Looking at the Week 6 schedule it is pretty ugly. The Raiders, Chargers, Seahawks, and Saints are all on bye this week, and we have the Broncos-Patriots game pushed back into Week 6 which changed the schedule around for some teams. There are a few injuries to big names to keep an eye on, as Dalvin Cook left the game against Seattle. Davante Adams has a chance to return against the Buccaneers. One of the more exciting matchups is the Chiefs-Bills. Buffalo will end up playing the Chiefs on Monday due to their game being pushed back against the Titans. The first game for Dallas without Dak Prescott will be against Arizona. Andy Dalton isn’t the worst secondary option but we will see how this offense does.
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Week 6 Quarterback Rankings
It is a weird week and the injury bug hit the quarterback position with Dak Prescott out for the rest of the season. We also have Russell Wilson on bye this week. Patrick Mahomes comes in at number one, with Deshaun Watson and Kyler Murray coming in next. Murray is interesting because his passing has actually not been great this season. He ranks 25th in adjusted yards per attempt, which is on par with Baker Mayfield and Mitch Trubisky. However, Murray’s 296 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground has masked a lot of that when it comes to fantasy production. He gets a strong Week 6 matchup against Dallas to keep that going.
One of the matchups that stood out this week was Atlanta-Minnesota. Not because they have had a far fall this season but because the secondaries remain two of the top ones to target with passing attacks. The Falcons are allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and that continued in Week 5. The Vikings have allowed the 13th most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Matt Ryan has looked awful of late and Kirk Cousins isn’t someone I trust a ton, but hard to ignore these two names on a slate of games that doesn’t have these eye-appealing matchups.
Matthew Stafford is a name who gets a big bump this week. He is fresh off a bye week and Kenny Golladay returning did numbers for his yards downfield. The Jaguars have allowed the 6th most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season. Stafford has some tasty matchups over the next few weeks for him to deliver. He is a great streaming option this week if you have Wilson or Brees and need to cover on a bye.
Week 6 Running Backs Rankings
This is not a good week for running backs and you might be able to tell by the top ten rankings. Alvin Kamara, Chris Carson, and Josh Jacobs are on bye, while Dalvin Cook is likely to miss this week. This would have been a great spot for Cook, but Alexander Mattison filling in is well equipped to keep this ground game going. Ezekiel Elliott should find himself being the focal point of the offense again but the problem is the defense is still so bad that the pass volume will still have to remain somewhat high. This isn’t a knock against Elliott as he comes in number one this week against a Cardinals offense that has allowed the 11th most fantasy points to running backs despite not facing very good running teams. Derrick Henry returns with a very good matchup against Texans, who are allowing the 5th most fantasy points to running backs. Overall they have allowed 706 rushing yards in three games.
Aaron Jones is in a tough spot this week but I do like him quite a bit still because, with this offense clicking, the touchdown production continues to be there. He is also continuing to see strong work in the passing game, which bodes well for that weekly floor. Joe Mixon and Jonathan Taylor get to face each other this week and rank quite high due to the lack of options. This is also a game where they should be involved in heavily. Kareem Hunt and Mikles Sanders are in tough matchups but the volume keeps them as a top ten options.
There are a few names that have top ten potential. Mike Davis is one of them, even against the Bears defense. His usage in this offense that is playing very well continues to give him a strong weekly floor. Teddy Bridgewater has looked his way often out of the backfield and for PPR formats he has held it together while McCaffrey is out. James Robinson is the other, as the Lions are allowing the most fantasy points per game to running backs. Robinson
Week 6 Wide Receivers Rankings
This week was tougher because I couldn’t just plug DK Metcalf. However, Michael Thomas was due back but is on bye now, Keenan Allen and Tyler Lockett will join him. The positive is that we will get back Davante Adams who returned to full practice on Monday. Kenny Golladay is in a terrific spot against a Jaguars secondary we can easily target this season. Adams has a bit of a tougher matchup as the Buccaneers defense is improved, but we still give a big edge to him because of his ability to beat these matchups and also the volume. With the Vikings allowing the most fantasy points to wide receivers and nobody scoring more than Calvin Ridley so far this season, he comes in as the number one option. While he didn’t find the end zone last week, he still had 138 yards on eight catches. Adam Thielen is on track to have another big week, as the Falcons secondary just continues to get torched.
Despite the Bills and Chiefs having highly respected secondaries coming into the season, both have been beatable through the air at times. Stefon Diggs has been excellent this season and I love him this week against the Chiefs. Tyreek Hill continues to put up strong fantasy numbers and he is seemingly matchup proof. I was hesitant about the Panthers wide receivers, who sit just outside the top ten. They face a very good Bears secondary, where they move down just slightly. DeAndre Hopkins should absolutely feast this week against the Cowboys secondary that has allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers.
Week 6 Tight Ends Rankings
The big three at the tight end position remains unchanged this week. Travis Kelce is coming off a big game against the Raiders and will get the Bills, who have allowed the 5th most fantasy points per game this season. We have seen a lot of funneled passes down to tight ends as well. George Kittle had a monster performance against the Eagles and then was shut down with just about everybody against Miami. The quarterback play has been an issue and we have seen a revolving door of them over the last few weeks, injuries or not. Kittle still remains a top-tier option of course. Mark Andrews is coming off another strong game and it is a good matchup this week as the Eagles have been torched.
There are a lot of names who have emerged as strong targets in their offense this season. Robert Tonyan and Dalton Schultz are two names that have become stronger fantasy options. Tonyan has taken advantage of some injuries to the Packers offense and with the lack of depth, he has evolved as a threat. It also helps that Aaron Rodgers is playing lights out. Schultz might take a hit moving from Dak Prescott to Andy Dalton, but he is still a strong play week in and week out. Both Zach Ertz and Tyler Higbee are trending down and probably wouldn’t have made the cut this week but Darren Waller, Jared Cook, and Hunter Henry are all on bye.
Week 6 Kicker Rankings
|Name||GP||PTS/G||FG%||REB/G||AST/G||BLK/G||MVP||All-Star||All-NBA/ABA||NBA/ABA Champ.||NBA Def. Team||DPOY|
How can you not root for Rodrigo Blankenship? He has worked tremendously hard to get to where he is and was an undrafted signing over the offseason to take over kicking duties for the Colts. He now is the leading kicker in the league so far this season and gets a good matchup as the Bengals have allowed 15 field goal attempts to opposing kickers this season. Younghoe Koo returned this past week after missing the prior game with an injury. He gets a strong matchup against the Vikings who have allowed the second-most attempts to kickers this season. Joey Slye gets a great matchup as the Bears have allowed a whopping 18 field goal attempts.
Week 6 Defense Rankings
|Actual||Expected||One-Run Games||Walk-Off Games||Runs Scored||Runs Allowed||Result|
|95-67||82-80||36-11 (0.766)||8-9||7th most||10th most||Lost ALDS to Toronto|
|101-61||89-73||24-16 (0.600)||7-5||2nd most||12th most||Lost ALCS to Boston|
|100-62||88-74||31-21 (0.596)||9-7||15th most||9th fewest||Lost ALDS to Boston|
|71-91||59-103||19-19 (0.500)||3-9||Last||9th most||No postseason, 4th in NL West|
|89-73||77-85||36-21 (0.631)||8-4||9th fewest||14th fewest||No postseason, 3rd in AL West|
|88-74||99-63||21-28 (0.429)||10-7||4th most||3rd fewest||Lost AL Wild Card to Kansas City|
|78-84||18-26||18-26 (0.409)||7-12||2nd most||13th fewest||No postseason, 4th in AL Central|
|92-71||102-61||22-22 (0.500)||6-9||5th most||2nd fewest||Lost World Series to Boston|
|91-71||100-62||18-26 (0.409)||5-6||2nd most||4th fewest||Lost ALCS to Houston|
|68-94||77-85||13-27 (0.325)||3-6||7th fewest||15th most||No postseason, finished 5th in AL East|
It is an extremely top-heavy week at defense as we have seen over half of the league trot out below average defenses to start the season. With the Patriots-Broncos game being pushed back this week it is hard not to look at the Patriots as a big rebound team. Denver has allowed 13 sacks in four games and has had eight turnovers as well. The Colts are in a potential bounce-back spot against the Bengals, where they can get a lot of production through sacks. Cincinnati has allowed 22 so far this season. Both Washington and the Giants are in decent spots this week. The Giants have allowed the 5th most fantasy points to defenses and Washington has allowed the 8th most. Pittsburgh allowed 29 points to the Eagles this past week and Baltimore gets them this week. Philadelphia has 11 turnovers so far this season and 19 sacks allowed.
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