Week 6 in the NFL season has arrived, but many NFL players have not arrived with it. J.J. Watt went down as the most notable defensive casualty, and on offense we lost Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris and Chris Conley for the season. The Giants also lost Sterling Sheppard for up to two weeks, and will have a whole new set of starters at receiver. On a good note though, Julio Jones, Rob Kelley, Marcus Mariota and possibly Derek Carr appear to be ready to return to their respective lineups.
Below are my picks for Start ‘Em in Week #6…
Will Fuller – Houston vs Cleveland – (Draft Kings $5,200 / Fan Duel $6,000) – Fuller has 2 TDs in each of his two games since returning from a pre-season injury in Week 4. Admittedly, his yardage hasn’t been great at 92 yards on the season (despite the 4 TDs), but he gets a nice match-up this week against Cleveland. The worry would be if the game is out of hand early, but I think Kevin Hogan will be able to move the ball at QB for Cleveland and keep the game somewhat respectable. If Kizer gets another start I’d expect a little less from Fuller, but signs are pointing to Hogan getting the start, and if this happens Fuller should have his best all around game so far this season. You can’t count on 2 TDs every week, but Fuller should be counted on for around 80 yards and 1 TD this week.
Willie Snead – New Orleans vs Detroit – (Draft Kings $4,700 / Fan Duel $5,600) – Was it the Saints plan to work Willie Snead back in to the rotation after their bye week? Possibly, but the hamstring issue from Week 4 seems to have cleared up and Snead should see his first action in Week 6. I’ll admit he is a risky start for those of you who like to wait and see the usage before rolling him into your starting lineups, and if you have that luxury that is probably the smart play this week. However, if you had shares of Giants receivers or are wondering when Martavis Bryant, Marquis Lee, Donte Moncrief, etc. will show up why not use Willie Snead. Michael Thomas will get most of the defensive attention as he does every week and Brees will throw to the open man. This week that may be Willie Snead.
Brandin Cooks – New England @ NY Jets – (Draft Kings $7,600 / Fan Duel $7,900) – Cooks has disappointed most owners so far this season (me!), but I think this will be one of his good weeks. This isn’t to say Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola will have bad weeks, but I think Cooks will lead the Patriots receiving core this week in fantasy points. The Jets secondary does not have a shut down corner, and I think Brandin Cooks will be able to get deep on them a couple of times this week for long plays from Brady.
Pierre Garcon – San Francisco @ Washington – (Draft Kings $6,300 / Fan Duel $6,800) – Garcon is by far the best and most consistent receiver in San Francisco. Marquise Goodwin had a nice game for them against the Colts last week, but Garcon is playing against his old team this week in Washington and will receive numerous targets for the 0-5 team which will most likely be playing catch-up this week against Washington. Josh Norman is out for Washington this week, which should only help to open things up for Garcon against a good Washington secondary.
Adam Humphries – Tampa Bay @ Arizona – (Draft Kings $4,000 / Fan Duel $4,900) – This week in Arizona, Tampa will target receivers not being covered by Patrick Peterson if they game plan as other teams have done. Peterson may get more targets thrown his way than usual only because of the height of Mike Evans, but this will not be consistently done throughout the game. This leaves Cameron Brate, Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson to thrown to. Jackson is more of a deep threat than a possession and high target receiver and Cameron Brate is a tight end, so we can forget about him for the purposes of this article, so this leaves Humphries who will outproduce the three catch game he had last week against the Patriots. He should be up around the 6-8 catch range and a worthy flex or 3rd receiver option. In DFS he is a nice low-priced option this week to complete your lineups.
Lamar Miller – Houston vs Cleveland – (Draft Kings $5,400 / Fan Duel $6,800) – Miller should have one of his higher touch games this week against the out-manned Cleveland team. The Browns have been respectable against the run and were again last week against the Jets, but I expect Miller to rack up some fourth quarter points this week as the Texans look to use up the clock. Also, the Texans line have been doing a great job of opening up holes for Miller and Foreman the last few weeks, and should continue to play well especially after the Cleveland Defense starts to tire in the second half.
Alvin Kamara – New Orleans vs Detroit – (Draft Kings $4,500 / Fan Duel $5,800) – Adrian Peterson is now a member of the Arizona Cardinals, not that he was taking touches away from Alvin Kamara of late, but the team’s confidence in Kamara allowed them to make the move and trade Peterson. So far this season Kamara has done a lot with a little, meaning his snap count has been too low. However, as we started to see against the Dolphins prior to the Saints bye in Week 5, Kamara is worthy of a bigger role. They have had an extra week to implement and inject more Kamara into the offense, and I think Kamara will continue to reward fantasy owners especially with a bigger role going forward in the offense.
Doug Martin – Tampa Bay @ Arizona – (Draft Kings $5,800 / Fan Duel $6,800) – Doug Martin hit the ground running last Thursday against the Patriots. He played great in the running game with 70 plus yards and one reception. If Tampa wouldn’t have abandoned the running game when trying to come from behind against the Patriots, Martin should have easily surpassed 100 yards. Martin and Winston did have trouble hooking up in the passing game though, and perhaps this is just the rust of not having played together for a while. Martin isn’t the tallest back and Winston throw over his head on a couple of occasions and on another Martin seemed to whiff when reaching to make a catch on the ball. These issues will hopefully clear up soon and make Martin an even more valuable asset to those of us who drafted him despite the four-week absence we were in for. This week against Arizona’s middle of the pack rushing defense, Martin should continue to find success.
C.J. Anderson – Denver vs NY Giants – (Draft Kings $7,600 / Fan Duel $7,000) – The Giants offense has been decimated by injuries and they will be breaking in some new receivers this week. This doesn’t bode well for their chances of getting their first win of the season. However, things are looking good for C. J. Anderson on the other side of the ball. He faces the 29th ranked Giants rushing defense, and should be playing from ahead which means more carries for Anderson. I can’t find any negatives for Anderson this week, and while I do like Fournette as well, Anderson is priced a tad bit better in DFS ($1,400 less in DK).
Running Back Tandem
Mike Gillislee and James White – New England @ NY Jets – (Draft Kings $5,500, $5,200 / Fan Duel $6,200, $5,400) – The Patriots face the 30th ranked rushing defense this week against the Jets. Mike Gillislee has not been a reliable starter in season long leagues this season, but I expect game flow to give him extra carries this week. The Patriots should be playing from ahead, and also Tom Brady has an AC Joint sprain in his non-throwing shoulder which should mean more carries for Gillislee and White, especially against a Jets team that cannot stop the run. White gets the added benefit of receiving targets which regularly add 6-12 points to his fantasy totals.
Of course this is Bill Belichick and the Patriots I’m trying to predict, which is incredibly difficult when it comes to their running game. However, in the interest of preserving Tom Brady for the rest of the season I think they make a point of running the ball often this week.