Burning Questions: Week 6
We tackle another week of “Burning Questions” following up recent news, fantasy performances, and implications for owners moving forward. Follow our contributors for this week’s Burning Questions: Ryan Weisse (@TheFantasyFive), Brandon Sanders (@brandontsanders), Keaton Denlay (@keatondenlay), and Kyle Borgognoni (@kyle_borg)
1. Which waiver wire WR performance has you believing in their fantasy value ROS? (Tyrell Williams, Adam Thielen, Cam Meredith, Sammie Coates)
“Gotta be Coates or Williams for me. The other guys are filling in for injured players and will eventually work their way back down the pecking order. If I’m choosing one it would be Williams at this point. San Diego’s defense ensures they will always be throwing a lot and Williams has the size to be the #1 WR this team desperately needs. While Coates was B-Nanas on Sunday, if he keeps dropping balls he can still lose his spot.” -Ryan Weisse
“I believe Sammie Coates is the legitimate WR2 on the Pittsburgh Steelers and has had breakout performances the last two weeks. He’s definitely worth the value you can get him at one waivers as an almost ever week play or flex play rest of season.” -Brandon Sanders
“Tyrell Williams. The Chargers WR is still available in 35.8% of leagues despite the fact that he’s averaging a respectable 71.6 yards/game and has finished with 9 fantasy points or more in each of the first 5 weeks (PPR). He also benefits from a Chargers team that always seems to be fighting for its life in games with a QB in Rivers who isn’t afraid to sling it.” -Keaton Denlay
“Coates is a DFS play but definitely someone I’m not confident in starting week-to-week. I’ll take Tyrell Williams simply because I know the volume will be there in the San Diego passing game. For a full write up on Williams, check out an article I wrote earlier “Who is Tyrell Williams?“- Kyle Borgognoni
2. Which RB stood out to you as a legitimate RB1 ROS?
“I’m going back to my preseason favorite…Devonta Freeman. Atlanta is the real deal and will be running out many a clock in the 4th quarter. Even with the emergence of Tevin Coleman, Freeman has out carried him in every game and has averaged about 4 YPC in 4 straight games, Coleman has only done that once and hasn’t rushed for more than 50 yards in a single game yet. Freeman is on pace for over 1300 yards and 6 TDs…definitely RB1 numbers.” -Ryan Weisse
“Really like what I’m seeing from Carlos Hyde as each week progresses. He’s making great and quick decisions out of the backfield and is also more involved in Chip Kelly’s passing attack as well. I think he’s a great RB1 rest of season.” -Brandon Sanders
“DeMarco Murray. Not only is Murray the clear-cut RB1 for Tennessee, he is also their leading receiver. He’s a dual-threat weapon who accounts for 35.7% of the Titans’ total offense this season. Murray is a RB1 who most fantasy owners were able to acquire at bargain prices in their drafts/auctions.” -Keaton Denlay
“Other than some of the obvious studs such as Ezekiel Elliott, Le’Veon Bell or David Johnson, I want to continue to bang the drum for Jordan Howard. He looks like the real deal with 16 carries for 118 yards while catching three passes for 45 yards and a TD. There seems to be no workload concerns with Ka’Deem Carey seeing a mere 2 touches. I think he can return low-end RB1 value the rest of the year on an offense that will continue to rack up yards.” -Kyle Borgognoni
3. Which QB hurt their stock the most following Week 5?
“Does Ryan Tannehill have any more stock to lose? His best games were mop-up duty against New England and against a soft Cleveland defense. I was down on him coming into this season and at this point, I won’t be running him out ever again.” -Ryan Weisse
“Ryan Tannehill is in on very thin ice, if he can’t find the right solution with all those weapons he has in Miami, best believe he’ll be looking for a new home next season.” -Brandon Sanders
“Eli Manning. Drafted to be a QB1, Lil’ Manning has finished in the top 14 at his position just once. Worse still, through Sunday’s games, Eli is the QB22 for Week 5 even though he was matched up against the Packers who have given up the 4th most fantasy points to opposing QBs. Fantasy owners have too many options at the QB position to tolerate this level of performance.” -Keaton Denlay
“Eli Manning pooped in his pants big time despite facing a Packers pass defense without their top 2 corners. Seems like you can’t have much confidence at all with this guy even as a streamer. It’s weird that Ben McAdoo takes over the team and yet the offense tanks. He’s a QB2 for the rest of the year for me.” -Kyle Borgognoni
4. After being beaten at home, are you still fading players against Denver?
“YES! Look at Julio #’s – 2 catches on 6 targets for 29 yards. You will not catch me starting any QB or WR vs Denver. If the opponent is good, I’ll consider the right RB (like Freeman and Coleman) but if they can stop Julio, who has any chance?” -Ryan Weisse
“Even though the Falcons pulled out an impressive win this week against the Broncos, they were still able to hold elite WR1s to very little production since the playoffs of last season. I will continue to put them in DFS lineups each week, and especially against the Chargers this Thursday.” -Brandon Sanders
“Absolutely. Just one week removed from his 300-yard performance, the Denver secondary held Julio Jones to 29 yards on 2 receptions. It’s always tough to sit your stud WRs, but against this secondary I think it needs to be a conversation. RBs are a different story. The Broncos are a middle of the pack run defense whose linebackers got exposed by Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman at home.” -Keaton Denlay
“I think RBs have found some holes in recent weeks and it seems Denver has given up big numbers to pass-catchers out of the backfield (Tevin Coleman, Gio Bernard). I still think QBs will have a tough time and will be fading them across the board. But don’t shy away from versatile RBs in PPR leagues. Even Melvin Gordon on a short week shouldn’t be sat in Week 6.” -Kyle Borgognoni