2021 Fantasy Football Week 6 Blurbview

by Richard Savill
2022 Fantasy Football Week 6 Blurbview

The kicker used to be a fairly reliable position in fantasy. Boringly efficient within a common distance range. Choosing a kicker for your redraft team basically came down to a rule of thumb if he was a guy on a good offense or not.

When we see a game requiring five field goal attempts from the end of regulation into overtime, it emphasizes something about the kicking side of football these days in the NFL.

You've heard it before. Kickers have one job. That's it. On occasion, they'll make a spectacular tackle on a broken attempt. Other than getting side highlights like that, we mostly view them as the guy making like the tomahawk chop to line up their aim.

What happened in Cincinnati last weekend puts in bright neon one of the reasons the kicker continues falling out of favor in redraft fantasy. Mason Crosby, arguably among the most efficient kickers of the era, took three attempts to win the game.

Kickers getting worse?

When every kicker, good or bad, becomes a coin flip for scoring fantasy points, we have a problem with that.

However, kicking has visually worsened over the past couple of years. As a Fantasy Pros ranker, I see so many teams changing kickers. Far more than before and it's hard to keep up sometimes!

I believe a return to the "straight on" kicker is entirely possible. A style not seen in regularity since the 1970s. Mark Moseley was the last of that type of place kicking; retiring in 1986.

However, for that to happen, the NFL would need to relax certain regulations regarding footwear and kickers. For example, the league now prohibits barefoot kicking and punting.

Enough talk about kickers! Come on! The 2021 Fantasy Football Week 6 Blurbview is next!

Alert: 9:30 AM ET start for the Dolphins v Jaguars game in London. 6:30 AM PT - set your coffee maker timer!

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2021 Fantasy Football Week 6 Blurbview

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2021 Fantasy Football Week 6 Blurbview

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Games to Watch 2021 Fantasy Football Week 5 Blurbview

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

Early Sunday: Chargers (4-1) at Ravens (4-1) -3.0 50.0

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Both quarterbacks finished as the top two in Week 5. A repeat? The odds are much against it, but both remain capable of finishing in the top ten.

Justin Herbert has the attitude of a football wunderkind right now and that feeds on itself if success follows success. The same determination is in Lamar Jackson.

As for this game, and you've seen it a zillion times, where both quarterbacks come off wildly lucrative fantasy performances; only to produce a dud the following week. The smart money takes the under in such situations. I would.

One thing I've learned though - you can't outsmart the universe. So you still have to play every relevant fantasy player you have for these teams.

This includes Jared Cook too after his one-game mothball. Mo Alie-Cox of the Colts racked up 50 yards on three receptions last Monday against the Ravens. That's about the same floor to expect from Cook in this game. So stream Jared Cook this week.

Cook's counterpart, Mark Andrews, who had a massive game on Monday, comes in again with a high floor. If he manages just half the fantasy points of that game, be satisfied with that.

Again, this game has that uncomfortable fantasy "post-feast famine" feel to it. If Scott Hanson on Red Zone comes back with "not much to report" because nothing is happening, then you know whatever good fantasy points there are to get are coming near the end.

Fun Fact: The teams last met in the 2018 Wild Card round of the playoffs. The Chargers won 23-17. This was Philip Rivers' last playoff win as a Charger.
Sleeper: none
Pick Poll: Chargers 61%

Other Early Sunday Games in Brief...

Dolphins (1-4) vs Jaguars (0-5) +3.5 45.5 (in London)

Both the Dolphins and Jaguars are generous in terms of fantasy point giveaways - for all positions generally. Yet, London games have a way of skewing the script. Both Myles Gaskin and James Robinson are musts. Tua Tagovailoa returns under center and although Devante Parker (out) made the London trip, he will only sightsee.  This elevates Jaylen Waddle into a solid play. Laviska Shenault could breakout like Kyle Pitts last week. Tight ends? Condition green.
Pick Poll: Dolphins 63%

2021 Fantasy Football Week 5 Blurbview

Packers (4-1) at Bears (3-2) +4.5 45.0

As most of you know by now, Khalil Herbert takes the workhorse role in the backfield of the Bears. Herbert's fantasy benefit is just the basic volume, but then, that was David Montgomery's upside trait as well, so okay. The situation might increase Justin Fields' value too with extra designed run packages. They could activate Breshad Perriman in a hybrid role as a 3rd down RB. Just guessing. Allen Robinson really needs to get going - the fantasy knives are out.
Pick Poll: Packers 92%

Texans (1-4) at Colts (1-4) -10.0 43.0

Davis Mills went from the basement to the penthouse in consecutive weeks. The value of Mills hovers somewhere in between, but his important role remains keeping Brandin Cooks from falling off a fantasy cliff. If Mills can hold it together, Chris Conley may come on the waiver market eventually. The Texans continue with an annoyingly uninvolved backfield. No fantasy starters for the foreseeable future. Your upper fantasy Colts, even Carson Wentz and Parris Campbell, are safe enough plays. T.Y. Hilton returns - playable too, but risky.
Pick Poll: Colts 91%

Rams (4-1) at Giants (1-4) +11.0 47.5

Kadarius Toney is the red hot fantasy name at the moment. Yes folks, a paradigm shift in the receiver depth chart of the Giants is upon us we think. However, several Giants come in to this game banged up. Daniel Jones and Sterling Shepard are clear enough to play. The injury report for the rest on down require regular checking. The fired up Rams can feast on the remnants and come away with an easy road win by simply avoiding mistakes. All your Rams, including Van Jefferson in the FLEX, should at least find floor or feast.
Pick Poll: Rams 99%
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Bengals (3-2) at Lions (0-5) +3.5 47.5

The Lions continue to find interesting ways of losing. Alexander Mattison practically handed them a win, but the Lions seemingly didn't want to ruin his big day. The Bengals haven't anything to brag about in Week 5 either - they also blew a chance to win versus the Packers - twice. Still, these teams offer a reasonable chance of a fantasy bonanza for Week 6. Start all involved with fantasy stripes. Amon-Ra St. Brown - a "yes" definitely. Kalif Raymond - a "yes" sleeper.
Pick Poll: Bengals 81%

Vikings (2-3) at Panthers (3-2) +1.0 46.0

Another week without Christian McCaffrey. Sam Darnold continues with additional upside, in part, to taking on goal line scurries. D.J. Moore's target share remains on the uptick minus CMC. As for the Vikings, it does not appear the team will hibernate Dalvin Cook through the bye week. Avoid sleeper temptations in this game, including Tyler Conklin, and stick to the main fantasy cluster on both sides.
Pick Poll: Panthers 60%

Chiefs (2-3) at Washington (2-3) +7.5 56.0

Gone are the power wins with playoffs under the Christmas tree for the Chiefs. Everyone knows the problem. The Chiefs are scoring, but so is the opposition - too much. In fantasy, we selfishly like it this way. It gives us games like this where we have a chocolate box of fantasy options. Strongly consider choosing a sleeper from this game to spot start for an empty bye week slot. Want suggestions? Shallow sleeper - Mecole Hardman. Sneaky sleeper - Ricky Seals-Jones.
Pick Poll: Chiefs 95%

Late Sunday: Cowboys (4-1) at Patriots (2-3) +4.0 51.0

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Gillette Stadium should be weather-friendly by kickoff.

Which of the Cowboys would you select as your defensive key if you were the Patriots? Ezekiel Elliott? Amari Cooper? Perhaps CeeDee Lamb? I would pick Dalton Schultz!

Schultz consistently moves the Cowboys down the field. No other player on their offense comes up with the big first down when the Cowboys need it. He's also making application for fantasy elite TE status with his last three finishes of 1st, 6th and 8th in the position.

However, the Patriots rank 4th against TEs for fantasy points, so temper zee eggs if you need to start Schultz.

As for everyone else, the script should be okay. Choosing a receiver from the Patriots beyond Jakobi Myers remains difficult though. If I had to choose between Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor, I'd probably go with Agholor in this one for a bye fill. Purely hunch, if nothing else.

Fun Fact: This is the 14th game between these teams since the merger. The Patriots have a six-game win streak versus the Cowboys - stretching back to 1999. From 1971 to 1996, it was the Cowboys with a seven-game win streak.
Sleeper:  Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Patriots
Pick Poll: Cowboys 89%

Other Late Sunday Games in Brief...

2021 Fantasy Football Week 5 Blurbview

Cardinals (5-0) at Browns (3-2) +3.0 49.0

Keeping Kyler Murray on the low side of time of possession might help the Browns. For this they'll need to rely on a banged up Kareem Hunt because Nick Chubb is out. Putting D'Ernest Johnson in your fantasy green room might be a good idea. The 49ers held Arizona to under 100 yards team rushing last week and when you contain Murray on that side of matters, they look beatable. So chasing the points with David Njoku, if healthy, is a must start in this case. Sit Odell Beckham until further notice. Start your regular Cardinals.
Pick Poll: Cardinals 62%

Raiders (3-2) at Broncos (3-2) -3.5 44.5

Considering what happened in the Raiders organization this past week, it feels toxic just to mention this game. As with all matchups involving the Broncos so far in 2021, fantasy hopes get bleak. Couple that with an interim head coach and depleted spirits on the Raiders, I'd prefer to sit everyone - pro tempore. But Darren Waller, Noah Fant and the FLEX-worthy Denver running backs in bye week tightness may have to suffice.
Pick Poll: Broncos 59%

Feature Games

Sunday Night: Seahawks (2-3) at Steelers (2-3) -5.0 42.5

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Just where are these teams going in 2021? Neither have upward mobility at the moment.

With Geno Smith to hold the fort until Russell Wilson returns from a hand injury, who knows where things will stand in the very tough NFC West division.

The Steelers lost Juju Smith-Schuster for the season, and there is every possibility he may not play for the Steelers again. In normal times, James Washington would create a rush to grab on waivers. But Washington is way down the list. Why?

Najee Harris is having a profound effect. The Pittsburgh offense cannot support another mouth to feed and the fantasy public know it. Even though Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson have missed time this season already, there's no rush to stash cover them.

I do think Ray-Ray McCloud gets some showcasing in this game. Possibly generating enough interest to make the waiver rankings for Week 7.

Back to the Seahawks. Chris Carson is out. Owners of Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf will hope that Geno Smith harms nothing. It's a big hope because scoring drives fuel fantasy points. Three and outs do not.

Thus every pundit fully expects Geno Smith to rely heavily on Alex Collins and the other backfield help to keep drives alive. Geno will get buried alive in too many 2nd or 3rd and long situations.

I'm really pulling for Geno though. After languishing on the Rex Ryan Jets early in his career, Geno hasn't seen any proper opportunity since. Perhaps he can create a calling card for himself during this brief stint for the Seahawks.

Fun Fact: This is Geno Smith's first full QB start since Week 13 of 2017 with the Giants. Lost to the Raiders 24-17.
Sleeper: none
Pick Poll: Steelers 67%

Monday Night: Bills (4-1) at Titans (3-2) +6.0 54.0

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The fantasy production of Derrick Henry continues at a pace nothing less than staggering.

Four straight 100+ games rushing and seven touchdowns. He is currently a towering presence in the NFL. On any given play, Henry can break it to the end zone - no matter where the line of scrimmage is.

The Bills, like everyone else, will make curbing Henry's influence in this game a number one priority. They have one of the best defenses for doing just that. Last season when the teams met, Henry's lowest rushing total for the year (57) came against the Bills in Week 4.

But overall, this game has broad upside for all notable fantasy participants on both sides.

The Bills will counter Henry with Josh Allen using his legs and the air attack. Zack Moss and Devin Singletary are decently startable, but of downlist fantasy celebrity in this game.

Look for that long-awaited big game from Stefon Diggs. You've been patient enough.

For Julio Jones and A.J. Brown - they'll have a say as well. Unfortunately, one will outshine the other. It's logistics. Get them both in there of course if available.

It's Monday night football. Have at it. A major portion of fantasy wins and losses hinge on the stat results of this game.

Fun Fact: In the game mentioned above in Week 4 of 2020, Stefon Diggs had 16 targets with 10 receptions. Diggs has not had that many targets in a single game since, and it remains his highest since joining Buffalo.
Sleeper: Cole Beasley, WR, Bills
Pick Poll: Bills 92%

In the Booth on Sunday

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Greg Olsen

CBS London Game 9:30am ET

Dolphins v Jaguars: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green

CBS Early

Chiefs at Washington: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis
Chargers at Ravens: Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta
Texans at Colts: Spero Dedes, Jay Feely

FOX Early

Packers at Bears: Joe Davis, Greg Olsen
Rams at Giants: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth
Vikings at Panthers: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma
Bengals at Lions: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston

CBS Late

Cowboys at Patriots: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Raiders at Broncos: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

FOX Late

Cardinals at Browns: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez

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