Being a fantasy supervisor is trickier than ever this season. As all the time, we’re right here to ensure you keep up to the mark on the whole lot you have to know to win.
The ESPN+ cheat sheet supplies a rundown of the very best ideas from all of our fantasy football content. You will discover solutions to the most important questions of the week, together with damage updates, matchup benefits and wild-card performs from Matthew Berry, Eric Karabell, Mike Clay, Tristan H. Cockcroft, Discipline Yates, Jim McCormick and Al Zeidenfeld. It is all the very best recommendation in a single useful article.
Here is what our consultants are saying about Week 6 within the NFL:
“In a shocking drubbing of the 49ers on Sunday, the bearded one joined Miami legend Dan Marino as the one gamers in franchise historical past to compile at the least 350 passing yards with three scores and no turnovers,” McCormick writes within the streaming pickups column. “Fitz is thirteenth in air yards per goal amongst certified passers, so he is not afraid to push the ball vertically to his younger receivers. If the Harvard product made simple work of the 49ers’ revered protection final week, will probably be compelling to see how he performs towards a Jets protection that charges twentieth in pressuring passers and has allowed the third-most web yards per dropback to opposing arms. Momentum and matchup merge this week to assist streaming worth for this veteran signal-caller.”
“In a disastrous 12 months for tight ends, Smith stays one of many lone vivid spots,” Berry writes in Love/Hate. “With two extra touchdowns on Tuesday night time, and at the least seven targets in three of 4 video games, Smith is TE2 on the season on a per-game foundation, trailing Travis Kelce by simply 0.6 factors per recreation. And for the remainder of the season, the one tight ends I might choose over him are Kelce, George Kittle and Mark Andrews. He is mainly proper there with Darren Waller, and I choose him over Zach Ertz and anybody else, particularly this week towards Houston. The Texans have allowed a landing and 13-plus fantasy factors to an opposing tight finish in two of their final three video games. A locked-in top-four play this week.”
“The Lions’ backfield has been mired in a maddening committee, with nobody particular person incomes greater than 62% of the speeding makes an attempt (Adrian Peterson, 54 of 87) or enjoying greater than 40% of the offensive snaps (once more Peterson, 99 of 248). What has been clear about their association, nonetheless, is that Swift is their most popular passing-down again, operating a team-high 49 routes and seeing 16 of the group’s 27 complete running-back targets,” Cockcroft explains in his in-depth Matchup Map writeup. “That is a very good factor when going through a matchup just like the Jaguars, who’ve allowed 1.9 PPR fantasy factors per goal to operating backs (fourth most within the league), together with massive receiving days by Nyheim Hines (18.5 PPR fantasy factors receiving in Week 1), Joe Mixon (15.0, Week 4) and Jonathan Taylor (12.7, Week 1).”
Enjoying the matchups
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
“Stafford is simply QB21 on the season. Do not love that. However in his previous 10 video games with Kenny Golladay energetic, Stafford is averaging 20.7 fantasy factors,” Berry writes. “I undoubtedly love that. I find it irresistible much more towards a Jaguars protection that permits the fourth-most passing yards and permits opposing QBs to finish 75.8% of their passes (that is the best price within the NFL). Three of the 4 quarterbacks they’ve confronted this 12 months have put up at the least 24 fantasy factors (Phillip Rivers in Week 1 was the one one to not do it). With two weeks to arrange for, ahem, this protection, I like Stafford to have a top-10 day in Week 6.”
“You’ll be able to’t spell “Christian MkCavfred” with out M-I-Okay-E D-A-V-I-S. OK, nice, it is not precisely a match, however it’s shut,” Berry quips. “And that is form of my level: Davis has supplied manufacturing very near what Christian McCaffrey used to churn out each week. No less than 22 fantasy factors and a landing in every of his previous three video games, and he already has three completely different video games with at the least eight receptions — tied for probably the most amongst all operating backs. And whereas I anticipate the Bears to close down Teddy Bridgewater (he is on the “hate” listing for a purpose), he is nonetheless going to examine down. 4 of the 5 operating backs to get at the least 14 touches versus Chicago to this point this season have scored at the least 14 fantasy factors. Enjoying his former group, I anticipate one other MkCavfred-esque efficiency from Davis this week.”
Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins
“Right here we’re in mid-October with a Dolphins-Jets matchup, and Gaskin is a operating again on the Love listing whereas Le’Veon Bell is not even within the league,” Berry writes. “I can not say I predicted that within the preseason. However I might have predicted that the Jets’ protection could be horrible. It has allowed the fifth-most fantasy factors to operating backs this season, which units up nicely for Gaskin to supply: He has averaged 20.3 touches per recreation over the previous three weeks. The one knock on Gaskin was that Jordan Howard would vulture him on the aim line, however with 19 crimson zone rushes and 6 goal-to-go carries over the previous three video games, that fear is not related. And never for nothing, the Jets have given up seven speeding TDs to RBs, tied for second most. Huh? Fitzy and now Gaskin? Apparently I am a Miami fan this week. Fins up!”
“One other week, extra choosing on a Cowboys’ protection that has allowed the third-most fantasy factors, together with the third-most to the perimeter, and a league-high 9 touchdowns to extensive receivers,” Clay explains in his writeup of the best and worst WR/CB matchups. “Solely 4 corners have allowed extra fantasy factors in protection than Trevon Diggs (71) this season, and he’ll be joined by Daryl Worley and Anthony Brown (who was activated from injured reserve final week) on the perimeter this week. Hopkins has aligned exterior 91% of the time this season, so fantasy’s prime extensive receiver is all programs go for one more massive week. Kirk stays a tricky promote for a flex spot, however he is been exterior 84% of the time and also will profit from the matchup.”
Robby Anderson, WR, Carolina Panthers
“Anderson has a tricky matchup this week however, for me, quantity will all the time win out,” Zeidenfeld writes in his DFS Best Buys column. “Past that, the Bears create stress on the seventh-lowest price within the league and, when Teddy Bridgewater is not pressured, Anderson will get 37% of the Panthers’ receiving yards, 30.2% of their receptions and 29.1% of their targets. I am assured that the amount is sustainable even with a tricky WR/CB matchup right here in Week 6. So, whereas his effectivity might fall barely, Anderson can nonetheless get us 18 factors with out scoring a landing.”
“On the floor, the numbers do not look very poor because it pertains to the Jets’ potential to sluggish extensive receivers,” Clay writes. “They’re midpack in fantasy factors allowed and have allowed the Tenth-most factors to the perimeter. A ‘mild’ schedule has distorted the numbers, nonetheless, as New York was crushed by the Buffalo, Denver and Arizona extensive receiver rooms however did not face a lot quantity towards Indianapolis or San Francisco. A deeper look exhibits the Jets have allowed 40 extra factors than anticipated, which is third highest within the league. This is no surprise contemplating the Jets’ shaky personnel, with Pierre Desir permitting the sixth-most fantasy factors amongst corners and Blessuan Austin, who has missed the previous two video games with an damage, struggling in protection (Austin’s substitute, UDFA Lamar Jackson, allowed probably the most fantasy factors in protection amongst corners in Week 5). Parker (80% perimeter) and Williams (93%) will see Desir and Austin (or Jackson) on almost each snap this weekend and may clearly be upgraded.”
Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens
“Andrews has had an end-zone goal in three straight video games — and 9 such targets in his final eight contests,” Zeidenfeld writes. “There have been 4 tight ends to see five-plus targets towards the Eagles this season, they usually have posted a mean of 23.1 DraftKings factors of their video games.”
LeSean McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: McCoy (ankle) was a restricted participant in follow Thursday. He’s questionable towards Inexperienced Bay.
Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons: Gage (shoulder) was listed as restricted on Thursday’s damage report and is questionable towards Minnesota.
Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Godwin (hamstring) was restricted at follow Thursday. He’s questionable towards the Packers.
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Evans (ankle) practiced in a restricted capability Thursday. He’s questionable towards Inexperienced Bay.
Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns: Beckham (sickness) was despatched house by the Browns on Thursday. He’s questionable towards Pittsburgh.
Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns: Landry (ribs/hip) did not follow Thursday and is questionable towards the Steelers.
Laviska Shenault Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars: Shenault (hamstring) was a restricted participant in Thursday’s follow. He’s questionable towards the Lions.
Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles: Jeffery (foot) was restricted at Thursday’s follow and is questionable towards the Ravens.
Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans: Smith was listed as a restricted participant in Thursday’s follow with a quadriceps damage. He’s questionable towards the Texans.
Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons: Hurst (again) was listed as restricted on Thursday’s damage report. He’s questionable towards the Vikings.
Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gronkowski (shoulder) was a restricted participant in Thursday’s follow. He’s questionable towards Inexperienced Bay.
“The Cowboys will hand the keys to their offense to Dalton, a participant they delivered to Dallas this offseason with a deal reflective of his standing as a succesful participant, as he could make as much as $7 million this season,” Yates explains in his writeup of the highest waiver-wire pickups of the week. “Dalton will not replicate Prescott’s manufacturing this season, however he is arrange for achievement with a proficient group of pass-catchers and a protection that has no solutions for even probably the most common of offenses. Actual factors might be wanted for the Cowboys to win, and that ought to result in alternatives to pile up fantasy factors too.”
Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
“By going with Golladay on each websites this week, I will be chasing quantity, TD expectancy and upside,” Zeidenfeld writes. “On DraftKings, he can get us there with quantity — even when he would not get into the tip zone. On FanDuel, I really feel Golladay is extra of a event play, with higher-volume WR choices at cheaper costs. Nonetheless, like Vegas, I’ve expectations for this recreation to be one of many higher-scoring contests of the day. As such, Golladay’s total quantity and his red-zone/end-zone utilization is precisely what we’re in search of to offer us a chance to seize a tournament-winning ceiling.”
“One of many nice latest tales within the NFL is Fulgham’s rise, as maybe no group might use the receiver increase greater than Philly,” Yates writes. “Fulgham placed on a present in Week 5 with 10 catches for 152 yards and a landing because the Eagles proceed to navigate the fact of a razor-thin and banged-up depth chart. It might seem that Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson are due for a return quickly, however there isn’t any certainty of when, and Fulgham could be wanted as one among Carson Wentz‘s go-to targets in Week 6.”
“Incomes a spot on this house for the second straight week, Ebron’s surge in alternative charges helps his case as a viable streaming candidate at a comparatively fickle fantasy place,” McCormick writes. “Since splitting routes and targets with Vance McDonald in Week 1, Ebron ranks second on the Steelers in each routes run and targets. Now a savory matchup with a Browns again seven permitting 17.6 fantasy factors per recreation to tight ends is subsequent.”
Huge query of the week
How a lot concern ought to there be about Lamar Jackson after back-to-back subpar performances?
“Jackson has already (by 5 weeks) had extra video games with under-60 speeding yards than he did all final season,” Karabell writes in his Stock watch column, shifting the Ravens’ quarterback all the way down to No. 31 in his rest-of-season rankings. “Sure, he stays a clear-cut fantasy starter. Nonetheless, if he’s not operating with the soccer — and we acknowledge a knee damage might be the difficulty, however it all counts the identical — then he’s not within the operating with Patrick Mahomes to be fantasy’s “signature quarterback.” Anticipate him to destroy the Philadelphia Eagles protection in Week 6 after which take into account buying and selling him.”