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