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Fantasy Football: Who to start in Week 6?

Pete Davidson
October 13, 2018 - 6:28 pm

While you sit around waiting and watching the minutes tick by until the start of the ALCS, I have a few plays for NFL Sunday to occupy your mind.

For the freshest insights on all the Week 6 action, tune in to the Fantasy Football Hour, this Sunday morning right here on 93.7. Jim Hackett and I will take your questions (via text) and get you ready for Sunday! We’ll also be getting into the Patriots/Chiefs Showdown contest on DraftKings. I don’t want to give it all away here, but I’m loving James White, Julian Edelman and both quarterbacks! Tyreek Hill is also very high on my list of priorities. It’s going to be a wild night.

For my take on every relevant fantasy player this weekend, check out my free lineup rankings at rotobahn.com.

All player pricing for this article was sourced from DraftKings.

Julio Jones, WR, Falcons vs. Bucs, $7,900

I know that some of you are probably rolling your eyes on this one, because Julio has been a let down in some ways—particularly in the touchdown department. Still, he has a lot of positive indicators this week. Obviously, you have the Bucs—a perfect opponent in many ways. They can score, to push your offense, but their defense can’t stop anything, and certainly can’t stop Jones. The Bucs have yielded the most points on a per game basis of any team in the league. So we have a very good chance at positive game flow. We also have a Falcons team that is 100 percent desperate for a win. No way will they take their foot off the gas—even if they get up three scores. They know the Bucs are dangerous, and they will bury them fully if given the chance. And, how about the price? 7900 units is a pittance for Julio if he has a good game. It’s also worth noting that Jones has had plenty of success against this team, and that includes plenty of touchdowns.

Chester Rogers, WR, Colts at Jets, $4,500

Every week I try to include some money-saving picks, and Rogers can be that guy and more in Week 6. He’s not a household name, obviously, but he’s played a major role for Andrew Luck since T.Y. Hilton injured his hamstring back in Week 4. It started as soon as Hilton left that game and carried through Week 5 against the Patriots. Rogers had 10 targets through three games this year. Over the last two, he has 22. That’s night and day and obviously not coincidental. This week, Rogers should be in the slot most of the day. That’s good for him and bad for the Jets, who are going to be without Buster Skrine—their starting slot corner and one of their better defenders. Additionally, the Jets will likely be without CB Trumaine Johnson, who is listed as doubtful with a quad injury. And oh yeah, the Colts lead the NFL in pass attempts. This all lines up well for Rogers, who feels like a steal at 4,500 units.

James Conner, RB, Steelers at Bengals, $7,700

His price tag may not feel cheap, but when you consider that Todd Gurley is sitting at 10,000 units, it’s not too bad, right? The bottom line for me is that, for Conner, this sets up well for volume—both as a runner and as a receiver. He’s the only viable back the Steelers have right now—with Le’Veon Bell still holding out, and this is a game where I expect the Steelers to need the underneath stuff to move the chains. Bell is expected back next week by many reports, and if that’s true, they will not be afraid to use Conner a ton in this game. And, just in case you didn’t know, the Bengals are not stopping the run well. I think Conner can make a run at 25 touches in this divisional tilt.

Bilal Powell, RB, Jets vs. Colts, $4,500

He could be the closest thing to a free square on this week’s main slate, but there is a catch. Isaiah Crowell missed most of this week’s practice with a sprained ankle. If Crowell sits, Powell becomes the cheapest source of volume on the slate. You’d almost have to play him. The big question is, what do we do if Crowell is active? I’d still have some Powell shares in that scenario, but I would refrain from going all-in in every lineup. Ironically, because more people will play him with Crowell out, you could actually fare better in large field tournaments with Crowell playing, because folks will run away from Powell. Either way, this is a situation to know about, and it’s not a tough logistical spot, because the Jets play early.

Niles Paul, TE, Jaguars at Cowboys, $2,600

This week’s sleeper, Niles Paul, is a talented guy who has slipped through the cracks over the years mainly due to injury but also because he was caught behind Jordan Reed on Washington's depth chart. Flash forward to today—Paul is now a Jaguar and he has been thrust into a more prominent role with the season-ending abdominal injury to Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Paul will be the catch-first tight end while James O’Shaughnessy holds down the blocking role. I have no idea how the rest of the season will play out, but for now, we have a catch-first tight end with more receiving ability than Seferian-Jenkins, in a game where the Jaguars need targets and are expected to pass more than normal due to Leonard Fournette’s hamstring injury. At 2,600 units, he saves you a ton at other positions and has a legit shot to pay off. He’s Week 6 cost-saver with some scoring punch. Don’t build your week around him. Just use him to create some big ceiling lineups.