Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson threw for 186 yards and a touchdown off 16-for-27 passing during the win over Philadelphia on Sunday. He also ran for 108 yards and an additional score off of nine attempts. The reigning MVP had his best performance on the ground against the Eagles, bouncing back from a hideous three-yard rushing performance against the Bengals in Week 5. With the team entering its bye week, Jackson has a chance to examine things before squaring off against the Steelers at the beginning of November.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd had five catches for 54 yards during the loss to the Colts on Sunday. After having an underwhelming performance against the Ravens in Week 5, fantasy managers hoped that the 25-year-old would get it together against Indianapolis. However, that didn't happen as Boyd logged another shoddy performance despite getting eight looks from rookie signal-caller Joe Burrow. While this type of production from Boyd is normal from time-to-time, he has a good shot at getting back on track against Cleveland.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green hauled in eight grabs for 96 yards during the loss to the Colts on Sunday. The veteran had his best game of the year and got back on track after disappearing against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5. While he was due for an efficient performance, fantasy managers may not see this type of consistent production from the 32-year-old moving ahead despite his relatively high ceiling.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins finished with six catches for 125 yards during the loss to the Colts on Sunday. After the uncertainty of the rookie's role heading into the 2020 campaign, he has established himself as a legit go-to option for quarterback Joe Burrow by logging at least six targets over the team's previous five contests. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor his progress, especially those in need of a wideout moving ahead.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard racked up 15 yards and a touchdown off of eight carries during the loss to the Colts on Sunday. He also hauled in all three of his targets for 13 yards. Although the veteran hasn't been a reliable source of fantasy production during the 2020 campaign, he was able to make some noise after Joe Mixon suffered an ankle injury in the first half. If Mixon ends up carrying a questionable tag heading into the matchup with Cleveland, expect Bernard to garner plenty of attention from fantasy community throughout the week.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon ran for 54 yards and a touchdown off of 18 carries during the loss to the Colts on Sunday. He also added two catches for 15 yards. The former Sooner logged another miserable performance on the ground but made amends by punching it in for six early in the second quarter. While the 24-year-old still has a lot to prove throughout the team's remaining 10 contests, he may have bought himself a few more games to remain classified as a must-start option. Mixon suffered an ankle injury in this one but did return. However, it wouldn't be surprising if he maintains a questionable tag heading into Week 7.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 313 yards on 25-for-39 passing during the loss to the Colts in Week 6. The rookie also threw an interception and ran it in for a score. While the signal-caller logged his second-straight game without a touchdown through the air, he racked up his fourth 300-yard passing performance of the year. The former LSU Tiger continues to air it out by throwing at least 30 times in each game of the 2020 campaign. Although he may have some miserable performances over the Bengals' next 10 contests, he still has a high ceiling for those in deeper formats, especially those that utilize multiple quarterbacks in the starting lineup,
Here we are, Week 6. As COVID-19 continues to rear its ugly head and cause chaos throughout the league, the 2020 season has progressed relatively well. With some big names banged up heading into the weekend, keep your eyes open for those sneaky value plays as they can make the difference between a winning or a losing lineup.
As far as injuries are concerned, the names worth monitoring include Dalvin Cook, Julio Jones, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Baker Mayfield, D.J. Chark, A.J. Brown, Julian Edelman, Darius Slayton, Noah Fant, Diontae Johnson, Jarvis Landry, Russell Gage, Leonard Fournette, Hayden Hurst, A.J. Green, and Rob Gronkowski. Christian McCaffrey and Nick Chubb, of course, will not play on Sunday. Lastly, after a Falcons' player and coach tested positive for the virus, the matchup with Minnesota may end up getting rescheduled. As of this writing, it is still on; however, as we have learned over recent weeks, that can change very quickly.
In this article, I will be providing you with my Week 6 daily fantasy football lineup picks on FanDuel. These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. Be sure to also check out our weekly DraftKings DFS lineup picks and lots of other great NFL DFS articles and NFL DFS tools to help you win big! Feel free to give me a follow on Twitter @DennisMClausen. Good luck, RotoBallers.
FanDuel Quarterbacks - Week 6 Picks
Gardner Minshew II, QB - vs. DET ($7,200)
Minshew wasn't in the best of spirits after Jacksonville dropped its most recent contest to the Houston Texans, marking the team's fourth loss in a row. While the second-year signal-caller hasn't played horribly throughout the first five weeks of the 2020 campaign, he will need to step it up a notch if he hopes to turn the Jaguars' miserable season around. Lucky for him, he will square off against the Lions in Week 6, with Detroit allowing 31.8 points per outing, which is good for fourth-worst on the year. Minshew has been an adequate DFS asset as well, logging at least 19.84 fantasy points in four of his five games this season.
Kirk Cousins, QB - vs. ATL ($7,100)
Cousins, who has historically been one of the league's most accurate quarterbacks from year-to-year, has struggled during the unforgiving 2020 season. In the first three weeks, the veteran threw six interceptions, tying his total from last year in only a quarter of the time it took for him to hit that mark in 2019. Though he has a long way to go before being a consistently capable DFS option, the Vikings will play the Falcons on Sunday, with Atlanta allowing some less-than-impressive numbers on the defensive end. Dalvin Cook may not be in the lineup, but luckily, Alexander Mattison should be able to fill the void with no trouble at all and keep the pressure off Cousins by making some noise out of the backfield.
FanDuel Running Backs - Week 6 Picks
Alexander Mattison, RB - vs. ATL ($7,000)
After Dalvin Cook, one of this year's most productive fantasy backs sustained an adductor injury during the loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, Mattison came in for relief. As usual, the 22-year-old delivered, finishing with 112 yards off of 20 carries to go along with three grabs for 24 yards. While Cook hasn't been officially ruled out for the Week 6 meeting with the Atlanta Falcons, things aren't looking promising regarding his availability, which should open the door for Mattison to get his fair share of touches. It is reasonable to expect big things from the former Boise State Bronco; however, he will likely be a popular addition to DFS lineups, making him less desirable in tournament play for those looking to play the contrarian role.
James Robinson, RB - vs. DET ($6,500)
When the Jaguars released Leonard Fournette during the offseason, speculation swirled as to who would serve as the team's workhorse moving forward, primarily after Ryquell Armstead was diagnosed with the Coronavirus on multiple occasions (along with a groin injury) and Devine Ozigbo hindered by a bum hamstring. Robinson, who was signed as an undrafted free agent in April, emerged and has since racked up 333 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in addition to 19 catches for 183 yards. Although he didn't look the best against the Texans, he has a strong chance to get it together against a Lions Defense that has allowed just over 170 yards per game to opposing rushers.
FanDuel Wide Receivers - Week 6 Picks
Adam Thielen, WR - vs. ATL ($7,400)
After Stefon Diggs was dealt to Buffalo during the offseason, some became concerned that Thielen would be less productive, primarily since opposing defenses would be paying even more attention to him as the undisputed No. 1 wideout for the team. That hasn't been the case, nonetheless, as he has scored in all but one game during his first five games of the year. With the Falcons having arguably the worst defense in the league, the sky is the limit for Thielen heading into the weekend.
Allen Robinson, WR - @ CAR ($7,000)
Despite getting off to an impressive start, Bears head coach Matt Nagy still isn't satisfied, especially with the offense underperforming, at least according to his standards. Robinson, who got off to a rough inception of the season, has since turned things around by grabbing 27 of his 39 targets throughout the last three games while also finding the end zone twice during that span. With the veteran looking to keep Chicago in the win column--along with a new contract, he may have more incentive to produce against the Carolina Panthers in Week 6.
Robby Anderson, WR - vs. CHI ($6,500)
Anderson has upped his game from last season. He has racked up a minimum of eight targets in all but one game thus far and appears to have dethroned D.J. Moore as the No. 1 wideout for the Panthers. Currently, the former Temple Owl is ranked seventh in targets (47), fourth in receptions (36), and fourth in yards (490). He continues to mesh well with Teddy Bridgewater, and despite the relatively challenging matchup, he still has a higher ceiling than most, especially with a rostering cost that is well below where it should be considering how well he has played throughout the first five weeks.
FanDuel Tight Ends - Week 6 Picks
Jonnu Smith, TE - @ PHI ($5,800)
Due to a quad injury, Smith practiced in a limited capacity on Thursday. Nonetheless, he could be good to go in Week 6 against the visiting Texans. Although Houston has fared well against players at the tight end position, the four-year pro may see an uptick in looks from Ryan Tannehill, resulting from the absence of Corey Davis, who has been sidelined while battling, you guessed it, COVID-19.
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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins is slowly beginning to emerge as one of this season's most promising fantasy options. The rookie had a slow start to the year but turned on the switch against the Eagles at the end of September by hauling in five grabs for 40 yards and two touchdowns. Since then, the 21-year-old has received 15 looks from fellow rookie Joe Burrow over his last two games. Although he only had eight catches during that span, it demonstrates that he is getting the chances needed to make a potential dent in deeper formats. As far as Higgins' outlook against the Colts, fantasy managers should classify him as a dart throw with a high ceiling.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd will be entering Week 6 coming off a poor showing against the Ravens, where he finished with just four catches for 42 yards. Heading into the battle against Baltimore last weekend, the 25-year-old had an impressive streak of logging at least seven catches throughout his previous three outings, including racking up a total of 21 targets during that span. Although the Colts Defense has played reasonably well during the 2020 campaign, Boyd has been relatively consistent week-to-week, making him an ideal fantasy starter against Indianapolis, especially in PPR formats.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green continues to be plagued by underwhelming performances, catching only 14 of his 34 targets for a meager 119 yards thus far in 2020. Although his ceiling is high based on years of efficiency and dominance throughout the league, his fantasy stock as a bonafide starting option may be lower than ever, especially with the stellar play of Tyler Boyd and the upward progression of rookie Tee Higgins. If fantasy managers have no other options, Green still has value in Week 6 against the Colts, especially since he may be due for another exceptional outing or two for the Bengals next 11 contests, so long as those involved understand the downside associated with his presence in starting lineups.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon is running out of time to turn his season around before it's going to be considered a disappointment for fantasy owners. After the 24-year-old had an impressive Week 4 against the Jaguars that included three total trips to the end zone, many thought that he had turned the corner toward reclaiming his status as one of the most promising backs in the league. However, Week 5 saw the former Sooner return to his 2020 form, at least on the ground, when he finished with just 59 yards on 24 attempts for a shoddy 2.5 YPC. While the sell-high window may have slammed shut after the Jacksonville matchup, fantasy managers could justifiably continue to start him against the Colts in an attempt to get a return on the generous ADP ranking that he possessed heading into the season. You likely aren't benching your early round pick, but the Colts present a tough matchup.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow will attempt to get back on track against Indianapolis on Sunday. After his first dismal outing of the season, which came against the Ravens last weekend, the rookie signal-caller will next have the misfortune of going up against a Colts Defense that has given up the least amount of fantasy points to his position so far during the 2020 campaign. For those with other alternatives, the former LSU Tiger may be better suited watching Week 6 unfold while sitting on fantasy benches.
New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton hauled in eight catches for 128 yards during the loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. The 23-year-old received a season-high 11 targets, surpassing the nine he got during the Week 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Although he will likely cool off once again at some point, especially with the subpar play of Daniel Jones, he possesses a relatively high upside that is hard to ignore, even when Sterling Shepard (toe) returns to the lineup.
New York Giants running back Devonta Freeman ran for 60 yards and a touchdown off of 17 carries during the loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. He also had two catches for 27 yards. Although the former Falcon conceded carries once again to Wayne Gallman, who had five for 24 yards, it was his most efficient outing since signing with the team a few weeks ago. While fantasy managers may not see this type of production consistently moving ahead, especially with Gallman eager to gobble up touches, it was still a welcomed performance, especially for those lacking at the position.
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram had a catch for 16 yards during the Week 5 loss to the Cowboys. He also added a touchdown off of a three-yard carry in the first quarter. While it is reassuring that the 26-year-old has remained healthy thus far during the 2020 campaign, most are likely disappointed with the lack of production on the receiving end. The upside is certainly there, but fantasy managers should remain cautious before inserting the former Rebel into their starting lineups, primarily until he begins to turn things around.
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones threw for 222 yards on 20-for-33 passing during the narrow loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. He also had a fumble. As the team focused primarily on the run, the sophomore signal-caller didn't make much of a dent on the fantasy end. Now not having logged a touchdown pass since the Week 1 loss to Pittsburgh, Jones shouldn't find himself starting in any fantasy format until he begins to produce consistently, something that is unlikely to occur over the team's next 11 games.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown hauled in six catches for 77 yards and a score during the Week 5 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. After failing to score a touchdown throughout his first four contests of the 2020 campaign, Hollywood finally found the end zone in addition to logging his second-straight week with at least eight targets. While the 23-year-old may cool off periodically over the next 11 games of the 2020 campaign, primarily with the team focused on the rushing attack, fantasy managers should remain confident in his upside.
Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews had another productive outing, finishing the Week 5 win over Cincinnati with six catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. After going quiet throughout the final few weeks of September, Andrews has now tallied three total trips to the end zone over his previous two contests. With the team focused heavily on the run at times, the 25-year-old may have a few more disappointing performances moving ahead, but not enough for fantasy managers to lose confidence in him.
Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram II ran for 57 yards off 11 carries during the Week 5 win over Cincinnati. The veteran once again had the most attempts out of the backfield but continued to concede carries to Gus Edwards, J.K. Dobbins, and Lamar Jackson. Outside of his effectiveness inside the red zone, he should remain classified as a dart throw (at best) throughout the 2020 campaign.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook suffered an undisclosed injury early in the third quarter of Sunday's matchup against the Seahawks. He was observed heading back to the locker room with training personnel, and his availability for the remainder of the contest is up in the air. Before his departure, the 25-year-old had 17 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown. He also had five catches for 24 yards. In his stead, backup Alexander Mattison will handle the duties out of the backfield.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns during the win over the Bengals in Week 5. He also threw an interception and ran for just three yards on two attempts. The reigning MVP had another disappointing outing despite the relatively favorable matchup against Cincinnati. However, just as was the case in 2019, the 23-year-old may pick things up over the team's next 11 contests. While he may not be as effective rushing the ball, primarily with opposing defenses focusing on stopping the run, he should still be able to make enough noise through the air during the remainder of the 2020 campaign to keep him ranked higher than others at the position.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd finished with four catches for 42 yards during the loss to Baltimore in Week 5. After racking up at least seven receptions and eight targets during his previous three outings, the 25-year-old wasn't able to get anything going against a smothering Ravens Defense. With Joe Burrow also having issues on Sunday, Boyd will look to get back on track in Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins recorded four catches for 62 yards during the lopsided loss to the Ravens on Sunday. The rookie received eight looks from signal-caller Joe Burrow, marking his third-straight outing with at least seven targets. Although the former Clemson Tiger hasn't produced as effectively since his two-touchdown performance against Philadelphia, fantasy managers in deeper formats can continue to make the case to include him in their starting lineups moving ahead.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon ran for 59 yards off 24 carries during the loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. He also added four receptions for 42 yards. After logging a three-touchdown performance against Jacksonville in Week 4, the 24-year-old once again struggled on the ground by posting an ugly 2.5 YPC. While it would be reasonable for Mixon's fantasy managers to keep him starting in Week 6 against the Colts, it also wouldn't be unreasonable to bench him until he starts to produce consistently over the team's next 11 outings.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 183 yards and an interception on 19-for-30 passing during the Week 5 loss to Baltimore. He also added two fumbles, losing one. After posting three-straight 300-yard outings, the rookie was humbled by the imposing Ravens Defense, with the unit pressuring the young signal-caller often and coming away with seven sacks on the day. Nonetheless, Burrow's fantasy managers should remain optimistic regarding his long-term outlook over the team's next 11 games. He deserves a chance to remain starting in deeper, Superflex formats moving ahead as he has a chance to get back on track in Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts.
In what has been an interesting NFL season, Week 5 is here. Undoubtedly, from a fantasy perspective, things have been challenging as COVID-19 continues to rear its ugly head across the league. With the Buffalo/Tenessee and New England/Denver contests both delayed by a few days--at least for now--navigating the player pool is a little more complicated.
As usual, there are some players worth monitoring, as injuries also continue to take its toll on things. Lamar Jackson (knee), Mark Andrews (thigh), and Marquise Brown (knee) are questionable for Baltimore heading into Sunday but will still suit up. Joe Mixon (shin), who has practiced sparingly over the last few days, is also expected to be in the lineup for Cincinnati. In Week 4, the fantasy world saw yet another running back head to the injured reserve as Nick Chubb will miss some significant time after injuring his knee against the Cowboys. As a result, Kareem Hunt may see a spike in attention from DFS managers.
In this article, I will be providing you with my Week 5 daily fantasy football lineup picks on FanDuel. These lineups can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on FanDuel. Be sure to also check out our weekly DraftKings DFS lineup picks and lots of other great NFL DFS articles and NFL DFS tools to help you win big! Feel free to give me a follow on Twitter @DennisMClausen. Also, check back by Sunday morning for some more updates as injuries continue to roll in through the weekend. Good luck, RotoBallers.
FanDuel Quarterbacks - Week 5 Picks
Dak Prescott, QB - vs. NYG ($8,700)
Prescott will square off against the Giants and former head coach Jason Garrett, who is now the offensive coordinator for the team after being relieved of his coaching duties by Jerry Jones during the offseason. Prescott has put together an impressive season throughout the first four weeks and has compiled at least 29 fantasy points in three of his previous four contests. Historically, he has also played well against New York, racking up 17 touchdowns and only three interceptions to go along with a 61.3 completion percentage in eight career meetings.
Kyler Murray, QB - @ NYJ ($8,300)
Murray has taken an enormous step forward in what has been an impressive sophomore season thus far. He hasn't accrued less than 24 fantasy points during his four games and will be matched up against a Jets team that isn't very good. While his five interceptions are a little worrisome, his 68.8 completion percentage and four rushing touchdowns help offset that mark.
FanDuel Running Backs - Week 5 Picks
Ezekiel Elliott, RB - vs. NYG ($9,000)
While Elliott hasn't surpassed the 100-yard mark on the ground this season, he has certainly made up for it by catching at least seven passes in each of his previous three outings. Like Dak Prescott, he has also played well against New York during his career, racking up three touchdowns and averaging 4.4 YPC in his six meetings with the club. Although previous success doesn't guarantee future results, it could be a good sign of how things will go in Week 5.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB - vs. LV ($7,900)
Edwards-Helaire ran for 138 yards and a touchdown off 25 carries during the Week 1 win over the Texans. However, since then, he hasn't been as productive--at least rushing the ball--but has been involved on the receiving end. He has a chance to get back on track against the Raiders on Sunday, with Las Vegas allowing the most fantasy points per game to the running back position on the year.
FanDuel Wide Receivers - Week 5 Picks
DeAndre Hopkins, WR - @ NYJ ($8,700)
While some were concerned that Hopkins would regress in his new home in Arizona, that couldn't be further from the case. He has received at least nine targets in each game this season and has surpassed the 100-yard mark twice. Regardless of who he is matched up against, the veteran is always in the running to make a dent on the fantasy end, especially with Kyler Murray looking his way so often.
Calvin Ridley, WR - vs. CAR ($8,300)
Ridley has put together a monster season by hitting the 100-yard mark and double-digit targets in his first three games of the 2020 campaign. While he fizzled out during the Monday night showdown with the Green Bay Packers, he may not have been at 100 percent after dealing with a bum ankle heading into that one. With Julio Jones in real danger of missing Week 5, Ridley could be even more involved against the Carolina Panthers.
FanDuel Tight Ends - Week 5 Picks
George Kittle, TE - vs. MIA ($7,100)
After missing two weeks of action, Kittle returned to the lineup in Week 4 and caught all 15 of his targets for 183 yards and a score. Although it is unlikely that he could produce a similar output, he has a strong chance of putting on another stellar performance against the Dolphins. With such a generous rostering cost, Kittle may have the highest ceiling heading into Week 5.
Tyler Higbee, TE - @ WAS ($6,000)
After going off for three touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2, Higbee caught just six catches in the two weeks following. With Washington allowing tight ends to do some damage during the 2020 season, Higbee could be a sneaky option, especially against those who will be hesitant to roster him due to his recent poor performances.
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Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins seemed to be poised for a breakout after a two-touchdown performance in Week 1. However, since then, he has trended downward, racking up only eight touches for 70 yards over the team's previous three contests. While he may have some more effective performances moving ahead, possibly against the Bengals on Sunday, fantasy managers should hope for the best and expect the worst if they are forced to roll with the rookie in starting lineups in Week 5.
Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards has exceeded expectations in 2020 and is currently the team's most productive option out of the backfield, at least from a yardage standpoint. Despite Mark Ingram II and J.K. Dobbins having more rushing touchdowns, Edwards has a chance to rack up some yards on the ground, albeit not enough to make a dent on the fantasy end in Week 5 against Cincinnati. For those in the deepest of formats, he could have a starting spot in fantasy rosters, but only if managers absolutely have no other alternative.
Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram II has been trending in the wrong direction in 2020. Despite finding the end zone twice on the year, he continues to concede carries to Lamar Jackson, the team's leading rusher, Gus Edwards, and rookie J.K. Dobbins. Fantasy managers who are in a jam in Week 5 against the Bengals and need a back, Ingram may get some red-zone chances to punch it in. However, the veteran remains a risky option on Sunday and should be classified as a dart throw at best.