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“Off the Matt” Quarterback to Tight End, Claim/Drop and Start/Sit, Week #6

Brady’s back!

Brady’s back!

All the Gronk and Bennett owners yellin’ Brady’s back!

MGK fans got it.

Brady has already proven that he can support two tight ends.  In 2011, Rob Gronkowski finished as the #1 fantasy tight end with a monster season of 90/1327/17.  In the same season,  inmate W106228 had 79/910/7 and finished as the #3 tight end.  I guess what I am trying to say is that Bennett has moved into “must-start” territory.


Now don’t be greedy.  Bennett isn’t going to score 24 fantasy points every week.  However, with the amount of snaps the Patriots will generate, as well as the amount of attention that Gronk draws, Bennett will have plenty of opportunities.  If you already own an elite option at the tight end position, it would be worth throwing Bennett’s name onto the trade-block to see what kind of haul he could fetch.

Week 6: Workin’ the Wire

What in the Brian Hoyer is going on out there?

Three starts.

Three 300+ yard games.

Three games with multiple touchdown passes.

Zero interceptions.

Take your time getting that thumb right Jay.  I don’t see how they could possibly bench Hoyer in favor of Cutler.

Okay, I’ll admit I was bullish on Dak Prescott, especially against the Bengals, but he really needs to be owned in more than just 54% of leagues.  He has posted four straight weeks with 17+ fantasy points.  What makes his success even more impressive is that he has done it the last two weeks without his best receiving weapon in Dez Bryant.

If you are in a pinch at tight end, it might be time to give Charles Clay a look.  With Sammy Watkins down, there are more balls to go around.  Clay has posted back to back games with five receptions.

I had advised against drafting Jason Witten in standard leagues, but if he is still on your roster it is time to say goodbye.  He had a good run, but now with his floor and ceiling being almost identical you can do better.  With that said, he does have a seven and nine reception game on his ledger this season, so he still holds a shred of value in PPR.


Brock Osweiler vs. IND

boI get it.  It is hard to trust a guy who has yet to crack 16 fantasy points in any of his first five games, but there is good news on the horizon.  The good news is that the Indianapolis defense will be coming to town for a Sunday night show down in Week 6.  The Colts defense has allowed opposing quarterbacks to score 23+ fantasy points on three occasions.  That wouldn’t sound too bad if we were in Week 12, but 23+ in three of five games is an issue.  The Colts secondary is going to have a tough time matching up with the speed that Hopkins and Fuller will bring at them.  I expect Osweiler to have his best game of the season by a long shot in Week 6.  If you are a bargain hunter at the quarterback position in DFS, Osweiler is your man.

Russell Wilson vs. ATL

I have always heard that teams prefer to have their bye week later in the season.  For the Seahawks, the early season Week 5 bye came at the right time.  Wilson has been battling an ankle injury and knee sprain.  Hopefully the time off has allowed him to get his legs right.  His rushing ability is what takes him from being a good to an elite fantasy quarterback.

The good news for Wilson owners is that he might not need his legs to deliver a strong fantasy performance against the Falcons.  Aside from shutting down Paxton Lynch, who looked the part of a rookie quarterback making his first career start, they have been torched.

How bad you say?

In the four previous games they allowed 27, 25, 27, and the Cam/Anderson combo combined for 30 points.  Also, over that four game stretch they allowed 3+ touchdown passes in each game.  With their second trip west in as many weeks, combined with Seattle coming off a bye I think this could be a one-sided affair with the Hawks lighting up the scoreboard.

Delanie Walker vs. CLE


Cleveland against a top-tier option at tight end.

dwYes, I still consider Walker an elite option at the tight end position, despite scoring less than five fantasy points in two of his four games and his targets being down.  As shallow as the tight end pool is, he is still top-tier.

This play isn’t about Walker as much as it is his opponent.  Coming into Week 5, the Browns defense had allowed the most receptions to opposing tight ends.  Their performance in Week 5 didn’t help their cause.  They allowed Gronk and Bennett to combine for 11/176/3.  Save up your DFS pennies, Walker is worth whatever his price is this week.

Jesse James @ MIA

Don’t look now but Jesse James has scored touchdowns in back to back weeks and is coming off a career high eight targets and six receptions.  He has scored seven or more fantasy points in three games this season.

Let me ask you a question.  After the Dolphins watch the Week 5 film on the Steelers what do you think the main takeaways are going to be?

Well, the initial takeaway will be that they are completely screwed, but I mean after that.

  1. Don’t let Sammie Coates get deep.
  2. Get a body on Le’Veon Bell when he releases into pass routes.

Oh yeah, by the way they also have a guy named Antonio Brown that will need to be accounted for.  Between the safties worrying about getting beat over the top and the linebackers trying to keep up with Bell coming out of the backfield, James should own the middle of the field.


Joe Flacco @ NYG

jfA fantasy quarterback’s best friend Marc Trestman was sent packing.  I guess throwing the ball 46 times in high crosswinds when your running back was averaging 8.6 yards per carry was the straw that finally broke the camel’s back.  If you have been following me this year, you know what drew me to Flacco all along was the volume in which he was going to be chucking it.

I don’t know what Marty Mornhinweg’s game plan is going to be, but with Mike Wallace and Steve Smith banged up it might be a heavy dose of the ground game.  I am staying away from Flacco until I see how this change at the offensive coordinator position impacts the offense.


Kirk Cousins vs. PHI

After a rough start to the season, Cousins has seen his efficiency improve over the last three weeks.  Not so coincidentally, they have won three consecutive games.  Cousins will have his hands full this weekend facing an Eagles defense that has yet to allow more than 257 yards passing and has allowed only three total touchdown passes.

Dwayne Allen @ HOU

Here is a good stat.  In 48 career games, his single game career high yardage total is…75.  If you look up a picture of “touchdown dependent” in the fantasy football dictionary, you will see a picture of John Kuhn.  I mean, they could just as easily use Dwayne Allen though.  You get the idea.


The bad news for Allen is that he is going up against a Texans defense that has been stingy to opposing tight ends.  They have yet to allow a touchdown, and have gone against some of the best in the business.

Tyler Eifert @ NE

Early reports indicate there is a chance that Eifert will make his season debut in Week 6 against the Patriots.  I am sure fantasy owners have been chomping at the bit to finally get him active.  However, I would exercise caution with him this week.  If he is able to play, a likely scenario could be that he would be on a limited snap count or possibly just play in red zone situations.  You have survived this long, you can make it one more week without him.

Stack Play:  Wilson to Graham

I mentioned above the struggles that the Falcons have against the pass.  To no one’s surprise they also struggle containing opposing tight ends.  They were able to snap a four game streak of allowing a tight end touchdown by shutting down the always dangerous connection of Paxton Lynch to….wait a second, Virgil Green was out who is the Broncos back up tight end?

Hold on…

Ah yes, Lynch to Heuerman, how could I have forgot.

Anyways, they have allowed six or more receptions on three occasions and five touchdowns to opposing tight ends.  With Graham posting back to back 100 yard games and having flashbacks to his New Orleans days, he could be in for a big game.

Good luck in Week 6.  Hit me up on Twitter @barkballin with any questions or comments.


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