Although expectations already seemed sky high for the return of New England’s future hall of fame quarterback, Tom Brady was still able to exceed them! In his delayed season debut after serving a four-game suspension, Brady was electric as he went 28 of 40 for 406 yards and three touchdowns. New England’s dual tight end attack seemed to be in full effect with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett. The rest of the league was certainly taking note, as the New England Patriots appear to be as strong as ever.
Take a dive with me into Week 6 as we review several key matchups.
QB Brian Hoyer
The Chicago Bears are falling hard in the NFC North standings, but fingers shouldn’t be pointed at backup quarterback Brian Hoyer. Despite playing on his 5th team in six years, Hoyer has performed extremely well filling in for Jay Cutler and may end up keeping the starting position if he continues to excel. Hoyer and the Chicago Bears welcome the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have allowed the 7th most points to opposing quarterbacks, to Soldier Field. If your quarterback is on bye, injured, or faces a strong defense, consider Hoyer in your starting slot.
Week 6 Projection: 225 passing yards; 2 TD
RB Ryan Mathews
Heading into Week 6, the Philadelphia Eagles running back situation was beginning to look like a fantasy conundrum with Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, and Wendell Smallwood potentially in the mix. However, Mathews appeared as the lead back despite Sproles leading in snaps. Philadelphia may have been easing Mathews back due to his lingering injury. He should be in your starting lineup in Week 6 when Philadelphia visits their division rival Washington Redskins who have given up the 4th most fantasy points to opposing running backs. In fact, Washington has allowed more total rushing yards as well yards per carry than any other team. Start Mathews with confidence and also consider Darren Sproles in deeper leagues.
Week 6 Projection: 100 total yards; 1 TD
With Antonio Brown locked as Ben Roethlisberger’s top option at wide receiver, questions arose around which receiver would step up as the secondary option. If Antonio Brown is “Batman,” then it appears Sammie Coates has become boy wonder “Robin.” Coates caught six passes for 139 yards with two scores in Week 5, and is showcasing his big-play abilities with a 40+ yard reception in each game this season. Coates should have no issue diving underneath the Miami Dolphins’ secondary in Week 6 as they’ve surrendered the 6th most fantasy points to opposing wideouts this season. Coates should be considered a WR3 with a high ceiling for Week 6.
Week 6 Projection: 100 receiving yards; 1 TD
The Tennessee Titans veteran tight end Delanie Walker is rarely the big “sleeper” pick or receives much fantasy conversation, but provides consistent value to owners. Walker is averaging over 50 yards per game and has seen an uptick in targets from Marcus Mariota. Mariota will be throwing to his tight end frequently in Week 6 when the Titans host the Cleveland Browns whose defense has been pitiful in guarding tight ends. In fact, Cleveland has allowed the most fantasy points, receiving yards, and catches to opposing tight ends.
Week 6 Projection: 60 receiving yards; 1 TD
DST Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans defense is most likely unowned in your league, but is poised as an attractive start in Week 6 when the Cleveland Browns visit. The Titans sacked Ryan Tannehill six times in Week 5 and should have no problems hunting down rookie quarterback Cody Kessler on Sunday. Cleveland’s offense has allowed the 7th most fantasy points to opposing defenses.
Week 6 Projection: 11 points
Week 5 Results: Decent
QB Carson Wentz
Week 5 Projection: 225 passing yards; 2 TD
Week 5 Results: 238 passing yards; 2 TD 1 INT 14 rushing yards (good call)
Week 5 Projection: 100 total yards; 1 TD
Week 5 Results: 89 total yards (ok call)
Week 5 Projection: 100 receiving yards; 1 TD
Week 5 Results: 80 receiving yards (ok call)
TE Zach Ertz
Week 5 Projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD
Week 5 Results: 37 receiving yards (bad call)
DST Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 5 Projection: 11 points
Week 5 Results: 7 points (ok call)
Good luck in Week 6!