Hey guys. Sorry for not getting an article out to you for your week 6 lineups as I was too busy doing things outside of fantasy, and by the time I could get to it, it was too late.
So I am hoping to make it up to you this week as in the meantime we’ve witnessed Eli Manning not seeming to care anymore while Saquon Barkley has become the entire Giants’ offense. Todd Gurley is playing like an MVP. Adam Thielen had another 100-yard game and is now just one game away from the NFL record. And finally, did James Connor solidify himself in this backfield to get a 50-50 share? Who knows!
But enough of that, lets get you prepared for week 7!
BYE WEEK: Packers, Raiders, Steelers, Seahawks
Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears
He walked into his bye week by putting up six touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He followed that up against the Miami Dolphins by going 22-for-31 with 3 touchdowns and an interception, along with 47 yards rushing. If you are in need of bye-week fill in, get Trubisky.
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
Yes, his week 6 game was nothing spectacular, but if you look at his next four matchups – Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Atlanta – Mayfield would be tough not to plug and play. He is my No. 2 add for QB’s
Sam Darnold, New York Jets
I know, another rookie right? But he’s playing Minnesota! Well, I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but the Vikings’ defense isn’t playing like last year’s defense at all. Mike Hughes went down with a torn ACL and losing him is a huge blow for this defense. I can see the Vikings giving up some air yards here and a couple touchdowns to Darnold. Get him if the other two listed above him are gone.
Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts
It was the return of the Mack here as Marlon Mack returned and proved to be the RB1 on his team carrying the ball 12 times for 89 yards. Back in week 5, most sites you read said to get Nyheim Hines. I wasn’t too high on him as you will see here. You could see that the Colts wanted to give Mack the ball as Hines only had five touches the entire game. If Mack is out there, get him now. He’s my No. 1 waiver priority.
Ito Smith, Atlanta Falcons
Three games in a row he has scored a rushing touchdown. For as long as Devonta Freeman is out, you need to go grab him. With an offense that has to continue to put up a lot of points on a weekly basis, using Smith as a desperation flex isn’t as bad as you may think.
Frank Gore, Miami Dolphins
As you may know, our podcast co-host Ben is a die-hard Dolphins’ fan. Frank Gore keeps on trucking at the age of 35. Kenyan Drake keeps on losing touches and fumbled at the goal line Sunday. Gore just won’t ever go away, and if the trend of his touches continues to rise, Gore will be a nice flex/bye-week fill in. He also gets a good matchup this week against the Detroit Lions.
Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Godwin finished for the team in targets last week with nine, and he’s has now scored a touchdown in four of the team’s five games. Could this be the handing over of the torch? It’s probably more of a game scheme than anything as Evans is just too good to be passed up on. But if Godwin is out there, you have to go get him.
Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals
Now this looks like the torch is being handed over as Larry Fitzgerald is starting to show his age. Kirk had another good game last week hauling in six catches for 77 yards. He is also starting to look like Josh Rosen’s go-to guy on this squad and is definitely worth a nice bench stash.
Chester Rogers, Indianapolis Colts
Rogers has three games with at least 10 targets and is averaging seven receptions for 69 yards and .3 touchdowns per game this season. Okay, so it took him three games to finally get a touchdown, but hey, points are points. Andrew Luck has been throwing what seems like 100 times a game and the ball has to go to someone other than T.Y Hilton. Hilton should be coming back soon, but I don’t see Rogers going anywhere and could be a good WR3 once Hilton is back and a possible WR2 if Hilton ends up remaining out or gets hurt again, ala Leonard Fournette.
Taylor Gabriel, Chicago Bears
How many more good games does this guy need to prove himself to you? He’s leading the team in targets and is looking to be a better fantasy option than Allen Robinson. It could just be a hot streak, and the targets could shift back over to Robinson, but while he’s hot, you have to get him on your squad. Especially with the four teams on bye this week.
C.J Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals
Uzomah had six receptions for 54 yards last week against Pittsburgh and is getting an equal opportunity with Tyler Kroft to fill the void left from the Tyler Eifert injury. We all know outside of Zach Ertz, Travis Kelce and now sometimes Rob Gronkowski, tight end is just a dumpster fire where you just throw one in the lineup and hope for the best. Here’s to hoping for the best as Uzomah gets the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. We know how Andy Dalton likes to target his tight end, and with how bad both these defenses are, especially Kansas City, you cant’ go wrong by throwing Uzomah in your lineup in what should be a high-scoring game.
Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals
With a season-high five receptions this past week against the Minnesota Vikings, Arizona gets a great matchup against the Denver Broncos followed by the San Francisco 49ers. If Rosen keeps on using Seals-Jones (as he should) he could and will make a nice safety blanket for Rosen moving forward.
Not seeing a name that you think should be on here? Discuss with me below!
Be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as the guys give their instant reactions to all of the action from Week 6 in the NFL!