Thursday Night Football was surprisingly not a dud, as week six in fantasy football got going officially. In fact, most of the stars I had ranked highly went off as predicted. There’s a lot to sort through this week as you make your final roster decisions, so check out my player notes and rankings to help you get ready.
Of course, like usual, injuries and matchups are dramatically impacting my player rankings and they should be huge in helping you decide who to use or leave out this week. Reggie Bush, Shonn Greene and Toby Gerhart are either out or likely to be out, which could mean sleeper roles for their backups.
Carson Palmer’s status is another to monitor, while a lot of the stud picks should speak for themselves. If all else fails, targets the Bears/Falcons and Giants/Eagles game.
Specifically, New York is red hot and the Eagles can’t seem to stop anyone. That makes Eli Manning a gem to use, while Victor Cruz and the rest of the Giants passing game weapons are on blow up alert. Tight end Larry Donnell could rebound from his week five disappearing act. Just know that the presence of rookie Odell Beckham could be an issue. In that same breath, Beckham is a nice WR3 sleeper. Rashad Jennings is also out, making Andre Williams a potential stud this week.
For that awesome, Bears/Falcons game, fire up Jay Cutler and the Bears’ top passing weapons. Martellus Bennett should probably do well, but just remember Atlanta is oddly solid against the tight end spot this year. Matt Forte should destroy Atlanta’s horrid run defense, too. For the Falcons, everyone in their passing attack is a candidate to go nuts, as well. Steven Jackson has a sweet matchup, but he might be the only guy here that isn’t easy to trust this week.
Outside of these two killer games that should benefit most everyone involved, you’ll definitely want to fire up your Broncos options, take a shot on some Titans going up against the Jaguars and bank on the Chargers top weapons getting it done against a sad sack Raiders team. Oakland somehow actually has a strong pass defense, though, making running back Branden Oliver the easy call for “Charger of the week”. He’s probably one of the best value buys in DFS leagues, too.
As for matchups to avoid, you may want to steer clear of Cowboys weapons (@ Seattle), 49ers passing weapons (@ tough Rams secondary) and both the Vikings and Bills. Minnesota hosts the top-ranked Lions defense, so no one in Minny is looking overly attractive right now, while Kyle Orton and the Bills take on New England’s top-ranked pass defense. Fred Jackson might be worth a look if he’s active, but most Bills options will probably just leave you wanting more.
With that, it’s on to the week six rankings: