Sunday Situations: Week 6
Teams with byes: Minnesota, Tampa Bay
Here are the players we'll be watching today. We'll be posting inactives starting between 11:45 am and 12 pm ET.
San Francisco (1-4) at Buffalo (3-2)
49ers: WR Jeremy Kerley (ankle) and TE Vance McDonald (hip) will play.
Bills: TE Charles Clay (knee-questionable) is expected to play.
Jacksonville (1-3) at Chicago (1-4)
Jaguars: TE Julius Thomas (knee) will play.
Bears: QB Jay Cutler (right thumb-doubtful) and RB Jeremy Langford (ankle-doubtful) will not play, with QB Brian Hoyer and RB Jordan Howard starting. WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring-questionable) and TE Zach Miller (ribs-questionable) are fully expected to play. WR Eddie Royal (calf-questionable) is iffy to play.
Los Angeles (3-2) at Detroit (2-3)
Rams: WR Brian Quick (calf-questionable) is expected to play.
Lions: RB Theo Riddick (ankle-out) will not play, with RB Dwayne Washington (foot/ankle-questionable) now unlikely to play. If he’s out, RBs Zach Zenner and Justin Forsett will split carries. TE Eric Ebron (ankle/knee-out) will not play. WR Anquan Boldin (ankle-questionable) will play.
Pittsburgh (4-1) at Miami (1-4)
Steelers: WR Sammie Coates (finger-questionable) is very iffy to play. WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder-out) will not play. WR Eli Rogers(toe) will play and is in line for a bigger role to complement WR Antonio Brown.
Dolphins: RB Arian Foster (groin-questionable) is a game-time decision. TE Jordan Cameron (concussion-out) will not play.
Cincinnati (2-3) at New England (4-1)
Bengals: WR A.J. Green (calf) and RB Jeremy Hill (chest) will play. TE Tyler Eifert (back/ankle-out) will not play.
Patriots: WR Julian Edelman (foot-questionable), TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring/illness-questionable), TE Martellus Bennett (ankle-questionable), and RB LeGarrette Blount (hip-questionable) all will play.
Carolina (1-4) at New Orleans (1-3)
Panthers: QB Cam Newton (concussion-questionable) got cleared to play. RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring-questionable) is expected to return. WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee-questionable) is expected to play.
Saints: RB Mark Ingram (illness) will play.
Baltimore (3-2) at New York Giants (2-3)
Ravens: WR Steve Smith Sr. (ankle-doubtful) will not play. WR Mike Wallace (chest-questionable) is expected to play.
Giants: DE Jason Pierre-Paul (groin-questionable) is expected to play.
Cleveland (0-5) at Tennessee (2-3)
Browns: QB Cody Kessler (chest/ribs) will play and start, with QB Josh McCown (left shoulder-out) not playing. TE Gary Barnidge(forearm/hip-questionable) is expected to play. WR Corey Coleman (hand-out) will miss another game.
Titans: They no have significant injury concerns going into the game.
Philadelphia (3-1) at Washington (3-2)
Eagles: RB Ryan Mathews (illness) will play.
Redskins: TE Jordan Reed (concussion-out) was downgraded and will not play. WR Josh Doctson (Achilles’-out) will miss another game.
Kansas City (2-2) at Oakland (4-1)
Chiefs: They have no significant injury concerns going into the game.
Raiders: RB Latavius Murray (toe-out) will not play, with rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard forming their replacement
RBBC. TE Clive Walford (knee-questionable) remains iffy to play.
Dallas (4-1) at Green Bay (3-1)
Cowboys: QB Tony Romo (back-out) will not play, with QB Dak Prescott starting again. WR Dez Bryant (knee-questionable) isn’t expected to play. TE Jason Witten (chest-questionable), WR Terrance Williams (shoulder-questionable) and K Dan Bailey (back-questionable) all will play.
Packers: RB Eddie Lacy (ankle-questionable) is expected to play and start, with RB James Starks (knee-out) downgraded and not playing. WR Randall Cobb (neck) will play and see some backfield touches. TE Jared Cook (ankle-out) will not play.
Atlanta (4-1) at Seattle (3-1)
Falcons: WRs Julio Jones (knee) and Mohamed Sanu (elbow) will play.
Seahawks: QB Russell Wilson (ankle/knee), TE Jimmy Graham (knee), and WR Tyler Lockett (knee) all will play. RB Thomas Rawls(fibula-out) will not play, with RB Christine Michael starting again. S Kam Chancellor (groin-questionable) is iffy to play.
Sunday Night Game
Indianapolis (2-3) at Houston (3-2)
Colts: QB Andrew Luck (right shoulder) will play. WR T.Y. Hilton (hip-questionable) is fully expected to play. WR Donte Moncrief(shoulder-out) will not play.
Texans: WR Will Fuller (hamstring-questionable) is fully expected to play. WR Braxton Miller (hamstring) will play.
Monday Night Game
New York Jets (1-4) at Arizona (2-3)
Jets: WR Brandon Marshall (foot), Quincy Enunwa (knee), Jalin Marshall (shoulder), and Robby Anderson (back) all will play. RB Matt Forte (knee) is good-to-go. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle-questionable) is expected to play. CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring-questionable) should play, too.
Cardinals: QB Carson Palmer (concussion) was cleared to play and is good to start.
Hansen’s Hints: Week 6
Teams with byes: Minnesota and Tampa Bay
San Francisco (1-4) at Buffalo (3-2) – The 49ers are getting rocked on the ground, and LeSean McCoy looks 24 out there this year, so he’s looking great with 20+ touches again. Charles Clay has been active lately and is a viable play if you need him, but he’s a week-to-week guy, as is Robert Woods. If desperate, both have a chance due to role (and 49er CB Jimmie Ward won’t play, which helps), but there’s no compelling reason to use them otherwise. The same can be said for Tyrod Taylor, who is averaging only 6.5 yards an attempt withoutSammy Watkins. Taylor’s floor is usually decent (17-20 points), but his ceiling is extremely limited. The Niners are rolling with Colin Kaepernick, of course, but I’m looking at the Bill defense in this one and recognize how they’re coming on. They can stop the run and they do have three good corners, so I’m not feeling it with Kap and the 49ers this week. He’ll take some shots to Torrey Smith, but the edge in that matchup goes to the Bill corners, namely Stephon Gilmore, who is very good. Kap should also disrupt what Jeremy Kerley is doing, since I have no confidence in Kaepernick throwing it consistently in the short-to-intermediate area. The Bills won’t likely have DT Marcell Dareus, but they’ve been without him most of the year and still give up only 3.5 YPC, so it’s not a good matchup for Carlos Hyde.
Players I like more than usual: LeSean McCoy, Bills defense
Reach Plays: Charles Clay
Super Sleepers: None
Jacksonville (1-3) at Chicago (1-4) – The Bears have been on a roll offensively, but I’m not sure it continues this week, since the Jag defense is pretty darn good this year. Jordan Howard is a great play in season-long because he’s dominating the touches and doing really well, but I’m probably avoiding the Bears in DFS this week. The Jags are easier to throw on, at least, so Alshon Jeffery and Zach Miller are solid plays, since this certainly isn’t a shutdown defense in Jacksonville. Eddie Royal has been limited again this week in practice, so he’s hardly a lock to go today. If he’s in, he’ll be good for 4-5 catches I’m sure. As for Cameron Meredith, I’d view him as a boom-or-bust guy this week, since his body of work is seriously limited. He did look great last week, though. The Bears have somehow not been torched too badly on defense, despite some deficiencies and injuries, but the matchup is solid for the Jags. Chicago won’t have DT Eddie Goldman again, and Leonard Floyd is iffy. More important, their best corner, Tracy Porter, is also iffy. Things are looking good on paper for Allen Robinson, Julius Thomas, and Allen Hurns, and for Blake Bortles by association (hardly due to his play, which has been not been good).TJ Yeldon has kind of taken over in this backfield, and if he’s going to get 12-14 carries along with most of the work in the passing game, he’s a solid play today.
Players I like more than usual: Allen Robinson, TJ Yeldon
Reach Plays: Allen Hurns,Eddie Royal (if active)
Super Sleepers: Bear defense
Los Angeles (3-2) at Detroit (2-3) – The Rams are down their best corner in Trumaine Johnson, so that’s good news right there forMarvin Jones. Golden Tate is still averaging 6 targets a game, and he had a huge catch for 27 yards to set up their game-winning FG last week, so he’s still a factor and he will be a big factor in this one with Eric Ebron out. Lamarcus Joyner can be beaten in the slot, so Tate definitely has a chance to do something notable today. Key Ram defenders Robert Quinn and Michael Brockers are iffy to play, but Theo Riddick is out, so it’s hard to rely on a Lion RB. It looks like Justin Forsett and Zach Zenner will have to carry the load, so they may pass a lot, which is probably good news for Zenner. I can’t say the matchup is wonderful for Matthew Stafford, but his overall numbers are outstanding this year, so he’s a fine play at home. We’ll see if the Lions finally get DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) back, but they’ll definitely be without DT Haloti Ngata, which is big for Todd Gurley. They’ll also miss OLB DeAndre Levy again and were giving up 5.1 YPC to RBs even with Ngata, so I love Gurley today. The Lions can likely stick top corner Darius Slay on Kenny Britt on a lot of snaps, and since Slay doesn’t play the slot, this is a good week to try Tavon Austin. He’s tough to trust, but he is averaging 9 targets a game, which is a very healthy number.
Players I like more than usual: Todd Gurley, Marvin Jones
Reach Plays: Golden Tate, Tavon Austin
Super Sleepers: Zach Zenner
Pittsburgh (4-1) at Miami (1-4) – The Dolphin defense is a disaster right now, and it kind of looks on film like Mario Williams andNdamukong Suh would rather do anything other than play NFL football. Le’Veon Bell could be seriously destructive in this matchup against their shaky LBs, especially if Jelani Jenkins is out again, and I have no idea how they’re going to slow Antonio Brown down. Sammie Coates is probably a risky play with his lacerated and broken finger, and with Eli Rogers back and a good bet to get targets. Coates certainly has more upside than usual based on the matchup, since the Dolphin secondary is very beatable, but keep in mind he’s had trouble catching the ball this year even with 10 fingers intact. Ben Roethlisberger should be in great shape here. Miami’s offense has been dreadful, but I can’t say it’s Ryan Tannehill’s fault. The OL has been really bad and gave Tannehill no chance, but the real problem the last two weeks is that they’ve run off so few plays (in the 40s). It’s risky to use anyone here, but at least the Steelers won’t have a few key players on defense like Cameron Heyward and Ryan Shazier. They play a lot of zone, which is something Jarvis Landry can take advantage of big time. If Tannehill can throw it 35 times or more, Landry is a good bet to have a big PPR day. I don’t trust anyone else here, though. We’ll see if Arian Foster can play. If he does, that probably makes Jay Ajayi too risky. If Foster is out, Ajayi should be good for 12-15 touches, and he’s looked solid.
Players I like more than usual: Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger, Jarvis Landry
Reach Plays: Eli Rogers
Super Sleepers: None
Cincinnati (2-3) at New England (4-1) – The Patriots will likely sell out to slow AJ Green down, whether it’s through double teams and bracket coverage or with just mainly their top corner in Malcolm Butler, so Green probably isn’t going off. They could possibly put Butler onBrandon LaFell and give Logan Ryan a lot of help on Green, but Butler matches up best with Green, and I’d guess he’ll man up on the Bengal stud. That makes LaFell a very good sleeper this week, and he’s produced lately with a lot of targets (17 the last two weeks). Jeremy Hill has been killing people, and while he’s practiced this week, the matchup and anticipated game-flow does not look good for him. It does, however, look great for Gio Bernard. LB Jamie Collins is not expected to play, which should really help Gio as he’s their most athletic LB. Backs like him can give the Pats trouble, and he could be a serious Check-Down Charlie for Andy Dalton this week, so I like him a lot. The Bengal defense is probably going to have a lot of problems with the Patriots and their 2-TEs, so they’re both looking fine. Marty Bennett is hardly a look week-to-week, but he’s obviously doing well and should get a good matchup here. Otherwise, the Bengals are giving up 4.6 YPC to RBs, so LeGarrette Blount is viable, but James White’s role seem to be on the upswing, and White did out-snap Blount last week.
Players I like more than usual: Tom Brady, Gio Bernard
Reach Plays:Brandon LaFell, James White
Super Sleepers: Patriot defense
Carolina (1-4) at New Orleans (1-3) – These teams know each other well, and both squads lit it up and put up huge fantasy numbers, so it’s a full green light on all the usual options. The Panthers play a lot of zone, which is something that helps Brandin Cooks, who did well against them last year when the Panther defense was considerably better. Cooks is hit-or-miss this year, but he’s seen some tough matchups, and this one sets up well for him. It sets up well for Willie Snead as well, and even Michael Thomas is looking better than usual. The Panthers can also be vulnerable to the TE, and figuring out the soft spots in the zone may be easier for Coby Fleener, so he has more upside than usual. This should be a nice day for Drew Brees, at home. Mark Ingram at least can look to how the Panthers were run on last week, and hopefully he won’t get vultured by John Kuhn again. Cam Newton looks good-to-go, although it may not be official until 11:30 AM ET.Greg Olsen has crushed the Saints in the recent past, and Kelvin Benjamin is looking better than usual. With Jonathan Stewart back, they should be able to run their offense, which entails taking deep shots, so Ted Ginn has more upside than usual. Stewart isn’t a terrible play, but if the game is high-scoring and the Panthers are playing from behind, that’s a good scenario for Fozzy Whittaker to produce as their hurry-up back.
Players I like more than usual: Drew Brees, Brandin Cooks, Greg Olsen, Cam Newton, Kelvin Benjamin, Coby Fleener
Reach Plays: Willie Snead, Fozzy Whittaker
Super Sleepers: None
Baltimore (3-2) at New York Giants (2-3) – The Ravens have some major O-line concerns with RG Marshall Yanda and LT Ronnie Stanley both unlikely to play, so it’s hard to expect big things from the Raven offense on the road with a below-average matchup and noSteve Smith. Joe Flacco will likely take some deep shots, though, so there’s a chance Mike Wallace can make a big play, especially since the Giants have injury issues at safety. It could be Breshad Perriman, but Wallace is the better choice. The Giants are ranked last in the NFL with just four sacks, so Flacco should have time to throw, at least. The Giants haven’t given up big numbers to the TE this year, but they have two safeties injured and unlikely to play, so Dennis Pitta has a little more potential this week and can be matched up against S Landon Collins, who can be shaky in coverage. New OC Marty Mornhinweg likes balance on offense, but he could look at all three of their RBs in this game, so Terrance West, Kenneth Dixon, and Buck Allen could all get meaningful snaps, making a guy like West less appealing, plus the Giants have given up only 3.8 YPC to RBs this year. A key matchup for the Giants is LT Ereck Flowers vs. Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs, and since Flowers can struggle in pass-pro, Eli Manning will be looking to get the ball out of his hands quickly. That could mean more quick passes to rookie Sterling Sheppard, since Odell Beckham has a trougher matchup against Jimmy Smith, who has been solid this year. The Ravens do have some defensive injuries that should help, as Elvis Dumervil won’t play and C.J. Mosley is likely out. TE Larry Donnell(concussion) got in a second full practice and will return to their TEBC with Will Tye, so Tye’s an avoid this week with the Ravens doing a good job against the TE. We’ll see if Rashad Jennings can go, but it’s a tougher matchup, as the Ravens have been very good against the run. We don’t really know how much work Jennings can handle and if he’ll get third-down work if he plays.
Players I like more than usual: Sterling Shepard
Reach Plays: Mike Wallace
Super Sleepers: Breshad Perriman
Cleveland (0-5) at Tennessee (2-3) – The Titan defensive front dominated last week against Miami’s depleted OL, and the Browns have their own issues on the line as LT Joe Thomas is iffy with a knee and LG Joel Bitonio is on IR. Bitonio has been instrumental in Isaiah Crowell’s success, so Crowell may have a tough go here, and we may see more action for Duke Johnson, who I think is ascending in this backfield. Having Cody Kessler back and Josh McCown available improves Johnson’s chances to catch 4-5 balls. The Titan CBs aren’t horrendous, but they have given up plenty of plays this year, especially Perrish Cox, so Terrelle Pryor looks like a solid WR3 if you need him. Gary Barnidge has been quietly decent and is a viable guy if you need him. The Titans should be fine with DeMarco Murray likely getting another 20 touches, but the matchup is very good again for Delanie Walker, who is a must-start with the Browns giving up an amazing 8.6/100/1 per game to the TE. I don’t trust any of the slow Titan WRs, who really struggle to gain separation, but Marcus Mariotadid have his best game of the season last week and is looking better than usual on paper.
Players I like more than usual: Delanie Walker, Terrelle Pryor
Reach Plays: Duke Johnson, Titan defense
Philadelphia (3-1) at Washington (3-2) – With stud TE Jordan Reed likely out, the Redskins ae expected to use more 3-WR sets, which means Jamison Crowder is a good bet to play a lot of snaps and catch 5-6 balls. But no Reed is bad news for the uneven Kirk Cousins, who has 14-to-13 TD-to-INT ratio with Reed out since 2014. The Eagles may be down a corner in Leodis McKelvin, but their safeties are very good, so I’m not sure we can expect a big play from Desean Jackson. They’re trying every week, but Cousins has been off on his throws (Jackson has had a couple of long PI calls lately, at least). It should be a lot of short passing to Crowder and Pierre Garcon, who could surprise with 7-8 catches in this one. Matt Jones fumbled last week and could start losing his grip on the starting job with Rob Kelleypotentially getting more snaps, so Jones is not looking good here. The Eagles did have a ton of problems with Theo Riddick out of the backfield last week, so scat back Chris Thompson looks a little better than usual on paper here. The Eagles are giving up about 12 points a game in PPR to RBs in the passing game, so Thompson has a chance for 10+ points. Carson Wentz is coming off his worst game of the season, but even then he was, for the most part, solid. The Redskins have struggled against the run all year, giving up 5.3 YPC right now, soRyan Mathews is a good play for sure if you need him, and Darren Sproles is looking better than usual with the Redskins also giving up over 6 catches a game to RBs. Washington will likely get corner Breshad Breeland back, so they are in good shape against Philly on the outside. The good news is Jordan Matthews has a good matchup in the slot. He didn’t do as well as we expected last week, but he could easily come through in this one. I’d like to see Zach Ertz get a little more involved before I fully endorse him. RT Lane Johnson is out, which is a concern for Wentz, but the Redskins at least don’t have a good pass rush. Wentz doesn’t particularly stand out for fantasy this week.
Players I like more than usual: Ryan Mathews, Jordan Matthews, Eagle defense
Reach Plays: Darren Sproles, Jamison Crowder, Pierre Garcon
Super Sleepers: Chris Thompson
Kansas City (2-2) at Oakland (4-1) – Although the Raider D is slowly improving, they still struggle to mount a pass rush, so Alex Smith is looking pretty good here with some weapons to throw to. Jeremy Maclin has yet to score, but he knows CB Sean Smith well and has some juice in this one, since it could be a shootout. Even Chris Conley has a chance as reach, since his speed could give Smith and the Raider secondary problems. Travis Kelce has finally been more consistent this year, and his matchup is good, with the Raiders giving up a healthy 16.4 points a game to the TE. KC will finally get Jamaal Charles back, and they could use a spark on offense. Charles seems good-to-go, so while you can’t expect more than 15 touches or so, I think he can get to that number, especially with Spencer Ware fumbling almost every week. The Raiders are giving up 4.9 YPC, and their LBs can struggle in coverage, so I want to get Charles in my lineup if possible, with Ware also viable if you need him. The Chief D has also struggled with their pass rush, and they’ve been torched at times, so I’d use Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper, who can be moved around to avoid top corner Marcus Peters as times. Cooper did little in this matchup last year, and Crabtree doubled him up in terms of production (14 points a game vs. only 7 for Cooper). The Raiders won’t have Latavius Murraythis week, so it’ll be Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington carrying the load. You have to give the edge to Richard based on his production last week, but I’m not assuming Washington can’t be used because his snaps and touches were fine last week and he looked solid.
Players I like more than usual: Jeremy Maclin, Travis Kelce, Jamaal Charles, Michael Crabtree
Reach Plays: Alex Smith, Jalen Richard
Super Sleepers: Chris Conley, DeAndre Washington
Dallas (4-1) at Green Bay (3-1) – The Packers won’t have James Starks, so they have no choice but to lean on Eddie Lacy, who has run well and who has a good history against the Cowboys, who are giving up a promising 4.8 YPC. Lacy has run well on a bum ankle before, and he’s done work all week in practice, so I’m inclined to roll the dice on Lacy, who has big upside if he’s okay with heavy volume. A key matchup in the passing game is Jordy Nelson vs. Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne, who has yet to give up a TD pass this year. Nelson looks like an easier cover these days, so I’d lower expectations since Nelson has really been TD-dependent this year. A better matchup for GB is Randall Cobb in the slot, since slot corner Orlando Scandrick will likely miss the game. Cobb could also see snaps at RB with Starks out. With Nelson likely on Claiborne, Davante Adams may be more viable, and he’s scored in 3 of their 4 games, but Brandon Carr is pretty solid. I don’t loveAaron Rodgers here, but Dallas’ so-so pass rush helps. Dak Prescott will be fascinating this week in Green Bay against a top QB. The Packers have been lights-out against the run, so Zeke Elliott has his work cut out for him, and a lot may be on Prescott’s shoulders. The matchup is pretty good, though, with the Packers really struggling on the back-end without (CB) Sam Shields, who won’t play. I like slot guyCole Beasley to be active here and also Jason Witten, but Terrance Williams has been solid in three straight games if you need him.
Players I like more than usual: Eddie Lacy, Randall Cobb
Reach Plays: Dak Prescott, Cole Beasley, Jason Witten, Terrance Williams
Super Sleepers: None
Atlanta (4-1) at Seattle (3-1) – The Seahawks are going to stick Richard Sherman on Julio Jones, as Sherman is traveling more now in man coverage. That’s a tough matchup, but Julio won’t get shut out here, so I’d lower expectations and still start him in season-long. In daily, I’d probably pass on Julio. Mohamed Sanu in theory could be a good play, but I don’t think he’s healthy still, and he’s playing through his shoulder injury and now has an elbow injury. The Falcons are using Tevin Coleman as a moveable chess piece, but I can’t see him kicking tail this week against Seattle’s fast and athletic front that gives up just 3.4 YPC and not much in the passing game. It’s a tough matchup for Coleman and Devonta Freeman, so I wouldn’t expect more than 25 points from the duo in PPR. Seattle has also been stingy against the TE, so I wouldn’t want to try Jacob Tamme out this week. Seattle is coming off the bye, and they are better off health-wise. They’re expecting more from Tyler Lockett, and he won’t likely see a lot of top corner Marcus Trufant. I like Russell Wilson quite a bit here, with Jimmy Graham coming on strong and facing a great matchup. I’d use Doug Baldwin as usual because he’s basically picked up where he left off last year and may not be locked up with Trufant on every route. Christine Michael has been great, averaging 4.6 YPC and he’s even getting 4 targets and 3+ catches a game, and he could get 3-4 grabs here, as the Falcons almost always allow teams to get the ball to their RBs in the passing game. Michael is a great play. The Falcons give up 9 catches a game to RBs, so maybe even CJ Spiller can do something here (forget him if CJ Prosise is active, though).
Players I like more than usual: Christine Michael, Russell Wilson, Jimmy Graham
Reach Plays: Tyler Lockett
Super Sleepers: CJ Spiller
Sunday Night Game:
Indianapolis (2-3) at Houston (3-2) – It’s not looking good for Will Fuller, per my friend Adam Schefter of ESPN, so DeAndre Hopkins should be peppered with targets with a great matchup against the Colts, so I moved him to #2 at WR this morning. Otherwise, it’ll be Jaelen Strong and Braxton Miller, and this does hurt Brock Osweiler’s upside potential a bit. Brock should have his two TEs available, at least, and Ryan Griffin and C.J. Fiedorowicz have been active lately. I still like Osweiler more than usual, but his reach potential does take a hit if Fuller is out. Clearly, this is a spot to feed Lamar Miller the rock, so I love Miller today. They won’t have RG Jeff Allen, which is a shame, but Indy also gives up 6 catches a game to RBs. The Texans have some injuries at corner this week, but it looks like they may have their three top guys. I’m not expecting a huge game from TY Hilton like I was last week, but he’s obviously a must-start in season-long. I am a little worried about Andrew Luck, Frank Gore, and Dwayne Allen, though, since the Texans have been stingy on defense. Luck’s hard to sit and Gore will get the ball, but I’m lowering expectations.
Players I like more than usual: DeAndre Hopkins, Lamar Miller Texan defense
Reach Plays: Brock Osweiler
Super Sleepers: Jaelen Strong
Monday Night Game:
New York Jets (1-4) at Arizona (2-3) – Everyone knows the Jet secondary is getting torched with or without Darrelle Revis, but HC Todd Bowles knows Arizona's offense well, as he was on Bruce Arians’ staff in 2013-2014. I’d expect Bowles to drop his safeties deep to try to take away some of the long pass plays Carson Palmer will be trying to make. I’d still be inclined to look at John Brown or Michael Floyd for a big play here, but if they do keep those safeties back, Larry Fitzgerald could eat them alive working on the shaky Buster Skrine, so I think Fitz could actually go off. David Johnson will get plenty of work, but it’s tough to run on the Jets, who give up only 3.5 YPC. I’d shy away from Johnson in DFS, especially with starting guards Mike Iupati and Evan Mathis out, but the Jets do give up almost 6 catches to RBs, so Johnson can do it in the passing game. Top corner Patrick Peterson will likely shadow Brandon Marshall one-on-one throughout the game, so I like Quincy Enunwa quite a bit here. He could catch 8-9 balls with Ryan Fitzpatrick likely throwing it 35-40 times. Matt Forte has been slowed on the ground, and Bilal Powell is getting 2-3 times as many targets in the passing game. Forte is obviously viable, but I like Powell to catch 5-6 balls, at least.
Players I like more than usual: Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinal defense
Reach Plays: Quincy Enunwa, Bilal Powell, John Brown/Michael Floyd
Super Sleepers: None
Weather: Week 6
by Andrew Cloxton (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist)
Teams with byes: Minnesota and Tampa Bay
San Francisco (1-4) at Buffalo (3-2) – Cloudy and breezy at New Era Field. There is a 40% chance of showers during the game, with high temps in the upper 60s. SW winds 18-22mph. Here is a link to check the radar before gametime.
Jacksonville (1-3) at Chicago (1-4) – Hopefully the rain will be ending, after morning showers at Soldier Field. Kick-off temps will be near 70 degrees, with winds SSW 10-15 mph. I encourage you to check out the radar closer to gametime.
Los Angeles (3-2) at Detroit (2-3) – Inside Ford Field
Pittsburgh (4-1) at Miami (1-4) – Another game in which rain may be a factor is at Hard Rock Stadium. Overall rain chances will be at 50%, with temps in the lower 80s. Brisk winds from the east at 15-20 mph, with gusts in the mid-20s. Here is the radar link.
Cincinnati (2-3) at New England (4-1) – Finally a game with some sunshine. Gillette Stadium looks to be beautiful, with sunshine and temps in the upper 60s. Light southwest winds as well.
Carolina (1-4) at New Orleans (1-3) – Inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Baltimore (3-2) at New York Giants (2-3) – A beautiful day to play football is on tap at MetLife Stadium. Sunshine and game-time temps in the lower 70s are expected. Winds will be southwest 5-10 mph.
Cleveland (0-5) at Tennessee (2-3) – Nice and toasty warm at Nissan Stadium, with high temps in the mid-80s. Winds will be south 5-10 mph.
Philadelphia (3-1) at Washington (3-2) – Lots of sunshine is expected at FedEx Field. Temps will be in the lower 70s, with south winds 5-10 mph.
Kansas City (2-2) at Oakland (4-1) – Rain chances are high for this late game at the Oakland Coliseum. Kick-off temps will be in the upper 60s, with rain chances 60-70%. Southwest winds 10-15 mph. Here is the radar link which you should check before kickoff.
Dallas (4-1) at Green Bay (3-1) – Lambeau Field will be mostly sunny, with game-time temps in the upper 60s. Winds northeast 5-10 mph.
Atlanta (4-1) at Seattle (3-1) – CenturyLink Field is another spot that may be wet as rain chances will be close to 70%. That, plus breezy south winds that are expected to be at 18-25 mph. Kick-off temps will be in the upper 50s. Another must-check radar link.
Sunday Night Game
Indianapolis (2-3) at Houston (3-2) – Inside NRG Stadium.
Monday Night Game
New York Jets (1-4) at Arizona (2-3) –Inside U of Phoenix Stadium