PFF's fantasy football cheat sheet for Week 6
Through one game of Week 6, only one player in standard scoring has topped 13 fantasy points, and that was moderately owned tight end Hunter Henry, who managed 14. In short, it’s been an inauspicious beginning for this week in fantasy football.
Considering only one game the rest of the weekend (Panthers-Saints) has a Las Vegas over/under of more than 48 points, Thursday night’s struggles could be a sign of things to come in Week 6. And when it’s reasonable to expect low fantasy point totals, that makes it all the more important to find the players who will produce well.
Which brings us to this week’s fantasy cheat sheet. You’ll want to tour through our full compendium of advice from the week, but if you’re short on time, this cheat sheet will get you most of the way to where you need to be. Below, you’ll find five of our top pieces of advice from the week, with links to the pieces the advice is drawn from. After that, you’ll find links to the rest of our season-long content for the week, and from there we move on to our DFS advice. Good luck in Week 6.
Start Los Angeles WR Tavon Austin
(from Dan Schneier’s start/sit advice)
The Rams’ Week 6 opponent, Detroit currently ranks 31st in overall defense, 32nd in pass rush and 24th in pass coverage. Austin, meanwhile, is 12th in targets among wide receivers. Detroit’s best defensive weapon, Darius Slay rarely lines up in the slot, while Austin is there more than anywhere else. Case Keenum has been forcing the ball Austin’s way all season, and that should continue Sunday.
Sell Pittsburgh WR Sammie Coates
(from Mike Tagliere’s stock market check)
Coates had a huge Week 5 for fantasy, with 139 yards and two scores on six receptions. On the other hand, those six receptions were on 11 targets, and Coates had a full four drops in the Steelers’ win over the Jets. Coates is behind at least Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell in the Pittsburgh pecking order, in a mix with Jesse James, Markus Wheaton and Eli Rogers, plus a possibly returning Ladarius Green down the road. Throw in his stonelike hands, and it’s tough to imagine relying on him for the full year.
Stream Dallas QB Dak Prescott
(from Mike Castiglione’s look at QB streamers)
Soon enough, Prescott will be so widely owned that he won’t even qualify as a streaming option, but that day hasn’t come yet. In Week 6, he faces a Green Bay defense that is stout against the run but struggles mightily against the pass, giving Prescott ample opportunity to tally fantasy production. He was the top-graded quarterback in Week 5, with a 90.5 adjusted completion percentage on 27 dropbacks, against Cincinnati, which theoretically possesses a better defense than does Green Bay.
Downgrade Chicago WR Alshon Jeffery
(from Jeff Ratcliffe’s flex rankings)
With Brian Hoyer at quarterback, Jeffery has been only fourth on the Bears in targets, behind wide receivers Kevin White, Eddie Royal and Cameron Meredith and tight end Zach Miller. If the Bears go back to Jay Cutler at quarterback at some point, Jeffery’s stock could rise again, because those two have an established connection, but with Hoyer at the helm, Jeffery is more of a WR2, and only a middling one at that.
Add San Francisco WR Jeremy Kerley
(from Jeff Ratcliffe’s waiver wire check)
Kerley is firmly entrenched in the slot WR position in a Chip Kelly offense, which has been a surefire fantasy producer ever since Kelly reached the NFL. He ranks among the top 10 receivers in targets and is tied for 21st at the position in PPR fantasy scoring. And he’s still available in more than a handful of leagues, making him definitely worth a waiver claim.
- Week 6 fantasy rankings
- Snaps, pace and stats
- Week 6 fantasy stats to know
- Breakout candidates based on fantasy points per opportunity
- Week 6 trade value chart
- Week 6 trade ideas
- Notable WR/CB matchups
- Week 6 streaming defenses
- Week 6 IDP waiver wire
- Week 6 IDP start/sit
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- Four fantasy options primed for improvement
- Settling some midseason fantasy player debates