Op­por­tu­nity wide open for Jack­son

The Morning Call - - SPORTS - By Bran­don C. Wil­liams

Week 6 of fantasy foot­ball play is high­lighted by an all-in game (Tex­an­sChiefs) and a Fal­cons-Car­di­nals game that could see a com­bined 100 pass at­tempts from Matt Ryan and Kyler Mur­ray.

The week also will be de­fined by whether a pair of elite re­ceivers can re­bound fol­low­ing poor per­for­mances in Week 5.

Start: La­mar Jack­son, QB, Ravens: Af­ter toss­ing five in­ter­cep­tions over the last two games, Jack­son not only gets a re­bound against the Ben­gals sec­ondary, he also faces a de­fense that al­lows the sec­ond-high­est rush­ing yards per game to QBs. Don’t be shocked if Jack­son breaks off his first 100-yard game on the ground in 2019.

Sit: Car­son Wentz, QB, Ea­gles: Only the Colts’ Ja­coby Bris­sett has a lower yards per at­tempt (6.4) than the 6.6 Wentz is putting up. Wentz is com­plet­ing just 60.3 per­cent of his passes, a mark that is sec­ond-low­est in the league, with only the Browns’ Baker May­field (55.9 per­cent) keep­ing him from rock bot­tom.

Start: Duke John­son, RB, Tex­ans: In what is ex­pected to be a high-scor­ing matchup, John­son will be a dream start in PPR for­mats. The Chiefs give up 176.2 yards from scrim­mage to run­ning backs, and John­son will have am­ple shots to ex­ploit a de­fense whose main fo­cus will be on WRs DeAn­dre Hop­kins and Will Fuller.

Sit: Miles San­ders, RB, Ea­gles: Jor­dan Howard has erased any no­tions of a time­share in Philly, leav­ing San­ders as mostly an op­tion on pass­ing downs. San­ders has yet to score on 54 rush­ing at­tempts and will strug­gle against a Vik­ings de­fense ranked fourth in fewest fantasy points per game al­lowed to run­ning backs.

Start: Michael Gallup, WR, Cow­boys: He re­turned from IR with seven catches for 113 yards and a TD in Sun­day’s loss to the Pack­ers. Gallup ranks among the league lead­ers with five re­cep­tions of bet­ter than 20 yards de­spite miss­ing two games and should feast on a Jets de­fense that is 21st in fantasy points al­lowed per game to re­ceivers.

Sit: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Pack­ers: With a golden chance to step up in the ab­sence of Da­vante Adams, MVS had just one catch for 18 yards and was tar­geted only four times against the Cow­boys. Even if Adams misses Mon­day night’s game, shy away from Valdes-Scantling as he faces a Lions sec­ondary that al­lows only a 51.8 per­cent com­ple­tion rate to wide­outs.

Start: Austin Hooper, TE, Fal­cons: The Car­di­nals al­low an av­er­age of 1.2 TDs per game to tight ends, far and away the worst rate in the league. Hooper comes into Sun­day hav­ing caught 21 of his 26 tar­gets (80.7 per­cent) for 252 yards and a pair of TDs over the last two weeks.

Sit: Kyle Ru­dolph, TE, Vik­ings: At this point, it’s safe to drop Ru­dolph, who has been tar­geted only eight times this sea­son. The dis­ap­pear­ance of Ru­dolph is jar­ring when one con­sid­ers he was tar­geted a com­bined 295 times the pre­vi­ous three sea­sons.

Start: Gard­ner Min­shew II, QB, Jaguars: Qui­etly, Min­shew has pro­duced a 9-1 TD:INT mar­gin and has thrown two TDs in each of his last three games. Not only is he com­ing off the first 300-yard game of his ca­reer, Min­shew also is the league’s most ef­fi­cient passer in the red zone with a rat­ing of 127.8. The Saints are 28th in fantasy points al­lowed per game to QBs and sim­i­lar pro­duc­tion is pos­si­ble if too much fo­cus is placed on stop­ping Jags RB Leonard Four­nette.

Sit: Andy Dal­ton, QB, Ben­gals: Al­though the Ravens al­low 290.8 pass­ing yards per game, they are still 10th-best in fantasy against QBs. Dal­ton is av­er­ag­ing 285.6 yards per game, but is also on pace to be sacked 64 times this sea­son. The num­ber could in­crease, es­pe­cially if the Ben­gals’ run­ning game con­tin­ues to strug­gle.

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