My picks saw mixed results from this past weekend. My best prediction was expecting Allen Robinson to play extremely well. He lived up to my expectations by scoring 28.7 points. Unfortunately, I was not at all correct when I thought that Phillip Lindsay would have a tough week. He torched the Chargers for 24.7 points. All of the uncertainty prevalent in the NFL right now makes it hard to predict what will happen week to week.
Here are my favorite and least favorite fantasy football players for this week:
QB- Kyler Murray(ARI): Murray is coming off a game where he threw for just 250 yards and no touchdowns in a great matchup against the lowly Bengals. So why is he on this list? He’s been awesome at rushing the ball the past three weeks, having at least 70 yards or a touchdown on the ground in those games. This rushing floor, along with a matchup against the soft Falcons defense, looks like it has the potential for Murray to explode. I believe in this pick wholeheartedly that I think he’ll finish as the QB1 in week six and the Cardinals will earn their second consecutive win. Start him with complete confidence. My projection: 25 points
RB- Chris Carson(SEA): Carson looks like the complete package as a runner. He proved his talent for fantasy owners last week with 100 yards and a receiving touchdown. The Browns are decent against the run, but not good enough to scare owners away from Carson. The Seahawks have a good chance to lead for a while in the game, which means they will lean on their running back to maintain the advantage. Another rock solid performance should keep Carson inside the top 15 RBs this week. My projection: 17.5 points
WR- Adam Thielen(MIN): Thielen had himself a hectic week. He first called out his quarterback Kirk Cousins for poor performance, then had to listen to Stefon Diggs rumors for the remainder of the week. The distractions did not seem to faze him as he went for 130 yards and two touchdowns. He showed that when given the chance, he’s an automatic top-12 receiver every week. However, the consistency hasn’t been there all year for him, or the Minnesota offense. This week’s matchup should help them overcome these issues. The Eagles pass defense is atrocious in every way and their run defense is elite. This will force the Vikings to throw the ball, making 10 targets an easy prediction for Thielen. This week he’s a top seven play as he looks to add to his Week five performance. My projection: 18.2 points
TE- Will Dissly(SEA): Dissly has been a reliable option all-season long in this brutal tight end landscape. He gets the Browns this week, who allowed George Kittle to get back on track with a nice game last week. Dissly operates in a similar fashion to Kittle, being a major receiving option for the hyper-efficient Russell Wilson. The Browns secondary continues to be banged up, so Dissly is a must-start for the position. You can even flex him if you have a second good TE. He’s a safe choice aiming for a solid week. My projection: 14.9 points
QB-Jared Goff(LAR): I feel significantly less confident in Goff having a bad game than I did for Daniel Jones last week. I could easily throw Jones on this list again, but no one was planning on playing him against the Pats this Thursday. Goff is a below-average QB and hasn’t been great for fantasy purposes at all this year. He faces a defense that made Baker Mayfield look abysmal last week and I think these two QBs are comparable players. The 49ers are a team that capitalizes on mistakes, (which Goff often makes). I’d expect them to bring pressure and make Goff uncomfortable as he tries to find his weapons downfield. He may be without Brandin Cooks, which will hurt his upside. I predict Goff will throw for around 275 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 turnovers. My projection:17.4 points
RB- Jordan Howard(PHI): Two weeks removed from his monster performance, Howard finds himself on this list. He’s not a bad player at all, but he’s got almost no upside against the stout Vikings defensive line. He’s always a threat to score a touchdown, but he has almost no pass catching ability. The Eagles are most likely going to have problems running the football against this front and will rely on Carson Wentz to air it out. Howard is a much better play as a flex option in standard leagues, but don’t expect too much from him as a flex in PPR leagues. My projection: 8.9 points
WR- JuJu Smith-Schuster(PIT): I was expecting a huge year for JuJu before the season started. He was awesome last year and I expected him to be awesome again this year. Roethlisberger going down crushed his value down to about a WR2 and now Mason Rudolph is seriously injured. Who will be starting for the Steelers? Well, it’s Devlin Hodges, of course. Now, Hodges actually looked halfway decent against the Ravens last week in relief, but we truly have no idea what his tendencies are as a passer. My guess is he’s going to target the tight ends and running backs a lot as he tries to keep Pittsburgh in the game. I’m really not expecting much from JuJu and would recommend benching him if need be. My projection: 11 points
TE- Delanie Walker(TEN): Walker looked like a top-tier tight end for the first few weeks. But, he is coming off back-to-back one catch games, which is not good for owners. I wouldn’t suggest dropping him until after this week, but I would definitely look elsewhere for a starter as he is on the road against the Broncos. This is a tough matchup and quarterback Marcus Mariota has been inconsistent this season; there’s probably a better streaming option on your waiver wire. My projection: 6.2 points
Top 5 Storylines
- Too many anxious owners (including myself). Stud RB Saquon Barkley may return this Thursday against the Pats. This is a tough matchup, but if he’s healthy he’s a must play RB1.
- Will Fuller! Wow! He was over 50 PPR points and a week winner if you started him. It was a downright awesome game. DeAndre Hopkins still cannot be ignored, however. He’s the best receiver in the league, even if the owners are upset by his lack of big games this year. He’s going to bounce back and I’d expect that it’d be this week against Kansas City.
- Baker Mayfield has looked lost and all sorts of confused this season. The offensive line affords him virtually no time in the pocket and, when he is there, he’s throwing interceptions. Jacoby Brissett, Kirk Cousins, Gardner Minshew, or Andy Dalton are all better options this week. Dalton has been one of the biggest surprises on the early season.
- Are the Raiders actually good? Yes, they are. The defense looks new and improved. Derek Carr has been an effective game manager. Darren Waller, Tyrell Williams, and Josh Jacobs have been pleasant surprises so far this year, too. I don’t think they’ll make the playoffs, but they should be an eight-win team with some good options for fantasy owners.
- The Redskins play the Dolphins in what might be the worst game of all time. Both defenses are absolutely horrible, so there’s some ok fantasy options for your team. I would recommend looking at Kenyan Drake, Preston Williams, Paul Richardson, and Adrian Peterson. Terry McLaurin is also a must start and at least a top-20 receiver this week.