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Fantasy Football: Week 6 Rankings

Matt Ryan

We see some familiar faces return this week, but also lose the likes of LeSean McCoy, A.J. Green, Dez Bryant and Russell Wilson to the bye. It would be nice to label Week 6 as the most predictable slate of games, but with the Jaguars sitting 3-2, I don’t even know anymore. Don’t get too down, though! There are plenty of money matchups to take advantage of this week, like the Dolphins’ trip to Atlanta or the Browns’ visit to Houston. Of course, if the last few weeks have taught us anything, it’s that this is a wide-open year in the NFL. Here are my Week 6 rankings:

Quarterback Rankings

Kirk Cousins is back from vacay, and he returns to a fairly likable matchup at home against the 49ers. San Francisco’s defense has allowed the fourth most plays of 40 yards or more this season, and if you’re rolling with Cousins in your starting lineup, you’ll be happy to know he’s thrown for 203 yards and 3 TDs on deep routes. If you’re after some much larger numbers, though, did you know 7,114 of Tom Brady’s 63,284 career yards have come against the New York Jets? He’s bumped down to third this week purely because Matt Ryan’s matchup against Miami is too juicy to ignore. Still, Brady vs. Gang Green is normally a bloodbath.

 Rank Player Team Opponent
 1 Aaron Rodgers GB @MIN
 2 Matt Ryan  ATL vs. MIA
 3 Tom Brady (Q) NE @NYJ
 4 Cam Newton  CAR @PHI
 5 Drew Brees NO vs. DET
 6 Matthew Stafford (Q) DET @NO
 7 Kirk Cousins WAS vs. SF
 8 DeShaun Watson HOU vs. CLE
 9 Carson Wentz PHI vs. CAR
 10 Alex Smith KC vs. PIT
 11 Carson Palmer ARI vs. TB
 12 Marcus Mariota (Q) TEN vs. IND
 13 Derek Carr (Q) OAK LAC
 14 Jameis Winston TB @ARI
 15 Philip Rivers LAC @OAK
 16 Joe Flacco BAL vs. CHI
 17 Case Keenum MIN vs. GB
 18 Ben Roethlisberger PIT @KC
 19 Jared Goff LAR @JAC
 20 Trevor Siemian DEN vs. NYG
 21 Jacoby Brissett IND @TEN
 22 Eli Manning  NYG @DEN
 23 Brian Hoyer SF @WAS
 24 Jay Cutler MIA @ATL
 25 Josh McCown  NYJ vs. NE
 26 Blake Bortles JAC vs. LAR
 27 Mitchell Trubisky CHI @BAL
 28 Kevin Hogan CLE @HOU

Running Back Rankings

Todd Gurley and Leonard Fournette owners, raise your hands if you feel a mighty sweet week coming on? The Rams and Jaguars both rank inside the Top 10 in rushing yards allowed this season, and funnily enough, both backs also rank inside the Top 3 in fantasy points so far. Only 51 yards separate Gurley and Fournette on the ground, but the story really could be told in the air this week. Gurley is averaging 11 yards per reception this year, followed closely by Fournette’s 9.3. And guess what else? Both the Jaguars and the Rams also rank inside the Top 5 in points scored this year. Be ready for a statistical explosion!

Rank PlayerTeam  Opponent
1 Le’Veon Bell PIT @KC
2 Leonard Fournette JAC vs. LAR
3 Kareem Hunt KC vs. PIT
4 Todd Gurley LAR @JAC
5 DeVonta Freeman  ATL vs. MIA
6 Melvin Gordon LAC @OAK
7 Lamar Miller HOU vs. CLE
8 Jordan Howard  CHI @BAL
9 Mark Ingram  NO vs. DET
10 DeMarco Murray  TEN vs. IND
11 Christian McCaffrey CAR vs. PHI
12 C.J. Anderson DEN vs. NYG
13 Doug Martin TB @ARI
14 Marshawn Lynch OAK vs. LAR
15 Jay Ajayi  MIA @ATL
16 Javorious Allen BAL vs. CHI
17 Carlos Hyde SF @WAS
18 Alvin Kamara NO vs. DET
19 Mike Gillislee NE @NYJ
20 Frank Gore IND @TEN
21 Ty Montgomery (Q) GB @MIN
22 Duke Johnson Jr.  CLE @HOU
23 Rob Kelley (Q) WAS vs. SF
24 Ameer Abdullah DET @NO
25 Tevin Coleman  ATL vs. MIA
26 Adrian Peterson ARI vs. TB
27 LeGarrette Blount PHI @CAR
28 Chris Thompson  WAS vs. SF
29 Jerick McKinnon  MIN vs. GB
30 Jonathan Stewart (Q) CAR vs. PHI
31 Theo Riddick   DET @NO
32 Bilal Powell (Q) NYJ vs. NE
33 Isaiah Crowell  CLE @HOU
34 James White NE @NYJ
35 Alex Collins BAL vs. CHI
36 Tarik Cohen CHI @BAL
37 Derrick Henry TEN vs. IND
38 Aaron Jones GB @MIN
39 Latavius Murray  MIN vs. GB
40 Elijah McGuire NYJ vs. NE
41 Jacquizz Rodgers TB @ARI
42 Jamaal Charles DEN vs. NYG
43 D’Onta Foreman HOU vs. CLE
44 Wayne Gallman NYG @DEN
45 Matt Breida  SF @WAS
46 Charles Sims TB @ARI
47 Marlon Mack (Q) IND @TEN
48 Matt Forte (Q) NYJ vs. NE
49 Shane Vereen NYG @DEN
50 Chris Ivory   JAC vs. LAR
51 Andre Ellington ARI vs. TB
52 Corey Clement PHI @CAR

Wide Receiver Rankings

Ben Roethlisberger’s stinker last week is enough to keep you awake at night. As an Antonio Brown owner, should you be worried? Well, he does own 341 career yards vs. the Kansas City Chiefs alongside three TDs, so you tell me. Another story to watch will be Alshon Jeffery versus the resurgent Panthers defense. Carolina held the Lions’ receivers to 32.6 fantasy points last week in their three-point win, so this will be a big test for Carson Wentz and Co.

 Rank Player Team Opponent
 1 Antonio Brown  PIT @KC
 2 Julio Jones (Q) ATL vs. MIA
 3 Jordy Nelson (Q) GB @MIN
 4 DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. CLE
 5 Michael Thomas NO vs. DET
 6 Mike Evans TB @ARI
 7 Keenan Allen  LAC @OAK
 8 Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. NYG
 9 Brandin Cooks NE @NYJ
 10 Stefon Diggs (Q) MIN vs. GB
 11 Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs. TB
 12 Chris Hogan NE @NYJ
 13 Davante Adams GB @MIN
 14 T.Y. Hilton  IND @TEN
 15 Tyreek Hill KC vs. PIT
 16 Michael Crabtree  OAK vs. LAC
 17 Terrelle Pryor WAS vs. SF
 18 Golden Tate DET @NO
 19 Alshon Jeffery PHI @CAR
 20 Amari Cooper OAK vs. LAC
 21 Jarvis Landry MIA @ATL
 22 Pierre Garcon  SF @WAS
 23 Adam Thielen  MIN vs. GB
 24 Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs. NYG
 25 Devin Funchess (Q) CAR vs. PHI
 26 Martavis Bryant  PIT @KC
 27 Kelvin Benjamin  CAR vs. PIT
 28 DeVante Parker (Q) MIA @ATL
 29 DeSean Jackson (Q) TB @ARI
 30 Randall Cobb  GB @MIN
 31 Rishard Matthews TEN vs. IND
 32 Jeremy Maclin  BAL vs. CHI
 33 Willie Snead (Q) NO vs. DET
 34 John Brown  ARI vs. TB
 35 Nelson Agholor PHI  @CAR
 36 Will Fuller V HOU vs. CLE
 37 Jermaine Kearse NYJ vs. NE
 38 Marvin Jones Jr. DET @NO
 39 Tyrell Williams LAC @OAK
 40 Mohamed Sanu (Q) ATL vs. MIA
 41 Donte Moncrief IND @TEN
 42 Eric Decker TEN vs. IND
 43 Danny Amendola  NE @NYJ
 44 Sterling Shepard (Q) NYG @DEN
 45 Mike Wallace BAL vs. CHI
 46 Marqise Lee JAC vs. LAR
 47 Ricardo Louis  CLE @HOU
 48 Ted Ginn Jr.  NO vs. DET
 49 Taylor Gabriel ATL vs. MIA
 50 Cooper Kupp  LAR @JAC
 51 Jaron Brown  ARI vs. TB
 52 Sammy Watkins LAR @JAC
 53 Kendall Wright CHI @BAL
 54 Robert Woods  LAR @JAC
 55 Josh Doctson (Q) SF @WAS

Tight End Rankings

So you’ve lost Charles Clay for the time being? Bad luck, good thing there is a new must-own tight end emerging each and every week. If you’re in a tricky spot, Austin Hooper or Cameron Brate might be your best plays. Since we’re on the topic of streamers, though, Benjamin Watson is one you’ll probably want to avoid. Joe Flacco spread the ball around nicely against the Raiders last Sunday, but for the third straight game, Watson posted fewer than 50 yards. Things probably won’t get any easier this week, either, as the Bears have allowed just 144 yards versus tight ends this season.

 Rank  Player Team Opponent
1 Travis Kelce (Q) KC vs. PIT
2 Rob Gronkowski (Q) NE @NYJ
3 Zach Ertz PHI @CAR
4 Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. GB
5 Cameron Brate   TB @ARI
6 Jordan Reed (Q) WAS vs. SF
7 Delanie Walker  TEN vs. IND
8 Evan Engram NYG @DEN
9 Benjamin Watson   BAL vs. CHI
10 Eric Ebron  DET @NO
11 Austin Hooper ATL vs. MIA
12 Jared Cook  OAK vs. LAC
13 Martellus Bennett  GB @MIN
14 Ryan Griffin  HOU vs. CLE
14 Zach Miller   CHI @BAL
15 Jack Doyle (Q) IND @TEN
16 Coby Fleener NO vs. DET
17 Hunter Henry  LAC @OAK
18 Jesse James   PIT @KC
19 Julius Thomas MIA @ATL
20 Antonio Gates LAC @OAK
21 George Kittle SF @WAS
22 O.J. Howard TB @ARI
23 Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ vs. NE
24 David Njoku CLE @HOU
25 Tyler Higbee LAR @JAC

Defense/ST Rankings

 Rank Team  Opponent
 1 Denver Broncos  vs. NYG
 2 Kansas City Chiefs vs. PIT
 3 Baltimore Ravens vs. CHI
 4 Minnesota Vikings vs. GB
 5 Jacksonville Jaguars vs. LAR
 6 Detroit Lions @NO
 7 Atlanta Falcons vs. MIA
 8 Los Angeles Rams @JAC
 9 Carolina Panthers vs. PHI
 10 New England Patriots @NYJ

Kickers

Rank Player Team Opponent
 1 Matt Bryant ATL vs. MIA
 2 Justin Tucker BAL vs. CHI
 3 Stephen Gostkowski NE @NYJ
 4 Matt Prater DET @NO
 5 Mason Crosby  GB @MIN
 6 Greg Zuerlein LAR @JAC
 7 Adam Vinatieri IND @TEN
 8 Wil Lutz NO vs. DET
 9 Jake Elliot PHI @CAR
 10 Graham Gano CAR vs. PHI
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