Week 6 NFL DFS Fades

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When setting your weekly NFL DFS lineups, it can be just as helpful to have an idea of whom you DON’T want to include as whom you do. Every Friday we’ll highlight a few players that you might want to fade. When a player appears here, it mainly refers to fading him in cash games. If you play in a lot of large field, multi-entry tournaments, you might consider just being underweight on these players relative to the field rather than not using them at all.

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Players I’m fading for Week 6 include:

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

Aaron is at Chicago in one of the lower point total games of the week. He’s actually been fine since Week 1, but I think you can do a lot better than fine with guys in or around his salary range this week. Rodgers isn’t an “avoid at all costs” kind of fade; rather there are just a lot of other players I prefer in better game environments and/or matchups. Chicago may be a disaster on offense, but their defense is legit. They allow the seventh-fewest points per game and lead the league with 3.6 sacks per game. Rodgers should get his 20ish fantasy points, but I’m aiming a bit higher.

Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

Even in linueps where I’m rostering Patrick Mahomes, I’m electing to stack him with Travis Kelce and Mecole Hardman. This game should be one of the best for fantasy points on the main slate, and there is no shortage of players I like on both sides. The pass defenses are the worst in the league for fantasy (and for real points). Hill is one of, if not the, highest-upside receivers in the game, which is reflected in his salary. Having not practiced all week with a quadricepts strain is enough for me to look at reliable Kelce and half-price Hardman in cash games. FWIW, I do think Hill will play in Washington and as usual would make for a risk/reward tournament play.

James Conner, RB, Arizona Cardinals

I might have been Conner’s biggest supporter in the preseason, and I still think he’s a great play a lot of the time. This weekend, however, the Cardinals head to Cleveland, where the defense has been really effective in stopping the run. People may be more interested in Conner than usual given that committee member Chase Edmonds is dealing with a shoulder injury, but I’m favoring the pass game in this one. Vegas has it as a high scoring and close game, and with Cleveland likely to control time of possession with their strong run game, I expect Murray to be pass-happy come Sunday afternoon.

Las Vegas at Denver

Yep, pretty much the whole game is being faded by me. It has potential to be very low scoring thanks to Denver’s powerful defense and the Raiders’ offense slowing down over the last two weeks. In matchups with good defenses, Las Vegas has scored an average of 12 points per game. Denver will be the best they’ve faced so far. I noted Javonte Williams as a possible bargain play earlier in the week and stand by that; typically, however in my cash game lineups I’m spending up on guys like Austin Ekeler, Jonathan Taylor and/or Kareem Hunt.

Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati

With the return of Tee Higgins, and the plus rushing matchup with the Lions, I expect Boyd’s usage to be way down this week. He was cheap and fun in good game script matchups with Higgins out, but I think the offense will revert to a Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Mixon show. My lineups will reflect that, and Boyd will be the odd Bengal out.

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Players I like, but who are expected to have high ownership in Week 6 include: Kyler Murray, Patrick Mahomes, Austin Ekeler, Darrel Henderson, Joe Mixon, Keenan Allen, Ja’Marr Chase, Cooper Kupp, Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, Rams D/ST, Colts D/ST. You might consider deviating away from this player pool and pivoting in large GPPs if you’re after a more unique lineup.