Updated 2017 Fantasy Football: Week 6 Rankings, Sleepers, Projections
How's that for a NFL shocker right before the Fantasy Football Week 6 rankings? The Saints traded Adrian Peterson to the Cardinals in a surprise move that obviously has Fantasy implications. If you didn't read this week's waivers column (link below), Peterson isn't worth a high FAB bid. He's a must-add if out there, but Peterson was already toast last year, the Cardinals offensive line is awful and the team passes the ball 70 percent of the time. Andre Ellington is the only trustworthy option for PPR leagues, and while Peterson is worth a lottery ticket in case something clicks in the desert, Peterson just doesn't have the ability anymore.
With that in mind though, quick lesson for trading in Fantasy Football, since we're on the topic. Too often, I receive questions about trades with the wrong perspective. I get asked, "Who should I target if I trade ____?" or, "Who should I give up to get ____?" The problem with this outlook is that you're only thinking of your side/wants. If you want to trade for Jordan Howard because you think he's a buy low, you can't just offer two WR2s because you think it's fair value. What if that owner has Ellington as his No. 2 running back and Ty Montgomery is his other option? He's not going to want to trade a running back away. Or, what if the same owner needs running back help, but his receivers are stacked with A.J. Green, Tyreek Hill and Adam Thielen, plus bench depth? Your receivers do nothing for him.
When you are trying to make trades, it may sound cliché, but put yourself in the other owner's shoes. Would you take the trade if offered to you? Trading isn't as simple as "I want this guy, here's proper value." You have to find a trading partner that needs what you're offering and benefits from the value given. And of course… don't send four bench players for one stud starter. The worst thing you can do is tick off the other owner and lose a potential trade partner permanently.
TL;DR version – whoa, AP traded – still stinks; learn how to trade better
As a reminder, if you missed this week's Waiver Wire piece, click over to find help at every position, including Week 6 quarterback streamers.
Week 6 QB Sleepers
Matthew Stafford, DET – The Lions are playing well (could easily be 4-1) and the offense has been more balanced. Unfortunately, that has led to Stafford taking a step back. He does have nine touchdowns to one interception, and good ol' Eric E-Drop failed at his touchdown reception last week, but the yards aren't there. Stafford is averaging just 223.2 yards per game, but a matchup with the Saints can cure that. Since 2008, Drew Brees comes out of the bye on fire, which means it's time for the Lions and Stafford to pick up the aggressiveness.
By the way, check out these post-bye stats for Brees and tell me you don't want to start everyone on the Saints!
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Week 6 RB Sleepers
Elijah McGuire, NYJ – The Patriots defense looked a tad better against the Buccaneers but still struggle to stop the running back. They are the only team that has allowed three receiving touchdowns to running backs and have the most receiving yards (372) allowed. Elijah McGuire averaged 32 receptions and 346 receiving yards in college and has some Cohen-ness to his game. When the Jets fall behind, McGuire will keep getting work given his receiving ability.
Marshawn Lynch, OAK – Lynch had an okay game last week, which is far from what owners wanted this year, but you can at least expect another solid/not great game against the Chargers. Even if Derek Carr doesn't return, the Chargers are a strong enough matchup to keep Lynch in the RB2 conversation. After all, they just let Orleans Darkwa and Wayne Gallman combine for 126 yards on 19 carries. Lynch isn't going to near RB1 status with double-digit touchdowns this year, but he's still useful in quality matchups.
Chris Thompson, WSH – This isn't a "told you so," even though it's going to sound like it… but the Week 4 Redskins game is proof of how volatile a Thompson-like running back can be. Hello, Tarik Cohen; look out, Andre Ellington. The good news is that the 49ers have allowed the third most receptions and receiving yards to running backs with the aforementioned Ellington putting up 9-86 on 14 targets.
Week 6 WR Sleepers
Kelvin Benjamin, CAR – Devin Funchess has outplayed Benjamin this season… despite Fantasy Football owners still being reluctant to pick him up. Whether you want to buy into Funchess or not (I'm done trying to convince people after four straight weeks)...
Benjamin has a great opportunity to rebound this week. The Eagles secondary is abysmal, healthy or not. They can't stop anyone, and Benjamin has touchdown upside this week, especially with Cam Newton playing like his old self. Plus, Funchess is banged up for Week 6.
DeSean Jackson, TB – After five games, we can officially say the Cardinals defense just isn't that good outside of Patrick Peterson. With that in mind, take a guess who Peterson is going to shadow this week. With Peterson on Mike Evans, DJax gets to exploit the rest of that secondary, which has allowed the sixth most points to receivers. The receivers that have scored against the Cardinals are Kenny Golladay (two), Marvin Jones, Brice Butler, Dez Bryant, Nelson Agholor and Torrey Smith. Only Bryant is his team's No. 1 receiver, setting Jackson up for a good week.
Jamison Crowder, WSH – Crowder might be 100 percent healthy for the first time this year. If so, he's in line for his best game of the season… which isn't saying much. Kirk Cousins still looks Crowder's way quite often, but they've struggled to connect this year. Again, it appears as if that's due to health. As mentioned with Thompson, the Redskins have a great matchup out of their bye, as the 49ers have also allowed four performances of 100-plus receiving yards in the last three games (Sammy Watkins, Cooper Kupp, Jaron Brown, T.Y. Hilton).
Taylor Gabriel, ATL – In the one game (yes, smalllll sample) last year without Mohamed Sanu, Gabriel saw six targets and put up a 3/82/1 line with 17.2 Fantasy points. There were several games where Gabriel saw more work and production when Sanu was less than 100 percent as well. Gabriel is a risky gadget player in Fantasy, but with more opportunities this week, he brings sneaky value.
Week 6 TE Sleepers
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ – As with the Redskins, I'm double-dipping into a team with McGuire and ASJ. It's about the matchup and projected game script. The Jets will need to pass plenty, and Josh McCown has always targeted his tight ends heavily. Seferian-Jenkins has 18 targets and 15 receptions in his three games since returning. The Patriots are allowing the fourth most FPPG to tight ends in PPR scoring. It's that simple.
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Fantasy Football Week 6 Projections
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Fantasy Football Week 6 Projections: QBs
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Fantasy Football Week 6 Projections: RBs
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Fantasy Football Week 6 Projections: WRs
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Fantasy Football Week 6 Projections: TEs
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