*Editors Note: Before the start of each week, we’ll go over how the previous week’s selections fared.
Week 5 Review:
Top QB: Andy Dalton – finished 7th
QB Sit: Matthew Stafford – finished 10th
QB Sleeper: Carson Wentz – finished 13th
Top RB: Melvin Gordon – finished 15th
RB Sit: Giants’ Backfield – all outside Top 25
RB Sleeper: Latavius Murray – DID NOT PLAY
Top WR: Kelvin Benjamin – finished outside Top 25
WR Sit: Terelle Pryor – finished outside Top 25
WR Sleeper: Steve Smith Sr. – finished outside Top 25
Top TE: Zach Ertz – finished 19th
TE Sit: Eric Ebron – DID NOT PLAY
TE Sleeper: Cameron Brate – finished 18th
Top D/ST: Carolina – finished 21st
D/ST Sit: NY Jets – finished 24th
D/ST Sleeper: New England Patriots – finished 6th
Week 6 Predictions
Top QB: Ben Roethlisberger – This one has to be a no brainer. Miami gives up 19 points per game to the quarterback position, and Big Ben has thrown 3 TD’s in all games this season except for one. Miami’s rate at which they allow points to QB’s is only ninth in the league, but Roethlisberger has all the makings in front of him to go off this week.
QB Sit: Kirk Cousins – Cousins managed only one touchdown and a meager 12.3 fantasy points in a win over Baltimore last week. Next up is a matchup against Philadelphia, who have allowed just three touchdown passes all year and the second fewest fantasy points (10.1 PPG) to quarterbacks. Cousins needs to be on the bench or waiver wire for Week 6 as there are better options out there.
QB Sleeper: Marcus Mariota – Coming out on top in Week 5 as the highest scoring quarterback in the league, Super Mariota comes into Week 6 with a matchup against the Browns who were torn apart by Tom Brady last week. No, Marcus isn’t Tom, but any matchup against the Browns is highly favorable.
Top RB: Lamar Miller – The Colts have been absolutely awful to opposing RB’s this year and Lamar Miller is the next man up with the great matchup against them. Giving up the third most points in the league at 24.48 to running backs, Miller is going to run all over them. While Miller hasn’t scored a lot, he still ranks fourth in touches and the Colts have given up seven touchdowns already on the ground.
RB Sit: Theo Riddick – Riddick absolutely went off for two touchdowns and over 20 fantasy points against the Eagles last week, but he is not going to be doing that again this week. A total of 62 percent of his fantasy points have come off of receptions and Los Angeles has only given up an average of 40 receiving yards with no touchdown receptions to running backs.
RB Sleeper: Christine Michael – The good times should continue for Christine Michael, who scored a combined 38.1 fantasy points in his two games before Seattle’s bye week and is now in place to face the Falcons in Week 6. The Falcons’ defense has been highly vulnerable to running backs, allowing an average of more than 20 fantasy points per game to the position. While the Seahawks are going to try and attack the Falcons through the air and are also vulnerable to QB’s, Michael should be started with confidence.
Top WR: Antonio Brown – While I am rolling with Big Ben as my top QB this week, I am also going to roll with his favorite receiving threat in Antonio Brown. Look for Roethlisberger and Brown to hookup maybe more than once this week as they look to blowout the Dolphins. Miami has given up the fourth most points to WRs this season (third most if you discount Tampa being second and them being on a bye week) at 26.14 points per game.
WR Sit: DeSean Jackson – While Jackson could be looking for some sort of revenge against his former team in the Eagles, depending on him in Week 6 is very ignorant. Can you depend on the inconsistent veteran against a team who has only allowed one double digit scorer all season? Jackson is sort of a boom-or-bust this week, but benching him is the right call.
WR Sleeper: Jeremy Maclin – The Oakland Raiders give up the most points in the NFL to the wide receiver position. Of course fantasy football never evens out with plus positional matchups, but there is absolutely no reason for Maclin to be on a bench, and there is every reason to love Maclin finishing in the Top 5 this week. Oakland has given up 31 points per game to WR and Maclin scored on them three times last season.
Top TE: Delanie Walker – No team in the league has given up more fantasy points per game to tight ends than the lowly Cleveland Browns. At 16.02 points per game against, Delanie Walker is an absolute no-brainer for Sunday. Look for Walker to come out on top with the help of his quarterback Marcus Mariota.
TE Sit: Antonio Gates – Gates returned from injury in Week 5 and scored a touchdown, but he saw just 18 yards while rookie Hunter Henry saw 47. The gap could close in the near future as Gates gets healthier, but until then Gates should be left on benches. Coming into a tough matchup against Denver who have allowed just 4.9 points per game to tight ends, there is no logical reason to start Gates here.
TE Sleeper: Jimmy Graham – Graham comes in as a sleeper because of his recent injury history, and the fact that he’s been insanely inconsistent after leaving New Orleans. Graham has shown his abilities over his last two games, scoring a combined 25.3 fantasy points. Assuming he is well rested after the bye week, a matchup against Atlanta makes him an automatic Top 5 favorite. The Cardinals’ defense has allowed the third most points (13.2 PPG) to tight ends and the most to QBs (23.59 PPG) which bodes well for Russell Wilson, the player trying to throw him the ball.
Top D/ST: Arizona – The Cardinals are coming off a great 15 point performance in San Francisco last week and a Week 6 matchup against the Jets keeps them rolling with favorable situations. No team has been more generous to defenses this season, and Ryan Fitzpatrick is due for an interception, or two.
D/ST Sit: Cincinnati – Outside of a 13 point game in Week 4, the Bengals defense has been very below average lately. This unit has scored five or fewer points in each of their other four games. If all of these things mentioned aren’t enough to convince you to put them on the bench, they come into a road matchup against Tom Brady and the Patriots.
D/ST Sleeper: Tennessee – I will continue to roll with whoever plays the Browns in the sleeper section of these predictions. The Browns give up 9.20 points to opposing teams per week, and the Titans have every chance to force a couple turnovers, and maybe even score a defensive touchdown.