. 1 pass defense, but will be severely tested by WR5 overall T.Y. Hilton. Hilton has 14 catches for 311 yards and a touchdown over his past two games in Houston. … Jordy Nelson’s five receiving touchdowns are tied for the league lead, but his 244 yards don’t even crack Page 1 of the leaderboard. 47 wideouts have gained more ground. The Cowboys are an ordinary matchup. … Doug Baldwin has 17 catches for 256 yards and two touchdowns in two games at home. Now he gets a Falcons defense getting pasted for the most aerial scores in the league (14).    


Averaging a touchdown per game, Larry Fitzgerald has yet to be held below five catches or 60 yards. The Jets have the league’s worst pass defense. … Brandon Marshall survived Richard Sherman for 4/89/1. The desperate Jets have no choice but to feed him the ball against Patrick Peterson. … Kelvin Benjamin has been anything but a metronome, but the Saints’ defense has, reliably getting shredded by the pass. It would be surprising if Benjamin didn’t get a goal-line look at the Superdome. … Julio Jones’ past three yardage totals are 16, 300 and 29. So is life on the fantasy football grind. Richard Sherman Island isn’t very inviting this time of year. … Marvin Jones’ first three games may have included some false advertising, but he still leads the league in receiving (519). His Week 6 matchup got a major boost when Rams LCB Trumaine Johnson suffered a high-ankle sprain. … Brandin Cooks has yet to draw more than nine targets. His upside is immense against the Panthers’ hollowed-out secondary, but there are no guarantees in the Saints’ spread-it-out passing attack.


It seems like every week Amari Cooper invents a new way not to score a touchdown. It’s hard to even describe last Sunday’s missed opportunity. Nevertheless, he’s sixth in yards (456) and tied for ninth in targets (47). The explosion is so close you can almost hear it. … Tied for the league lead in targets inside the 20? Emmanuel Sanders, who has been peppered with 10 looks in the scoring area, including seven inside the 10. Demaryius Thomas continues to have Sanders on yards (barely), but Sanders has 17 more targets. He’s Trevor Siemian’s go-to receiver, and has a gorgeous short-week matchup in the Chargers’ injury-ruined secondary. Thomas is also a solid WR2. … Garbage time saved DeAndre Hopkins in Week 5, but there are still 27 receivers averaging more fantasy points. The Colts are the kind of matchup you target, but the same can be said for Indy and Brock Osweiler. Hopkins is an elite WR1 stuck in a mid-range WR2 situation. … Michael Crabtree has kept pace with Jordy Nelson and Larry Fitzgerald in the touchdown department. Averaging 61 yards as a Raider, Crabtree’s ceiling isn’t cavernous, but his floor is rock steady.


If Jeremy Maclin doesn’t bust his slump against a Raiders defense that’s already permitted 75 receiver receptions and an NFL-worst 1,095 yards, it’s never going to happen. … Alshon Jeffery continues to rack up solid yardage on bafflingly few targets, but has a tough Week 6 matchup in emerging lockdown CB Jalen Ramsey. With Brian Hoyer spreading the ball around to so many pass catchers, this doesn’t seem like the week Jeffery will meet his WR1 destiny. … With so much competition for targets, Julian Edelman is just a mid-range WR2 for the time being. He needs Martellus Bennett to fade away. … John Brown has 16 catches for 214 yards over Carson Palmer’s past two starts. He’s a nightmare matchup for a Jets secondary addicted to giving up big plays, especially to speed receivers. … Some quiet weeks and a toe injury might have you sleeping on Willie Snead, but the WR2 time is right at home against the rebuilding Panthers defense. … Jordan Matthews has a modest 12 grabs for 155 yards over his past three games. The good news for Week 6 is that he should avoid Josh Norman in the slot. … Randall Cobb showed signs of life in Week 5, but now firmly a volume receiver, the requisite targets could be hard to come by against the Keepaway Cowboys (sorry for hammering this meme so hard every week).


I’m going out on a bit of a limb with DeSean Jackson, but coach Jay Gruden said the squeaky wheel needs some grease. Jordan Reed’s (concussion) likely absence is also a big boost. … With Cody Kessler (ribs) seeming likely to play, Terrelle Pryor’s floor won’t be boosted by passing-game usage. … Suddenly the NFL’s No. 9 receiver (421 yards), Sammie Coates is a big-play machine, albeit a decidedly boom-bust one thanks to his drops/hand injury. The matchup is certainly right in the pathetic Dolphins. … It’s hard to spot Travis Benjamin’s path to upside against the Broncos. … The league’s No. 20 receiver (356 yards), Kenny Britt should be higher, but will be on Darius Slay Island in Detroit. … Jeremy Kerley was on the verge of becoming a legitimate WR3 in standard leagues, but Colin Kaepernick changes the calculus. Kap isn’t exactly known for his touch on checkdowns. … Robert Woods had an awful Week 5, but should probably be a top-36 receiver more weeks than not. … Need more data on Chris Hogan and Cameron Meredith. … For what it’s worth, coach Pete Carroll expects Tyler Lockett to be more involved coming off the Seahawks’ bye.                    


Week 6 Tight Ends

Rank

Player Name

Opponent

Notes

1

Greg Olsen

at NO

-

2

Rob Gronkowski

vs. CIN

Questionable (hamstring)

3

Delanie Walker

vs. CLE

-

4

Jimmy Graham

vs. ATL

-

5

Travis Kelce

at OAK

-

6

Martellus Bennett

vs. CIN

Questionable (ankle)

7

Coby Fleener

vs. CAR

-

8

Zach Miller

vs. JAC

Questionable (ribs)

9

Zach Ertz

at WAS

Questionable (ribs)

10

Julius Thomas

at CHI

Questionable (elbow)

11

Dennis Pitta

at NYG

-

12

Gary Barnidge

at TEN

Questionable (arm)

13

Jason Witten

at GB

-

14

Charles Clay

vs. SF

Questionable (knee)

15

Antonio Gates

vs. DEN

Questionable (hamstring)

16

Jesse James

at MIA

-

17

Hunter Henry

vs. DEN

-

18

Dwayne Allen

at HOU

-

19

Richard Rodgers

vs. DAL

-

20

Virgil Green

at SD

-

21

Lance Kendricks

at DET

-

22

C.J. Uzomah

at NE

Questionable (ankle)

23

Jacob Tamme

at SEA

Questionable (hip)

24

Clive Walford

vs. KC

Questionable (knee)

25

Jack Doyle

at HOU

-

26

C.J. Fiedorowicz

vs. IND

-

27

Vance McDonald

at BUF

-

28

Vernon Davis

vs. PHI

-

29

Will Tye

vs. BAL

-

30

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

at ARZ

Questionable (ankle)

31

Garrett Celek

at BUF

-

32

Crockett Gillmore

at NYG

-

33

Niles Paul

vs. PHI

-


TE Notes: The TE1 overall by both average points and total points, Greg Olsen is going to feast on the Superdome’s fast track as the Panthers try to shake their 1-4 start. … Second to Olsen in Week 5 tight end yardage? Rob Gronkowski, whose 109 yards announced his return along with Tom Brady’s. Martellus Bennett stole the show with three touchdowns, but Gronk was Gronk on film. I’ve continued to underestimate Bennett, but won’t be doing so with Gronk. As for Bennett, he’s his team’s TE2, but hasn’t left me much choice for my ranks. 11th in tight end targets, he’s a TE1 until further notice. … The Browns have allowed a staggering 501 yards to rival tight ends, 104 more than any other team. Coming off back-to-back eight target games, Delanie Walker’s looks should finally translate to fantasy points. … Up to TE4 status by average points, Jordan Reed has a tough matchup in the Ravens, but is averaging nine weekly looks, and has yet to draw fewer than seven targets. He has arguably the highest floor at the position … is what I said before I knew Reed was likely to sit with a concussion. Vernon Davis isn’t a viable fantasy fill-in.


Coming off back-to-back 6/100 games on a combined 17 targets, Jimmy Graham appears all the way back. That’s bad news for a Falcons defense allowing the third most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. … The TE6 by average points, Travis Kelce remains less flashy than fantasy owners hoped and dreamed, but is extremely consistent. Coughing up the fifth most tight end fantasy points, the Raiders are a delectable matchup. … Part of the Panthers’ collapse on defense has included getting smoked by enemy TEs. Ron Rivera’s team has surrendered four seam stretcher scores, the fourth most in the league. Coby Fleener remains frustratingly Coby Fleener-y, but is averaging eight targets over his past three games. … The TE8, Zach Miller has kept up at his 2015 playmaking rate, and is among the league leaders in red zone targets (six). … It was a quiet Week 5 return for Zach Ertz, but he has an attackable matchup in the Redskins, who have permitted the third most tight end receptions (35).


Averaging a modest six targets, Julius Thomas hasn’t gotten many scoring chances in the Jaguars’ out-of-sync offense. … Dennis Pitta lost Week 5 work to Crockett Gillmore, and it’s possible his usage will change under new OC Marty Mornhinweg. It’s unlikely you’ve been riding Pitta as an unquestioned every-week starter, but he needs a piggyback now more than ever. … Top 10 in both targets and receptions at the position, Gary Barnidge has stabilized as a back-end TE1. … The Broncos aren’t as stingy with tight ends as they are with receivers, allowing 22/248 through five games. The problem for fantasy owners is Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates’ looming timeshare. One of the best touchdown scorers in NFL history, Gates gets the edge. … Need a DFS dart throw? Try Lance Kendricks against a Lions defense that’s been stung for a league-worst six tight end touchdowns. … Austin Seferian-Jenkins might finally do something with his life with Eric Decker (shoulder) lost for the season.        


Week 6 Kickers

Rank

Player Name

Opponent

Notes

1

Adam Vinatieri

at HOU

-

2

Justin Tucker

at NYG

-

3

Stephen Gostkowski

vs. CIN

-

4

Dustin Hopkins

vs. PHI

-

5

Steven Hauschka

vs. ATL

-

6

Mason Crosby

vs. DAL

-

7

Brandon McManus

at SD

-

8

Chandler Catanzaro

vs. NYJ

-

9

Josh Brown

vs. BAL

-

10

Matt Prater

vs. LAR

-

11

Matt Bryant

at SEA

-

12

Mike Nugent

at NE

-

13

Graham Gano

at NO

-

14

Caleb Sturgis

at WAS

-

15

Sebastian Janikowski

vs. KC

-

16

Josh Lambo

vs. DEN

-

17

Wil Lutz

vs. CAR

-

18

Chris Boswell

at MIA

-

19

Cairo Santos

at OAK

-

20

Dan Bailey

at GB

Questionable (back)

21

Nick Novak

vs. IND

-

22

Dan Carpenter

vs. SF

-

23

Jason Myers

at CHI

-

24

Greg Zuerlein

at DET

-

25

Nick Folk

at ARZ

-

26

Connor Barth

vs. JAC

-

27

Ryan Succop

vs. CLE

-

28

Andrew Franks

vs. PIT

-

29

Cody Parkey

at TEN

-

30

Phil Dawson

at BUF

-


Week 6 Defense/Special Teams

Rank

Player Name

Opponent

Notes

1

Bills Def/Spec Team

vs. SF

-

2

Cardinals Def/Spec Team

vs. NYJ

-

3

Broncos Def/Spec Team

at SD

-

4

Seahawks Def/Spec Team

vs. ATL

-

5

Steelers Def/Spec Team

at MIA

-

6

Rams Def/Spec Team

at DET

-

7

Titans Def/Spec Team

vs. CLE

-

8

Patriots Def/Spec Team

vs. CIN

-

9

Eagles Def/Spec Team

at WAS

-

10

Packers Def/Spec Team

vs. DAL

-

11

Ravens Def/Spec Team

at NYG

-

12

Texans Def/Spec Team

vs. IND

-

13

Chiefs Def/Spec Team

at OAK

-

14

Lions Def/Spec Team

vs. LAR

-

15

Giants Def/Spec Team

vs. BAL

-

16

Jets Def/Spec Team

at ARZ

-

17

Panthers Def/Spec Team

at NO

-

18

Raiders Def/Spec Team

vs. KC

-

19

Colts Def/Spec Team

at HOU

-

20

Bengals Def/Spec Team

at NE

-

21

Redskins Def/Spec Team

vs. PHI

-

22

Bears Def/Spec Team

vs. JAC

-

23

Jaguars Def/Spec Team

at CHI

-

24

Cowboys Def/Spec Team

at GB

-

25

Fortyniners Def/Spec Team

at BUF

-

26

Chargers Def/Spec Team

vs. DEN

-

27

Browns Def/Spec Team

at TEN

-

28

Saints Def/Spec Team

vs. CAR

-

29

Falcons Def/Spec Team

at SEA

-

30

Dolphins Def/Spec Team

vs. PIT

-

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