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2019 Fantasy Football Week 6 Preview: Turning


The trade deadline is a date on the NFL calendar which usually passes without much notice. Last season was outside the norm.

Even though our lights are on for the deadline now, we also know that the NFL isn’t just about the skill players in fantasy. Keep your expectations in check for trades at the blockbuster level. It could end up as a minor shuffle of defensive and offensive linemen with a few special teamers mixed in.

I guess I should remind you that the deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 29 – conveniently set on fantasy waiver day. So, if you have a little prescience about a trade that looks like a potential Amari Cooper type season saver next week, then move to take advantage of whatever implications might occur for the teams involved.

Keep your ear to the ground and always look to get ahead of the waiver rush.

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Games to Watch 2019 Fantasy Football Week 6 Preview

A brief rundown of the games this weekend. You have your fantasy lineups set, now it’s time to watch ’em play.

Note: The Panthers vs Buccaneers London game is a 9:30am ET start. Have your lineups ready.

Byes: Bills, Bears, Colts, Raiders

Early Sunday: Texans (3-2) at Chiefs (4-1) -4.5 55.0

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Chasing the points with Will Fuller seems like a very bad idea when you have a touchdown starved DeAndre Hopkins in a game like this. Nevertheless, both are no-brainer starts for this one.

The Chiefs’ secondary is improving – a little. Baushaud Breeland is settling in and the Chiefs intend to work in Morris Claiborne more after his injury. Primarily, they need to get pressure up front and take advantage of the suspect offensive line of the Texans. Deshaun Watson is among the five most sacked quarterbacks with 18.

Tyreek Hill may reappear after his Week 1 injury and early reports have him as a game time decision.  Sammy Watkins‘ value drop coincided directly with Hill’s absence, so owners of both players can’t wait for him to return. Byron Pringle would slide into a point chase sleeper role if Hill isn’t ready.

Both running games seem like an afterthought compared with the downfield offensive thrust Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson provide. Carlos Hyde and Damien Williams with the other components in their respective backfields will require touchdowns to achieve satisfactory fantasy scores.

Fun Fact: The Chiefs have lost five of their last six at home following a loss at home as a favorite.
Sleeper: Duke Johnson, RB, Texans

Other Early Sunday Games in Brief…

2019 Fantasy Football Week 6 Preview

Panthers (3-2) vs Buccaneers (2-3) +2.5 47.5

The London game is a 930ET kickoff. Set your lineups well ahead. Christian McCaffrey has an addiction for the end zone that will not go away. The Bucs, like everyone else, have to somehow balance this problem because Kyle Allen is a sharper than expected passer. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin could open this game up for fireworks.

Saints (4-1) at Jaguars (2-3) -1.0 43.5

Teddy Bridgewater expanded his passing event horizon against the Bucs last week, but the Jaguars secondary have dangerous pick artists. Teddy would do well to shrink it back to the short game. Meanwhile, Gardner Minshew looks like a starter and D.J. Chark could be the waiver pickup of the year. Chark ranks 5th in yardage among wide receivers.

Bengals (0-5) at Ravens (3-2) -11.5 48.0

The AFC North has a 6-14 record. You might not think it, but the Bengals are back in the division race with a win. The Ravens, after a dominant start to the season, suddenly look like a team with telling weaknesses on both sides of the ball. They escaped with a win in OT versus an injury ravaged Steelers team. This game could be close as well.

Eagles (3-2) at Vikings (3-2) -3.0 44.0

Intriguing matchup. The Vikings and Eagles are shutting down the run on opposition teams effectively (4th and 5th respectively) and so a passing duel looks imminent. This game comes down to which offensive line can hold off the pass rush more effectively. I believe in scrambling ability when it comes to matchups like this, and Carson Wentz has a clear edge over Kirk Cousins.

Seahawks (4-1) at Browns (2-3) +1.5 46.0

The most efficient quarterback versus the least. Russell Wilson‘s pass attempts are mediocre, but he’s making them count. He still calls his own number for first down and goal line carries when the situation arises. As for Baker Mayfield, the only way is up – for anything. Nick Chubb is the key for Kitchens to wake up the offense of the Browns. Pure and simple.

Redskins (0-5) at Dolphins (0-4) +3.5 41.0

Bill Callahan starts the post-Gruden era with a perfect opportunity to see what the team has. Case Keenum will start. The Dolphins can also use this game for their own evaluations. Apart from Terry McLaurin and perhaps one or two others, all skill players involved in this game are sleepers at various levels.

Late Sunday: 49ers (4-0) at Rams (3-2) -3.0 50.5

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The team records above are correct. Not what you’d predict by Week 6 in August.

The Rams will have to play without Todd Gurley, but their capable backups and frenetically paced passing game is enough to cover his absence. Another upset for the Rams versus a division rival would certainly do some damage to their post-season hopes.

The Browns were awful on Monday night, but more credit is deserving to the team that dismantled them. Nick Bosa is planting his own flag as a fearsome pass rusher in the NFL and you could call Monday night his breakout game. Yeah, another Bosa emerging in the league. I’m sure quarterbacks are celebrating.

The 49ers formula of a change-up backfield, extends also to a change-up receiving corps. The result for fantasy? Mixed and uncertain. The 49ers have a good football team where George Kittle and the DST are the safest weekly plays. Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman are flex-worthy to be sure, but the value carries in the red zone are up for grabs for any back active for the game.

The Rams will take the 49ers seriously, as will the league. Shanahan’s offensive scheme may look erratic and directionless, but one cannot argue with results.

Fun Fact: The Rams are 1-7 at home following a loss against the 49ers.
Sleeper: Gerald Everett, TE, Rams

Other Late Sunday Games in Brief…

2019 Fantasy Football Week 6 Preview

Cowboys (3-2) at Jets (0-4) +7.0 44.5

Sam Darnold will wear special padding on his return from illness, but Chris Herndon remains out. The Cowboys will look for a similar defensive outing to the Eagles last week, but it may be without star linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (illness). The Jets have a sound enough defense, but containing Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup may prove too much for 60 minutes.

Titans (2-3) at Broncos (1-4) -2.0 40.5

The Titans and Broncos looks defensive on paper, but this game could easily open up. Courtland Sutton is a game breaker who is gaining fantasy notice. We’ve seen Sutton tease us before with streaks, but perhaps this time it’s different. The unleashed Derrick Henry is far better than the leashed one. He’s a lock for goal carries and could be this week’s top fantasy play.

Falcons (1-4) at Cardinals (1-3-1) +2.5 51.5

Julio Jones versus Larry Fitzgerald. Expect missiles flying in both directions. Dan Quinn is the latest coach on the hot seat because several areas on the Falcons are just not working. Especially on defense where Quinn established his reputation. Meanwhile, the Cardinals seem happy enough to let Kyler Murray throw as much as he likes. He stands 5th in passing attempts.

Featured Games

Sunday Night: Steelers (1-4) at Chargers (2-3) -7.0 41.5

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Devlin “Duck” Hodges will start in place of Mason Rudolph. Need more info on him? I did…

Rudolph apparently was keen to get back out there this week, but the optics of NFL seriousness toward concussions just wouldn’t fit. The Joe Kapp days of shrugging everything off are over. Toughness is great, but respecting the long-term health of players after leaving the sport is of primary importance.

Okay, so it’s Duck Hodges this week. For a guy who came in cold without any first-team reps, he took over the offense mid way through the third and went 7/9-68-0 with two scrambles for 20 yards. He led the Steelers into overtime with the Ravens.

Mason Rudolph hasn’t had his nameplate as starter completely made up yet, so we can consider this an opportunity for Duck Hodges to have a chance on national television.

The Steelers will also be missing James Washington and Jaylen Samuels.

The Chargers backfield continues to be a topic of fantasy interest. Most believe the snap count between Austin Ekeler and Melvin Gordon will fluctuate week to week in favor of either player.

Keenan Allen‘s invisibility over the past two games has not gone unnoticed. Mike Williams has yet to have a breakout, but Philip Rivers seems determined to do that by increasing his targets.

Fun Fact: The Chargers have won 10 straight games at home off a loss as a favorite against a team also coming off a loss.
Sleeper: Diontae Johnson, WR, Steelers

Monday Night: Lions (2-1-1) at Packers (4-1) -4.0 47.0

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Aaron Rodgers continues to win, but some are critical of his touchdown rate. Well, if your running back is doing his job on red zone carries like Aaron Jones did, then you’ll have days like that.

Jamaal Williams will take over from Tra Carson as relief for Jones in this game following a dangerous looking collision which knocked him out of the Eagles game a couple of Thursdays ago.

Detroit are coming off a bye, so Kerryon Johnson is fresh and ready to build on his 125 yard breakout against the Chiefs in Week 4.

The Packers need to keep the pressure on Matthew Stafford otherwise he’ll use play action off the running game to open up Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay.

Davante Adams (turf toe) remains out even after a long rest. This means Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling share in the targets.

Fun Fact: Matt Stafford needs just 352 passing yards to achieve 40,000 for his career. He has surpassed 350+ yards twice at Green Bay.
Sleeper: Jimmy Graham, TE, Packers

In the Booth on Sunday

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Rich Eisen

NFLN in London

Panthers vs Buccaneers: Rich Eisen, Kurt Warner, Steve Mariucci, Michael Irvin

CBS Early

Texans at Chiefs: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Saints at Jaguars: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green
Bengals at Ravens: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

FOX Early

Eagles at Vikings: Kenny Albert, Charles Davis
Seahawks at Browns: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston
Redskins at Dolphins: Sam Rosen, Ronde Barber

CBS Late

Cowboys at Jets: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Titans at Broncos: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

FOX Late

49ers at Rams: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth
Falcons at Cardinals: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman

Check out the rest of our 2019 Fantasy Football content from our great team of writers.

About Richard Savill

Richard is an NFL Fantasy Football Writer and Editor of Fantasy Six Pack. Host of The Fantasy Edge Podcast. FantasyPros Contributor. Member of the FSWA. Richard is known for his "outside the box" insight into NFL fantasy football. Winner of the 16-Team 2015 FSWA challenge.

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