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Fantasy Football: Week 6 Rankings

We see some familiar faces return this week, but also lose the likes of LeSean McCoy, A.J. Green, Dez Bryant and Russell Wilson to the bye. It would be nice to label Week 6 as the most predictable slate of games, but with the Jaguars sitting 3-2, I don’t even know anymore. Don’t get too down, though! There are plenty of money matchups to take advantage of this week, like the Dolphins’ trip to Atlanta or the Browns’ visit to Houston. Of course, if the last few weeks have taught us anything, it’s that this is a wide-open year in the NFL. Here are my Week 6 rankings:

Quarterback Rankings

Kirk Cousins is back from vacay, and he returns to a fairly likable matchup at home against the 49ers. San Francisco’s defense has allowed the fourth most plays of 40 yards or more this season, and if you’re rolling with Cousins in your starting lineup, you’ll be happy to know he’s thrown for 203 yards and 3 TDs on deep routes. If you’re after some much larger numbers, though, did you know 7,114 of Tom Brady’s 63,284 career yards have come against the New York Jets? He’s bumped down to third this week purely because Matt Ryan’s matchup against Miami is too juicy to ignore. Still, Brady vs. Gang Green is normally a bloodbath.

 Rank  Player  Team  Opponent
 1  Aaron Rodgers  GB  @MIN
 2  Matt Ryan   ATL  vs. MIA
 3  Tom Brady (Q)  NE  @NYJ
 4  Cam Newton   CAR  @PHI
 5  Drew Brees  NO  vs. DET
 6  Matthew Stafford (Q)  DET  @NO
 7  Kirk Cousins  WAS  vs. SF
 8  DeShaun Watson  HOU  vs. CLE
 9  Carson Wentz  PHI  vs. CAR
 10  Alex Smith  KC  vs. PIT
 11  Carson Palmer  ARI  vs. TB
 12  Marcus Mariota (Q)  TEN  vs. IND
 13  Derek Carr (Q)  OAK  LAC
 14  Jameis Winston  TB  @ARI
 15  Philip Rivers  LAC  @OAK
 16  Joe Flacco  BAL  vs. CHI
 17  Case Keenum  MIN  vs. GB
 18  Ben Roethlisberger  PIT  @KC
 19  Jared Goff  LAR  @JAC
 20  Trevor Siemian  DEN  vs. NYG
 21  Jacoby Brissett  IND  @TEN
 22  Eli Manning   NYG  @DEN
 23  Brian Hoyer  SF  @WAS
 24  Jay Cutler  MIA  @ATL
 25  Josh McCown   NYJ  vs. NE
 26  Blake Bortles  JAC  vs. LAR
 27  Mitchell Trubisky  CHI  @BAL
 28  Kevin Hogan  CLE  @HOU

Running Back Rankings

Todd Gurley and Leonard Fournette owners, raise your hands if you feel a mighty sweet week coming on? The Rams and Jaguars both rank inside the Top 10 in rushing yards allowed this season, and funnily enough, both backs also rank inside the Top 3 in fantasy points so far. Only 51 yards separate Gurley and Fournette on the ground, but the story really could be told in the air this week. Gurley is averaging 11 yards per reception this year, followed closely by Fournette’s 9.3. And guess what else? Both the Jaguars and the Rams also rank inside the Top 5 in points scored this year. Be ready for a statistical explosion!

Rank  Player Team   Opponent
1  Le’Veon Bell  PIT  @KC
2  Leonard Fournette  JAC  vs. LAR
3  Kareem Hunt  KC  vs. PIT
4  Todd Gurley  LAR  @JAC
5  DeVonta Freeman   ATL  vs. MIA
6  Melvin Gordon  LAC  @OAK
7  Lamar Miller  HOU  vs. CLE
8  Jordan Howard   CHI  @BAL
9  Mark Ingram   NO  vs. DET
10  DeMarco Murray   TEN  vs. IND
11  Christian McCaffrey  CAR  vs. PHI
12  C.J. Anderson  DEN  vs. NYG
13  Doug Martin  TB  @ARI
14  Marshawn Lynch  OAK  vs. LAR
15  Jay Ajayi   MIA  @ATL
16  Javorious Allen  BAL  vs. CHI
17  Carlos Hyde  SF  @WAS
18  Alvin Kamara  NO  vs. DET
19  Mike Gillislee  NE  @NYJ
20  Frank Gore  IND  @TEN
21  Ty Montgomery (Q)  GB  @MIN
22  Duke Johnson Jr.   CLE  @HOU
23  Rob Kelley (Q)  WAS  vs. SF
24  Ameer Abdullah  DET  @NO
25  Tevin Coleman   ATL  vs. MIA
26  Adrian Peterson  ARI  vs. TB
27  LeGarrette Blount  PHI  @CAR
28  Chris Thompson   WAS  vs. SF
29  Jerick McKinnon   MIN  vs. GB
30  Jonathan Stewart (Q)  CAR  vs. PHI
31  Theo Riddick    DET  @NO
32  Bilal Powell (Q)  NYJ  vs. NE
33  Isaiah Crowell   CLE  @HOU
34  James White  NE  @NYJ
35  Alex Collins  BAL  vs. CHI
36  Tarik Cohen  CHI  @BAL
37  Derrick Henry  TEN  vs. IND
38  Aaron Jones  GB  @MIN
39  Latavius Murray   MIN  vs. GB
40  Elijah McGuire  NYJ  vs. NE
41  Jacquizz Rodgers  TB  @ARI
42  Jamaal Charles  DEN  vs. NYG
43  D’Onta Foreman  HOU  vs. CLE
44  Wayne Gallman  NYG  @DEN
45  Matt Breida   SF  @WAS
46  Charles Sims  TB  @ARI
47  Marlon Mack (Q)  IND  @TEN
48  Matt Forte (Q)  NYJ  vs. NE
49  Shane Vereen  NYG  @DEN
50  Chris Ivory    JAC  vs. LAR
51  Andre Ellington  ARI  vs. TB
52  Corey Clement  PHI  @CAR

Wide Receiver Rankings

Ben Roethlisberger’s stinker last week is enough to keep you awake at night. As an Antonio Brown owner, should you be worried? Well, he does own 341 career yards vs. the Kansas City Chiefs alongside three TDs, so you tell me. Another story to watch will be Alshon Jeffery versus the resurgent Panthers defense. Carolina held the Lions’ receivers to 32.6 fantasy points last week in their three-point win, so this will be a big test for Carson Wentz and Co.

 Rank  Player  Team  Opponent
 1  Antonio Brown   PIT  @KC
 2  Julio Jones (Q)  ATL  vs. MIA
 3  Jordy Nelson (Q)  GB  @MIN
 4  DeAndre Hopkins  HOU  vs. CLE
 5  Michael Thomas  NO  vs. DET
 6  Mike Evans  TB  @ARI
 7  Keenan Allen   LAC  @OAK
 8  Demaryius Thomas  DEN  vs. NYG
 9  Brandin Cooks  NE  @NYJ
 10  Stefon Diggs (Q)  MIN  vs. GB
 11  Larry Fitzgerald  ARI  vs. TB
 12  Chris Hogan  NE  @NYJ
 13  Davante Adams  GB  @MIN
 14  T.Y. Hilton   IND  @TEN
 15  Tyreek Hill  KC  vs. PIT
 16  Michael Crabtree   OAK  vs. LAC
 17  Terrelle Pryor  WAS  vs. SF
 18  Golden Tate  DET  @NO
 19  Alshon Jeffery  PHI  @CAR
 20  Amari Cooper  OAK  vs. LAC
 21  Jarvis Landry  MIA  @ATL
 22  Pierre Garcon   SF  @WAS
 23  Adam Thielen   MIN  vs. GB
 24  Emmanuel Sanders  DEN  vs. NYG
 25  Devin Funchess (Q)  CAR  vs. PHI
 26  Martavis Bryant   PIT  @KC
 27  Kelvin Benjamin   CAR  vs. PIT
 28  DeVante Parker (Q)  MIA  @ATL
 29  DeSean Jackson (Q)  TB  @ARI
 30  Randall Cobb   GB  @MIN
 31  Rishard Matthews  TEN  vs. IND
 32  Jeremy Maclin   BAL  vs. CHI
 33  Willie Snead (Q)  NO  vs. DET
 34  John Brown   ARI  vs. TB
 35  Nelson Agholor  PHI   @CAR
 36  Will Fuller V  HOU  vs. CLE
 37  Jermaine Kearse  NYJ  vs. NE
 38  Marvin Jones Jr.  DET  @NO
 39  Tyrell Williams  LAC  @OAK
 40  Mohamed Sanu (Q)  ATL  vs. MIA
 41  Donte Moncrief  IND  @TEN
 42  Eric Decker  TEN  vs. IND
 43  Danny Amendola   NE  @NYJ
 44  Sterling Shepard (Q)  NYG  @DEN
 45  Mike Wallace  BAL  vs. CHI
 46  Marqise Lee  JAC  vs. LAR
 47  Ricardo Louis   CLE  @HOU
 48  Ted Ginn Jr.   NO  vs. DET
 49  Taylor Gabriel  ATL  vs. MIA
 50  Cooper Kupp   LAR  @JAC
 51  Jaron Brown   ARI  vs. TB
 52  Sammy Watkins  LAR  @JAC
 53  Kendall Wright  CHI  @BAL
 54  Robert Woods   LAR  @JAC
 55  Josh Doctson (Q)  SF  @WAS

Tight End Rankings

So you’ve lost Charles Clay for the time being? Bad luck, good thing there is a new must-own tight end emerging each and every week. If you’re in a tricky spot, Austin Hooper or Cameron Brate might be your best plays. Since we’re on the topic of streamers, though, Benjamin Watson is one you’ll probably want to avoid. Joe Flacco spread the ball around nicely against the Raiders last Sunday, but for the third straight game, Watson posted fewer than 50 yards. Things probably won’t get any easier this week, either, as the Bears have allowed just 144 yards versus tight ends this season.

 Rank   Player  Team  Opponent
1  Travis Kelce (Q)  KC  vs. PIT
2  Rob Gronkowski (Q)  NE  @NYJ
3  Zach Ertz  PHI  @CAR
4  Kyle Rudolph  MIN  vs. GB
5  Cameron Brate    TB  @ARI
6  Jordan Reed (Q)  WAS  vs. SF
7  Delanie Walker   TEN  vs. IND
8  Evan Engram  NYG  @DEN
9  Benjamin Watson    BAL  vs. CHI
10  Eric Ebron   DET  @NO
11  Austin Hooper  ATL  vs. MIA
12  Jared Cook   OAK  vs. LAC
13  Martellus Bennett   GB  @MIN
14  Ryan Griffin   HOU  vs. CLE
14  Zach Miller    CHI  @BAL
15  Jack Doyle (Q)  IND  @TEN
16  Coby Fleener  NO  vs. DET
17  Hunter Henry   LAC  @OAK
18  Jesse James    PIT  @KC
19  Julius Thomas  MIA  @ATL
20  Antonio Gates  LAC  @OAK
21  George Kittle  SF  @WAS
22  O.J. Howard  TB  @ARI
23  Austin Seferian-Jenkins  NYJ  vs. NE
24  David Njoku  CLE  @HOU
25  Tyler Higbee  LAR  @JAC

Defense/ST Rankings

 Rank  Team   Opponent
 1  Denver Broncos   vs. NYG
 2  Kansas City Chiefs  vs. PIT
 3  Baltimore Ravens  vs. CHI
 4  Minnesota Vikings  vs. GB
 5  Jacksonville Jaguars  vs. LAR
 6  Detroit Lions  @NO
 7  Atlanta Falcons  vs. MIA
 8  Los Angeles Rams  @JAC
 9  Carolina Panthers  vs. PHI
 10  New England Patriots  @NYJ


Rank  Player  Team  Opponent
 1  Matt Bryant  ATL  vs. MIA
 2  Justin Tucker  BAL  vs. CHI
 3  Stephen Gostkowski  NE  @NYJ
 4  Matt Prater  DET  @NO
 5  Mason Crosby   GB  @MIN
 6  Greg Zuerlein  LAR  @JAC
 7  Adam Vinatieri  IND  @TEN
 8  Wil Lutz  NO  vs. DET
 9  Jake Elliot  PHI  @CAR
 10  Graham Gano  CAR  vs. PHI
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