Hello again, fellow fantasy footballers. Week 6 of the fantasy football season officially begins tonight when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football.
If you're like me, kickoff cannot get here fast enough.
Each week, fantasy football presents a new and different challenge. Some of you may be trying to maintain momentum coming off a win, some may be trying to rebound from a loss, while others are looking to stem the tide of a season gone wrong.
At this point in the season, your team is most likely undergoing some sort of adversity, either due to injuries, bad drafting, poor roster moves, bye weeks or all of the above.
This week, New Orleans, Chicago, Jacksonville and Carolina are all on bye, leaving fantasy owners with plenty of great options stuck on the bench. These players include Marques Colston, Steve Smith, Brandon Marshall, Lance Moore, Brandon LaFell, Devery Henderson and Justin Blackmon.
Depending on how many players you have on bye this week, you may find yourself digging slightly deeper than usual to find the right guy to play.
Even though doing this can be a challenge, in essence, it is why we all play fantasy football. We want to prove to our friends, colleagues, family and even complete strangers that we are superior in terms of our football knowledge.
Why? Because winning at fantasy football equals winning at life.
To give you a leg up on the competition, here are the Week 6 rankings for wide receivers in point-per-reception formats:
1. Calvin Johnson @ PHI
2. Larry Fitzgerald vs BUF
3. A.J. Green @ CLE
4. Roddy White vs OAK
5. Wes Welker @ SEA
6. Percy Harvin @ WAS
7. Victor Cruz @ SF
8. Julio Jones vs OAK
9. Demaryius Thomas @ SD
10. Reggie Wayne @ NYJ
11. Mike Wallace @ TEN
12. Dwayne Bowe @ TB
13. Andre Johnson vs GB
14. Jordy Nelson @ HOU
15. Antonio Brown @ TEN
16. Miles Austin @ BAL
17. Vincent Jackson vs KC
18. Eric Decker @ SD
19. DeSean Jackson vs DET
20. Dez Bryant @ BAL
21. Torrey Smith vs DAL
22. Brandon Lloyd @ SEA
23. Jeremy Maclin vs DET
24. Malcom Floyd vs DEN
25. Steve Johnson @ ARI
26. Michael Crabtree vs NYG
27. James Jones @ HOU
28. Brian Hartline vs STL
29. Pierre Garcon vs MIN
30. Anquan Boldin vs DAL
31. Kendall Wright vs PIT
32. Andre Roberts vs BUF
33. Hakeem Nicks vs SF
34. Denarius Moore @ ATL
35. Randall Cobb @ HOU
36. Kenny Britt vs PIT
37. Andre Hawkins vs CIN
38. Domenik Hixon vs SF
39. Jeremy Kerley vs IND
40. Robert Meachem vs DEN
Breaking Down the Ranks
Wes Welker may have a difficult matchup on paper against a Seattle Seahawks defense that is giving up the eighth fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. But he is getting so many opportunities from quarterback Tom Brady that the matchup doesn't matter.
Since Aaron Hernandez was injured against Arizona in Week 2, Welker is averaging just under 12 targets per game and has hauled in an average of 10 passes over the last three weeks.
In those three games, Welker has averaged 24.5 fantasy points per game in standard leagues with a point-per-reception. As long as Hernandez is out, Welker is going to dominate the passing game for the Pats.
Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin has a dream matchup against a Redskins defense that allows more fantasy points to wide receivers than any team in the NFL.
The former Florida Gator is coming off a 31-point outing against the Titans and has been held under 84 yards receiving just once this season. If he is on your roster, rejoice. You should see some big-time production again this week.
If you are in bye-week hell or having depth issues due to injury and need to find a guy to play this week, there are a couple of options I like.
Andre Roberts has been very productive this season to little fanfare. It may come as a surprise to some, but he actually ranks 19th among wide receivers in standard leagues with a point-per-reception and is averaging 14.5 fantasy points per game.
In five games, Robert has caught 20 passes for 268 yards and found the end zone four times. This week, he has a great matchup against a Bills defense that allows the fourth-most fantasy points to receivers. Roberts is a great flex play this week if needed.
Another sleeper for Week 6 is Jets wideout Jeremy Kerley, who totaled five catches for 94 yards against the Texans on Monday Night to earn 14.4 fantasy points.
Kerley is clearly the Jets' best option at wide receiver and so far this season, he's been solid. He enters this week with 15 receptions for 291 yards and two touchdowns, despite being targeted just 23 times.
In his limited opportunities, Kerley has a catch percentage of 65.2 percent and is averaging an impressive 12.6 yards per target. He also has a tremendous matchup this week against the Colts, which surrender the fifth-most fantasy points to receivers. If you're digging deep this week for a playable option, he is your guy.
That’s all for now, but if you have any fantasy football questions, particularly about PPR leagues, hit us up on Twitter @ThePPRExperts for lineup, trade or waiver questions.
All fantasy stats are courtesy four-downs.com.