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2019 Fantasy Football Week 6 Vampire League Starters

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Welcome back vampires to the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 6 Vampire League Starters article. I hope you were victorious last week. 

My opponent beat me (he had Christian McCaffrey, Russell Wilson, and George Kittle). So, he didn’t just beat me; he sprayed Pledge on my ass and wiped the floor with me.

Despite my wounds from last week, I’m ready to steal a player from my next victim in Week 6. Here are starters that will strike fear in your Week 6 opponent.   

2019 Fantasy Football Week 6 Vampire League Starters

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Quarterbacks

Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Only three quarterbacks have scored 16 points or more in every week this season, Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray, and the mustachio Garnder Minshew. 

Minshew will face off against New Orleans, a team that is allowing 23.25 Fantasy points and 225 yards per game to quarterbacks. Plus, they’ve allowed eight touchdowns to quarterbacks and only forced two interceptions this season, The Saints are going to have their hands full with the constant-improving Minshew.

The offspring of Ron Jeremy has been great at home games (he’s excellent everywhere). Minshew has a 76.4 completion percentage, 479 yards, and four touchdowns in home games.

The mustache magic will strike again in Week 6. 

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

Dalton would have been a part of the 16-point club-like Minshew if it weren’t for a bad week against Pittsburgh in prime time.

Dalton has been surprisingly decent under the tutelage of Zac Taylor, and Dalton should continue to surprise Fantasy owners in Week 6 against the Ravens.

Baltimore’s secondary is riddled with injuries, and the defense has been very disappointing for Fantasy owners. They have allowed 1,454 yards to quarterbacks, 4th most in the NFL.

His receiving core is banged up, which makes Dalton a risk, but trust in the fact that Dalton has been productive without his trusted weapon (A.J. Green) all season, and continues to thrive, no matter who is lining up. 

Running Backs

Carlos Hyde, Houston Texans

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Welcome back, Hyde. Every week, Hyde edges out Duke Johnson in the running game and even steals touches from Johnson in the passing game. Vampires can not afford to not start Hyde because of his workload and usage.

Hyde is Bill O’Brien‘s favorite rushing option in the red zone, which guarantees Hyde will get a touchdown against his Week 6 opponent, Kansas City. The Chiefs haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown to a running back, but Hyde will end that streak. In all honesty, Hyde will end that streak because O’Brien will run the same run play over and over in the red zone until it works.

Ito Smith, Atlanta Falcons

Speaking of repeat performers, Ito Smith makes a return to vampire’s starting lineups.

The Falcons face the Cardinals. Each team has a horrendous defense and a semi-competent offense, which will result in a high scoring game.

I have a gut feeling Smith walks away with a touchdown in this game. Smith was given five red zone carries last week and should get more in Week 6 since there will be plenty of scoring opportunities against the Cardinals. 

This game has the second-highest over/under in Week 6, always start players in projected high scoring games.

Wide Receivers

Keke Coutee, Houston Texans

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The Texans at the Chiefs game has the highest over/under in Week 6 at 56 points. So, a lot of touchdowns are up for grabs in this game.

Keke Coutee is coming off a solid showing against the Falcons four targets, three receptions and 72 yards. The production possibilities for Coutee against the Kansas City defense should make every vampire salivate at the prospect of a monster game.

The Chiefs’ defense has allowed 31.54 Fantasy points per game to wide receivers. They have allowed 723 receiving yards and six touchdowns to wide receivers this year.

Vampires should want every part of this game they can get their hands on.

Terry McLaurin / Paul Richardson, Washington Redskins

Another game I want every player is the Toilet Bowl (Washington vs. Miami). Well, maybe not every player, Kalen Ballage is trash. But I want most of the receiving options in this game, especially the Washington receivers.

Terry McLaurin is a no brainer must-start since he is now healthy. He’ll probably be shadowed by Xavien Howard, who could hamper McLaurin’s value, but Mami’s lack of a pass rush will allow deep plays to develop, Scary Terry’s bread and butter.

Paul Richardson is a very intriguing option since he won’t be shadowed by Howard and will run free all over the Dolphin’s secondary, but his value depends on who is the starting quarterback.

If Case Keenum returns from injury and is named the starting QB, vampires should start both wide receivers. If it’s anyone else, you can start Terry McLaurin confidently, but I wouldn’t start Richardson unless you don’t have any other options.

Tight End

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos

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This is another gut call, but I feel Fant will score a touchdown against Tennessee. 

The Titans have allowed four touchdowns to the tight end this season. Tennessee is allowing eight targets per game to tight ends; I’ll take the eight targets and hope that one of those targets is in the end zone.

Fant has shown flashes of play-making ability, and Week 6 is going to be his breakout. Don’t get too excited, it’s only going to last for one week.

Flex

KeeSean Johnson, Arizona Cardinals

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As I mentioned in the Ito Smith section, this game has the second-highest over/under in Week 6, and vampires need to get all action available in this game. 

The Falcons are allowing 45.10 Fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Atlanta’s terrible secondary has allowed 985 yards and 10 touchdowns to wide receivers in just five games.

Kliff Kingsbury believes Christian Kirk could return in Week 6 (I doubt it), which will lower KeeSean Johnson‘s snap count. But even if Kirk returns, Johnson will have plenty of Fantasy value for vampires. In games with Kirk, Johnson averages 63 percent of the Cardinals snaps, so he’ll have plenty of opportunities if Kirk returns.

If Kirk doesn’t return, the sky’s the limit for Johnson. Last week, Johnson was on the field for 95 percent of Arizona’s offensive snaps and had a 21.80 percent target share.

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Defense/Special Teams

Washington Redskins

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I’ll admit there is some risk in starting Washington, but they are facing the Miami Dolphins, so you have to take that risk.

Let me ease your stress with some positive stats. Since Week 3, they haven’t had a negative point total, and have at least one interception in each of those games during that time.


The Dolphins’ offense has allowed 18 sacks, seven interceptions, two fumbles, and two defensive touchdowns. Miami’s awful offense mitigates the risk in starting Washington.

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About Travis Argo

I'm a die hard fan of teams that constantly disappointment me every season. So, I write about fantasy sports to forget my sorrows. That's hard sometimes because I'm a Pacers correspondent for Fantasypros.com. I also recently graduated with honors from UNCC. Go Niners...I guess.

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