Week 6 – Fantasy Trending Players
Jameis Winston –
The things that are certain in life are; death, taxes, and playing your QB against the Falcons defense. Jameis Winston faces a depleted secondary in the Falcons that has trended downwards, giving up 43, 37, & 35 points per game in the last three weeks, and comparingly 30, 49, and 33 fantasy points to QB’s in that same span. Coming off a horrendous loss to the Bears, with given motivation, and an extra week to prepare, Winston is a solid top 5 play.
Russell Wilson –
With the ground game progressing in Seattle, Wilson didn’t have to rely on much of a passing attack to keep pace with the Rams high scoring offense, but still delivered several nice long passes, and threw for three touchdowns on only 13 completions. Sure, the Legion of Boom may be dismantled, but a healthy running game could be just the spark that the Seahawks need to breathe some light in a team that needs wins. Oakland is giving up 127.2 yards per game on the ground, 5 th most in the NFL. With this being a matchup of bad defenses, potential high scoring, and Seattle’s running game coming back to fruition, expect a lot of play action and open opportunities.
Kirk Cousins –
Cousins is averaging 45.2 attempts per game (3 rd most in the NFL), has 11 touchdowns (T-8 th most in the NFL) and only thrown 2 interceptions (2 nd fewest in the NFL) so far through 5 weeks. Against what most would consider a formidable defense in Philadelphia at home, Cousins completed an impressive 81.1 percent of his passes and seems to be clicking better than anyone in the league with wideouts Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. This week, at home, the Vikings face a Cardinals defense that looked fairly impressive last week against San Francisco, but I’m not buying the hype on the Cards just yet. I think Arizona falls back into the slump of their early season mishaps and Cousins has a top 10 day.
Devonta Freeman –
In Freeman’s first week back since his injury, he rushed for 32 yards on eight carries, and added two catches for nine yards. This isn’t the production we’re used to seeing from the big bruising back from Florida State, but this game was one that Atlanta found themselves down early, and big, so the need to run the ball just didn’t mesh well with the offense. The positive note is that Freeman handled 44 percent of the snaps to Tevin Coleman’s 39 percent, and Ito Smith’s 17 percent. Expect the Falcons to increase the workload for their number one back in what should be a tight game against a Tampa Bay team who may be more focused on stopping Matt Ryan.
Sony Michel –
With all of the disillusion faced around “What happened to Tom Brady and the Patriots?”, the answer may come in the unlikeliest of places with their rookie running back. In the past two games, Michel has rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns, and has seemingly secured the lead back role in New England. As long as Brady is under center, teams will always respect the pass, and with this expecting to be a high scoring contest, Michel should take the bulk of the carries and add some fantasy points catching the ball out of the backfield aswell. He’s a top 10 play for me this week.
Isaiah Crowell –
I list Crowell hesitantly this week, mainly in part because he splits carries with Bilal Powell, and that kind of uncertainty is hardly ever consistent, but Crowell just rushed for 219 yards on 15 attempts and a touchdown against a Denver defense that was ranked in the top 10 in the league in opponents’ yards per carry. The caveat to all of this is that he only had 15 attempts, the lowest out of the top 10 running backs from Week 5, and has been silent since putting up a similar performance in Week 1. Facing an Indianapolis Colts team that defensively ranks in the top half of the league in opponents’ yard per carry seems a little daunting, but the silver line in the dark cloud emerges with the Jets having enough confidence in Crowell to feed him the rock more and more. Touchdown dependent, Crowell could have a top 15 week.
Mike Evans –
With no fewer than six catches in each game this year and a touchdown to match, Mike Evans was easily one of the hottest receivers in fantasy through the start of the season. That is until a contest with the Bears forced the Fitz-magic train that was rolling through Tampa Bay to derail, and Jameis Winston promoted once again to the starting quarterback because of it. This offense has no hesitation about throwing the ball as Evans already has an astounding 39 targets on the year and is averaging 23.7 fantasy points per game. Facing a team in Atlanta this week who can’t seemingly stop anyone, Evans is a must start for fantasy owners in what should be an important divisional matchup.
AJ Green –
Tyler Boyd may have had his share of time in the spotlight early on, but let’s not be so quick to forget that this is still AJ Green’s team. Eclipsing the 100-yard mark for the first time this season, Green was the clear go-to receiver against the Dolphins last week, seeing 10 targets with six receptions and 112 yards. Through five weeks, Green has 409 yards and five touchdowns, and is facing a Steelers defense who ranks 26 th against wide receivers, and 29 th in passing yards per game allowed this year.
David Njoku –
It’s the Baker Mayfield show in Cleveland, and he’s found a reliable target in the second-year tight end David Njoku. During last week’s 12-9 win over Baltimore, Njoku led the team in targets (11), which also marked a career high, hauling in six catches for 69 yards. He’s yet to find the end zone this year, but an uptick in targets could be just the recipe for success in that category. This is especially important for PPR leagues and DFS players going into a matchup this week against a high scoring Chargers team that will look to throw early and often, which could mean Cleveland having to do the same.
Cameron Brate –
Notice a trend yet? If not, here’s a hint. (Play anyone you can against the Falcons defense). With tight end O.J. Howard sidelined with a knee injury and expecting to miss 2-4 weeks, Cameron Brate should see an uptick in targets from his already increasing role in the passing game. While its true that Brate didn’t receive any fantasy points in Weeks 1 & 2, the Buccaneers are coming off of a bye week with extra time to adjust having Jameis Winston back in the lineup, against a Falcons team ranked last defensively in passing yards per game allowed.