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Fantasy Football Week 6 Quarterback And Top 100 Flex Rankings

Adam Thielen celebrates a touchdown with Vikings teammates
Adam Thielen has become the first WR to start a season with five straight games of at least 100 receiving yards. Photo by Keith Allison (Flickr) [CC License]
  • Will Winston keep the Bucs’ fantasy options rolling?
  • Thielen starting to pull ahead in the WR race
  • 12 tight ends grace the Top 100 as depth at the position continues to build

Five weeks are now behind us and finally the fantasy leader boards are starting to shake out the pretenders, as the cream rises to the top.

The top running backs  seem to be the safest to build a DFS lineup around, but Adam Thielen and a few other wide outs have also been solid high-priced building blocks.

Read on to find my Top 20 QBs and Top 100 PPR Flex plays heading into Week 6.

And if you’re looking to mix some fantasy football with more traditional wagers, head over to MyBookie where they have a “Fantasy Betting” option that will allow you to play over/unders on projected fantasy outputs for the week.

Week 6 Top 20 QBs

Rank Player (Team) Opponent Last Weeks Points Points YTD Current 2018 Position Rank DFS Price
1 Aaron Rodgers (GB) SF 28.7 104.5 QB 9 $6,600
2 Matt Ryan (ATL) TB 14.4 123.4 QB 3 $6,800
3 Tom Brady (NE) KC 27.5 91.7 QB 15 $6,600
4 Pat Mahomes (KC) @NE 15.8 131.1 QB 1 $6,900
5 Cam Newton (CAR) @WAS 16.4 91.8 QB 14 $6,100
6 Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) @CIN 21.6 108.5 QB 8 $6,500
7 Jared Goff (LAR)  @DEN 14.3 114.8 QB 4 $6,000
8 Philip Rivers (LAC) @CLE 21.4 111.8 QB 5 $5,900
9 Andy Dalton (CIN)  PIT 12.9 94.9 QB 13 $6,300
10 Kirk Cousins (MIN) ARI 14.1 109.7 QB 7 $6,700
11 Deshaun Watson (HOU) BUF 21 110.9 QB 6 $6,400
12 Andrew Luck (IND) @NYJ 22.6 103.1 QB 10 $6,200
13 Jameis Winston (TB) @ATL BYE 6.5 QB 40 $5,800
14 Russell Wilson (SEA) @OAK 19.9 71.6 QB 19 $5,700
15 Carson Wentz (PHI) @NYG 21 52.9 QB 28 $6,100
16 Blake Bortles (JAX)  @DAL 20.6 99.6 QB 12 $5,600
17 Alex Smith (WAS) CAR 13.7 63.2 QB 24 $5,400
18 Baker Mayfield (CLE) LAC 18 40.6 QB 32 $5,500
19 CJ Beathard (SF) @GB 20.7 38.5 QB 33 $5,200
20 Joe Flacco (BAL) @TEN 11.2 88.2 QB 16 $5,200

Will Mahomes Legend Continue To Grow Against The Legend?

Week 6 sees Pat Mahomes lead his Chiefs into Foxborough Sunday night for a tilt with Tom Brady.

The Pats defense might look like a cake walk after Mahomes found a way to knock off the Broncos and Jags the last two weeks, but you can guarantee the Pats will have something up their sleeve for the cannon-armed kid.

With plenty of weapons around for both QBs, and not much defense to oppose them, this game could get ugly for the defensive coordinators. The over/under sits around 59.5, depending on your preferred online sports betting site, which is the high mark for the week. So save some “adult sodas” on Sunday for the late game, as it promises to be worth the wait.

Jameis Winston Debuts For The Bucs

Winston is not afraid to attack downfield and throw into tight windows, much like we saw from Fitz. But unfortunately, the uneven play and costly turnovers Fitz is known for have been a calling card of Winston’s young career as well.

The one thing we know is the Bucs are not short on pass catching talent, and this could be the optimal timing for Winstons return, as the Falcons defense is extremely short on talent after early season injuries have crippled them.

In a game with an over/under around 57 you could find worse options then Winston to start this week.

Week 6 Top 100 PPR Flex Rankings

Rank Player (Team)(Pos Rank) Opponent Last Weeks Points Points YTD Current 2018 Position Rank DFS Price
1 Todd Gurley (LAR)(RB1) @DEN 33.3 139.5 RB 2 $10,000
2 Melvin Gordon (LAC)(RB2) @CLE 22 127.5 RB 3 $8,200
3 Adam Thielen (MIN)(WR1) ARI 24.6 123.9 WR 1 $8,500
4 James Conner (PIT)(RB3) @CIN 34.5 112.1 RB 5 $7,700
5 Saquon Barkley (NYG)(RB4) PHI 28.9 119.2 RB 4 $7,400
6 Antonio Brown (PIT)(WR2) @CIN 28.1 102.3 WR 6 $8,700
7 Davante Adams (GB)(WR3)  SF 29 103.5 WR 5 $8,000
8 Odell Beckham Jr (NYG)(WR4) PHI 31.4 96.4 WR 8 $7,800
9 AJ Green (CIN)(WR5) PIT 17.2 94.9 WR 11 $8,000
10 Julio Jones (ATL)(WR6) TB 11.2 91.5 WR 13 $7,900
11 TJ Yeldon (JAX)(RB5) @DAL 26.2 89.2 RB 8 $6,400
12 Joe Mixon (CIN)(RB6) PIT 20.5 56.1 RB 24 $7,500
13 Christian McCaffrey (CAR)(RB7) @WAS 20.3 83.1 RB 9 $8,300
14 Mike Evans (TB)(WR7) @ATL BYE 87.6 WR 17 $8,100
15 DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)(WR8) BUF 22.1 107.7 WR 3 $7,700
16 Stefon Diggs (MIN)(WR9) ARI 21.6 100.6 WR 7 $7,600
17 Tyreek Hill (KC)(WR10) @NE 12.7 91.2 WR 14 $7,800
18 Cooper Kupp (LAR)(WR11) @DEN 21 105.1 WR 4 $6,500
19 Keenan Allen (LAC)(WR12) @CLE 17.5 73.7 WR 25 $7,500
20 James White (NE)(RB8) KC 23.7 100 RB 7 $6,900
21 Ezekiel Elliot (DAL)(RB9) JAX 15.4 101.5 RB 6 $7,000
22 David Johnson (ARI)(RB10) @MIN 21.1 79.2 RB 10 $5,900
23 Kareem Hunt (KC)(RB11) @NE 16.4 79.2 RB 10 $6,600
24 Calvin Ridley (ATL)(WR13) TB 7.8 86.5 WR 18 $6,300
25 Brandin Cooks (LAR)(WR14) @DEN 0 78.8 WR 21 $7,000

Thielen Staking His Claim

The top RBs are tough to compete against but Adam Thielen is doing just that.

Thielen is the only receiver within the realm of the top backs in fantasy points. He has put up five consecutive 100-yard performances to start the season, averaging just under ten catches a game while scoring three times.

Not only is he pulling away from the crowd at WR, his numbers have him in the mix for early season fantasy MVP honors with only Alvin Kamara, Todd Gurley, and Melvin Gordon outscoring him thus far in PPR formats.

Rank Player (Team)(Pos Rank) Opponent Last Weeks Points Points YTD Current 2018 Position Rank DFS Price
26 Juju Smith-Schuster (PIT)(WR15) @CIN 13.4 92 WR 12 $7,300
27 Julian Edelman (NE)(WR16) KC 12.7 12.7 WR 111 $6,100
28 Zach Ertz (PHI)(TE1) @NYG 27 90.7 TE 1 $6,800
29 Travis Kelce (KC)(TE2) @NE 15 86.7 TE 2 $7,100
30 Rob Gronkowski (NE)(TE3) KC 13.5 57.8 TE 7 $6,100
31 Marshawn Lynch (OAK)(RB12) SEA 6.1 70.1 RB 16 $5,300
32 Carlos Hyde (CLE)(RB13) LAC 9.7 73.7 RB 13 $4,900
33 Tevin Coleman (ATL)(RB14) TB 5 56.4 RB 23 $5,400
34 Tyler Boyd (CIN)(WR17) PIT 8.4 81.8 WR 19 $6,000
35 Robert Woods (LAR)(WR18) @DEN 19.5 95.7 WR 9 $6,900
36 Emmanuel Sanders (DEN)(WR19) LAR 16.2 88.9 WR15 $6,700
37 John Brown (BAL)(WR20) @TEN 9.8 77 WR 23 $5,500
38 Jarvis Landry (CLE)(WR21) LAC 11.9 75.1 WR 24 $6,600
39 Doug Baldwin (SEA)(WR22) @OAK 1.1 10.2 WR 123 $5,300
40 Dalvin Cook (MIN)(RB15) ARI INJ 27.5 RB 57 $5,700
41 Aaron Jones (GB)(RB16) SF 7.9 28.8 RB 52 $4,600
42 Sony Michel (NE)(RB17) KC 18 46.2 RB 35 $5,800
43 Chris Thompson (WAS)(RB18) CAR 12.2 62 RB 19 $6,100
44 Will Fuller (HOU)(WR23) BUF 3.5 64.8 WR 29 $6,800
45 Corey Davis (TEN)(WR24) BAL 8.9 68.1 WR 28 $5,800
46 Geronimo Allison (GB)(WR25) SF INJ 59.9 WR 33 $6,400
47 Alshon Jeffery (PHI)(WR26) NYG 5.9 30.4 WR 79 $5,900
48 Sammy Watkins (KC)(WR27) @NE 13.8 56.5 WR 40 $5,400
49 Mohamed Sanu (ATL)(WR28) TB 17.3 59.3 WR 34 $4,800
50 Chris Carson (SEA)(RB19) @OAK 13.7 45.4 RB 36 $4,400

Time For Gronk To Catch Up in Touchdowns

With 77 career TDs in 107 career games, Gronk is no stranger to the end zone.

But he only has 1 score through the first five weeks so far in 2018, so he’s due. With the Pats fielding more talent recently, with the return of Julian Edelman and addition of Josh Gordon, defenses won’t be able to key on Gronk.

And he should be able to find a lot of room this week against a Chiefs team that ranks 31st against the pass.

It’s All About Volume: Hyde Is A Value

Through five games, Carlos Hyde is averaging a pedestrian 3.5 YPC, but he has ran the ball 100 times.

That’s an average of 20 times a game, which is enough volume to rival the top backs in the game. He has visited the end zone five times as well, and with things looking up for the Browns offense, Hyde is a steal in DFS at $4,900.

Rank Player (Team)(Pos Rank) Opponent Last Weeks Points Points YTD Current 2018 Position Rank DFS Price
51 Alfred Morris (SF)(RB20) @GB 12.1 39.4 RB 42 $4,700
52 LeSean McCoy (BUF)(RB21) @HOU 12.8 33.4 RB 46 $5,500
53 Corey Clement (PHI)(RB22) @NYG INJ 32.6 RB 49 $4,400
54 Jordan Howard (CHI)(RB23) @MIA BYE 44.1 RB 37 $6,500
55 Lamar Miller (HOU)(RB24) BUF INJ 39.9 RB 40 $4,700
56 Jordy Nelson (OAK)(WR29) SEA 14.3 71.7 WR 27 $4,900
57 Dede Westbrook (JAX)(WR30) @DAL 8.5 63.5 WR 31 $5,000
58 Nelson Agholor (PHI)(WR31) @NYG 8.5 58.6 WR 35 $5,200
59 Eric Ebron (IND)(TE4) @NYJ 31.5 81.5 TE 3 $5,400
60 Tarik Cohen (CHI)(RB25) @MIA BYE 50.8 RB 30 $4,600
61 Buck Allen (BAL)(RB26) @TEN 11.8 65.7 RB 18 $4,800
62 Isaiah Crowell (NYJ)(RB27) IND 30.1 78.6 RB 12 $5,000
63 Amari Cooper (OAK)(WR32) SEA 2 56.9 WR 39 $5,200
64 Mike Williams (LAC)(WR33) @CLE 7.8 58.2 WR 36 $4,300
65 Allen Robinson (CHI)(WR34) @MIA BYE 46.7 WR 54 $5,700
66 Josh Gordon (NE)(WR35) KC 13 26.9 WR 85 $5,400
67 Demaryius Thomas (DEN)(WR36) LAR 21.5 64.3 WR 30 $5,800
68 George Kittle (SF)(TE5) @GB 13.3 70.9 TE 5 $5,700
69 Kyle Rudolph (MIN)(TE6) ARI 9.1 57.9 TE 6 $4,400
70 Wendell Smallwood (PHI)(RB28) @NYG 18.1 46.6 RB 34 $4,100
71 Mike Davis (SEA)(RB29) @OAK 15.5 46.8 RB 33 $4,100
72 Phillip Lindsay (DEN)(RB30) LAR 11.1 59.3 RB 21 $4,500
73 Marlon Mack (IND)(RB31) @NYJ INJ 4.6 RB 88 $3,800
74 Quincy Enunwa (NYJ)(WR37) IND 0 54.8 WR 45 $5,600
75 Kenny Stills (MIA)(WR38) CHI 3.7 56.1 WR 42 $4,700

Injuries Alter Backfields, Providing New Fantasy Options

With the season ending early for Jay Ajayi, and Matt Breida looking like he will be out for Week 6, a couple interesting options arise for a scarce position.

The Eagles backfield might be a three-headed monster in Week 6, but I expect the contributions to be led by Corey Clement and Wendall Smallwood.

The Eagle I’m most interested in for PPR formats is Clement. He has only managed to play in three games in 2018, but has solid averages of 4.1 yards per carry and 9.3 yards per reception. Plus, at 220 pounds, Clement has the size needed to take on a larger role.

It sounds like the 49ers will be short Matt Breida for Week 6. With limited options on the roster with actual running talent, the bulk of the workload should be left to Alfred Morris.

Morris has underwhelmed as a Niner thus far, but as we all know, volume plays an important part in fantasy.

Rank Player (Team)(Pos Rank) Opponent Last Weeks Points Points YTD Current 2018 Position Rank DFS Price
76 Alex Collins (BAL)(RB32) @TEN 7.6 52.4 RB 28 $4,600
77 Ito Smith (ATL)(RB33) TB 8 34.7 RB 45 $3,100
78 Alfred Blue (HOU)(RB34) BUF 19.9 38.9 RB 43 $4,400
79 Adrian Peterson (WAS)(RB35) CAR 6.2 60.8 RB 20 $4,800
80 Austin Ekeler (LAC)(RB36) @CLE 12.9 71 RB 15 $4,200
81 Kenyan Drake (MIA)(RB37) CHI 24.5 56.7 RB 22 $4,600
82 Dion Lewis (TEN)(RB38) BAL 5.8 55.7 RB 25 $4,700
83 Tyler Lockett (SEA)(WR39) @OAK 19.4 79.8 WR 20 $5,100
84 Keelan Cole (JAX)(WR40) @DAL 11 56.5 WR 40 $4,800
85 Jordan Reed (WAS)(TE7) CAR 3.1 37.9 TE 15 $5,200
86 Jared Cook (OAK)(TE8) SEA 6 81 TE 4 $5,000
87 Jimmy Graham (GB)(TE9) SF 13.6 52.5 TE 8 $4,700
88 Royce Freeman (DEN)(RB39) LAR 7.7 49.1 RB 31 $3,900
89 Nyheim Hines (IND)(RB40) @NYJ 16 73.3 RB 14 $5,100
90 Bilal Powell (NYJ)(RB41) IND 7.9 50.9 RB 29 $4,500
91 DeSean Jackson (TB)(WR41) @ATL BYE 77.4 WR 22 $5,900
92 Sterling Shepard (NYG)(WR42) PHI 11.5 72.4 WR 26 $5,700
93 Keke Coutee (HOU)(WR43) BUF 17.3 39 WR 60 $4,600
94 Devin Funchess (CAR)(WR44) @WAS 9.3 47.8 WR 52 $4,900
95 Chris Godwin (TB)(WR45) @ATL BYE 50.9 WR 49 $4,400
96 Vance MacDonald (PIT)(TE10) @CIN 1.6 37.6 TE 16 $3,400
97 David Njoku (CLE)(TE11) LAC 12.9 39 TE 13 $3,800
98 Trey Burton (CHI)(TE12) @MIA BYE 40.8 TE 11 $4,500
99 Duke Johnson (CLE)(RB42) LAC 5.2 30.6 RB 51 $3,700
100 Ronald Jones (TB)(RB43) @ATL BYE 3.8 RB 95 $3,900

Scanning the Week 6 Bargain Bin

Ito Smith is a prime candidate to provide some big bang for a bargain price.

With Devonta Freeman potentially out again this week, and maybe even longer than this week, and Tevin Coleman under-performing, Smith has a great chance to earn some play in a big-time offense.

Smith is on the smallish side for an NFL back but what he lacks in size he makes up for with talent. In a limited role, Smith has found the end zone twice on only 21 carries, and has averaged 8.4 yards on his eight catches.

A bigger role is there for the taking in Week 6, but even if Smith only touches it five times this week, it might be all he needs against the Bucs’ poor excuse for a defense.

Keke Coutee has only played the last two weeks, but has already made a big impact.

Garnering 22 targets in his first two games as a pro, Coutee has turned those targets into 17 catches for 160 yards and one TD. Not bad for a rookie fourth round pick.

With the Bills defense having to pay so much attention to DeAndre Hopkins and big-play threat Will Fuller, Coutee could be in for another big day out of the slot.

*Coutee was limited on Wednesday. So check his status later in the week before you add him to your lineup.

Good luck in Week 6!

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Nick Ferris is a seasoned fantasy football vet of over 20 years. He's an expert in everything from best ball to daily fantasy sports. Although arm chair quarterback is as close he ever got to the field - or are we counting 7v7 touch? - he has been fortunate enough to coach some youth football. With the rest of his "free time" being devoted to fishing with the family, he wishes to assure you that his lake does have cellular service.