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Greetings owners! I am here again to ease your bye week woes. Before we examine the week six streamers, let us take a look back at week five.
Week 5: Bad Call
QB Blakes Bortles– Bortles salvaged his day with 430 passing yards and a score. He also padded it a little with the 34 rushing yards. However, it’s Blake Bortles, and what could have been an incredible day in a juicy matchup was marred by mistakes. Bortles threw four picks and lost a fumble in a matchup with a Kansas City that ranked in the bottom of the league in passing defense. With RB Leonard Fournette possibly out until week ten, Bortles will need to step up and lead this offense. He should be someone you can use in future streams, but certainly, temper your expectations.
Week 5: Good Call
TE Austin Hooper- Hooper delivered on a day that the Atlanta Falcons struggled mightily. He finished as the third TE in PPR leagues and with the decimation at the position, you can fire him up as an every week starter. He has a juicy matchup this week, and I would suggest slotting him into your lineup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if you do not own any of the top three guys.
Teams on Bye in Week 6
New Orleans Saints
*All players under 50% owned according to Yahoo Fantasy Football
QB Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@ Atlanta Falcons, 46% owned)- Fitzmagic was fun, but alas, Winston has returned to the helm of the Bucs. He gets a tasty matchup against a Falcons defense that is giving up almost 300 yards and 32 points a game on average. With the Falcons’ defense obliterated by injuries, Jameis should shred. He is also reasonably cheap in Draft Kings this week.
QB Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (vs Los Angeles Chargers, 41% owned)- Mayfield is getting a Chargers defense that has given up the ninth-most points to fantasy quarterbacks. Mayfield, in his first two starts, has combined for 637 passing yards. He also has the ability to give you some yards on the ground. With DE Joey Bosa still recovering from injury, the Chargers’ defense should continue to struggle. If Mayfield can get his TD number up, he will be more than a serviceable starter for you.
RB Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings (vs Arizona Cardinals, 40% owned)- As of Thursday morning, RB Dalvin Cook is still questionable to play. Murray has not looked great this year but has the chance to turn it around against the Arizona Cardinals. They are giving up an average of 142 yards this year and the Vikings could be in clock-killing mode fairly early.
RB Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks (vs Oakland Raiders in London, 31% owned)- Davis found success, even with RB Chris Carson back last week. The Seattle Seahawks are bottom in the league in pass attempts and prefer to keep the ball on the ground. Oakland has already given up five touchdowns to opposing RBs and is toward the bottom in points allowed to them. Davis should find success again, even with Carson involved.
WR Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons (vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 45% owned)- Sanu has been hot as of late. In the last three weeks, he has 220 yards and two touchdowns. The Falcons will likely find themselves in another shootout. Sanu should get a handful of looks in the red zone and faces a Bucs defense that is giving up 358 yards per game through the air.
WR Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@ Atlanta Falcons, 44% owned)- With QB Jameis Winston likely to carve up the Falcons defense, Godwin should be one of the primary recipients. He saw a reduced role in his last game, but the Bucs have had their bye to find ways to get their playmakers involved. Through the first 3 weeks, Godwin had scored a touchdown in every game. He is a good bet to do that again in this one.
TE O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@ Atlanta Falcons, 49% owned)- Howard has not yet been designated as active, but has been practicing this week. QB Jameis Winston loves TE Cameron Brate, but Howard is much more talented. If he is given the green light, look for Howard to be involved in what is likely going to be a high scoring affair.
TE C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals (vs Pittsburgh Steelers, 27% owned)- Last week, TE Austin Hooper was heavily involved against the Steelers. The Steelers are in the bottom three teams at covering the tight end and QB Andy Dalton loves to spread it around. The Bengals should be playing to match the Steelers’ high scoring offense, giving Uzomah plenty of opportunities.
Dallas Cowboys (vs Jacksonville Jaguars, 19% owned)- Dallas has been low-key one of the best defenses in the league. They excel at getting to the quarterback and creating turnovers. They will be playing QB Blake Bortles in Jerry World, who made the Kansas City Chiefs look like the 85′ Bears, throwing four picks and losing a fumble.
Rader’s Radar: Super Deep Sleeper Pick
WR Antonio Callaway ( vs Los Angeles Chargers, 23% owned)- WR Rashard Higgins is expected to miss two games with an MCL injury. This opens the door for Callaway to step up. The Chargers have been scoring plenty, so Mayfield should be airing it out this week. Callaway will be one of his top targets.