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Fantasy Football rankings, Week 6

Who should, should not be in your lineup

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The ups and downs of fantasy football seem to be in full-force with the beginning of BYE weeks starting in week 6. The Saints, 49ers, Falcons, and Jets are all BYE, so be sure to remove them from your lineups, and also plan for Week 7. Next week is filled with BYE week teams that are typical every game starters for fantasy players.

The Chargers, Bills, Jaguars, Vikings, Steelers, and Cowboys are all BYE. That unfortunately means Justin Herbert, Josh Allen, and Dak Prescott won’t be available. If your team has an expendable player on your roster, I would look to add a second quarterback in a plus matchup. One that comes to mind is Ryan Tannehill who plays the Chiefs in week 7.

Tannehill has underwhelmed this year with a bad offensive line and injuries to star wide receivers AJ Brown and Julio Jones. Both Brown and Jones are returning in the week 6 matchup on Monday Night Football against the Bills. Week 6 may not go too well for the Titans, but week 7 sets up for a high scoring affair against a defense that ranks last in fantasy points given up to the quarterback.

There are also plenty of recent waiver wire additions who I have confidence in this week. The Chiefs Darrell Williams, who is starting with Clyde Edwards-Helaire on I.R. gets to face a Washington defense that’s given up over 19 points per game to the running back position. The over/under for the Chiefs/Washington is 54.5 points, so getting action from the starting running back of a Patrick Mahomes led offense is a wise investment.

I also have confidence in Chuba Hubbard with Christan McCaffrey ruled out. Minnesota surrendered the 21st most fantasy points to running backs and we saw Hubbard in a primary role last week at home. He went for over 100-yards and was really involved in the passing game. I really like Hubbard, but I like Zach Moss a bit more. Moss could benefit from goal line work in a game script that should fit his role as a grind it out running back. The over/under is 53 points and the Bills are favored by 5.5 on the road.

Damien Williams of the Bears tested positive with COVID-19 and will miss this game at home against the Packers. The rookie Khalil Herbert will look to handle most of the work in a low-upside offense. In 12-team leagues, Herbert is certainly in consideration to start. Kareem Hunt sets up for a top running back this week in a game that could be impacted by the wind. The Cardinals are going to Cleveland to face the Nick Chubb-less Browns. Arizona will be without center Rodney Hudson and EDGE rusher Chandler Jones, and there should be a lot of work for Hunt.


  1. Josh Allen @ TEN
  2. Pat Mahomes @ WAS
  3. Lamar Jackson @ LAC
  4. Justin Herbert vs BAL
  5. Matt Stafford @ NYG
  6. Kyler Murray @ CLE
  7. Dak Prescott @ NE
  8. Aaron Rodgers @ CHI
  9. Joe Burrow @ DET
  10. Taylor Heineke vs KC
  11. Kirk Cousins @ CAR
  12. Trevor Lawrence vs MIA
  13. Sam Darnold vs MIN
  14. Carson Wentz @ HOU
  15. Teddy Bridgewater vs LV
  16. Daniel Jones vs LAR (if active)
  17. Justin Fields vs GB
  18. Baker Mayfield vs ARI
  19. Ryan Tannehill vs BUF
  20. Ben Roethlisberger vs SEA
  21. Tua Tagovailoa vs JAX
  22. Derek Carr @ DEN
  23. Jared Goff vs CIN
  24. Davis Mills @ IND
  25. Mac Jones vs DAL
  26. Geno Smith @ PIT

Running backs

  1. Derrick Henry vs BUF
  2. Najee Harris vs SEA
  3. Austin Ekeler @ BAL
  4. Jonathan Taylor vs HOU
  5. Dalvin Cook @ CAR
  6. Ezekiel Elliott @ NE
  7. Kareem Hunt vs ARI
  8. James Robinson vs MIA
  9. Aaron Jones @ CHI
  10. Darrell Henderson @ NYG
  11. D’Andre Swift vs CIN
  12. Antonio Gibson vs KC
  13. Joe Mixon @ DET
  14. Darrell Williams @ WAS
  15. Javonte Williams vs LV
  16. Zach Moss @ TEN
  17. Chase Edmonds @ CLE
  18. Chuba Hubbard vs MIN
  19. Myles Gaskin @ JAX
  20. Khalil Herbert vs GB
  21. Josh Jacobs @ DEN
  22. Melvin Gordon III vs LV
  23. Latavius Murray vs LAC
  24. Alex Collins @ PIT (with no Chris Carson)
  25. Devontae Booker vs LAR
  26. Tony Pollard @ NE
  27. J.D. McKissic vs KC
  28. Brandon Bolden vs DAL
  29. Jerick McKinnon @ WAS
  30. Jamaal Williams vs CIN
  31. James Connor @ CLE
  32. Devin Singletary @ TEN
  33. AJ Dillon @ CHI
  34. Sony Michel @ NYG
  35. Nyheim Hines vs HOU

Wide receivers

  1. Devante Adams @ CHI
  2. Stefon Diggs @ TEN
  3. Tyreek Hill @ WAS
  4. Cooper Kupp @ NYG
  5. Terry McLaurin vs KC
  6. Justin Jefferson @ CAR
  7. Ja’Marr Chase @ DET
  8. DJ Moore vs MIN
  9. Diontae Johnson vs SEA
  10. Marquise Brown vs LAC
  11. DeAndre Hopkins @ CLE
  12. Mike Williams @ BAL
  13. DK Metcalf @ PIT
  14. Keenan Allen @ BAL
  15. CeeDee Lamb @ NE
  16. Michael Pittman Jr. vs HOU
  17. AJ Brown vs BUF
  18. Brandin Cooks @ IND
  19. Amari Cooper @ NE
  20. Chase Claypool vs SEA
  21. Courtland Sutton vs LV
  22. Robert Woods @ NYG
  23. Julio Jones vs BUF
  24. Tee Higgins @ DET
  25. Marvin Jones Jr. vs MIA
  26. Tyler Lockett @ PIT
  27. Kadarius Toney vs LAR
  28. Emmanuel Sanders vs TEN
  29. Jaylen Waddle @ JAX
  30. Jakobi Meyers vs DAL
  31. Adam Theilen @ CAR
  32. Odell Beckham Jr. vs ARI
  33. Tim Patrick vs LV
  34. Laviska Shenault vs MIA
  35. Tyler Boyd @ DET

Tight ends

  1. Travis Kelce @ WAS
  2. Mark Andrews vs LAC
  3. Darren Waller @ DEN
  4. Dawson Knox @ TEN
  5. Noah Fant vs LV
  6. TJ Hockenson vs CIN
  7. Mike Gesicki @ JAX
  8. Hunter Henry vs DAL
  9. Ricky Seals-Jones vs KC
  10. Dalton Schultz @ NE
  11. Tyler Higbee @ NYG
  12. Dan Arnold vs MIA
  13. Jared Cook @ BAL
  14. Tyler Conklin @ CAR
  15. David Njoku vs ARI
  16. Evan Engram vs LAR
  17. Mo Ali-Cox vs HOU
  18. Jonnu Smith vs DAL
  19. Austin Hooper vs ARI
  20. CJ Uzomah @ DET

Low owned defenses (Yahoo %)

  1. Bengals @ DET (42%)
  2. Packers @ CHI (61%)
  3. Miami @ JAX (32%)

Low owned kickers (Yahoo %)

  1. Chase McLaughlin vs ARI (28%)
  2. Zane Gonzalez vs MIN (1%)
  3. Jason Sanders @ JAX (25%)