Marcus Mariota vs. Cleveland Browns
Marcus Mariota was hyped quite heavily as we entered the 2016 season and, needless to say, he has not exactly lived up to that hype. Mariota was extremely inconsistent through the first four games, scoring two TDs in each of the first two games, followed by shutouts in the next two. But Week 5 saw him put it all together, as he threw three touchdown passes and rushed for 60 yards with an additional score. Could this possibly be a sign of things to come?
The odds are certainly in his favor in Week 6, as the lowly Cleveland Browns visit Nashville fresh off allowing Tom Brady to throw for 406 yards and three TDs. Do I expect Mariota to go for another three touchdowns through the air this week? Not exactly, but I do expect him to be a threat both through the air and on the ground. I think this team found what it needs to do on offense, and that’s get Mariota outside the pocket to exploit defensive weaknesses. I can see him going for 300 combined yards and getting into the end zone three times in Week 6. That easily makes him a lower-tier QB1 and a potential low-owned DFS option for the week.
Darren Sproles @ Washington Redskins
Although Darren Sproles hasn’t been much of a factor in the running game for the Eagles to this point, that’s exactly what will make him a sneaky play in Week 6. He has 24 rushing attempts through four games, but he is starting to pick up steam in the passing game with 10 catches and a TD over the last two games. This upcoming game on the road against a Redskins defense that is allowing the fourth-most points to the RB position may be just what the Eagles need to get him involved even more. Washington has yet to allow a receiving TD to the position, but I see that changing this week when Sproles gets into the end zone. Also, with Ryan Mathews’ costly fumble at the end of the game against the Lions, Sproles could see his snap total increase this week, which is something that makes him worthy of a shot in your flex spot this week. He could very well be that low-cost option in DFS that will help you cash.
Chris Conley @ Oakland Raiders
Conley will be my longshot play of the week in a road game against the division rival Raiders. He is third on the team in targets behind Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce, and his yardage totals have increased in each of the last three games. With the Chiefs playing a red hot Raiders offense, odds are they will be playing from behind. While much of the attention will be centered around the top two options in the passing game, it will free up plenty of single coverage for Conley. I can certainly see Conley getting six catches for 80 yards and a score. That makes him a very sneaky bye week filler in the flex spot and an intriguing DFS option that could make you some money.
Jesse James @ Miami Dolphins
The “Outlaw” may not be getting it done in terms of catches and yardage, but he is making up for it in the TD department. With three scores over the last four games, James is gaining the trust of Ben Roethlisberger, especially in the red zone. In Week 6, the Steelers will go on the road to Miami to play a defense that is in the lower third of the league in points allowed to the position. The Dolphins are fresh off a game in which they gave up 66 yards and a TD to Delanie Walker. With his confidence growing in this offense, look for the Steelers to continue utilizing James in this matchup. Another score in not out of the question for the “Outlaw” in this one. He’s a player you can put into the lineup if you are streaming the tight end position.
Jason Myers @ Chicago Bears
The Bears’ defense has been steadily allowing offenses to march up and down the field on them; that’s no secret. But the Jaguars’ offense typically struggles in the first half of games, so the Jaguars are likely to move the ball and sputter out, allowing Myers a few cracks to get a couple of field goals. If he doesn’t capitalize in the first half, we all know that extra points are coming, as Bortles and the offense usually warm up in the second half.
Tennessee Titans vs. Cleveland Browns
If Cody Kessler is a no-go in this matchup, the Browns will be trotting out undrafted rookie, Kevin Hogan. And if that is the case, fire up the Titans defense. There will be sacks and turnovers aplenty in this one, as the Titans will blitz early and often to create pressure on the quarterback. The Titans will be a very effective streaming option in Week 6 and a cheap play in DFS.