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NFL Fantasy Football Week 6: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em And FanDuel Picks

This is Mike's weekly spot to pick some over and underachievers in fantasy football plus some picks for your weekly FanDuel game.

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Welcome to Week 6!

For standard leagues, I'll pick some players outside the top 10 and 15 who I think will play well as well as some higher rated players who I see underachieving using the ESPN rankings. I've got my FanDuel picks at the bottom.

Last week, I went 13-7 in underachievers and overachievers, and went 10-7  in FanDuel. Let's get to it.


  • Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan: He has a great match, but with WR Julio Jones banged up and Ryan being barely top 15 for season, I would stay away.
  • San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers: The Packers are giving up less than 200 passing yards per game.
  • Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: The Carolina Panthers' defense is tough, and the Seahawks' offense is struggling.
  • Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch: He has been banged up and faces a tough Panthers defense.
  • Buffalo Bills RB Karlos Williams: He still has concussion symptoms. I would not take the chance.
  • San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde: He bounced back nicely last week, but the Ravens are still tough against the run.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown: I never thought he would make this list, but Michael Vick has been the only player able to slow him down. Temper the expectations.
  • Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry: The Titans are a top 5 pass defense, and until I see the Dolphins play at a high level, all of them are on my bench.
  • Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews: People are living in the past as this is a complete target share in Philly.
  • Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce: He has not done anything since game 1. I could not start him anywhere.


  • New York Giants QB Eli Manning: The Eagles have a tough defense, but with the anemic Giants running game they have to throw a ton.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles: He is banged up, but if playing I would ride one of the top 8 fantasy QB's so far this season.
  • Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford: The Giants have a tough running defense but give up a ton of plays through the air.
  • Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovanni Bernard: He is clearly the RB1, and though it's tough to run against the Bills, his pass receiving makes him a top choice this week.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J Yeldon: He continues to hog all the RB touches.
  • San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead: I see a ton of short passes against the tough Packers' defense, and he continues to put up quality numbers every week.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson: The Texans are a grossly overrated defense. Start everyone against them.
  • New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks: In what should be a high scoring game, I expect to see 10 targets go his way.
  • Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown: He seemed to break out a bit and gets a bottom 5 secondary in the Steelers.
  • Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge: He who can catch with his crotch should have no issues with tough Broncos defense.

Here are my FanDuel picks for the week where I will give some higher and lower salaries I like at each position. As you will see, I will be focusing on the defenses to pick on:


  • New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, $9,000: If you are going to pay, pay here.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles, $7,300: A top 6 fantasy QB for this salary is a bargain in a plus match up.
  • New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, $6,900: This is my best cheap play in a plus match up.


  • Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, $8,900: He will get the touches in what is a tough week for RBs
  • Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte, $8,400: The same as AP but in a bit of a better match up.
  • Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy, $7,300: He will have low ownership, but if he is going to break out, this is the week.
  • Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovanni Bernard, $6,700: A great price for a RB1.
  • Kansas City RB Charcandrick West, $6,200: If you're feeling lucky, here is the gamble of the week.
  • San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead, $6,000: He should get at least 15 touches and at this price, is an easy start.
  • Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick, $5,000: At the minimum salary and a top 20 RB in PPR, Riddick is a nice lineup filler this week.


  • Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins, $8,500: He is my #1 receiver this week at a nice price.
  • New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall, $8,000: Some may forget the roll he was on before the bye.
  • New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman, $7,900: As easy stats as it gets week in and week out. Very safe.
  • Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin, $7,200: Touchdowns are tough to come by, but he is top 5 in the NFL in targets.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson, $6,700: I love the mid-range receivers this week.
  • Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown, $6,100: One of the most productive cheap WRs in FanDuel.
  • Baltimore Ravens WR Kamar Aiken, $6,000: A WR1 for this price and playing the 49ers? Yes, please.
  • Chicago Bears WR Marquess Wilson, $5,400: Jay Cutler kills the Lions, and Wilson is his top WR target.


  • Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert, $6,000: He is the top fantasy tight end so far this year.
  • San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates, $5,500: Came back strong last week, and this is the cheapest he will be the rest of the way.

Thank you for reading and have a great week, feel free to ask any questions here or on Twitter.