We approach Week 6 with a ton of injuries and an uncertain playing status for many players. We lost a big fantasy contributor in Jamaal Charles in Week 5 and might be without Andrew Luck, Odell Beckham jr and Justin Forsett. It is critical for you to monitor the news as we could see a few game-time decisions. If you’re faced with this situation you need to be ready to switch to another player on your bench. I have a feeling that this week we’ll see a large number of secondary players leading the fantasy scoring.
Those are the breaks. we all will face injuries to our players as well as having to navigate around the bye weeks. However, some owners are hit harder than others. I have been playing fantasy football for over 12 years and this season seems to be the toughest I’ve had to deal with injured players on my roster. So much so that I entered the season with players out before Week 1 ever began.
In Fantasy Sharks Whale Shark league, I’ve lost Jordy Nelson and now Jamaal Charles along with Lorenzo Taliaferro. Despite all the injuries on my roster, somehow I still have a 2-3 record but I have a feeling that the road ahead will be even tougher. One of the worst things with roster management is when your top running back goes down and then your unable to pick up his replacement off waivers due to your priority status.Picking up Charcandrick West would have helped but now I have to make other adjustments.
The Golden Mug Award
Awarded to the fantasy players who came through for their team.
Doug Martin– 24 carries for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns, 3 receptions for 35 yards and 1 touchdown. Martin has posted back-to-back 100+ yard rushing games with scores in each. Is the Muscle Hamster back? We will see when the Buccaneers return from a bye next week against a Redskins tough run defense.
Devonta Freeman– 27 carries for 153 yards 1 touchdown, 7 receptions for 44 yards. Freeman makes the Golden Mug list for the third straight week. Although he didn’t score 3 touchdowns, he still has touchdowns in 4 straight games.
Josh McCown– 457 passing yards for 2 touchdowns and 3 carries for 12 yards 1 touchdown. McCown was the top scoring quarterback this week and put up the most points he has had since Week 14 back in 2013. Will be tough this week against the stout Broncos defense.
The Urinal Cake Award
Awarded to the fantasy players who you would like to, well you know.
Antonio Brown– 3 receptions for 45 yards. Brown has just 8 catches in the two games that Michael Vick has been quarterbacking and has not scored in these games. You have to be concerned until Ben Roethlisberger returns and look at Week 6 as a spot to sit Brown.
Eddie Lacy– 13 carries for 27 yards. I expected the matchup to be tough for Lacy but I am more concerned about his touchdowns this season and lack of involvement in the passing game. He hasn’t scored a rushing touchdown since Week 1 and he’s averaging just 1.4 receptions per game.
Good quarterback matchups this week:
Peyton Manning against the Browns. Last week Manning failed to to throw for a touchdown while getting picked off twice. Is it time to bury Manning on the bench? This week is a great matchup for Manning so we will see if he still has something left in the tank. Manning is too smart and experienced not to make the adjustments necessary to be effective. The Browns are 18th in passing yards allowed with 251.0 and have allowed 10 touchdowns to only 1 interception. I expect Manning to bounce back in this game.
Joe Flacco against the 49ers. Last week, Flacco put in a good performance thanks to two rushing touchdowns to go along with 1 passing touchdown. This week, Justin Forsett is banged up but Flacco could see Steve Smith return. Either way, he will need to pass more in this game. He faces a 49ers defense that was just lit up by Eli Manning for 441 yards and 3 scores. The 49ers are 30th in passing defense allowing 298.8 passing yards a game and 9 touchdowns. They are 4th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks with 19.8 per game.
Sleeper Pick of the Week: Teddy Bridgewater against the Chiefs. Bridgewater has yet to have a breakout game but it is coming and this will be the week. He will be playing at home coming off a bye week. He now gets to face the Chiefs who will be without Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs are now deficient on both sides of the ball as their pass defense ranks 27th with 284.6 passing yards per game and leads the league with 13 passing touchdowns allowed. Chiefs are allowing 2nd most fantasy points to quarterbacks with 21.2.
Good running back matchups this week:
Matt Forte against the Lions. Forte is currently 3rd among fantasy RBs averaging 21.4 points per game. The Lions are are allowing 19.6 fantasy points per game and are 27th in the NFL allowing 126.6 rushing yards per game with 8 touchdowns given up. I love Forte to rack up a ton of points at home.
Arian Foster against the Jaguars. Foster has been limited, but in his second game back from injury he racked up 23 fantasy points thanks to 9 receptions for 77 yards. Look for Foster to get more carries and get into the end zone this week. The Jaguars are allowing 103 rushing yard per game (16th) with 6 touchdowns.
Sleeper Pick of the Week: Melvin Gordon against the Packers. The best offensive strategy against the Packers is to run the rock against them as they are allowing 130.6 yards per game with 4 touchdowns. Gordon is still searching for his first touchdown this season and it will come this week.
Bad quarterback matchups this week:
Philip Rivers against the Packers. Rivers has been solid this season but faces a tough matchup this week against the Packers who are tied for 3rd fewest touchdowns with 5. They are 4th in the league allowing just 186.2 passing yards per game. They are also tied for second most interceptions with 8. Steve Johnson is still dealing with a hamstring injury. The Packers have only allowed 1 touchdown to tight ends this season back in Week 1. They will look to limit Antonio Gates as a safety valve for Rivers.
Michael Vick against the Cardinals. Remember earlier when I suggested you consider benching Antonio Brown. Well This week the matchup for Vick might persuade you even further. Brown is a stud and he could easily blow up for 150 yards and 2 scores but consider that the QB situation might not allow it. The Cardinals are 13th in the NFL with 235.2 passing yards per game with 7 touchdowns allowed and leads the NFL with 11 interceptions. The Cardinals are holding fantasy quarterbacks to 12.3 fantasy points per game.
Ryan Tannehill against the Titans. The Dolphins return after a terrible performance over in London. They have fired their coach and are facing a tough matchup this week. The Titans lead the NFL with the fewest passing yards allowed with 166.5 per game with 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. I would look to next week if you’re considering Tannehill.
Bad running back matchups this week:
Marshawn Lynch against the Panthers. Lynch is set to return after missing the last two games. He hasn’t done much since Week 1 and hamstring injuries are the hardest in-season injury to deal with as you never know when you might have a set back. Lynch returns to face the Panthers who are 6th in the NFL allowing 92 rushing yards per game with 4 touchdowns. Last week, they allowed their first 100-yard rusher but will have Luke Kuechly back which will help boost the run defense.
Rashad Jennings against the Eagles. The stuatus of Odell Beckhem jr. is still undecided. With Rueben Randle and Victor Cruz likely to sit out this week, the Giants have no one else viable in the passing game. This will force the team to use Shane Vereen more in the passing game along with their tight ends. The Eagles rushing defense is allowing 96.8 yards per game (10th) with no touchdowns allowed to running backs.
Carlos Hyde against the Ravens. Hyde got into the end zone last week for the first time since Week 1 but he was pretty ineffective for much of the game. He is dealing with a thigh injury so monitor the situation. The 49ers are now 1-4 and have not been great on offense. They face a Ravens defense that is allowing 100.4 rushing yards per game (14th) with 2 touchdowns allowed to running backs.