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Now that the bye weeks are here, we get to see which Fantasy managers have enough depth on their rosters to survive with plenty of star players being out. And we're also dealing with several key injuries as well. This is when the fun begins.

The teams on a bye are New Orleans, Atlanta, the 49ers and the Jets. That means you don't have Alvin Kamara, Cordarrelle Patterson, Calvin Ridley, Kyle Pitts and Deebo Samuel, among others. And we also just lost guys like Russell Wilson (finger), Saquon Barkley (ankle), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee), Kenny Golladay (knee) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) due to injury, along with many other standout players dealing with ailments.

You might find yourself starting players you never expected because of a desperate situation. Some quarterbacks to consider include Taylor Heinicke and Carson Wentz because of positive matchups. Darrel Williams, Devontae Booker and Brandon Bolden are potential running back replacements. At wide receiver, Tim Patrick, Rondale Moore and Amon-Ra St. Brown are in good spots. And we have tight ends like Dan Arnold and Ricky Seals-Jones who could be reliable.

Your Fantasy rosters will be tested this week. Hopefully, the players you have available to use -- and the ones you are forced to start -- help lead you to a victory.

Editor's Note: Projections are provided by CBS Sports and not Jamey Eisenberg. Projected points are for PPR leagues.

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Start of the Week
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KC Kansas City • #31
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
YTD Stats
RUYDS
99
REC
7
REYDS
45
TD
2
FPTS/G
6.7

Darrel Williams has been here before for the Chiefs. Just last season in the NFL playoffs, Williams was the lead running back for Kansas City when Clyde Edwards-Helaire was dealing with hip and ankle injuries, while Le'Veon Bell was struggling.

In the Divisional Round against Cleveland, Williams had 13 carries for 78 yards, along with four catches for 16 yards on four targets. Then in the AFC Championship Game against Buffalo, Williams had 13 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown, along with one catch for 9 yards on one target.

He scored 12 PPR points in each outing and proved to be a serviceable option. And that's what I'm expecting from him in Week 6 at Washington with Edwards-Helaire out again.

Williams isn't going to be a superstar Fantasy running back this week or for however long Edwards-Helaire is out. But he can be a potential top-15 Fantasy running back this week in all formats, and I would start him with confidence.

He was already playing in tandem with Edwards-Helaire, and Williams has two rushing touchdowns and three games with at least two receptions on the season. He should be looking at around 15 total touches, and he should have the chance to score against Washington.

It's not an easy matchup since Washington has allowed just five total touchdowns to running backs, and only Zack Moss, Cordarrelle Patterson (if you count him as a running back) and Alvin Kamara have scored more than 11 PPR points against this defense. But I'm trusting Andy Reid and the Chiefs offense to have a big performance this week after a down game against Buffalo, and Kansas City is a 6.5-point favorite on the road.

Washington will likely dare the Chiefs to run in an attempt to slow down Patrick Mahomes, and that should benefit Williams. We also could see Jerick McKinnon get work, but Williams should be the lead running back with Edwards-Helaire out.

"We have trust in the other two guys," Reid said Wednesday. "Particularly Darrel, he's been productive since he's been here."

This should be another chance for Williams to prove himself as the lead running back for the Chiefs. And he's worth trusting as a No. 2 Fantasy running back in all leagues in Week 6.

START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Quarterbacks
Start 'Em
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PHI Philadelphia • #1
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB TB -6.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS QB
26th
PROJ PTS
21.6
QB RNK
5th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1365
RUYDS
256
TD
10
INT
3
FPTS/G
27.2
I'm not sure what more Hurts has to do to gain your trust, but he's only started in 60 percent of leagues on CBS Sports. He's scored at least 21 Fantasy points in every game this year, including two outings with at least 31 points, and he's been great with his rushing production with an average of 51.2 yards per game on the ground. This week he's facing a Tampa Bay defense that has allowed an average of 25.2 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and I expect Hurts to be above that number. He has top-five upside in this matchup Thursday night.
LAR L.A. Rams • #9
Age: 33 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYG LAR -10.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS QB
25th
PROJ PTS
22.9
QB RNK
8th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1587
RUYDS
14
TD
12
INT
3
FPTS/G
26.3
Stafford scored fewer than 20 Fantasy points for the first time all year in Week 5 at Seattle, but he passed for a season-high 365 yards in that outing. He should get back on track with his Fantasy production this week against the Giants, who allow an average of 24.8 Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year. Stafford finally got Robert Woods going against the Seahawks, and this Rams passing attack might be unstoppable if Woods, Cooper Kupp, Tyler Higbee and Co. are all clicking in the same game.
CIN Cincinnati • #9
Age: 24 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET CIN -3.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS QB
12th
PROJ PTS
23.5
QB RNK
11th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1269
RUYDS
24
TD
11
INT
6
FPTS/G
21.8
Thankfully, Burrow is fine despite hurting his neck in Week 5 against Green Bay, and hopefully he continues his recent stretch of quality Fantasy production this week against Detroit. He's scored at least 22 Fantasy points in three games in a row, and he's reached that mark four times in five outings this year. He's been at 32 pass attempts or more in each of the past two games, and we like it when his volume is high. The Lions have only allowed three quarterbacks to score at least 20 Fantasy points this season and just held Kirk Cousins to 15 Fantasy points, but I like Burrow as a low-end starter in this matchup. It will be hard for Detroit to slow down Burrow's trio of top-tier receivers this week.
WAS Washington • #4
Age: 28 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC KC -7 O/U 55.5
OPP VS QB
31st
PROJ PTS
20.6
QB RNK
12th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1208
RUYDS
127
TD
9
INT
5
FPTS/G
21.2
Heinicke has a dream matchup against the Chiefs, who have allowed the most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks since Week 1. Four quarterbacks (Lamar Jackson, Justin Herbert, Hurts and Josh Allen) have scored at least 31 Fantasy points against Kansas City, and the Chiefs have allowed 10 total touchdowns with no turnovers from a quarterback in their past three games. Heinicke has scored at least 23 Fantasy points in three of his past four games, and he should be considered a low-end starter in all leagues this week.
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JAC Jacksonville • #16
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIA MIA -3.5 O/U 47
OPP VS QB
29th
PROJ PTS
16.4
QB RNK
17th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1146
RUYDS
110
TD
8
INT
8
FPTS/G
17
Lawrence took advantage of a great matchup in Week 5 against Tennessee with 22 Fantasy points, and he has another quality matchup in Week 6 against Miami in London. The Dolphins are No. 3 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, and the last three quarterbacks against them (Derek Carr, Carson Wentz and Tom Brady) have combined for 1,025 passing yards, nine touchdowns and one interception. Lawrence is a borderline starter in all leagues this week.
DEN Denver • #5
Age: 28 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LV DEN -3.5 O/U 44
OPP VS QB
7th
PROJ PTS
20.3
QB RNK
15th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1180
RUYDS
57
TD
7
INT
1
FPTS/G
18.6
Bridgewater more than held up against the Steelers in Week 5 when he scored 22 Fantasy points, and he now has at least 22 points in three of four complete games this year. His best games have come when he's had at least 34 pass attempts, and he should be able to throw on the Raiders in Week 6. He's not a must-start Fantasy quarterback this week, but he's a decent replacement option for Russell Wilson (finger) if you need some help.
IND Indianapolis • #2
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU IND -9.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS QB
18th
PROJ PTS
22.9
QB RNK
14th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1322
RUYDS
73
TD
7
INT
1
FPTS/G
19.6
Wentz played great in Week 5 at Baltimore with 402 passing yards and two touchdowns, although he lost a fumble. He's now scored at least 21 Fantasy points in back-to-back games, and he should have the chance for another positive outing in Week 6 against the Texans. Houston has allowed three of five quarterbacks this year to score at least 25 Fantasy points, including Lawrence, Sam Darnold and Allen. Wentz is a good streaming option in all leagues.
PIT Pittsburgh • #7
Age: 39 • Experience: 18 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SEA PIT -5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS QB
20th
PROJ PTS
18.5
QB RNK
16th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1286
RUYDS
9
TD
6
INT
4
FPTS/G
15.3
Roethlisberger just had his best game of the season in Week 5 against Denver with 20 Fantasy points, and he has a good matchup in Week 6 against Seattle. Hopefully he can take advantage of this defense, even without JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder), who is out for the rest of the season. It's tough to trust Roethlisberger in anything but deeper leagues, but hopefully last week's outing against the Broncos is the start of some positive performances for him this year. And Seattle has allowed four quarterbacks in a row to pass for at least 322 yards, while three quarterbacks have scored at least 22 Fantasy points against the Seahawks this year.
Sit 'Em
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TEN Tennessee • #17
Age: 33 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF BUF -5.5 O/U 54
OPP VS QB
1st
PROJ PTS
16.2
QB RNK
20th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1251
RUYDS
130
TD
7
INT
3
FPTS/G
18.9
We'll see if Julio Jones (hamstring) can return this week, but even if he's back it should be tough for Tannehill to have success against the Bills. Buffalo is No. 1 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks at 11.4 per game. The Bills have allowed five passing touchdowns with nine interceptions, and Tannehill has been held to 19 Fantasy points or less in all but one game this year. He's a questionable starter even in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues.
CHI Chicago • #1
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs GB GB -4.5 O/U 45
OPP VS QB
19th
PROJ PTS
14.2
QB RNK
NR
YTD Stats
PAYDS
458
RUYDS
59
TD
2
INT
2
FPTS/G
6.4
Fields might benefit with a negative game script for the Bears if the Packers are playing with a big lead, forcing him to throw and play free. He's only scored a combined 28 Fantasy points on the season, with one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown. We're waiting for him to rely on his legs more, and that could be an issue in Week 6 since he banged up his knee in Week 5 at Las Vegas. The Packers do allow an average of 23.8 Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and are beat up on defense, but Fields has to prove himself before Fantasy managers can trust him, even in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues.
LV Las Vegas • #4
Age: 30 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DEN DEN -3.5 O/U 44
OPP VS QB
2nd
PROJ PTS
17.7
QB RNK
19th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1605
RUYDS
29
TD
8
INT
4
FPTS/G
21.4
Carr went from a reliable Fantasy quarterback to a questionable option the past two games against the Chargers and Bears when he combined for just 24 Fantasy points. This was after he scored at least 25 Fantasy points in each of his first three games. The Broncos have yet to allow more than 22 Fantasy points to any quarterback this year, including matchups with Daniel Jones, Lamar Jackson and Roethlisberger. And Carr only has four touchdowns in his past five meetings with Denver going back to 2018. He's only worth starting in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues.
CLE Cleveland • #6
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI CLE -3 O/U 49.5
OPP VS QB
8th
PROJ PTS
17.2
QB RNK
22nd
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1240
RUYDS
67
TD
5
INT
2
FPTS/G
17.5
Mayfield just had his best Fantasy outing of the season in Week 5 at the Chargers with 26 points. Prior to that, he's been at 19 Fantasy points or less in each of his first four games. The Cardinals allow an average of just 18.0 Fantasy points per game this year, and only Kirk Cousins in Week 2 and Stafford in Week 4 have been over that number. The Browns will likely go back to relying on Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in this matchup, and Mayfield is only worth using in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues.
Bust Alert
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MIN Minnesota • #8
Age: 33 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CAR MIN -1 O/U 46
OPP VS QB
13th
PROJ PTS
19.5
QB RNK
13th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1396
RUYDS
41
TD
10
INT
2
FPTS/G
23.2
Cousins now has two bad Fantasy outings in a row after he scored 12 points in Week 4 against Cleveland and 15 points in Week 5 against Detroit. We'll see if he can get back on track this week against the Panthers, but I would only start him in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues. The Panthers have been stingy against opposing quarterbacks, with only Dak Prescott scoring more than 22 Fantasy points against Carolina. Aside from Prescott, opposing quarterbacks have three touchdowns and four interceptions against the Panthers, including Jameis Winston and Hurts. I hope Cousins snaps out of his two-game scoring funk this week, but I wouldn't be surprised if he has another down outing against this defense.
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Running Backs
Start 'Em
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CIN Cincinnati • #28
Age: 25 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET CIN -3.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS RB
29th
PROJ PTS
16.1
RB RNK
16th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
386
REC
8
REYDS
31
TD
3
FPTS/G
13.5
Mixon gave us a scare last week when he almost didn't play against the Packers with his ankle injury, but he got out there with 10 carries for 33 yards and a touchdown, along with one catch for 2 yards. We'd like to see him more involved in the passing game, and maybe that happens this week at Detroit if Samaje Perine isn't cleared off the reserve/COVID-19 list. But even if Perine plays, this should be a quality outing for Mixon against the Lions, who are No. 4 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. Detroit has allowed a running back to score a touchdown (10 in total) in all but one game this year.
MIA Miami • #37
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ JAC MIA -3.5 O/U 47
OPP VS RB
26th
PROJ PTS
14.9
RB RNK
22nd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
167
REC
22
REYDS
131
TD
2
FPTS/G
12.8
I'll bite on Gaskin playing well again after his breakout performance last week. You can say it was just the game plan to use him in the passing game because you can't run on Tampa Bay, which is why he had 10 targets and finished with 10 catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns. But he also averaged 5.0 yards per carry on just five carries, and he needs to touch the ball at least 15 times for the Dolphins to be successful. Forget Malcolm Brown and Salvon Ahmed, Gaskin is Miami's best offensive player. The Dolphins might feed him targets again if DeVante Parker (shoulder) remains out with Will Fuller (finger) sidelined. And the Jaguars have allowed a running back to score a touchdown (nine in total) in all but one game this year. You can even consider Brown a sleeper if you think he can vulture a touchdown this week.
TB Tampa Bay • #7
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PHI TB -6.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS RB
24th
PROJ PTS
14.4
RB RNK
14th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
251
REC
19
REYDS
167
TD
1
FPTS/G
13.4
Fournette came up big as the Start of the Week against Miami in Week 5. I said he would score his first touchdown of the season, and he did, along with 12 carries for 67 yards and four catches for 43 yards on five targets. He's now scored at least 16 PPR points in consecutive games, and the Eagles likely won't slow him down this week. Philadelphia has allowed three running backs in a row -- Ezekiel Elliott, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Chuba Hubbard -- to gain more than 100 total yards, and the Eagles have given up four total touchdowns to running backs in the past three weeks.

BUF Buffalo • #20
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ TEN BUF -5.5 O/U 54
OPP VS RB
12th
PROJ PTS
10.1
RB RNK
21st
YTD Stats
RUYDS
184
REC
8
REYDS
94
TD
4
FPTS/G
14.5
Moss has started to distance himself as the best running back in Buffalo, which is what I expected to happen this season. He played a season-high 74 percent of the snaps in Week 5 at Kansas City compared to 26 percent for Devin Singletary. Moss failed to score for the first time against the Chiefs, but he still managed 11 PPR points, which will hopefully remain his floor. He should do much better against the Titans, who have allowed a running back to score a touchdown in four games in a row.
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DEN Denver • #33
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LV DEN -3.5 O/U 44
OPP VS RB
20th
PROJ PTS
11.1
RB RNK
25th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
247
REC
11
REYDS
75
TD
1
FPTS/G
9.5
It feels like we're on the cusp of a big game for Williams, who has scored at least 11 PPR points in two of his past three games. He has three catches in three games in a row, and you're starting to see some explosive plays, including a 31-yard run in Week 4 against Baltimore and a 49-yard run in Week 5 at Pittsburgh. Melvin Gordon remains a problem for Williams, and Gordon is worth using as a flex this week. But hopefully Williams breaks out against the Raiders, who have allowed four total touchdowns to running backs in the past three games. And the Chargers and Bears backfields had over 130 rushing yards and 150 total yards against Las Vegas in the past two games.
GB Green Bay • #28
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CHI GB -4.5 O/U 45
OPP VS RB
9th
PROJ PTS
8.5
RB RNK
29th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
166
REC
9
REYDS
88
TD
1
FPTS/G
8.1
Dillon has consecutive games with at least 12 total touches, and he was heavily involved in the passing game in Week 5 at Cincinnati with four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown on four targets. Coach Matt LaFleur praised Dillon's hands after the game and said "we've got to continue to find ways to get him the ball." That hopefully doesn't come at the expense of Aaron Jones, but Dillon has flex appeal this week against the Bears. Chicago has allowed three running backs to catch at least four passes in the past three weeks.
WAS Washington • #41
Age: 28 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC KC -7 O/U 55.5
OPP VS RB
22nd
PROJ PTS
9.8
RB RNK
32nd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
55
REC
13
REYDS
150
TD
2
FPTS/G
9.1
McKissic is worth using as a flex this week with the chance Washington is chasing points against the Chiefs. And he could benefit with Curtis Samuel (groin) not expected to play, along with Logan Thomas (hamstring) out. McKissic has at least 16 PPR points in two of his past four games, and the Chiefs have allowed two running backs to catch six passes in their past three games. Antonio Gibson is a No. 2 running back in all leagues, but McKissic can be useful in PPR given the matchup.
NE New England • #25
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DAL DAL -4 O/U 51
OPP VS RB
8th
PROJ PTS
6
RB RNK
35th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
29
REC
13
REYDS
80
TD
0
FPTS/G
4.8
The Cowboys are third in receptions allowed to running backs, and the Patriots could be chasing points this week. And if Damien Harris (ribs) isn't 100 percent then maybe Bolden takes on more work aside from just the passing game. He has taken over for James White (hip), and Bolden has 10 catches in the past two games on 10 targets. Three running backs (Austin Ekeler, Rodney Smith and Devontae Booker) have already scored at least nine PPR points with just their receiving totals alone against Dallas this year. Bolden is a quality flex play in PPR.
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PHI Philadelphia • #26
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB TB -6.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS RB
13th
PROJ PTS
10.4
RB RNK
26th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
214
REC
16
REYDS
111
TD
0
FPTS/G
10.1
I hope the usage we got from Sanders last week is a sign of things to come because he had 16 total touches against the Panthers and played 75 percent of the snaps. But he's now gone four games in a row with nine PPR points or less, and he should struggle to run against the Buccaneers like most teams do. If the Eagles keep him involved in the passing game -- he had five catches on five targets in Week 5 but only 6 yards -- then he could have some success this week since Tampa Bay is No. 2 in receptions allowed to running backs. But we could see Kenneth Gainwell as the one catching passes in this matchup, which is why Sanders is just a flex at best.
BAL Baltimore • #28
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAC BAL -3 O/U 52
OPP VS RB
25th
PROJ PTS
8.2
RB RNK
38th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
168
REC
2
REYDS
13
TD
3
FPTS/G
7.6
The best approach with the Ravens backfield is likely to stay away, and the only chance Murray will help your Fantasy roster this week is if he finds the end zone. Baltimore will continue to rotate three running backs, and in Week 5 against the Colts it was Murray, Ty'Son Williams and Devonta Freeman. Murray actually caught a season-high two passes against Indianapolis, but he managed just 30 total yards for the game. Now, there have been four running backs to gain more than 100 total yards against the Chargers (Gibson, Tony Pollard, Edwards-Helaire and Nick Chubb), but Murray has topped out at 59 yards in a game this season. At best, he's a flex play in non-PPR leagues.
NE New England • #37
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DAL DAL -4 O/U 51
OPP VS RB
8th
PROJ PTS
10.5
RB RNK
31st
YTD Stats
RUYDS
230
REC
7
REYDS
46
TD
2
FPTS/G
8.7
Harris hurt his ribs in Week 5 at Houston, but he's expected to play this week against Dallas. At best, he should be considered a flex option, with his value higher in non-PPR leagues. The Cowboys just allowed their first touchdowns to a running back last week when Devontae Booker scored twice, and Harris could be limited in his production if New England is chasing points. Bolden is the better Patriots running back this week in PPR, and Harris could also lose carries to Rhamondre Stevenson, especially if Harris is at less than 100 percent.
SEA Seattle • #41
Age: 27 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PIT PIT -5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS RB
4th
PROJ PTS
7
RB RNK
NR
YTD Stats
RUYDS
124
REC
4
REYDS
59
TD
1
FPTS/G
7.1
Chris Carson (neck) might return this week, and if he does then you can slot him here in this posting. But if Collins starts again for the Seahawks then I would only use him as a flex option. Pittsburgh has yet to allow a touchdown to a running back, including matchups with Mixon and Aaron Jones. And Seattle is going with Geno Smith in place of the injured Russell Wilson (finger), which could be bad for the entire offense. Collins had 17 total touches in Week 5 against the Rams with Carson out, and he scored eight PPR points. I would expect similar production this week against the Steelers if Collins starts again.
Bust Alert
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NYG N.Y. Giants • #28
Age: 29 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAR LAR -10.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS RB
16th
PROJ PTS
9.5
RB RNK
23rd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
64
REC
6
REYDS
30
TD
2
FPTS/G
6.9
Booker is starting for the injured Saquon Barkley (ankle), and Booker was worth adding in all leagues where available. But I would only consider him a flex option at best this week against the Rams. While he scored twice against the Cowboys in Week 5, he only managed 58 total yards, including three catches. The Giants could be a mess offensively this week if Daniel Jones (concussion) is out, along with Kenny Golladay (knee), Sterling Shepard (hamstring) and Darius Slayton (hamstring). Booker might be the focal point of the Rams defense, and it could be a rough outing for him even with the increased workload.
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Wide Receiver
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PIT Pittsburgh • #11
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SEA PIT -5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
27th
PROJ PTS
14.8
WR RNK
20th
YTD Stats
REC
20
TAR
35
REYDS
341
TD
1
FPTS/G
15.7
There should be some big games ahead for Claypool with JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) out for the season, and we've already seen a glimpse of that this year. Smith-Schuster hurt his ribs in Week 3 against Cincinnati, and Claypool went off for nine catches for 96 yards on 15 targets, although Diontae Johnson was also out for that game with a knee injury. Then last week against Denver when Smith-Schuster hurt his shoulder, Claypool had five catches for 130 yards and a touchdown on six targets. Seattle has already allowed seven receivers to score at least 16 PPR points this year, and Claypool and Johnson should do well this week.
IND Indianapolis • #11
Age: 24 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU IND -9.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
7th
PROJ PTS
0
WR RNK
NR
YTD Stats
REC
29
TAR
43
REYDS
368
TD
1
FPTS/G
14.5
T.Y. Hilton (neck) might return this week, but Pittman should continue to remain the go-to receiver for Carson Wentz for the time being -- and maybe all year. He's taken off in the past four games with at least seven targets and six catches in every game over that span, and he just scored his first touchdown in Week 5 at Baltimore. The Texans have only allowed two touchdowns to receivers all year, but six guys have scored at least 12 PPR points. I can see that being the floor for Pittman, with the chance for another standout outing if Wentz continues to lean on him as expected.
PHI Philadelphia • #6
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB TB -6.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS WR
31st
PROJ PTS
12.7
WR RNK
25th
YTD Stats
REC
25
TAR
39
REYDS
314
TD
1
FPTS/G
12.5
Smith has done a nice job in the past two games against Kansas City and Carolina with at least eight targets and seven catches in each outing. He's scored at least 14 PPR points in both of those games, and he should have the chance for another quality performance this week. The Buccaneers lead the NFL in receptions allowed to receivers with 91, and they are No. 2 in Fantasy points allowed to receivers. Smith has three games this year with at least eight targets, and he's scored at least 14 PPR points in all three. That trend should continue Thursday night.
HOU Houston • #13
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ IND IND -9.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
25th
PROJ PTS
15.2
WR RNK
16th
YTD Stats
REC
31
TAR
44
REYDS
392
TD
1
FPTS/G
15.3
I expected Cooks to struggle in Week 5 against the Patriots, and he did with three catches for 23 yards on five targets. He's now been at nine PPR points or less in each of his past two games against Buffalo and New England, but the secondary for Indianapolis will be much easier to expose. The Colts are tied with Washington for most touchdowns allowed to opposing receivers with 10, and six receivers have scored at least 15 PPR points against Indianapolis this year. Cooks, who had at least 18 PPR points in each of his first three games, will get back on track in this matchup.
NE New England • #16
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DAL DAL -4 O/U 51
OPP VS WR
26th
PROJ PTS
12.4
WR RNK
31st
YTD Stats
REC
31
TAR
46
REYDS
302
TD
0
FPTS/G
12.6
Last week, the Patriots trailed the Texans 15-9 at halftime and 22-15 after three quarters, and if you told me that prior to the game I would have thought Meyers had a big outing with New England chasing points. Instead, he finished with just four catches for 56 yards on five targets. He should rebound this week against the Cowboys with the Patriots likely trailing again. Prior to Week 5, Meyers had consecutive games with at least 12 targets, eight catches and 16 PPR points. I expect him to return to that range again this week against the Cowboys, who have allowed six receivers to score at least 14 PPR points this year.
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CIN Cincinnati • #85
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET CIN -3.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS WR
9th
PROJ PTS
15.4
WR RNK
30th
YTD Stats
REC
15
TAR
22
REYDS
150
TD
2
FPTS/G
14
Higgins was a letdown in Week 5 against Green Bay with just 10 PPR points, but I'm hopeful that was him just shaking the rust off from a two-game absence from a shoulder injury. He still had seven targets from Joe Burrow, and hopefully Higgins gets that kind of volume again. Going back to last year, that's now nine times Burrow has targeted Higgins at least seven times in a game, and it's only the second time over that span that he's failed to score at least 12 PPR points. Ja'Marr Chase remains the go-to receiver for Burrow, but Higgins should also be considered a borderline starter in all leagues.
MIA Miami • #17
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ JAC MIA -3.5 O/U 47
OPP VS WR
16th
PROJ PTS
12.9
WR RNK
36th
YTD Stats
REC
27
TAR
36
REYDS
231
TD
1
FPTS/G
10.9
Waddle disappointed last week at Tampa Bay with only two catches for 31 yards on six targets, and he's combined for just 11 PPR points in the past two games against the Colts and Buccaneers. But I'll give him one more shot as a No. 3 PPR receiver this week with Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) potentially back, as well as DeVante Parker (shoulder) still hurt. The Jaguars have allowed eight receivers to score at least 12 PPR points this year.
DEN Denver • #81
Age: 27 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LV DEN -3.5 O/U 44
OPP VS WR
5th
PROJ PTS
13.2
WR RNK
34th
YTD Stats
REC
22
TAR
28
REYDS
302
TD
2
FPTS/G
12.8
Patrick's time as a top-two receiver for the Broncos could be running out with Jerry Jeudy (ankle) close to a return, but he should continue to have a prominent role this week against the Raiders. Patrick has scored at least 12 PPR points in every game Teddy Bridgewater has completed, and Patrick just had season highs in targets (nine) and receptions (seven) in Week 5 at Pittsburgh. He also added 89 receiving yards, and he should be considered a high-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver this week in all leagues. Courtland Sutton is a borderline starter in all formats, but Patrick should also play well against the Raiders at home.
ARI Arizona • #4
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CLE CLE -3 O/U 49.5
OPP VS WR
13th
PROJ PTS
9.6
WR RNK
45th
YTD Stats
REC
21
TAR
24
REYDS
270
TD
1
FPTS/G
11.8
Moore is going to have inconsistent performances because the Cardinals have a crowded receiving corps, but you have to hope Arizona continues to find ways to get him the ball. That happened in Week 5 against San Francisco when he had five catches for 59 yards on six targets, along with three carries for 38 yards, and he played a season-high 48 percent of the snaps. Moore has two games this season with at least six targets, and he's scored at least 13 PPR points in both outings. Let's get him at least six targets against the Browns this week.
DET Detroit • #14
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CIN CIN -3.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS WR
21st
PROJ PTS
10.6
WR RNK
40th
YTD Stats
REC
19
TAR
26
REYDS
178
TD
0
FPTS/G
7.4
St. Brown was my favorite Lions receiver coming into the season, and he's finally starting to show why with his performance the past two weeks. He's scored 13 PPR points in each game against the Bears and Vikings, and he has eight targets in each outing. The Lions just lost Quintez Cephus (collarbone) for an extended period of time, and teams are trying to take away T.J. Hockenson. St. Brown should continue to get targets from Jared Goff, and he should be considered a No. 3 PPR receiver this week against the Bengals.
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CHI Chicago • #12
Age: 28 • Experience: 8 yrs.
YTD Stats
REC
17
TAR
29
REYDS
181
TD
1
FPTS/G
8.2
This could be the week Robinson breaks out with the Packers secondary down Jaire Alexander (shoulder) and potentially Kevin King (shoulder), and I'm hopeful that's what happens. You can make a case for Darnell Mooney as a sleeper this week as well. But so far we've seen Robinson struggle with Justin Fields under center, and he's been at six targets or less in four games in a row, with 10 PPR points or less in each outing. Until his volume goes up and there's evidence he's on the same page with Fields, it's hard to justify starting Robinson in most leagues, even with a good matchup at home.
SEA Seattle • #16
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PIT PIT -5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
30th
PROJ PTS
14.1
WR RNK
27th
YTD Stats
REC
25
TAR
35
REYDS
390
TD
3
FPTS/G
16.4
I'm only going to use Lockett as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver this week because I'm nervous about his connection with Geno Smith since Russell Wilson (finger) is out. We're also in the midst of another slump for Lockett, which he's prone to, and he's scored 10 PPR points or less in three games in a row. And even though the matchup with the Steelers seems favorable since Pittsburgh is No. 3 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers, I expect this defense to make things tough on Smith, which in turn could be bad for Lockett. DK Metcalf is also downgraded this week, but he's still a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues.
CLE Cleveland • #13
Age: 28 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI CLE -3 O/U 49.5
OPP VS WR
20th
PROJ PTS
10.2
WR RNK
41st
YTD Stats
REC
9
TAR
19
REYDS
124
TD
0
FPTS/G
7.6
Beckham looked like he was going to be a useful Fantasy receiver when he scored 13 PPR points in Week 3 against Chicago in his 2021 debut. Since then, in two games, he's combined for just eight PPR points with four catches, 47 yards and no touchdowns on 10 targets. Jarvis Landry (knee) has an outside chance to return this week, which would further hinder Beckham's potential of getting the targets he needs from Baker Mayfield. I would only use Beckham as a low-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver this week in deeper leagues.
TEN Tennessee • #11
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF BUF -5.5 O/U 54
OPP VS WR
1st
PROJ PTS
10.5
WR RNK
28th
YTD Stats
REC
10
TAR
25
REYDS
130
TD
1
FPTS/G
7.3
Brown is a tremendous buy-low candidate right now because better days are ahead, but it's been a rough start for him this season. He's battled knee and hamstring injuries since training camp and has just one game with more than seven PPR points on the year, which was Week 1. This week should be another rough outing for him against the Bills, who allow the fewest Fantasy points to opposing receivers. So far this season only Diontae Johnson in Week 1 and Byron Pringle last year have scored against Buffalo, including matchups with Terry McLaurin, Brandin Cooks and Tyreek Hill. Brown is a No. 3 Fantasy receiver at best this week, but make offers for him now because he'll be a must-start option in all leagues once again as the season goes on.
JAC Jacksonville • #10
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIA MIA -3.5 O/U 47
OPP VS WR
28th
PROJ PTS
10.9
WR RNK
37th
YTD Stats
REC
20
TAR
31
REYDS
252
TD
0
FPTS/G
9.5
Shenault had a great catch-and-run in Week 3 against Tennessee for 58 yards, but that was his lone reception on just three targets. It was a huge letdown after Shenault had six catches for 99 yards on seven targets in Week 4 at Cincinnati, along with D.J. Chark (ankle) out. Dan Arnold was more involved for Trevor Lawrence with eight targets, and Marvin Jones also had five targets. We'll see if Lawrence goes back to Shenault this week against the Dolphins, but I would only use him as a low-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver in most formats, with his value slightly higher in PPR.
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NYG N.Y. Giants • #89
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAR LAR -9.5 O/U 48.5
OPP VS WR
22nd
PROJ PTS
13.4
WR RNK
21st
YTD Stats
REC
20
TAR
27
REYDS
281
TD
0
FPTS/G
9.8
It's hard to bench Toney in most leagues after he just had 10 catches for 189 yards on 13 targets in Week 5 at Dallas, but I'm skeptical of him having another big outing against the Rams. You have Mike Glennon likely starting for Daniel Jones (concussion), and while Glennon helped Toney get most of his stats against the Cowboys, the Rams will be prepared to slow him down. You also have Sterling Shepard (hamstring) and Darius Slayton (hamstring) expected to return this week, so targets could be an issue. Toney should still be considered a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues, with his value higher in PPR, but don't be surprised if there's serious regression after his breakout game against Dallas.
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MIA Miami • #88
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ JAC MIA -3.5 O/U 47
OPP VS TE
24th
PROJ PTS
10.9
TE RNK
7th
YTD Stats
REC
22
TAR
34
REYDS
227
TD
1
FPTS/G
10.1
Gesicki didn't have a big game in Week 5 at Tampa Bay with four catches for 43 yards, but he still had seven targets and now has at least six targets in four games in a row. He should benefit from the potential return of Tua Tagovailoa (ribs), and DeVante Parker (shoulder) is still banged up. Gesicki also has a good matchup against the Jaguars in London, and Jacksonville has allowed three touchdowns to tight ends in the past two weeks.
NE New England • #85
Age: 26 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DAL DAL -3.5 O/U 51.5
OPP VS TE
23rd
PROJ PTS
10
TE RNK
8th
YTD Stats
REC
20
TAR
26
REYDS
216
TD
2
FPTS/G
10.7
Henry has taken over as the top tight end for the Patriots, and he's been great the past two weeks against Tampa Bay and Houston. He has 13 targets over that span for 10 catches, 107 yards and two touchdowns, and he should continue to be a prominent target for Mac Jones. Henry is emerging as a must-start option in all leagues, and he should stay hot this week against the Cowboys, who are No. 9 in Fantasy points allowed to tight ends this year.
PHI Philadelphia
Age: 30 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB TB -6.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS TE
27th
PROJ PTS
9.2
TE RNK
9th
YTD Stats
REC
14
TAR
25
REYDS
160
TD
1
FPTS/G
7.2
Ertz will be the lead tight end for the Eagles on Thursday night against Tampa Bay with Dallas Goedert (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Ertz should see an uptick in targets, and he's scored at least 12 PPR points in two of his past three games. Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (concussion) is out this week, which should help Ertz, and Tampa Bay has allowed three touchdowns to tight ends in the past three games.
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LAR L.A. Rams • #89
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYG LAR -9.5 O/U 48.5
OPP VS TE
26th
PROJ PTS
9.1
TE RNK
12th
YTD Stats
REC
17
TAR
20
REYDS
166
TD
2
FPTS/G
9.1
Higbee only has one game since Week 1 with more than nine PPR points, and hopefully he can start being more consistent with his production. He did score in Week 5 at Seattle, but he only had two catches for 14 yards on two targets. Matthew Stafford will hopefully give him more chances this week against the Giants, who have allowed a tight end to score in all but one game this year. Keep Higbee active as a low-end starter in all leagues this week.
JAC Jacksonville • #85
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIA MIA -3.5 O/U 47
OPP VS TE
18th
PROJ PTS
8.3
TE RNK
11th
YTD Stats
REC
15
TAR
21
REYDS
177
TD
0
FPTS/G
6.1
In Jacksonville's first game without D.J. Chark (ankle), Arnold had a big role with six catches for 64 yards on eight targets against the Titans in Week 5. Hopefully that's a sign of things to come for Arnold, and he has a favorable matchup in Week 6 against Miami in London. The Dolphins have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends in their past four games coming into Week 6.
WAS Washington • #83
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC KC -7 O/U 55.5
OPP VS TE
29th
PROJ PTS
7.2
TE RNK
13th
YTD Stats
REC
8
TAR
13
REYDS
79
TD
1
FPTS/G
4.4
Seals-Jones should continue to benefit with Logan Thomas (hamstring) out, and Seals-Jones played well in Week 5 against New Orleans with five catches for 41 yards on eight targets. Curtis Samuel (groin) could be out in Week 6 against Kansas City, and the Chiefs have allowed a tight end to score in each of the past two games against the Eagles and Bills. Seals-Jones is worth using as a streaming option in all leagues in Week 6.
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GB Green Bay • #85
Age: 27 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CHI GB -4.5 O/U 45
OPP VS TE
7th
PROJ PTS
6.5
TE RNK
18th
YTD Stats
REC
9
TAR
17
REYDS
82
TD
1
FPTS/G
4.6
Tonyan has just one touchdown on the season and one game with more than four targets. It's hard to trust him in most leagues if he's not finding the end zone, and the Bears are No. 6 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to tight ends. Chicago has allowed just one touchdown to an opposing tight end, which was Austin Hooper in Week 3, including matchups with Higbee, T.J. Hockenson and Darren Waller.
MIN Minnesota • #83
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CAR MIN -1 O/U 46
OPP VS TE
14th
PROJ PTS
7.4
TE RNK
16th
YTD Stats
REC
19
TAR
25
REYDS
169
TD
1
FPTS/G
8.4
Conklin scored 20 PPR points in Week 3 against Seattle and looked on the verge of being a breakout tight end. Then he scored just nine PPR points combined in his next two games against Cleveland and Detroit, and it's hard to trust him when he's not posting consistent production. The Panthers gave up touchdowns to Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin in Week 4 but then held Ertz and Goedert to three catches for 35 yards on nine targets in Week 5. Carolina should be able to contain Conklin this week.
CLE Cleveland • #85
Age: 25 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI CLE -3 O/U 49.5
OPP VS TE
2nd
PROJ PTS
0
TE RNK
24th
YTD Stats
REC
14
TAR
17
REYDS
260
TD
1
FPTS/G
9.2
Njoku was amazing in Week 5 at the Chargers with seven catches for 149 yards and a touchdown on seven targets, but it's hard to trust him. He had three catches for 76 yards in Week 1 at Kansas City on five targets but then combined for four catches for 35 yards and no touchdowns on five targets in his next three games combined. He's dealing with a knee injury heading into Week 6, and he's also facing a Cardinals defense that has allowed the fewest Fantasy points to opposing tight ends this year. I'm staying away from Njoku this week in most leagues.
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DET Detroit • #88
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CIN CIN -3.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS TE
5th
PROJ PTS
10.8
TE RNK
6th
YTD Stats
REC
24
TAR
33
REYDS
237
TD
2
FPTS/G
12.3
Do we have to start worrying about Hockenson at this point? After two huge games to open the season against San Francisco and Green Bay with a combined 45 PPR points, he's only scored 15 PPR points in his past three outings against Baltimore, Chicago and Minnesota. The Bengals have been solid against tight ends so far this year and allow the fifth-fewest Fantasy points to the position, and Hockenson is dealing with a knee injury that's forcing him to miss practice time. It's hard to bench Hockenson in most leagues, but he might not be a top-tier Fantasy tight end like we thought to open the year.
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DST
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Colts (vs. HOU): The Texans come into this game having averaged 10.3 points in their past three games against Carolina, Buffalo and New England. Davis Mills has four interceptions over that span, and he's been sacked 10 times in those outings. The Colts had a good first half against the Ravens in Week 5 before falling apart, but the defense also played well against the Dolphins in Week 4. The Colts DST is a top-10 Fantasy option for Week 6.

Sleepers
  • Packers (at CHI)

    Dolphins (at JAC)

    Bengals (at DET)

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Ravens (vs. LAC): The Ravens DST has been a letdown so far this season, and this is not a unit to trust in Week 6 against the Chargers. Baltimore only has five turnovers on the year, and the Chargers are averaging 35 points per game in their past three outings. Justin Herbert has no interceptions in his past three games, and the team has just two fumbles on the year. It should be a rough outing for the Ravens DST this week.

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KICKERS
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MIN Minnesota • #1
Age: 27 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CAR MIN -1 O/U 46
OPP VS K
1st
PROJ PTS
6.6
K RNK
4th
Joseph has scored at least 12 Fantasy points in three of his past four games, and he made two kicks from 50-plus yards in Week 5 against Detroit. For the season, he's 5-of-5 on kicks of plus 50 yards, and it's great to see him performing well with the Vikings. Carolina has been stingy against opposing kickers this season, but Jake Elliott just made two field goals against the Panthers in Week 5.
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CLE Cleveland • #1
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI CLE -3 O/U 49.5
OPP VS K
5th
PROJ PTS
6
K RNK
11th
CIN Cincinnati • #2
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET CIN -3.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS K
31st
PROJ PTS
7
K RNK
14th
CAR Carolina • #5
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIN MIN -1 O/U 46
OPP VS K
24th
PROJ PTS
8.5
K RNK
18th
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SEA Seattle • #5
Age: 30 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PIT PIT -5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS K
29th
PROJ PTS
5.5
K RNK
21st
Meyers has yet to make multiple field goals in a game this season and has been held to seven Fantasy points or less in each outing. Maybe he gets more field goal chances with Russell Wilson (finger) out, but it's hard to trust this Seattle offense on the road in Pittsburgh. While the Steelers have allowed four kickers to make multiple field goals against them this season, their last three opposing kickers (McPherson, Mason Crosby and Brandon McManus) have been held to nine Fantasy points or less in each game.