Week 6 Fantasy Football
Deshaun Watson(QB: HOU): So… last week wasn’t the best advice… and if it cost you your fantasy week, sorry. However, on the bright side, if you listened and picked up Watson last week, he plays the Browns this week. The Browns had an eventful week, benching their starting quarterback and losing to the Jets, and are solidifying themselves as one of if not the worst team team in the league. On the other hand, Watson just put up 5 touchdowns on a Kansas City Chiefs defense that had 3 pro bowlers last year to Cleveland's none. In terms of being unrealistic, Watson really should be expected to score 7 touchdowns; but if we’re not in fantasy land, it’s realistic to expect a 30 point game from him.
Jerret McKinnon(RB: MIN): Minnesota was supposed to be more of a running-back-by-committee after Dalvin Cook’s injury, but that doesn’t seem like it’ll happen anymore. Mckinnon only had 4 more carries than Latavius Murray, but put up 95 rushing yards and a touchdown to Murray’s 31. Maybe even more impressive, McKinnon salvaged the passing game between an injured quarterback and a backup, catching 6 passes out of the backfield for 51 yards. McKinnon is almost certain to be the lead back for the rest of the season, exerting the energy the Vikings are gonna need to go anywhere post-Adrian Peterson. He’s probably still available in your league. Pick him up.
Doug Martin(RB: TB): Martin is an interesting play in fantasy this year. He may still be available in a few leagues, but if you have patiently been stashing him, waiting for his return, you have more willpower than most. Despite the fact that Dirk Koetter believes Jacquizz Rodgers is the best player in the league, Martin returned last week to the leading role in the backfield, carrying the ball 13 times for 74 yards and a touchdown. If you’re looking for the time to pull the trigger and start him, it seems clear you can begin doing so this week against the Cardinals, who were just thrashed by Carson Wentz and Co., allowing 34 points. Martin is a solid RB 2 play this week and should be for the rest of the season as long as nothing comes up in his personal life.
Ben Roethlisberger(QB: PIT): Why is Big Ben on this list you ask? Well for starters, he threw 5 picks last week while having what is probably the best receiving core in the league. Need more proof? In a larger scale, Roethlisberger is the 24th ranked fantasy quarterback this year, which is lower than Jacoby Brissett and Blake Bortles. Jacoby Brissett and Blake Bortles. Tim Tebow could have put up better numbers then Ben has this year with that team. The Steelers travel to Arrowhead this week to play the Chiefs, and it seems clear that there’s not any way Ben will bounce back against a defense like that. Maybe that tantrum was justified after all…
Amari Cooper(WR: OAK): It feels bad not appreciating Oakland because there coming to Vegas, but this is what must be done. Amari Cooper is yet another breakout candidate to be a dud this year. Whether it’s because of Carr or not, Cooper certainly hasn’t helped himself this year, leading the league in drops and recording more than 3 fantasy points one time, putting up the deadly bagel three times in a row(THREE!). Most fantasy owners have made this decision for themselves already, but please, trade him away while his name still gets you some value, because right now it’s Crabtree who looks 23 and Cooper who looks 30 and ready to retire.
Jay Ajayi(RB: MIA): So, if no one noticed, the Jay Cutler experience isn’t really working. In the home opener last week, the Dolphins won the game, and got booed off the field. The Dolphins got booed off their home field after winning the game. Times are tough down south, and Ajayi is suffering from the lackluster offensive weapons, putting up more than 5 points only once this season. Someone who’s known for getting stronger as the game goes on, he definitely hasn’t been this season, and using last week as an example only got 3 yards per carry and fumbled for the first time this season. The Dolphins travel to Atlanta this week, but probably won’t be booed as bad as they were at Hard Rock Stadium. Ajayi and the gang may as well stay in the locker room, and he should stay on your bench until he proves otherwise.