Week 6 finds Dallas, Buffalo, Seattle, and Cincinnati on a bye. Carolina and Philadelphia played Thursday, so let’s see who we can pick up from the other 26 teams to build a winning DFS team.
QB: Kirk Cousins, and Josh McCown?
There are so many interesting starters this week, with good quarterbacks facing tough defenses and lower-ranked passers up against more generous pass defenses. I like both quarterbacks in the New Orleans vs Detroit game. If you play the Monday night game, Brissett against Tennessee’s secondary is intriguing, but Mariota throwing at the Colts is better.
The best value of the week, though, is Kirk Cousins against the visiting San Francisco 49ers. Besides the matchup with a poor defense traveling across the country, Cousins is bent on giving John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan a performance to remember when they decide how many millions to offer for his services after the season. Well-rested off the bye week, look for Cousins to throw a little deeper and maybe a little sharper against the 49ers.
If you want a bargain-basement quarterback, it’s Josh McCown’s turn to face the New England Patriots. With a depleted running back stable and probably playing from behind, look for McCown to throw a few more deep balls this week and more than cover his DFS asking price.
RB: Alvin Kamara, Marshawn Lynch
New Orleans solved the logjam in their offensive backfield by shipping Adrian Peterson to Arizona this week. That move frees Alvin Kamara to grab all the non-Mark Ingram plays. He is a legitimate deep receiving threat and a dynamic runner. Even in a time-share, Kamara will put points on the board each week thanks to Drew Brees’ offensive machine.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Marshawn Lynch could break out this week. Oakland is matched up with the same Chargers team that allowed the New York Giants to rush for over 150 yards last week. Derek Carr will be back, but a running game would let him not stress his back as much. If he can’t get it done this week, look for more of a committee approach in the weeks ahead.
I also like both Denver running backs, CJ Anderson and Jamaal Charles, to pile on yards against the Giants decimated and distracted defense. Even though Matt Forte is playing Sunday, Elijah McGuire is a cheap purchase who may take the bulk of the carries against the Patriots this week. In PPR, Andre Ellington’s role won’t change with the addition of Peterson. He is a must-play against Tampa. He is due to score a touchdown, which would make him a solid and inexpensive standard league play, too.
WR: Taylor Gabriel, Kendall Wright
Mohamed Sanu has been ruled out for the Atlanta Falcons Sunday. That makes Gabriel the second wide receiver opposite Julio Jones. Tevin Coleman will see more receiving chances, too. But Gabriel and quarterback Matt Ryan have had some big moments before. Look for a couple of more against a weak Miami secondary on Sunday.
Mitchell Trubisky showed an ability to throw the ball down the field in his debut. The numbers for his wide receivers weren’t very impressive, but most teams don’t post great wide receiver numbers against the Minnesota Vikings. They will have an easier time of it against Baltimore’s secondary. Look for Kendall Wright to break out in Trubisky’s first win.
I also like Adam Thielen as Stefon Diggs never looks good coming back from an injury. If Minny will have a chance, Thielen probably has to score this week. Tampa Bay has given up more touchdowns to outside receivers than any other team. Jaron Brown and John Brown could earn their keep in Arizona.
TE: George Kittle, AJ Derby
Here’s a strange statistic for you. In the Washington Redskins four games played, the opposing tight end has led their team in receiving each week. That puts 49ers rookie George Kittle in line for a good follow-up to last week’s game.
AJ Derby and Virgil Green get to play the Giants, who have generously allowed tight ends to score touchdowns in every game this season. The only team allowing more NFL fantasy points per game to tight ends is Cleveland. Ryan Griffin will try to take advantage of Cleveland on Sunday.
D/ST and kickers: Washington Redskins, Wil Lutz
Once you get past the top tier defenses, I like Washington to stymie the 49ers and the Falcons to continue Miami’s offensive misery. Either kicker in the New Orleans vs Detroit game is a good play.
Stack ‘em up: Watson/Hopkins or Ryan/Jones
With the money you saved on these bargain players, you can probably afford a quality player stack. Aaron Rogers with either Jordy Nelson or Davante Adams is always the best bet. But I feel a big game coming on for Julio Jones. Falcons coach, Dan Quinn, alluded to “needing” to get Jones into the end zone. I bet they worked on a few specific plays for Jones during the bye week. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones could be a great combo this week.
Deshaun Watson is a lower-priced quarterback option. Grabbing him along with DeAndre Hopkins is my favorite stack of the week. Houston hosts the Cleveland Browns. Jacoby Brissett to TY Hilton is another less expensive combination to consider.
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