The Best Fantasy Matchups of Week 6
Week six is a bit tricky whenever it comes to best matchups. There aren’t a ton of high over/under games but I think we can figure out some of the better matchups to help you get a win this week. Let’s just get to it.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM ET Kickoff, O/U 57.0 (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
Matt Ryan and company certainly disappointed us last week but I have a feeling that they’re going to get back on track against one of the worst defenses in the league. I think we all know the real question for this game. Will Julio Jones score? I have to be honest, I have no idea anymore. Joe Haden certainly shut him down last week but I don’t think the corners for the Bucs will be able to contain Jones this week. He’ll certainly get the receptions and the yardage to get you some points this week but will he score? He has to. The Falcons have to give him the ball in the red zone if they want to win another game. Either way, you can confidently fire up both him and Matt Ryan this week. I even really like Mohamed Sanu as a flex play. He’s been killing it over the last two weeks and I think he’s as good a play as ever this week. As far as the running game goes, Devonta Freeman has been ruled out this week which opens up plenty of opportunity for Tevin Coleman in both the running and passing game. Coleman is a good back and I’d have no concerns starting him in my lineup this week.
I want to touch on the Bucs offense. James Winston is back as the starting QB for this game and I’ve got a feeling that we are going to see over 300 passing yards and a couple of TD’s from him. He may throw an interception or two but the yardage and TD’s that he’s going to get will counter those interceptions. If you have Brees or Stafford on a bye week, Winston would certainly be a fantastic fill in for them. I’m not touching the running game in Tampa. Especially since Dirk Koetter was on Sirius XM and said “I still think that our No. 1 back is going to be Peyton Barber. Peyton had a great week of practice this week,” Koetter said. “I don’t think Peyton has really got enough opportunities.” He’s gotten plenty of opportunities and hasn’t done a thing. Come on Dirk! Let’s move onto the receivers in Tampa. You’re starting Mike Evans in this game. There was no question about that but let’s look at the others. DeSean Jackson has a lot of opportunities here to have over 100 receiving yards and a score. The Falcons are averaging almost 300 passing yards allowed per game which lines up perfect for Jackson. His big play ability is among some of the best so far this year and this is a game that I can see it happening for him. Chris Godwin is another guy that has had some redzone fun scoring in three out of his first four games. There are plenty of fantasy points to be had for this team so have no fear starting Godwin. The last guy I want to mention is Cameron Brate. His receiving yards weren’t there in the first four games but that was mostly due to Fitzpatrick and his lack of Brate interest. Winston loves this guy and O.J. Howard has an MCL sprain. If you need a great tight end flier this week, he’s 61% owned in leagues but if he’s still out there in your league, I’d pick him up and play him if you need help at TE.
Los Angeles Rams vs Denver Broncos 4:05 PM ET Kickoff, O/U 51.5 (Mile High Stadium)
So… what do I even have to say to you that you don’t already know about the Rams offense? As you sit there and ponder that I will let you know that as of today, both Cooper Kupp and Brandon Cooks have cleared concussion protocol and will play in this game. I really don’t know what to say to you out there when it comes to this team. You just start them all. Kupp, Cooks, Robert Woods, Todd Gurley, Jared Goff, and hell even the kicker Cairo Santos! Just play everyone. They’re a fantastic offense and you should have no worries starting any of them against the (what we thought was a good defense) Broncos. They let the Jets gain 323 yards on the ground. The Broncos come into this game allowing 395 yards a game and 139 rushing yards a game. If you are playing against Gurley this week, I truly am sorry. You’re probably going to lose your matchups. Have fun Rams owners!
Kansas City Chiefs vs New England Patriots 8:20 PM ET Kickoff, O/U 59.5 (Gillette Stadium)
Wow, I truly hope this game lives up to the hype. I’m excited to watch these two teams play each other Sunday night. The game has a 59.5 O/U and I’d take the over. The Patriots were embarrassed the last time these two teams played each other when they lost 42-27 and the Chiefs weren’t even playing Mahomes. Last week Patrick Mahomes threw for 313 yards and had a rushing TD against the number one defense in Jacksonville. The Patriots are ranked 25th in the league for allowing 11 passing TD’s so don’t expect that same “underachieving” stat line for Mahomes this week. He’s great and the Pats defense is not. You’re going to see one of the two best current tight ends in this game as well. Travis Kelce has had either 100 yards or a score in four games and he’ll get another opportunity to do that again Sunday night. Now, Tyreek Hill hasn’t performed the way we have expected him to over the last few games but man does he have a fantastic chance to just burn this Patriots defense for well over 100 and a score. There are however two players for the chiefs that I am a little concerned about. First, it’s Kareem Hunt. Now, he’s been really good lately. He has scored five touchdowns in his last four games and the Patriots are just middle of the pack when it comes to stopping the run but the Pats have only allowed one rushing touchdown so far this year. That doesn’t mean that Hunt couldn’t find the end zone with a pass from Mahomes but I think that is where is production will come from this week. Either way, he’s a fantastic play so have no fear starting him. The other guy I’d like to touch on is Sammy Watkins. Sometimes Watkins can disappear and sometimes he can have a breakout game. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not worried about starting Watkins in a flex spot but if he happens to go 3 for 55 with no TD, just don’t be surprised.
The Patriots are in a spot to give some payback after that horrible loss to the Chiefs last year. Tom Brady got Julian Edelman back last week and he looked really good. He jumped right back into his spot with seven catches for 57 yards. The Chiefs are the 31st ranked pass defense and Brady has some teammates that can produce. He’s got Gronkowski, Edelman, Gordon, White, and Michel. All of those guys are able to produce some big yardage. Gronk and Edelman are probably in line for at least a TD to both. James White is listed as a running back but he’s certainly more of a passing back. Brady loves to check down to White and he certainly knows how to make a play after catching the ball. Josh Gordon is in one of those spots where he can certainly break out. I wouldn’t count on him as more than just a flex option though as he is still getting used to the playbook but there is no reason why you couldn’t expect a TD from him just like last week. Now, you might’ve noticed someone that you probably drafted but should’ve dropped by now. Chris Hogan. Through the first five games, Hogan has only produced 143 receiving yards and two touchdowns, both of which came in the same game against the Jaguars. Especially with Edelman back, I wouldn’t touch Hogan with a ten foot pole. I think he’s droppable in all leagues. Last guy here is Sony Michel. The Chiefs aren’t just bad at defending the pass but they’re also pretty terrible against the run as well. He’s had 43 touches through the last two weeks and is clearly the option that (while depleted) the Patriots like to go to and trust to get the needed ground yardage. Expect Michel to have himself a day as well. The only guy I truly don’t like here is Hogan. Other than him, plug the other guys in and enjoy the show that will be Sunday Night Football.
That’s it, folks. Just three games this week. There aren’t a lot of other games that I think will be truly “high scoring” so good luck to you all out there this week and enjoy the weekend!