Our Week 6 start ’em features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 6 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
The Brady bunch is back! It’s a reunion tour for Tom Brady as he starts to heat up after his performance Sunday night against the 1st place Bengals. On tap this week is Buffalo. While Buffalo is no slouch defensively, there should be a mismatch at tight end that he’ll expose and I can see 2 TDs and over 350 yards passing as likely. Brady is back to starter status this week.
Andy looked like raggedy Anne on Sunday night against the Patriots. Carolina at home will be nice home-cooking. I expect the luscious red locks of Andy to be ready to roll up points galore at the Panthers expense. Recent news of AJ Green re-injuring his toe aren’t good, but that just means there will be more targets to Bernard, Sanu and Jones.
Bananas Foster! I mean Foster went bananas last week and he should follow that up with another solid performance against Indy. He looked like his old self last week and Foster has been motivated by the new coaching staff this season. He looks inspired and despite the Colts defense, that’s looked better of late, this is a great matchup for him.
The BeastMode is back! Monday night wasn’t the traditional Marshawn, but he did catch some passes including a crucial touchdown in the second half. While the Cowboys defense is much better than anyone expected it to be after last season, there’s no reason not to deploy BeastMode per usual. He’s a high-end/Tier I running back play this week. The emerald city should be raining skittles come Sunday.
Larry the legend has had a rough go against good defenses for fantasy owners this year. However, in walks the generous defense from our nation’s capital this weekend. The Redskins are not exactly a staunch unit and Carson Palmer is expected to be back in the mix this week. With a reliable arm under center and with Larry going up against an overmatched secondary, this could be a big day for him.
Golden Tate is going to live up to his name this week. Starting Golden would be golden for any and all fantasy owners this weekend. With Calvin Johnson’s latest injury, it’ll be Tate and a list of lesser known receivers who’ll be catching passes from Stafford. The Vikings looked the part of a push-over last week against the Packers. While it’s in Minnesota this week, I expect Tate to find pay-dirt with a couple touchdowns and over 75 yards receiving.
Walker’s got a sweet matchup versus the Jaguars Sunday. Even if the Titans have been a big disappointment and even if Jake Locker is held out due to his thumb injury, Walker should see plenty of targets. While the top 5 TEs are always start’ems when not on byes, Walker is a great fill in and flex for this week. Start Walker with confidence.
Donnell has been up and down the last two weeks. From the highest of highs on Thursday Night Football against the Redskins and being a touchdown machine. Then to last weekend’s putrid performance against the Falcons, where he was hardly targeted and probably scored you zero fantasy points. This week the stock is up and this is a big divisional matchup. Philly isn’t known for their defense and Donnell is a mismatch for most every defense with his height and ability to out jump defenders. Deploy the Donnell.
San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers played like the lightening bolts on the side of their helmets last Sunday. They struck down the New York Jets and shut out Geno Smith from fantasy relevance and shut out the Jets offense completely. This week they take on rookie Quarterback, Carr, with a new head coach to boot. This game has blow-out written all over it and expect another big defensive day for this unit. Start with confidence as a top 5 defense for Week 6.