Week 5 proved to us that injuries, while they don’t have a lasting effect since our lineups change weekly, can still play a big part in Daily Fantasy Sports. Running backs were hard hit last week, resulting in Andre Williams, Brandon Oliver and Ronnie Hillman turning into the hottest waiver wire claims this week.
Calvin Johnson appears likely to sit out this week, and the Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints are on a bye, so there is a lot sort through to put together a solid team for Week 6. Here we go:
Elite, Expensive: Matt Ryan, ATL (Week 6 vs Chicago)
It is obvious most teams play better at home than on the road. Ryan and the Falcons are exactly that. They are 2-3, winning two at home and losing three on the road. This is the Falcons’ only home game between Week 3 to Week 12 as the Week 8 “home” matchup against Detroit is in London and Week 9 is their bye week. Expect the Falcons to fly high this week in front of their home crowd and Ryan should notch over 300 passing yards and 3 touchdowns.
Middle of the Road: Eli Manning, NYG (Week 6 @ Philadelphia)
The Giants have won three straight games and, over that span, Manning has thrown 8 touchdowns and 1 interception. The Philadelphia Eagles are allowing the most points to opposing quarterbacks. Expect a close, high-scoring game as these two division rivals compete. With running back Rashad Jennings out, Manning might have to throw a few more times, which is opportunity for more fantasy points.
Cheap, High Upside: Teddy Bridgewater, MIN (Week 6 vs Detroit)
In Week 5, Bridgewater did not play due to injury. So, he’s had two full weeks to recover and get prepared for the home division showdown against Detroit. There isn’t a lot of tape on Bridgewater for Detroit to study, and the Vikings may have trouble running the ball or end up playing from behind, helping his odds for a solid fantasy score. This is a great opportunity for Bridgewater to prove his worth.
Elite, Expensive: Matt Forte, CHI (Week 6 @ Atlanta)
Atlanta has the worst run defense in the league allowing the most points to opposing running backs. Forte just finished Week 5 leading both rushing and receiving for the Bears. He should have plenty of room to run all over this weak Atlanta defense. I expect the Bears to run the ball, control the clock, and try to keep the high-flying Atlanta offense off the field. Forte should easily top 100 rushing yards with a great chance of scoring a touchdown too.
Middle of the Road: Lamar Miller, MIA (Week 6 vs Green Bay)
Week 5 was a bye week for Miami, so it allowed their players to rest. Miller will lead the Dolphins in rushing as Moreno is not yet confirmed to be back from injury. Green Bay is generous to opposing running backs. With a week to plan for this defense, the Dolphins and Miller will want to control the clock, keep Rodgers off the field, and that means fantasy points for the running back.
Cheap, High Upside: Andre Williams, NYG (Week 6 @ Philadelphia)
Stepping in for the injured Rashad Jennings will be Williams. In Week 4 (with Jennings healthy) and Week 5 (after Jennings left the game), Williams has been the main back with the most rushing yards and touchdowns each game. Week 6 is against the Eagles, who allow the eighth most fantasy points to running backs. It is a great matchup for Williams to keep on rolling. I expect over 80 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Elite, Expensive: Julio Jones, ATL (Week 6 vs Chicago)
As I said for Matt Ryan above, I expect the Falcons to soar high this week. Jones is the third best wide receiver in the league this year and I expect him to continue that trend this week. Chicago allows the fifth most fantasy points to wide receivers. This should be a great fantasy game for all weapons on both offenses as the combined score could top 70.
Middle of the Road: Keenan Allen, SD (Week 6 @ Oakland)
We saw Allen show up finally in Week 4, so we were all excited that he finally was living up to our preseason expectations. Well, Week 5 was a dud for Allen with only three receptions for 25 yards. Allen should get right this week against a poor Oakland team. With Malcom Floyd out, expect Phillip Rivers to lean on his best asset in Allen.
Cheap, High Upside: Allen Robinson, JAC (Week 6 @ Tennessee)
Over the past three games, Robinson has been targeted 28 times. He is getting the chances from quarterback Blake Bortles. In Week 6, I expect Robinson to finally find the end zone. I think he has a great game as Tennessee is shuffling players to cover for their loss of Bernard Pollard. Robinson will convert the targets into catches, yards, and a touchdown this week, I have no doubts.
Elite, Expensive: Rob Gronkowski, NE (Week 6 @ Buffalo)
Week 6 showed the Gronkowski (Gronk) we have all been waiting for. He finished six catches, 100 yards and one touchdown. With New England getting back to their two-tight end sets and running the ball, it forces defenses to not focus so much on Gronk. Gronk seems to be near-full health finally, which is what New England has been waiting for. I expect him to torch the Buffalo Bills as New England continues to roll.
Middle of the Road: Ladarius Green, SD (Week 6 @ Oakland)
With Malcom Floyd possibly not playing, San Diego may need another option to fill in for him and that is where Green steps up. He hasn’t lived up to his pre-season hype as Antonio Gates continues to show he hasn’t lost it. Green is a sneaky play this week as we know two-tight end sets do succeed when utilized properly. Oakland will focus on trying to stop Keenan Allen and Gates, so Green has potential to perform this week.
Cheap, High Upside: Eric Ebron, DET (Week 6 @ Minnesota)
Ebron missed a touchdown by one yard in Week 5. It actually was ruled a touchdown, but after review, was ruled he didn’t cross the plane. He is becoming another great weapon for Matthew Stafford. With Calvin Johnson likely to rest his injury, Ebron may see more targets. He has great upside this week with another chance to score.
San Diego (Week 6 @ Oakland)
San Diego continues to prove they are a team to beat this year. Their defense just shut out the lowly New York Jets and should continue to thrive this week against a weak Oakland offense.
Denver (Week 6 @ New York Jets)
The Jets offense is a mess, they just got shut out in San Diego, and Denver has a good defense. This should be an easy matchup for Denver.