We’ve made it to week six of the wild 2020 NFL season. Scheduling is getting tricky with all the changes made, moving games, and switching bye weeks for teams. This week some favorable matchups can be exploited. I even went back to one player that I was ready to banish to the bench, but situations change in this league, and you’ve got to have a short memory and be willing to move on. Let’s break down the week and keep things rolling.
Kirk Cousins QB Minnesota Vikings (vs Falcons)
Editor’s Note: Thursday 10/15 – There was a positive Covid test to an assistant coach in Atlanta and the facilities have been shut down today. It may mean nothing as far as the game being played but Atlanta plays Minnesota in Week 6 so it’s something to be aware of.
No team this year has been more generous to the quarterback position than the Falcons. They have allowed a league-high 15 touchdowns and are allowing 345.6 passing yards per game. Cousins has at least one touchdown throw in all but one game and has three games with multiple scores. He’s yet to have a 300-yard game, but with Dalvin Cook out and this horrendous Falcons defense, this could be the week.
Ben Roethlisberger QB Pittsburgh Steelers (vs Browns)
Big Ben has been on fire since starting his comeback tour this year. He’s thrown for at least two scores in all four games and has just one interception. This week the Steelers take on a divisional foe in the Cleveland Browns that have allowed the 3rd most touchdowns to quarterbacks, giving up 12 on the year while allowing an average of 314 passing yards per game. Ben should be able to feast on this matchup and is a top option at the position this week.
David Montgomery RB Chicago Bears (at Panthers)
There hasn’t been much production on the ground from Montgomery this year, but his uptick in targets is intriguing and will keep him in lineups. He’s had six targets in back-to-back games now and gets a matchup with the Panthers this week. The Panthers have given up league-highs in touchdowns, allowing eight and allowing 43 receptions to the running back position. Running backs have had success all year against the Panthers, and there’s no reason that changes this week.
Myles Gaskin RB Miami Dolphins (vs Jets)
It hasn’t been very often the past few years that a Dolphin running back was a must-start, and Gaskin isn’t quite there yet, but he’s working his way up to that status. The volume alone makes him at a minimum a flex consideration each week. This week he gets a matchup with the Jets, who allow 110.6 yards per game and have given up seven touchdowns on the year. Gaskin got in the end zone for the first time last week and has double-digit carries in his previous three games. There is a ton of upside for him this week against a Jets team that appears to be in free-fall mode.
D.J. Chark WR Jacksonville Jaguars (vs Lions)
Last week aside, Chark was rolling as the primary receiver for Gardner Minshew II; he comes into this one with only three drops on the year and has three scores. The Lions allow an average of 12.7 catches per game to the receiver position along with 179 yards. Detroit is 10-7 coming off a bye-week going back to 2003, but this is still a tremendous bounce-back spot for Chark this week.
Michael Gallup WR Dallas Cowboys (vs Cardinals)
Last week I had all but given up on Gallup, but things change quickly in this league. Unfortunately, Dak Prescott goes down to a gruesome ankle injury, and in goes Andy Dalton. Gallup finished that game with four catches on four targets for 73 yards, his second-best total of the year. Gallup won’t fully take over and become a target hog, but you could see the rapport between the two when Dalton entered the game. With a matchup against the Cardinals this week and Patrick Peterson on Amari Cooper, this is an excellent spot start for Gallup.
Robert Tonyan TE Green Bay Packers (at Buccaneers)
Tonyan has been a tear so far this year and finds himself in yet again a favorable matchup this week against the Bucs. Tonyan has touchdowns in his last three games, including his crazy three-touchdown performance last week. More impressively, he has just one drop on the year. The Bucs have allowed tight end touchdowns in back-to-back games. It may not last with Tonyan, but for now, roll with him.