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Week 6 of the NFL season brings with it some interesting and enticing matchups. Read on for recommendations for cash and tournament DFS play for Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, and Tight Ends.
Kirk Cousins, MIN ($10,200) vs PHI
The way to beat Philadelphia is through the air. Their top three cornerbacks may miss this game and they have allowed the least amount of rushing yards on the season. Assuming the coaches gameplan well, a big assumption I know, this sets up as a more voluminous game for Cousins. Cousins showed last week he can get the job done when called upon throwing for 300+ yards and two scores and he had a huge 11.3 yards per attempt number on the day. Philadelphia has a decent offense and should be able to score some so this game doesn’t get away from Cousins and the passing game. I like him stacked with Thielen and Diggs because their target distribution is so narrow in Minnesota.
Kyler Murray, ARI ($12,900) vs ATL
Murray is quietly the QB7 in fantasy and is facing the Falcons who are tied for last in sacks. He has some serious positive touchdown regression as he only has four in 201 pass attempts (2.0%) which is only above Josh Rosen for QB’s that have thrown a touchdown pass this year. The Dolphins are the only team to allow more fantasy points to quarterbacks than the Falcons this year. Murray is more expensive than usual but that may take some ownership off of him this week.
Matt Ryan, ATL ($12,100) at ARI
Everyone knows the story about opponents of the Cardinals. They have an uptempo offense which leads to more plays for their opponents. They also have a very poor passing defense. They are a bottom-ten team in passing yards allowed, passing touchdowns allowed, and average yards per attempt. Ryan himself has thrown for over 300 yards in every game and is the QB6 in fantasy so far this year.
Dak Prescott, DAL ($11,700) at NYJ
Prescott comes into this week as the QB5 in fantasy. He and the Cowboys are heavy favorites and the Jets have one of the worst set of cornerbacks in the league. The concern is that the Jets won’t be able to score at the pace of the Cowboys and Prescott doesn’t need to throw much. I think that the Jets can put up some points with Darnold back under center. Even if the Cowboys get up big it wouldn’t be surprising for Dak to have a couple of scores in the process.
Jamison Crowder, NYJ ($8,300) vs DAL
Sam Darnold is finally back after his bout with mono. In their first game together this year Darnold targeted Crowder a career-high 17 times. The Cowboys play a zone most of the time and the way to attack zones is underneath and over the middle. We should expect rust from Darnold, and 17 targets are too much to expect this game but double digits aren’t out of the question. At his price, you can fit another expensive piece or two into your cash game lineup.
Jarvis Landry, CLE ($10,200) vs SEA
Landry is also too cheap for his production so far and matchup right now. He is 14th at receiver in targets and eighth in the league in receiving yards on the season. His yards per target is up from 6.6 last year to 10.3 so far this season. The Seahawks have given up top-36 games to slot receivers Larry Fitzgerald, Juju Smith-Schuster, Cooper Kupp, and Tyler Boyd. Landry has played in the slot on 62% of his snaps so far this year. His price isn’t bad and this sets up as a game where the Seahawks and Browns should be able to put up some points against each other.
Mecole Hardman, KC ($10,500) vs HOU
The Chiefs could be without Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill this week against the Texans. Without Hill in the lineup, Hardman has had 5.5 targets per game. Now take Watkins out and we could be looking at the 7-9 range. This game’s total has already been bet up to 55 and Hardman seems to be a forgotten guy with the Byron Pringle breakout last week. Hardman is third in the NFL with 20.5 yards per reception. Hardman is one of many pieces I would like to play from this game and he is at a reasonable price.
Marquise Brown, BAL ($11,700) vs CIN
Brown missed some of week five with an ankle injury but came back in for some plays towards the end of the game. Coach Harbaugh said the injury is nothing serious and he was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday. Brown is 14th in the league in targets and sixth in total air yards. He is popping in the buy-low air yards models as he has recently underperformed his expected production. The Bengals defense has the third-highest yards per target against them and set up as a nice opponent for the speedster Brown.
Gerald Everett, LAR ($7,000) vs SF
If you want to pay down at tight end, this is the way to go in cash. He has garnered 19 targets the last two games even with Tyler Higbee returning last week. His passing routes have trended up since the beginning of the season and he is leading tight ends in red-zone receptions. He is also top-ten at the position in yards after the catch and targets. Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks may be missing this game so the Rams may be forced to continue to give Everett more work.
Austin Hooper, ATL ($9,000) at ARI
Shoutout to Smizzlife @alzeidenfeld for coining the tight ends against Arizona flowchart. Arizona has given up the most fantasy points to tight ends by a large margin. Hooper is the number one tight end in PPR formats through five games. This game is expected to be an uptempo shootout for a team that has the most pass plays per game. Hooper is top-five at his position in targets, receptions, air yards, and yards after the catch. He is one of the top options this week.
Travis Kelce, KC ($12,900) vs HOU
Kelce is extremely expensive which takes him out of cash game consideration. We want access to this Chiefs and Texans game as it sets up to be extremely fantasy-friendly with the large 55 point total so far. Kelce has at least eight targets and 70 yards in every game this year but has only one 100 yard game and one touchdown on the year. He has the most receiving yards and deep targets (20+ yards) out of tight ends but only one red-zone reception on seven targets. He has some positive touchdown regression coming his way and could get a target boost with Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins possibly being out.