Congratulations if you were fortunate enough to have Will Fuller, Aaron Jones, Deshaun Watson or Christian McCaffrey in your starting lineup last week. Although primarily owned, Fuller was far from a “no brainer” start so he sat on the bench accumulating tons of points for many owners. Quite a few quarterbacks including Matt Ryan, Teddy Bridgewater, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott rewarded their fantasy owners with strong performances. Several wide receivers including Michael Thomas, Amari Cooper, D.J. Chark, Adam Thielen and Chris Godwin also propelled many of their owners into victory. Unfortunately, I tied Mike Evans and Greg Olsen in fantasy points as we all ended the week with zero! There was definitely a significant amount of “boom or bust” in Week 5.
Take a dive with me as review several players and a defense that help you claim victory in Week 6. Buffalo, Chicago, Indianapolis and Oakland will be on bye this week. Rain and wind is forecast for Thursday night’s game between the New York Giants and New England, but weather does not appear to be a factor for the remainder of Week 6’s schedule.
QB Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville
With Nick Foles injuring his shoulder in Week 1 and being placed on Injured Reserve, opportunity knocked for backup rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew. The Washington State alum has averaged 255 passing yards, thrown nine touchdowns with only one interception in five games (four starts). With a home matchup against New Orleans, who have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, he will be a solid QB2 start especially if you own Baker Mayfield, Aaron Rodgers or a few other struggling quarterbacks.
Week 6 projection: 225 passing yards, 25 rushing yards, 2 TD
RB Matt Breida, San Francisco
After a Week 4 bye, San Francisco continued where it left off by annihilating Cleveland 31-3 on Monday Night Football and remained undefeated. Although Tevin Coleman returned and carried the ball 16 times, Matt Breida was a major focal point of the offense with 11 carries for 114 yards, three catches for 15 yards, and scored twice. Expect more Breida in Week 6 when San Francisco visits the Los Angeles Rams, who have given up the 10th-most fantasy points to running backs. Consider Breida a low-end RB2 with a high ceiling this weekend!
Week 6 projection: 100 total yards, TD
WR DJ Chark, Jacksonville
Second-year wide receiver Chark was either drafted as a flier in the late rounds of your league, or left unclaimed. He has rewarded fantasy owners with 97 receiving yards per game and five touchdowns, which has been more productive than many WR1 drafted in the early rounds. This weekend he gets a matchup against New Orleans, who has surrendered the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Start Chark as a WR3 or Flex with great upside!
Week 6 projection: 90 receiving yards, TD
TE Gerald Everett, Los Angeles
Not only do the Los Angeles Rams have one of the strongest receiving corps in the league with names like Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks, but they also have a potential rising star in tight end Gerald Everett. With seven catches from 11 targets for 136 receiving yards in Week 5, Everett has established himself a key target for Jared Goff. Although his matchup against San Francisco is not favorable, he should still see ample targets and have a productive start.
Week 6 projection: 75 receiving yards, TD
After a rough first two weeks, the Carolina defense has picked up momentum. In fact, Carolina has averaged over 13 points over the last three games and is ranked second in sacks this season. Expect Carolina to pressure Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston and force him into making mistakes. Carolina’s defense will be a solid start this weekend as Tampa Bay has given opposing defenses the sixth-most fantasy points.
Week 6 projection: 12 points
Week 5 Results: A couple good calls, but not a great week overall!
QB Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay
Week 5 projection: 275 passing yards, 2 TD
Week 5 results: 204 passing yards, 2 TD, 13 rushing yards (good call)
RB LeSean McCoy, Kansas City
Week 5 projection: 80 total yards, TD
Week 5 results: 23 total yards (bad call)
WR Stefon Diggs, Minnesota
Week 5 projection: 80 receiving yards, TD
Week 5 results: 44 receiving yards (bad call)
TE Eric Ebron, Indianapolis
Week 5 projection: 60 receiving yards, TD
Week 5 results: 8 receiving yards
D/ST Philadelphia Eagles
Week 5 projection: 12 points
Week 5 results: 35 points (superb call)
Good luck in Week 6!