And now there were five….. Through the first five weeks of the season, five teams have avoided the smell of defeat. The New England Patriots (4-0), Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, and Denver Broncos remain undefeated and look forward to continuing their perfect records in Week 6.
Whether you are dominating your league at 5-0 or struggling at 0-5, keep competing and continue looking for key matchups to earn a victory. There are already a number of major injuries to account for including Jamaal Charles as well as the bye week (Raiders, Cowboys, Buccaneers, Rams) where you may need to fill in a roster slot for a week or longer.
Take a dive with me as we review several players and a defense that may provide your team the edge needed to secure a victory in Week 6.
The Minnesota Vikings’ sophomore quarterback has been subpar this season with an 84.5 quarterback rating, two touchdowns and two interceptions in four games. With extra rest from a Week 5 bye and an attractive matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6, Bridgewater deserves consideration for a start especially if your quarterback is on bye or on the mend. The Chiefs have allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks including the most touchdowns. Although Bridgewater has never battled Kansas City before, he should provide a generous stat line for fantasy owners in need of a quarterback.
Week 6 Projection: 225 passing yards, 25 rushing yards, and 1 TD
Although C.J. Anderson is still considered the lead back, Hillman continues to outplay him. While Hillman only garnered three yards per carry in Week 5, it was still better than Anderson’s two yards per carry. Hillman has averaged 4.6 yards per carry this season while Anderson has struggled averaging 2.6 ypc. Coach Gary Kubiak has also stated that Hillman deserves more carries, which may indicate a shift in workload. With an enticing matchup against the Cleveland Browns in Week 6, Hillman may be a solid start at RB 2 or Flex. Cleveland has surrendered the fourth most fantasy points, including most rushing yards, to opposing backs. Expect Denver to push the ground game in Week 6 with Hillman being a key beneficiary. Pay close to attention to Hillman’s status this week to confirm he is active as he tweaked his hamstring in Week 5
Week 6 Projection: 75 total yards; 1 TD
Boldin’s lackluster stat line this season cannot be blamed on his skills or performance. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s erratic play has been the key factor to the San Francisco’s sluggish start offensively. However, Kaepernick and the offense appeared revitalized in Week 5 as they nearly defeated the New York Giants. Boldin filled the stat sheet by catching 8 passes on 12 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown. Boldin should fare well again in Week 6 when the Baltimore Ravens visit Levi Stadium. Baltimore has given up the second most points to opposing wideouts. If Kaepernick plays well, then Boldin should reap profits for his fantasy owners.
Week 6 Projection: 90 receiving yards; 1 TD
TE Jacob Tamme
Tight End Jacob Tamme is finally catching passes not thrown by Peyton Manning. Tamme’s career path seemed to follow Manning’s to a tee from Indianapolis to Denver. Now he is making a name for himself in Atlanta and receiving balls from quarterback Matt Ryan. In fact, Tamme was targeted 10 times for 8 catches and 94 yards in Week 5. An encore may be in store for Week 6 when the Falcons visit New Orleans on Thursday Night Football. The Saints have allowed the third most fantasy points including most receiving yards to opposing tight ends. With wide receiver Julio Jones potentially on a snap count and Roddy White receiving limited targets, don’t be surprised if Tamme posts another gem.
Week 6 Projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD
Defense/Special Teams Houston Texans
The Houston Texans’ defense has not lived up to their preseason hype thus far in 2015. Although some analysts may point the finger at the struggling offense, the Texans defense led by J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney has recorded a mere 6 sacks and 2 interceptions this season. The struggling Houston Texans will visit the Jacksonville Jaguars who have given up the eighth most points to opposing defense/special teams this season. The Jags’ offensive line showed their vulnerability last weekend after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sacked quarterback Blake Bortles six times. If Houston is available on your waiver wire, they may make a decent “plug and play” streaming option for this weekend.
Week 6 Projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD
Week 5 Results:
QB Jay Cutler
Week 5 Projection: 225 passing yards; 2 passing TD
Week 5 Results: 252 passing yards, 2 passing TD, 15 rushing yards (good call)
RB Dion Lewis
Week 5 Projection: 100 total yards; 1 TD
Week 5 Results: 93 total yards; 1 TD (good call)
WR Kamar Aiken
Week 5 Projection: 90 receiving yards; 1 TD
Week 5 Results: 78 receiving yards (ok call)
TE Owen Daniels
Week 5 Projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD
Week 5 Results: 0 receiving yards (bad call)
Defense/Special Teams New York Giants
Week 5 Projection: 12 points
Week 5 Results: 2 points (bad call)
Good luck in Week 6!