We made it through Week 5! With the postponement of one game to Week 6 and another game played this past Tuesday night, let’s embrace this season’s need for flexibility and expert roster management. Managers who held tight on starting Tennessee players Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry and Jonnu Smith were generously rewarded as Tennessee pounded visiting Buffalo to remain undefeated. Other solid performances included some fantasy stud quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson. However, several surprise monster performances included wide receivers Chase Claypool, Travis Fulgham and Brandin Cooks as well as a great start in a heartbreaking loss for rookie quarterback Justin Herbert. Lastly, the fantasy football community wishes Dak Prescott a speedy recovery after a horrible, season-ending compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle.
With no Thursday game, Week 6’s games are currently scheduled to be played on Sunday and Monday with Seattle, New Orleans, the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas on bye. However, any game can be postponed or even cancelled in our COVID-19 environment and “new normal.” Lastly, weather does not appear a factor currently for any game, but monitor your players in case the forecast changes.
Let’s take a dive into Week 6!
Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota
** COVID ALERT: (Thursday 10/15) The Falcons have shut down their facilities due to multiple positives, this game is now in jeopardy.
Minnesota will likely use a more pass-heavy offense in Week 6 with Dalvin Cook unlikely to play. Kirk Cousins improved over the last three weeks with six passing touchdowns and welcomes the Atlanta defense who has allowed the most points to opposing quarterbacks. With Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, and Derek Carr on bye, Kirk Cousins may be a great plug-and-play this weekend.
Week 6 forecast: 275 passing yards, 2 TD, 15 rushing yards
Devonta Freeman, RB, New York Giants
The New York Giants’ offense is one of the league’s worst, but appeared slightly improved in last week’s loss against Dallas. Veteran running back Devonta Freeman appears to be the lead horse in their running back committee after rushing 17 times for 60 years including a touchdown and catching two passes for 27 yards last week. Freeman’s matchup is not as friendly as last week, but he can still be considered a low-end RB2 or Flex when the Giants welcome Washington, who is relatively neutral in defending the run.
Week 6 forecast: 80 total yards, TD
Chase Claypool, WR, Pittsburgh
We may not see a more stellar breakout game than rookie wideout Chase Claypool’s performance in Week 5 with 110 receiving yards, three receiving touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. Claypool will be a top waiver add and likely started significantly more than he was last week. However, Diontae Johnson may return from injury, which will affect the rookie’s usage. Regardless, Claypool is an absolutely spark for Pittsburgh offense with big play ability and a juicy home matchup against Cleveland, who has given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. It’s tempting to start Claypool this week as a WR3 or Flex.
Week 6 forecast: 75 total yards, TD
Darren Fells, TE, Houston
After the firing of coach Bill O’ Brien, Houston earned their first win and most points scored this season. Tight end Darren Fells also had his best game of the season with two catches for 57 receiving yards and a score. Although the targets are still relatively low, expect Fells to have an encore this weekend when Houston visits division rival Tennessee. Tennessee’s defense has been susceptible to defending the tight end, especially earlier this season. If your starting tight end is on bye or injured this week, give Fells a look for another productive start as a low-end TE3.
Week 6 forecast: 50 receiving yards, TD
Miami Dolphins D/ST
With Joe Flacco already announced to start Week 6 due to Sam Darnold ruled out and Le’Veon Bell no longer on the team, the New York Jets offense will be struggling again in Week 6. They will be visiting Miami, whose defense has been much stronger with 11 sacks and six takeaways over the last three games. In fact, the Miami defense has posted double-digit points in two of the last three weeks. If your defense is on bye or faces a potent offense this weekend, then take a shot with Miami!