Win­ston, Michel set for fa­vor­able matchups

USA TODAY International Edition - - SPORTS - Charles Cur­tis

Week 6 of the NFL and fan­tasy foot­ball sea­son is here, and we have this week’s studs, duds and sleep­ers for your con­sid­er­a­tion. Make sure to use USA TO­DAY’s up­dated rank­ings (fan­tasy.us­ato­day.com) to help as well.

Studs

QB Jameis Win­ston, Buc­ca­neers: What a way to re­turn from the bye: The Tampa Bay quar­ter­back will face a Fal­cons pass­ing de­fense that has given up 277 yards through the air per game. RB Sony Michel, Pa­tri­ots: Cap­tain Ob­vi­ous over here, but Michel has es­tab­lished him­self as a bona fide RB1 for New Eng­land and now gets to work against the Chiefs. WR Tyler Boyd, Ben­gals: Ig­nore last week­end’s dis­ap­point­ing game against the Dol­phins. The Steel­ers give up the third-most pass­ing yards in the NFL, so Boyd and A.J. Green should go off. TE Austin Hooper, Fal­cons: Fresh off a 12-tar­get game against the Steel­ers, he gets a matchup against the Buc­ca­neers, the team that’s given up the most fan­tasy points to tight ends per ESPN.

Duds

QB Joe Flacco, Ravens: In two-quar­ter­back leagues, sit the one who has thrown at least two TDs in three of his five games this sea­son. The Ti­tans are sti­fling against op­pos­ing passers, and if the Browns’ up-and-com­ing de­fense could shut Flacco down, so can Ten­nessee. RB Devonta Free­man, Fal­cons: You might not have the lux­ury of bench­ing a run­ning back you se­lected pretty high, but I just don’t trust him this week­end af­ter a dud of a game upon re­turn­ing. Add in the fact that the Buc­ca­neers are a sur­pris­ing fourth in the NFL against the run and that the split with Tevin Cole­man seems to be more 50-50 than the past, and I’m ner­vous. WR Corey Davis, Ti­tans: It is be­com­ing frus­trat­ing to be a Davis owner: Af­ter a 161-yard game against the Ea­gles, he fol­lows up with a four-re­cep­tion, 49-yard stinker against the Bills. It seems like Ten­nessee quar­ter­back Mar­cus Mar­i­ota still isn’t 100 per­cent, and now the Ti­tans host the uber-tough Ravens. TE Eric Ebron, Colts: Be­cause the tight end po­si­tion is a com­plete mess, the an­swer here is you start any­one who’s halfway de­cent. Ebron, how­ever, af­ter a huge Week 5, goes up against the Jets, the tough­est de­fense against tight ends. So you’ll al­most def­i­nitely start him, but don’t ex­pect a re­peat of last week.

Sleep­ers

QB Mitchell Tru­bisky, Bears: The Dol­phins rank 20th in the NFL against the pass, the Bears are com­ing off the bye week and Tru­bisky threw six touch­down passes against the Buc­ca­neers in his last start. I’m not say­ing he will throw six again, but Tru­bisky could have the kind of up­side that makes him a sleeper. RB Latavius Mur­ray, Vik­ings: If Dalvin Cook doesn’t play, Mur­ray gets to run against the sec­ond-worst rush­ing de­fense in the NFL in the Car­di­nals. If you’re look­ing for a spot starter with a run­ning back on the bye, here’s one to stream. WR Tyler Lock­ett, Sea­hawks: He has emerged as the top tar­get in the Emer­ald City and has scored in ev­ery game but one thus far. Oak­land’s por­ous de­fense could be an op­por­tu­nity for him to score again. TE David Njoku, Browns: A break­out is on the hori­zon for the 2017 firstrounder. He had a sea­son-high 11 tar­gets in Week 5 and turned them into six catches for 69 yards. Con­grat­u­la­tions if you held on to him through his strug­gles or picked him off waivers.

JONATHAN DYER/USA TO­DAY SPORTS

Buc­ca­neers quar­ter­back Jameis Win­ston threw for 145 yards and a TD against the Bears de­fense in his first start this sea­son.

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