Weekly Rankings

Week 6 Rankings – Fantasy Football 2018

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.

————QUARTER BACKS————

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.

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 Patrick Mahomes KC NE
2 Aaron Rodgers GB SF
3 Jameis Winston TB ATL
4 Jared Goff LAR DEN
5 Tom Brady NE KC
6 Kirk Cousins MIN ARI
7 Matt Ryan ATL TB
8 Andy Dalton CIN PIT
9 Andrew Luck IND NYJ
10 Deshaun Watson HOU BUF
11 Cam Newton CAR WAS
12 Ben Roethlisberger PIT CIN
13 Carson Wentz PHI NYG
14 Philip Rivers LAC CLE
15 Russell Wilson SEA OAK
16 Blake Bortles JAX DAL
17 Derek Carr OAK SEA
18 Eli Manning NYG PHI
19 Alex Smith WAS CAR
20 Baker Mayfield CLE LAC
21 Joe Flacco BAL TEN
22 Dak Prescott DAL JAX
23 Josh Rosen ARI MIN
24 Sam Darnold NYJ IND
24 Marcus Mariota TEN BAL
25 Mitch Trubisky CHI MIA
26 Case Keenum DEN LAR
27 Josh Allen BUF HOU
28 Ryan Tannehill MIA CHI
29 C.J. Beathard SF GB
30 Lamar Jackson BAL TEN

————RUNNING BACKS————

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.

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 Melvin Gordon LAC CLE
2 Todd Gurley LAR DEN
3 Saquon Barkley NYG PHI
4 Sony Michel NE KC
5 Ezekiel Eliot DAL JAX
6 Kareem Hunt KC NE
7 Jordan Howard CHI MIA
8 James White NE KC
9 T.J. Yeldon JAX DAL
10 Christian McCaffrey CAR WAS
11 James Conner PIT CIN
12 Joe Mixon CIN PIT
13 David Johnson ARI MIN
14 Marshawn Lynch OAK SEA
15 Corey Clement PHI NYG
16 Carlos Hyde CLE LAC
17 Chris Carson SEA OAK
18 Tevin Coleman ATL TB
19 Aaron Jones GB SF
20 Chris Thompson WAS CAR
21 Isaiah Crowell NYJ IND
22 LeSean McCoy BUF HOU
23 Dalvin Cook MIN ARI
24 Wendell Smallwood PHI NYG
25 Mike Davis SEA OAK
26 Dion Lewis TEN BAL
27 Tarik Cohen CHI MIA
28 Jamaal Williams GB SF
29 Peyton Barber TB ATL
30 Buck Allen BAL TEN
31 Phillip Lindsay DEN LAR
32 Nyheim Hines IND NYJ
33 Ito Smith ATL TB
34 Kyle Juszczyk SF GB
35 Alfred Morris SF GB
36 Adrian Peterson WAS CAR
37 Alfred Blue HOU BUF
38 Alex Collins BAL TEN
39 Lamar Miller HOU BUF
40 Bilal Powell NYJ IND

————WIDE RECEIVERS————

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.

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 Mike Evans TB ATL
2 A.J. Green CIN PIT
3 Julio Jones ATL TB
4 Davante Adams GB SF
5 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG PHI
6 Stefon Diggs MIN ARI
7 Tyreek Hill KC NE
8 Antonio Brown PIT CIN
9 Robert Woods LAR DEN
10 DeAndre Hopkins HOU BUF
11 Adam Thielen MIN ARI
12 Tyler Boyd CIN PIT
13 Keenan Allen LAC CLE
14 Juju Smith-Scheuster PIT CIN
15 Jarvis Landry CLE LAC
16 DeSean Jackson TB ATL
17 Josh Gordon NE KC
18 Brandin Cooks LAR DEN
19 Emmanuel Sanders DEN LAR
20 Calvin Ridley ATL TB
21 Alshon Jeffrey PHI NYG
22 Cooper Kupp LAR DEN
23 Tyler Lockett SEA OAK
24 Demaryius Thomas DEN LAR
24 Amari Cooper OAK SEA
25 John Brown BAL TEN
26 Will Fuller HOU BUF
27 Sterling Shepard NYG PHI
27 Sammy Watkins KC NE
28 T.Y. Hilton IND NYJ
29 Julian Edleman NE KC
30 Keke Coutee HOU BUF
30 Corey Davis TEN BAL
31 Taylor Gabriel CHI MIA
32 Nelson Agoholor PHI NYG
33 Curtis Samuel CAR WAS
34 Mike Williams LAC CLE
35 Quincy Enunwa NYJ IND
36 Keelan Cole JAX DAL
37 Larry Fitzgerald ARI MIN
38 Geronimo Allison GB SF
39 Michael Crabtree BAL TEN
40 Dede Westbrook JAX DAL
41 Allen Robinson CHI MIA
42 Doug Baldwin SEA OAK
43 Jamison Crowder WAS CAR
44 Devin Funchess CAR WAS
45 Christian Kirk ARI MIN

————TIGHT ENDS————

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.

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 Travis Kelce KC NE
2 Zach Ertz PHI NYG
3 Rob Gronkowski NE KC
4 Jimmy Graham GB SF
5 George Kittle SF GB
6 Cameron Brate TB ATL
7 Trey Burton CHI MIA
8 Austin Hooper ATL TB
9 Jared Cook OAK SEA
10 Nick Vannett SEA OAK
11 Jordan Reed WAS CAR
12 Kyle Rudolph MIN ARI
13 C.J. Uzomah CIN PIT
14 Charles Clay BUF HOU
15 Vance McDonald PIT CIN
16 Eric Ebron IND NYJ
17 David Njoku CLE LAC
18 Geoff Swaim DAL JAX
19 Greg Olsen CAR WAS
20 Rhett Ellison NYG PHI
21 Ricky Seals-Jones ARI MIN
22 Mike Gesicki MIA CHI
23 Jesse James PIT CIN
24 Antonio Gates LAC CLE
25 Dallas Goedert PHI NYG
25 Niles Paul JAX DAL

 

————D/ST————

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.

RANK TEAM OPPONENT
1 Houston BUF
2 Chicago MIA
3 Jacksonville DAL
4 Green Bay SF
5 Baltimore TEN
6 Minnesota ARI
7 Carolina WAS
8 Tennessee BAL
9 Los Angeles Rams DEN
11 Philadelphia NYG
10 New York Jets IND
12 Seattle OAK
12 Los Angeles Chargers CLE
13 Dallas JAX
14 Washington CAR
15 Indianapolis NYJ
16 Miami CHI
17 Cleveland LAC
18 Buffalo HOU
19 New York Giants PHI
20 Cincinnati PIT
21 Tampa Bay ATL
22 Pittsburgh CIN
23 Oakland SEA
24 New England KC
25 Atlanta TB
25 Arizona MIN
25 Denver LAR

I’ll see you all out there on the gridiron!!!

 

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