Parity seems to be rearing its head in the NFL these days as we head to Week 6. The Chiefs have bolted out to a nice lead in the AFC (although they still have two games vs the Broncos) but everyone else seems to be 3-2 or 2-3. If this holds, the Wild Card chase is going to come down to some bizarre kind of tie-breaker scenario. Meanwhile, the NFC seems a little more top heavy but division winners and seedings are going to be interesting. So many teams all around the league have chances, it just goes to illustrate how important each game is. Here are my NFL fantasy tips for Week 6!
Fantasy wise, we have young running backs and veteran receivers leading the way at the skill positions, while at quarterback we have a mixture of both young and old heading up the points leaderboards. And as always, injuries are in play…so let’s have a look at some plays for the week.
Deshaun Watson ($8,000) will probably be the highest owned QB this week and for good reason. He gets a home game vs the Browns and has been in great form recently. His rushing ability gives him a safe floor just about every week and his chemistry with super-stud DeAndre Hopkins makes him very dangerous. Watson makes for a solid play in all formats.
Kirk Cousins ($7,900) is a guy I like in tournaments who might not be as highly owned as a few others. The Skins are coming off a bye week and host the 49ers, who are playing their 3rd consecutive road game which makes that 1pm eastern time start even more of a challenge. You like that!?!?
Drew Brees ($8,700) is another guy I think might go overlooked a little this week as some might perceive this to be a tough matchup vs the Lions. However, throughout his career Brees has been matchup proof at home and keep in mind that this is only the Saints 2nd home game of the season. Brees has 8 Tds and 0 interceptions on the year against some pretty good defenses. I see him as one of the safer bets to get you at least 20pts.
Mark Ingram ($6,000) will be in most of my lineups this week. Teammate Alvin Kamara will be getting a lot of attention as people will see him as the perceived ‘pass catching back’ for the Saints, but Ingram is no slouch catching passes out of the backfield himself. Ingram has yet to find the end zone this year, but I say he does it this week.
CJ Anderson ($7,100) is another guy likely to go overlooked behind the usual suspects (Bell, Gurley, Fournette, Hunt) but a home favourite on a run first team playing the winless Giants seems like a gimme.
Melvin Gordon ($8,300) is a great play today vs the Raiders. These Raiders/Chargers games have a history of getting wild and Gordon has the most touchdown equity of anyone on the field.
Deandre Hopkins ($8,100) will probably be the chalk play today…and how can you argue when his season’s worst performance has been 7 catches for 73 yards? He’s a beast and feasting lately as Deshaun Watson’s favourite target. Against the Browns, you need to find a way to get him in your lineup.
Adam Thielen ($6,400) is well priced vs a pretty poor Green Bay pass defense. With Stefon Diggs ruled out, Thielen becomes the #1 WR on a team that will likely be looking to score to catch up with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Golden Tate ($7,700) should benefit from a high scoring game in New Orleans this week. He’s coming off back-to-back poor performances vs two pretty good defenses, so look for Matthew Stafford to get his #1 option going this week.
Jamison Crowder ($5,300) is in a breakout spot this week vs a poor 49er secondary. Head Coach John Gruden is on record in saying that he needs to get Crowder in volved more and this is as good of an opportunity as he’ll ever get. A kind of squeaky wheel play here.
Rob Gronkowski ($8,100). No hot take here, Gronk is pretty much going to be the most expensive play each week because he will always have multiple TD upside. If he’s healthy, he’s in a smash-spot vs the rival Jets.
Ryan Griffin ($4,600) completes the Texan rundown for this slate. If you’ve simply picked tight ends vs the Browns all year, you’d have made the right call each week. No reason to think this week will be any different.
Harrison Butker ($4,500). Until his price goes up, I’m sticking with him. Easily the bet min priced play on the entire slate. Click and don’t look back.
Redksins ($4,700). As mentioned above, the 49ers are travelling cross country for an early start vs a team coming off a bye. West Coast teams struggle in early East Coast start times and this game should make that evident.
Falcons ($5,000) get the Jay Cutler Experience, potentially without one of his key assets in Devonte Parker. Atlanta have a few playmakers on D, so a pick 6 isn’t too much of a stretch.
Be sure to check late news and injury/practice reports and good luck!