FanDuel NFL Week 6 Picks with new faces to consider
Week 6 of the NFL season will feature several matchups that should pave the way for DFS fantasy stars to rack up major points, and that will be the focus of my FanDuel NFL Week 6 Picks. Presented with good matchups and opportunities, a few new faces also are mixed in to consider.
QB DeShaun Watson (HOU, $7,900) didn’t even begin the season as the Texans starting QB, but is the second highest fantasy scorer with 112.78 points, according to fantasy.nfl.com. His 11 passing TDs are just one behind Aaron Rodgers (GB, $9,000) for the league lead. The Texans play the Browns who are ranked 3rd worst with 19.97 fantasy points per game (FFPG) to opposing QBs. The Browns have allowed 11 passing TDs, tied for second worst. However, only four of those have been given up to WRs. The Browns have allowed 5 passing TDs to TEs, second worst to the Giants (6). When stacking Watson, consider including TE Ryan Griffin (HOU, $4,500), along with WR DeAndre Hopkins (HOU, $8,000).
QB Kevin Hogan (CLE, $6,100) is an intriguing play at price based on his production last week. Hogan replaced QB DeShone Kizer to start the second half and completed 16 of 19 passes for 194 yards with two TDs, and an INT. WR Ricardo Lewis (CLE, $4,500) had a team-high five receptions for 71 yards. TE David Njoku (CLE, $4,500) had three receptions for 48 yards and a TD. This is a total GPP play, but Hogan/Lewis/Njoku stack would allow you to have elite players everywhere else. Houston has only allowed an average of 221.4 passing yards per game, but has surrendered nine passing TDs.
QB Trevor Siemian (DEN, $7,500) got off to a hot start scoring 23.7 and 23.6 FanDuel points in his first two games, respectively. He then disappointed over the next two games when faced the Bills and Raiders defenses. Now Siemian is coming off a bye and may not be on the radar of many DFS players. However, he should get plenty of opportunity against the winless Giants (0-5).
The Bronco’s “no fly” defense ($5,400) is projected this week by FantasyPros to be the top ranked defense (11.58 points projected). This is in large part because the Giants lost four WRs last week: Odell Beckham Jr. (fractured ankle), Dwayne Harris (broken foot), Sterling Sheppard (ankle), Brandon Marshall (ankle). It’s difficult to envision the Giants having much success moving the ball down the field with an inexperienced WR corps against the Bronco’s elite passing defense. There is also no clear lead RB for the Giants who have the third worst rushing attack (77.8 YPG).
The Giants have issues on the other side of the ball. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended indefinitely on Thursday following a meeting with HC Ben McAdoo, according to ESPN. The two had apparently gotten into argument during Sunday’s game with regards to Rodgers-Cromartie desire to cover the wide out as opposed to the slot receiver. Without Rodgers-Cromartie over the middle, the Giants defense will need to adjust and that should make it easier to attack. Put all together, fresh off a bye, the Broncos offense should dominate the time of possession which will give plenty of opportunities to Siemian on a short field against a defense that are showing signs of losing respect for their own HC.
The over/under for the game is an extremely low 39 points, but Broncos are favored by 13 points and have an implied score of 26 points, third highest on the week. The Giants defense has given up 10 passing TDs, tied for fourth worst. Six of those TDs have come from TEs, league worst. Consider including TE A.J. Derby (DEN, $4,600) in a Siemian stack.
RB Leonard Fournette (JAX, $8,600) is getting fed! Fournette rushed 28 times for 181 yards and two TDs. and has three-yard catch on Sunday. This week he faces the Rams who are dead last in allowing fantasy points to RBs with an average of 24.66 FPPG. The Rams have also allowed a league high six rushing TDs.
RB Kareem Hunt (KC, 9,300) is the leading fantasy scorer among RBs and is third overall with 111.50 points. Hunt has amassed 609 rushing yards with four TDs, and 166 receiving yards with two TDs. This week Hunt plays the Steelers who are the third worst against the run for fantasy scoring with 22.26 FPPG allowed and have allowed five rushing TDs.
With two superb matchups, it’s very tempting to use only Fournette and Hunt, but their cost will limit you at other positions. You may want to consider pairing one of them with C.J. Anderson.
C.J. Anderson (DEN, $7,000) has had 21-28 total touches in three of his four games. This week he faces the Giants who just got torched by RB Melvin Gordon (LAC, $8,400) who had 20 carries for 105 yards, and six receptions for 58 yards with two TDs. Anderson is a good play for much of the same reasons Siemian is. He could see plenty of opportunities on a short field in game that the Broncos should dominate. The Giants defense is already ranked 8th worst against RBs (20.30 FPPG).
WR Antonio Brown (PIT, $9,200) if you can afford Brown, you play him. Brown hauled in 10 of a whopping 19 targets last week for 157 yards. He leads all WRs with a 12.8 target per game average. The Steelers play the Chiefs who have given up a second worst 27.88 FPPG to WRs and are tied for the league high with nine TDs allowed. Brown, however, only has one TD on the season.
WR DeAndre Hopkins (HOU, $8,000) appears to be a great value compared to Brown. Hopkins has five receiving TDs, tied for second most, and is just behind Brown with an 12.2 target per game average. The only hesitancy with Hopkins is the Browns defense has given up more passing to TEs (5) than WRs (4), but Hopkins is clearly a favorite target of Watson in the red zone.
WR Keenan Allen (LAC, $7,200) is third in targets per game with a 10.4 average. He has an 80.2 yards per game average, four best. Similar to Brown, the knock on Allen is that he has one on TD. The opportunities have been there recently with QB Philip Rivers ($7,200) looking and throwing his way, they just haven’t connected. The Raiders defense, however, has only allowed three passing TDs. Allen should provide you a solid floor, but upside may be limited this week.
WR Michael Crabtree (OAK, $7,000) has four receiving TDs on the year and is facing the Chargers defense which has allowed eight passing TDs, tied second worst. Crabtree has established himself over the last two years as being the most reliable Raiders’ WR over WR Amari Cooper ($6,400, limited in practice with a knee issue).
WR Larry Fitzgerald (AIR, $6,600) is a phenomenal value this week. Fitzgerald is ranked fourth in target average with a 10.2, and has two TDs. The Cardinals play the Buccaneers who have given up a league worst 30.30 FPPG average to WRs.
WR Ricardo Lewis (CLE, $4,500) is a value play if needed. He appears to have good chemistry with Hogan who is getting the start. Lewis has averaged 8.5 targets per game over the last two games with 10 receptions for 135 yards. He has no TDs. If the volume continues for Lewis, it is a safe bet for him to make value and if he gets a TD it should be a huge return.
TE Ryan Griffin (HOU, $4,500) has only one solid fantasy day when he scored 14.6 FanDuel points. It came in week 2 against the Patriots porous pass defense. However, Griffin plays the Browns this week who have given up five passing TDs to TEs, second worst. Including Griffin in a Watson/Hopkins stack provides insurance if Griffin gets the TD and not Hopkins.
TE A.J. Derby (DEN, $4,600) caught four of six targets for 75 yards and a TD in the Broncos last game. Derby faces the Giants defense which has allowed a league high 6 TDs to TEs.
TE David Njoku (CLE, $4,500) Had three receptions for 48 yards and a TD last week. He appears to be developing good chemistry with QB Hogan who only played a half. With Hogan getting the start, more opportunities may be headed Njoku’s way.
McLellan’s Week 6 NFL Player Pool