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THE LOWDOWN: Week 6

Welcome to The Lowdown for Week 6. This is my little corner of the fantasy football universe — feel free to pull up a chair and stay a while!

Lack of Effort

Look, there isn’t much I admit to– but one thing I’ll admit to is that I’m a life-long Giants fan. That means that in my 45 years of watching the G-Men play, I’ve seem them at their lowest (which basically encompasses all of the 1970s) and their highest (4-1 in the Super Bowl). But in all the years of watching my beloved Giants, I’ve never seen a version of the team give up so early and so completely as I did this past Thursday.

Other than Saquon Barkley, it seemed as if the entire team gave up after its first series. No fire, no hustle… just going through the motions. I get that Eli Manning is old and is less mobile than the Statue of Liberty; but can we at least try to buy him some time in the pocket? Do something… keep an extra TE or back in the game to max protect. It’s not like they want to throw the ball to anyone other than Odell Beckham Jr. or Barkley anyway; no need to send three and four receivers into the pattern.

The Giants are a mess, and they’re not going to get better any time soon. If they tank the season and can get Justin Herbert or Drew Lock or Ryan Finley or whomever they like at QB, then literally spend every other pick to rebuild their OL, I’d be cool with it. Until then, I’m rooting for no team in particular… just tuning in to the Red Zone every Sunday and enjoying all the games.

Texas Crazy

As I watched that mess of a game last Sunday night, one though kept going through my head: is Bill O’Brien nuts? Why in the world was he exposing Deshaun Watson to that sustained beating the Cowboys were putting on him? Dude… have the kid hand the ball off every so often, maybe throw a pass from the pocket. Why all the bootlegs and RPO where Watson kept the ball? The Texans were fortunate that Watson wasn’t seriously hurt during that contest. As we learned last season, the Texans aren’t going anywhere without their young QB behind center, so O’Brien might want to consider cutting down on the number of plays Watson is exposed to greater probability of injury. Just a thought.

Interesting Players for This Week

Straight from the flawless algorithms of Mighty Max come the top match-ups at every offensive position for this weekend’s games …

Note: a carat (^) symbol next to a player’s name indicates an injury designation negatively impacting his ranking.

Teams on bye this week: Detroit, New Orleans.

Quarterbacks

1. C.J. Beathard, SFO (vs. GBP) – 39.85
2. Cam Newton, CAR (vs. WAS) – 27.85
3. Patrick Mahomes, KCC (vs. NEP) – 25.72
4. Matt Ryan, ATL (vs. TBB) – 23.46
5. Mitchell Trubisky, CHI (vs. Mia) – 23.01
6. Kirk Cousins, MIN (vs. Ari) – 22.22
7. Baker Mayfield, CLE (vs. LAC) – 22.07
8. Philip Rivers, LAC (vs. Cle) – 21.75
9. Jared Goff, LAR (vs. Den) – 21.69
10. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT (vs. Cin) – 21.24
11. Aaron Rodgers, GBP (vs. SFO) – 21.23
12. Alex Smith, WAS (vs. Car) – 20.53
13. Andrew Luck, IND (vs. NYJ) – 20.00
14. Blake Bortles, JAC (vs. Dal) – 19.69
15. Tom Brady, NEP (vs. KCC) – 18.79

C.J. Beathard is a super-sleeper this week, but in two full games since taking over for the injured Jimmy Garoppolo, Beathard has put up very solid numbers. If you’ve got Drew Brees or Matthew Stafford on bye this week, Beathard is primed to have a good week.

Running Backs

1. Joe Mixon, CIN (vs. Pit) – 26.07
2. Todd Gurley, LAR (vs. Den) – 25.81
3. Christian McCaffrey, CAR (vs. WAS) – 24.33
4. Melvin Gordon, LAC (vs. Cle) – 22.74
5. James Conner, PIT (vs. Cin) – 21.03
6. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL (vs. JAC) – 19.45
7. James White, NEP (vs. KCC) – 18.05
8. T.J. Yeldon, JAC (vs. Dal) – 16.19
9. David Johnson, ARI (vs. Min) – 15.32
10. Kareem Hunt, KCC (vs. NEP) – 14.56
11. Carlos Hyde, CLE (vs. LAC) – 13.73
12. Aaron Jones, GBP (vs. SFO) – 13.25
13. Adrian Peterson^, WAS (vs. Car) – 12.96
14. Chris Carson, SEA (vs. Oak) – 12.75
15. Marshawn Lynch, OAK (vs. Sea) – 12.71
16. Jordan Howard, CHI (vs. Mia) – 12.41
17. Lamar Miller, HOU (vs. Buf) – 11.80
18. Phillip Lindsay, DEN (vs. LAR) – 10.86
19. Tevin Coleman, ATL (vs. TBB) – 10.58
20. Dalvin Cook^, MIN (vs. Ari) – 10.51
21. Isaiah Crowell^, NYJ (vs. Ind) – 10.38
22. Alex Collins, BAL (vs. Ten) – 10.24
23. Dion Lewis, TEN (vs. Bal) – 10.18
24. Kenyan Drake, MIA (vs. Chi) – 10.12
25. Austin Ekeler, LAC (vs. Cle) – 9.81

Jags’ RB Leonard Fournette will miss yet another week, so T.J. Yeldon continues to be a nice replacement in his stead… The Packers need to figure out that Aaron Jones is their best runner and just feed him the ball… the Seahawks have started to re-establish their ground game, and Chris Carson is putting up solid numbers for them. Carson’s week to week consistency remains to be seen, however, as Mike Davis has been producing well enough to cut into Carson’s time.

About John Georgopoulos

John T. Georgopoulos is a 23-year veteran of fantasy sports journalism. John’s Fantasy Forecast series has won the prestigious Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) award for Best Series, and he’s been nominated as an FSWA Award finalist on nine occasions. You can also listen to his weekly, non-sports NSFW opinions at The Riot.