Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings: The Top Players at Every Position

Gary Davenport@@IDPSharksNFL AnalystOctober 9, 2012

Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings: The Top Players at Every Position

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    We've made it five weeks into the 2012 NFL season and that means that as the byes really begin to take a toll on fantasy football rosters, we're getting ever closer to the midway point of this year's fantasy campaign.

    At this point in the year fantasy teams are all over the place, from those fortunate teams sitting at 5-0 to 0-5 squads already looking towards next season, with teams with all sorts of playoff aspirations and panic attacks in between.

    No matter your record, every fantasy team wants to field the best lineup possible, so to help you do so here's a look at the top fantasy plays for this week.

Matt Ryan and the Top 20 Quarterbacks

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    Quarterback Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons is off to, by far, the best start of his five-year NFL career, averaging over 300 passing yards a game and throwing 13 touchdown passes versus only three interceptions.

    Ryan should keep that momentum going this week when the Falcons host the Oakland Raiders, who have been a Top 10 fantasy matchup for opposing signal-callers so far this season.

    1. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (vs. OAK)

    2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (at HOU)

    3. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (at SD)

    4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (at SEA)

    5. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (at TEN)

    6. Eli Manning, New York Giants (at SF)

    7. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (vs. DEN)

    8. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins (vs. MIN)

    9. Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers (vs. NYG)

    10. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. DET)

    11. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at PHI)

    12. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys (at BAL)

    13. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (at CLE)

    14. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (at NYJ)

    15. Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals (vs. BUF)

    16. Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings (at WAS)

    17. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (vs. DAL)

    18. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. KC)

    19. Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders (at ATL)

    20. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills (at AZ)

Arian Foster and the Top 20 Running Backs

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    Houston Texans running back Arian Foster was the first overall pick in many fantasy leagues.

    So far this season he has lived up to that billing, ranking second in the NFL in rushing yards and leading all players at his position in fantasy points in PPR leagues.

    The fourth-year pro doesn't have an especially favorable fantasy matchup this week with the Green Bay Packers, but Foster has shown time and again that he's effectively "matchup proof" and should be in for yet another solid statistical showing.

    1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans (vs. GB)

    2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs (at TB)

    3. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens (vs. DAL)

    4. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns (vs. CIN)

    5. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers (vs. DEN)

    6. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. DET)

    7. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (at WAS)

    8. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks (vs. NE)

    9. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins (vs, STL)

    10. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders (at ATL)

    11. Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos (at SD)

    12. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers (vs. NYG)

    13. Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers (at TEN)

    14. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (vs. MIN)

    15. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals (at CLE)

    16. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (at SEA)

    17. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams (at MIA)

    18. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons (vs. OAK)

    19. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys (at BAL)

    20. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants (at SF)

Percy Harvin and the Top 20 Wide Receivers

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    The Minnesota Vikings are one of the early surprises of the 2012 season, and a large part of their success this year can be attributed to the outstanding play of wide receiver Percy Harvin.

    The fourth-year pro has already racked up almost 500 total yards and scored two touchdowns on offense, and the versatile Harvin should have no problem with a Washington Redskins defense that has been the friendliest fantasy matchup in the NFL for opposing wide receivers this year.

    1. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings (at WAS)

    2. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons (vs. OAK)

    3. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (at PHI)

    4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (at CLE)

    5. Reggie Wayne, Indianapoils Colts (at NYJ)

    6. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (vs. BUF)

    7. Victor Cruz, New York Giants (at SF)

    8. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans (vs. GB)

    9. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (at HOU)

    10. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs (at TB)

    11. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (vs. OAK)

    12. Wes Welker, New England Patriots (at SEA)

    13. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. DET)

    14. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. KC)

    15. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys (at BAL)

    16. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (at SD)

    17. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers (at TEN)

    18. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers (vs. DEN)

    19. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (at BAL)

    20. Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins (vs. STL)

Tony Gonzalez and the Top 20 Tight Ends

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    Tight end Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons is off to one of the finest starts of his long and storied NFL career, with 39 receptions for 388 yards and four touchdowns through the season's first five games.

    The 36-year-old is averaging almost six full fantasy points per game more than the second-ranked player at his position, and the Oakland Raiders will be the next team with the unenviable task of trying to keep Gonzalez from going, well, gonzo.

    1. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons (vs. OAK)

    2. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots (at SEA)

    3. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (at BAL)

    4. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers (vs. NYG)

    5. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans (vs. GB)

    6. Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. DET)

    7. Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions (at PHI)

    8. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers (vs. DEN)

    9. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (vs. DAL)

    10. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers (at TEN)

    11. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (at WAS)

    12. Jacob Tamme, Denver Broncos (at SD)

    13. Fred Davis, Washington Redskins (vs. MIN)

    14. Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans (vs. PIT)

    15. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals (at CLE)

    16. Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills (at ARI)

    17. Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders (at ATL)

    18. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts (at NYJ)

    19. Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers (at HOU)

    20. Martellus Bennett, New York Giants (at SF)

David Akers and the Top 20 Kickers

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    Picking a starting kicker is the fantasy equivalent of throwing darts...blindfolded.

    Basically all you can do is pick a solid kicker with a decent matchup and hope for the best.

    So, along that vein we'll go with David Akers, who was fantasy's top kicker in 2011 and should see a few field goal opportunities in this week's rematch of the NFC title game from last January.

    1. David Akers, San Francisco 49ers (vs. NYG)

    2. Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams (at MIA)

    3. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings (at WAS)

    4. Shayne Graham, Houston Texans (vs. GB)

    5. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots (at SEA)

    6. Jason Hanson, Detroit Lions (at PHI)

    7. Alex Henery, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. DET)

    8. Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers (at TEN)

    9. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers (at HOU)

    10. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons (vs. OAK)

    11. Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals (at CLE)

    12. Connor Barth, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. KC)

    13. Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders (at ATL)

    14. Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants (at SF)

    15. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens (vs. DAL)

    16. Matt Prater, Denver Broncos (at SD)

    17. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys (at BAL)

    18. Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers (vs. DEN)

    19. Jay Feely, Arizona Cardinals (vs. BUF)

    20. Dan Carpenter, Miami Dolphins (vs. STL)

Baltimore Ravens and the Top 20 Defenses

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    When selecting a team defense for your fantasy team it's a combination of the strength of a defense and the matchup they face.

    In Week 6, top honors go to linebacker Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens, who are not only well inside the Top 10 in fantasy points scored but who also have a top-10 matchup with the erratic Dallas Cowboys offense at home on Sunday.

    1. Baltimore Ravens (vs. DAL)

    2. Cincinnati Bengals (at CLE)

    3. Pittsburgh Steelers (at TEN)

    4. Detroit Lions (at PHI)

    5. St. Louis Rams (at MIA)

    6. San Francisco 49ers (vs. NYG)

    7. Atlanta Falcons (vs. OAK)

    8. Arizona Cardinals (vs. BUF)

    9. Houston Texans (vs. GB)

    10. Philadelphia Eagles (vs. DET)

    11. Green Bay Packers (at HOU)

    12. New England Patriots (at SEA)

    13. Minnesota Vikings (at WAS)

    14. Miami Dolphins (vs. STL)

    15. Buffalo Bills (at AZ)

    16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. KC)

    17. San Diego Chargers (vs. DEN)

    18. New York Giants (at SF)

    19. Seattle Seahawks (vs. NE)

    20. Washington Redskins (vs. MIN)