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THE DIVE: Week 6 “Giant Misstep”

After a solid 2016 campaign, the New York Giants appeared in prime position to win the NFC East division and make a case for a deep playoff run.   With the addition of veteran wideout Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning was set to have the most receiving weapons of his career. Today, the New York Giants’ sit winless at the bottom of their division with four injured wide receivers after a Week 5 defeat and poised for a dreadful matchup against one of the league’s top defenses. With both Odell Beckham Jr and Brandon Marshall done for the season, the Giants’ have taken a complete nosedive.

Moving over to the AFC, many analysts predicted the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars would struggle and potentially tank in 2017. Both teams are sitting at the top of their divisions at 3-2 and are in position to battle for the remainder of the season for a potential playoff berth.

With Week 6 already here, it may be time for your team to either make that next step to rise up the standings or avoid a “GIANT” nosedive! Take a dive with me as we head into Week 6! Don’t forget to bench any players on this week’s bye teams, which include the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, and Seattle Seahawks. Lastly, Week 6’s weather forecast should be a non-factor except for some light drizzle in Jacksonville.

QB Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts

In the last year, Jacoby Brissett has risen from third string fill-in sensation to New England Patriot’s future hall of fame quarterback Tom Brady to making the most of his opportunity yet again this season as Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck’s backup.   Brissett’s rust wore off quickly this season despite his lack of career starts. The second year quarterback has gradually improved in confidence and performance over his last three starts and becoming a serviceable fill-in if your quarterback is injured or on bye. With a home matchup against division rival Tennessee Titans in Week 6 who have allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, keep Brissett on the radar as a low-end QB2 especially with Tyrod Taylor, Andy Dalton, Dak Prescott, and Russell Wilson on bye this week.

Week 6 projection: 200 passing yards; 25 rushing yards; 2 TD

RB James White, New England Patriots

The New England Patriots’ running back strategy has appeared more clear week-to-week. James White has been an integral component, although much more valuable in PPR leagues. Although White only has accrued 76 rushing yards, he leads all running backs in receptions with 29 which has accounted for 230 receiving yards. He is yet to score a touchdown, but should have a high probability with Tom Brady throwing to him. Treat James White as an RB3 or Flex with high upside for Week 6 as the New England Patriots visit division rival New York Jets. The Jets have given up the most points and most receiving yards to opposing to opposing running backs.

Week 6 projection: 75 total yards; 1 TD

WR Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets

One of the bright spots for the New York Jets this season has been the strong play of newly acquired wideout Jermaine Kearse. Although his yardage totals have been relatively inconsistent, he has caught three touchdowns and seems to be a key target for Josh McCown. Although he will be somewhat touchdown dependent, Kearse welcomes the New England Patriots’ secondary that has surrendered the 4th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Start Kearse as WR3 or Flex especially if you have receivers on bye or injured (Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Marshall, etc)

Week 6 projection: 75 receiving yards; 1 TD

TE Evan Engram, New York Giants

How can a tight end with zero points in Week 5 be recommended against a strong Denver Broncos’ defense in Week 6?   Evan Engram is likely to become Eli Manning’s primary target with injuries last week to the New York Giants’ top five wide receivers. Before last weekend’s nightmare, Engram has earned at least four catches and 44 yards in each game this season. With tight end shallow in Week 6 due to injury and bye, Engram may be in store for a solid performance as low TE2.

Week 6 projection: 60 receiving yards; 1 TD

D/ST Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons’ defense has performed relatively average this season, but should be considered as a plug and play for Week 7. With two weeks to rest and an intriguing home matchup welcoming the weak Miami Dolphins’ offense that has only scored 41 points this season, Atlanta should be a safe play with high upside.   Miami’s offense has allowed double-digit points to opposing defenses for the last three weeks, and did not much better last weekend.

Week 6 projection: 11 points

About Marc Griffis

Marc Griffis has competed in fantasy football, baseball, and basketball leagues since 2005. Marc has written "The Dive" for Fantasy Sharks since 2010. Additionally, his expertise is featured in David Gonos' E-books "101 Fantasy Baseball Tips" and "101 Fantasy Football Tips". Lastly, Marc competed in the Fantasy Sports Trade Association SiriusXM Fantasy Baseball experts' league from 2012-2014.