Tyrod Taylor or E.J. Manuel? If that is the question this week, you may be in trouble. Unless, of course, you play in daily fantasy, where Manuel could shape up to be an extreme value sleeper.
That’s not the only mess we have brewing on the injury front. There are more Ps and Qs next to player names this week than I’d like to count.
A lot of players sat out Wednesday practices. Which of those were just rest and actually something to be worried about may not be fully clear until Saturday or Sunday.
As always check your lineups to make sure games are being played and players are in lineups.
These rankings will be updated early Sunday morning and don’t always reflect final starting lineups.
Early Week 6 rankings
Early rankings notes
There are a lot of injuries across the board this week. A lot of questionable players we’ll want in our lineups if they go — and whose replacements might be decent starts if they don’t. This is why I advocate late swap features which most season-long leagues employ. Most daily fantasy sites do as well. Spend most of your time at those to increase your chances of winning.
Nothing interesting here, especially if you’ve been paying attention since Monday. Carson Palmer, Tom Brady, Andy Dalton. I guess maybe Jay Cutler at seventh is interesting, but probably not if you’ve read our waiver report this week.
Devonta Freeman has been a consistent stud. There’s no reason to believe it’s going to stop. I own him in a couple leagues and will start him in a handful of daily fantasy lineups. I’ll also have quite a bit of Arian Foster. I’ll have at least one Freeman-Mark Ingram stack at daily fantasy this week too. It’s a low correlation play — it’s rare opposing running backs will both rush for 100 yards and three touchdowns, but Freeman and Ingram each get work in the passing game and have great matchups this week.
Did I mention the injury thing? Yeah, wide receivers are filthy with questionable and probable tags. Julio Jones 20th? What the what? Yeah, he’ll probably go bananas, but if I’m playing him in daily fantasy it’s only in tournaments until he’s back to form. Willie Snead at sixth probably also made you cock your head sideways like a dog trying really hard to understand you. I think Snead is Brees’ favorite target. No. 1 wide receivers have feasted off the Falcons so far this season.
The biggest surprise here is Jordan Cameron at 7th. He’s struggled so far this season, but the bye week and new leadership may jump start this offense and Tennessee is suspect against tight ends.
I love how the flex ranking turned out this week, pushing DeAndre Hopkins to the top. He doesn’t have an elite matchup, but he gets so much volume he’s practically Julio. That means we start him, especially against a Jaguars defense that is poor overall against the pass.