The Fantasy Footballers’ Week 6 Starts
Bye weeks are in full swing and offensive/defensive tendencies are starting to reveal themselves more and more. If you’re reading this, you’re team is probably in the hunt so keep plugging away and staying active. Without further Ado, here are my picks and The Footballers’ Week 6 Starts from today’s episode:
QB Brian Hoyer vs Jacksonville
Brian Hoyer has 300 or more yards and 2 TDs for 3 straight weeks with only one turnover. Jacksonville hasn’t given up a ton of passing yards, but they have given up a ton of points to opposing QBs. Hoyer keeps it going this week at home against Jacksonville.
RB Jamaal Charles @ Oakland
I think Charles is back and has a great match up against and Oakland defense that is 23rd against the run.. He seems like a solid flex start and maybe even a RB2 if you’re in a bye week situation.
WR Cameron Meredith vs Jacksonville
Cameron Meredith put up a 9/130/1 line in his first full week. He played better than Kevin White and seemed to be a first read for Hoyer on several plays. This is another opportunity for Meredith. He’s a great flex option.
TE Coby Fleener vs Carolina
It took Watson some time to establish himself with Drew Brees last year with weeks of 3,2,4, and 4 fantasy points, but he averaged 11.5 fantasy points per game after Week 4. There are a lot of barfy TEs out there, but Fleener is a good play this week. Fleener should get it going with a fresh offense coming off of the bye.
QB Carson Palmer vs New York
The New York Jets are giving up an average of 320 passing yards a game with 16 passing TDs so far this year. The Jets are facing a long road trip to the West Coast. So many factors are pointing to a huge game for Carson Palmer who is recovered from a concussion.
RB Christine “The Woke One” Michael vs Atlanta
Seattle is 6 points favorites at home while coming off their bye week. Since Michael has been a starter, he has rattled off a 28 and 19.3 point game in ½ PPR leagues. I see Seattle controlling this game and riding on the back of Michael.
WR John Brown vs Jets
Call me the homer-whatever-don’t @ me. In his two games with Carson Palmer, Brown had games of 6/70 and 10/144. I think Brown is back from his concussion and gets to face a Jets team that has been thrashed in the air. I have Brown ranked extremely high and I expect another ‘hundo’ game with a full TD-not a half one.
TE Delanie Walker vs Browns
We did some digging and the Browns have given up over 500 yards to the TE position while the next worst team is a full 100 yards back with 397 yards- a massive disparity. Walker thrives in good matchups and he is The weapon for Marcus Mariota. Delanie Walker is a great start this week.
QB Tyrod Taylor vs San Francisco
Tyrod Taylor is a boom-bust player so this is a dangerous pick, but San Francisco is traveling cross-country and play in that up-tempo offense. Buffalo is on fire and the crowd will be raucous. Taylor has the legs to run for 50+ yards, which is a nice baseline and he could have a big game if he gets two TDs. San Francisco has given up at least two TDs to QBs in 4 straight weeks.
RB Ryan Mathews @ Washington
There’s no reason Matthews doesn’t have a big game this week. Matthews finally got involved in the passing game and he already has 4 TDs on the year. Mathews is a talented RB and he’s healthy- for now. The Washington rushing defense is not bad-they’re terrible. Four out of five weeks they’ve given up over 100 yards rushing. They gave up 96 yards in the one game they didn’t allow 100+ yards and they’ve given up 7 rushing TDs on the year. Put him in!
WR Brandin Cooks vs Carolina
Brandin Cooks hasn’t done much this year including a stinker at home against Atlanta. Even though Atlanta does not have a good pass defense, they do have a good #1 CB which explains his struggles in that game. Brandin Cooks did not have to be involved in that game for New Orleans to succeed but against Carolina, Cooks has a far better match up. The best CB for Carolina is still Josh Norman and he’s not even on the team anymore. Julio Jones and Mike Evans tore them up. Drew Brees is going to tear Carolina up. Put Cooks in-he’s going to have a big game.
TE Jimmy Graham vs Atlanta
First a flat apology to someone I’m proud of, but I was disrespectful-It’s Jimmy Graham. He has back-to-back 100 yards receiving going against a juicy Atlanta defense that has been torched by TEs this year. I like Jimmy Graham and you can start him.
QB Alex Smith @ Oakland
My one Alex Smith start quota was met a couple weeks ago against Pittsburgh, but this matchup is too good to ignore. Oakland has given up weekly QB2, QB2, QB3, and QB4 performances through the first five games. Jamaal Charles adds a new dimension to a Kansas City offense that should be able to move the ball more. Coming off a bye, Smith has a shot at a huge game.
RB Giovani Bernard @ New England
New England isn’t a great matchup for most RBs, but Jeremy Hill is nicked up and game script will probably force Cincinnati to throw the ball sooner than later. New England has given up 31 receptions to RBs though the year, which plays right into Gio’s wheelhouse. If Hill gets a limited role due to injury and/or game script breaks right, Gio will be the second-best offensive weapon Andy Dalton has behind A.J. Green.
WR Jeremy Maclin vs Oakland
Jeremy Maclin is having a quite year so far with only 1 TD but he’s been targeted at least 7 times in every game so far. The O/U for this game is 46.5 with an even spread, but I see a 33-27 type score for this game. I like Maclin’s shot at 100+ yards and a TD.
TE Jesse James @ Miami
Miami gave up 5 receptions and 66 yards to both Gary Barnidge and Delanie Walker, which is about the tier I have Jesse James. Pittsburgh should have no trouble marching up and down the field, which bodes well for James’ usage. There are too many mouths to feed on the Pittsburgh offense for James to have a huge day, but that 5-66 line seems about right with a shot at a TD or two.
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