Players to Target for Week 6 of Fantasy Football
The 2019-2020 Fantasy Football season has entered a critical stage as the 13-week fantasy regular season is near its halfway point.
The 2019-2020 Fantasy Football season has entered a critical stage as the 13-week fantasy regular season is near its halfway point. There have been numerous surprises this year with a handful of players proving to be major disappointments while sleepers have been critical waiver wire pickups. At this point in the season, fantasy managers have to deal with numerous issues, ranging from player injuries to bye weeks. Week 5 of the NFL season stood out as seven players scored over 35 points in Point Per Reception (PPR) leagues, including Aaron Jones and Will Fuller, who many fantasy managers left on the bench. It’s never easy to make the right decisions in such an unpredictable sport but by looking at matchups and previous production, it is clear that some players are advantageous to start. The following are players to target for this week, including some who are not typically at the top of fantasy rankings.
Deshaun Watson (vs. Kansas City Chiefs) In a game that’s bound to be an exciting shootout, Quarterback Deshaun Watson should have a great day against the Chiefs’ porous secondary. The Chiefs have conceded three passing touchdowns on two games this season, despite not going up against many elite quarterbacks. Watson is coming off a 426-yard, five-touchdown performance in which he had a perfect 158.3 passer rating against the Atlanta Falcons. In addition, Watson has dominated the Chiefs’ defense before, as he accumulated almost 300 total yards along with five touchdowns.
Matt Ryan (vs. Arizona Cardinals) Despite the Falcons’ 1-4 record, Quarterback Matt Ryan is actually second, only behind Patrick Mahomes, in both passing yards and touchdowns so far this season. Despite this apparent success, he has struggled with turnovers. He has thrown seven interceptions in five weeks, one short of the highest in the league, to go with a fumble. He’s consistently putting up over 20 fantasy point, and would have more if not for the turnovers. Things are looking up for Ryan’s fantasy owners though as he will have high passing volume due to the Falcons’ abysmal defense and also matches up well against the Cardinals defense. The Cardinals don’t have an interception this season, and they’re missing their top Cornerback Patrick Peterson. That presents a huge opportunity for Ryan, given the passing weapons at his disposal: Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Mohamed Sanu. Ryan, “Matty Ice,” is due for a big performance, and he will deliver in Arizona this Sunday.
Matt Breida (vs. Los Angeles Rams) Although the 49ers have a committee running back situation, Matt Breida only needed 11 carries and three receptions to output 119 total yards and two touchdowns last week. He’s also had at least 88 total yards in the past three weeks. When paired with the Rams’ defense that’s allowed the eighth-most points to rushers, Breida and his outstanding efficiency offer a valuable option to fantasy managers, especially those without a top-tier back like Christian Mccaffrey, who’s putting up at least 30 points a week.
Sony Michel and James White (vs. New York Giants) Start Michel in standard leagues, and James White is in PPR leagues. Michel will likely see a solid number of carries while White should receive many short receptions in check-down situations, assuming that the New England Patriots will lead comfortably into the second half as they have a dominant 5-0 record and are much more talented than the 2-3 Giants. If this is the case, expect both backs to see a lot of volume as the Patriots run the clock out.
DeAndre Hopkins (vs. Kansas City Chiefs) DeAndre Hopkins has not met expectations thus far. However, the best receiver in football is primed to bounce back this week against the Chiefs. The Chiefs were unable to guard D.J. Chark Jr. earlier this year, indicating they may struggle once again against a far more talented player. In a game that’s bound to be full of aerial fireworks between two potential Most Valuable Player (MVP) candidates in Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes, lookout for Hopkins to have a big day with a catch or two in the endzone.
Terry McLaurin (vs. Miami Dolphins) So far this season, the Miami Dolphins have been a dream matchup for fantasy owners and expect this trend to continue with Terry McLaurin, a promising rookie for the Washington Redskins. Eight different receivers have gone over 50 yards against the Dolphins, an astounding number considering they have already had their bye. Last week was the only week so far that McLaurin didn’t find the end zone but that was against the league-leading Patriots defense. The Patriots’ secondary was able to break up four of seven targets, but the tanking Dolphins won’t be able to do the same. Expect at least 75 yards and a touchdown or two from him this week, as the reception volume he receives in addition to a great matchup make him a top under-the-radar player for Week 6.