Despite the fact that this week represents Week 6 of the NFL season, most fantasy teams will have their full complement of weapons. With only the Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins on the bye, very few fantasy-worthy starters are out of the mix, so owners shouldn't have too many lineup quandaries on their hands.
As important as it is to round out your lineup with players who can contribute, it all really comes down to how your stars perform. If early-round picks don't come through, then it's going to be extremely difficult to triumph. Luckily, there are plenty of enticing matchups on tap for some of the NFL's elite players, so there is a lot of potential for some high scores.
Here is a closer look at what to expect from the top players at each skill position in Week 6.
Peyton Manning (DEN)
There isn't much more that can be said about Manning, as he is playing better football now than ever before. It's quite amazing considering the fact that nobody knew for sure if he would be able to play again following a neck injury that kept him out for an entire season. Manning has essentially been perfect, however, and he is head and shoulders above all other quarterbacks in the league right now, as evidenced by this stat courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info.
Manning puts up big numbers regardless of whom he faces, but he has a tantalizing matchup this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It's actually possible that Manning's output won't be quite as eye-popping as it has been due to the fact that Denver will almost certainly be up big early, but he'll be dominant regardless.
Arian Foster (HOU)
Everyone likes to say that the NFL is passing league, and based on the league-wide inconsistency of running backs this season, that is most definitely true. Foster was taken as early as No. 2 overall in fantasy drafts prior to the season, but he hasn't quite lived up to his production from the previous few years. Part of that likely stems from Houston shying away from pounding him into the ground as he entered the season banged up, but comedian Jay Mohr echoes the current sentiment of Texans fans.
While 40 carries is a bit excessive, Foster needs to be the Texans' workhorse. Quarterback Matt Schaub has been a disaster as of late, so it's time to take some pressure off of him. This week is a perfect jumping-off point, as the Texans are facing the St. Louis Rams, who are surrendering 126 yards per game on the ground. This should be Foster's coming-out party.
Dez Bryant (DAL)
Fantasy owners caught a glimpse of Bryant's potential late last season as he went on a tear to close the campaign, and he has carried over that incredible play into the 2013 season. Since a pedestrian Week 1 showing, Bryant has been nearly unstoppable. Even capable cover corners have been unable to slow him down, and inconsistent Washington Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall knows what he has ahead of him in Week 6, according to Pro Football Talk.
In addition to Bryant's physical tools, his production has been off the charts. Bryant has a touchdown in four consecutive games, including multiple touchdowns in two straight. The Redskins are fifth worst in the league against the pass, as they are allowing nearly 300 yards per game through the air. With Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo on a roll, Bryant figures to go off.
Jimmy Graham (NO)
For as incredible as Manning has been this season, it can be argued that the season Graham is having is even more historic. With 593 receiving yards, Graham currently leads the league, which is unprecedented for a tight end. If he is able to remain on his current pace, he will easily have the most-prolific season by a tight end in NFL history, as evidenced by these projections courtesy of NFL on ESPN.
Graham doesn't have the easiest matchup this week, as the New England Patriots are in the middle of the pack in terms of passing yards allowed, but Graham is Drew Brees' favorite target, and he'll look in his direction early and often. Graham has a size and athleticism advantage over essentially anyone who covers him, and that will once again be apparent on Sunday.
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