Week 6 is upon us.
Last week’s action brought us marquee performances from Peyton Manning (479 yds, 4 TDs, 2 INT) and Russell Wilson (323 combined yds, 3 TDs, 0 INT), as well as outstanding play from Austin Davis (375 yds, 3 TDs) and Brian Hoyer (292 yds, 3 TDs, 1 INT).
Eddie Lacy finally broke out of his funk for his first 100+ yard rushing performance of the season, going for 105 yards and two touchdowns, and DeSean Jackson showed off some of what he did in Week 3, catching 5 of 11 balls for 157 yards and a touchdown. Jackson could have a similar performance this week against the Cardinals, especially if Patrick Peterson doesn’t play.
Every Detroit Lions fan’s worst nightmare will likely come true this week when Calvin Johnson sits out against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Granted, Megatron hasn’t done much for his fantasy owners the past few weeks with his lingering ankle injury, but owners of the best receiver in the league now have to scramble to the bench or the waiver wire to replace him. Good luck with that. Some insiders around the league predict that Calvin could sit again next week against the Saints. Whatever it takes to get him healthy is what Jim Caldwell is ultimately going to do. In other words, Golden Tate is going to see a ridiculous number of targets this week, making him my number 10 receiver for Week 6.
This week’s action kicked off with last night’s matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans. Below are this week’s fantasy rankings, with some added sleepers that could help take your team over the top.
Fantasy Rankings, Week 6
1. Peyton Manning, DEN (@NYJ)
2. Aaron Rodgers, GB (@MIA)
3. Philip Rivers, SD (@OAK)
4. Andrew Luck, IND (@HOU)
5. Matt Ryan, ATL (vs. CHI)
6. Russell Wilson, SEA (vs. DAL)
7. Eli Manning, NYG (@PHI)
8. Jay Cutler, CHI (@ATL)
9. Colin Kaepernick, SF (@STL)
10. Matthew Stafford, DET (@MIN)
1. Matt Forte, CHI (@ATL)
2. Le’Veon Bell, PIT (@CLE)
3. Marshawn Lynch, SEA (vs. DAL)
4. Eddie Lacy, GB (@MIA)
5. Arian Foster, HOU (vs. IND)
6. DeMarco Murray, DAL (@SEA)
7. LeSean McCoy, PHI (vs. NYG)
8. Andre Ellington, ARI (vs. WAS)
9. Giovani Bernard, CIN (vs. CAR)
10. Alfred Morris, WAS (@ARI)
1. Demaryius Thomas, DEN (@NYJ)
2. Julio Jones, ATL (vs. CHI)
3. Antonio Brown, PIT (@CLE)
4. Jordy Nelson, GB (@MIA)
5. Brandon Marshall, CHI (@ATL)
6. Victor Cruz, NYG (@PHI)
7. Jeremy Maclin, PHI (vs. NYG)
8. Randall Cobb, GB (@MIA)
9. Alshon Jeffery, CHI (@ATL)
10. Golden Tate, DET (@MIN)
1. Julius Thomas, DEN (@NYJ)
2. Rob Gronkowski, NE (@BUF)
3. Martellus Bennett, CHI (@ATL)
4. Antonio Gates, SD (@OAK)
5. Delanie Walker, TEN (vs. JAX)
6. Greg Olsen, CAR (@CIN)
7. Owen Daniels, BAL (@TB)
8. Jason Witten, DAL (@SEA)
9. Larry Donnell, NYG (@PHI)
10. Zach Ertz, PHI (vs. NYG)
1. Branden Oliver, RB, SD (@OAK) – With Donald Brown out with a concussion and Ryan Mathews still at least 1-2 weeks away from a return, Oliver is the featured back this week against the soft Raiders run defense. If you’re reading this and Oliver is still on your league’s waiver wire, run, don’t walk, to pick him up. There’s a good chance he’s already gone. Oliver went off for 114 rushing yards, 68 receiving yards, and two touchdowns against the Jets. Antonio Gates called Oliver “[Darren] Sproles, with a little bit more power” during the preseason. He’s going to shred the Raiders on Sunday.
2. George Winn, RB, DET (@MIN) – The Lions are dealing with a ton of injuries right now; Reggie Bush and Joique Bell are both banged up, and the best receiver in the game is likely to sit out this week. While Winn didn’t exactly tear it up last week, rushing 11 times for 48 yards and no scores, he looked like he could really put his head down and run the ball, something the Lions are going to need to do if they want to win in Minnesota. If Bush and Bell both can’t go, Winn will be the only option in the run game for Detroit.
3. Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN (vs. JAX) – Alright, those of you who rolled with Sankey last week after reading last week’s Fantasy Football Preview probably want to punch me in the face right about now. Sankey got 8 touches for just 27 yards last Sunday against the Browns. But here’s the thing: Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster are just simply awful. As the lead back last week, Greene managed just 36 yards on 11 carries. Ken Whisenhunt promised to get Sankey the ball more last week, but ultimately didn’t come through on that promise. The only person who hasn’t figured out that Sankey is the best running back on the Titans yet is Whisenhunt. If the coach gets him the ball this week, Sankey could slice up Jacksonville’s defense, who have allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to running backs so far this season. Hold him if you’ve got him.
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