Assuming Rob Gronkowski plays Sunday, you have to imagine we are going to be seeing this at least once.
You know when the football season is in full swing, because the injury report tends to be the most important thing you read every week. Bumps, bruises and career-threatening injuries are plastering the fantasy landscape and making for some harrowing circumstances.
You would have had to replace Julio Jones (foot) in all leagues this week anyway, since the Atlanta Falcons are on a bye, but now you have to replace him for the rest of the season. We might get Rob Gronkowski back this Sunday, but it is only a matter of when the next devastating injury will come to suck the fantasy life out of our lineups.
It is the nature of this violent game and what we all have to deal with in fantasy eventually. As bodies break down around us, we break down the best lineup options for fantasy Week 6 in this six-part slideshow.
Injuries and benchings have turned over the bottom of the quarterback rankings, but thankfully little has changed with the preseason top 12. They all remain solid starts in fantasy. The resurgence of Philip Rivers even gives us a suitable fill-in for the Falcons' Matt Ryan, who is on a bye—if not heading for a future downgrade with the loss of Julio Jones (foot) for the season.
Last week's fantasy bonanza against the Denver Broncos sets Tony Romo up for another big week against the Washington Redskins, who are third-worst in fantasy against quarterbacks to date. They have been dead last for most of the early weeks too.
Send them to the bench
Ben Roethlisberger, Geno Smith and Sam Bradford have had their moments in the first quarter of the fantasy football season, but they face defenses that figure to keep them out of the mix as starting options this week. Big Ben and Smith face each other in New York, and the Steelers, despite their struggles at 0-4, are still the No. 1 team in fantasy against quarterbacks. The Houston Texans, Bradford's opponent, are third-toughest.
Week 6 sleepers
Colin Kaepernick has been struggling for fantasy owners since Week 1, but you have to keep running him out there in your starting lineup. You drafted him at a premium to play through thick and thin.
Vernon Davis (hamstring) is healthier, and Jon Baldwin is now starting opposite Anquan Boldin. The San Francisco 49ers are going to find their rhythm in the passing game, even if they remain one of the most run-heavy teams in football. Kaepernick is among the quarterbacks we like more than the consensus below:
Week 6 duds
Cam Newton is coming off an awful performance on the road at Arizona, throwing three interceptions, but you have to keep him active at Minnesota. The Vikings have been the seventh-worst team in fantasy against quarterbacks to date.
We are still iffy on Newton's supporting cast—like you should be with Robert Griffin III, Kaepernick and even Russell Wilson—but Newton will still be able to produce low-end, fantasy-starter-quality fantasy points.
Newton is among the quarterbacks the masses like more than we do below:
- Cam Newton
- Andrew Luck
- Jay Cutler (already played Thursday night)
- Alex Smith
- Eli Manning (already played Thursday night)
- Matt Schaub
- Nick Foles
|1||Tony Romo||Dal||vs. Was||2||+1|
|2||Peyton Manning||Den||vs. Jac||1||-1|
|3||Aaron Rodgers||GB||at Bal||4||+1|
|4||Drew Brees||NO||at NE||3||-1|
|5||Tom Brady||NE||vs. NO||8||+3|
|6||Robert Griffin||Was||at Dal||5||-1|
|7||Colin Kaepernick||SF||vs. Ari||13||+6|
|8||Philip Rivers||SD||vs. Ind||9||+1|
|9||Matthew Stafford||Det||at Cle||11||+2|
|10||Cam Newton||Car||at Min||7||-3|
|11||Andrew Luck||Ind||at SD||6||-5|
|12||Russell Wilson||Sea||vs. Ten||12||0|
|13||Jay Cutler||Chi||vs. NYG||10||-3|
|14||Andy Dalton||Cin||at Buf||19||+5|
|15||Joe Flacco||Bal||vs. GB||15||0|
|16||Alex Smith||KC||vs. Oak||14||-2|
|17||Terrelle Pryor||Oak||at KC||17||0|
|18||Brandon Weeden||Cle||vs. Det||25||+7|
|19||Sam Bradford||StL||at Hou||23||+4|
|20||Eli Manning||NYG||at Chi||16||-4|
|21||Ben Roethlisberger||Pit||at NYJ||20||-1|
|22||Geno Smith||NYJ||vs. Pit||24||+2|
|23||Chad Henne||Jac||at Den||21||-2|
|24||Matt Schaub||Hou||vs. StL||18||-6|
|25||Carson Palmer||Ari||at SF||27||+2|
|26||Nick Foles||Phi||at TB||22||-4|
|27||Mike Glennon||TB||vs. Phi||26||-1|
|28||Ryan Fitzpatrick||Ten||at Sea||32||+4|
|29||Matt Cassel||Min||vs. Car||29||0|
|30||Thaddeus Lewis||Buf||vs. Cin||28||-2|
Raise your hand if you saw Brandon Jacobs rushing for 106 yards and two touchdowns on Thursday night against the Chicago Bears.
Put your hands down, Friday morning quarterbacks. You're lying.
Jacobs was active in just seven percent of CBS Sports leagues.
The Giants came into the week with the worst rushing offense in the NFL, and even if David Wilson's multi-week neck injury thrust Jacobs from the street to a starting job, he was not considered a top play for Week 6. Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good.
Loving what lies ahead
You are likely lamenting sitting Jacobs in lieu of Bilal Powell, DeAngelo Williams or even Willis McGahee. You still made the right decision, statistically. The Jets, Panthers and Browns face three of the worst teams in fantasy against running backs: Pittsburgh (32nd), Minnesota (31st) and Detroit (27th). You should feel confident with those fantasy fringe backs active this weekend.
Running into brick walls?
The Arizona Cardinals are a bit of fantasy fool's gold (kryptonite?) in terms of what they have done against running backs to date. Arizona has been the best team in fantasy against running backs—ranking third in the NFL against the run—but Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon figure to change that this week.
Also, the Jets figure to be a tough matchup for hopeful Le'Veon Bell owners. Bell was great coming off his injury before hitting his bye, and now he draws the second-best team in the NFL against the run, the Jets. You keep Bell active for the potential of a touchdown. The Jets have given up four to backs to date.
Week 6 sleepers
Darren McFadden (hamstring) looks like a bad play against the Kansas City Chiefs defense, but there are a lot of banged-up backs to sort through this week. The good news is he is at least practicing, according to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez. You might hate McFadden's health situation and matchup, but he still rates as a safer play than all but about a dozen backs.
McFadden is among those we like more than a few spots than the masses:
- Danny Woodhead
- Chris Johnson
- Bilal Powell
- BenJarvus Green-Ellis
- Darren McFadden
Week 6 duds
Eddie Lacy did enough in his return from a concussion to earn fantasy must-start status regardless of the matchup. James Starks (knee) is out until at least Oct. 20, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and fellow rookie Johnathan Franklin fumbled away his hopes for more touches again last week. Franklin might not be even worth owning going forward.
Lacy, while he is a start, is facing a Ravens defense that has been the second-best in fantasy against running backs. That is why he leads the group we like less than the consensus below:
- Eddie Lacy
- Giovani Bernard
- Fred Jackson
- Pierre Thomas
- Rashard Mendenhall
|Rank||Running Backs||Team||Opponent||ECR||vs. ECR|
|1||Adrian Peterson||Min||vs. Car||1||0|
|2||Arian Foster||Hou||vs. StL||3||+1|
|3||Jamaal Charles||KC||vs. Oak||2||-1|
|4||DeMarco Murray||Dal||vs. Was||7||+3|
|5||LeSean McCoy||Phi||at TB||5||0|
|6||Matt Forte||Chi||vs. NYG||4||-2|
|7||Doug Martin||TB||vs. Phi||8||+1|
|8||Marshawn Lynch||Sea||vs. Ten||6||-2|
|9||Ray Rice||Bal||vs. GB||9||0|
|10||Trent Richardson||Ind||at SD||13||+3|
|11||Alfred Morris||Was||at Dal||10||-1|
|12||Frank Gore||SF||vs. Ari||14||+2|
|13||Reggie Bush||Det||at Cle||11||-2|
|14||Knowshon Moreno||Den||vs. Jac||12||-2|
|15||DeAngelo Williams||Car||at Min||15||0|
|16||Danny Woodhead||SD||vs. Ind||21||+5|
|17||Darren Sproles||NO||at NE||18||+1|
|18||C.J. Spiller||Buf||vs. Cin||16||-2|
|19||Chris Johnson||Ten||at Sea||23||+4|
|20||Le'Veon Bell||Pit||at NYJ||20||0|
|21||Bilal Powell||NYJ||vs. Pit||26||+5|
|22||Maurice Jones-Drew||Jac||at Den||25||+3|
|23||Eddie Lacy||GB||at Bal||17||-6|
|24||BenJarvus Green-Ellis||Cin||at Buf||29||+5|
|25||Giovani Bernard||Cin||at Buf||19||-6|
|26||Willis McGahee||Cle||vs. Det||24||-2|
|27||Fred Jackson||Buf||vs. Cin||22||-5|
|28||Stevan Ridley||NE||vs. NO||31||+3|
|29||Darren McFadden||Oak||at KC||39||+10|
|30||Ryan Mathews||SD||vs. Ind||35||+5|
|31||Zac Stacy||StL||at Hou||30||-1|
|32||Pierre Thomas||NO||at NE||27||-5|
|33||Brandon Jacobs||NYG||at Chi||40||+7|
|34||Brandon Bolden||NE||vs. NO||38||+4|
|35||Ben Tate||Hou||vs. StL||33||-2|
|36||Rashard Mendenhall||Ari||at SF||32||-4|
|37||Joique Bell||Det||at Cle||28||-9|
|38||Ronnie Hillman||Den||vs. Jac||34||-4|
|39||Montee Ball||Den||vs. Jac||46||+7|
|40||Daryl Richardson||StL||at Hou||47||+7|
|41||Bernard Pierce||Bal||vs. GB||44||+3|
|42||LeGarrette Blount||NE||vs. NO||42||0|
|43||Kendall Hunter||SF||vs. Ari||56||+13|
|44||Michael Bush||Chi||vs. NYG||54||+10|
|45||Andre Ellington||Ari||at SF||36||-9|
|46||Donald Brown||Ind||at SD||48||+2|
|47||Da'Rel Scott||NYG||at Chi||43||-4|
|48||Mike Goodson||NYJ||vs. Pit||57||+9|
|49||Chris Ogbonnaya||Cle||vs. Det||53||+4|
|50||Robert Turbin||Sea||vs. Ten||68||+18|
|51||Bryce Brown||Phi||at TB||55||+4|
|52||Ronnie Brown||SD||vs. Ind||50||-2|
|53||Roy Helu||Was||at Dal||49||-4|
|54||Rashad Jennings||Oak||at KC||37||-17|
|55||Anthony Dixon||SF||vs. Ari||82||+27|
|56||Chris Ivory||NYJ||vs. Pit||45||-11|
|57||Knile Davis||KC||vs. Oak||73||+16|
|58||Jordan Todman||Jac||at Den||84||+26|
|59||Mark Ingram||NO||at NE||66||+7|
|60||Lance Dunbar||Dal||vs. Was||78||+18|
"Megatron" needs some Energon Cubes. You have any handy?
The good news is Calvin Johnson (knee) is practicing on a limited basis, but Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports he remains a game-time decision. Megatron was on the wrong side of a game-time decision last week and is not letting on whether he will be active Sunday.
When asked if his injury has healed enough to declare himself ready to play, Megatron said with a smile, "Come on, man." (See the video in the above link.)
Fantasy owners are not smiling or laughing. Megatron is a guy they need. Start him if he's active. We should know definitively before noon roster deadlines on Sunday.
Bucs stop here?
Mike Glennon is a shaky rookie quarterback, but you still should feel confident starting Vincent Jackson against the Philadelphia Eagles defense that has been the worst in fantasy against wide receivers to date. The same doesn't go for Mike Williams, who is dealing with a tender hamstring coming off a bye week. Glennon's power arm should suit Jackson's vertical routes, so keep the veteran receiver among those you keep active in standard leagues.
Texans secondary still holding up
Lost in Houston's disappointing start is the fact the defense has been No. 1 in fantasy against wide receivers. The Texans draw a Rams offense that has been difficult to peg in fantasy to date. Who is going to get the targets this week? Jared Cook? Tavon Austin? Recently hot Austin Pettis? Chris Givens? It is anyone's guess. All of them should be avoided in fantasy this week.
Week 6 sleepers
The New England Patriots got Danny Amendola back last week to disappointing results, but the return of Rob Gronkowski puts Tom Brady's key pieces in place for what could be a classic shootout against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Amendola should be a lot better than four catches for 55 yards this week.
He is a must-start in points-per-reception formats and one of the receivers we trust far more than the consensus below:
Week 6 duds
Fantasy analysts and owners love overreacting to what they see. It is why it looks like Dallas' defense is one of the advantageous matchups in fantasy, particularly for pass receivers. Peyton Manning shredded it last week, but we shouldn't be too excited about the receiving corps that the Washington Redskins bring to Dallas.
Pierre Garcon is a start, but expecting him to be better than an average fantasy starter is expecting too much. He is among the receivers we like less than the masses this week:
- Victor Cruz (already played Thursday night)
- Pierre Garcon
- DeSean Jackson
- Mike Williams
- Michael Floyd
|Rank||Wide Receivers||Team||Opponent||ECR||vs. ECR|
|1||Dez Bryant||Dal||vs. Was||1||0|
|2||Brandon Marshall||Chi||vs. NYG||3||+1|
|3||A.J. Green||Cin||at Buf||4||+1|
|4||Demaryius Thomas||Den||vs. Jac||2||-2|
|5||Calvin Johnson||Det||at Cle||5||0|
|6||Andre Johnson||Hou||vs. StL||12||+6|
|7||Jordy Nelson||GB||at Bal||11||+4|
|8||Torrey Smith||Bal||vs. GB||8||0|
|9||Randall Cobb||GB||at Bal||9||0|
|10||Wes Welker||Den||vs. Jac||7||-3|
|11||Danny Amendola||NE||vs. NO||21||+10|
|12||Eric Decker||Den||vs. Jac||15||+3|
|13||Vincent Jackson||TB||vs. Phi||16||+3|
|14||Victor Cruz||NYG||at Chi||6||-8|
|15||Larry Fitzgerald||Ari||at SF||24||+9|
|16||Josh Gordon||Cle||vs. Det||13||-3|
|17||Anquan Boldin||SF||vs. Ari||29||+12|
|18||Pierre Garcon||Was||at Dal||10||-8|
|19||Justin Blackmon||Jac||at Den||19||0|
|20||Reggie Wayne||Ind||at SD||14||-6|
|21||T.Y. Hilton||Ind||at SD||25||+4|
|22||Alshon Jeffery||Chi||vs. NYG||20||-2|
|23||Dwayne Bowe||KC||vs. Oak||31||+8|
|24||Antonio Brown||Pit||at NYJ||18||-6|
|25||DeSean Jackson||Phi||at TB||17||-8|
|26||Marques Colston||NO||at NE||22||-4|
|27||Hakeem Nicks||NYG||at Chi||27||0|
|28||James Jones||GB||at Bal||28||0|
|29||Cecil Shorts||Jac||at Den||23||-6|
|30||Steve Johnson||Buf||vs. Cin||34||+4|
|31||Greg Jennings||Min||vs. Car||37||+6|
|32||Steve Smith||Car||at Min||26||-6|
|33||Miles Austin||Dal||vs. Was||47||+14|
|34||Vincent Brown||SD||vs. Ind||33||-1|
|35||Tavon Austin||StL||at Hou||51||+16|
|36||Golden Tate||Sea||vs. Ten||42||+6|
|37||DeAndre Hopkins||Hou||vs. StL||32||-5|
|38||Julian Edelman||NE||vs. NO||39||+1|
|39||Eddie Royal||SD||vs. Ind||57||+18|
|40||Mike Williams||TB||vs. Phi||30||-10|
|41||Brandon LaFell||Car||at Min||59||+18|
|42||Denarius Moore||Oak||at KC||35||-7|
|43||Emmanuel Sanders||Pit||at NYJ||43||0|
|44||Michael Floyd||Ari||at SF||36||-8|
|45||Robert Woods||Buf||vs. Cin||46||+1|
|46||Keenan Allen||SD||vs. Ind||38||-8|
|47||Rueben Randle||NYG||at Chi||44||-3|
|48||Kenbrell Thompkins||NE||vs. NO||41||-7|
|49||Andre Roberts||Ari||at SF||65||+16|
|50||Stephen Hill||NYJ||vs. Pit||48||-2|
|51||Chris Givens||StL||at Hou||58||+7|
|52||Jeremy Kerley||NYJ||vs. Pit||52||0|
|53||Rod Streater||Oak||at KC||66||+13|
|54||Santana Moss||Was||at Dal||62||+8|
|55||Ryan Broyles||Det||at Cle||67||+12|
|56||Kendall Wright||Ten||at Sea||56||0|
|57||Austin Pettis||StL||at Hou||49||-8|
|58||Terrance Williams||Dal||vs. Was||40||-18|
|59||Donnie Avery||KC||vs. Oak||50||-9|
|60||Marlon Brown||Bal||vs. GB||53||-7|
|61||Lance Moore||NO||at NE||76||+15|
|62||Sidney Rice||Sea||vs. Ten||54||-8|
|63||Nate Washington||Ten||at Sea||45||-18|
|64||Riley Cooper||Phi||at TB||82||+18|
|65||Mohamed Sanu||Cin||at Buf||63||-2|
|66||Davone Bess||Cle||vs. Det||78||+12|
|67||Jerome Simpson||Min||vs. Car||55||-12|
|68||Darrius Heyward-Bey||Ind||at SD||68||0|
|69||Jason Avant||Phi||at TB||69||0|
|70||Kenny Britt||Ten||at Sea||77||+7|
|71||Doug Baldwin||Sea||vs. Ten||64||-7|
|72||Ted Ginn||Car||at Min||61||-11|
|73||Jerricho Cotchery||Pit||at NYJ||75||+2|
|74||Dexter McCluster||KC||vs. Oak||86||+12|
|75||Marvin Jones||Cin||at Buf||88||+13|
|76||Kenny Stills||NO||at NE||89||+13|
|77||Earl Bennett||Chi||vs. NYG||90||+13|
|78||Leonard Hankerson||Was||at Dal||60||-18|
|79||Greg Little||Cle||vs. Det||70||-9|
|80||Kyle Williams||SF||vs. Ari||94||+14|
Rob Gronkowski has targeted Week 6 as a return date for a month, according to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, so we shouldn't read too much into "Gronk's" unwillingness to declare himself ready for the Saints. Fantasy owners should finally prepare to start him—more than we have already considered him viable the past three weeks.
Heck, if the Patriots did not anticipate Gronk playing before this Sunday, they could have merely kept him on the PUP list and not burned a roster spot on him for the season's first six weeks.
Start Gronk if he is active, although the Patriots' awful treatment of the media with regard to injuries and a late afternoon start (4:25 p.m. ET) make things dicey all over again.
Kaepernick has a gem target in Davis
Vernon Davis (hamstring) scored a touchdown in Week 5 and has been upgraded to probable on the injury report for the matchup against Arizona, which has been the worst team in fantasy against tight ends. We should expect a big week for Davis, which is perhaps the reason for trusting Kaepernick in the face of his slow start.
Rudolph the red-faced tight end
Kyle Rudolph has a sketchy quarterback situation and has been one of the most-dropped tight ends in fantasy the past few weeks. Week 6 doesn't promise to change much. The Panthers have been the second-toughest opponent for tight ends in fantasy, allowing a league-low 100 yards receiving.
These factors leave Rudolph just out of the realm of a starter in standard leagues—but watch him sneak up for one catch for one yard and a touchdown to put himself among the top 15 scorers at the position this week.
Week 6 sleepers
The extended absence of Owen Daniels (leg) makes Garrett Graham a fantasy starter in standard leagues now. He was already cutting into Daniels' production in the early going, and the fact he won't have to compete for those goal-line targets going forward is intriguing. He is the most-added tight end for a reason, so we are shocked we like him more than the consensus below:
- Rob Gronkowski
- Garrett Graham
- Kyle Rudolph
- Brandon Pettigrew
- Jermaine Gresham
Week 6 duds
The Broncos' Julius Thomas was quiet for a few weeks before he returned to fantasy stardom with 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns last week. The Jags line up as a favorable matchup for anyone, but doesn't it just feel like a potential week for a letdown with all of your Broncos receivers?
Well, consider this scenario: The Broncos go up three touchdowns in the first half and spend the rest of the game developing Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball in the running game against a Jags defense that is in the bottom 10 of fantasy against running backs.
You start Thomas in all leagues, but it is hard to guarantee he will be the one getting the targets and touchdowns in any given week, especially this one. He is among the tight ends we like less than the masses:
- Julius Thomas
- Martellus Bennett (already played Thursday night)
- Brandon Myers (already played Thursday night)
- Tyler Eifert
- Jordan Reed
- Brent Celek
- Kellen Winslow
|Rank||Tight Ends||Team||Opponent||ECR||vs. ECR|
|1||Jimmy Graham||NO||at NE||1||0|
|2||Rob Gronkowski||NE||vs. NO||5||+3|
|3||Jason Witten||Dal||vs. Was||2||-1|
|4||Jordan Cameron||Cle||vs. Det||4||0|
|5||Julius Thomas||Den||vs. Jac||3||-2|
|6||Antonio Gates||SD||vs. Ind||6||0|
|7||Vernon Davis||SF||vs. Ari||7||0|
|8||Garrett Graham||Hou||vs. StL||11||+3|
|9||Greg Olsen||Car||at Min||8||-1|
|10||Jermichael Finley||GB||at Bal||10||0|
|11||Martellus Bennett||Chi||vs. NYG||9||-2|
|12||Heath Miller||Pit||at NYJ||12||0|
|13||Coby Fleener||Ind||at SD||13||0|
|14||Jared Cook||StL||at Hou||14||0|
|15||Kyle Rudolph||Min||vs. Car||18||+3|
|16||Brandon Pettigrew||Det||at Cle||19||+3|
|17||Jermaine Gresham||Cin||at Buf||20||+3|
|18||Sean McGrath||KC||vs. Oak||23||+5|
|19||Brandon Myers||NYG||at Chi||15||-4|
|20||Jeff Cumberland||NYJ||vs. Pit||26||+6|
|21||Dallas Clark||Bal||vs. GB||22||+1|
|22||Rob Housler||Ari||at SF||36||+14|
|23||Tyler Eifert||Cin||at Buf||21||-2|
|24||Marcedes Lewis||Jac||at Den||30||+6|
|25||Scott Chandler||Buf||vs. Cin||25||0|
|26||Zach Miller||Sea||vs. Ten||27||+1|
|27||Jordan Reed||Was||at Dal||16||-11|
|28||Brent Celek||Phi||at TB||17||-11|
|29||Kellen Winslow||NYJ||vs. Pit||24||-5|
|30||Delanie Walker||Ten||at Sea||28||-2|
How many Bears defense/special teams owners didn't panic when they failed to return the first Eli Manning interception for a touchdown on Thursday night? None.
That's because Manning was good for a pick-six shortly thereafter. He and the Giants are a joke, which is why they are the best matchup for an opposing defense in fantasy. The rules don't change at this position: Go with the units facing the most error-prone quarterbacks.
The Giants' Manning is indeed that.
If Manning is good for a pick-six every game, the Texans' Matt Schaub is too. It is why the Texans are the second-worst team in fantasy against defenses. It makes you consider the Rams as a streaming option this week if you're desperate for a defense. The Rams can get after the quarterback too.
Avoid a potential shootout in New England
Tom Brady and Drew Brees on the same field have to scare the daylights out of the defensive coordinators. They should scare you off the Pats and Saints defenses too—not that they are real trustworthy units in most matchups anyway. This figures to be a particularly unfavorable week to stream them.
Week 6 sleepers
We keep trying to go to the well on the Pittsburgh Steelers and any defense facing a rookie quarterback. The Steelers are doing that this week, facing Geno Smith and the Jets. Despite the Steelers' struggles and Smith's great play at times, the Steelers are still the No. 1 team in fantasy against quarterbacks.
It is the reason we are bullish with their unit in relation to the consensus below. Here are the other units we like more than most:
- San Francisco 49ers
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Indianapolis Colts
- St. Louis Rams
Week 6 duds
The Broncos are huge four-touchdown favorites over the overmatched Jaguars, but we have a feeling the Jags won't be a bad play here. Chad Henne is starting at quarterback, according to the Florida Times-Union's Vito Stellino, and he has Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts to work with in the passing game. The Broncos are going to leave some garbage time here for the Jags to rack up cheap yardage and scores.
You start the Broncos defense in all leagues, but it might not be the bonanza everyone is expecting. Denver is among the units the masses like more than us this week:
- Denver Broncos
- Houston Texans
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Minnesota Vikings
- Arizona Cardinals
|Rank||Defenses and Special Teams||Team||Opponent||ECR||vs. ECR|
|1||San Francisco 49ers||SF||vs. Ari||4||+3|
|2||Chicago Bears||Chi||vs. NYG||3||+1|
|3||Seattle Seahawks||Sea||vs. Ten||2||-1|
|4||Cincinnati Bengals||Cin||at Buf||5||+1|
|5||Kansas City Chiefs||KC||vs. Oak||6||+1|
|6||Denver Broncos||Den||vs. Jac||1||-5|
|7||New York Jets||NYJ||vs. Pit||8||+1|
|8||Pittsburgh Steelers||Pit||at NYJ||11||+3|
|9||Carolina Panthers||Car||at Min||10||+1|
|10||Detroit Lions||Det||at Cle||9||-1|
|11||Philadelphia Eagles||Phi||at TB||15||+4|
|12||Houston Texans||Hou||vs. StL||7||-5|
|13||Indianapolis Colts||Ind||at SD||21||+8|
|14||St. Louis Rams||StL||at Hou||24||+10|
|15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||TB||vs. Phi||13||-2|
|16||New England Patriots||NE||vs. NO||19||+3|
|17||Baltimore Ravens||Bal||vs. GB||17||0|
|18||Dallas Cowboys||Dal||vs. Was||20||+2|
|19||Minnesota Vikings||Min||vs. Car||14||-5|
|20||Arizona Cardinals||Ari||at SF||12||-8|
Saints a tough matchup? Meh. Stephen Gostkowski can score with one arm tied behind his back.
Mason Crosby and Alex Henery were gems found here last week. Sometimes the best traits a kicker has in fantasy are that he isn't on a bye or facing a tough defense. If you are still debating this position…
Lions share of field goals
Crosby enjoyed that five field-goal week against the Lions, who have allowed a league-high 15 field goals through five games. The Cleveland Browns face the Lions at home this week, so if you are one to follow the trends, you might consider Billy Cundiff a starting option. (We don't.)
Saints come marching in
Stephen Gostkowski is generally regarded as the top kicker in fantasy, but you might not be too excited for his prospects this week. The Saints have allowed the fewest field goals through five games. We keep him active in all formats until his bye week, regardless.
Week 6 sleepers
Somehow fantasy still hasn't bought entirely into Andy Reid's Chiefs, especially when it comes to the kicker. Ryan Succop is the kicker we like the most in relation to the masses below:
- Stephen Gostkowski
- Ryan Succop
- Mason Crosby
- Nick Novak
- Phil Dawson
Week 6 duds
Yours truly picked Dan Bailey in all leagues because of the potency of the Cowboys offense and their late bye week. We have jumped off the bandwagon in recent weeks, dropping him for the aforementioned Crosby in all leagues.
Bailey remains a starter among kickers because of his production, but it should be noted the Redskins have allowed just one field goal per game. Bailey leads the kickers we like a bit less than the consensus:
- Dan Bailey
- Robbie Gould (already played Thursday night)
- Garrett Hartley
- Blair Walsh
- Alex Henery
- Steven Hauschka
|1||Stephen Gostkowski||NE||vs. NO||3||+2|
|2||Matt Prater||Den||vs. Jac||1||-1|
|3||Justin Tucker||Bal||vs. GB||4||+1|
|4||Dan Bailey||Dal||vs. Was||2||-2|
|5||Ryan Succop||KC||vs. Oak||15||+10|
|6||Mason Crosby||GB||at Bal||11||+5|
|7||Robbie Gould||Chi||vs. NYG||5||-2|
|8||Nick Novak||SD||vs. Ind||13||+5|
|9||Garrett Hartley||NO||at NE||7||-2|
|10||Blair Walsh||Min||vs. Car||8||-2|
|11||Phil Dawson||SF||vs. Ari||14||+3|
|12||Alex Henery||Phi||at TB||10||-2|
|13||Greg Zuerlein||StL||at Hou||18||+5|
|14||Steven Hauschka||Sea||vs. Ten||6||-8|
|15||Mike Nugent||Cin||at Buf||21||+6|
|16||Adam Vinatieri||Ind||at SD||12||-4|
|17||Shaun Suisham||Pit||at NYJ||27||+10|
|18||Sebastian Janikowski||Oak||at KC||19||+1|
|19||Kai Forbath||Was||at Dal||16||-3|
|20||Randy Bullock||Hou||vs. StL||9||-11|