With week 6 getting under way tonight in New York, the fantasy season is already close to reaching the midway point, and boy has it just flown by so far.
If you did not get to read Adam’s article yesterday (his first, in a new weekly column from him) you missed news that we are going to try and change things up a bit here. What we do not want to be is just like the endless other fantasy sites out there in today’s landscape.
I am sorry we did not bring a new episode of the show out this week. We will re-work the podcast a bit and be back next week with a few changes. As for this weekly series, I plan on keeping it pretty similar, it’s really hard to get TOO innovative with rankings, but I will continue to share more of my process and feelings for each section, as I believe that is truly where the value is in these offerings from me each week. I’d love any feedback from out there in fantasyland, what are you liking and not liking from this weekly series?
With that out of the way, lets rock and roll.
Through week 5 in 2018 we have already 11 QBs with over 100 fantasy points, in 2017 at this same point, we had 5. Scoring is up all across the league, which means it was a good year to wait on QBs in fantasy drafts. With that said if you reached for Rodgers, Watson, or Wilson, you had to feel good seeing them finish as top ten options in week 5. Some guys that get back to finishing in the top ten this week are Tom Brady, Jameis Winston, and Matt Ryan. Jameis, coming off of a bye, gets a fantastic matchup against the Falcons to lock back down his starting job. Matt Ryan will finish strong as well as both Tampa Bay and Atlanta are both giving up over an average of 24 points to fantasy QBs through 5 weeks this season.
Some guys I really want to avoid this week if possible are, Marcus Mariota (against the Baltimore defense), Dak Prescott (Jacksonville), and Alex Smith (this team has not figured out their passing game and are going up against a tough Carolina secondary on limited practice, hard pass).
Some deeper streaming options this week if you have been starting Brees or Stafford or have no other solid options and want to avoid names I listed above; Josh Rosen, Minnesota is giving up a lot of points to Quarterbacks at the moment, and though the game is in Minnesota, which should help the Vikings, I would stream Rosen if needed in this matchup. Josh Allen, Houston is giving up over 19 points to QBs this season, should be a tough matchup on the road for Allen, I think he can use his legs to make his day fantasy relevant. Case Keenum, With injuries still an issue for the LA defense, I wouldn’t hesitate to roll out Keenum at home against the Rams. I would temper my expectations, but with his options at WR, he should be able to break the 20 point barrier this Sunday against LA.
With Detroit’s mess of a backfield situation and Mark Ingram only having played one game this season, the only real Running Back we will miss this week is Alvin Kamara, but if you have him on your squad you probably felt like you missed him last week as well. If you have Kamara, I wouldn’t panic, with that game being a blow out, it felt like a game to get Ingram back up to speed. Kamara is going to be just fine.
Some possible injuries are hurting a few other guys this week and ones I have not ranked because I believe they will miss week 6 are; Matt Bredia, Devonta Freeman, Leonard Fournette, and Darren Sproles. At this time it sounds like Saquon Barkley is playing tonight and should be fine.
While everyone is anticipating a shoot out Sunday night with NE and KC, I think this game actually turns into more of a ground game between the two teams with Sony Michel/James White and Kareem Hunt getting a ton of work. I like all three of them to finish in the top 10! Jordan Howard should get back to form as well against a Dolphins team struggling to stop physical runners. Some guys that will finish as strong RB2’s with great performances this weekend will be; Aaron Jones, Corey Clement, Tevin Coleman, and Peyton Barber..I swear I’m not drunk, I think he knows Ronald Jones is on his heels and against that incredibly banged up ATL defense, I think Barber finds the end zone and puts up at least 60 total yards this week.
Some guys I really want to avoid this week if possible are; Adrian Peterson (with a possible shoulder injury and a stout Carolina defense on tap), Alex Collins, Nyheim Hines/Jordan Wilkins, and both Royce Freeman/Phillip Lindsay.
Guys that may be available on waivers and you can roll with if you have desperate need; Ito Smith, Mike Davis, Kyle Juszczyk, and Alfred Blue.
Now this is where having Detroit on a bye stings a little bit. The good news is though with QB scoring being up like we talked about, there are a lot of great options at WR right now as well. The position is as deep as it has ever been. I’ve got Mike Evans at #1 this week against ATL with Winston back behind center, these two guys are going to make up for lost time. Easily over 100 yards and 1 TD, if not 2 for the day, coming up for Mike.
Dalton should do well against a suspect PIT secondary as well with his top 2 guys Green and Boyd, both finishing as WR1 options for week 6, joining the other top 12 duo of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. The guy I am worried about the most is Brandin Cooks, that hit was ugly, if he is back and fine though he should torch a DEN defense that just gave up a truckload of yards and 2 TDs to Robby Anderson last week. All the Rams WR’s should once again have a good week.
Some guys I really want to avoid this week if possible are; Jordy Nelson (This feels like a Cooper/Lynch game and I have Jordy out of the top 45), Corey Davis (really all the TEN pass catchers) Allen Robinson (Howard will be all over him), and Devin Funchess (I could easily see Samuel and Moore outscore him this week).
Guys that may be available on waivers and you can roll with if you have desperate need; Zay Jones, Ryan Grant, Antonio Callaway (with Higgins out I think he steps up again), Courtland Sutton, Donte Moncrief, and Willie Snead.
|5||Odell Beckham Jr.||NYG||PHI|
Ahh the position I continue to HATE the most this year. Last week I had Jordan Reed as my #1 as I thought it would be a good game script to work the middle of the field and run game for Washington to move the ball, eat up some clock, and keep Brees off the field. But it turned out that Washington was not really there to win, just watch Drew get the record like the rest of us. Oh well. Since this is the position that seems the hardest this year, I am just going chalk in this category this week. I’ll throw a few options out there for ya, but it doesn’t matter. Last week was a PERFECT spot for Ricky Seals-Jones, as San Francisco had given up a TD to the TE position Weeks 1-4, and what does RSJ do? GOOSE EGG. Waa-waa-wa-wa-wa.
Some guys I really want to avoid this week if possible are; Vance McDonald, Hayden Hurst (I love him going forward but give him a couple weeks, he has a dream playoff schedule for fantasy if you care about that kind of thing – Weeks 13-16 are ATL, KC, TB, and the LAC), Antonio Gates, and lastly Eric Ebron (coming off a great game he gets a terrible matchup in the Jets that have stunted TEs this season, Luck is looking to his WRs this week).
Streaming options that could pay off and may be out there on waivers; Cameron Brate (Just like Evans, he and James will make up for some lost time), C.J. Uzomah (I like Kroft as well but snap shares so far indicate CIN wants to use C.J.), Geoff Swaim (Jacksonville has been solid against TE’s but Dak is gonna get the ball out early and often in this matchup and that could help Swaim), and Nick Vannett.
Buffalo has been the autostart for DST’s going against this year and I am sticking with that in a home game for the Texans. Chicago also comes back rested to take on a Miami team that has struggled the past couple of weeks. There are a few nice options here if you are streaming (and why wouldn’t you be as up and down as DST units have been so far this season?!
Streaming options if available; Green Bay, Carolina, Tennessee, Philadelphia, NY Jets, Dallas, Miami, Buffalo, and Tampa Bay.
|9||Los Angeles Rams||DEN|
|10||New York Jets||IND|
|12||Los Angeles Chargers||CLE|
|19||New York Giants||PHI|
I’ll see you all out there on the gridiron!!!