Monday Night Fantasy Football Preview
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Week 6 of the 2016 season features two teams with fantasy assets on both sides. The New York Jets (1-4) travel to Pheonix to take on the Arizona Cardinals (2-3).
The Cardinals have one of the most potent offenses in the NFL on paper but have not been playing like it. Quarterback Carson Palmer missed Week 5 with a concussion but has been cleared and will play on Monday night. The Jets are currently ranked 29th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. Palmer has struggled with his consistency in 2016, but given the matchup, consider him a low-end QB1.
Running back David Johnson is the best fantasy asset that the Cardinals have, and he was drafted as such. Coming into Week 6, Johnson was the RB1 in fantasy points and has won weeks for fantasy owners. Currently averaging 19.5 standard fantasy points, Johnson’s prowess in the passing game and his ability to run between the tackles makes him a must-start RB1, even against the Jets’ strong rushing defense.
At wide receiver, the Cardinals boast one of the most talented trios of receivers on paper. However, they have been an inconsistent bunch outside of Larry Fitzgerald. He has been the most fantasy relevant between him, John Brown and Michael Floyd.
After finishing the 2015 season as a back-end QB1, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has found himself at the bottom of waiver wires across leagues. He is currently the QB28 and has struggled to be consistent as he is constantly committing turnovers. He has two games with three or more interceptions and until he can prove he can limit the turnovers, he should stay on all waiver wires.
Running back Matt Forte was on fire for the first two week of the season but has seen a drop off in production. Coming into Week 6 as the RB12, Forte faces a stout run defense that is 13th in fantasy points allowed to running backs. He has not been as active in the passing game as most expected and Bilal Powell has begun to cut into his workload. Forte is startable, but not as an RB1.
With wide receiver Eric Decker on the injured reserve with a shoulder injury, Brandon Marshall will continue to be a weekly WR1, but Quincy Enunwa gets the biggest bump. He had a solid outing against the Buffalo Bills in Week 2, but will see a lot more targets now that Decker is out for the year. Consider him a flex play against the stingy Cardinals pass defense that is 10th in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers.
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