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Fantasy Football: The 50 Most Valuable Assets for Week 6 (Sunday/Monday)

Jay ClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterNovember 8, 2016

Fantasy Football: The 50 Most Valuable Assets for Week 6 (Sunday/Monday)

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    The following countdown touts the 50 most valuable fantasy plays for Week 6, citing the Sunday/Monday games only.

    To clarify, this listing doesn't project the 50 highest scorers for the weekend in standard-scoring leagues. If that was the case, we'd have quarterback after quarterback occupying the top spots...and that would be extremely boring to read...and write (especially since The Fantasy Blog already has a Top 25 countdown for quarterbacks).

    This slideshow went heavy on running backs, wide receivers, quarterbacks and tight ends—the lifeblood positions of fantasy champions—but there was also room for one kicker and two defensive/special teams units.

    Enjoy the show!

50: K Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs

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    2012 Stats: 10-of-11 FG, 8-of-8 PAT

    Week 6 Opponent: at Tampa Bay

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. The Chiefs and Bucs may score points in bunches on Sunday...just don't expect a lot of touchdowns.

    2. Ryan Succop and Tampa Bay's Matt Barth are both candidates for three field goals, but I'll take Succop's penchant for four field goals here.

    This concludes the kicker portion of today's countdown.

49: QB Matt Schaub, Houston Texans

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    2012 Stats: 1,162 Yards Passing, 8 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. Green Bay

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Even with an average victory margin of 15.2 points, Matt Schaub has still attempted 28 or more passes in every game.

    2. The Packers are surrendering 24.8 points per game. And on the passing front, they've yielded 774 yards in the last two weeks.

    3. Schaub's three greatest weapons—Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels—are all relatively healthy going into Sunday's showdown.

    4. Schaub is due for a big game, especially if the game tempo starts fast in the first quarter.

48: D/ST St. Louis Rams

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    2012 Stats: 8 INT, 15 Sacks, 1 Defensive TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Miami

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. The Rams are one of the few teams to allow less than 200 yards passing in three games this season. They're also one of the few to record three interceptions twice.

    2. St. Louis likely boasts the NFL's most improved secondary, thanks to the arrival of veteran corner Cortland Finnegan and rookie Janoris Jenkins.

    3. The Rams sacked the Cardinals nine times last week. And now, they draw the Dolphins and rookie QB Ryan Tannehill for Sunday.

47: TE Fred Davis, Washington Redskins

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    2012 Stats: 20 Catches, 266 Yards

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. Minnesota

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. For Weeks 3-5, Fred Davis caught 16-of-17 balls for 214 yards but didn't score once.

    Which brings me to this:

    2. Davis owners, Fred Davis owners, your moment of fantasy reckoning has finally come. This Sunday against Minnesota...the touchdown drought ends!

46: RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

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    2012 Stats: 348 Total Yards (300 Rushing), 2 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Cleveland

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. With the season-ending injury to Bernard Scott, the Bengals should be even more committed to BenJarvus Green-Ellis, at least for the foreseeable future.

    2. Green-Ellis racked up 105 total yards against the Browns in Week 2.

    3. Cleveland currently ranks 27th against the run (142.2 yards per game).

45: D/ST Arizona Cardinals

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    2012 Stats: 5 INT, 17 Sacks, 1 Defensive TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. Buffalo

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. For the season, the Cardinals already have three games of less than 200 yards passing allowed and two games of under 100 rushing yards surrendered.

    2. Arizona's defense has notched three or more sacks four times.

    3. The Bills (especially QB Ryan Fitzpatrick) are likely to commit three-plus turnovers to the Cardinals' ball-hawking defenders.

    4. Cornerback/returner Patrick Peterson (above) is a weekly candidate for an interception or punt-return touchdown.

44: QB Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

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    2012 Stats: 1,148 Yards Passing, 5 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Baltimore

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. The Cowboys are averaging 42 pass attempts in their last three games. And the one time QB Tony Romo didn't hit that threshold (Week 1 against the Giants), he ended up throwing for three touchdowns.

    2. Romo has already passed for 300-plus yards twice.

    3. The Ravens defense ranks 23rd against the pass through five weeks (261.4 yards per game). And for Weeks 2-4, Baltimore allowed 314 or more passing yards three times.

    4. With tight end Jason Witten and Dez Bryant healthy and seemingly in sync with the Cowboys offense, Romo should have his full complement of playmakers against the Ravens.

43: TE Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions

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    2012 Stats: 23 Catches, 223 Yards, 1 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Philadelphia

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Brandon Pettigrew has enjoyed three games of nine-plus targets and 60-plus yards this season. Unfortunately, he also has two end-zone drops and one red-zone fumble to his credit.

    2. Lions QB Matthew Stafford loves targeting Pettigrew over the middle, especially in the red zone.

    3. Pettigrew is on pace for back-to-back campaigns of 80-plus catches and 700 receiving yards. In PPR leagues, he's an automatic start every week, regardless of opponent.

42: WR Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

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    2012 Stats: 23 Catches, 289 Yards, 1 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Houston

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Jordy Nelson may not be on pace to replicate last year's 15 touchdowns, but he's enjoyed modest success, collecting seven or more targets three times and six-plus catches twice.

    2. Against the Saints in Week 4, Nelson caught eight balls for 93 yards and one touchdown, exhibiting the look of a Round 4 fantasy pick during the preseason.

    3. If Greg Jennings (groin) should miss another game to injury, Nelson would assume the role of Aaron Rodgers' No. 1 receiving option.

41: RB DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

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    2012 Stats: 351 Total Yards (237 Rushing), 1 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Baltimore

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. The Ravens are allowing 118.4 rushing yards per game. Against the Chiefs last week, Jamaal Charles rolled for 161 yards (140 rushing).

    2. Murray amassed 140 total yards (131 rushing) against the Giants in Week 1.

    3. The second-year back remains an explosive asset with the capacity for 140 yards against any opponent.

    Bottom line: So-so stats be damned, we're playing a Sunday hunch here.

40: RB Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

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    2012 Stats: 541 Total Yards (490 Rushing), 4 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Seattle

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, Stevan Ridley ranks as a top-five fantasy back. By extension, he's on the short list of biggest fantasy surprises.

    2. Through five games, Ridley already has four games of 95 total yards and/or one touchdown.

    3. In the last two weeks, Ridley has logged an absurd 50 carries for 257 yards and three touchdowns. That's in the class of Jamaal Charles and Arian Foster.

    4. The Patriots already have 10 rushing touchdowns this season—a telltale sign that Ridley's recent success isn't some short-term fad.

39: QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

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    2012 Stats: 1,161 Yards Passing, 8 Total TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. Minnesota

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Heading into Week 5, Robert Griffin III was the top-ranked fantasy quarterback in most standard-scoring leagues.

    2. For Weeks 1-4, Griffin racked up at least 288 total yards and two touchdowns in each game, including two 300-yard passing efforts against the Saints and Buccaneers.

    3. Despite his rookie status, Griffin (259 rushing yards) has already established himself as the engine that drives the Redskins offense. He's called on to make big plays 30-35 times a week.

38: WR DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles

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    2012 Stats: 24 Catches, 391 Yards, 1 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. Detroit

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. DeSean Jackson has collected eight-plus targets in all five games—a telltale sign of another breakout campaign.

    2. Jackson could be a problem for the Lions on two fronts: as a receiver and kick returner.

    3. I have QB Michael Vick tabbed for fantasy greatness this week, with the expectation of Jackson catching six balls for 90 yards and one score.

37: RB Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

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    2012 Stats: 507 Total Yards (491 Rushing), 4 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. Minnesota

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Alfred Morris has collected 89 total yards and/or one touchdown in all five games this season.

    2. The rookie back has seemingly won the trust of Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan—a notorious proponent of running back committees in recent years.

    3. Morris is essentially a healthy lock for 18 touches, 90 yards and 0.75 touchdowns every Sunday, even when facing top-shelf rush defenses like the Vikings.

36: WR Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs

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    2012 Stats: 31 Catches, 402 Yards, 3 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Tampa Bay

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. The Buccaneers currently have the NFL's worst pass defense.

    2. Dwayne Bowe is on the short list of receivers to post double-digit targets in three straight games.

    3. In the last four weeks, Bowe has caught 28 balls for 349 yards and three touchdowns.

35: QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

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    2012 Stats: 1,456 Yards Passing, 8 Total TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. Dallas

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Joe Flacco's clash with the Cowboys—the NFL's top-ranked pass defense—should be an excellent litmus test for his fantasy viability when playing at home.

    In three games at M&T Bank Stadium this season, Flacco is averaging 312.3 yards passing and two TDs.

    2. Flacco also has a completion mark of 61 percent or higher in all three home games.

34: WR Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers

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    2012 Stats: 20 Catches, 358 Yards, 1 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. Denver

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Malcom Floyd already boasts three games of eight-plus targets and two 100-yard efforts this season.

    2. Floyd is the No. 1 receiving option on a club that's devoid of reliable pass-catchers week in and week out (sorry, Robert Meachem).

    3. I have San Diego QB Philip Rivers earmarked for 275 total yards and/or three touchdowns this week.

33: QB Eli Manning, New York Giants

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    2012 Stats: 1,579 Yards Passing, 10 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at San Francisco

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Of his last 10 road games (including the playoffs), Eli Manning boasts per-outing averages of 312 yards passing and 2.2 touchdowns—a superb stat that includes two roadies against the stout 49ers.

    2. Against San Francisco last year, Manning averaged 314 yards passing and two touchdowns.

    3. Of his five games this season, Manning has reached the magical threshold of 288 yards passing and/or three touchdowns four times.

    4. Manning should have his two elite receivers, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, against the Niners.

32: WR Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

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    2012 Stats: 26 Catches, 313 Yards, 4 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. Oakland

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. In my opinion, Julio Jones and Roddy White are the NFL's best receiving tandem in fantasy circles.

    2. Jones has collected seven-plus targets in all five games this season.

    3. In odd-numbered games, Jones boasts per-outing averages of seven catches, 90 yards and 1.33 touchdowns.

    4. The Raiders don't have a cornerback who can match Jones' size, speed and athletic explosion.

31: TE Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

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    2012 Stats: 20 Catches, 303 Yards, 4 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. N.Y. Giants

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. For a prominent tight end who's only been targeted 29 times, Vernon Davis certainly has the numbers to justify a top-three ranking.

    2. Davis boasts a catch-to-target percentage above 50 for all five games. And in that span, he's notched either 100 receiving yards or one touchdown four times.

    3. Speaking of which, Davis is only one of five NFL tight ends with four TDs heading into Week 6.

30: TE Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

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    2012 Stats: 23 Catches, 295 Yards, 3 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Seattle

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Rob Gronkowski currently ranks as a top-five tight end in standard-scoring leagues.

    2. Through five games, Gronk has accounted for 75 receiving yards and/or one touchdown three times.

    3. The Seahawks defense had a few coverage lapses against Panthers tight end Greg Olsen last week. If that should happen again this week, I guarantee Tom Brady will exploit those holes.

29: WR Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys

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    2012 Stats: 18 Catches, 300 Yards, 3 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Baltimore

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Miles Austin has tallied 107 receiving yards and/or one touchdown in all four games this season.

    2. Remarkably, the above stat holds true even though Austin hasn't caught more than five balls in any outing.

    3. Austin is primed for a big-time performance at some point (multiple TDs or 150 yards), and that break may come against the Ravens' middling pass defense.

28: WR Victor Cruz, New York Giants

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    2012 Stats: 37 Catches, 438 Yards, 5 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at San Francisco

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Victor Cruz is only one of two wide receivers with five touchdowns to date (along with Green Bay's James Jones).

    2. Cruz needed only five catches and 50 yards to score three touchdowns against Cleveland last week.

    3. He already has three outings of double-digit targets.

    4. In two games against the 49ers last year, Cruz racked up 16 catches, 28 targets and 226 yards.

27: WR A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

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    2012 Stats: 36 Catches, 493 Yards, 4 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Cleveland

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. A.J. Green currently stands as the top-ranked receiver in standard-scoring and PPR leagues.

    2. Green is one of few NFL receivers with four games of double-digit targets.

    3. The Bengals wideout has registered a touchdown in four straight games; and in that span, he averaged eight catches, 106 yards and one touchdown.

26: RB Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins

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    2012 Stats: 513 Total Yards (417 Rushing), 3 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. St. Louis

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, Reggie Bush currently stands as the No. 9 fantasy running back.

    2. Through five games, Bush has tallied 100 total yards and/or one touchdown three times.

    3. Bush (only 98 touches) has been an efficient asset for the surprisingly stealth Dolphins, who are averaging 23.1 points since Week 2.

25: QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

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    2012 Stats: 1,208 Yards Passing, 8 Total TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at N.Y. Jets

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Andrew Luck has thrown for 300-plus yards in three of four career games.

    2. Luck has already attempted 45 or more passes three times—a clear sign that Colts offensive coordinator/interim head coach Bruce Arians has immense confidence in his rookie quarterback.

    3. Luck's favorite target, Reggie Wayne (13 catches, 212 yards, one TD against Green Bay), is riding a white-hot streak of fantasy goodness.

24: QB Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

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    2012 Stats: 1,507 Yards Passing, 11 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at San Diego

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Peyton Manning (neck surgeries in 2011) may still be building arm strength for deep balls, but there's nothing wrong with his intermediate passing skills. In most standard-scoring formats, Manning ranks as the No. 4 fantasy quarterback.

    2. Manning has passed for 330 yards or more and two touchdowns in his last three outings.

    3. In four career games at San Diego, Peyton Manning has averaged 324 yards passing and 1.75 touchdowns.

23: RB Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons

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    2012 Stats: 395 Total Yards (324 Rushing), 4 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. Oakland

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Michael Turner has registered a touchdown in his last four games. And of his last three NFL Sundays, he's averaged 107 total yards and one touchdown.

    2. The Raiders are surrendering 129 rushing yards per game.

    3. Thanks to the Falcons' dynamic passing attack, Turner seldom encounters eight or nine defenders in the proverbial "box" in standard down-and-distance situations.

    4. Of the tailbacks in this countdown, Turner may have the greatest capacity for multiple touchdowns on Sunday.

22: WR Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

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    2012 Stats: 36 Catches, 506 Yards, 2 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at N.Y. Jets

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. In his last six games (dating back to 2011), Reggie Wayne has collected 11 or more targets five times. And in that span, Wayne also boasts five games of eight-plus receptions

    2. Wayne is riding high off last week's 13-catch, 212-yard, one-TD performance against the Packers, which included a personal best in receiving yards. For good measure, Wayne also had 20 targets.

    3. There's nothing bad about Wayne's worst effort of the young season: eight catches for 88 yards against the Jaguars in Week 3.

21: RB Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

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    2012 Stats: 567 Total Yards (608 Rushing), 2 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. New England

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Marshawn Lynch has stellar averages of 126 total yards and one touchdown in his last six home games.

    2. Last season, Lynch had a streak of one touchdown in 11 straight games.

    3. For 2012, Lynch has racked up 94 total yards and/or one touchdown in all five games.

20: RB Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

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    2012 Stats: 471 Total Yards (432 Rushing), 4 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. N.Y. Giants

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Through five games, Frank Gore has notched 75 total yards and/or one touchdown four times.

    2. A top-10 fantasy back, Gore has essentially vanquished preseason talk of the 49ers taking a committee approach to the rushing attack (minus Kendall Hunter's garbage-time touches).

    3. Gore is a healthy lock for a seventh straight season of 1,200 total yards. He's also a prime candidate for double-digit TDs this year.

19: WR Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings

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    2012 Stats: 38 Catches, 407 Yards, 3 Total TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Washington

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. The Redskins currently have the NFL's second-worst pass defense—a factoid that plays right into Percy Harvin's hands.

    2. Against Washington last year, Harvin combined for 94 yards on just nine touches (four catches).

    3. Through five games, Harvin has garnered double-digit touches four times.

    4. Harvin has only one offensive clunker for the season: 34 rushing/receiving yards against Detroit. But then again, he also took the opening kick for a touchdown in that Week 4 clash.

18: RB Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

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    2012 Stats: 472 Total Yards (303 Rushing), 5 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. Cincinnati

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Trent Richardson (20 catches, 169 yards) currently stands as a top-five rusher in standard-scoring and points-per-reception leagues.

    2. Richardson has registered a touchdown in four straight games.

    3. Just five games into his pro career, Richardson has already emerged as the face of the rebuilding Browns. And from a fantasy standpoint, he's virtually untouchable on the trade market...minus a sizable 2-for-1 or 3-for-2 return.

17: WR Wes Welker, New England Patriots

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    2012 Stats: 38 Catches, 484 Yards, 1 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Seattle

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. From a receptions standpoint, Wes Welker has lapped the field since Week 3, catching 30 balls for 375 yards and one touchdown.

    2. In his last five games against non-conference foes (dating back to last season), the Patriots receiver has per-outing averages of seven catches, 10.3 targets, 95.4 yards and 0.8 touchdowns.

16: TE Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons

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    2012 Stats: 39 Catches, 388 Yards, 4 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. Oakland

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Tony Gonzalez—the NFL tight ends leader in catches, targets, receiving yards and TDs—is apparently hell-bent on finishing his illustrious career with a boom.

    2. For the season, he already has three games of 70-plus receiving yards, three games of double-digit targets and four games of one TD. And for all-time, Gonzo has 12 games of double-digit receptions and 29 outings of 100-plus receiving yards.

    3. Incredibly, Gonzalez has failed to catch only eight of his 47 targets to date.

15: RB Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers

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    2012 Stats: 297 Total Yards (185 Rushing), 1 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. Denver

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Through three games, Mathews boasts solid per-outing averages of 99 total yards and 0.33 touchdowns.

    2. Mathews steamrolled the Saints for 139 yards in Week 5 off a mere 18 touches.

    3. When healthy, he is a virtual lock for 1,400 total yards and six TDs.

    4. Against the Broncos last year (two games), Mathews averaged 137 total yards.

14: WR Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

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    2012 Stats: 30 Catches, 513 Yards, 2 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at San Diego

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, Demaryius Thomas currently ranks as the No. 6 fantasy wideout.

    2. On the road this season, Thomas boasts per-outing averages of 8.5 catches, 11 targets, 133 yards and 0.5 touchdowns.

    3. Through five games, Thomas already has three games of double-digit targets and 100 yards receiving.

    4. With Peyton Manning as his quarterback, Thomas has quickly joined the elite strata of fantasy receivers.

13: RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

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    2012 Stats: 499 Total Yards (420 Rushing), 2 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Washington

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Adrian Peterson has logged a minimum of 18 touches in all five gamesa remarkable feat for a player coming off major knee surgery.

    2. Peterson has accounted for 80 total yards and/or one touchdown in each outing.

    3. On Sunday, Peterson should have extra motivation to dominate at FedEx Field, the site of last year's torn-ACL injury on Christmas Eve.

    4. When healthy, Peterson is one of the most bankable backs in fantasy.

12: WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

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    2012 Stats: 30 Catches, 337 Yards, 2 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. Buffalo

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Every top-flight receiver has seemingly enjoyed monster numbers against the Bills this season. In fact, Fitzgerald might be a strong candidate for two touchdowns on Sunday.

    2. In his last two games, Fitzgerald has collected eight catches and 15 targets apiece. And the three-game span includes totals of 25 catches, 39 targets, 270 yards and two touchdowns.

    3. Fitzgerald is the one of the most bankable fantasy commodities when the Cardinals have stability at quarterback. And Kevin Kolb's a healthy lock for rock-solid numbers against Buffalo.

11: QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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    2012 Stats: 1,450 Yards Passing, 8 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Seattle

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. For Weeks 2-4, Tom Brady averaged 41 pass attempts and 330 yards passing.

    2. For the first time since Week 2, Brady will have his Big Four pass-catchers (Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Lloyd) available at the same time.

    3. In standard-scoring leagues, Brady has racked up at least 20 fantasy points (when rounding up) in all five games.

10: WR Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

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    2012 Stats: 31 Catches, 481 Yards, 3 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. Oakland

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Roddy White currently ranks as a top-five receiver in standard-scoring and PPR leagues. He's also among the NFL leaders in targets.

    2. For even-numbered weeks this season, Roddy White is averaging eight catches, 11.5 targets, 136 yards and 1.5 touchdowns.

    That does not bode well for the Raiders in Week 6.

9: QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

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    2012 Stats: 1,182 Yards Passing, 4 Total TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Philadelphia

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Of his four games this season, Detroit's Matthew Stafford has passed for 319 or more yards twice. Of equal importance, he's attempted 42-plus passes in three games.

    2. Stafford has the NFL's greatest receiver (Calvin Johnson) at his disposal against the Eagles.

    3. The fourth-year quarterback has struggled a bit. But he's still the same dynamo who registered 5,000 yards passing and 41 touchdowns last year.

    4. It's quite possible that Lions-Eagles will be the week's highest-scoring game.

    If that's the case, Stafford's a shoo-in for the QB-elite threshold of 275 total yards and/or three touchdowns.

8: WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

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    2012 Stats: 29 Catches, 423 Yards, 1 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Philadelphia

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Calvin Johnson has posted three straight games of 12 receiving targets.

    2. For Weeks 1-3, Johnson had per-outing averages of eight catches and 123 yards.

    3. Don't let the one seasonal touchdown fool you. Johnson is still a top-five threat in the red zone amongst receivers.

    4. One last thing: Calvin caught 96 balls for 1,681 yards and 16 TDs last year. And of his final four games, he racked up 200 yards receiving three times.

7: RB Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

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    2012 Stats: 312 Total Yards (201 Rushing), 1 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Atlanta

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Amongst NFL running backs, Darren McFadden ranks in the top five with catches (18) and receiving targets (28).

    2. In the two games that McFadden logged 20-plus touches, he registered 118 and 115 total yards, respectively.

    3. My rationale: McFadden is virtual lock for 120 total yards and one touchdown against the Falcons, regardless of score.

6: RB Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

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    2012 Stats: 609 Total Yards (419 Rushing), 3 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. Dallas

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Through five games, Ray Rice is on pace for 1,948 total yards and another campaign of double-digit touchdowns.

    2. Rice has racked up 96 total yards and/or one touchdown in every game this season.

    3. When playing at home, Rice is a lead-pipe cinch for 100 total yards. Expect him to find the end zone against Dallas too.

5: RB LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

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    2012 Stats: 523 Total Yards (437 Rushing), 2 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. Detroit

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. In his only meeting with Detroit (September 2010), McCoy torched the Lions for 128 total yards and three touchdowns.

    2. Sluggish start aside, McCoy still has accounted for 78 total yards and/or one touchdown in his first five games. Most tailbacks would kill for that kind of mini-slump.

    3. McCoy remains a good bet for 1,400 total yards and 10 touchdowns—numbers befitting of an elite fantasy back.

4: QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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    2012 Stats: 1,307 Yards Passing, 10 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Houston

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. After a slow start to the season, Aaron Rodgers has racked up 562 passing yards and seven TDs in his last two games.

    2. All told, Rodgers has tallied 300 yards passing and/or three touchdowns three times.

    3. Rodgers was the No. 1 fantasy quarterback during the preseason, coming off perhaps the most efficient season in NFL history (4,643 yards passing, 48 total TD in 15 games).

3: RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

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    2012 Stats: 673 Total Yards (555 Rushing), 3 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: at Tampa Bay

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Heading into Sunday's action, Jamaal Charles stands as the NFL tailbacks leader in rushing yards and total yards.

    2. Of his last three games, Charles has amassed an NFL-high 564 total yards and three touchdowns.

    3. The Buccaneers are allowing only 75 rushing yards per game. And yet, Charles should easily eclipse that number.

2: QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

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    2012 Stats: 1,507 Yards Passing, 14 Total TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. Oakland

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Of the QBs in this countdown, Matt Ryan has the most favorable matchup for Week 6, taking on the Raiders' No. 27th-ranked pass defense.

    2. Ryan has crossed the QB-elite threshold of 275 total yards and/or three touchdowns four times this season.

    3. He boasts a completion mark of 63 percent or above for all five games.

    4. For the season, no NFL quarterback has had a better trio of pass-catchers—Roddy White, Julio Jones and tight end Tony Gonzalez.

1: RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans

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    2012 Stats: 592 Total Yards (532 Rushing), 6 TD

    Week 6 Opponent: vs. Green Bay

    Reasons For This Selection

    1. Arian Foster, the unquestioned king among fantasy rushers right now, has notched 110-plus total yards or one touchdown in all five games, and he's averaging 28.4 touches this season (up considerably from 2011).

    2. Foster is on pace for 1,900 total yards and 18 touchdowns.

    3. The Packers defense has surrendered 119 rushing yards or more three times this season.

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