Welcome to Week 6 of the fantasy football season. It all goes by so quickly doesn't it? It feels just like yesterday I was lamenting the long off season and now our little 2014 season is walking and talking and . . . sorry, it's a little dusty in here. Let's get to my picks. Look away!
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QB Eli Manning $7,200 NYG@PHI
The Eagles are giving up the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season having allowed 13 passing touchdowns, the most in the league. They have now given up good to great fantasy games to Chad Henne, Andrew Luck, Kirk Cousins, Colin Kaepernick and Austin Davis. Eli has been solid since his horrible Week 1 game, posting two or more touchdowns passes in each.
RB Matt Forte $9,000 CHI@ATL
Forte caught an incredible 12 passes last week and even though FanDuel only counts receptions at .5 points, it is still a boost to his floor every week. The Falcons are allowing 193 total yards per game to opposing running backs, including 6.2 receptions and 50 yards receiving per game.
RB Branden Oliver $6,200 SD@OAK
The Chargers are down their top three running backs, but haven’t missed a beat with UDFA Branden Oliver who took over for the concussed Donald Brown last week to put up 182 yards and two touchdowns against a Jets defense that had allowed at most, 65 total yards to a single running back this season. The Raiders are allowing 141 yards rushing per game to opposing backs, the most in the league
WR Brandon Marshall $7,900 CHI@ATL
Marshall has been hurting and last week, even though he looked to be full speed, was held down with just five targets. Coach Marc Trestman wants to make a concerted effort to get his playmaker the ball and with this game having the highest over/under of the week, I feel very good about that.
WR Golden Tate $6,400 DET@MIN
Tate has played extremely well when Calvin Johnson has been out or limited and we know Johnson is out this week. Minnesota ranks 26th against number one receivers according to Football Outsiders and Tate should see plenty of opportunities.
WR Emmanuel Sanders $8,000 DEN@NYJ
Peyton Manning is poised to throw many touchdowns against the Jets this week, who have allowed two and a half per game and Sanders is averaging eight receptions for 108 yards per game. His only drawback this season has been his zero touchdowns, but knowing Manning’s tendency to spread the wealth, Sanders is in line for some red zone looks and one of those six touchdowns Manning will throw to break Brett Favre’s record.
TE Delanie Walker $6,000 JAC@TEN
The Jaguars are allowing 7.8 receptions for 81.2 yards and 1.2 touchdowns on average to opposing tight ends. Walker has played extremely well this season and has had strong games with whoever was at quarterback at the time.
K Ryan Succop $4,800 JAC@TEN
The Jags also have been generous to opposing kickers giving up an average of 12 FanDuel points per game. This game could easily become a high scoring affair with two poor defenses.
D Washington $4,500 WAS@ARI
Logan Thomas got all the work in practice this week and it doesn’t look like he will even play as Drew Stanton has now been cleared. Washington is my punt play against an Arizona team without a solid leader under center this week.