It's Week 6, and things are starting to crystallize in the world of fantasy football. Guys like Vick and Daniels can't stay healthy, what a shock. Guys like Brees and Romo continue to get it done, what a shock. Youngsters like Lacy and Cameron are establishing themselves as weekly starters. Which fellas on the gridiron have the best matchups for Week 6? So glad you asked as we've got a lot of information to share with you in your quest to emerge with the “W” in the sixth week of the NFL season.
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WEEK 6 MATCHUP
BYE: Atlanta, Miami
Drew Brees is 3-0 against the Patriots while throwing for eight scores an no interceptions.
Antonio Brown has 21 receptions for 284 yards and two scores in his last two games. The Jets defense has allowed five scores to wideouts this season and they've also allowed an average of 14 receptions and 181 yards a week to wide receivers.
Reggie Bush is 3rd in the NFL with an average of 125.5 yards from scrimmage per game. Bush is also third in the NFC amongst runners with 204 receiving yards while teammate Joique Bell is second with 237. The Browns are right in the middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points allowed to RBs, but their total of 150 yards receiving allowed to backs is the 10th best mark in football.
Jordan Cameron has 33 receptions through five weeks the most among AFC tight ends and the most by any player through five games in Browns history. He faces a Lions club that hasn't allowed a passing score to the tight end this season.
Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Winslow split looks at the tight end position for the Jets. Cumberland has scored in his last two games and Winslow scored last week. The Steelers haven't allowed a touchdown to tight end this season and have permitted only 17 receptions and 192 yards to the position through four games.
Julian Edelman has caught seven balls in four of five games this season. He'll have to deal with Danny Amendola though, and it sounds pretty certain that Rob Gronkowski will be back in action as well for the Patriots.
Andre Ellington leads NFC backers with an average of 6.7 YPC (min. 15 carries).
Jermichael Finley had two scores the last time he faced the Ravens. This season the Ravens have permitted three scores to tight end while allowing a weekly average of four receptions and 68 yards.
For those looking for a tip on picking games... Joe Flacco and the Ravens face the Packers in Week 6. Flacco has never lost, in 10 tries, at home to an NFC opponent.
The last time that Michael Floyd faced the Niners he caught eight balls for 166 yards an a score. Larry Fitzgerald also has 100 receptions in his career against the Niners. Will Carson Palmer's offensive line be able to give him enough time to throw against the Niners?
Frank Gore has 13 scores in his last 13 games against the Cardinals. This season Arizona has allowed a mere single score on the ground while holding opponents to just 79 yards rushing a game, the best mark in the NFC.
Can anyone stop Jimmy Graham? He's gone for 100-yards in 4-straight games to tie the all-time NFL record for a tight end.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis has four rushing scores versus the Bills. He's also tied for third in the NFL with 33 rushing scores since 2010. Not only does he have to battle for touches with Gio Bernard but he's also facing a Bills club that has allowed only one score on the ground this season.
Robert Griffin III was 2-0 against the Cowboys last season, and the last time he faced them he threw for 308 yards and four scores.
Brandon Jacobs and Da'Rel Scott will carry the mail for the Giants against the Bears with David Wilson (neck) out of action. Jacobs has three rushing scores in two meetings with the Bears. It doesn't matter. You don't play him.
Vincent Jackson had seven catches for 131 yards an a score last year against the Eagles while Mike Williams also scored. Of course, it was with Josh Freeman under center and not Mike Glennon.
Alshon Jeffrey has caught 15 balls for 325 yards and two touchdowns the past two weeks. He faces the Giants in Week 6, a club that might be only 15th in points allowed to WRs in PPR setups but one that has allowed six scores in five games to wideouts.
If history means anything... Greg Jennings has a touchdown in all three games he's faced the Panthers in his career. Jennings scored twice last week against the Steelers and he will work with the same QB again this week in Matt Cassel.
Andre Johnson has gone for 21 receptions, 355 yards an a touchdown in two career games against the Rams. He's also fourth in football this season with 57 targets this season even though he's missed time with injury. The Rams have allowed eight passing scores to wideouts this season and are allowing the 8th most points to WRs in PPR.
Chris Johnson ran for 134 yards and two scores the last time he faced the Seahawks. Of course, the Titans never give CJ2K the ball at the goaline anymore, and the Seahawks have allowed three rushing scores this season and Seattle is allowing 109 yards a game on the ground, the 19th best mark in the NFL.
Stevie Johnson has faced the Bengals twice and the results are impressive: 12 receptions, 195 yards and three scores. This season the Bengals are the 18th best defense at preventing wide receiver points, just slightly below mid-level.
Maurice Jones-Drew has been awful this year. He faces the Broncos in Week 6, a team he has run for an average of 111.5 yards against in the past two matchups. Of course Denver is first in the NFL this season allowing less than 70 yards a game on the ground so it would be best to avoid getting too amped up about MJD.
Eddie Lacy ran for 99 yards last week. He takes on the Ravens this week, the defense that is holding runners to the fewest fantasy points of any in football. They've allowed runners only one rushing score through five games.
Marshawn Lynch has run for 85 yards in 25 of his last 30 games. In his past 15 at home he's run for an average of 107 yards a game while scoring 14 times. The Titans have allowed only three rushing scores this season with a mid range total of 103.2 yards per game on the ground.
Peyton Manning has thrown for 20 scores through five games, the most in history. He's also thrown for 36 scores in 11 home games as a member of the Broncos.
Doug Martin leads the NFL with 100 carries. He also ran for 128 yards an a touchdown the last time he faced the Eagles. The team from Philly is mid level against the run allowing 108 yards and four scores on the ground this season.
LeSean McCoy leads the NFL with 514 rushing yards and 700 yards from scrimmage. This is rather amazing too... he's scored in 8-straight games in October.
Willis McGahee facts. (1) He faces the Lions, the 7th easiest team to run on this season. They've also allowed five rushing scores. (2) McG is already tied for third in the NFL in Red Zone carries. I know, crazy right? Moreover, he leads the NFL with eight carries inside the five yard line and he's only played three games.
Denarius Moore has 15 catches, 274 yards and two scores in his last three games. He also has two games with more than 90 yards receiving versus the Chiefs. For their part the Chiefs are only allowing 197.8 yards per game through the air this season, the 4th best mark in football, and their total of four passing scores allowed is third in the game.
Knowshon Moreno has scored the past two games for the Broncos. The Jags have actually been somewhat decent against backs this year permitting them to score only three times on the season.
Coming off a Bye week Alfred Morris says his ribs are fine. In two games against the 'Boys last year he torched them for 313 yards and four scores including 200 yards and three scores in the matchup at home.
Cam Newton threw for 290 yards and three scores the last time he faced the Vikings. The Vikings do have an impressive seven interceptions through four games, but allowing 326 passing yards and 2.5 scores a week makes Newton a strong play this week.
Hakeem Nicks caught nine balls for 142 yards last week. The last time he faced the Bears he went for 110 yards on eight receptions.
Greg Olsen is in a walking boot, and his status for Week 6 is unknown. Still, he's got a TD in three of his last four games against the Vikings.
Austin Pettis scores. He had two scores in Week 5 and has four touchdowns in four weeks. The Texans have allowed four scores to wideouts but their total of 37 catches allowed to the position is the lowest in football.
Trent Richardson ran for 122 yards when he last faced the Chargers though he was a member of the Browns at the time. With no Ahmad Bradshaw he should get virtually all of the carries this week including the goaline work.
Amazingly, Philip Rivers has thrown for 400 yards in three of his last four games. He's also 4-1 against the Colts in his career.
Tony Romo has thrown for 19 scores and just two interceptions in his last six games at home. The Redskins haven’t been able to stop anyone through the air allowing an average of 298 yards and 2.25 scores a game through the air.
Alex Smith has yet to throw for 290 yards in a game this season, and three times out of five chances he's failed to throw for 250. He's also had two games this season in which he failed to throw for a score. The Raiders are allowing the 11th most fantasy points to QBs this season including an average of 268 yards and 1.8 touchdowns a week.
Torrey Smith is averaging 111.2 yards per game this season, the best mark in the AFC. The Packers are allowing 289 yards passing a game and have allowed nine TD passes in just four games played.
C.J. Spiller is still limping at practice this weeks, so it's obvious he's not at 100 percent. Too bad too since he has a 5.5 YPC mark since the start of last season, the second best in football.
Matthew Stafford may or may not have Calvin Johnson on the field this week, and that's all that really matters when considering Stafford. Still, he's thrown for more yards through 50 games than any QB in league history (14,331) and the last time he faced the Browns he threw for 422 yards and five scores. Speaking of Johnson he had seven receptions for 161 yards an a score in that game.
Wes Welker has scored in 7-straight games. The last two times he's faced the Jaguars he's caught 23 balls for 226 yards an a touchdown.
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