Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings

Welcome to week  6 of the fantasy football season! Below you will find all of my rankings for the Thursday, Sunday, and Monday slate of NFL action. There are only 2 teams on BYE this week after 4 being on BYE in week 5. This should help fantasy owners staff serviceable rosters although there are many injuries (as there always are) to deal with. If you find yourself asking who should I start or how do I stack up against my competition then you have come to the right place. As always the below rankings are based on a half-point PPR format. Please enjoy and good luck in your week 6 fantasy football endeavors.

  1. Cam Newton, CAR QB at NO
  2. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT QB at MIA
  3. Drew Brees, NO QB vs. CAR
  4. Tom Brady, NE QB vs. CIN
  5. Carson Palmer, ARI QB vs. NYJ
  6. Russell Wilson, SEA QB vs. ATL
  7. Aaron Rodgers, GB QB vs. DAL
  8. Andrew Luck, IND QB at HOU
  9. Derek Carr, OAK QB vs. KC
  10. Blake Bortles, JAC QB at CHI
  11. Matthew Stafford, DET QB vs. LA
  12. Alex Smith, KC QB at OAK
  13. Dak Prescott, DAL QB at GB
  14. Tyrod Taylor, BUF QB vs. SF
  15. Trevor Siemian, DEN QB at SD

Cam Newton should be back this week after suffering a concussion in week 4. He will be coming back to a choice match-up against the Saints pass defense which is allowing approximately 301 pass yards per game to opposing QBs. Cam should feast on this weak secondary and post a top 5 week or fantasy owners. I project Newton to pass for 350 yards and 3 TDs with 30 rushing yards and the possibility of a rushing TD.

Andrew Luck has what looks like a tough match-up this week against a Texans defense that is holding teams to the least passing yards per game in the NFL this season. I expect Luck to struggle this week comparatively, but still find himself within the top 10 QBs in week 6. The Texans appear to be stingy on defense, but have faced a Stefon Diggs-less Vikings offense, a struggling Titans passing game, and a Jacoby Brissett led Patriots team in the 3 most recent weeks. The Texans pass D is slightly overrated due to match-ups and I expect Luck to prove that this week.

Running Backs
  1. Le’Veon Bell, PIT RB at MIA
  2. DeMarco Murray, TEN RB vs. CLE
  3. David Johnson, ARI RB vs. NYJ
  4. LeSean McCoy, BUF RB vs. SF
  5. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL RB at GB
  6. Lamar Miller, HOU RB vs. IND
  7. Todd Gurley, LA RB at DET
  8. Christine Michael, SEA RB vs. ATL
  9. Jordan Howard, CHI RB vs. JAC
  10. C.J. Anderson, DEN RB at SD
  11. Mark Ingram, NO RB vs. CAR
  12. Jamaal Charles, KC RB at OAK
  13. Carlos Hyde, SF RB at BUF
  14. Melvin Gordon, SD RB vs. DEN
  15. Devonta Freeman, ATL RB at SEA

Le’Veon has been back a total of 2 weeks since his 3 game suspension to start the 2016-17 season and he has been good as one could hope. He has totaled over 150 all purpose yards in each of these games and I expect him to keep rolling in week 6. Bell gets possibly the best match-up this week against the Dolphins rush D that has allowed over 150 yards per game to opposing RBs (worst in the NFL). The flow of the game should also be in his favor as it is expected that the Steelers will be ahead early which will allow them to run the ball and the clock. I project Bell to have 90 rushing yards,  6 receptions for 60 receiving yards, and either a rushing or receiving TD.

DeMarco Murray has been one of the best fantasy running backs during the 2016-17 season. He already has 5 TDs on the season and I expect him to add to that total against the Brown in week 6. The Browns are allowing over 110 yards per game to RBs this season and having given up 4 TDs. I expect the Titans to be ahead for the majority of the game creating additional rushing attempts for Murray. I project Murray to have 105 rushing yards, 3 receptions for 36 yards, and 1 rushing TD.

Wide Receivers
  1. Antonio Brown, PIT WR at MIA
  2. Odell Beckham Jr., NYG WR vs. BAL
  3. A.J. Green, CIN WR at NE
  4. Kelvin Benjamin, CAR WR at NO
  5. Jordy Nelson, GB WR vs. DAL
  6. Julio Jones, ATL WR at SEA
  7. T.Y. Hilton, IND WR at HOU
  8. Allen Robinson, JAC WR at CHI
  9. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI WR vs. NYJ
  10. Brandon Marshall, NYJ WR at ARI
  11. Doug Baldwin, SEA WR vs. ATL
  12. Brandin Cooks, NO WR vs. CAR
  13. Demaryius Thomas, DEN WR at SD
  14. Amari Cooper, OAK WR vs. KC
  15. Jarvis Landry, MIA WR vs. PIT
  16. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU WR vs. IND
  17. Jeremy Maclin, KC WR at OAK
  18. Jordan Matthews, PHI WR at WAS
  19. Marvin Jones, DET WR vs. LA
  20. Julian Edelman, NE WR vs. CIN
  21. John Brown, ARI WR vs. NYJ
  22. Emmanuel Sanders, DEN WR at SD
  23. Alshon Jeffery, CHI WR vs. JAC
  24. Michael Crabtree, OAK WR vs. KC
  25. Willie Snead, NO WR vs. CAR

Brandon Marshall is officially the only show in town on the Jets at the WR position after Decker was sent to the IR on Wednesday. This move should only continue to increase the targets that Marshall has seen over the past few weeks and secure him as a WR1 for week 6 and the remainder of the season. Marshall draws a tough match-up up against the Cardinals secondary in week 6, but should prove to be a top 10 play if only due to volume. I project Marshall to have 8 receptions for 90 yards and 1 TD this week.

Carson Palmer will be back this week against the Jets poor depleted secondary and should be able to feed John Brown fantasy points in weeks 6. In the week before Palmer was out due to a concussion Brown appeared to be back on track with the QB reeling in 10 receptions for over 140 yards against the Rams. I expect Palmer-Brown to start up where they left off in week 4. I project 8 receptions for 85 receiving yards for Brown this week.

Tight Ends
  1. Greg Olsen, CAR TE at NO
  2. Rob Gronkowski, NE TE vs. CIN
  3. Delanie Walker, TEN TE vs. CLE
  4. Jordan Reed, WAS TE vs. PHI
  5. Jimmy Graham, SEA TE vs. ATL
  6. Travis Kelce, KC TE at OAK
  7. Martellus Bennett, NE TE vs. CIN
  8. Julius Thomas, JAC TE at CHI
  9. Zach Miller, CHI TE vs. JAC
  10. Zach Ertz, PHI TE at WAS
  11. Gary Barnidge, CLE TE at TEN
  12. Coby Fleener, NO TE vs. CAR

Jimmy Graham is 4th on the year for receiving yards at the TE position with just over 260 yards receiving (Including a BYE week). It appears that Russell Wilson is gaining chemistry with his once great tight end and could potentially be rejuvenating Graham’s career. I expect the two to keep connecting in week 6 against a sub-par Falcons pass defense that is allowing over 300 yards receiving per game to opposing pass catchers. I project Graham to have 75 yards receiving and a TD in week 6.

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