DRAFT Fantasy Targets for Week 6
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Bye weeks are underway and this week Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, and Seattle will have the week off. So we don’t have to wonder which Andy Dalton will show up, worry about who is facing the daunting Buffalo defense if Dez will breakout, or which Seattle running back we should target.
In this article, I will give you my top two targets on DRAFT at each of the three eligible position spots: QB, RB, and WR/TE.
Patriots @ Jets
- Draft Point Average: 22.3
The man who quarterbacked one of the greatest comebacks in Super Bowl history has picked up right where he has left off in 2017. Brady has thrown for over 300 yards in his last three games and eclipsed 440 passing yards in week 2 against New Orleans. While the Jets are 11th in passing yards allowed this season, they have not faced an offense like New England’s.
Brady has owned the Jets in his career with a 44-13 TD-INT ratio and a 23-7 record. In their last meeting, Brady threw 3 touchdowns and finished with a 124.6 passer rating in the Patriots 41-3 rout in New York.
Last Thursday against Tampa Bay the Patriots ran 66 plays, 68.2 % of them were passing plays. It doesn’t matter how game flow goes for the Patriots they always let Brady sling the rock. Expect a huge day from number 12.
P.S. don’t worry about Brady’s sprained AC joint he is going to play and it’s in his non-throwing shoulder.
Saints vs. Lions
- Draft Point Average: 19.4
Quietly Drew Brees has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL this season. He is yet to throw an interception, has three multi-touchdown games, has produced a rating of at least 99.9 or better in every game and has a 69.1 completion percentage. This week the 16-year pro gets a Detroit Lions defense that ranks 26th against the pass, allowing 255.8 yards per game.
Above all else, the Saints are at home, and we all know that is where Drew Brees shines. He carries a 101.4 career passer rating at home and in two less games he has thrown 71 more touchdowns than he has on the road. We can always count on the Saints’ defense giving up points to force Brees and the Saints offense to do the same. The Lions have scored 19 or more points in all four games this year, so there is a good chance this game shoots out as it is the highest total on the slate, currently at 51.
Also Considering: Kirk Cousins, DeShaun Watson[the_ad id=”73518″][the_ad id=”61518″]
Chiefs vs. Steelers
- Draft Point Average: 23.9
Kareem Hunt has been the breakout fantasy star of 2017 and oddly enough he wasn’t even the starter on his team until Spencer Ware tore his MCL and PCL in the preseason. That moved Hunt into the starting lineup and the rest is history. Andy Reid has always been a coach that utilizes his number one running back and this year has been the same story as Hunt has received the 6th most touches in the NFL this season.
This week, Hunt and the Chiefs get the Pittsburgh Steelers who rank 28th vs the run allowing 136.6 rush yards per game. They also get the Steelers on the road which is bad news for Ben Roethlisberger as he has notoriously played worse away from home in his career and may not have much confidence after having one of the worst games for any quarterback in the history of the NFL last week against Jacksonville.
This is a juicy matchup for Hunt who is averaging 6.3 yards per carry and is first in the NFL in yards from scrimmage so far this season. Hunt should be the #1 pick in most drafts this week.
Falcons vs. Dolphins
- Draft Point Average: 17.5
Devonta Freeman should have fresh legs coming off the bye week and his Falcons will get to matchup with a Miami team that hasn’t allowed a ton of production to running backs on the ground. But, they are allowing the 9th most receptions per game to running backs and we know that Freeman can be a monster in that department when utilized.
Miami is again in the news for unconventional things. This time, offensive line coach Chris Foerster had a self-recorded video of himself using vulgar language and snorting cocaine find its way online and it went viral. He has since resigned, and a media frenzy is again plaguing this franchise.
Somehow the Dolphins were able to come away with a victory last week against Tennessee after they only threw for 92 yards. It will be different this week as they are facing an offense that will capitalize on their opportunities and I wouldn’t be surprised if Atlanta routs the Dolphins at home.
The Dolphins did allow DeMarco Murray to average over 4.1 yards a carry last week and as far as Freeman is concerned he has gotten it done every week this season as he has already found the end zone 5 times scoring in every game.
Also Considering: Melvin Gordon, Lamar Miller, C.J. Anderson, LeVeon Bell, Ameer Abdullah[the_ad id=”73965″][the_ad id=”63198″]
Wide Receiver/Tight End
Falcons vs. Dolphins
- Draft Point Average: 9.8
For the same reasons I like Devonta Freeman, I like Julio Jones this week. The Dolphins are a team that is in shambles even though they currently have a .500 record. Miami’s offensive struggles are going to put this high powered offense in some great situations. We haven’t had that signature Julio Jones game yet this season and there is a good chance we see it this week in a game where Atlanta is projected to score 29 points, the highest single team total on the slate.
Jones, will get Xavien Howard coverage for majority of the game as Jones lines up on the left 46% of the time and Howard plays that side of the field. Howard has a current grade of 49.5 on Pro Football Focus which ranks him one of the worst 30 cornerbacks in the NFL. When Jones plays on the opposite side he will get Byron Maxwell coverage. Maxwell has not panned out for Miami since they brought him in to be a premier corner on their defense last season. He currently ranks 104th out of 109 qualified cornerbacks in the NFL. This is a matchup that we cannot ignore for Julio Jones and if he is available on DRAFT do not hesitate to pull the trigger.
Texans vs. Cleveland
- Draft Point Average: 16.8
DeAndre Hopkins is a usage monster. He is 2nd in the NFL in targets with 62, and nobody tops his 39.1% percent of the workload. While we may not be able to say Hopkins is the best receiver in the game we can no longer ignore the fact that no matter the matchup he is a high floor play based on how much the Texans force feed him the ball.
This week Hopkins and the Texans take on the 0-5 Cleveland Browns who currently rank 25th in points per game allowed. Houston has scored 34 or more points in three straight games and it is likely they make it four. 22% of the Browns’ drives this season have ended with a turnover, which tells us that the Texans could find themselves in positive situations on quick changes with good field position in this one. That is good news for Hopkins as he could see more red zone work to follow up his three-touchdown performance last week. Hopkins has been one of the most consistent WR’s in football in 2017 as he has either had 7 or more catches or caught three touchdown passes in every game. He is currently on lock status for me especially due to the fact that he most likely will not be on other fantasy players’ radars and you should be able to get him in the later rounds of your contest on DRAFT.
Also Considering: Terrelle Pryor, Antonio Brown, Golden Tate, Stefon Diggs, Michael Thomas, Tyreek Hill
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