Fantasy Football matchups - Week 6


Week 5 concluded with a Titan sized statement win on Tuesday night and showcased maybe the most incredible stiff-arm ever!

Fire up your T’s and P’s(thoughts and prayers) for not only Josh Norman but also for Dak Prescott who suffered a horrific ankle fracture last week. What does Dak’s ankle, Derrick Henry’s dominance, and all the COVID-19 watch mean for your week 6 fantasy outlook? Well we here at The Fantasy Whisperers are here to help as much as possible. That includes this column where we try to give you a perspective on every fantasy relevant player in every matchup for the week 6 slate of games. For any additional start/sit advice make sure you DM us on Twitter or Instagram and for even more in depth analysis head on over to our YouTube channel where we post daily videos to prepare you to win your week.


TEAMS ON BYE:

Seattle Seahawks

Los Angeles Chargers

New Orleans Saints

Las Vegas Raiders




DEN @ NE

45.5 O/U -8.5 (NE)

Two of the most successful AFC franchises of the past decade meet in Foxboro, and both are hoping to have their starting QB return after being out briefly. This game was initially scheduled for last weekend, so both teams are “coming off their bye”, although not in the usual way.

Patriots Preview

Through the Air

Cam Newton looks to make a comeback from a bout with COVID-19 and practicing on Thursday puts him on track to start. He’s a low-end QB1, so go ahead and get him in your lineup – both his arms and legs should get plenty of work this weekend. His WR corps is still thin, with Julian Edelman leading the group as a WR3. N’Keal Harry and Damiere Byrd will also look to join in the fun, but they are TD-dependent WR3-4 plays at best. Similarly, TE Ryan Izzo can stay on the waiver wire for now.

On the Ground

Cam Newton is the #1 rushing threat on this team, but at RB you can look to James White, Damien Harris and Rex Burkhead as fringe RB3 guys if you’re thin at the position. Sony Michel is the leading rusher on the squad, but with him landing on the IR, the lead back position is in play. Knowing Belichick, he’ll have the carries split until someone fumbles, and then they’ll stop getting the ball the rest of the game. JJ Taylor may also snag some rushes, so this backfield is murky at best. Avoid them if possible, or if you feel confident that you know which one will happen to find the endzone. James White is the best option, due to his lead in snap count.

Broncos Preview

Through the Air

Denver is optimistic that they’ll be getting Drew Lock back this week. That’s good, because they’ve struggled with Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskel while he’s been out. But it shouldn’t move the needle for fantasy owners, because he’s not good start against the stout Patriots’ defense. He lost his best WR target in Courtland Sutton, so he’ll be building rapport with Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick, both fringe WR3s. KJ Hamler may return from injury this week, but you shouldn’t start him even if he plays, or DaeSean Hamilton if he does sit. At TE, Noah Fant is hurting and it’s unsure if he’ll suit up. I would avoid him this week even if he does play.

On the Ground

This spot just got interesting, as Melvin Gordon was arrested for a DUI this week. It’s unknown what penalty the league will impose, or what kind of timeline it will follow. If he plays this week, you should start him. Philip Lindsay is coming back from an injury, and if Gordon doesn’t play, he’s a solid RB3 start. I’d avoid him if Gordon is playing, though.

Extra points

New England’s D/ST is a great choice this week, as a home favorite with a low game total. Skip both Kickers and the Broncos’ D/ST.

HOU @ TEN

53 O/U -3.5 (TEN)

This AFC South matchup finds the Titans rolling, while the Texans are struggling to right the ship on their season following their first win last week.


Titans Preview

Through the Air

Ryan Tannehill is playing well, but it hasn’t translated to fantasy success so far. He’s a low-end streaming option at best. AJ Brown came back and showed up last week, with 7 catches for 82 yards and a score in his return to action. Corey Davis hasn’t returned yet from the COVID list, but Adam Humphries has. Kalif Raymond rounds out the WR group, but Brown is the only one worth starting this week. TE Jonnu Smith joins him as a locked-in starter.

On the Ground

Start Derrick Henry. Nothing else in this backfield matters.

Texans Preview

Through the Air

The Texans look to Deshaun Watson to get back to his usual self, something we saw flashes of last week under interim coach Romeo Crennel. His 3 TDs and over 350 yards were well complemented by the 25 rush yards, his most since week 1. Start him as a QB1. Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks lead the WR group, and while Cooks had a big day last weekend, don’t expect it to happen every week. Fuller is a WR2, and Cooks a WR3, but both are startable options, especially now that byes have started in earnest. Randall Cobb and TEs Darren Fells and Jordan Akins can all stay on the bench.


On the Ground

David Johnson isn’t back to his 2016 self, but he’s been a solid play with volume so far this season, with over 400 scrimmage yards so far. Hopefully the TDs will come, but don’t count on them. Start him as a RB2 this week. Duke Johnson should be on your bench until something changes in his usage.


Extra points

Vegas thinks this might be a high scoring game, so neither D/ST is a good option. You can stream the Titans in a pinch, but avoid the Texans. Both Kickers should have plenty of opportunities, Ka’imi Fairbairn for the Texans and Stephen Gostkowski for the Titans.

CLE @ PIT

51 O/U -3.5 (PIT)

Myles Garrett returns to Pittsburgh, the last team he played last season, in this AFC North matchup.

Pittsburgh Preview

Through the Air

Ben Roethlisberger leads the Steelers and should be his normal low-end QB1 rank this week. Chase Claypool was the hot waiver add this week, and the rookie will look to follow up his big week with another fantasy relevant game. Juju Smith-Schuster is still the main guy to have in this offense and is a WR2 this week, and Claypool has played himself into a WR3 spot. Diontae Johnson has been relegated to WR4 tier in the rankings due to his injury but could be a decent flex option if he does end up playing. Eric Ebron slots in as a streaming option at TE, but he hasn’t looked like a focus in the red zone which limits his upside.

On the Ground

James Conner has been the focal point of the rushing offense, and he’s been getting the volume to prove it. Cleveland’s rushing defense has surprisingly been very good this season, but the game script is likely to favor Conner for most of the game, especially with his versatility as a pass-catcher, where he’s caught 11 passes through their 4 games.

Browns Preview

Through the Air

The Browns look to Baker Mayfield to lead their offense. He’s been solid so far this season, but this week is a rough matchup. Sit him, and stream someone else if needed. Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, his top two targets, were both out of practice on Thursday, so keep an eye on their availability. They’re probably not great options in the first place, as the Steelers’ defense should keep them in check. Sit TE Austin Hooper as well.

On the Ground

Kareem Hunt is a solid RB1 with Nick Chubb out, although it may be a bit of a rough week against the Steelers’ defense, especially if they get behind early. If the game ends up being a slugfest, he may be in for a big day.

Extra Points

The Steelers’ D/ST is a top-5 option this week, but the Browns should be avoided. Go ahead and start Chris Boswell at K.


BAL @ PHI

47.5 O/U -7.5 (BAL)

Baltimore hops on the bus and heads to the City of Brotherly Love in this interconference matchup.

Eagles Preview

Through the Air

Carson Wentz hasn’t filled anyone with confidence so far this season, and while the offense took a step forward last week, it wasn’t enough to secure a second win for the Eagles. I’m sitting him until we get some consistency in his performance. From the fog of injury finally emerged a favored target in the receiving game: Travis Fulgham, who now leads the team in receiving yards despite being a distant 4th in receptions. With the continuing injuries to Alshon Jeffrey, Jalen Reagor and Desean Jackson (though Jackson is an outside shot of playing this week), it looks like Fulgham is your man. Boot him up as a WR3, but don’t expect a mirror performance from last week. Greg Ward will also command some WR targets, but I wouldn’t recommend starting him. Zach Ertz has been underwhelming at the TE position so far this year, but you’re starting him even if confidence is slipping due to his massive share of snaps.

On the Ground

The lone bright spot throughout the season for the Eagles has been RB Miles Sanders. This is a tough matchup, so temper expectations, but Sanders has been involved in the pass game as well, and should get plenty of work. He’s solidly in the RB2 tier this week.


Ravens Preview

Through the Air

QB Lamar Jackson hasn’t been on quite the tear to start 2020 as he had been last season, but his team has done well regardless, and you’ll want to start him up again this week against a porous Philly defense. WR Marquise Brown leads the group in targets, receptions and yards and should be a solid fantasy play in the WR2 tier. WRs Miles Boykin and Willie Snead can stay on the bench for now. Mark Andrews has shown he’s got a huge distance between his ceiling and floor, but you’re loving the upside opportunity each week in your TE position. Start him up with confidence.


On the Ground

Despite only 3 yards last week, Lamar Jackson continues to be the leading rusher of this group. Mark Ingram leads the RB group in carries, while JK Dobbins has 2 scores on only 16 carries and has been targeted twice as much as any other RB in the pass game. Gus Edwards is also around to ruin your day if you start either of them, so I’d avoid the whole crew at this point. You’re not hoping for an injury, but that may be the only thing that can break this committee open.


Extra Points

Ravens come in as a top-10 option at D/ST, boosted by the erratic play of the Eagles offense. Tucker should be a locked-in every week starter due to his huge load of opportunities each week, while Jake Elliott is toward the bottom. Skip him this week, and probably going forward.




WAS @ NYG

43 O/U -3.5 (NYG)


Of all the games this week this is shaping to be the least exciting to watch. Two struggling franchises facing off who could easily be in the mix for the #1 pick in the NFL draft. Will the Giants get their first win of the season?


The Football Team Preview

Through the Air

Kyle Allen is the starter again this week after being forced out of the game last week with an injury. He is not a fantasy relevant start this week. Terry McLaurin is a volume based start with immense talent and upside. Its really unfortunate he is stuck in such a crappy offense because he could really flourish with some talent around him. Logan Thomas received a lot of hype coming into 2020 but that is quickly fizzling out. This offense just doesn’t provide enough upside to warrant a start.


On the Ground

Just when we thought Antonio Gibson overtook the backfield, J.D. McKisic had to pop his head back up again last week. I would roll with Gibson this week and a RB3 with some TD upside as there should be some extra volume given the matchup and the struggles of the Giants offense to put points on the board. J.D McKisic is a fade for me, his main contribution is in the passing game and I don’t expect a lot of opportunities this week.


Giants Preview

Through the Air

Danny “Nickels” Jones is struggling mightily this season, although not entirely his fault he is just not good enough. This offense has been hit hard with injuries and any time you lose arguably the best RB in the NFl you are going to struggle. Darius Slayton gets a boom or bust tag from me this week. He put up a huge line last week against a terrible Dallas defense but this offense is not predictable and the Washington D -line is going to get to Jones early and often. Evan Engram has been frustrating this year, he is finally healthy but stuck in neutral because of his terrible QB. Start him but he is no longer a TE1 he is in the realm of TE2 this year.


On the Ground

Devonta Freeman could be a good start this week and a RB2/3 candidate given the neutral game script between these terrible offenses. He should see good volume and the Washington defense has given up 6 TDs to RBs the past 3 weeks. Let’s hope Freeman hits paydirt this week.


Extra Points

With quite a few teams on bye I would take a look at both of these D/ST this week. The offenses of these teams are both struggling to put op points and both D/ST have been playing better than expected.


ATL @ MIN

55 O/U -3.5 (MIN)


Probably the most talented 0-5 team, the Atlanta Falcons squares up against another very talented struggling team the Minnesota Vikings. Their records don’t show it but this should be a fun game to watch and could turn into a shootout with the talent these teams have.


Atlanta Falcons Preview

Though the Air

What is going on with Matt Ryan? It used to be the Falcons defense that was blowing these games for the teams after halftime but now Ryan is struggling. He has thrown one TD the past 3 games and 2 INTs. This could be a get right game for him as the Vikings defense is struggling to slow down offenses and QBs this year. Julio Jones is shaping up to be a true game time decision and looks to be on the wrong side of active this week. Calvin Ridley has been feast on targets this season especially with Jones out. Look for him to post a big stat line this week and he should see extra looks in what could be a shoot out. I’m going to fade on both Russell Gage and Hayden Hurst this week.


On the Ground

Todd Gurley may not be as washed up as we thought based on last week's performance. Gone are the dominant days of Gurley single handedly delivering championships to fantasy teams but he is still showing to be a productive weekly RB2. Brian Hill offers little upside outside of a handcuff option for Gurely, his usage is too unpredictable. If Gurley were to miss time Brian Hill would vault to the RB2 status.


Vikings Preview

Though the Air

Plain and simple the Falcons secondary is not stopping anyone, they lead the league in points given up to QBs. As i mentioned this game can easily turn into a shootout and i’m deploying Captain Kirk (Kirk Cousins) out as a top 12 option. Adam Thielen is the man, this guy just gets it done each year. Lock him in this week as a WR1. The Robin to Thielen is rookie Justin Jefferson, who has stepped up and is filling the hole left by the trade of Stefon Diggs in this offense. He is leading the league in air yards per target with 15 yards and has the upside to blow the top off a defense. Last week was disappointing but I’m still rolling with him as a WR2 this week against the struggling Falcons secondary.


On the Ground

Dalvin Cook is all but a lock to miss this week with a minor groin injury. Next Man up with Alexander Mattison who filled in nicely for Cook against the Seahawks. The Vikings have one of the top rushing attacks in the game and you can trust whoever is leading the way to be a near lock RB2 each week.


Extra Points

Fade these D/ST this week. The High O/U and mediocre play from both D/ST is a recipe for a disappointing stat line for Fantasy purposes. Younghoe Koo is healthy and can be trusted as one of the top kickers in the league.


DET @ JAX

54.5 O/U -3.5 (JAX)


Lions Preview

Though the Air

Matthew Stafford seems to be back to his old self after getting Kenny Golladay back in the lineup. With Kenny G in the lineup this offense has opportunities to put up a ton of points on the board. I’m trusting both of these guys in my lineup this week and a QB2 and WR2. T.J Hockenson has been a little disappointing this year, but so have most TE’s. We haven't seen the upside but maybe this week will be that week, the Jaguars are a cake matchup for TEs this season.


On the Ground

This backfield is a giant headache. I’m avoiding this backfield at all cost and you should too until something changes. You simply can’t trust Adrian Perterson or D’andre Swift to reliably put up points for you.


Jaguars Preview

Through the Air

Gardner Minshew hasn’t wowed in recent weeks after falling to the Beard on Thursday night. This week should be different. The Lions defense is letting up 240yards and 2 TDs to opposing QBs and this game can easily turn into a shootout. Trust Minshew as a QB2 with QB1 upside if D.J Chark plays. Chark went down with an ankle injury in week 5 but reports are saying he is fine and will play. If he plays put him in your lineup as a WR2 with WR1 upside. Laviska Shenault has continued to have a bigger role each week this season and could be in for a big game this week. Make sure to monitor his status as he seems to be nursing a hamstring injury.


On the Ground

Fantasy Darling James Robinson continues to impress each week. Equally more impressive is the Jaguars commitment to him and giving him more work each week regardless of game script. Trust him as a RB2 this week and most weeks on sheer volume/opportunity alone.




Bengals @ Colts

46.5 O/U -7.5 (IND)

The Bengals are in Indianapolis this week and the Colts will look to add another win to their plate before heading into their bye.


Bengals

Through the Air

Joe Burrow, who has been sacked more times than any other QB this season, will face a tough Colts defense, who has let up the fewest points to QBs this season. Burrow should be sitting pretty on your bench while he takes hits on the field and gets shut down on Sunday. And speaking of shutdown, AJ Green can no longer be considered for fantasy. Rookie Tee Higgins is maintaining an average of 8 targets in the last 3 games and is a borderline FLEX option this week. And of course, there’s room for Tyler Boyd to have a game for your fantasy squad this week. He’s carved out 20% of the market share on this offense and as AJ Green becomes a firm non-option Boyd’s stock will further rise.


On the Ground

Joe Mixon has been increasingly dynamic, coming off career high in targets with 8 last week.

It’s true the Colts have the 3rd best defense against RBs but they’ve created major holes for receivers through the air. Mixon may beat his own career high in targets this Sunday if Joe Burrow can hold it together!


Colts

Through the Air

Philip Rivers hasn’t thrown for more than 1 touchdown a game all season. And at the moment, there isn’t a receiver who truly shines on this offense. Also worth noting that Cincinnati is effective against WRs.


On the Ground

Jonathan Taylor is still meddling in pre-pop-off territory but this week things could change. Cincinnati has been very favorable to the running back position over 5 weeks, allowing 22pts per week on average. Nyheim Hines has faded away from threat territory so this really could be a breakout game for JT.


Extra Points

This is a great week to have the Colts Defense on your squad. Most weeks have been but Burrow is a sack-magnet. Start them with confidence. And because of Rivers volatility, Bengals may prove to be a decent start too. The Colts also offer greatness in the form Rodrigo Blakenship. Everyone’s new favorite kicker is snatching hearts, averaging more than 11pts a game, and making field goggles look sexy. Yeah I said it.


Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers

44.5 O/U -2.5 (CAR)

Carolina has been continuing to find ways to win since losing CMC early in the season and it won’t stop at the Bears. While making critical changes in the QB department has certainly improved their outlook, Chicago will drop to 4-2 after Sunday.


Bears

Through the Air

Nick Foles didn’t get a handshake from Tom Brady but he did get that W in an important - “is this guy really our future for the immediate future?” - game last week. And more than just another W, it seems Nick Foles has brought a new life to this offense. Allen Robinson is a sure start with this energy.


On the Ground

David Montgomery stands alone in this backfield and is plodding at a less than exciting pace. His goal line work is heartening, as is the volume, so you just gotta hope he can start adding a few more yards to each run he gets.


Panthers

Through the Air

DJ Moore and Robby Anderson continue their exciting back and forth for WR1 for the Panthers. It’s keeping this offense dynamic and giving Teddy Bridgewater a viable fantasy QB nod.


On the Ground

Mike Davis has truly had an impressive takeover while CMC has been out with injury. His 45 carries for 219 yards with one touchdown and 30 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns is stunning. What’s more - over the first 5 weeks of the season, Davis has 21 broken tackles. That is three more broken tackles than the next two players on the list – Antonio Gibson of the Washington Football Team and Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints. And remember, Mike Davis only played in 4 out of the first 5 games.


Extra Points

Carolina may not be a terrible defensive start against a Bears offense still looking to gel.


New York Jets at Miami Dolphins

47.5 O/U -8.5 (MIA


The Jets may be the worst team in the NFL and it may not be close. Miami is riding another level of energy coming off a big win against the 49ers and another electric performance by none other than Ryan Fitzpatrick. Does Vegas have odds on whether or not Gase gets fired after the Dolphins crush the Jets this week?


Jets

Through the Air

Joe Flacco leads the Jets as Sam Darnold recovers from a shoulder injury. All but Jamison Crowder have suffered under this regime. He is coming off a huge week, picking up 7 receptions for 104 yards. He’ll remain a starter this week.


On the Ground

Le'Veon Bell ran the furthest he’s run all season - all the way to the Chiefs roster! Now Frank Gore and Lamical Perine will figure out how to fill that vacancy. It’s a wait and see… how the Jets do next season… type of situation.


Dolphins

Through the Air

Ryan Fitzpatrick is absolutely electrifying the Dolphins right now. It’s clear, the Pride of South Beach is having the time of his life, and it’s a great time to snag him for a solid streaming start for your fantasy squad (unless someone else was already pulled in by that magic). His game of late has activated both Preston Williams and DeVante Parker who went for a combined 216 yards on 19 receptions. And tight end Miles Gieseki is a sure start as well, playing with a high ceiling, albeit, all the same tight end volatility you can


On the Ground

Based on volume alone, Miles Gaskin should be locked in your lineup. He has averaged 20 touches per game over last 3 weeks and given the right situation, this will produce great returns for your squad. And what do we have here in this week’s matchup against New York? The right situation, as the Jets have allowed the 5th-most RB points per game.


Extra Points

The Dolphins are a screaming start against a Jets team that just lost their lead RB and has a totally delusional coach who makes terrible play calls.




Packers @ Buccaneers

54 O/U -2 (GB)

Tom Brady versus Aaron Rodgers but this time things are a bit different well at least on Brady’s side. Brady will look to topple Rodgers at his new home stadium in Tampa as the Bucs host the NFL’s best offense in this legendary QB showdown.


Packers

Through the Air

MVP hype surrounds Aaron Rodgers as he and the Packers look to make it 5 straight games with 30 or more points scored. That kind of production begins and ends with Aaron Rodgers who is now the QB6 in fantasy football on a points per game basis. He has three or more touchdowns in 3 of 4 games so far this year and has yet to throw an interception. Rodgers has had all this success without having Davante Adams other than in week one. With Adams back and Allen Lazard out for the foreseeable future, look for Aaron Jones to see a steady diet of targets as well, as he has only had one game without at least four catches this year. As much as I wanted Marquez Valdes-Scantling to become the next best passing weapon for Rodgers it seems as if that weapon is Robert Tonyan. Right before their bye, Tonyan saw 3 touchdowns on Monday night against the Falcons and will look to continue the chemistry with Rodgers this Sunday.


On the Ground

Aaron Jones is the RB4 in most fantasy scoring formats behind a whopping six touchdowns in only 4 games played. As much as I logic tells me that Jones cannot keep scoring this many touchdowns, he will be facing a Tampa Bay defense that has 5 total RB scores in as many games and I see no reason for the Aaron Jones train to slow down this week. Jamaal Williams saw a career high 8 targets and caught them all prior to their bye. He should be stashed in deeper leagues but no need to FLEX him this week.


Buccaneers

Through the Air

The epitome of an up and down fantasy QB this year, Brady now has two finishes inside the top 10 at the position, two finishes outside the top 18, and one at QB#11 so far this season. The good news for Brady is that he should get Chris Godwin back from a hamstring injury this week and Mike Evans will have had 10 days to heal from his ankle injury from week 4. The bad news for fantasy football GMs with Brady on their roster is that he faces a GB squad allowing the 13th least amount of points per game to the position at 18.8 on average. Green Bay’s numbers are likely skewed by putting a run-funnel defense on the field each week. Evans and Godwin are must-starts each week based on pure upside and talent alone, but expectations on Brady should be tempered. Rob Gronkowski is not anything more than a name these days and can’t be trusted in your lineups.


On the Ground

As mentioned above, the Packers have been very friendly to opposing fantasy running backs and on a per game basis they are MOST friendly, allowing 31.7 ppg on average. This spells good news for both Ronald Jones who is fresh off of back to back 100 yard contests and Leonard Fournette who has returned healthy from an ankle injury that forced him to miss week 4. Both backs are on the RB2/FLEX radar in this one.


Extra Points

At the top I mentioned the fact that the Packers average over 30 points per contest and this has given Mason Crosby K#9 status this year while playing one less game than most kickers already. He should be in your lineup if you need kicker help for this and weeks to come.


Los Angeles Rams @ San Francisco

50.5 -3.5 (LAR)

The Sunday night primetime matchup features a longtime rivalry in the super talented NFC west. The Los Angeles Rams led by mastermind Sean McVay will travel to face one of his mentors in Kyle Shanahan and his San Francisco 49ers. McVay will do his best to shield Jared Goff’s inadequacies while Shanahan may have a QB committee on his hands.


Rams

Through the Air

It is fitting that the quarterback for a Los Angeles squad is doing his best Hollywood impression this year and acting like a top 10 fantasy quarterback. Goff is sitting at QB9 on the season behind three performances above 23 points each but his other two? Below 12 points each. If Goff is the lead, the best director award goes to Sean McVay and so much of their success rests on the shoulders of their supporting cast. Goff leads the league in play action dropbacks and while this team is in the bottom 10 in pass attempts, Goff does get to throw to the likes of Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. After a slow week one, Kupp now has 4 straight games of 6 or more targets and 5 or more catches. As for Woods who is the WR16 in PPR formats, he has only had one game below 10 points in those formats this year. Both should be started with confidence because although the passing volume is low for the Rams it is bolstered by LA only facing the NFC east in four of five games this year. Outside of his three touchdown game against the Eagles in week two, Tyler Higbee has been a disappointment and he and his GMs just watched a now fully healthy Gerald Everett pace the team in receiving yards with 90 last week on four catches. Neither TE can be expected to produce TE1 numbers any given week.


On the Ground

Sean McVay has told us that he wants to deploy a “running back by committee” approach to this backfield and I think we have to take that at face value when projecting fantasy football success week to week. If you were unable to sell high on Darrell Henderson after last week’s two-touchdown, yet sneakily inefficient performance, your window may be closing. McVay gushed about Cam Akers return from a rib injury last week after the game saying that we should “expect Akers workload to continue.” Akers was the most effective Rams back as he ran for 61 yards on only 9 carries. The second leading rusher wasn’t even Henderson, it was the journeymen Malcolm Brown. All of these backs should be faded against a San Fran squad allowing the second least amount of points per game to RBs in fantasy this year.


49ers

Through the Air

Despite being loaded with talent on the offense, the 49ers are a bit of a dumpster fire on offense in recent weeks. In the last three weeks they have gone from Jimmy Garappolo to Nick Mullens to C.J. Beatheard and then back to Jimmy G. only to go back to Beatheard. Phew! This is all to say that even though Jimmy G may be back from his ankle sprain, as we saw last week he may not be fully over it and is a risk to be benched at any moment. You should fade whoever is named starter especially against a Rams defense that leads the league in team sacks with 20 this year. This essentially means that outside of George Kittle you cannot trust any pass catcher in this offense.


On the Ground

Raheem Mostert returned from his MCL sprain last weekend against the Dolphins and racked up nearly 120 scrimmage yards against the Dolphins and essentially relegated Jerrick McKinnon to the bench. Mostert now is averaging 125 yards from scrimmage in every game he's played in this year while McKinnon averages 26% of the team snaps when Mostert plays. While I believe that better days are ahead for McKinnon and he remains a stash you cannot start him until further notice. Mostert can be rolled out with confidence as an RB2 with RB1 upside.


Extra Points

The Rams D/ST and their league-leading 20 sacks are the #5 unit in fantasy so far this year and will face a Niners squad that has plenty of issues at quarterback this week.


Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills

55 O/U -3 (KC)

After both of these squads dropped games they were favored in last week they will square off with identical 4-1 records in a game that could have serious AFC playoff seeding implications. High powered offenses led by stud fantasy QB options will square off on the first of two Monday night games.


Chiefs

Through the Air

As close to a lock for multiple touchdowns as you can get, Patrick Mahomes is the QB2 after five weeks and will look to capitalize against a Bills defense that has surrendered the 10th most passing yards and fourth most passing touchdowns in 2020. Per usual, this means good things for all of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce as they are locked on top of the target tree. Sammy Watkins left last week with a serious hamstring injury and thus has opened the door for Mecole Hardman and even Demarcus Robinson to be the third target getter in this high octane attack. Newly acquired Le’Veon Bell will likely not see much work in this one if he is active at all but at his height in Pittsburgh was running as many routes out of the backfield as WRs like Julio Jones. You can FLEX Mecole Hardman but both Robinson and Bell would be more of “wait and see.”


On the Ground

As stated above the Chiefs have signed Le’Veon Bell and thus this may be the last time for Clyde Edwards-Helaire to see the bell-cow usage, especially at the goal line, that he has been accustomed to seeing. Start him with confidence this week but with Bell on the squad I find it hard to see C.E.H. to return the value on his first round ADP from this past fall. Bell is only a desperation FLEX and has no floor if active as a brand new signing.


Bills

Through the Air

Even though Josh Allen’s MVP hype was cooled off last Tuesday by a determined Titans squad the dude still has 17 total touchdowns on the year and is the QB3 heading into this which Vegas has as the highest over/under on the docket. Allen will look to lean on his new favorite toy Stefon Diggs who has four touchdowns on the year and his 37 targets are fourth most in the NFL through five games. John Brown has been dinged up with a calf injury but with four teams on bye in this projected shootout he has WR3/FLEX appeal.


On the Ground

The good news for Devin Singletary and the fantasy GMs that roster him is that he has averaged over 17 touches per game in the last three weeks. The bad news? Zack Moss was inactive for all three games and has now returned to full practice this week. Moss will go from RB2 usage and production to the RB3/FLEX borderline and Moss is still a bench stash at this point.


Extra Points

The kickers in this game should both be solid plays while the defenses will be part of a likely shootout and can be avoided.


Arizona Cardinals @ Dallas Cowboys

54.5 O/U -2.5 (AZ)

The Dallas Cowboys fresh off a late game win over the Giants and more importantly the loss of their franchise QB to a compound ankle fracture will host an inconsistent Arizona Cardinals squad looking for another statement victory for their young season.


Cardinals

Through the Air

Kyler Murray is somewhat quietly a top 5 fantasy football QB in 2020 and is doing it behind a league-leading 296 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns amongst QBs. Murray will now face a Dallas defense that is allowing 20 points per game to opposing QBs. Murray’s lack of passing volume is concerning but don’t tell that to DeAndre Hopkins who leads the NFL in receptions with 45. Facing a Dallas defense (if you can call it that) that is surrendering the most touchdowns(9) to wide receivers this year puts even Christian Kirk on the radar a week after he saw his highest snap percentage against the Jets.


On the Ground

Nothing is more frustrating in fantasy football than a running back seeing consistent volume and not producing consistently high numbers. Ergo Kenyan Drake is 2020’s most frustrating player as he has seen the 6th most rushing attempts and yet is only averaging 3.7 yards per carry, has only 6 targets on the season, and is the overall RB27 on the year. At the same time he is facing a Dallas defense that has surrendered 20.6 fantasy points per game to the RB position. This game’s over/under of 55 suggests that both Drake and Chase Edmonds, who has 12 targets and 10 catches over his last two games, are worth starting this week. Drake is an RB2 and Edmonds is a strong FLEX with upside this week.


Cowboys

Through the Air

With Dak going down with the ankle injury Andy Dalton will look to lead this Cowboys passing attack and faces a Cardinals defense that just lost Chandler Jones for the season. Dalton has been a top five fantasy QB before with a much less talented supporting cast in Cincy before and is a plus streaming option this week in my book. This of course is based on the fact that he is throwing to the most talented wide receiving corps in football in Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup. While Cooper and Lamb are must-starts Gallup becomes an interesting flex play this week because he caught 3 of the 11 balls that Dalton threw late last week in relief of Dak. Dalton Shultz is worth the stream at a lowly TE position.


On the Ground

Not that he needs any help being an elite RB, but given the Dak injury, Dallas may be more inclined to feed Ezekiel Elliott now more than ever.


Extra Points

Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein is coming off his best game of the year with 14 points last week in most formats. Greg is poised to benefit immensely from Dak’s supreme efficiency now lost for the season as Dallas will likely settle for plenty of more field goals going forward.

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