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Updated: Mon, Oct 14th 2019 12:44:04 am

Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers

Venue: Lambeau Field(Green Bay)Mon. 10-14 @ 8:15 pm EDTOver/Under: 45.5


Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Game Time: Monday, October 14 at 8:15pm ET
Spread:  Packers -4.5

Detriot Lions

Matthew Stafford – Often times when a player comes off a bye week you can reasonably assume that his chances of being successful have improved. However, when a player is a borderline fantasy relevant quarterback, and he returns against the strong Packers defense, you can be sure to look in another direction. He is actually off to a better start than most anticipated, but all in all he is just a middle of the road QB2. The Packers might have given up a ton of yards last week to the Cowboys, but that was all when the game was out of reach. During the competitive time of football games this season the Packers defense has been swarming, especially in the passing game. Stafford will struggle to throw for 200 yards or more than one touchdown this week. 

Kerryon Johnson – The last time we saw Kerryon he was running for 125 yards and catching two passes for the Lions against the Chiefs. He still isn’t good enough to be matchup-proof yet, and this will be a tough one against Green Bay. However, as long as the Packers don’t get out to a big lead early, Kerryon still should see a high volume of touches in this game. He should be able to amass 65 yards on the ground and 20 through the air as a floor, with the chance of doing a little more. 

Kenny Golladay – While he didn’t have the game against the Eagles we all expected, Golladay came back with a vengeance in a Week 4 loss to the Chiefs. He had 67 yards and two touchdowns, and laid the claim to being the top receiver on the Lions. Golladay is a great receiver who should likely never be benched in a season long league. He doesn’t carry much confidence in DFS leagues this week against Jaire Alexander and the Packers secondary, but you should still roll the season long dice. 

Marvin Jones – After a slow start to the season, Jones has amassed two pretty strong games in the last two weeks that they played. However, those two games were against the Eagles and Chiefs, and this week it is the very strong Packers defense. Jones could warrant some flex consideration, but in all reality you are best served with him on your bench. He can still exploit some bad defenses, but his best days are behind him and against better teams he will not fare well. 

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers – Once the best fantasy football quarterback, Rodgers has just six touchdowns in five games this season, and is coming off a no touchdown game last Sunday in a game where his team buried the Cowboys. He has faced four good defenses in Chicago, Minnesota, Dallas, and Denver, but six touchdowns in five games is very un-Aaron Rodgers -like. He should have a solid chance at being successful against the Lions at home on a Monday night, but it is hard to go into any game with a ton of confidence in him right now. He has only topped 250 yards once, he has three games with one or fewer touchdowns, and he is completing less than 63 percent of his passes. If you have a viable second option you might want to use it against the Lions. 

Aaron Jones – It was a career game for Jones as he had four rushing touchdowns and completely owned the Cowboys. Obviously, you can’t go into any game expecting four touchdowns, but Jones was the star of the show both on the ground and through the air. There is no reason to think that he won’t be a massive percentage of the offense again, and he is a must start across any format of fantasy football. Jones is about to fly up the fantasy rankings in a big way. 

Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Sure he was playing against a good secondary in Dallas, but for Valdes-Scantling to have one catch in a game where Davante Adams didn’t play is inexcusable. This doesn’t make him droppable, but man does it really diminish his fantasy value. Darius Slay likely will be back for this game, while Davante Adams is looking like a no go. If Valdes-Scantling does draw the assignment of Slay he will likely be the invisible man again and very tough to put in your Week 6 lineups. 

Geronimo Allison – Despite playing a good Cowboys secondary you would have thought that someone would have had success with Davante Adams out, but it was all Aaron Jones all the time. Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling had been rotating weeks of who was going to be more successful, so in Week 5 they both decided to be awful. Coming out of the slot, Allison should have more room for production as he won’t see Darius Slay , but he has been so inconsistent that you can’t trust that he will succeed in this game. 

Jimmy Graham – The season has been a tremendous roller coaster for Graham. After having only 30 yards and a score in the first week, he was shutout the next two weeks. He then had six catches on nine targets in Week 4, before being back to just three catches on Sunday. This is an impossible situation to deal with, and one you can hopefully avoid. The Lions defense has been better than expected, but it was expected to be horrible so not sure that is a high bar. If you want to play the roller coaster that is Jimmy Graham go for it, but you would be wise to look in another direction. 

Summary: The Lions have played much better than expected this season, including almost upsetting the Chiefs. Kerryon Johnson certainly has matured, and Stafford hasn’t played poorly. This game will come down to if they can stop Aaron Jones . Aaron Rodgers hasn’t looked like the same guy, but Green Bay has been winning on running the ball and their great defense. That is generally a recipe for success in the NFL. The Lions will keep this one close, but in Lambeau it is hard to pick against the Packers.

Prediction:  Packers 27, Lions 24

New York Giants vs. New England Patriots

Venue: Gillette Stadium(Foxborough)Thu. 10-10 @ 8:20 pm EDTOver/Under: 43


New York Giants at New England Patriots
Game Time: Thursday, October 10 at 8:20pm ET
Spread: Patriots -17

New York Giants

Daniel Jones – Some of the shine has certainly come off Danny Dimes (which is a stupid nickname, for the record), as he has had back to back subpar games. Some of that had to be expected against the Vikings, but he certainly should have had a better game against Washington. This will be his first short week, and to make matters worse they have to go to Foxboro. Trust the Dimes at your own peril. Belicheck is going to eat this kid for lunch. Look for more interceptions than touchdowns for the Giants rookie in this one.

Jonathan HillimanSaquon Barkley won’t quite be ready yet, and with Gallman’s concussion that leaves Hilliman as the starting back. Needless to say, no one will be picking the Giants to win this one. Hilliman is not someone to trust in any format, in any time period, in any way.

Golden Tate – He was unhappy after the game when asked if he thought his role would expand after having just three catches in his first game back from suspension. That’s the way to really acclimate yourself to your new teammates, complain after your first game! It is still tough to get a read on how the Giants will use Tate after facing a tough defense in the first game he played. However, it has to help his cause that Sterling Shepard will miss the game. It won’t get any easier as they now play on a short week and against another tough defense. You should really try to avoid using Tate if at all possible in this one with so much uncertainty still remaining.

Darius Slayton – If the Giants have a deep threat on the team, it is Slayton. He had four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings, and now has been successful in two of three games he has played in this season. It appears as though Slayton might be carving out a little role for himself in this passing game. With Shepard set to miss the game, Slayton could be a dart throw in DFS or an end of the roster guy when bye weeks and injuries really have you down.

New England Patriots

Tom Brady – Sure, it wasn’t much of a test against the terrible Redskins defense, but Brady just never stops producing. It should be another bloodbath on Thursday night as the Giants will offer little in the way of resistance against the Patriots offensive machine. Unless he gets pulled because they are winning by too many points, Brady should have another 300 yard game with three touchdowns.

Sony Michel – Maybe that performance will squash some of the folks considering straight dropping Sony Michel . He is still the lead back by a mile, there is value there. He had ten more carries than anyone else, and finished with 91 rushing yards and a touchdown. He even had three catches for another 32 yards. Don’t give up on Michel yet, this isn’t a sell-high window, this is him coming out of his doldrums. He should have another touchdown this week against the Giants, and he might even top 100 yards on the ground. 

James White James White just keeps doing James White things, which has some value in PPR leagues. He only ran for 26 yards, but his six catches for 46 yards gave you a 12 fantasy point day. His real value comes when he scores a touchdown, but those games are hard to predict. A game against the Giants is a pretty good bet, and if you have White on your roster in a PPR league, you can deploy him on Thursday.

Julian Edelman – This guy is a warrior as he not only goes out and plays with a chest injury, but he had a 100 yard game and scored a touchdown. The injury won’t be healed by Thursday, but there is little doubt that Edelman will play in this one. He should be peppered with targets by Brady again, and is an absolute must play in this one.

Josh Gordon – It wasn’t a highlight reel game for Gordon, but he still contributed five catches for 59 yards. It could have been more if he hadn’t been overthrown on a play where he had the defense beat. Gordon should have little trouble getting behind the lowly Giants defense, and is nearly a guarantee to have a touchdown in this one. Gordon should see more looks with Dorsett to miss the game and he absolutely should have a touchdown. 

Jakobi Meyers - The injury to Phillip Dorsett opens up some playing time for Meyers. If you don't remember him, he was the guy who was torching opposing defenses in the preseason on a weekly basis. This is likely a short term rise in value, but it could prove to be productive as the Giants defense is among the worst in football. Meyers is a decent dart throw in fantasy games in Week 6, but he is still behind Edelman, Gordon, and James White in the pecking order for targets. 

Summary: Even if the Giants were at full strength the Patriots would have killed them. Now with multiple skill players injured, the Patriots should have the spread covered by the end of the first quarter and never look back.

Prediction:  Patriots 38, Giants 6

Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Venue: Tottenham Stadium(London)Sun. 10-13 @ 9:30 am EDTOver/Under: 47.5


Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Game Time: Sunday, October 13 at 9:30am ET (in London)
Spread: Buccaneers +2.5

Carolina Panthers

Kyle Allen – The plan for Allen is simple. Get the ball to McCaffrey in a variety of ways and then get out of the way. The Panthers don’t want Allen to do a ton, well, because he isn’t that good. He makes a couple of plays a week where you are impressed, but there are usually a couple more where you completely shake your head. Tampa’s defense should allow him to make some impressive plays, but he is not worth considering for fantasy purposes.

Christian McCaffrey – Congratulations all of you who own Christian McCaffrey , or who play him regularly in DFS as he is one of the best out there and showed why last Sunday. The fine folks of England will get to see McCaffrey and all of his skills on great display and he should have another great game against the Bucs. It won’t be three touchdowns, but 150 total yards and one touchdown is about the least we expect from him anymore.

D.J. Moore – It was nice to see Moore get back involved in the passing game a lot again this week. After just four catches in the previous two games, Moore had six catches for 91 yards. With Allen struggling, and McCaffrey carrying the offense, Moore’s role has certainly been scaled back a little. He still remains a nice flex option though and should remain in your season long lineups going forward.

Curtis Samuel – After having a great first game when Allen was installed as the starter, things have gone downhill for Samuel since. He has just six catches for 51 yards total in the last two weeks. He is still seeing a decent number of targets with 13 in the last two weeks, but it was nothing like when Cam Newton is under center. Samuel gets a good matchup this week in Tampa, but he is a risky play with his production being down so much.

Greg Olsen – A week after having two catches for five yards, Olsen failed to catch a pass on Sunday. Until Newton returns, Olsen really isn’t a guy you can use. He did have six catches for 110 yards in the first game against Tampa, but that was a while ago, and there was a different quarterback. Even a trip across the pond won’t make Olsen a fantasy asset for Week 6.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston – The two touchdowns make it look like it wasn’t a bad game for Winston, but the second one came when the game was just about over. His offensive line is certainly doing him no favors, and he seems to only have one receiver he trusts. The Panthers aren’t a bad defense, and Winston threw for just over 200 yards with one touchdown against them when they played in Week 2. This certainly doesn’t look like a great week to have Winston in your starting lineups.

Ronald Jones – There are few things more infuriating than the split of carries in Tampa Bay. Ronald Jones is obviously the better runner, and the more explosive back. However, every time you think he is starting to distance himself from Peyton Barber , the carries continue to be split evenly, and Barber gets the touchdown. Until Bruce Arians wises up and gives Jones 15 carries it is really hard to put him in your lineups. If you must, he should be nothing more than a flex.

Mike Evans – It has been a crazy year for Evans as he has just 18 catches on 38 targets. He did face one of the best corners in Marshon Lattimore , but for Evans to come out of that game without a catch is inexcusable. He is likely your stud receiver so you can’t sit him against Carolina, but he certainly doesn’t appear that he is going to give you the stats you were banking on. He had four catches for 61 yards in the first game against Carolina, and after last week, you would probably sign up for that right now.

Chris Godwin – Godwin has been God-like, and has turned into one of the best receivers in fantasy. He had another two touchdowns on Sunday, giving him six on the season through five weeks. That was his third game with seven catches or more and his third with over 120 receiving yards. He torched Carolina in Week 2, and there’s no reason to think he won’t do it again. Godwin will be a great start in season long and DFS games.

O.J. Howard – RIP to Howard’s 2019 fantasy value. He saw just two targets and one catch on Sunday. He is basically droppable at this point if there is anything on your waiver wire that has a pulse. This kid is ultra talented as a pass catcher, but if they won’t throw him the ball, he can’t catch it.

Summary: London games are often sloppy and low scoring for whatever reason, and this game features two teams that are hard to predict. There are two players that you can count on a weekly basis on each team and that is Christian McCaffrey and Chris Godwin . The Bucs will have no answer for McCaffrey while the Panthers will pressure Winston enough for him to make a couple of mistakes. The Panthers win this one in Jolly Old England by a slim margin.

Prediction: Panthers 21, Buccaneers 17.

Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Venue: Arrowhead Stadium(Kansas City)Sun. 10-13 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 55


Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs
Game Time: Sunday, October 13 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Chiefs -5

Houston Texans 

Deshaun Watson – Watson was sensational in Week 5 with five touchdown passes to go with his 426 passing yards and 45 rushing yards. That is what you call stuffing the stat sheet. While you can never expect one of those performances, Watson looks to have another very enticing matchup against the Chiefs. Kansas City’s defense has played better than expected this season, but they can still be had. Watson should have at least 275 yards and two or three scores.

Carlos Hyde – Shockingly, Hyde continues to have fantasy value. He got 20 carries for the second time in five games, and has double digit carries in every game this season. He isn’t involved the passing game at all, and he is never going to win you a league, but he is still a starter and is someone you can start in a flex spot when your players are on bye.

Duke Johnson – Johnson was always the pass receiving back in his career, and hoped to be more when he was traded to the Texans. Unfortunately he still doesn’t even have ten total catches on the season through five games, and his nine carries on Sunday were tied for a season high. He is not someone you can trust to use in fantasy football in any format.

DeAndre Hopkins – Man, last week was a bitter disappointment. Hopkins was set up to have a big game as the Texans faced the awful Falcons defense, and while he was decent, it wasn’t what was expected. He had seven catches for 88 yards, which isn’t awful, but it isn’t Hopkins. It looks worse when Will Fuller had the explosive game. Hopkins is going to have to perform if the Texans want to pull off an upset of the Chiefs. Don’t lose patience with Hopkins, the big games are coming.

Will Fuller – Fuller had a game for the ages, and hopefully he wasn’t on your bench after a bad start to the season. He had 14 catches for 217 yards and three touchdowns. A game like this is definitely not normal for Fuller. He has had big yardage and touchdown games before, but he is normally not a guy who will have more than ten catches. They will need him to be solid again this week against the Chiefs and he should be in season long lineups for this game that should feature a lot of throwing.

Keke Coutee – Coutee had a game that got your attention with three catches for 72 yards. Coutee’s fantasy value took a severe hit with his injury in the preseason, and when the team brought in Kenny Stills , it completely evaporated. Coutee could be added on waivers if you have a serious bye week/injury problem, but he isn’t someone you want to have to count on.

Darren Fells – A few times a year, Fells will have a game where you wish you had him on your fantasy team. However, most of the season he is completely irrelevant. He may have had two touchdowns on Sunday, but those were his only two targets and he is not a fantasy player you should be concerned with.

Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes – Something is certainly not right with Patrick Mahomes . He has one touchdown pass in the last two weeks combined, and the Chiefs only scored 13 points on Sunday night. He is definitely going to be nursing an ankle injury after he was rolled up on a little by a teammate, but you have to give Mahomes credit for gutting it out in that game. If he is fully healthy, you gotta throw him in your season long lineups, but this might be a week to lay off the DFS ownership until we see him move around freely again.

Damien Williams – It was an ugly game all around for the Chiefs, but the good news was that Williams got all of the carries. He didn’t do anything with them, but the nine carries and three catches in a game where they had no offense at least gives you hope for the future. If you playEd Williams on Sunday, play him again this week against the Texans.

LeSean McCoy – It must have been tough to watch as a McCoy owner as he came up with just two catches and didn’t get a carry out of the backfield. It was obvious that the return of Williams would hurt McCoy, but no one would have guessed just how uninvolved he was going to be. Unless you have multiple backs hurt and/or on bye and have little choice, this looks like a week to sit McCoy and see how the carries shake out in Week 6.

Tyreek Hill – Hill got in some practices last week, and it seems like he has a shot of playing this week. Clavicle injuries are tough because there is a risk of it breaking again, but you can’t think that way. The minute you hear that Hill is active immediately goes back into your fantasy lineups. It doesn’t matter who they are playing, Hill is a must start. His return will also spell the end of relevance of Demarcus Robinson .

Sammy Watkins – Watkins came into the game with an injury, and left it with a different injury. If Tyreek Hill comes back and Watkins is active, you should look for another option this week. If Hill is forced to miss one more game and Watkins is active, you might have to throw him out there. He has been incredibly inconsistent this season as always, but he has been dreadful for weeks. He is a very risky play if he is out there at all for the Chiefs.

Byron Pringle – With Watkins leaving the game, Pringle became a decent part of the Chiefs pass game Sunday night. This looks like an outlier, and likely won’t continue, but he is absolutely a player to monitor this week to see if he gets more attention in the Chiefs passing game in Week 6.

Mecole Hardman – With the return of Hill being imminent, Hardman is about to take a hit to his fantasy value. However, Hardman’s big play ability will keep him relevant enough through the bye week season. He had four catches and 79 yards last week, and with this game set to be one with a lot of offense, you could do worse than Hardman in your flex, even if Hill comes back and Watkins is able to play. He just needs one big play to give you a decent week.

Travis Kelce – It wasn’t his best game, but Kelce just keeps doing it. The bad part is that Kelce still has just one touchdown through five games, and he is going to have to pick up the pace there in a hurry if he is going to start to provide a return on that high draft pick you spent on him. The Chiefs offense has been a bit off for the last two weeks, but it should return to its usual potent self on Sunday.

Summary: Mahomes and Company come into this game following two games where they have not looked themselves. And if it is a third, Houston can easily score enough points to win. However, Mahomes will get his favorite target back, and that should be enough for him to get back on track. Get your popcorn ready because this one should be a fun shootout that the Chiefs win in a close one.

Prediction: Chiefs 38, Texans 34

Seattle Seahawks vs. Cleveland Browns

Venue: FirstEnergy Stadium(Cleveland)Sun. 10-13 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 46.5


Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns
Game Time: Sunday, October 13 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Browns +1

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson – This guy is just a magician, and seems to make more plays out of nothing than anyone else in football. He might even be better when the play breaks down. He had four touchdowns last Thursday against a strong Rams defense, or what was supposed to be a strong Rams defense. If the Browns defensive unit looks as bad as it did Monday against the 49ers then Wilson is going to tear them apart. Obviously Wilson is a must start in season long leagues, but he could be a great guy to target in your DFS lineups as well.

Chris Carson – In the preseason it was widely believed that it was a matter of time before Rashaad Penny would take the job from Carson. After Week 3 it was believed that Penny would take the job when healthy because Carson fumbled in three straight games. No one should be waiting for Penny to take this job unless Carson gets hurt. He has had back to back 100 yard rushing games, and had a receiving touchdown in Week 5 to boot. When he gets going, Carson is an elite performer who runs hard and isn’t afraid of contact. The 49ers gashed the Browns every way they could with the running game on Monday night and we absolutely should be looking at a third straight 100 yard game on the ground for Carson and another touchdown. You can start him with supreme confidence and look his way in DFS games as well.

Tyler Lockett – Lockett had only 51 receiving yards on Thursday, but his one touchdown pass has been turned into a highlight for the rest of creation. His usage seems to fluctuate greatly from week to week, which is strange for a guy so talented on an offense that throws a decent amount. There is, however, no week that Lockett shouldn’t be in your starting lineups, and he should be able to have his way with the Browns. This one has the makings of another 100 yard game with a touchdown.

D.K. Metcalf – The rookie did have a 40 yard touchdown grab in Week 5, but he ended up with just three targets and two total receptions in the game. He has just five catches and 13 targets in the last three weeks and that does not spell sustained fantasy success. The Browns defense has been as beatable as the Browns offense of late so he could secure another big play touchdown, but Metcalf is a very risky play right now with his low volume of targets. Keep him on your roster, but unless you absolutely have no other option he should not be in your starting lineups.

Will Dissly – For many weeks, Dissly was disrespected in the game previews, but it can’t be denied anymore. He has been productive for a number of weeks now, and there is no reason to believe that it won’t continue at this point. The Browns gave up a number of catches and yards to George Kittle on Monday, and while Dissly isn’t that good, he still should be able to at least have 70 yards and perhaps a touchdown against the struggling Browns. Mark him down for yet another good game.

Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield – It is hard to tell which is more of a problem, Freddie Kitchens play calling, or Mayfield’s execution. The former first overall pick looked completely lost on Monday night against the 49ers as he was often running for his life and making awful throws and/or decisions on where to throw the ball to. The Browns scored just three points in the game and haven’t looked remotely like the team we saw last season. There have been leagues where Mayfield has been dropped, and while that might be a knee jerk reaction move, he definitely should be benched if you have another option on your roster. The Seahawks defense isn’t great, but it doesn’t appear to have to be a great defense to keep the Browns in check these days.

Nick Chubb – While it wasn’t his best game, 87 yards and a catch still isn’t a horrible game for Chubb, especially against and up and coming defense like the 49ers. He has nearly 500 rushing yards through five games, and has been one of the best running backs in fantasy to start the season. The Seahawks can be run on, and there is basically no situation where Chubb shouldn’t be a start with confidence in season long fantasy football. It would be great for him if the passing game could get on track, but Chubb is a beast no matter the situation.

Odell Beckham –The Browns are trying to keep him involved as he was given a couple of rushes and even threw a pass in this one. However, this is the second consecutive week that Beckham failed to even tally 30 receiving yards in a game. He is a mess, Baker Mayfield is a mess, the Browns offense is a mess. He certainly is trying to do too much to be productive as evidenced by the careless way he was carrying the football on that punt return he fumbled on. Beckham needs a good game to get him back on track as he is an emotional player that lets his statistics rule his concentration. You can never sit Beckham, but a game against the Seahawks isn’t one that screams 150 receiving yards and a touchdown for him.

Jarvis Landry – A week after a mounting a monster 167 yard game against the Ravens, Landry remained very respectable with 75 yards against the 49ers. He is clearly the top receiver on the team right now, and in PPR leagues he remains a clear WR2. Landry is never going to have a long 80 yard catch, but he will make a first down catch when the team needs him, he will be tough over the middle, and he will continue to rack up the receptions. He should be looking at another solid game and should be considered a WR2 in Week 6.

Summary: Even though they are on the road, the Seahawks are the vastly superior team here. The Browns looked completely lost on both sides of the ball Monday night. If they allowed Jimmy Garoppolo to have a decent game, Russell Wilson should tear them up. Unless Nick Chubb has one of his 180 yard, three touchdown games, there is little path to victory here for Cleveland.

Prediction: Seahawks 31, Browns 13

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens

Venue: M&T Bank Stadium(Baltimore)Sun. 10-13 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 48


Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens
Game Time: Sunday, October 13 at 1:00pm ET
Spread:  Ravens -11

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton – You can look at the stats and it will seem that Dalton didn’t have a bad game. However, if you watched at all you know it was a barrage in the fourth quarter and the Bengals offense couldn’t get going against a trash defense for most of the day. It isn’t all Dalton’s fault. With John Ross out he is left throwing to guys named Auden and Damion. At first it seemed like perhaps they had won a contest to start a football game. Until A.J. Green comes back, and maybe not even then, Dalton and the Bengals offense is going to be tough to watch.

Joe Mixon – After an awful start to the season, Mixon has been creeping back to respectability one game at a time. He nearly hit the 100 yard mark this past week against the Cardinals, but he still doesn’t have a touchdown somehow. The Ravens run defense has been solid for the most part (if you take out that Chubb game), and with a bad passing game right now, defenses can cue in on him. This isn’t a great week to expect a huge game from Mixon, but you have to keep rolling him out there and hope that the nightmare start to 2019 ends soon.

Tyler Boyd – You would think that with all of the injuries to the Bengals receivers that defenses would be able to give Boyd extra attention and he would be having a tough year. But the flip side appears to be true, that since Dalton really only has Boyd as a reliable, trustworthy option that he is getting all of the looks. Boyd had his second ten catch, 100 yard game of the season in Week 5, and he also had his first touchdown. The Ravens pass defense has been very un-Raven like, and there is no reason not to like Boyd again this week.

Auden Tate – Tate’s targets and yardage have been falling each week after his big game against Buffalo, and if it wasn’t for the late touchdown, this would have been an awful game. While it was a good story a few weeks ago, Tate is not looking like what we thought he should be, which is a very average receiver at best. He might hold slight value during bye weeks, but there is no reason to trust this guy or think his numbers will bounce back. If you rostered Tate the past couple of weeks, it is probably time to let him go.

Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson – It has been three weeks since Jackson has had anything that resembled a good game, and that isn’t being judged by fantasy statistics. Jackson has been making poor decisions, has been very inconsistent, and not a very good quarterback. He is better than how he has been playing lately. The good news is that the Bengals defense is pretty bad, and that should help him break out of this funk. Jackson is always going to rush for enough yards to have a decent fantasy day, but he needs to get back around 250 passing yards and a couple of touchdowns each week to live up to his potential. That should be no problem this week against Cincinnati, as even Pittsburgh’s third string quarterback Devlin Hodges moved the ball on them some. Fire up Jackson with plenty of confidence this week.

Mark Ingram – His season stats look solid, but if you track it game by game, Ingram has been wildly inconsistent. Five of his six touchdowns came in two games. He has had 100 yards in two separate games, and under 50 yards in two others. How are you supposed to figure this guy out? The Bengals have been middle of the pack when it comes to rush defense, so this doesn’t have the makings of a huge Ingram game, but he certainly warrants RB2 consideration. A reasonable expectation for Ingram in Week 6 would be 80 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Marquise Brown – After two monster games to start the season, Brown has been putrid over the last three. In fact, he has just nine catches over the last three weeks. Even more concerning is that Brown’s catches have become increasingly more shallow, and that explosive deep threat we saw in the first two weeks is gone. It certainly helps to get off to a good start when you play Miami and Arizona to open the year. If he is going to get well, it should be against the Bengals. It might be tough to put him in your lineups after his past two games and the ankle injury he is dealing with, but if he can’t get it done against Cincinnati you can glue him to your bench for the time being.

Mark Andrews – Here is another guy who has had a rough three game stretch. He certainly has been getting the looks with 22 targets in the last three games, but Jackson hasn’t been able to deliver a ball consistently. Andrews also has been dealing with some nagging injuries. Like Jackson and Brown, this looks like it should be a solid game for Andrews. Given the landscape of the tight end position he is pretty much a must start every week anyway, but this week you can do it and wait for the points to roll in!

Summary: The Bengals remain banged up at wide receiver, and their defense is not good. Lamar Jackson has struggled the last three games as an actual NFL quarterback (and in fantasy to a degree), but he should be able to exploit this team. Mark Ingram rolls again as well, and Jackson hits Marquise Brown for a big play. Baltimore should win this one by a decent margin.

Prediction: Ravens 34, Bengals 20

New Orleans Saints vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Venue: EverBank Field(Jacksonville)Sun. 10-13 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 42.5


New Orleans Saints at Jacksonville Jaguars
Game Time: Sunday, October 13 at 1:00pm ET
Spread:  Jaguars -1

New Orleans Saints

Teddy Bridgewater – After being asked to do very little and putting up pedestrian statistics, Bridgewater lit up the Buccaneers for 314 yards and four touchdowns. This was certainly a product of the bad defense he was playing, and not that Bridgewater is all of a sudden a big fantasy asset. Part of it surely that he is more comfortable in the offense after having a few weeks to play, but he won’t be able to replicate this against the Jaguars. Do not consider using him in any fantasy format.

Alvin Kamara – It is a shock that Kamara didn’t have a monster game against the Buccaneers, but he did still have over 100 yards from scrimmage. He has been getting a good number of carries, although he only has one rushing touchdown to this point. Some of this has to be attributed to the fact that Drew Brees isn’t under center. His reception totals have been inconsistent, and that also can be partly because of the loss of Brees. Kamara might find a little tough sledding against the Jaguars, but there is never a time you sit him in season long leagues.

Michael Thomas – Man it must have felt great for Thomas to have a huge breakout game as he was without one in 2019. Obviously his 11 catches and 182 yards were season highs, and he got into the end zone twice. Assuming Jalen Ramsey won’t be back again, Thomas will still have to deal with A.J. Bouye , but he has proven to be less unbeatable without Ramsey on the other side of the field. Thomas won’t bust wild again, but he has a real shot at 100 yards again.

Ted Ginn – Ginn might have had a touchdown, but he had two targets in a game where the team scored 31 points and threw the ball 34 times. He is just not someone you can trust at this time. Whenever Drew Brees makes it back you can see how the targets and catches shake out for Ginn, but it is not wise for him to be in your lineups right now.

Jared Cook – After being sworn off last week in the game previews, Cook came to life at least for one game with four catches on six targets for 41 yards and a touchdown. It likely has more to do with the terrible defense they were playing, but it is at least a pulse for Cook’s 2019 season. If you are desperate for a tight end during the bye weeks you can give Cook a shot, but you should be more apt to see if he is able to do anything this week and maybe pick him up if he does well again.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Gardner Minshew – Someday when us football fans talk to our grandchildren about the 2019 season, one of the highlights is sure to be Gardner Minshew. Not only the cool name, but the awesome moustache and the fantasy production. He wasn’t able to get the Jags the win on Sunday but he set a new career high with 374 yards and two more touchdowns. He now has nine touchdowns and just one interception through five weeks. He actually has become someone you could consider using in fantasy leagues with all of the injuries to quarterbacks. He isn’t likely to have another game like he did in Week 5, but Minshew is producing on a week in, week out basis. The Saints will offer a very tough defense to beat, but if anyone can it is Minshew Mania!

Leonard Fournette – Fournette is on fire right now. A week after dropping 225 rushing yards against the Broncos, he came back with another 108 and a score against Carolina. And while early in the season, most of Fournette’s production was coming on one or two plays, he has been much more consistent over the past two weeks. He will look to continue his roll against the Saints who have been giving up rushing touchdowns, but have not been giving up big yardage games to guys like Elliott, Carson, and Gurley.

D.J. Chark – We are watching a star being born in the 2019 season, and no it isn’t Gardner Minshew, it is D.J. Chark . He has had a couple of average games, but Chark has scored in every game but one, and in three of five games he has over 75 receiving yards. His 164 yard blowup against the Panthers last week was easily a career high. Unfortunately, that will likely earn him a lot of Marshon Lattimore this week, and as cool as Chark’s story has been this week, Week 6 is likely to be a chapter he would like to forget. If you have anything that resembles a decent option it would be best to not put Chark in your starting lineups this week.

Dede Westbrook – Don’t look now, but Westbrook is on his way back. He was likely drafted in August as your WR2, but has looked more like WR200 for the first month of the season. While he still hasn’t been amazing, he does have 22 catches in the last three weeks, and his yardage total has gone up in each game. Westbrook is getting back to the point where you can start him with confidence again that he isn’t going to have one catch for five yards again. With Chark likely to be locked down, he is a solid flex play, even against a good Saints defense.

Summary: This should be a defensive battle despite both teams putting up a lot of points last week. The Jaguars defense has been compromised by the loss of Jalen Ramsey , but they should be able to contain Teddy Bridgewater . The kickers might be the high scorers in fantasy in this one, as both quarterbacks will struggle to have big days.

Prediction: Saints 16, Jaguars 13

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings

Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium(Minneapolis)Sun. 10-13 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 44


Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings
Game Time: Sunday, October 13 at 1:00pm ET
Spread:  Vikings -3

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz – He doesn’t have a 300 yard game yet, and Wentz has been very inconsistent with touchdown passes. In fact, he has his two worst games against the worst defenses he has played in Jets and Falcons. Wentz is not set up to have his best game on the road against the Vikings, however, If you have a viable second option, it will be a good idea to put them in your lineup over Wentz. He will be unlikely to top 220 yards or two touchdowns.

Jordan Howard - A week after his monster Thursday night game, Howards was good again with 62 yards on 13 carries and another touchdown. He wasn’t involved in the passing game this week, but Howard is getting the better end of this committee right now. Head Coach Doug Pederson also said in the beginning of the week that the team wants to get Howard more carries. This will be a really tough game against a strong Minnesota defense, but if you have Howard he is a flex at worst.

Miles Sanders – While Howard is trending in the right direction, Sanders is getting less involved by the week. He has had some catches to help his value, but even that hasn’t been consistent. Right now you should hold Sanders on your roster in case of a change in philosophy or maybe an injury to Howard, but right now you have to keep Sanders on your bench.

Alshon Jeffery – You would have thought that Jeffery would have had more than 52 receiving yards against a bad defense like the Jets, but the Eagles offense just didn’t have to do much. The Eagles defense outscored the Jets 14-3, so the Eagles were able to ease down the field and score. Jeffery will likely see a lot of Xavier Rhodes which should lead you to believe that he won’t have a big statistical game. He might be a flex option, but it shouldn’t be a banner day for him.

DeSean Jackson – There is a chance that D-Jax will return for the Week 6 game after a four game absence. The Eagles sorely miss his ability to stretch the defense, and although this is a tough matchup with a stout Vikings defense, you certainly should put Jackson back in your lineups if he is considered healthy enough to play.

Zach Ertz – He still didn’t have a big game in terms of yardage, but Ertz was finally able to get his first touchdown of the season. He remains a little disappointing in terms of 2019 production, but no matter the matchup, he is a must start. He still is a stud tight end, and will lead the team in targets but this isn’t a week where you are going to want to pay for Ertz in DFS games.

Kirk Cousins – The Giants secondary has a way of making even the most paltry passing attack look good. That was the case as the Vikings passed the ball up and down the field against New York in Week 5. This could be another week where Cousins can put up some good numbers as the Eagles secondary has been one of the worst in football as well. Cousins still isn’t someone you should be trusting in your starting lineups, but his good matchup will help the skill players around him.

Minnesota Vikings

Dalvin Cook – Only the Bears have been able have been able to hold Cook under 100 yards, and the game against the Giants was his first without a touchdown. The Eagles defense shouldn’t offer much in the way of stone wall to keep Cook down, and it should be another easy 100 yard game with his sixth touchdown of the season.

Adam Thielen – After Week 4 both Thielen and Stefon Diggs both complained publicly about the lack of passing in the Vikings offense. Apparently, Thielen complains better, because he was continually thrown the ball and had a monster game. His 130 yards and two touchdowns were by far Thielen’s best game of the season, and hopefully it is the catapult he needs to get his season back on track. The Eagles have been crushed by almost every quarterback they have played this year, although you can’t count Nick Falk in that equation. Keep Thielen in your lineups on a weekly basis and he is also a DFS play this week as well.

Stefon Diggs – If Diggs wasn’t happy after Week 4, he must be really upset after Week 5. He had just three catches on four targets for 44 yards. It is so hard to believe that a guy who had 102 catches last season has only 18 through five weeks. Diggs is so close to being unplayable, but you could give him one more crack against a bad Eagles secondary. He is impossible to trust, but he is also so hard to quit.

Summary: Let’s look past the dominant performance that the Eagles had in Week 5, because the Nick Falk-led Jets are barely an NFL team. Their defense, especially their pass defense, is bad. The Vikings should be able to exploit that again, and the Eagles will have no answer for Dalvin Cook either. Minnesota’s defense is also solid, and at home they win this one fairly handily.

Prediction:  Vikings 34. Eagles 24

Washington Redskins vs. Miami Dolphins

Venue: Sun Life Stadium(Miami Gardens)Sun. 10-13 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 42


Washington Redskins at Miami Dolphins
Game Time: Sunday, October 13 at 1:00pm ET
Spread:  Dolphins +3.5

Washington Redskins

Colt McCoy – This game should be used by the United States government to use interrogating war criminals that are captured to get them to talk.  Anyone will tell any national secrets to not have to watch the Dolphins and Redskins. McCoy is awful, the Redskins offense is awful, and even McCoy’s wife would say not to use him in fantasy leagues.

Adrian Peterson – The offense is terrible, the offensive line is terrible, and Peterson hasn’t even had 40 rushing yards in a game yet. Even against a bad Dolphins defense, you can’t even possibly think of starting Peterson.

Chris Thompson – His fantasy value is hanging by a thread after the dud last week by Thompson. He is never going to get you many rushing yards, but he still will get four or five catches in a game. In PPR leagues if you really have bye week issues you might be able to trust Thompson in this game, but it is a very risky proposition.

Terry McLaurin – He had just three catches for 51 yards in his return game against the Patriots, and it was his worst game of the season. Thankfully for his fantasy owners, McLaurin will find it much easier to get open this week against the Dolphins. The only problem now is the quarterback situation is so bad, that it might be hard for McLaurin to have good stats with a bum quarterback. He is still worth starting in your flex spot.

Miami Dolphins

Josh Rosen – He wasn’t completely awful in his first start in Week 4, and perhaps he can improve a little bit more with a week off. He does get a good matchup against a bad Redskins defense, but it isn’t likely that Rosen is going to throw for more than 225 yards or a touchdown. He is in no way a fantasy asset.

Kenyan Drake – The Dolphins have continually played solid defenses this season, and Drake’s stats have been unimpressive to say the least. In fact he hasn’t reached 50 rushing yards in a game. He does have 13 catches in the four games, which gives him a little extra value in PPR leagues, but it still isn’t enough to make him anything more than a bad flex option. If he is going to have a good game, this will be it against a lowly Redskins defense.

DeVante Parker – He certainly hasn’t gotten a good number of targets, but Parker has made the most of them and has had at least 50 receiving yards in three of four games. Parker is an emergency flex option, but he is not someone who you can count on for consistent production. Washington’s defense is excessively bad, and that is the only reason that Parker could be decent.

Preston Williams – Williams has been the most consistent receiver for the Dolphins, which is kind of like determining which is the best vegetable. Williams has four catches in three straight games, and he could do slightly better against Washington. You would have to be in a PPR league and pretty desperate to plug Williams into your lineup.

Summary: Can they both lose? Amazingly, one of these teams will actually have a win after this game. The Redskins have no quarterback and an interim head coach, while the Dolphins are finally not playing a team heading to the playoffs. They may be 0-4, but Miami is better than they have looked. Sometimes an interim head coach can fire up a team, but the Redskins just don’t have much talent at all. Josh Rosen shows a couple of flashes of being able to play and the Dolphins pull out a squeaker.

Prediction:  Dolphins 20, Redskins 17

San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams

Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum(Los Angeles)Sun. 10-13 @ 4:05 pm EDTOver/Under: 50.5


San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams
Game Time: Sunday, October 13 at 4:05pm ET
Spread:  Rams -3.5

San Francisco 49ers 

Jimmy Garoppolo – It wasn’t a banner statistical night for Garoppolo as the Niners steamrolled the Browns on the ground Monday night. San Francisco runs an incredibly balanced offense, and it is rare that Garoppolo will throw the ball even 35 times. He is able to do a lot when he does throw because the defense is so off balance. The Rams defense is suddenly beatable through the air, but unless it is a two quarterback league or super flex, there will likely be 12 quarterbacks that have better statistical days than Garoppolo.

Matt Breida – He took a first quarter carry to the house from 83 yards, and had a second touchdown through the air as Breida continues to show he can do it all. The 49ers are definitely using a committee approach to running the ball, but with Tevin Coleman back, it was just he and Breida. San Francisco runs the ball so well and so much that they can have two viable fantasy running backs. However, they are now down two starting offensive lineman and their fullback which hurts. The Rams defense is in a serious funk right now and there is nothing wrong with playing Breida even in what on paper should be a tough matchup.

Tevin Coleman – You would have never known that Coleman missed multiple games with the explosiveness he ran with on Monday night. He had more carries than Breida, and his touchdown run he looked like the guy we all liked in Atlanta. Surprisingly, he wasn’t involved in the passing game on Monday, but that will come with time as well. Coleman is a viable flex option on a weekly basis.

Deebo Samuel – The 49ers spread the ball around so much that it is tough to predict which receiver will have value. In fact, none were overly great from a fantasy perspective on Monday night. Samuel is the best bet if you have to make one, but it is a risky proposition. He is really hard to get down once he has the ball in space, but he needs to be targeted more often on a more consistent basis for you to trust him. With Aqib Talib set to miss this game, Samuel's prospects are looking a little better headed into this week. 

George Kittle – Monday’s game was more of the Kittle that we expected coming into the year. However, unlike last season where everyone was hurt and Kittle was the only option, he isn’t getting the ridiculous number of targets in 2019. He has still been a very valuable fantasy tight end and should excel again against the Rams, but he may not live up to that overall top two tight end like many had hoped.

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff – He might be putting up sexy yardage numbers, but something doesn’t look right with Jared Goff lately. His mechanics have been poor, his decision making might be worse, and his stats would look terrible if the Rams weren’t forced to throw so much because their defense has been so bad. He is really tough to trust right now in fantasy football, and your only hope is some late game stat sheet stuffing from trying to get his team back in the game. Goff is better than this, but right now he isn’t playing like it.

Malcolm Brown - It certainly doesn't look like Todd Gurley is going to play this week, as he hasn't been able to practice. This will put Malcolm Brown in the starting lineup. He had a good week early in the season, but hasn't been used much the last three weeks. He is talented as both a runner and a pass catcher out of the backfield, but this won't be an easy matchup. The 49ers bent but didn’t break for Nick Chubb as he was held to under 90 yards. With the injuries to running backs and bye weeks you might have to use Brown in a less than ideal situation. 

Brandin Cooks – Cooks is looking like he will play this week against the 49ers. He was dealing with a concussion, but has been able to practice. Cooks has always been a boom or bust candidate this year, and has busted more often than boomed. The 49ers defense has been playing well, as has Richard Sherman . Also, the pass rush has been so good that quarterbacks haven't had time to let long plays down the field develop. Those kinds of plays are Cooks specialty and he is a risky play this week. 

Cooper Kupp – Kupp just continues to torture opposing defenses, and until he has two or three bad games in a row, there is no way you take him out of your starting lineups. The 49ers gave up 75 yards to Jarvis Landry in the slot last week, so there is no reason to think that Kupp can’t break 100 again.

Robert Woods – He certainly has disappointed as far as his production after his awesome 2018 season, but it is hard to pin it on Woods when the offense as a whole has been out of sync. He will get a nice bump this week if Cooks is forced to miss the game, but Woods is talented enough that you really can’t sit him when he is active. The 49ers defense has been better than expected and he might have a tough game, but it is hard to believe that you have three better options than Woods on your roster.

Gerald Everett – He has been heavily involved in the passing game the last two weeks, although those were two games where the Rams offense didn’t function as they would hope. Everett has been on the Rams for a few years and has never really been a part of the passing game. This isn’t a new system or a new quarterback, so it is strange that he has nearly 20 targets in the last two weeks. This is something that is likely to come crashing back to Earth at any time. If you’d like to stream him this week that could work, but you shouldn’t put long term hope in Everett.

Summary: While they won a big game on Monday night, these Niners are not quite ready for Prime Time. They are likely a year away from winning a big game like this, especially on the road. The Rams defense will get their problems figured out, and while I think it will be relatively close, Cooper Kupp and Todd Gurley will lead their team to victory. If a field goal isn’t missed last Thursday, we are looking at the Rams in a different light. Despite their win-loss record, they are still the best team in the division. This one should be fun, but the Rams take it.

Prediction:  Rams 31, 49ers 24

Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals

Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium(Glendale)Sun. 10-13 @ 4:05 pm EDTOver/Under: 52


Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals
Game Time: Sunday, October 13 at 4:05pm ET
Spread:  Cardinals +2.5

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan – He has thrown for 300 yards in all five games this season, and has had multiple touchdowns in four of five games. The scary part is that this week could be his best game yet. The Cardinals pass defense is scary bad, and Ryan is one of the best in the business. With two bad defenses, this game should feature a lot of passing and a lot of scoring, and Ryan could be the top scoring quarterback for Week 6. He will likely be heavily owned in DFS games this week, but could be worth playing anyway.

Devonta Freeman – If it wasn’t for his receiving skills, Freeman would be borderline droppable. He has only surpassed 30 rushing yards once in five games and still is without a rushing touchdown. In fact, backup Ito Smith has looked better in every game. The poor Falcons defense is also getting the team behind so quickly that Atlanta is sometimes forced to abandon the run. This matchup should be good for Freeman, but if he doesn’t succeed this week, he could have to go to your bench.

Julio Jones – The Falcons really spread the ball around evenly last week, and Jones wasn’t even the most targeted receiver. In fact, two players had more targets than he did. Jones had just three catches for 42 yards, and this is back to back games where he has come up very small. That makes it a perfect time to face the Cardinals, especially with it being the final game of Patrick Peterson ’s suspension. This could be a 150 yard and two touchdown game for Jones. 

Calvin Ridley – It was good to see the Falcons pass game wake up after both of their star receivers had two clunkers against Indianapolis and Tennessee. Ridley had five catches for 88 yards and a score, and that seems to be a very realistic expectation for this one as well. The Cardinals defense often resembles swiss cheese, and this is set up for multiple receivers to have good games. Ridley is a physical freak, and an excellent receiver. He is a dynamite play in your seasonal leagues heading to Week 6.

Mohamed Sanu – This is the guy who had been having the solid weeks while the big name receivers were struggling. Sanu had 15 catches for 166 yards the previous two weeks, and had a touchdown in Week 5. He is seriously rolling right now, but still only carries minimal fantasy value in PPR leagues. With four teams on bye he certainly could be a plug and play option this week against the lowly Cardinals, but it is hard to count on consistent production from him.

Austin Hooper – He has become one of the more dangerous tight ends in the NFL, and the Falcons look his way a lot. He only has one game of less than five receptions this season, and his 34 catches are among the best at the position. Hooper has become an every week starter at tight end, and at just 24 has the looks of a great dynasty option as well. Keep him in your lineups and wait for the points to roll in like a hot slot machine paying out.

Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray – You can say that the Falcons defense is bad. How bad? Just ask Deshaun Watson and his 426 yards and five touchdowns how bad they are. Obviously, Murray isn’t going to reproduce those numbers, but his third 300 yard game and perhaps three touchdowns could be in the cards for him.  Pun intended! Atlanta couldn’t stop two ten year olds in a potato sack race from getting past them right now, and Murray should roll.

David Johnson – The Falcons run defense is slightly better than their pass defense, which is about the equivalent of saying that a broken leg is better than amputation. Both are awful. Johnson nearly had his first 100 yard game of the season last week, but it has been his receiving that has been keeping his fantasy value where those who own them aren’t overly disappointed. He will bring great value this week in PPR leagues where he should have a minimum of seven catches and 70 yards. If he can run for 50 yards and hopefully a touchdown, this should be a quality day for Johnson.

Larry Fitzgerald – There was plenty of hope that Fitzgerald was going to mop the floor up with the Bengals secondary last week, but it didn’t happen. He was solid at six catches for 58 yards, but that game had potential for so much more from him. He gets an even better matchup this week against the atrocious Falcons, and this should be a ten catch, 100 yard game for Fitzgerald. He is someone to put in your lineups with confidence in both DFS and season long leagues.

Christian Kirk – After missing last week’s game with an injury, all signs point to Kirk returning in Week  6. And what a welcome back party he should get with the awful Falcons defense across the field. Kirk was solid in the few games before getting hurt, and he should have his way this week. Larry Fitzgerald might get targeted more, but you should not worry at all about running Kirk out there despite missing a week. Atlanta’s defense is the gift that keeps on giving……to fantasy owners with receivers playing against them.

Summary: This one should light up the scoreboard like Christmas, as neither defense can stop a mid-range college football offense at this point. The Cardinals are at home, but Matt Ryan and the Falcons are a much more established passing game. They are still without Patrick Peterson and that should open the door for Julio Jones to go bananas. If you are old school and love defense, don’t watch this one.

Prediction: Falcons 38, Cardinals 31

Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Jets

Venue: MetLife Stadium(East Rutherford)Sun. 10-13 @ 4:25 pm EDTOver/Under: 44.5


Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets
Game Time: Sunday, October 13 at 4:25pm ET
Spread:  Jets +7

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott – Prescott nearly had a whole game worth of stats in the second half, as the Cowboys were down big and had to throw, throw, throw. He attempted 11 more passes than he had in any game this season, and Prescott was under duress a bunch. He looked very bad in the game with three interceptions, two of which were glaringly his fault. He will get a bit of a break with this one in the Jets, but Prescott shouldn’t be asked to do much. He will likely throw for about 275 yards against the Jets with his eyes closed and have two touchdowns. After a game where they really stunk, it was nice of the schedule makers to give the Cowboys this bye week built into their schedule!

Ezekiel Elliott – Even in a game where the Cowboys had to abandon the run because they were getting beaten so badly, Elliott still had 62 yards on the ground and another 29 through the air with a touchdown. That is now two straight games where Elliott has failed to yield 75 yards on the ground, but he keeps scoring touchdowns so that eases the pain of his fantasy owners. He should be able to run wild on the Jets and should be back over 100 rushing yards in this one. He could be worth a hefty salary in DFS games this week.

Amari Cooper – It may have been a lot of garbage time production, but Cooper had 11 catches for a career-high 226 yards and a score against the Packers on Sunday. Sure that is not your typical game, but Cooper has been a stud this season and has just one game without a touchdown. The Jets have no one who can hang with him, and he should be able to approach 150 yards and a touchdown this week.

Michael Gallup – Welcome back Mr. Gallup! After a terrible two week absence for his fantasy owners, you would have thought that the Cowboys would have eased him back in. However, he had a season high in targets with 14 which he turned into seven catches for 113 yards and a score. Sure, the Cowboys were way behind, so this was a lot of garbage time production, but points are points! That is now two of three games that he has played that he has been over 100 yards. He gets a Jets secondary this week that is getting flambéed on a weekly basis. Get Gallup back in your lineups this weekend and every weekend, and he is definitely someone to take a peek at getting in your DFS lineups as well.

Jason Witten – Witten has been ultra consistent as he has exactly four targets in all five games this season, and he has either three or four receptions in each game. The problem is he hasn’t scored a touchdown in three weeks, and when he doesn’t score, he brings very little value to the fantasy table. He gets a bit of a cupcake matchup this week against the Jets, but the way he is playing Witten is a little more than a plug and play and pray that he finds the end zone. If he doesn’t you will end up with fewer than ten fantasy points in a PPR league.

New York Jets

Sam Darnold – Finally, the prayers of every Jets fan finally worked, and Sam Darnold has been cleared to play in Week 6. After missing three games with the kissing disease, Darnold will suit up, and unfortunately for him it will be against the Cowboys. Sure, Dallas got whomped last week, but Aaron Rodgers didn’t have a great game. Don’t expect Darnold to come back and light up the scoreboard. He will be lucky to throw for 200 yards in this game, and maybe one score.

Le’Veon Bell – Bell has kept his fantasy value alive during this awful time with Luke Falk at quarterback by catching a decent number of passes. The Jets will continue to need him to do that, but now hopefully with what seems to be a decent quarterback he will get some running lanes. He has averaged under three yards a carry, and 68 yards is his season high so far. Better days are ahead for Bell, and a meeting with the Cowboys could offer him a season high. Aaron Jones just ripped up the Cowboys but the Packers are a far superior offense to the Jets in every way, so don’t get too giddy about this one as a Bell owner. The Jets still have a long way to go towards proving themselves to even being a decent offensive team, but getting Darnold back will be a world of help for Bell.

Robby Anderson – He has likely been the player most adversely affected by the loss of Darnold, and should be looking forward to him coming back. Darnold can get Anderson the long ball, and that is where most of Anderson’s value lies. He isn’t a high volume receiver, but he can make a few big plays and could be worth a WR3. He faces a really tough matchup this weekend against the Cowboys, and if at all possible should spend one more week on your bench.

Jamison Crowder – Fantasy owners are looking back to that Week 1 game with Darnold under center where Crowder got 17 targets and are licking their chops. Please, slow down. Jamison Crowder is a decent receiver, but he is nothing that is going to come close to having a huge impact. One game against Buffalo does not mean that Crowder is going to be Darnold’s favorite receiver, or that you should just plug him back into your lineups. He should sit this week to see if this offense shows any signs of life, and if he does maybe put him in next week. Dallas has a great pass defense, and Crowder is likely to struggle.

Demaryius Thomas – He is getting a little fantasy attention this week after the word of Sam Darnold coming back and the fact that he had nine targets last week. The biggest thing to consider is would the Patriots let Thomas go if they thought he had anything left? He is also 31 years old, but his body likely feels closer to 40 after the injuries he has sustained. The Jets offense still isn’t going to be one of the better in the league, and there is no way that they can support multiple fantasy relevant receivers. You can take a chance on Thomas, but it is unlikely he has much of an impact.

Summary: I’m sure that Jets fans are all celebrating that they get their quarterback under center again, but it isn’t going to be a celebration at all. Dallas has a solid defense, and Darnold hasn’t played in a month. He has been able to practice for a little over a week, but the Jets have a lot to show that they are a legitimate offense. They definitely don’t have a legitimate defense and Dak, Zeke, Amari, and Gallup should take advantage.

Prediction: Cowboys 31, Jets 17

Tennessee Titans vs. Denver Broncos

Venue: Sports Authority Field at Mile High(Denver)Sun. 10-13 @ 4:25 pm EDTOver/Under: 40.5


Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos
Game Time: Sunday, October 13 at 4:25pm ET
Spread:  Broncos -2.5

Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota – In what should have been a surprise to no one, Mariota was bad in Week 5. Granted, even Tom Brady didn’t look good against that Bills defense, so it isn’t all Mariota this time. However, he isn’t a great quarterback, and he faces another tough defense this week against the Broncos. Unless you are in league where you can only use players from the AFC South, you shouldn’t consider using Mariota this week.

Derrick Henry – Here is the only player that you can trust to use in fantasy right now from Tennessee. Despite the complete lack of a passing game, somehow Henry keeps putting up good numbers. He had another 78 yards on the ground with a touchdown against the Bills, and you can expect similar, if not slightly better numbers this week against the Broncos. Henry is a bit due for a clunker, but he has to be in your lineups regardless.

Corey Davis – And as predicted after one good week for Davis that he would come crashing back to Earth against the Bills. That one was too easy. The Titans pass game only succeeds against the worst defenses, and Denver’s certainly is not bad. Keep Davis firmly secured to your bench or the waiver wire for this one.

A.J. Brown – He was targeted just twice, and although he caught both of them it was only good for 27 yards. This kid has the talent, but like Corey Davis , he isn’t likely to fulfill his potential on this awful offense. Brown should struggle to produce much of anything against the Broncos.

Delanie Walker – He has only gotten two targets in each of the last two games, and right now Walker is a guy you can’t trust. The Titans are an awful offense right now, and something major would have to change for Walker to be put in your lineups with confidence. Denver is a solid defense, and it is very unlikely that Walker will have more than a couple catches.

Denver Broncos

Joe Flacco – When things are going right for the Broncos they run the ball well and the defense keeps the opposing team under wraps. They don’t want to have to try to win with Flacco throwing the ball 40 times. He isn’t a fantasy relevant quarterback on a weekly basis, and honestly won’t be more than three or four weeks a year. He goes against the Titans secondary who has been shutting down better quarterbacks than him this year and you should never trust Joe Flacco .

Phillip Lindsay – For the second straight year, Lindsay has taken this job and literally run with it. He has been very good two of the last three weeks, and has even been adding in some receptions for good measure. The Titans are a great defense, and you should keep expectations in check, but Lindsay will be an RB2 for Week 6.

Royce Freeman – Freeman is still getting some carries and being fairly successful with them, but he is certainly on the wrong end of this committee. With Phillip Lindsay also catching some passes the last few games, Freeman’s value is at a low right now for this season.  He generally does get more targets than Lindsay, but at best he is a flex during some bye weeks. Against a really strong defense like the Titans you would be better off finding a safer option.

Courtland Sutton – The Chargers defense kept Joe Flacco down (like that’s a huge accomplishment), but Sutton was able to have the good fantasy day thanks to one big 70 yard touchdown. There wasn’t much else going on in this one, as he only gained 22 more yards the rest of the day. He has been the Broncos most targeted receiver this year, however, this is not a good week to trust him against the really tough Titans secondary. He could go into your flex, but Tennessee has done a great job keeping some of the best receivers in check.

Emmanuel Sanders – Sanders fell victim to all-world corner Casey Hayward and had just one catch on one target for nine yards. This was a bitter pill for fantasy owners to swallow as he has been solid for most of the season. It won’t be an easy week for Sanders again, as the Titans really have a tough defense against the pass. He gets the slightly easier matchup as he will see a lot of Adoree Jackson, but Sanders is nothing more than a flex consideration with four teams on bye. There will be a lot more good games in his future, this likely just won’t be one of them.

Summary: A battle of two defenses that both come with struggling offenses. However, as average as Joe Flacco is, he is still a world better than Marcus Mariota . Mariota really can only take advantage of the worst defenses, and Denver’s Chris Harris should shut down whichever receiver Mariota wants to throw to. This likely will be an ugly one to watch, with both punters getting plenty of work. In the end though, unless Flacco makes mistakes that turn into defensive points for the Titans, Denver will win.

Prediction: Broncos 20, Titans 13

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Venue: StubHub Center(Carson)Sun. 10-13 @ 8:20 pm EDTOver/Under: 41.5


Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers
Game Time: Sunday, October 13 at 8:20pm ET
Spread:  Chargers -6.5

Pittsburgh Steelers

Devlin Hodges – After Mason Rudolph left the game with one of the scarier head injuries you will see, Hodges was forced into action. And in all truthfulness, he wasn’t that bad. He was seven for nine for 68 yards and could have led the Steelers to a game winning drive if JuJu Smith-Schuster hadn’t fumbled the ball. Hodges will get a full week of practices in, but he will face a really tough defense in the Chargers. He doesn’t totally destroy everyone’s fantasy value, but he certainly doesn’t help it either. Obviously he isn’t a player to consider using in fantasy. 

James Conner – It is never good to hope for an injury, but Conner’s value stays intact with the loss of Jaylen Samuels for a while. Samuels was starting to eat into his value a little, but now Conner will remain the only back that matters in Pittsburgh. He still has yet to have that really strong game, and this certainly doesn’t look to be it with a third string quarterback against a pretty good defense. However, Conner is too talented to sit, and should be utilized as an RB2 in Week 6. 

JuJu Smith-Schuster – Before a fumble that would eventually seal his team’s fate, Smith-Schuster had a pretty good game with seven catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. Obviously, there will be major concern this week for Juju as he will now have a third string quarterback throwing him the ball, and he will face a strong Chargers secondary. He is still too talented to sit on your bench, but you just have to go into this one knowing that there is a chance that this might be a disaster. 

Diontae Johnson – For the second consecutive week, Johnson led the team in targets, and while it only translated to 27 receiving yards, the amount he was a part of the offense was encouraging. Johnson will struggle to stay relevant with a third string quarterback under center, but hopefully Hodges can continue to be decent enough that the whole Steelers offense doesn’t disappear. You might be able to put Johnson in your flex, but there is a lot of uncertainty in Pittsburgh heading into Week 6. 

Vance McDonald – There is a chance that McDonald could get a slight bump in value with the injury to Rudolph. With a very inexperienced quarterback, typically they tend to use their tight end as a safety net. Mason Rudolph wasn’t doing it as McDonald only had three catches for 34 yards, but perhaps Hodges will. It is a long shot, and not something you should count on, but the possibility is out there. 

Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers – The Broncos defense kept his receivers in check all game long, and they kept Rivers on his back foot as he didn’t even have a touchdown pass last week. He did have two interceptions, and it was a nightmare game for the veteran quarterback. He will find it much easier to move the ball this week against Pittsburgh who isn’t a total pushover, but they are far from the strong defenses this franchise is accustomed to. With Melvin Gordon getting back to full speed and Mike Williams getting healthy, Rivers should be able to throw for 275 yards and have two touchdowns without a problem. 

Melvin Gordon – The Chargers likely wanted to work Gordon in a little slowly anyway, but when they fell behind to the Broncos it made that decision even easier. He only tallied 31 yards on the ground and had four catches, but they didn’t amount to much. Look for the Chargers to get Gordon even more work this week, and for him to find more success. This might not be his big game of the season, but he has a real shot at 100 total yards and hopefully a touchdown. 

Austin Ekeler – His role in the running game will certainly diminish by the week, and if the Chargers offense is running right he should never be targeted 16 times again. However, desperate times called for desperate measures last week for the Chargers and Ekeler was the only receiver that Rivers could find. With Melvin Gordon back, many are looking to completely abandon ship on Ekeler, but that wouldn’t be wise. He fared well enough that he still should have some flex value going forward, especially in PPR leagues. Unless we see a game where the Chargers just look away from him entirely, keep rolling Ekeler out there, but he isn’t going to have the success he had early in the season. 

Keenan Allen – Denver’s Chris Harris shut Allen down like few corners have done to him in his entire career. He had just four catches for 18 yards, in one of the worst games of his career. That won’t happen often, and you never go into a week figuring that Allen will be taken out of the game in that manner. He won’t be facing a corner anywhere near that talented this weekend and Allen should once again be fired up in all formats. 

Mike Williams – He almost didn’t play due to injury, and then he had a play where he appeared to injure his back, but Williams gutted it out and had a good game. He didn’t score a touchdown, but he was able to secure six catches for 74 yards against a strong Denver defense. Williams has been dealing with injuries all season long, but he keeps toughing it out and putting on the uniform. The Steelers don’t have an elite secondary, and while the injury concerns take Williams out of consideration for DFS games, he is certainly a guy you are starting in season long leagues. 

Hunter Henry - There is a chance that Henry plays this week, although it will be risky for him his first week back even against a defense that isn't great. You have to be concerned that even if he plays, it won't be for a full complement of snaps. Given how bad tight ends are it will be tempting to use him, but waiting one more week would be the wisest move with Henry. 

Summary: Delvin Hodges may have looked like he could reasonably run an NFL offense in his short stint last weekend, but that was against a Baltimore defense that is really compromised by injury. The Chargers have a very good secondary, and will make it difficult for the young signal caller to succeed. On the other side of the ball, look for Melvin Gordon to look more like the guy we know in this one and the Chargers get an easy one. 

Prediction: Chargers 34, Steelers 20

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