Week 6 Fantasy Preview

Welcome to Week 6, the start of bye weeks! As if injuries and poor performance weren’t bad enough, we now have to deal with players sitting as well. Let us go through the games of the week, hopefully uncovering some good matchups and players you can use to win your week. Good Luck!

Miami vs Jacksonville in London

Urban Meyer’s rushing game has been humming since James Robinson got hot, averaging 165 yards rushing in the previous three weeks. Trust none of the Jaguars wideouts, as I don’t think even the Jags know who they like. Miami has Waddle and Gaskin, and the return of Tua should hopefully boost an anemic offense. 

Kansas City vs Washington

Play the usual Chiefs, as they should dominate the Washington back end. Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson should pace the offense and the resurgence of Tyler Heinicke should continue this week. 

Rams vs Giants

The Giants, hereafter known as the Walking Dead, should get a couple of players back from injury this week. The only players I trust to be relevant are Kadarius Toney and Devonte Booker. As for the Rams, wheels up on everyone in the offense. Stafford, Woods, Kupp, and Higbee would all be good plays. 

Texans vs Colts

After his daring effort against the Patriots, Davis Mills deserves a chance to start for another week. It’s worth giving him a chance to prove himself. Brandin Cooks should again be the focal point of the offense.  In Baltimore, the Colts’ defense showed flashes of life for three quarters, including finally getting Michael Pittman involved. Look for Carson Wentz to continue to develop against a Texans defense that is having trouble stopping anything.

Bengals vs Lions

Taylor Decker is on pace to return this week against an ineffective Cincinnati pass rush, and that means Jared Goff may have more time to throw, but it’s hard to picture him finding many open targets. Defenses are starting to focus on TJ Hockenson, making it difficult to trust him. Bengals should again feature a lethal offense, headlined by star rookie Ja’Marr Chase. 

Bears vs Packers

The Bears don’t seem to know what to do with rookie QB Justin Fields, and the offense has ground to a standstill as a result. The Packers should again feature the usual suspects on offense for fantasy purposes, as this game should be pretty straightforward in terms of outcomes. 

Ravens vs Chargers

This season, the Chargers have outscored their opponents 59-28 in the fourth quarter. Jackson has already led three game-winning drives and two double-digit comebacks. Even if they achieve those stats in different ways, both clubs have top-10 attacks with below-average defenses. It should be a high-scoring affair, with Mike Williams, Keenan Allen, and Hollywood Brown being the key beneficiaries again of their high-flying offenses. Look for Austin Ekeler to do some damage in the passing game as well. 

Vikings vs Panthers

The Panthers’ offensive line is becoming weaker with each passing week, spelling trouble for Sam Darnold and rookie running back Chuba Hubbard, who again takes over for the injured Christian McCaffery. DJ Moore should have a good bounce-back week after not taking advantage of Philly’s secondary. The Vikings offense is still unsure about who is starting at running back, as Dalvin Cook comes back from injury slowly. Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen will again pace the wideouts.

Cardinals vs Browns

This is the game of the week. The injury to Nick Chubb should mean that Kareem Hunt is in the running for overall RB1 this week. Look for Demetric Felton to also contribute. The Cardinals are the lone undefeated team, making a splash trade for TE Zach Ertz, but he won’t be available till next week. Kyler Murray should again put on a spectacular performance, and the RB duo of Conner and Edmonds will have solid games.

Raiders vs Broncos

The Raiders endured some heavy drama this past week, leading to the exit of head coach Jon Gruden. It will be interesting to see how the team responds in a divisional matchup. Carr, Waller, and Ruggs should be started against the porous pass defense of Denver. In response, Denver’s tandem backfield and the steady hand of Teddy Bridgewater should make this a close contest. Look for Tim Patrick to again contribute outside of the obvious duo of Fant and Sutton. 

Cowboys vs Patriots

Play all the Cowboys you have. All of them. Dallas is an offensive juggernaut, and the Patriots are not equipped to stop them. As for the Patriots, Hunter Henry has made the case to be TE1 for New England and should be the only one trusted in this matchup. Look at the injury report for the availability of Damian Harris, otherwise, look at rookie Rhamondre Stevenson to take a majority of the carries. 

Seahawks vs Steelers

Russell Wilson was bolstering a squad that thrived on having Russell Wilson and nothing else. Playing in Pittsburgh for four quarters with T.J. Watt back is a different animal altogether. Look for DK Metcalf to have a solid game, as it seems Smith locks on him more than Wilson did. Chris Carson is not expected to play, so leave the Seattle run game alone. It’s too much to expect any backup quarterback, even Geno, to lead a failing defense and offensive line. The Steelers should again feature Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson, as well as the normal 25+ touches for rookie Najee Harris.

Bills vs Titans

The Titans are weaker than their 3-2 record implies, so the Bills need to avoid a letdown following their huge win in Kansas City. Derrick Henry should again pace the offense, and hopefully AJ Brown can resemble AJ Brown sometime this season. Zach Moss seems to be taking the lead in the backfield, and the trio of Diggs, Knox, and Sanders should all have solid games behind elite QB Josh Allen.