The wacky 2015 fantasy football season continued to confound last week as the scoring leaderboards were littered with such names as Josh McCown, Blake Bortles, Thomas Rawls and Andre Johnson. Yes, the same Andre Johnson that was held without a catch in Weeks 3 and 4. It’s weeks like these that remind us that playing fantasy football is indeed like riding a hummingbird, folks.
There was also a big time injury as Jamaal Charles tore an ACL and is lost for the season. There are also preliminary reports out of Buffalo that quarterback Tyrod Taylor could miss multiple games with a MCL sprain. He will remain listed among the ‘studs’ until we get further updates on the length of time he will be out. For Week 6, his owners need to look elsewhere for a starting quarterback (not at E.J. Manuel though).
With bye weeks now in full swing, there will be a few names that crack the ‘start’ list mainly due to who is not playing that week. There were also a few tweaks to our ‘studs’ list as players continue either step up or fall off.
Let’s get to it fantasy football lovers.
Here are the Start/Bench recommendations for week 6!
Andy Dalton: It is time to move Dalton up to a weekly starting option. Through five games, he’s thrown 11 touchdowns and rushed for two more. He is playing great football and looked very good last week defeating Seattle. He has also been very consistent while avoiding any bad outings.
Jay Cutler, CHICAGO at Detroit: Detroit is circling the drain (I am being kind here) and will likely be without DeAndre Levy yet again as he aggravated his hip injury. Cutler just put up 252 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns against Kansas City on the road. Carson Palmer just hung three passing scores on Detroit and Cutler could have Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal back this week. Start him with confidence.
Colin Kaepernick, SAN FRANCISCO vs. Baltimore: Kaepernick actually looked solid against the New York Giants last week, amassing 285 total yards from scrimmage and two passing touchdowns. More importantly, he did not turn the ball over. Baltimore just gave up 457 passing yards and three total touchdowns to Josh McCown. In the last four weeks, quarterbacks have averaged 321 yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game against Baltimore.
Teddy Bridgewater, MINNESOTA vs. Kansas City: Bridgewater has basically been a game-manager to date, but look for a big week coming out of the bye. The Kansas City defense has been very generous to quarterbacks, having allowed a league-high 13 touchdown passes. Kansas City has also struggled to get pressure or make big plays with only 11 sacks and two interceptions this season. Look for some big plays off of play action this week from Bridgewater.
Drew Brees, NEW ORLEANS vs. Atlanta: Despite losing the game, Brees looked good last week putting up 335 yards and a pair of touchdown passes against Philadelphia. This game figures to be a shootout as Atlanta is allowing an average of 27 completions and 292 passing yards per game. Brees will be able utilize speedster wideouts Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead as well as running backs Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller in the passing attack. The way the New Orleans defense has played this year we can also factor in the possibility of garbage time points for this offense as well.
Peyton Manning, DENVER at Cleveland: Denver is not relying on Manning to win games and neither should fantasy owners. Manning has six touchdowns and seven interceptions in five games and just can’t be relied on to produce right now. The Cleveland defense is vulnerable through the air but even more so on the ground. I look for Denver to pound the rock this week and ride their defense to victory.
Josh McCown, CLEVELAND vs. Denver: Yep. We are down on both quarterbacks in this Week 6 showdown. McCown has been on a hot streak over the past three weeks, racking up 1,154 passing yards with seven total touchdowns. That was against Oakland, San Diego and Baltimore who are ranked as the 31st, ninth and 25th passing defenses. Denver has sacked the quarterback 22 times this year while allowing only three touchdowns. Oh yeah, they have also intercepted seven passes.
Brian Hoyer, HOUSTON at Jacksonville: Folks may be tempted to try and ride Hoyer this week after his 312-yard, two-touchdown performance last week. Don’t. This will be an Arian Foster–led attack against a Jacksonville defense that’s allowing an average of 148 total yards to running backs per game and nine total touchdowns to the position this season. Hoyer will be a game-manager this week and nothing more.
Matthew Stafford, DETROIT vs. Chicago: No. No. No. Even against a Chicago defense that has given up 11 passing touchdowns. We don’t start a quarterback that was pulled last week for Dan Orlovsky. The Detroit offense is a mess right now and Stafford hasn’t hit the 290-yard plateau in his last eight regular season games. There are many better options.