Week 6 brings us another 12-game main slate for this Sunday with nine games in the early window and only three late-afternoon matchups. With the Lions and Saints on bye weeks and the Packers, Patriots, Eagles, Chiefs and Giants playing in primetime, there are some go-to fantasy options off the board for this week’s 24-team contest. There are definitely some fun matchups with the potential to turn into fantasy-point factories including a pair of divisional matchup between the Bucs and Falcons and the Steelers and Bengals.
As you break down each matchup and find the stars set up for success, make sure to also consider these value plays who can help balance out your roster with affordable production.
QUARTERBACK($6,000 and under)
Jared Goff, LAR at DEN, $6,000 – Goff’s salary dips this week into the value range as the unbeaten Rams head to Denver. Goff could also be working with an injury-depleted receiving corps, but the coach Sean McVay said the team is optimistic that Brandin Cooks ($7,000; concussion) and Cooper Kupp ($6,500; concussion) will be available. Even with those obstacles, Goff is worth considering since he has started the season on fire. He has thrown for at least 320 yards in each of his past four games with at least 19 DKFP in each contest. Todd Gurley ($10,000) soaked up most of the fantasy production in Week 5, but Goff still had a solid game with 19.3 DKFP. Elsewhere in Week 5, The Broncos’ secondary was shredded by Sam Darnold ($5,300) and the Jets. Goff should be able to exploit the same weaknesses and continue his strong start at the helm of a high-powered offense.
Baker Mayfield, CLE vs. LAC, $5,500 – The No. 1 overall pick in the past draft, Mayfield has led the Browns to two wins and an overtime loss in his three games at QB. In each of his two starts, he has attempted over 40 passes and thrown for at least 295 yards, so the coaching staff definitely has confidence in him. Mayfield has 16.8 and 21.98 DKFP in his two starts, and he should be a solid value as the Browns host the Chargers, who have allowed the sixth-most FPPG to QB this season. The last two weeks, C.J Beathard ($5,200) and Derek Carr ($5,100) have looked good against Chargers, so Mayfield should find room to create again this week. He doesn’t have an elite group of pass-catchers to work with, but he has been effective enough and has enough workload to be a good cheap play at QB in Week 6.
RUNNING BACK($5,000 and under)
Tarik Cohen, CHI at MIA, $4,600 – The Bears looked impressive before the Week 5 bye week as they lit up the Bucs and cruised to a 48-10 win. Cohen was the team’s primary running back in that game, totaling 53 yards on 13 carries and 121 more yards and a touchdown on seven catches. His 33.4 DKFP were easily a season-high, but they were a result of a workload that has been trending up most of the season. He has at least eight touches in each of the Bears’ games, and The Human Joystick is always a threat to break off a big gain. He has a favorable matchup against Miami this week, and the only risk factor is that Jordan Howard ($6,500), who is still expected to be the team’s primary back. The Dolphins have allowed the fifth-most FPPG to RB, so both backs should find room to run as they take their talents to South Beach this Sunday.
Chris Carson, SEA at OAK, $4,400 – The Seahawks got Carson back from a hip injury that cost him Week 4, and the team relied on him heavily against the Rams. Carson totaled a season-high 116 rushing yards on his 19 carries and finished with 16.7 DKFP despite a matchup against the Rams. It was his second straight game with over 100 yards after he posted a huge 23.4 DKFP against the Cowboys in Week 3. Carson did share time with Mike Davis ($4,100), who seems to be the slight favorite for goal-line work, but the Seahawks’ run-heavy attack resulted in enough carries for both to be productive. Both running backs are solid plays this week in a favorable matchup with the Raiders, who allow the sixth-most FPPG to RBs, but I prefer Carson because he gets more carries and is less touchdown dependent. Other cheap options worth a look include Davis, Austin Ekeler ($4,200), Peyton Barber ($3,500) and Jalen Richard ($3,400).
WIDE RECEIVER($5,000 and under)
Michael Crabtree, BAL at TEN, $4,700 – Crabtree was hard on himself after the Ravens’ loss to the Browns, taking responsibility for the loss due to a drop that would have resulted in the go-ahead touchdown. He still finished with a solid 66 yards on six catches for 12.6 DKFP. Crabtree hasn’t had a monster game yet this season but has at least 10 DKFP in four of his past five games. He has double-digit targets in three of his past four contests and is a low-risk option due to his high volume. Crabtree hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 1, but he’ll look to get back to the end zone in a good matchup this week against the Titans. If he does, he’ll be a nice value even in what is likely to be a low-scoring game.
Keke Coutee, HOU vs. BUF, $4,600 – Coutee has immediately become a big part of the Texans’ passing game after his Week 4 NFL debut. In that game, he caught 11-of-15 targets and totaled 24.7 DKFP. He followed that up with his first NFL touchdown and 17.3 DKFP last week, catching 6-of-7 targets for 51 yards. Coutee probably got extra work due in part to Will Fuller V ($6,800) battling a hamstring injury, but he’s definitely become a trusted target for Deshaun Watson ($4,600) and should be involved again this week against the Bills.
Chester Rogers, IND at NYJ, $4,500 – Rogers is set up to be a great value this week for the Colts, who are still likely to be without T.Y. Hilton ($6,400; chest/hamstring). Rogers has eight catches and 11 targets in each of his past two games for 18.5 DKFP and 14.6 DKFP. That production even without a touchdown shows how good a connection he has with Andrew Luck ($6,200), and he was the only Colts’ receiver to work with Luck during the QB’s rehab this offseason. That connection should be relied upon again in Week 6 in a favorable matchup with the Jets, who have allowed the fourth-most FPPG to WR this season.
D.J. Moore, CAR at WAS, $4,000 – The Panthers continue to incorporate their first-round receiver more each week. He came off the bye week in Week 4 with a career-high four catches on four targets for 49 yards and added an 18-yard carry against the Giants in Week 5. Moore has a high ceiling and could quickly become a go-to option for Cam Newton ($6,100). The Redskins were beaten deep by the Saints on Monday Night Football, and Moore will look to continue his growth by exploiting the same matchup in Week 6.
TIGHT END($4,000 and under)
David Njoku, CLE vs LAC, $3,800 – Mayfield’s favorite target in the Browns’ Week 5 win was Njoku, who hauled in 6-of-11 targets for 1 season-high 69 yards. His yardage totals have increased each week this season, and the second-year player should continue to be a focus of Cleveland’s offense, which is short on pass-catching options as they host the Chargers.
C.J. Uzomah, CIN vs. PIT, $3,000 – After Tyler Eifert’s season-ending injury, Uzomah played 93 percent of the Bengals’ snaps in Week 5, catching both his targets for a decent 43 yards. While he doesn’t have the name recognition or trust-factor that Effect brought, he does get a great matchup this week against the Steelers, who have allowed the third-most FPPG to TEs this season.
DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS($2,800 and under)
CAR at WAS, $2,600 – The Panthers had three takeaways and a defensive touchdown in their win against the Giants in Week 5, producing double-digit DKFP for the third time in four games. Carolina struggled on the road in Atlanta Week 2, but the team looked like a solid unit in each of their three wins. This week, the Panthers will face the Redskins, who are on a short week after losing to the Saints on Monday Night Football. Washington’s offense could be short-handed since Chris Thompson ($6,100; rib), Adrian Peterson ($4,800; shoulder) and Paul Richardson ($4,100; knee) were all injured in that contest.
BUF at HOU, $2,200 – The Bills have an offense that is still very much a work in progress, but the defense is underrated. Buffalo has forced multiple turnovers with multiple sacks in each of their past three games averaging 11.7 FPPG. They face the Texans in Week 6, a team that is banged after the Sunday Night Football win against the Cowboys. Even though Houston won, the Texans’ offense only had 16 points in regulation and have had trouble protecting Deshaun Watson ($6,400), who is battling a chest injury coming into Week 6.
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