Welcome everyone to another Saturday in which we cover again some Razzball-certified picks and selections for Week 6 of the NFL season. Let’s cut the small talk and just jump right into it, shall we?
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Note: Projections are based off of standard scoring leagues.
Drew Brees: Proj: 20.20 pts (#2 QB)
I like how much the projections like Brees. Coming off of his bye week, Brees has had some extra time to plan against the Lions defense, a secondary that is one week removed from a pretty bad performance against Carolina. This secondary still ranks out to be a good one, but individual against New Orleans, the Saints receivers have some pretty good individual one-on-one matchups, especially Michael Thomas against Darrius Slay.
Trevor Siemian: Proj: 17.29 pts (#10 QB)
Siemian draws a pretty good matchup against the struggling Giants, and it shows in the projections with a top 10 rank. The Giants rank 22nd against the pass, per Football Outsiders, with great individual matchups for the Broncos receivers, most notably with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Siemian is a very solid streaming option this week.
Jacoby Brissett: Proj: 15.85 pts (#14 QB)
Brissett is another quality streaming option this week as he draws the Titans. Tennessee ranks 25th against the pass, per Football Outsiders, and Brissett has every opportunity to exploit this secondary, with T.Y. Hilton drawing a fantastic matchup against CB Adoree’ Jackson. Brissett may be a bit riskier than Siemian, but he may have the higher ceiling.
Ben Roethlisberger: Proj: 13.91 pts (#21 QB)
This is a bit interesting, and I’ll talk about it a bit below, but I think it’s too risky of a move to Roethlisberger. Something’s gotta give for this Steelers offense, and they’ll start to play better at some point, but I just can’t really see that happening for Roethlisberger himself. Sure, I think he could throw for a touchdown or two, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he has another outing like he did last week.
Mark Ingram: Proj: 12.25 pts (#8 RB)
This is a bit interesting, and I did not expect for Ingram to be this high in the projections. Honestly, it isn’t the best of matchups against a Lions defense that ranks 5th against the run, but one could argue that he’ll have a crap-ton of production as Adrian Peterson is no longer in the picture. This could be a game where he is the featured runner on early downs, so you may have to start him regardless of a tough matchup.
C.J. Anderson: Proj: 11.70 pts (#9 RB)
I like Anderson a lot this week and I’m glad the projections like him as well as he draws a very good matchup against the Giants, who rank 28th against the run. Anderson is a must-start in your leagues this week.
Alvin Kamara: Proj: 8.03 pts (#25 RB)
Now here’s where I disagree with the projections, as I would have Kamara over Ingram. Over the past few weeks Kamara has been involved more in the running and passing game than his counterpart, and I think because this game is destined to be a shootout, I’m loving Kamara this week.
Isaiah Crowell: Proj: 8.51 pts (#24 RB)
Crowell is pretty much droppable in every format. Whenever the Browns are up in a game and can dominate possession, Crowell gets his workload. But that’s the problem, the Browns are never up. And they won’t be up in this game either.
Antonio Brown: Proj: 11.20 (#3 WR)
Now I really like Brown, especially in Daily Formats as his ownership should be low. Like I have said earlier in this article, something’s gotta give for this Steelers offense, and it wouldn’t surprise me if it came against the Chiefs, or at least for Brown and Bell. Especially for Brown, who will most likely face Terrance Mitchell, a very exploitable matchup.
T.Y. Hilton: Proj: 9.18 pts (#9 WR)
Golden Tate: Proj: 7.59 pts (#20 WR)
Sammy Watkins: Proj: 3.99 pts (#65 WR)
They’re trying to get Watkins the ball more in this offense, which is good news for Watkins’ stock ROS, but I’m not expecting it to happen this week against A.J. Bouye.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Proj: 6.41 (#9 TE)
I like ASJ this week as a TE streamer against a Patriots defense that has given up nearly 17 fantasy points per game in the past four weeks, and should be active in this passing offense once again this week.
Jared Cook: Proj: 8.04 pts (#3 TE)
Now this is a bit peculiar. Cooks draws a matchup against a Chargers defense that has only given up 6 points per game in the last 4 weeks. So why is he #3 overall? Derek Carr is coming back, but regardless, I think you should probably find someone else.
Kickers and DST’s
Ka’imi Fairbairn: Proj. 8.54 pts (#4 K)
This Houston team should be firing on all cylinders against the Browns, and Fairbairn should be at the center of it.
Giorgio Tavecchio: Proj: 8.53 pts (#2 K)
Tavecchio has only made 3 FG’s in the past 3 weeks, so I think you can find a better and consistent option.
Denver Broncos: Proj: 9.11 (#2 DST)
Detroit Lions: Proj: 4.63 pts (#23 DST)
This is a good Detroit unit, but I would be very hesistant to play them against this New Orleans offense.
Daily Fantasy Advice for Week 6
Using Razzball’s DFS projections and optimizer, powered by Daily Fantasy Cafe, here is a sample lineup I generated, using Fanduel scoring:
QB: Kirk Cousins
HB: Le’veon Bell, Jerrick McKinnon
TE: Jared Cook
K: Cody Parkey
D/ST: Washington Redskins
Alright everyone, well that about does it for me as we preview another week of the NFL season. Good luck to everyone in your matchups, and we’ll talk next week! And as always, if you have a question or comment, feel free to leave one below!
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