Week Six is here and gives us a deeper amount of plays than we had last week. While missing out on the Eagles-Panthers game is a bummer, there are still plenty of intriguing matchups, with the teams on Bye not all the most exciting fantasy options. DRAFT is running multiple person bracket games. Instead of H2H, there are 8 person brackets, where the winner moves onto another 8-person game next week. I'm intrigued and will be trying some of these out. Onto the picks:
H2H or 3-Person Contests
People may be catching onto the strategy, or injuries have made people realize that running back is the way to start. It isn't changing in Week 6. The Top 4 RBs are Kareem Hunt, Le'Veon Bell, Todd Gurley, and Leonard Fournette. Using our Matchup Grid, we see three of them have a Top 8 matchup: Fournette is 2nd (Rams allowing 25.1 fantasy points to RB), Hunt is 4th (Steelers allowing 22.6 fantasy points to RB), and Gurley is 8th (Jaguars allowing 21.3 fantasy points to RB. So Bell is fourth then? Not yet. Here are his games last year against Kansas City: 18/144/0 (5 catches for 34 yards), and 30/170/0 (2 catches for -4 yards). Personally, I have them ranked Hunt, Fournette, Bell, Gurley.
In H2H games, you can wait for your RB2 until Round 5 if your opponent takes two early. I actually like a couple of receivers not in the Top 5 (though hard to argue with Julio Jones or Antonio Brown), so I like taking Drew Brees early. Tom Brady has injury concerns, and Aaron Rodgers has to stay in the division against the Vikings, though did well in two games against Minnesota last year.. Brees has had big games against Detroit recently and is usually pretty good coming off the Bye. Brady would be second, then Rodgers for me. Hard to argue with any of them though if you rank them differently than me.
My favorite WR this week is DeAndre Hopkins, who despite being the most targeted receiver in the NFL, is 7th on the WR list. If I see my opponents focusing on Julio, Mike Evans (Patrick Peterson should limit his upside), Michael Thomas (May see Darius Slay a lot), or Brown, I will gladly take Hopkins. I also do like T.Y. Hilton on Monday night against a porous Titans secondary. Though ranked 2nd, Travis Kelce is a bit too inconsistent for me to want to take in 2 or 3 team formats.
6 and 10 Person Games
Quarterbacks: If you don't get the top 3 QBs, there are still plenty of options. Matt Ryan is the QB of the highest projected scoring team, according to Vegas (30 points). Even though they traded for AP, Carson Palmer will still throw a ton, and Tampa does give up the 3rd highest amount of points to fantasy quarterbacks. Garbage time or not, DeShaun Watson is putting up points and gets the Browns, who give up the 6th most points to QB, and Houston has a team total of 28. Matthew Stafford may not be exciting, but he does get the Saints, which is the highest projected scoring game of the week. Kirk Cousins at home vs the 49ers, with the 2nd highest team total, can be used as well.
Running Backs: There may be a clear cut from Tier 1 to Tier 2 at the running back position; however, there are still some options. Melvin Gordon looked to get back to form last week, and now gets the Raiders, who are giving up 4.2 yards a carry. The Sunday night game looks to be ugly, with the Giants having their top 3 WR out. This means we may see C.J. Anderson quite a bit, and the Giants have given up the second most rushing yards in their past eight games. Mark Ingram should see more opportunities with AP gone, but Alvin Kamara can be used here as well against the Lions. Miami vs Atlanta could see a battle between Jay Ajayi (Atlanta giving up over 20 fantasy points a game to RB) and Devonta Freeman, who may get a lot of carries late to run out the clock. Jerrick McKinnon looked like the better RB on Monday night, and now gets the Packers, who give up 4.1 yards a carry. Finally, if Matt Forte and Bilal Powell are out, Elijah McGuire becomes very viable. The Patriots are giving up 5.2 yards a carry, and McGuire has shown flashes that he can be productive.
Wide Receivers: While DeAndre Hopkins is seeing the most targets, Keenan Allen is seeing double-digit touches every week, and a matchup against the Raiders looks promising. Jordy Nelson is intriguing: While I don't like the matchup against Minnesota, he did have success in two games against them last year: 5/73/1 and 9/154/2. Michael Crabtree has been the best Oakland receiver and if Casey Heyward shadows Amari Cooper, Crabtree should be in for a big day. With some focusing on Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill continues to be a good WR2, and the punt return TD should be a reminder of his special teams prowess. Pierre Garcon gets a revenge game for the second straight week and doesn't have to worry about Josh Norman. Golden Tate is a safe source for points, especially against the Saints. My favorite play in this range is Chris Hogan. He is seeing 29% of the Red Zone targets. He's not projected to score many points, on DRAFT, so many will overlook him, which is to your benefit.
Many different ways to go after running back this week. Plan on drafting running backs early and build from there. Also, if you get into some of these deeper leagues, you may be surprised at some of the names at receiver that you see fall to the 3rd round. Don't forget that Fantistics has listener league contests going on all the way up until Sunday. To see these contest, follow FantisticsRadio and you will see the $3 (lower amount than the past), 10-man games appear in the lobby. I will jump in a couple of them throughout the week skeeter1114). Good luck with all of your week four NFL contests.