Alright folks, we’re back for the Week 6 installment of my top fantasy players predictions. Now I know, many of you may be thinking, “This guy has been on a cooler to start the season.” Fear not! Winter is coming and the heater is heating up. Covid seems to still be affecting some teams but nonetheless, the show is going on. This will be an interesting week as almost all the games will be morning starts. Only two afternoon games, a Sunday night game, and two Monday games. So let’s dive right into it.
Week 6 Fantasy Predictions: Top 3 Players At Each Position
Top 3 QBs
Ryan Fitzpatrick – Miami Dolphins
It’s hard not to pick Fitzmagic this week in the Dolphins matchup with the Jets. Fitzpatrick looks ripe for another big week coming off another stellar performance in San Francisco. He’s currently a top 10 fantasy QB and has posted four consecutive weeks with 20+ points. He’s 3-1 in his last four games started vs. the Jets and in his first matchup with them in 2019, he threw for 288 yards and 3 scores. The team has bought into their new system and his leadership and I expect them to thrive again this week.
Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans
Watson and the Texans have had a slow start to the year. They’ve played tough in every game and last week it paid off for their first win. Now they do have a tough matchup with the undefeated Titans this week. That being said, Watson in his past two games has amassed 300 and 359-yard performances with 5 TD passes against 2 interceptions. He’s 3-1 in his career vs. the Titans while throwing for 1,000+ yards and a 10:4 TD to interception ratio. He’s also added two scores rushing. Look for the Texans to get a big win this week on the road behind a stellar performance from Watson.
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben is off to a great start in 2020 leading the Steelers to a 4-0 start with a 7:1 TD to interception ratio. The Steelers face the Browns this week and we all remember what happened last year. This game could get crazy but I think more so in the form of the stat sheet. Roethlisberger is 23-2-1 in his career vs. the Browns and I bet what he saw last year in Cleveland pissed him off a little bit. Look for Big Ben to try and light of the Browns and bring them back down to Earth after their 4-1 start.
Top 3 RBs
Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys
With Dak Prescott done for the year, the Cowboys offense might literally be on the shoulders of Elliott. Andy Dalton is a veteran that will keep the Cowboys in contention, but if I’m the OC Kellen Moore, I’m feeding Elliott at least 25 touches a game. He’s still waiting to pop off his first 100-yard performance on the ground and I think there’s no better time than Monday Night Football. He also is a reliable pass catcher that Dalton can check-down to if needed. In his lone matchup vs. the Cardinals, he ran for 80 yards and a score and added 3 receptions for 14 yards.
David Montgomery – Chicago Bears
Montgomery has had a relatively slow start to the 2020 season as he’s averaging only about 55 yards on the ground per game. His last two games were rough as he was held to under 30 yards rushing in both games. He’s in luck though in Week 6 as the Panthers defense has given up the most fantasy points to RB’s this year. Another positive is he’s being used more in the passing game since the season-ending injury to Tarik Cohen. Look for the Bears to try and control the time of possession of this game by putting the ball in the hands of Montgomery.
Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans
Derrick Henry plays football like he is a man amongst boys. In my life, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a running back with a stiff-arm better than his. He just throws defenders off of him. And how could anyone forget his performance last year vs. the Texans where he went off for 211 yards and three scores. The Texans are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to RB’s this year and lead with giving up the most rushing yards. Look for the Titans to feed Henry the rock to try and keep the Texans offense off the field and control the clock.
Top 6 WRs
Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings
While Thielen’s stats have been low in his four career games vs. the Falcons, his stats this year are tremendous. Now the leading man in Minnesota is off to a hot start this year hauling in 29 of his 44 targets for 364 yards and six scores. I expect that production to stay steadfast in Week 6 as the Vikings are searching for their second win of the year before their bye week. Atlanta on the other hand has had a rough start to the year. At 0-5, they have seen a fair share of injuries come on the defensive side of the ball. Look for Thielen and QB Kirk Cousins to exploit that.
Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions
Since missing the first two games of the season, Golladay has shown up for fantasy owners. His rapport with QB Matthew Stafford is evident as he’s scored in the two games he’s played this year. Though he’s only had 119 yards through his two games, the bye week could help him to get ready for a big week vs. the Jaguars. The Jaguars are #9 this season vs. opposing WR’s giving up 850 yards and 5 touchdowns. Look for Golladay and Stafford to connect early and often Sunday.
DeAndre Hopkins – Arizona Cardinals
Hopkins is on fire this year. He currently sits atop the league in receiving yards. He’s also playing the Cowboys who have given up the second-most fantasy points to WR’s this year. Hopkins is the clear favorite target for QB Kyler Murray and that doesn’t seem like it is going to change anytime soon. In his two career contests vs. the Cowboys, Hopkins has hauled in 15 receptions for 214 yards and no scores. Better believe that the primetime game will add a little extra flair for a Cardinals team looking to move to 4-2 on the year.
DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins
Parker is off to a good start this year with 26 receptions for 329 yards and 2 scores. The Jets have given up the fifth-most yards to opposing WR’s this year and the Dolphins will look to exploit that early. He’s had relatively modest numbers vs. the Jets in his eight career games going for 22/274/3. This offense seems to be different though from years past and Parker is one of the many players thriving in it. His targets did drop last week vs. the 49ers but I see them picking back up this week.
JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers
Though the Steelers do like to share the wealth amongst their receiving corps, the targets could be directed towards JuJu this week. With fellow WR Diontae Johnson being ruled out Sunday, the workload will be offset to Smith-Schuster and rookie Chase Claypool. Smith-Schuster has played well vs the Brows in his young career having two of his four matchups go for over 115 receiving yards. The Steelers will look to attack a Browns secondary that has surrendered the third-most receiving yards and fantasy points to receivers this season.
Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons are in a bit of a pickle starting the season 0-5 and Jones has had a rough go of it. After a stellar start to the season going for 157 yards on 9 receptions, he’s managed only six receptions for 56 yards. He was also forced out of a game vs. the Packers and has missed a game as well. His career numbers vs. the Vikings have been low for his standards but I see Week 6 as his resurgence. The Vikings have given up the fourth-most yards and fantasy points to WR’s this year and are tied for first with the most receiving TDs against. Look for Julio to get himself back on track this week.
Top 3 TEs
Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs
Kelce is off to a great start this year as well, leading all TEs in fantasy points. The Chiefs play the Bills this week and this game should be nothing short of a shootout in my opinion. The good thing for Kelce is the Bills have given up the most yards to TEs this year. Kelce is the QB Patrick Mahomes‘ favorite target for good reason. He’s hauled in 32 of his 46 targets for 405 yards and three scores. Look for Kelce to come down with one, possibly two touchdowns this week.
George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers
Kittle and the 49ers are looking to bounce back from a shellacking in Week 5 by the Dolphins. The tough part is they are playing their division foe, LA Rams. The positive is it is at home. Another positive is that Kittle has excelled vs. the Rams in his young career. His stat line is 32/537/3 in six games vs. the Rams. Though the Rams are in the middle of the pack with guarding TEs this season, I see the 49ers needing Kittle to have a big game in order for them to have a chance.
Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles
Yup, I’m rolling with Ertz again this week. No, he is not my fantasy TE. The Eagles have a tough test at home vs. the Ravens and if they want to have a chance, they are going to have to get Ertz involved. They will need to control the ball and time of possession so logic says that Miles Sanders will have a good day. But I think you need to score points and Ertz is the guy that Carson Wentz should target. He is bound for a big game this year. In his one matchup with the Ravens, Ertz had 6 receptions and 80 yards.
Top 3 Kickers
Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers
The Packers have a good matchup this week traveling to Tampa Bay. I see the Packers having their fair share of touchdowns but I also see that the Bucs defense will have a few stops causing some good FG attempts for the seasoned vet. He currently is a top 10 fantasy kicker and that’s saying something since the Packers are more often than not to score TD’s than kick field goals.
Greg Zuerlein – Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are the primetime game Monday night vs. the Cardinals. Greg the Leg will look to capitalize on some possible deep field goal attempts as the Cowboys offense may stall a few times in Andy Dalton’s first game as a starter. He’s only missed one of his six field-goal attempts this year and it was from 50+.
Sam Ficken – New York Jets
Ficken is perfect on the season in all of his kicking attempts. He is 8-8 with FGs and 5-5 for extra points. So what that tells me is he is reliable and at the same time the leading scorer for the Jets. If the Jets get into FG range, I expect them to stall a handful of times and will have to call on Ficken to keep them in the game.
Top 3 DEF/STs
Los Angeles Rams
This is a big first divisional game for the Rams. They sit in second behind the Seattle Seahawks and want to make that jump to the top. They also want to keep the 49ers down and looking up the whole year. Expect the Rams to have a couple of turnovers as well as some sacks.
Kansas City Chiefs
Last week the Chiefs were brought back down to earth after their 12 straight wins dating back to last season. I expect the fire that was lit under their team is going to be smoldering in their contest with the Bills. I see the defense coming away with some turnovers and a touchdown on Monday.
The Dolphins have been playing exceptionally well to start the season. They are playing with some swagger and confidence thanks to HC Brian Flores. The Jets offense has been seemingly non-existent this year and I expect the Dolphins to try and dominate them up and down the field. Expect some turnovers and some sacks from the Dolphins on Sunday.
The optimism is back and you know I’m going to say I think this is the week I turn it around. We are closing in on the halfway point in the season and players are coming into their own showing what their production will look like. I hope this helps your fantasy team or your DraftKings/FanDuel lineup. As always, if you agree or disagree with me, let me know on Twitter @RealsleeepyG.