Cousins, Howard could flour­ish

Fan­tasy: Steel­ers could make it dif­fi­cult for Smith

USA TODAY International Edition - - SPORTS - Charles Cur­tis @by­charles­cur­tis USA TO­DAY Sports

Week 6 is upon us, and as we do ev­ery week dur­ing the NFL sea­son, we’re help­ing fan­tasy own­ers out with the studs, duds and sleep­ers for your line­ups.

Studs

QB Kirk Cousins, Red­skins: Fresh off a bye week, the quar­ter­back faces a 49ers de­fense that ranks 28th against op­pos­ing passers. Ex­pect a 300yard day through the air and at least a cou­ple of touch­downs.

RB Jor­dan Howard, Bears: Want to know a se­cret? The Ravens haven’t been all that good against the run (23rd in the NFL). Mitchell Tru­bisky might strug­gle, but Howard won’t.

WR Chris Hogan, Pa­tri­ots: He might just be a WR1 now after four con­sec­u­tive weeks of 60plus yards and at least one score. He’ll look to build on that in what might be a sur­pris­ing shootout against the Jets.

TE Evan En­gram, Giants: Say hello to the first op­tion for Eli Manning. He was quite pro­duc­tive be­fore Odell Beck­ham Jr. and Bran­don Mar­shall went down, but now, with the Bron­cos shut­ting down the Giants’ pass­ing game, I fully ex­pect En­gram to ben­e­fit with a bunch of catches, es­pe­cially since Den­ver’s cor­ner­backs will pre­vent New York’s wide­outs from do­ing much.

Duds

QB Alex Smith, Chiefs: No one has been stingier against quar­ter­backs than the Steel­ers, so you might want to find an­other quar­ter­back op­tion even though Smith has looked matchup-proof thus far.

RB Aaron Jones or Ty Mont­gomery, Pack­ers: Ei­ther

of the two Pack­ers run­ning backs should hit the bench this week — they’re trav­el­ing to Min­nesota.

WR Jarvis Landry, Dol­phins: Jay Cut­ler’s strug­gles + a tough Falcons pass­ing D = no thank you.

TE Jor­dan Reed, Red­skins: Per ESPN, the Nin­ers are the tough­est against fan­tasy tight ends, al­low­ing just 4.9 points per game in 2017.

Sleep­ers

QB Josh McCown, Jets: Are you in a two-QB league and have byes to deal with? Or a deep league? Then McCown is your guy. He’ll match up against a Pa­tri­ots team still find­ing its foot­ing de­fen­sively, and McCown will have to throw a ton to play catch-up as­sum­ing the Pats of­fense con­tin­ues putting on a show.

RB Jer­ick McKin­non, Vik­ings: You saw what he did Mon­day night. Can that con­tinue against the Pack­ers, es­pe­cially for a speedy pass-catcher who might be needed late in the game?

WR Kelvin Ben­jamin, Pan­thers: His first score of the sea­son came Sun­day, and now he and Cam New­ton get to work on an Ea­gles squad that’s the third­worst against the pass. TE Hunter Henry, Charg­ers: Is the break­out we’ve all been wait­ing for about to hap­pen? He’s scored in two con­sec­u­tive games, though he’s put up two goose eggs too. But he’s trend­ing up.

BRAD MILLS, USA TO­DAY SPORTS

Red­skins quar­ter­back Kirk Cousins has seven TD passes.

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