We’re getting close to the halfway point for some fantasy football leagues and depending on your style of play, you may be ready to start making some bold moves to aid your team to a victory in week six. Some of you may be doing pretty well, cruising right along, but others aren’t getting production from key players, and it’s time to start that Gary Barnidge type player rather than your Jimmy Graham.
Let’s recap some of our Week 5 bold moves and see how I stack up on the season that has been an absolutely crazy one in terms of predictability:
Wins: Michael Vick over Marcus Mariota, T.J. Yeldon over Joseph Randle, Allen Robinson over Golden Tate, Derek Carrier over Owen Daniels
Losses: Jay Cutler over Andy Dalton (although Cutler performed well), Boobie Dixon over Dion Lewis, Rueben Randle over James Jones, Chargers DEF over Packers DEF, 49ers DEF over Falcons DEF
This week I went 4-5, with two big wins including Carrier and Robinson over their respective counterparts. Overall, my record with bold moves is 14-18-13 in 2015, which could be better, but we’re just getting warmed up.
Let’s take a look at what Week 6 has to offer in fantasy football:
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos over Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
It’s not often that Peyton Manning is the low man on the totem pole in the fantasy world, but he just has not produced for where he was drafted. At all. But the Browns defense loves to give up big plays and points and he still has one of the best corps for receiving in the NFL. Look for a big day for him, while Brees struggles to get in the end zone against an improving Falcons defense.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears over Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
The Detroit Lions defense hasn’t been that special and Cutler is bound to sling the ball, at the very least out to Matt Forte. Colin Kaepernick does face a Ravens defense that has been getting torched through the air, but he does lack legitimate down field options and will have to rely heavily on his ability to work outside the pocket.
C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos over Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs
If you kept Anderson or drafted him as a first round option, this may be your week to play him. The Browns are giving up over five yards per carry on the ground and will have to still respect Peyton over the top. West may be getting the majority of the carries in Kansas City, but I’m not counting Knile Davis out of the equation, as I see each back getting nearly a 50/50 share with Davis more valuable out of the backfield.
Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions over Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins have done a poor job attempting to run the ball, outside of maybe Jarvis Landry, and while the Titans don’t necessarily have a great defense, they’ve improved. Ameer Abdullah is more likely to make a play this week versus the lowly Bears defense that hasn’t done much all season long.
Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles over Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Let’s face it. Since Michael Vick has started, Brown has struggled to obtain double digits in PPR leagues, let alone standard. Vick has yet to realize that Antonio Brown plays for the Steelers and likely will continue to dink and dunk, with one or two big plays. All in all, you’re not going to bench Antonio Brown, but he is facing Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals brutal defense with a mid-30’s quarterback who is far from solid. That could mean he’s in for a third dud week in a row. Matthews should find holes in the inconsistent New York Giants secondary.
Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks over Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
While it’s very possible that Tate makes a few plays this week against a struggling Bears defense, Doug Baldwin remains just about the only receiver that Russell Wilson has on his team. Wilson has yet to realize that Jimmy Graham wears a Seahawks uniform, nor has Wilson learned how to throw the ball consistently on target.
Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packers over Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars
I’m not fully sold that Thomas is going to come back and light the world on fire. He’s talented, but Blake Bortles is having a blast putting up big numbers with Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson. Rodgers will lineup against the slower, less coverage-abled bodies in San Diego, while Jason Verrett and Eric Weddle continue to do a nice job of handling teams #1 receivers.
Miami Dolphins over Buffalo Bills
The Dolphins still have some playmakers defensively, but what I’m more interested in is how well the Bills defense will play if they’re without Tyrod Taylor and playing with an offense that’s very likely to churn three and outs thanks to injuries. Miami facing off against rookie Marcus Mariota gives opportunity for turnovers.
Baltimore Ravens over New York Giants
Colin Kaepernick faces off against the Ravens and he certainly isn’t exceptional in terms of keeping the ball out of his opponent’s hands. The Giants, on the other hand, have to lineup against an Eagles offense, that while struggling a bit, has a ton of weapons.