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THE DIVE: Week 6 – “The Big Breesy”

Another entertaining week of NFL action, including a history-breaking performance as Drew Brees passed Peyton Manning as the all-time passing yards leader. In addition to Brees’ great night, both Mark Ingram and Tre’Quan Smith led the New Orleans offense in a rout of Washington on Monday Night Football. Unfortunately, Green Bay suffered a humiliating defeat on the road to division rival Detroit. Although Aaron Rodgers and several players performed well, kicker Mason Crosby missed four field goals and an extra point, which accounted for 13 points!  Lastly, Kansas City and the Los Angeles Rams continue their undefeated streaks and still appear unstoppable.

Whether your team is also enjoying a winning streak or still struggling to find your first win of the season, take a dive with me as we discuss Week 6. With fall in full swing, it is recommended to monitor weather which may be a variable in several Week 6 games with snow flurries forecast for Denver and light rain expected in New York, Oakland and Dallas.

QB Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay

A couple weeks ago, it seemed unlikely that Winston may serve as Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback this season.  After Ryan Fitzpatrick “fell back to earth,” Winston has practiced for two weeks to prepare for a Week 6 road matchup against Atlanta. Atlanta has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, including three passing touchdowns allowed in each of the last three games.  Over his career, Winston has a 110 quarterback rating with 14 total touchdowns in five games against Atlanta and may be a Top 10 play this weekend!

Week 6 projection: 250 passing yards, 15 rushing yards, 2 TD

RB Latavius Murray, Minnesota

With Dalvin Cook questionable or potentially out in Week 6, backup running back Latavius Murray will be in store for a solid workload against Arizona’s last-ranked run defense. Arizona has given up the most fantasy points, including rushing yards and touchdowns, to running backs.  Murray should be owned in all leagues and will serve as a running back or flex play this weekend.

Week 6 projection: 80 total yards, TD

WR Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta

Veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has quietly compiled three solid games in a row with at least seven targets, averaging more than 73 receiving yards, and he has scored twice.  With a matchup against Tampa Bay’s secondary, which has surrendered the second-most points to wide receivers, Sanu should be considered a potential WR3 or flex play. Look for a high-scoring shootout in this divisional battle, which should serve well for Sanu and his fellow receivers.

Week 6 projection: 75 receiving yards, TD

TE Nick Vannett, Seattle

The tight end position in fantasy football this season has been much more “miss” than “hit.” After Seattle lost starting tight end Will Dissly for the season and backup Ed Dickson remains sidelined, Nick Vannett may be a potential stream option if you are desperate in Week 6, which many owners likely are. Vannett caught three passes from four targets for 43 receiving yards last weekend. Although his matchup against the Oakland defense is relatively neutral, Oakland has allowed scores in back-to-back games to tight ends.  Consider Vannett a TE3 in Week 6.

Week 6 projection: 50 receiving yards, TD

D/ST Houston Texans

After a rough start offensively and defensively, the Houston Texans have been more impressive on both sides of the field over the last two games. With a home matchup welcoming struggling Buffalo, whose offense has given up the most points to opposing defenses, start Houston this weekend! Houston has generated 10 sacks, four turnovers and a defensive touchdown over the last three games.  They will have a feast in Week 6!

Week 6 projection: 12 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.