Sink or Swim: Week 6 Edition

By Sal Leto (@letosal)

Another solid week in the books and we are full steam ahead to week six. Hopefully you’re reading this and find yourself at 3-2 or better. If you’re below the .500 mark there’s still time to turn it around. It’s about this time each season I implore people to not quit on the season. Regardless of how the season goes you should always play out the string and if nothing else play spoiler. Let’s sail on together and see if we can find the gems that will help you do just that.

Quarterbacks

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Trevor Siemian vs New York Giants

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The Giants are in the middle of one of those seasons. They’re taking on water and the ship is starting to sink. Aside from the injuries on the offensive side the highly paid defense that was supposed to have “the best secondary in the league” has severely underperformed. Number ten overall pick a year ago CB Eli Apple has lost his starting job and is unsure what his role is.  Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the team announced that CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended for what’s rumored to be quitting on the team last Sunday. The Giants gave up nearly 600 yards passing and six touchdowns (three each week) the last two weeks.  The beneficiary of the mess this week is Siemian. Trevor started the season hot and cooled a bit in his second two starts but this is an excellent spot coming off the bye week to resume his early success.

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Jared Goff @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Goff has had a good start to the season but last week we saw what a good defense can do to a young QB. After Seattle’s third best defense against QB’s shut him down he now goes to visit the second best in the Jags. Deshaun Watson is the highest scoring fantasy QB through five weeks and he only put up 5.7 against this team. They held veteran Joe Flacco to 28 pass yards and a -2.9 scoring total and we all saw the five interception game from Big Ben a week ago. I’d have Josh McCown locked in against the Pats before I used Goff this week.

Running Backs

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Alvin Kamara vs Detroit Lions

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When we last saw Kamara going into the bye week he had 10 receptions on 10 targets for 71 yards and a touchdown. Add in five carries where he averaged five yards per carry and it was clear this was the best back in a crowded backfield. He’s still the best back but in a less crowded backfield. The mistake of signing Adrian Peterson has been rectified and there’s a few more touches to go around. Yes, Mark Ingram is still there and will be a big part of this offense but make no mistake who the pass catching playmaker is in New Orleans. The Lions are fourth worst in giving up receptions to running backs and Kamara is averaging five per game setting up a plan of attack the Saints are sure to exploit.

Ameer Abdullah @ New Orleans Saints

We don’t have to look far for our other RB swimmer this week. It’s the back lining up for Kamara’s opponent. I have had Abdullah on the Sink list two weeks in a row (one right one wrong) and I’m on board this week saying he should be out in front in your lineup. I’m not really sure the last season the Saints were good at stopping running backs.  Alright, I looked it up. It was 2013 the last time the Saints weren’t 28th or worse stopping fantasy running backs and they’re back on the path to doormats again in 2017. You can expect a nice return this week from Ameer.

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 New York Giants RBs @ Denver Broncos

Remember what I said earlier about the season the Giants are having? The running game might be the worst part of this team. The Giants are 29th overall in team RB points and that’s coming off their best week with nice outputs from the combo of Orleans Darkwa and Wayne Gallman. Naturally owners scooped the two off waivers and are ready to see it continue. Get a hold of yourself. Neither of these guys should see your lineup with a matchup against a Broncos run defense that has shut down Ezekiel Elliott, LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch in their last three games. Good adds for the future but stash them at the end of your bench this week.

Jonathan Stewart vs Philadelphia Eagles

Stewart is actually coming off his highest snap total of the season, so what gives? Well, he carried the ball 18 times for 21 yards. I’ll wait while you clean that little bit of vomit off your phone. Done? Good. What’s in store for him this week? An Eagles defense that has surrendered the second fewest yards on the ground through five weeks. Opponents have mustered under 50 yards on average and this Thursday nighter should be filled with two QBs slinging the ball around and little use of the ground game.

Wide Receivers

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 DeSean Jackson @ Arizona Cardinals

Let me make this real simple for you. Kenny Golladay had a 45 yard touchdown catch.  Brice Butler had a 37 yard touchdown catch.  Torrey Smith had a 59 yard touchdown catch. Finally, Nelson Agholor had a 72 yard touchdown catch.  All of these occurred against the Cardinals this season. DJax has 24 career touchdowns of 40+ yards. This is the matchup for which you drafted him.

John and Jaron Brown vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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I didn’t say Larry because it’s obvious. The Bucs are dead last in PPR fantasy points to wide receivers at 48.3 per game.  That’s nearly six more than the Eagles at number two. Last week they gave up top 24 games to three Patriot wide receivers Hogan (7), Amendola (18) and Cooks (23). With two of the worst wide receiver defending teams in the league this one has points galore on deck.

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Sammy Watkins @ Jacksonville Jaguars

As I mentioned when talking about Goff, you don’t want any part of this Jags pass defense. Sure Antonio Brown went off for a big day a week ago but that’s AB. No other wide receiver has over 59 yards and only one has a touchdown all the way back in week one. Watkins has pulled his best disappearing act over the last two weeks with a total of one catch for 17 yards. Not the week to think he gets back on track.

Pierre Garçon @ Washington Redskins

This one hurts. This is one of “my guys”. But the facts are he makes his living by totaling up receptions and no team has given up fewer than Washington. Couple that with the fact that he has zero TDs and the Skins have given up only one and I can’t find the goodness in this matchup. You might be best looking for the guy who took his place in Terrelle Pryor in this week's matchup.

Tight Ends

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Ryan Griffin vs Cleveland Browns

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The Browns have already made Jesse James (Week 1 TE1), Ben Watson (Week 2 TE4), Tyler Kroft (Week 4 TE1) and Austin Seferian Jenkins (Week 5 TE9) fantasy relevant names this season. Next up is Griffin. Since coming back from injury in week three Ryan has played nearly 90% of the Texans snaps and had a top four TE finish in week three as well. Plug him in.

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Jared Cook vs Los Angeles Chargers

A week ago I didn’t rank Evan Engram as a starting tight end against these Chargers and my podcast co-hosts made sure to point it out. Well he finished with a big fat zero. Aside from Zach Ertz in week four totaling five catches for 81 yards it’s been a barren wasteland for TEs facing the Chargers. Shouldn’t be much different this week.