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2018 Fantasy Football Week 6 Rankings Review


It’s terribly difficult to determine what is the biggest headline in the NFL each week. When each team has its own set of problems and headlines, there are simply too many fantasy tidbits to write about. For instance, the Cleveland Browns, who probably have no idea how to feel right now considering they just beat the best team in the AFC North. At this time last year, you never would’ve believed that a word in that sentence.

Week 5 was finally enough of a sample size to determine which players and teams are bound to be good the rest of the year. And anyone who was smart enough to draft players on the Rams or Chiefs has a good chance of making the playoffs. As someone who sits 1-4 in his main league, naturally I missed out on both.

Week 6 has some enticing fantasy matchups, with the Vikings facing the Cardinals, the Patriots hosting the Chiefs and plenty more. With a few shootouts nearly guaranteed to happen, Let’s take a closer look at which players could rise or fall in the rankings

2018 Fantasy Football Week 6 Rankings Review

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Too High

Dalvin Cook

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Dalvin Cook has killed many fantasy seasons for a lot of people this year. Dealing with a couple of small injuries early on as well as an inefficient offensive line, Cook hasn’t contributed much to be worthy of his second round ADP.

The issue with Cook isn’t ability, where the upside is tremendous. Rather, his quarterback Kirk Cousins has been able to move the ball too well. And who can blame him? With elite receiving options in the way of Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph, he has more than enough to work with.

This week, Cook has a dream matchup against the Cardinals, who might be the worst team in the league. Assuming Cook plays, which is likely, there’s a chance he could be limited in his usage, much like Week 4 where he was limited to 10 carries.

The Vikings have won their last four matchups against the Cardinals, though anything could happen with the Vikings’ poor defense this year. Expect Cook to fall a few spots in the rankings.

Rank Below: Isaiah Crowell, Adrian Peterson

Odell Beckham Jr.

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Odell wasn’t much of a threat for the first four weeks of the season. The Giants as a whole haven’t been much of a threat either, but finally looked like the offense they’re supposed to be last week against Carolina.

The Giants also stole a play out of the Eagles’ playbook, having Beckham Jr. toss a touchdown to Saquon Barkley for a 57-yard touchdown. Ultimately, Week 5 bumped Beckham Jr. from WR33 to WR19 in total standard scoring, a nice jump after finishing four games without a touchdown. The 14 targets he finished against Carolina were the second highest all year, just one short of the opener against Jacksonville.

Beckham Jr. is certainly trending in the right direction, but he has a tough matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles this week, who have a tough run defense. Matched against the Giants’ poor offensive line, it may be difficult for Barkley to generate much on the ground, putting a lot of pressure on Eli Manning. Expect Beckham Jr. could easily lead in targets but be held without a touchdown again.

Rank Below: AJ Green, Tyreek Hill

Too Low

Julian Edelman

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Edelman is Tom Brady’s weighted blanket, calming the veteran quarterback with his faithful presence out of the slot. After four unusually lackluster games without Edelman, Brady was able to find the end zone four different times last Sunday, connecting with Josh Gordon for his 500th career touchdown. He also added one on the ground for good measure, much to the satisfaction of fantasy owners.

Edelman saw a solid nine targets from Brady against the Colts, second only to James White out of New England’s limitless supply of receiving options. Clearly any chemistry with Brady has remained strong since last season.

This week, the Patriots host the undefeated Chiefs in what should be an absolute bloodbath. Mahomes has shown no sign of slowing down, but the Kansas City defense is allowing 25.8 points per game. Expect Bill Belichick to have more than a few tricks up his sleeve too, especially on offense. All of this points to Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and probably another random target to have massive days.

Rank Above: Emmanuel Sanders, Jarvis Landry

Andrew Luck

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Luck finished as QB4 last week in a tough matchup against the Patriots without T.Y. Hilton. Those questioning the quarterback’s health were silenced, as Luck made some incredible plays but was limited with a poor receiving corps. At one point, Luck made a ridiculous throw as he was falling to Chester Rodgers, who dropped the ball despite being wide open.

Perhaps the lone bright spot on offense was Eric Ebron. Ebron has proven to be an excellent addition for the Colts, putting up two touchdowns last week.

What Luck and the Colts are currently lacking is a running game. Nyheim Hines finished with 15 carries for 45 yards and Jordan Wilkins with 6 for 39, as Marlon Mack was ruled out yet again.

For a quarterback returning from injury, not having a reliable ground game is a major risk for Indianapolis. Without a running back to change the pace of the game, or score for that matter, Luck will be forced into situations he shouldn’t be in. For the time being, throwing for over 50 attempts may be great for fantasy owners, who can expect a good showing this weekend despite facing a tough Jets’ defense.

Rank Above: Andy Dalton, Kirk Cousins

Isaiah Crowell

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This year’s most polarizing player, Crowell will either win you your week or make you buy a few more mimosas in your extended Sunday brunch.

Crowell is currently RB8 through the first five weeks but that barely begins to tell his story. For Crowell, it seems as if on odd-numbered weeks he’s blowing up, while on even numbered weeks he just can’t perform. Sounds like the beginning of a Viagra commercial featuring Brett Favre.

Looking past Crowell’s boom or bust trend, his matchup with the Colts is appealing. The Colts have allowed 30+ points in three of their five games so far, not to mention the game script for their offense is pass, pass and “Hey, let’s pretend to run!” with little to no success. In other words, it wouldn’t be surprising if Sam Darnold hands off the ball to Crowell to keep the clock moving if they jump to an early lead on the Colts.

Of course, this could all mean nothing to the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. His recently inked deal with Dude Wipes may fuel another opportunity to scrub his rear-end with the pigskin in the end zone. Expect a higher ranking this week, but probably without another 77-yard touchdown run.

Rank Above: Dalvin Cook, Chris Carson

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About Ryan Turner

Ryan is a longtime fantasy football enthusiast and writer for several fantasy sports sites. A fan of playing the matchup, Ryan’s articles often focus on game scripts and how a player fits into their coach’s scheme. You can follow him on Twitter @turnercryan

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