Man Up/Step Aside Week 6
We’re almost at the halfway mark for the 2019 NFL season, and Week 6 presents plenty of juice matchups that are waiting for fantasy points to implode. Will we get another week of multiple players scoring 40 + points again? Probably not, but hey, anything is possible.
One of the most watched games this week will be the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans as fans will be treated to the first matchup between Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. and while you don’t need me or any other person to tell you who you should be starting in that game, here’s a list of other key players that could make or break your lineup in week 6.
Many of these primetime games have not lived up to the hype this season. A big part of that has been the number of unexpected injuries this season. For the Pittsburgh they are down to their third string QB, Devlin Hodges.
It’s not easy out here For the Pittsburgh pass-catchers, but one playmaker that should be in line for good production is Vance McDonald. It’s been mainly a down season for McDonald, but Hodges should lean heavily on his tight end and the short-passing game. Anybody remember this from last season?
Do not underestimate Vance McDonald's stiff arm.
📺: ESPN pic.twitter.com/yRuGCUEeXz
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 25, 2018
As horrible as the last two losses have been for the Cowboys, there’s still plenty of positivity in the team with players like Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Making his return from arthroscopic surgery, several wondered if there would be a delay in the game of Gallup leading to many fantasy managers leaving Gallup on their bench.
Instead Gallup looks like he hasn’t missed a beat after miss two weeks of action, and should be another viable play against the Jets defense that has allowed five receivers to score at least 14 ppr points.
— Cowboys Videos (@Cowboys_Videos) October 6, 2019
Tevin Coleman just about edged out his teammate Matt Breida in touches and snaps played on Monday night, but it was Breida who had the monster fantasy game in week 5. If it wasn’t for the huge run for Breida early in the the game, there’s a chance that Coleman would’ve finished the game with the better rushing performance.
While its easy to overlook what Coleman for Breida, Coleman isn’t going anywhere, and with the 49ers being a run first offense, Coleman could be in line for his turn to have a big game against the Rams. Going forward it’s still going to be a split backfield here, but both players present plenty of value.
Every week Kyle Murray continues to improve for his team and in fantasy formats. Last week against the Bengals he scored over 25 points for the first time since week 1. What was motivating to see was the rushing attempts by Murray.
Murray rushed the ball ten times for 93 yards, and a touchdown. He also added 254 passing yards on top of that performance, but no passing touchdowns. While Atlantas prolific offense will likely be too much for the Cards defense to overcome, its puts Murray an the offense in a position to try and keep up with the scoring.
— Arizona Cardinals ⋈ (@AZCardinals) October 6, 2019
In Tampa Bay its been Chris Godwin that has leaped over Evans as the #1 WR for the Bucs, but will this shake roller coaster ride with Evans continue? Well on paper it certainly looks that way for week 6. There’s a long track record that shows how poorly Evans has performed against the Panthers defense, but putting up a big fat zero in week 5, Evans is a favorable bounce back candidate for fantasy.
Not many people will be watching the Tank Bowl featuring the Washington Redskins and the Miami Dolphins other than their fan bases. There’s actually something at stake here and thats to continue the losing streak in the hope for Tua. For most players, tanking is something that many are not ok with but coming off a bye, Kenyan Drake is an interesting flex play against Washington.
The only time Drake has had double digit carries was back in week 3, but without the Dolphins having to chase points on Sunday, Drake should have double digit carries and possibly may fall into the end zone for those who are having to play him during another week with byes.
Wentz was drafted as a top-10 quarterback in fantasy, but with the Eagles going up against the Minnesota Vikings, it could be a long day for the QB. Against the Jets, Wentz scored under 15 fantasy points, but he didn’t need to do much anyways against the struggling defense.
The only quarterback this season to score over 20 fantasy points against the Vikings defense was Matt Ryan, and that was back in week 1. The Vikings defense are also allowing opposing QB’s to average around 16 fantasy points per game. While 16 points won’t kill in you lineups, it also won’t help you come out of week 6 with a W.
WENTZ'S MAGIC ACT 😱 @cj_wentz
— NFL (@NFL) October 6, 2019
Taken as the #7 WR in most drafts, Smith-Schuster has not delivered for fantasy managers. And to be fair to Schuster, none of this is his fault. He’s already gone through two QB’s this season, and now he’s going to have a tough matchup with the Chargers corners on Sunday night. It’s hard to bench Smith-Schuster being that he was drafted within the first two rounds, but don’t expect a huge game this week with a new Qb.
The greatest catch this season from Howard was at the Rays vs. Astros playoff game a few days ago. Check it out.
O.J. Howard put his receiving skills on display at the Rays game 🖐 pic.twitter.com/IZHLptyD5H
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 9, 2019
Other than that its been a barn burner when having to start Howard in fantasy lineups.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) October 10, 2019