Week 6 NFL Recap
I love October. Honestly, besides opening day of MLB, I think October has the potential to be the best month of the year. College football is in full swing and the NFL is just starting to get really interesting. The NHL has already begun, next Wednesday so to will the NBA, and of course, we can’t forget about the MLB Playoffs. Ah yes, it’s a great time to be a sports fan. Unless of course, you play DFS. No, I’m not talking about all of the craziness going on in our industry that we love, I’m talking about all of the different types of games that are available to us to dive in. Stay close my friends, don’t get sucked in to all the madness. Stick to two max so you don’t overwhelm yourself, blow your bankroll, or get in over your head. By now you should have your NFL routine pretty well organized. You should know where to look for what information and be able to organize it quicker. It’s a good thing too, because next week, I give you the crash course to my favorite DFS sport, the NBA!
First though, we have Week 6 of the NFL to go through. This was probably my worst week ever in DFS and I don’t like admitting that. You see, by nature, I’m a competitor. I hate losing. Losing in DFS is losing money, and my wife hates that. I’m not making excuses, I should have scaled back. There was a lot of industry news that broke and my head wasn’t fully into what it needed to be. Luckily for us we can regroup, use it as a learning lesson, and move forward. I’m not going to try to make everything up this week, but you can rest comfortably knowing that I don’t have any intentions of ever having another week like I just did. So let’s get too it!
Atlanta 21 – New Orleans 31
- I told you last week that I would be on DeVanta Freeman and I was. He just keeps finding a way to produce and pay off his salary. This is definitely not sustainable, but I’m not going to second guess him anymore.
- Julio Jones is still Julio Jones. The Saints actually did a good job not allowing Matt Ryan and Julio to get into a rhythm.
- Drew Brees looked better this week than last. Had more zip on the ball and was more accurate. The issue with the Saints is that he’s going to spread the ball around so all of his pass catchers are GPP options only as the matchups dictate.
- Mark Ingram continues to get the bulk of the work out of the backfield, but Khiry Robinson is going to get work as well. I don’t mind him as a GPP punt play at RB if the game script projects that the Saints will be behind.
Chicago 34 – Detroit 37
- Calvin Johnson is still “Megatron” and we shouldn’t forget it. He still has the ability to put up monster games.
- As long as Matt Stafford and the Lions are going to be behind this year, and it will happen a lot more, he’s always worth a look in GPP’s. The Lions can’t run the ball so in order for them to win, they will have to throw it to Johnson and Golden Tate.
- Theo Riddick is worth a look in GPP’s as a punt option at RB.
- Alshon Jeffery again shows us why the Bears got rid of Brandon Marshall.
- Matt Forte will continue to get the bulk of the work in the running game, but as the season gets deeper, I believe we will continue to see him miss full series to give him a breather.
- Martellus Bennett continues to rack up the targets from Jay Cutler, and although the efficiency won’t always be there, with the volatility at the TE position, you can do a lot worse in both cash games and GPP’s.
Washington 20 – New York Jets 34
- Chris Ivory is a stud. Brandon Marshall is a stud.
- Eric Decker keeps finding his was into the end zone. The fact that they have both Marshall and Decker makes them both playable in GPP’s every week.
- The Jets defense is a top 5 defense going forward.
- Washington only has value in GPP’s. Jameson Crowder, Derek Carrier, and Pierre Garcon are going to continue to be deep GPP punt plays as long as they are in good matchups.
Arizona 13 – Pittsburgh 25
- Martevius Bryant is fast. I mean really fast.
- I doubt we ever see Michael Vick take another snap in the NFL. Landry Jones looked good when he came in and if he get’s the start this weekend, is going against the Kansas City defense that has allowed more fantasy points to opposing QB’s than anyone in the NFL.
- Landry Jones instantly raises the value of Antonio Brown going forward. How much is still to be determined, but he is going to be worth a look this weekend.
- The Steelers defense allows a ton of yards. They just don’t allow a ton of points to be scored against them. That is something that we need to pay attention to going forward.
- The Cardinals RB situation is a mess.
- Larry Fitzgerald is the only cash game option at WR. Both John Brown and Michael Floyd are nice GPP options.
Kansas City 10 – Minnesota 16
- This game was ugly. I mean REALLY UGLY. The only thing that has changed for either one of these teams is that Stephan Diggs should now be the starter in Minnesota.
- Keep an eye on Jeremy Maclin, he left this game and is now in the NFL concussion protocol.
Cincinnati 34 – Buffalo 21
- The Bengals defense was probably the call that hurt me the most over the weekend. I figured facing off against E.J. Manuel, they would be able to have some success.
- LeSean McCoy isn’t “back” but he’s showed that when he get’s the chance to be the feature back, and he’s healthy, he can be very productive
- The Bengals RB situation is a true 2 headed monster. You could win a lot of money if you nail the right back in a given week. You could lose if you don’t.
- The top two targets for Andy Dalton are still A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert. A close third however would be Marvin Jones. Don’t forget about Jones when throwing Dalton into GPP lineups.
- Denver 26 – Cleveland 23
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- This really is not pretty to watch. Unfortunately there isn’t anything you can really do.
- The Browns aren’t going to be afraid to throw the ball all over the field. Yes McCown will make some mistakes, but he will also make a lot of plays.
- We need to really keep an eye on the Robert Turbin situation moving forward. He ran the ball 10 times, which is a nice little workload. Duke Johnson left the game and then returned later. If the Browns are projected to be in catch up mode, Duke is a nice punt option on DK with a full PPR.
- Travis Benjamin is the real deal. If you haven’t noticed that he’s more than a “home-run” receiver, than please take notice.
Miami 38 – Tennessee 10
- Lamar Miller will hold a lot of value as long as they keep feeding him the ball 18-22 times a game.
- Ryan Tannehill, with a decent running game to take the pressure off, could be very sneaky in GPP’s.
- Tennessee holds nothing but large field GPP dart throws in my opinion without Marcus Marriota under center.
Houston 31 – Jacksonville 20
- DeAndre Hopkins and Arain Foster are the only cash game options. Bryan Hoyer is a nice off the radar GPP option.
- Blake Bortles and Allen Hurns are both great options in GPP’s. Hurns is a great pivot from Allen Robinson. Robinson is getting too many targets for his cheaper price around the industry.
Carolina 27 – Seattle 23
- Cam Newton is playing at an MVP level considering the only legitimate pass catching option he has is Greg Olsen.
- I’m not buying the Jonathan Stewart two TD game. Do I think he will hold value going forward, yes, but I want him only in GPP’s and only in positive matchups.
- WE HAVE A JIMMY GRAHAM SIGHTING!! Finally! Be careful this week though, the Seattle offense is still very sketchy and his ownership will jump!
- The Seattle defense is no longer the Legion of Boom. Sorry Seattle fan.
- Until Seattle’s O-Line becomes decent, I’m not touching anyone in cash.
San Diego 20 – Green Bay 27
- Philip Rivers will continue to throw the ball a ton. It’s how they run their offense. They pass to set up the run.
- Melvin Gordon looks banged up, and for some reason can’t hold on to the football right now. Look for Danny Woodhead to get a little more work and this could be a great buy low on Gordon.
- Eddie Lacy hurts. James Starks hurts more. I wish there was clarity in how the Packers were going to handle this. I’m taking a wait and see approach.
- Randall Cobb doesn’t look healthy but as his price drops around the industry, I will continue to roll him out in GPP’s due to his talent and that guy named Aaron Rodgers throwing to him.
Baltimore 20 – San Francisco 25
- News Flash: Target Baltimore’s secondary from this point going forward.
- Colin Kaepernick is the ultimate GPP boom or bust QB. In good matchups he is worth a deep look.
- Anquan Boldin now has two games over 100 yards and is the go to receiver for Kaepernick. Torrey Smith is a GPP play only.
- Carlos Hyde is a great RB in good matchups.
- Justin Forsett is a gamer. If you watched the game you could tell he wasn’t fully healthy but still was productive. Steve Smith is the only WR I would consider using consistently as long as he is active.
New England 34 – Indianapolis 27
- The narrative didn’t live up to the hype. Credit Indianapolis. They had a chance to win until “The Play”
- Dion Lewis wasn’t fully healthy. We heard rumblings of an abdomen leading up to the game.
- We need to watch how Julian Edelman deals with the finger injury.
- I don’t know if Luck is pulling back due to the shoulder injury, was afraid to really test it, or was just out of sync due to not really testing it the last two weeks. Going forward, as of right now, we need to watch, but continue to play as if he is going to get better.
- Frank Gore looks rejuvenated and refreshed. He would probably be a top 10 RB if it wasn’t for the fumbles early on.
- T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncreif are going to continue to get split targets. There could be games that one doesn’t get half the work as the other, but they are both playable.
New York Giants 7 – Philadelphia 27
- This game was UGLY!
- Odell Beckham is the only player from the Giants that you can play in cash games.
- Sam Bradford looked bad. Call me a homer, but i’m not giving up on him. We have to remember that he is only playing his 8th game in the last two years. The amount of volume will allow him to be very productive at times.
- DeMarco Murray is a volume RB. The more work he gets, the better he will be. Continue to fire him up.
- I think the pass catchers from the Eagles are only GPP options. Yes, Jordan Matthews received 11 targets, but he also has the case of the drops. Sam spreads the ball around so it’s hard to trust any of them in anything but a GPP.
There’s Week 6! Lineup review will be out this evening! Now, let’s turn the page and look forward to Week 7! Let’s get to work!