Week 6 Fantasy Rankings 2021

Welcome to this weeks, Week 6 Fantasy Rankings! Here we review each game for the week, outline possible starters and streamers, and give you the low-down to make your fantasy life easier. Along with our outstanding football minds, we’ve included the projected weather forecast for the game.

With that, let’s dive in!

Thursday Night Football (FOX, NFL Network)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-1) @ Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)

Weather forecast: Cloudy, 75°, 4mph wind

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Start all your Buccaneers. All of them. The Eagles are decent against the pass so far in 2021, but it doesn’t matter when you’re talking about QB Tom Brady and the Bucs’ passing attack. Philly is 30th against the run, so RB Leonard Fournette, coming off back-to-back good fantasy performances, is a good start as well.

For Philadelphia, the story is the same as it is for most teams facing Tampa Bay: bench the running back(s) because Tampa just doesn’t give up rushing yards, and start all the pass-catchers because you’re going to have to keep up with Brady and company all night.

RB Miles Sanders should be on your bench (even if he wasn’t facing the Bucs top-ranked rush defense), and RB Kenneth Gainwell doesn’t currently receive enough volume to have much standalone value yet either.

WR DeVonta Smith is probably the only trustworthy pass-catcher for the Eagles right now. WR Jalen Reagor hasn’t topped five receptions since Week 1 and has just one game this year with more than 50 yards receiving.

TE Dallas Goedert and TE Zach Ertz continue to have around equal usage in terms of snaps, and now Goedert is in doubt for Week 6 due to Covid-19. Ertz would become a usable TE option if Goedert would need to miss this week.

A-grade Starts:

  • QB Tom Brady
  • WR Mike Evans
  • WR Chris Godwin
  • WR Antonio Brown
  • RB Leonard Fournette

B-grade Starts:

  • QB Jalen Hurts

C-grade Starts:

  • WR DeVonta Smith
  • WR Jalen Reagor
  • TE Zach Ertz

Sit:

  • TE Dallas Goedert
  • RB Ronald Jones
  • RB Miles Sanders
  • RB Kenneth Gainwell
  • WR Quez Watkins

Sunday Noon Games

Miami Dolphins (1-4) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5) (CBS)

Weather forecast: High of 73° with 10mph winds

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Oh boy, what a juicy matchup between two teams with a combined 1-9 record.

Slowly but surely, QB Trevor Lawrence has shown slight, incremental improvement from week to week. Last week against the Titans, he threw for 273 yards and a touchdown, plus seven carries for 28 yards and another touchdown on the ground. He did throw a late inconsequential interception that did take a little bit of luster off the performance, but it’s a step in the right direction for Lawrence. His recent rushing production — three straight games with 25 or more rushing yards — is very encouraging as well. If you have him and need to start him, this is the week. Miami is the 30th ranked defense in the league right now.

RB James Robinson continues to roll, and he continues to make the Jags’ decision to draft a running back in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft that much more puzzling. He’s a must-start as well.

At receiver, it’s murkier. In terms of usage, WR Marvin Jones remains the Jags’ No. 1 receiver. He once again led the receiver group in snaps (93 percent) and routes-run (33 routes). WR Laviska Shenault did make a big RAC play to finish with 58 yards receiving, but it was his only catch of the game, and he was only targeted three times, fifth on the Jags last week.

The Jaguar who led the team in targets (8), catches (6) and receiving yards (64), was none other than TE Dan Arnold, acquired just two weeks ago. With how often Lawrence likes to target the tight ends (35 tight end targets so far in 2021 for Lawrence), Arnold could become a sneaky fantasy producer. Start him against the Dolphins.

For the Dolphins, the big story of Week 5 was RB Myles Gaskin, who caught all ten of his targets for 74 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Predictably, Gaskin and the Dolphins were bad on the ground (five carries for 25 yards), but Gaskin more than made up for the lack of rushing production with his huge day through the air.

I think the Dolphins’ running back situation will largely be game script-related with Gaskin receiving extra work when they are in pass-heavy situations and RB Malcolm Brown and RB Salvon Ahmed being more of a factor in neutral and positive game scripts. A date with the lowly Jags should qualify, so start Gaskin but don’t be surprised if they return to the timeshare they’ve run all season.

At receiver, WR Jaylen Waddle was a relative disappointment last week based on the absence of WR Davante Parker. Waddle had just two catches for 31 yards. On the bright side, Waddle did lead the Dolphins’ receivers in snaps (80 percent), routes (35) and targets (7), and similar usage should bear fruit against Jacksonville and their 28th-ranked defense. If Parker is back this week, you could probably use him, but if not, I think Waddle is the only Dolphin I’d throw in my lineups this week.

A-grade Starts:

  • RB James Robinson

B-grade Starts:

  • TE Dan Arnold
  • TE Mike Gesicki
  • RB Myles Gaskin

C-grade Starts:

  • WR Marvin Jones
  • WR Laviska Shenault
  • QB Trevor Lawrence
  • WR Jaylen Waddle
  • WR DeVante Parker (if healthy)

Sit:

  • RB Malcolm Brown
  • RB Salvon Ahmed
  • WR Preston Williams
  • WR Tavon Austin
  • WR Jamal Agnew
  • QB Jacoby Brissett

Kansas City Chiefs (2-3) @ Washington Football Team (2-3) (CBS)

Weather forecast: High of 61° with 10mph winds

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Kansas City has seen some of its luster from previous seasons knocked off this year. Despite their record being worse than expected they’re still a powerful offense.

Mahomes has thrown for multiple touchdowns in every game this season and is the number 1 scoring quarterback. It goes without saying that he is a must start every week.

The loss of Clyde Edwards-Helaire will be felt by this offense. In his place Darrel Williams will get the lion’s share of touches out of the backfield. Williams will be a bottom tier RB2 this week against the 18th ranked Washington run defense.

Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce will continue to be must start options every week as wide receiver 3 overall and tight end 1 overall respectively. Mecole Hardman will be a low end WR3 or flex option in week 6.

Taylor Heinicke struggled last week failing to throw a touchdown while throwing 2 interceptions. The Chiefs rank 29th in passing defense and should provide a bounce back opportunity for Heinicke. Start Heinicke as a QB2.

Antonio Gibson has posted back-to-back weeks with 60 yards rushing or more as well as reaching the end zone in both games. Kansas City’s 29th ranked rushing defense is allowing 139 yards rushing per game. With the reduction in J.D. McKissic’s role, Gibson, is a strong play in week 6.

Terry McLaurin is the number 1 option in the passing attack for Washington’s offense. Coming off a down week on offense in week 5 McLaurin should see plenty of targets in week 6.

Ricky Seals-Jones had a solid outing in his first game as the starter for Washington. In a game where the offense struggled Seals-Jones had 5 receptions for 41 yards receiving. This week should provide even more opportunities for him to succeed.

A-grade Starts:

  • QB Patrick Mahomes
  • WR Tyreek Hill
  • TE Travis Kelce
  • RB Antonio Gibson
  • WR Terry McLaurin

B-grade Starts:

  • TE Ricky Seals-Jones

C-grade Starts:

  • QB Taylor Heinicke
  • WR Mecole Hardman

Sit:

  • RB J.D. McKissic
  • WR Adam Humphries
  • RB Jerrick McKinnon
  • WR Byron Pringle

Los Angeles Rams (4-1) @ New York Giants (1-4) (FOX)

Weather forecast: Cloudy, 64° with 10mph winds

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Matt Stafford has had a spectacular season so far. Last week’s game was the first one in which he didn’t throw for multiple touchdowns. With the Giants suspect pass defense (26th in the league), start Stafford with confidence.

Darrell Henderson has been a consistent presence in the Rams offense this year. He has yet to post less than 15.7 points in any game he has played in. Against a Giants rush defense giving up 138.4 rushing yards per game and in a game the Rams should be ahead, expect another 16+ point performance.

Kupp has been dominant this year, as evidenced by him being the number 1 wide receiver overall. He has had 92 yards receiving or more in all but one game this season. After not reaching the end zone in the last 2 weeks I expect him to make a visit this week. Robert Woods had his best game of the season last week with 12 receptions for 150 yards receiving on 14 targets. This week Woods should have another big game.

With Daniel Jones being out as well as Saquon Barkley and almost every Giants receiver it is going to be a rough week for New York. The only 2 players I would use this week for the Giants are Devontae Booker and Kadarius Toney. Both have been thrust into prominent roles due to injury.

Booker is now the bell cow back in New York and the sheer volume of touches he gets will make him a usable option. Toney had a breakout game in week 5 with 189 yards receiving on 10 catches. Despite the big game last week, Toney is a risky option for this week. There are better options and I would use those options if you have them.

A-grade Starts:

  • QB Matthew Stafford
  • RB Darrell Henderson
  • WR Cooper Kupp

B-grade Starts:

  • WR Robert Woods

C-grade Starts:

  • TE Tyler Higbee
  • RB Devontae Booker
  • WR Kadarius Toney

Sit:

  • RB Sony Michel
  • RB Justin Jackson
  • WR Van Jefferson
  • QB Mike Glennon
  • TE Evan Engram
  • WR John Ross

Houston Texans (1-4) @ Indianapolis Colts (1-4) (CBS)

Weather forecast: Indoors

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In a battle to see who sucks less there should be plenty of scoring to go around.

The Patriots made Davis Mills look like a real starting NFl quarterback, which he is, but shouldn’t be. Mills 312 yards passing and 3 touchdowns was impressive against a strong defense. I would like to believe this is the start of a great run, but I don’t. Indianapolis’ 20th ranked pass defense is allowing 260.8 yards passing per game. Start Mills only as a bye week placeholder or out of desperation.

The Texans’ running game should be avoided at all costs.

The only startable receiver is Brandin Cooks and with his performances the last two weeks I would look to other options if you have them. Despite Mills having his best game of the season last week, Cooks was held to 3 catches for 23 yards. Teams are going to focus their coverage on Cooks and force the Texans to beat them with other players.

Carson Wentz had a big game in Baltimore week 5, throwing for 402 yards and 2 touchdowns. Houston’s pass defense is worse than the statistics show as they are regularly behind in games and opposing teams are rushing the ball often in the latter parts of the game. Wentz slots in as a high end QB2 this week against Houston.

Jonathan Taylor has been on a tear the last 2 weeks with 283 yards from scrimmage and 3 touchdowns. Taylor has had 19 touches in each of the last 2 games. I expect the Texans to get a heavy dose of Taylor and for him to have another big day. Marlon Mack should also see a healthy amount of touches in what should end up being a run heavy scheme.

Michael Pittman has emerged as the number 1 wide receiver for the Colts this year. Last week he got in the end zone for the first time as well as catching 6 passes for 89 yards. Pittman will have another plus matchup and should be in your lineup for week 6. Bench all other Colts receivers.

Mo Alie-Cox has stepped up as the top tight end option for Wentz. If you need a fill in for a bye week or you are thin at the tight end position he is an option to use.

A-grade Starts:

  • RB Jonathan Taylor

B-grade Starts:

  • QB Carson Wentz
  • WR Michael Pittman

C-grade Starts:

  • RB Marlon Mack
  • TE Mo Alie-Cox
  • WR Brandin Cooks

Sit:

  • QB Davis Mills
  • All Houston RBs
  • WR Chris Moore
  • WR Chris Conley
  • WR Zach Pascal
  • WR Parris Campbell
  • TE Jack Doyle

Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) @ Detroit Lions (0-5) (FOX)

Weather forecast: Indoors

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Detroit, though 0-5 on the year, has been pretty competitive this season. 

The Lions’ real life woes have not put a damper on RB D’Andre Swift and his fantasy prospects, however. He is currently RB7 and already has 29 receptions. He is a must-start every week. 

You can probably roll out RB Jamaal Williams as well. With the lack of healthy pass catchers, Detroit might rely even more on their backs and tight ends than normal. Cincinnati is a top ten defense versus the run so far this season, but Detroit is in a unique situation with how thin they are at receiver. 

Speaking of that, WR Amon-Ra St. Brown is a sneaky start this week with injuries to virtually every other receiver the Lions have. St. Brown has 16 targets over the past two weeks. That trend should continue this week with how much volume he will likely see. 

TE T.J. Hockenson has not topped 50 yards receiving in any game since Week 2, but you have to continue to trot him out there because of his talent and how thin the position is anyway. Maybe this will be the week Hockenson reminds us all of his quality. 

For the Bengals, RB Samaje Perine is likely out this week due to Covid-19, so RB Joe Mixon is likely to return to a healthy workload this week. RB Chris Evans might have an expanded role if Mixon cannot handle the bulk of the touches. Mixon represents a great play this week against the Lions’ bottom-ten defense. Game script should be in the Bengals favor too. 

WR Tee Higgins returned to the lineup last week and immediately rejoined WR Tyler Boyd and WR Ja’Marr Chase in the Bengals’ three-wide-set-heavy offense. Chase led the trio in snaps, routes and targets. He and Higgins are good starts this week against Detroit, but Boyd is probably going to see a dip in targets again as the only game where he has a great fantasy week has been the game Higgins missed in Week 4.

A-grade Starts:

  • WR Ja’Marr Chase
  • RB D’Andre Swift

B-grade Starts:

  • QB Joe Burrow
  • WR Tee Higgins
  • RB Joe Mixon
  • TE T.J. Hockenson

C-grade Starts:

  • WR Tyler Boyd
  • WR Amon-Ra St. Brown
  • RB Jamaal Williams

Sit:

  • QB Jared Goff
  • RB Samaje Perine
  • RB Chris Evans
  • TE C.J. Uzomah

Green Bay Packers (4-1) @ Chicago Bears (3-2) (FOX)

Weather forecast: High of 65° with 11mph winds

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QB Justin Fields makes another start, this time in a rivalry game against a Packers team that intercepted QB Joe Burrow last week. I think Fields is best left on the bench until he physically shows us a strong performance. 

RB Damien Williams (34 snaps, 16 carries) and RB Khalil Herbert (31 snaps, 18 carries) split duties last week in place of injured RB David Montgomery. This will likely be the norm, but perhaps one or the other will establish himself, but Montgomery won’t be out forever. I think both Williams and Herbert are benchable this week in a game that should prompt the Bears to need to throw the ball plenty. 

WR Allen Robinson and WR Darnell Mooney are both dicey plays as long as the Bears passing offense remains stagnant. They are currently the 32nd-ranked passing offense in the league and the 32nd-ranked total offense in the league. If Fields can emerge and elevate the Bears’ offense yet this season, perhaps the wide receivers (and all the tight ends for that matter) can become startable, but until then, I’d hold them out. 

For the Packers, you’re starting QB Aaron Rodgers, RB Aaron Jones and WR Davante Adams. The Bears are currently eighth-best in the NFL in total yardage allowed, but you still aren’t benching any of the Green Bay trio this week. 

Interestingly, RB A.J. Dillon has begun to carve out a distinct role for himself, touching the ball 28 times over the past two weeks. He’s not startable, of course, but it will be interesting to see if his role can continue to grow. 

Keep TE Robert Tonyan and the rest of the Packers wide receivers on the bench this week.

A-grade Starts:

  • QB Aaron Rodgers
  • WR Davante Adams

B-grade Starts:

  • RB Aaron Jones

C-grade Starts:

  • RB Damien Williams
  • RB Khalil Herbert

Sit:

  • QB Justin Fields
  • WR Allen Robinson
  • WR Darnell Mooney
  • TE Cole Kmet
  • RB A.J. Dillon
  • TE Robert Tonyan

Los Angeles Chargers (4-1) @ Baltimore Ravens (4-1) (CBS)

Weather forecast: High of 64° with 12mph winds

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In a battle of prolific offenses led by gifted young quarterbacks this game should yield many real life and fantasy points.

Herbert had a monster game last week, throwing for 398 yards and 4 touchdowns while adding 29 yards rushing and another touchdown on the ground. This is Herbert’s third consecutive week with 3 or more passing touchdowns. Baltimore’s pass defense has been suspect this year, allowing 296.4 yards passing per game and 8 touchdowns through 5 weeks. Herbert should have another big game this week.

Austin Ekeler continues his monster season and is currently RB2 overall. With 5 total touchdowns and 264 yards from scrimmage in the last 2 weeks, start Ekeler with supreme confidence. Bench all other Chargers backs.

After a lackluster game in week 4, Williams roared back to life in week 5. With a season high 16 targets and 165 yards receiving, Williams also added 2 touchdowns. Williams is a must start moving forward. Keenan Allen has moved into a complementary role alongside Williams but is still a WR2 and should remain in your lineup. All other receiving options for Los Angeles are darth throws at best and should be benched.

Lamar Jackson did Lamar Jackson things in week 5 while adding 442 yards passing and 4 passing touchdowns . Jackson is electric with the ball in his hands and should be started every week.

Predicting the running game for Baltimore is nigh impossible. It is best to avoid this headache altogether. Bench all Ravens running backs until further notice. 

Hollywood Brown is legit. He has established himself as the go-to receiver for Jackson and is blossoming into an elite wide receiver. Outside of week 3, where Brown had 8.3 points, he has not scored less than 19.4 points in any game. The Chargers sport a top 7 pass defense but Brown has reached must start status.

Alongside Brown’s big game in week 5 Mark Andrews exploded for 11 receptions, 147 yards receiving, and 2 touchdowns on 13 targets. Outside of week 1, Andrews has not scored less than 13.2 points in any week. I didn’t think I would be saying this at the beginning of the year but Andrews is the second Ravens receiving option that is a must start. Bench all other receivers and tight ends for Baltimore.

A-grade Starts:

  • QB Justin Herbert
  • RB Austin Ekeler
  • WR Mike Williams
  • QB Lamar Jackson
  • WR Marquise Brown

B-grade Starts:

  • TE Mark Andrews

C-grade Starts:

  • WR Keenan Allen

Sit:

  • All Ravens RBs
  • RB Justin Jackson
  • WR Jalen Guyton
  • WR Sammy Watkins

Minnesota Vikings (2-3) @ Carolina Panthers (3-2) (FOX)

Weather forecast: High of 70°, 6mph winds

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With both teams underperforming last week despite having talented offenses this is going to be an interesting game.

After starting the season red hot Kirk Cousins had another mediocre game in week 5. Facing Carolina’s number 1 ranked pass defense, allowing 161.6 yards per game Cousins is a low end QB2 this week. Start him if you must but there are better options.

For the Vikings running backs it isn’t any easier. Carolina is allowing the third fewest points to running backs so far this season. With Dalvin Cook’s status still up in the air Mattison could start another game. After week 4’s disappointing performance against the Browns Mattison racked up 113 yards rushing on 25 carries and had 7 receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown in week 5. In 2 out of his 3 starts this year Mattison has had 32 or more touches and racked up 23 or more fantasy points. Keep an eye on the injury report this week. Despite the tough matchup, whoever gets the start in the backfield for the Vikings should be in your lineup.

With his recent struggles and facing a tough matchup it is hard to recommend starting Thielen this week. He has 5 catches for 86 yards over the last two weeks combined. Jefferson has established himself as the clear number 1 receiver in Minnesota and is a must start every week. Conklin is viable if you need a bye week spot start but is not a great option.

Darnold came crashing back to earth last week in an ugly game. Throwing 3 interceptions and totaling 177 yards passing. In the past 2 weeks he has 3 touchdowns compared to 5 interceptions. Over the last 3 weeks the Vikings defense has allowed a total of 656 yards passing, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. This figures to be a rough matchup for Sam, he projects as a low end QB2 in this game.

Chuba Hubbard had his best game so far last week rushing for 101 yards on 24 carries and also adding 33 yards receiving on 5 receptions. The Vikings defense has struggled against the run this year, Hubbard should be in your lineup for week 6 assuming Christian McCaffrey is out.

DJ Moore is the only receiver that is worth starting on the Panthers. In last week’s game against the Eagles all of the Carolina receivers were held in check, but Moore still led the way. Robby Anderson has failed to have more than 5 receptions or 57 yards receiving in any game this season. Bench all Carolina receivers not named Moore. Despite Dan Arnold’s departure Ian Thomas is not startable.

A-grade Starts:

  • WR Justin Jefferson
  • RB Dalvin Cook (if healthy)
  • RB Christian McCaffrey (if healthy)

B-grade Starts:

  • RB Alexander Mattison (if Cook is out)
  • RB Chuba Hubbard (if CMC is out)
  • WR D.J. Moore

C-grade Starts:

  • QB Kirk Cousins
  • QB Sam Darnold
  • TE Tyler Conklin

Sit:

  • WR Adam Thielen
  • WR Robby Anderson
  • WR Terrace Marshall
  • TE Ian Thomas

Sunday Late Afternoon Games

Arizona Cardinals (5-0) @ Cleveland Browns (3-2) (FOX)

Weather forecast: Windy, 16mph winds, high of 62°, should be clear by gametime

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Hopefully the Browns defense had an opportunity to circle the wagons, go back to the drawing board, lick their wounds or whatever cliche you want to spin for whatever that performance was last week, giving up 47 points to the Chargers. 

QB Kyler Murray is one of the best fantasy plays in the league every week, not much else to discuss there. 

RB Chase Edmonds and RB James Conner continue to be a virtual 60/40 split in favor of Edmonds. Conner led the duo in carries this past week, though, so for the moment, the Cardinals backfield is game-script dependent to a degree. Neither are stellar plays against Cleveland’s fourth-ranked defense, but after last week, I wouldn’t be afraid to pull the trigger on either if desperate. 

At wide receiver, no new trends last week in Arizona. WR DeAndre Hopkins and WR A.J. Green led the way in terms of snaps and routes, with WR Christian Kirk and WR Rondale Moore both playing plenty behind those two. In the Cards’ offense that features all four receivers plenty, along with Murray’s propensity for big plays, you can theoretically start any of the four receivers this week, although in terms of usage, Hopkins, Green and Kirk are the safest bets. 

In Cleveland, both RB Nick Chubb and RB Kareem Hunt saw similar workloads as they have all season, and this week they face Arizona’s 28th-ranked rush defense. 

Out wide, WR Odell Beckham Jr. continues to lead the team in snaps and routes, but he was fourth on the team in targets last week with three. He has been held to two catches for under 30 yards in both games since returning from injury. Beckham is still probably the Browns wideout you want to start if you must start one. Arizona is currently top-eight in the NFL against the pass, so don’t feel the need to start Beckham, Peoples-Jones or Higgins this week. 

Interestingly, the tight end who ran the most routes (21) and had the most targets (7) was TE Davis Njoku. TE Austin Hooper took more snaps (52-46), but was not targeted all game. Keep an eye on this situation. Cleveland likes to use three tight ends, so it’s a bit of a guessing game as to which one will produce the most week-to-week, but perhaps one of them can start to separate from the pack as we go.

A-grade Starts:

  • QB Kyler Murray
  • WR DeAndre Hopkins
  • RB Nick Chubb
  • RB Kareem Hunt

B-grade Starts:

  • WR Christian Kirk
  • WR A.J. Green

C-grade Starts:

  • QB Baker Mayfield
  • WR Rondale Moore
  • RB Chase Edmonds
  • RB James Conner

Sit:

  • TE Austin Hooper
  • TE David Njoku
  • WR Odell Beckham Jr.
  • WR Donovan Peoples-Jones
  • WR Rashard Higgins

Las Vegas Raiders (3-2) @ Denver Broncos (3-2) (CBS)

Weather forecast: High of 76°, 4mph winds

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The big story this week is the Jon Gruden emails and the subsequent resignation/firing of Gruden. It is hard to calculate how this will affect the play of the Raiders this week.

Derek Carr is enjoying the best season of his career. Before last week’s abysmal performance against the Bears Carr had thrown for 2 touchdowns in every game this year. With the Broncos allowing the 7th fewest passing yards per game at 207 yards and the 2nd fewest passing touchdowns on the season at 5 touchdowns this would have already been a tough week. Add to that the turmoil that is surrounding the Raiders’ organization and Carr should be riding the pine this week.

Josh Jacobs had his best rushing game of the season last week, he still only ran for 48 yards. He coupled that with his highest receiving yardage total on the season, 19 yards. If it wasn’t for his rushing touchdown Jacobs would have had another disappointing week. Denver is allowing opponents to rush for 85.4 yards per game, 6th fewest in the league. Bench Jacobs as well.

Hunter Renfrow has been the top wide receiver for Vegas after all of the offseason hype surrounding Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards. Renfrow is a sure-handed option out of the slot for Carr and has seen at least 6 targets in every game this season. Despite a tough matchup Renfrow should remain in your lineup.

Waller had his worst game of the year last week, posting 8.5 fantasy points. The comforting stat in an otherwise less than desirable game is that he was targeted 8 times. Waller has been targeted no less than 7 times in every game this season. Regardless of an off performance last week Waller remains a must start player.

Teddy Two Gloves faces a formidable Raiders passing defense allowing opponents 205.4 passing yards per game on average. Along with limiting opponents passing yards Vegas is tied for 5th in the league, allowing only 6 passing touchdowns on the year. Bridgewater has thrown for at least 264 yards and 2 touchdowns in 3 of 5 weeks this season. Start Bridgewater if you must but he projects as a low end QB2 this week.

Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon have been splitting touches pretty evenly so far this season. That could very well end this week with Gordon missing practice due to a hip injury. This new injury accompanies his previous knee injury that has allowed him to play but has limited his upside. The Raiders have been allowing a generous 134.4 yards rushing per game to opponents. If Gordon is unable to go Williams will be a strong play this week. Williams has averaged 7.3 yards per carry over the last 2 weeks.

Courtland Sutton had another big game in week 5. Sutton had 120 yards receiving and a touchdown. Week 5 Sutton was targeted 11 times for 7 catches, a total only outdone in week 2 where he was targeted 12 times for 9 catches. The issue is that in the other 3 weeks of the season Sutton has been targeted a combined total of 16 times for 8 catches. With Suttons inconsistency it is hard to recommend him as anything but a flex option. 

Tim Patrick has performed well this season, posting 12.7 fantasy points or more in all but week 4 this season. He provides a more consistent option than Sutton and should be in starting lineups as WR3/flex.

Noah Fant has also been a volatile option this year, scoring 12.2 points or more in 3 weeks and 5 points or less in 2 weeks. With the scarcity of quality options at tight end Fant should remain in lineups in spite of his unpredictability.

A-grade Starts:

  • N/A

B-grade Starts:

  • WR Tim Patrick
  • TE Darren Waller

C-grade Starts:

  • QB Teddy Bridgewater
  • RB Javonte Williams
  • WR Courtland Sutton
  • WR Hunter Renfrow
  • TE Noah Fant

Sit:

  • QB Derek Carr
  • RB Josh Jacobs
  • RB Melvin Gordon
  • WR Bryan Edwards
  • WR Henry Ruggs

Dallas Cowboys (4-1) @ New England Patriots (2-3) (CBS)

Weather forecast: Chance of rain, 65°, 8mph winds

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Dallas brings their 2nd ranked offense into New England to battle the 5th ranked defense of the Patriots.

Dak has 3 or more touchdown passes in 4 out of 5 games this season. This matchup against the 5th ranked Patriots passing defense will be a tough one. New England has allowed a 59.5% completion percentage and only 6 passing touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. Despite the strong opposition Dak slots in as a lower end QB1 this week.

Ezekiel Elliott is having a resurgent year after a terrible game in week 1. In the last 3 games Elliott has had at least 20 touches, 116 yards from scrimmage, and a touchdown. In 2 of those weeks he scored multiple touchdowns. New England’s defensive weakness is the run and Elliott will exploit that weakness on Sunday. Tony Pollard has received 10+ touches in every game since week 1. Last week he touched the ball 18 times. Pollard is a RB2 this week.

After a couple mediocre weeks Lamb had a strong performance in week 5 posting 18.8 fantasy points. Amari Cooper has had back-to-back weeks with touchdown receptions. New England’s pass defense is amongst the best in the league but Cooper and Lamb should both be in starting lineups.

Dalton Schultz is the clear number 1 tight end for Dallas. Having been targeted at least 6 times for 6 receptions in every game except week 2. Schultz will remain a must start option until further notice.

Mac Jones has been a steady presence for the Patriots this year. That hasn’t necessarily translated to fantasy success. Jones has thrown 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions in the last 3 weeks. Luckily for him he faces a terrible Dallas pass defense that is allowing 311 yards passing per game this season, 2nd worst in the league. Dallas has allowed 10 passing touchdowns this year, tied for 7th worst in the league. Start Mac this week in a plus matchup.

The Patriots backfield is always shifting and this week is no different. With the injury to Harris in week 5 and his absence from practice he cannot be trusted. Rhamondre Stevenson has yet to show what he can do in a NFL game that counts, it is best to take a wait and see approach with him. The only certainty is the receiving back role and that belongs to Brandon Bolden. Bolden has been targeted at least 4 times in each of the last 3 weeks and has scored at least 7.1 points. This week projects to be a high scoring affair and Bolden should be heavily involved.

Much like the running game the New England receivers are a tough group to predict. The only receiver to count on is Jakobi Meyers, who has been targeted at least 5 times in every game this season. Going up against Dalas’ atrocious pass defense, Meyers should have a big day. I was wrong once this year but I really feel like this is the week that Jakobi tastes paydirt and gets his first receiving touchdown. 

Hunter Henry has emerged as the 2nd option in the passing game for the Patriots and he should have another big game. The last 2 weeks have seen Henry targeted a total of 13 times for 10 receptions, 107 yards receiving, and 2 touchdowns. Expect Henry to make it 3 weeks in a row with a touchdown.

A-grade Starts:

  • QB Dak Prescott
  • RB Ezekiel Elliott
  • WR Jakobi Meyers
  • TE Dalton Schultz
  • TE Hunter Henry

B-grade Starts:

  • WR Amari Cooper
  • WR CeeDee Lamb

C-grade Starts:

  • QB Mac Jones
  • RB Tony Pollard
  • RB Brandon Bolden

Sit:

  • RB Damien Harris
  • RB Rhamondre Stevenson
  • WR Kendrick Bourne
  • WR Nelson Agholor
  • TE Jonnu Smith

Sunday Night Football (NBC)

Seattle Seahawks (2-3) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3)

Weather forecast: High of 60° with 9mph winds

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With the loss of Russell Wilson last week Seattle’s offense figures to take a hit across the board. Geno Smith stepped in and performed well. The Steelers pass defense has been below average this year allowing an average of 260.6 passing yards and 2 passing touchdowns per game. Smith is a viable QB2 in a friendly matchup.

Chris Carson’s status for week 6 remains up in the air but is trending towards being out. Alex Collins is expected to get the start again. He had an unspectacular game against a tough Rams defense in week 5. The Steelers defense has been tough against the run this year, allowing only 1 rushing touchdown so far on a QB sneak by Aaron Rodgers. They also rank 9th in rushing yards allowed per game at 100.4 yards. I would keep Collins on the bench unless you are desperate.

DK Metcalf has scored 11.3 points or more in every game this year and has reached the end zone in every game except one. He is battling a foot injury but will be in the starting lineup for the Seahawks and should be in yours too.

Tyler Lockett Started the season like he was shot out of a cannon, posting 26 points in week 1 and 31.8 points in week 2. Lockett then started to do Lockett things and had 7.1 points in week 3 and 6.4 points in week 4. Week 5 saw him score 10.7 points, so what does it all mean? Nobody knows and that is the same issue that you always get with Lockett. Keep him in your lineup as a WR3/flex and hope he has another massive game.

Gerald Everett returns to the Seahawks after being on the reserve/COVID-19 list but he should remain on your bench until you see how he will be utilized.

Big Ben has been bad this year, who would have thought? (EVERYBODY, except Steelers management) The Seahawks passing defense has been getting shredded by opposing offenses. Roethlisberger gets a friendly matchup but still is a bottom tier QB2.

Najee Harris posted 5.9 points in week 1, in every week since he has had at least 19.1 points. He is a must start player at this point.

With the loss of Juju Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool have gotten a bump in value. In 3 out of 4 games this year Johnson has been targeted 10 or more times. Johnson has posted 14.6 or more points in every game this year. He is a must start player.

Claypool has had 18.6 points and 24 points in the last 2 games he has played. In those 2 games he has been targeted 21 times for 15 receptions, 226 yards receiving, and 1 touchdown. He will continue to be utilized as a big play threat and should be in starting lineups.

The tight ends for Pittsburgh should be on your bench.

A-grade Starts:

  • RB Najee Harris
  • WR Diontae Johnson
  • WR D.K. Metcalf

B-grade Starts:

  • WR Chase Claypool

C-grade Starts:

  • QB Ben Roethlisberger
  • QB Geno Smith
  • WR Tyler Lockett

Sit:

  • RB Alex Collins
  • WR James Washington
  • All TEs

Monday Night Football (ESPN)

Buffalo Bills (4-1) @ Tennessee Titans (3-2)

Weather forecast: High of 72°, 2mph winds

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The Bills dropped 38 points on the Chiefs a week after scoring 40 against Houston, and two weeks after putting up 43 points against the Football Team. Needless to say, the Bills offense is on a roll. 

RB Zack Moss took hold of the running back workload this week, totaling 74 percent of snaps, by far a season high. RB Devin Singletary only took 26 percent of snaps, by far a season low. Moss also ran twice as many routes (19-8) and was targeted twice as many times. For now, Moss is the back to own in Buffalo. 

TE Dawson Knox continued his emergence with a 117 yards and a touchdown. He has now scored in four straight weeks and remains a must-start with how many points the Bills score every week. That being said, be careful offering too much to acquire Knox as his usage in the Bills offense is not yet elite despite his production recently. Knox ranks 14th among tight ends in targets per game, and 12th in catches per game. 

Tennessee, on the other hand, in back-to-back games now, has allowed QB Zach Wilson and QB Trevor Lawrence to have their best games as professionals the past two weeks. The Titans are a bottom-eight scoring defense playing the highest scoring team in the league. Fire up all your Bills this week. 

For Tennessee, RB Derrick Henry remains the only trustworthy piece of the Titans offense at this point. 

QB Ryan Tannehill is struggling as the QB21 in fantasy so far this season, and that’s with some impressive rushing totals so far (120 yards rushing so far this season). Tannehill’s lack of production through the air is hurting both WR Julio Jones and WR A.J. Brown, both of whom have also been injured. Brown had just three catches (six targets) for 38 yards. He hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 1, the only touchdown so far between Brown and Jones. Both are expected to play this week, and you likely can’t afford to sit them in a potential shootout like this.

A-grade Starts:

  • QB Josh Allen
  • WR Stefon Diggs
  • RB Derrick Henry

B-grade Starts:

  • WR Emmanuel Sanders
  • WR Cole Beasley
  • WR A.J. Brown
  • TE Dawson Knox
  • RB Zack Moss

C-grade Starts:

  • WR Julio Jones
  • TE Anthony Firkser

Sit:

  • RB Devin Singletary
  • WR Gabriel Davis
  • QB Ryan Tannehill

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