Week 6 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings & Projections: Ezekiel Elliott Ready For Big Week

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.

Week 6 Quarterback Rankings

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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

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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

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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

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar156024.655.911.23.62.66x19x15x6x11x0
Bill Russell96315.14422.54.3N/A5x12x11x11x1x0
Wilt Chamberlain104530.15422.94.4N/A4x13x10x2x2x0
Shaquille O'Neal120723.758.
Hakeem Olajuwon123821.851.
David Robinson98721.151.810.62.531x10x10x2x8x0
Patrick Ewing11832150.49.81.92011x7x03x0
Moses Malone145520.349.512.31.31.33x13x8x1x2x0
Bob McAdoo85222.
Robert Parish161114.553.
Dwight Howard110616.858.612.31.41.908x8x05x3x
Willis Reed65018.747.612.91.8N/A1x7x5x2x1x0
George Mikan43923.140.413.42.8N/A04x6x5x00
Wes Unseld98410.850.9143.90.61x5x1x1x00
Bill Walton46813.352.
Nate Thurmond9641542.1152.72.107x005x0
Elvin Hayes13032145.212.51.82012x6x1x2x0
Dikembe Mutombo11969.851.810.312.808x3x06x4x
Walt Bellamy104320.151.613.72.40.604x0000
Dave Cowens76617.64613.63.80.91x8x3x2x3x0
Alonzo Mourning83817.
Artis Gilmore132918.858.
Bob Lanier95920.151.410.33.11.508x0000
Jerry Lucas8291749.915.63.30.307x5x1x00
Ben Wallace10885.747.49.61.3204x5x1x6x4x
Yao Ming4861952.
Bill Laimbeer106812.949.89.720.904x02x00
Neil Johnston51619.444.411.32.5N/A06x5x1x00
Jack Sikma110715.646.
Dolph Schayes99618.53812.13.1N/A012x12x1x00
Brad Daugherty5481953.
Dan Issel121822.649.
Arvydas Sabonis46012507.32.11.1000000
Clyde Lovelette7041744.39.51.6N/A04x1x3x00
Mark Eaton875645.87.913.501x005x2x
DeMarcus Cousins56521.
Al Horford84614528.33.31.205x1x01x0
Pau Gasol11261750.
Joakim Noah6678.849.
Ralph Sampson45615.448.
Joel Embiid20224.147.911.53.11.803x2x02x0
Karl-Anthony Towns35822.753.411.82.81.502x2x000
Zydrunas Ilgauskas8431347.
Mychal Thompson93513.750.
Arnie Risen6371238.19.71.7N/A04x2x000
Rik Smits86714.850.
Bill Cartwright96313.
Marc Gasol83114.748.
DeAndre Jordan8759.566.910.80.91.601x3x02x0
Marcus Camby9739.546.

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

ActualExpectedOne-Run GamesWalk-Off GamesRuns ScoredRuns AllowedResult
95-6782-8036-11 (0.766)8-97th most10th mostLost ALDS to Toronto
101-6189-7324-16 (0.600)7-52nd most12th mostLost ALCS to Boston
100-6288-7431-21 (0.596)9-715th most9th fewestLost ALDS to Boston
71-9159-10319-19 (0.500)3-9Last9th mostNo postseason, 4th in NL West
89-7377-8536-21 (0.631)8-49th fewest14th fewestNo postseason, 3rd in AL West
88-7499-6321-28 (0.429)10-74th most3rd fewestLost AL Wild Card to Kansas City
78-8418-2618-26 (0.409)7-122nd most13th fewestNo postseason, 4th in AL Central
92-71102-6122-22 (0.500)6-95th most2nd fewestLost World Series to Boston
91-71100-6218-26 (0.409)5-62nd most4th fewestLost ALCS to Houston
68-9477-8513-27 (0.325)3-67th fewest15th mostNo postseason, finished 5th in AL East

New England PatriotsIt 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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