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2020 Fantasy Football Week 6 Preview: Quench

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The NFL would prefer not to have on-the-fly schedule experiments, but the third ever Tuesday NFL game happened this past week. It certainly had some fine moments. In particular, the Derrick Henry stiff arm on Josh Norman. It didn’t show up in the stats except for a penalty away from the play.

There was no Thursday game this week as the Bills could not host the Chiefs in just two days. The game moved to Monday. So ensure your important Bills and Chiefs are outside of doubtful or seriously questionable status.

Waiver Drought

Waivers were very thin in the fantasy world this week. Outside of Chase Claypool, Travis Fulgham was about the best available anywhere. Claypool was already gaining in ownership percentage weeks ago, so Fulgham of the Eagles ended up a top grab. Nothing much out there to quench your thirst for upside upstarts.

Andy Dalton was the “cold comfort” waiver choice because of the incident in Dallas. All the best to you, Dak.

Possibly the more interesting pickup for those wanting to test-drive a Jets rookie comes in the name of Lamical Perine.

A Le’Veon Bell sighting in Kansas City? Well… sounds more like Chiefs fans twitter hopes. Stay tuned. (And yes he is there!)

Note: I have introduced FPAR (Fantasy Points Allowed Rank). Here’s how it works. “Cowboys: QB6 RB12 WR2 TE6″ means the Cowboys give the 6th most fantasy points to QBs, 12th most to RBs, 2nd most to WRs, and 6th most to TEs.


2020 Fantasy Football Week 6 Preview

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

Early Sunday: Browns (4-1) at Steelers (4-0) -3.5 51.0

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The Browns are putting it together, but this in-division test is key to where they stand. Yet they have problems defending the passing teams like the Steelers. As you recall, the Cowboys nearly came back on them in Week 3.

Fortunately, the Browns have a very solid offense and they are the top rushing team after five weeks. Kareem Hunt is taking care of the Chubb-less backfield quite well as expected. Stopping the Browns on the ground is a priority for the Steelers’ defense.

As for the passing game, the Browns aren’t gaining as much yardage than their groundwork, but the passing touchdowns are there for fantasy. Baker Mayfield is short of consistency, but the Steelers cannot ignore Mayfield’s ability to strike quickly downfield.

Baker is getting great protection too. Defenses have just seven sacks on him, so the Steelers need to pressure that front to ensure he doesn’t hook up with Odell Beckham for big gainers.

Steelers’ Receiving Talent

Now the Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger is never short of explosive receivers. He is one of those lucky quarterbacks who never wants for quality from his pass catchers. The big three, Juju Smith-Schuster (Q), Diontae Johnson (O), and the effervescent Chase Claypool who broke out in Week 4.

In contrast to the Browns, the running game of the Steelers is comparatively mediocre. Yet James Conner is still putting up the numbers and is the quietest solid fantasy producer of all the top RBs. He had a poor outing against the Eagles, but his status remains far from any turn toward fantasy nervousness. The Browns rank 23rd in FPs allowed to RBs – so temper expectations.

Look for a wild and open game. The Steelers are a difficult defense for HC Kevin Stefanski and OC Alex Van Pelt to gameplan, but their strength up front on the offensive line will give us some very testy battles when the Browns are on offense.

Fun Fact: Myles Garrett faces the Steelers for the first time since the infamous helmet swipe against Mason Rudolph in Week 11 of 2019.
Fantasy Points Allowed Rank (FPAR):
Browns: QB8 RB23 WR3 TE8
Steelers: QB19 RB28 WR5 TE23
Sleeper: Eric Ebron, TE, Steelers

Other Early Sunday Games in Brief…

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Broncos (1-3) at Patriots (2-2) -8.5 45.5

The game we’ve all been waiting for. Well, not really. We do appreciate the extra time to perhaps allow Cam Newton a return to football. It’s not a certainty, but the general outlook is promising. Equally uncertain is the status of Drew Lock and Noah Fant. Deciding on the best fantasy options in this game leaves us with two names: Julian Edelman and Melvin Gordon (doubtful).
FPAR: Broncos: QB9 RB32 WR9 TE12 Patriots: QB18 RB26 WR10 TE26

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Texans (1-4) at Titans (4-0) -3.5 52.5

The Titans, with a locked training facility and other limits to practice, managed to put a noticeable dent in the Buffalo Bills last Tuesday. Remarkably, this included a less-than-full workload for Derrick Henry. David Johnson rushed for 96 yards in the Texans’ first win of 2020. Both teams will fire up their backfields in this ground-friendly matchup. A.J. Brown is questionable.
FPAR: Texans: QB22 RB5 WR16 TE19 Titans: QB16 RB8 WR11 TE11

Bengals (1-3-1) at Colts (3-2) -7.5 46.5

The Colts best fantasy aspect remains their steady fantasy DST. The offense offers little when Philip Rivers overshoots receivers with other annoying miscues. Joe Burrow’s test against the Ravens left a very empty stat sheet. The Colts arguably have a more opportunistic defense, so full care and attention required. Look for a Jonathan Taylor highlight reel.
FPAR: Bengals: QB27 RB12 WR21 TE16 Colts: QB32 RB30 WR23 TE32

Falcons (0-5) at Vikings (1-4) -3.5 55.0

The Dan Quinn era ended this week – the Comeback King Midas In Reverse. Bright spot? The Falcons are a great source of fantasy offense. Todd Gurley is returning to form at just the right time. However, Julio Jones is in a slow recovery – possibly out another week. Meanwhile, the Vikings will be without Dalvin Cook in a shootout scenario.
FPAR: Falcons: QB1 RB14 WR7 TE2 Vikings: QB12 RB16 WR4 TE18

Washington (1-4) at Giants (0-5) -3.0 43.0

Someone has to win. The Giants might be the best losing team in New York with measurably better players for fantasy, but putting together consistency continues drifting off. Antonio Gibson and Devonta Freeman are at least rising for their respective teams for fantasy. An aerial display featuring Darius Slayton and Terry McLaurin is entirely possible here. Start Evan Engram.
FPAR: Washington: QB6 RB17 WR29 TE3 Giants: QB28 RB13 WR12 TE30

Ravens (4-1) at Eagles (1-3-1) +7.5 46.5

You made a priority waiver claim this week for Travis Fulgham to… play the Ravens?! I hope Fulgham saves your fantasy season. Jokes aside, the Ravens, in particular Lamar Jackson and especially Mark Ingram, are getting just a bit too close to the warmth of the fantasy dumpster fire. Against these Eagles, you may be better off pinning hopes with Mark Andrews instead.
FPAR: Ravens: QB24 RB29 WR27 TE15 Eagles: QB21 RB21 WR6 TE5

Bears (4-1) at Panthers (3-2) -2.5 44.5

What is great about an Overachiever Bowl is that you know for certain everyone will come well-prepared. Mike Davis in the place of Christian McCaffrey looks stunningly matchup proof and when the latter returns, who knows what the plan is. This is a great matchup for David Montgomery to mount a fantasy thrust. Panthers TE Ian Thomas is a, pardon the pun, sound sleeper.
FPAR: Bears: QB31 RB19 WR31 TE10 Panthers: QB30 RB3 WR28 TE28

Lions (1-3) at Jaguars (1-4) +3.5 54.5

The Underachiever Bowl is a bit different. That’s unfair because we didn’t expect these teams to achieve anything. D.J. Chark is questionable (again) – plug in Keelan Cole or Laviska Shenault Jr. if needs must. James Robinson has another shot at RB1 glory. One of Adrian Peterson or D’Andre Swift is great to start in this. May the (Jim) Schwartz be with you in your decision.
FPAR: Lions: QB10 RB1 WR8 TE25 Jaguars: QB7 RB9 WR14 TE6

Late Sunday: Packers (4-0) at Buccaneers (3-2) +2.0 54.0

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The Packers kept Davante Adams off the field in their game against Atlanta just before the bye. He wasn’t happy about it. Finally, your number one receiver drafted in fantasy will resume his duties against Tampa Bay. Status is a full go.

Tampa Bay’s Chris Godwin (hamstring) saw limited practice this week, but the arrows for him playing remain uncertain. Mike Evans (ankle) also logged light practice this week, but will play through it if possible.

The secondary and tertiary receivers on both teams seem ready enough, except for Scotty Miller (groin) also putting in limited practice for the Bucs.

Aaron Rodgers is a having a great season with a TD/INT ratio of 13-0. He’s playing well with the crew he has and for the first time in a long time has a trusted tight end in Robert Tonyan. Not since the Jermichael Finley days have we seen Rodgers measure targets this heavily to the position in successive games.



Tom and Gronk

In contrast, Tom Brady, who routinely threw to Rob Gronkowski in almost every offensive drive in their Patriot heyday, isn’t making the old clique click.

We should expect some great passing in this game because both teams have the running game for effective play-action strikes.

Speaking of… Aaron Jones is a player fantasy loves because he loves scoring touchdowns. He should see his usual RB1 workload.

However, this matchup favors Ronald Jones quite suitably for a home game. Leonard Fournette may again return to an emergency role.

Fun Fact: This is just the third meeting of these two HoF quarterbacks as starters. Their previous games were in 2014 and 2018. Tom Brady won the Super Bowl in both those seasons.
Sleeper: Darrius Shepherd, WR, Packers
Fantasy Points Allowed Rank (FPAR):
Packers: QB20 RB2 WR20 TE27
Buccaneers: QB29 RB25 WR24 TE17

Other Late Sunday Games in Brief…

2019 Fantasy Football Week 6 Preview

Jets (0-5) at Dolphins (2-3) -8.0 48.0

Did you know Ryan Fitzpatrick is the number six quarterback in fantasy? The old journeyman brought TE Mike Gesicki into post-hype fantasy prominence. RB Miles Gaskin did it all on his own and entered the realm of fantasy trust a couple of weeks ago. Devante Parker and Preston Williams are safe enough starts. However, keep an eye on Isaiah Ford if you need a deeper sleeper.
FPAR: Jets: QB17 RB6 WR17 TE14 Dolphins: QB15 RB7 WR13 TE31

Featured Games

Sunday Night: Rams (4-1) at Forty-Niners (2-3) +3.5 50.5

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Jimmy Garoppolo might be ready to play this time – for real. We have to accept that his plant foot did not have adequate support on a weak ankle last week against the Dolphins.

That said, Garoppolo seemingly remains unplugged from the central conduit. It is an “all are captains – all are crew” offense and the only one distinguishing himself is George Kittle with Raheem Mostert a somewhat distant second.

With key personnel of the 49ers‘ defense hurt, it caused an interruption to their scheme. We could see this in their absolute futility to mount any sort of rally, at all, against the Dolphins in Week 5. This game against the Rams presents a pivotal moment for this team at a critical juncture.

Rams’ injury free

The Rams continue strong and not a single notable player on offense or defense is in questionable injury status this week.

The offensive capacity essentials for Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp continue at a rather mediocre pace for fantasy upside. Kupp currently holds the edge in better usage, but as long as Jared Goff remains kept to a limited amount of open playcalling, we just have to accept what it is between Woods and Kupp.

The running game too allows no single player to unleash. Cam Akers returned last week to fantasy yawns as Darrell Henderson continues to lead this lackluster committee backfield.

It’s best to keep an optimistic outlook for an occasion like Sunday Night Football. Teams do step away from their offensive norms to a degree for the showcase game of the week.

Fun Fact: The 49ers at home, following a loss at home, have beaten the O/U line six straight times since 2016.
Sleeper: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, 49ers
Fantasy Points Allowed Rank (FPAR):
Rams: QB26 RB22 WR32 TE20
49ers: QB13 RB31 WR26 TE24

Monday Night: Chiefs (4-1) at Bills (4-1) +3.0 55.0

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This is not the regular ESPN Monday night game, but instead the NFL Network Thursday game. Both Monday games have a high level of fantasy interest.

Chiefs fans need to wait another week to their first eye test of Le’Veon Bell in the offense. This news dominated everything these past few days and including the build up to this important game against the Bills.

One of these strong teams will face the reality of two straight losses. The best way to approach this game is from that context. A team will need to decide what needs require immediate addressing. The losing team is under pressure to make alterations because the following week cannot result in a third straight loss.

Implications

If the Chiefs lose, they have an easier patch. They know Le’Veon Bell is coming and could be the difference maker to put their team back on track. Looking at the situation from this perspective, you can certainly understand the Buffalo Bills and their own notable active pursuit of Bell after the Jets released him.

If the Bills lose, their task is much tougher. What needs addressing on the team to ensure there is not a third loss to follow? Hints came from the Titans game last Tuesday. The Bills’ blitz packages simply did not show a lot of teeth. The contain on Tannehill’s touchdown from 18 yards out after he dropped back completely broke down.

You get the idea of the importance of this game. I want to stop there in brevity for more fantasy related matters.

Beyond starting all the fantasy mainstays on both sides, I cannot make any further emphasis on the obvious. I respect the intelligence of my readers. But I have to say…

You saw what Jonnu Smith could do against the Bills – imagine Travis Kelce!

I have just one reservation. The Chiefs are relatively generous for RB fantasy points, but Devin Singletary needs to be a bit more effective an NFL running back for fantasy owners to cash in. Be wary of plugging him in and especially if the news of Zack Moss suiting up holds.

Sleeper: Gabriel Davis, WR, Bills
Fantasy Points Allowed Rank (FPAR):
Chiefs: QB23 RB10 WR25 TE13
Bills: QB5 RB20 WR18 TE4

Cardinals (3-2) at Cowboys (2-3) +2.5 54.5

The “real” Monday night game features Andy Dalton in his first start since departing the Bengals. Concerns over a downgrade to Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb will get fantasy scrutiny. On the Cardinals, the ongoing concern for value continues in the backfield. Kenyan Drake’s late touchdown last week gave little comfort to owners. Chase Edmonds looms.
FPAR: Cardinals: QB25 RB11 WR30 TE21 Cowboys: QB14 RB15 WR2 TE7

In the Booth on Sunday

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Tony Romo

CBS Early

Browns at Steelers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Ravens at Eagles: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis
Broncos at Patriots: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green
Texans at Titans: Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon

FOX Early

Bears at Panthers: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma
Washington at Giants: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth
Bengals at Colts: Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman
Falcons at Vikings: Brandon Gaudin, Daryl Johnston
Lions at Jaguars: Chris Myers, Brock Huard, Greg Jennings

CBS Late

Jets at Dolphins: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

FOX Late

Packers at Buccaneers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman


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Monday Night

Chiefs at Bills: 5 PM ET; FOX-NFLN Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
Cardinals at Cowboys: 8 PM ET; ESPN; Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick


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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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