Week 6 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Ranks
Remember in school when your math teacher didn’t just want the right answer … they wanted you to show your work? They wanted you to demonstrate understanding and, depending on your character, prove that you didn’t cheat. Well Teach, I finally showed my work. You don’t have to agree with my ranks, but you will be in a better spot to make your own decisions as a result of these 40 tidbits. Further questions? Get at me any time and I’ll respond as soon as I can.
** UPDATED 10/11/2014 to reflect injuries and subtract Thursday night players. Stats at the bottom reflect original ranks to give you an idea of the movement since Tuesday **
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- Le’Veon Bell: When Week 6 kicks off, it will have been 350 days since Bell’s last road game with less than 98 total yards.
- Julio Jones: Has been targeted an NFL-high 55 times and at least eight times in 12 straight games.
- Matt Forte: The Bears are an underdog this week and Forte is averaging 166 yards in their last four losses.
- Giovani Bernard: The Panthers have given up the third most runs of at least 20 yards and the most 40-plus yard runs in the NFL this season.
- Demaryius Thomas: He averaged 18.5 PPR points following a 100-plus yard receiving effort in 2013.
- Alshon Jeffery: Atlanta’s defensive line grades out as the second worst in football through five weeks, good news for a deep threat that plays with a quarterback in Jay Cutler that offered up elite downfield production when given the time in 2013.
- A.J. Green: There’s been just one game in the last calendar year in which Green failed to reach the end zone or register at least 93 receiving yards.
- Arian Foster: Foster has tallied over 200 total yards and three scores on his two Thursday night contests, not very different from the established trend.
- Andre Ellington: Back-to-back weeks with 20-plus touches after not recording one such effort in his first 17 professional games.
- Jordy Nelson: Talk about a unique skill set: Nelson’s average yards per route run is 18.9 percent higher than any other receiver in the league.
- Antonio Brown: The extreme consistency overshadows the fact that he is capable of making the big play, as no player is catching a higher percentage of passes this year that are thrown at least 20 yards down the field
- Marshawn Lynch: Multiple touchdowns in four of his last five home games played before November.
- Dez Bryant: Traveling to Seattle is a nightmare for most, but WR1’s have found a way to please Fantasy owners.
Kelvin Benjamin: The Bengals have allowed their opponents top pass catcher to haul in 20 passes for 306 yards and 3 touchdowns over the last three weeks.
- LeSean McCoy: He stopped a streak of three straight games with a declining touch count by getting his hands on the ball 28 times last weekend.
- Eddie Lacy: Following his one career 100-rushing yard game with Aaron Rodgers under center, Lacy responded with a 27-touch 108-yard 1-touchdown performance last season.
- Jeremy Maclin: He has either scored or been targeted 15 times in all five games this year.
- Larry Fitzgerald: The last six passing touchdowns allowed by the Redskins have come inside the red zone, the same area where Fitzgerald scored 60 percent of his 2013 touchdowns.
- Steve Smith Sr.: He owns 47 percent of the Raven receiver targets this year and the Buccaneers are allowing opponents to complete 71.4 percent of their passes.
- Randall Cobb: Owner of the top wide receiver rating (the QB rating his quarterback has produced when targeting him) in the NFL.
- Vincent Jackson: No defense has allowed more passing yards on fewer pass completions than the Baltimore Ravens.
- Wes Welker: Peyton Manning has thrown 40+ passes 10 times in Welker’s Bronco career. The crafty possession receiver has been targeted at least 9 times or found the endzone in all 10 of those instances.
- Ben Tate: Out-touched the Isaiah Crowell/Terrance West combination 23:13 last week and averaged 45.2 percent more yards per carry.
- Brandon Marshall: He may not be 100 percent healthy, but he played 97 percent of the Bears Week 5 snaps, his second straight week with an increased snap count.
- Andre Johnson: He’s been targeted at least seven times in 13 of his last 14 games and has a 20-yard reception in four games this year.
- Frank Gore: Hasn’t scored a rushing touchdown in three weeks: the last time he went four consecutive weeks was December of 2011.
- DeMarco Murray: He is averaging 268 rushing yards every two games. The Seahawks have allowed 249 total rushing yards in four games this season.
- Andre Williams: Philadelphia ranks fourth in terms of most rushing attempts against. Williams carried the mail 355 times in his senior season at Boston College.
- Roddy White: The Bears rank 28th in yards per pass attempt and have surrendered 184 yards and four touchdowns to the opponents’ second best pass catcher over the last two weeks.
- Justin Forsett: The Ravens backfield is a messy one, but Forsett has a nice little niche that should allow him to be the most valuable of the bunch.
- Pierre Garcon: The Cardinals have the third worst pass rush up to this point and despite his struggles, Kirk Cousins has actually been an above average NFL quarterback when not facing pressure.
- Alfred Morris: Has seen his yards per carry dip from 4.8 in his rookie season, to 4.6 in his second year, to 4.1 through five games in 2014. Arizona currently ranks as the third best defense in terms of yards per carry against.
- Reggie Wayne: Only one defense in the league is allowing opponents to complete a higher percentage of passes with a lower yards per attempt rate than Houston.
- Steven Jackson: The veteran has very quietly scored eight rushing touchdowns in his last 11 games.
- Victor Cruz: For his career, the Salsa Man is averaging 19.6 PPR points per game against the Eagles.
- Keenan Allen: The most accurate quarterback from 2013 opposes 2014’s defense that is allowing the highest completion percentage.
- Doug Martin: His rush yards, yards per carry, receptions, and snap percentage have all increased in his three games played this season.
- Emmanuel Sanders: He averaged one touchdown per 11.3 touches in 2013 but has yet to score in 36 touches as a member of the Broncos.
- Rueben Randle: Over the last three weeks, R-squared has been targeted more times than Dez Bryant or Alshon Jeffery and has hauled in more passes than Kelvin Benjamin.
- Branden Oliver: The Chargers rank fifth in rushing attempts and 25th in rushing yards. This explosive reserve obviously had a huge Week 5, but don’t overlook the fact that he quietly recorded 13 touches in Week 4 with an active Donald Brown.