Fantasy Football Week 6: Projections for Top Stars at Each Offensive Position
As volatile as fantasy football tends to be, there are several superstars that owners can count on to produce huge performances in Week 6 of the 2013 NFL season.
Whether these players are battling to keep their team undefeated, in the division race or both, they are bound to exploit favorable matchups and respond with monster games Sunday.
Headlining the bunch is Peyton Manning, whose Denver Broncos face the winless Jacksonville Jaguars. This is among the biggest mismatches imaginable, and is the biggest spread in NFL history, with the Broncos as 28-point home favorites, per ESPN's RJ Bell:
Below are projections for Manning and the other top studs at each offensive position.
Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
Any ridiculous numbers are within reach when Manning takes on the Jaguars this week.
Manning is on track for a ridiculous season that would shatter records left and right if he maintains his magnificent pace:
Peyton Manning is on pace for 6,029 Pass yds, 64 Pass TD, and 3 Int Incredible numbers!— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 7, 2013
It might not be sustainable over 16 games, but the 37-year-old veteran will stay on track facing a defense like Jacksonville's. Although the Jags have a top-10 pass defense, they are also dead last against the run, which will open the floodgates for the Denver offense.
Want to know why Denver favored by 28 over Jacksonville? Peyton Manning and Broncos scored 51 Sunday. Jags have scored 51 points all season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 7, 2013
After beating the Dallas Cowboys 51-48 and throwing for 414 yards and four touchdowns, Manning should be in store for similar numbers against the Jaguars.
Projections: 33-of-40, 420 yards passing, 5 TDs
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
The nightmarish play from Texans QB Matt Schaub should force the Texans offense into a heavier emphasis on the running game, which still ranks eighth in the NFL.
Comedian Jay Mohr dished out some solid advice to head coach and play-caller Gary Kubiak:
Enough of this crap HOUSTON. Arian Foster needs 40 carries a game from here on out.— Jay Mohr (@jaymohr37) October 7, 2013
Giving Foster 40 carries may be a hyperbolic solution to what's ailing Houston in its three-game losing streak, but making him the foundation of the offense is a good place to get back on track.
Schaub badly needs a confidence boost after throwing a pick-six in four consecutive games, and feeding Foster with both carries and in short passes is the recipe for helping that cause.
Having scored double-digit touchdowns in each of the past three seasons and only finding pay dirt once thus far, Foster is due to get back on track. His Week 6 opponent is a disappointing St. Louis Rams defense at home in Reliant Stadium.
St. Louis is 28th in yards rushing yielded per contest, which bodes well for Foster and should allow him to be the top fantasy back in the league.
Projections: 24 carries, 160 yards, 3 TDs; 6 receptions, 48 yards
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
The maturation Bryant has gone through is showing up on the gridiron in a big way, and he showed up in the Cowboys' biggest game of the year in Week 5 in catching six passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns.
CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora summarized how Bryant and his quarterback, Tony Romo, were performing against the AFC's best team:
Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are playing out of their minds— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 6, 2013
Which Texas team is in more of a must-win situation?
Unfortunately, Romo threw a late interception, and Bryant's prior fumble didn't help matters in the 51-48 loss. What Dallas did prove is that its offense could keep up with the league's elite, and that should be confirmed yet again Sunday.
The Washington Redskins' horrendous defense comes to town, and unless QB Robert Griffin III plays more like the rookie that electrified the organization in 2012, Bryant and Co. are in for a big day.
Bryant, who is tied for second in the NFL with six receiving touchdowns, should have no trouble carving up a defense that is last in total yards allowed per game at an average of 440.5.
While DeMarco Murray establishes a solid ground game, it will open up Bryant on big play opportunities off play action.
Projections: 10 receptions, 160 yards, 2 TDs
Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints
It doesn't seem to matter if two defenders are draped over Graham—Drew Brees still finds a way to throw him the ball.
Graham's athleticism and massive frame allows for that, and creates nightmares for defensive coordinators. As Pro Football Focus highlights, the fourth-year superstar is averaging the most yards per route run in 2013:
On the season, most yards per route run. Jimmy Graham (3.22). 2nd is Jerome Simpson (3) & 3rd DeSean Jackson (2.9)— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) October 8, 2013
That is a testament to Graham's explosiveness and his consistency in getting open.
The romp will continue for Graham and the 5-0 Saints, even in Foxboro facing a stout New England Patriots defense. Bill Belichick's bunch is used to practicing against dynamic tight ends such as Rob Gronkowski, but Graham will thrive in spite of that.
New England's defense is mediocre in terms of giving up yards, but it is very much a unit that bends and doesn't break, ranking second in points per game allowed.
But the Pats haven't faced a red-zone threat quite like Graham, who should continue his recent hot streak that has featured four straight 100-yard games.
Projections: 8 receptions, 120 yards, 2 TDs
|Rank||Quarterback||Running Back||Wide Receiver||Tight End|
|1||Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos||Arian Foster, Houston Texans||Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys||Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints|
|2||Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears||Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers||A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals||Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos|
|3||Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys||LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles||Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears||Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns|
|4||Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts||Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks||Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts||Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers|
|5||Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints||Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts||Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers||Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers|
Source: Rankings are strictly opinion
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