We are at the breaking point of the season where if you have started off terrible through the first five weeks you still have the ability to turn it around and make the playoffs. It will take a diligent and concerted effort to do so and you will almost have to win every game. To help with the process, heed the advice of our Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em Week 6.
Chris Thompson, RB
Thompson’s fantasy season has been up and down. You cannot trust him every week but when the matchup is against the San Francisco 49ers, there’s a high ceiling. The Redskins should dominate in this game and with the advantage of the time of possession, Thompson will thrive in a well-controlled game and has already proven to be a lightning bolt for that offense.
Deshaun Watson, QB
Watson is the most exciting rookie quarterback so far this year. He almost beat Tom Brady and has given life to the city of Houston. With J.J. Watt, the heart of this Texans team, out for the rest of the season, expect the pressure to go on Watson’s shoulders. The good thing is that they get to play the Browns this week who are beginning to look a lot worse than they started and worse than last year. This offense is functioning better than any other Texans offense under Bill O’Brien and a lot of it has to do with Watson’s growth. Look for a solid week against a falling apart defense.
This is a name that no one really predicted to be relevant in fantasy this year. But, Seferian-Jenkins has become one of the top pass catchers. His value is almost entirely touchdown dependent. When you look at this matchup against the Patriots, you would assume he would be on the opposite side of this column. However, the Patriots defense has been one of the worst defenses against tight ends in the league.
This young defense takes on a Jay Cutler lead Dolphins that has struggled in the early part of the year. Cutler is a turnover machine who has thrown an interception in each of the last three weeks. Coming off a bye, the Falcons defense should have an easy time scoring a nice 10+ points in fantasy this week.
DeSean Jackson, WR
Jackson has been someone I have kept an eye on since the offseason. The Buccaneers may be having a slow start but Jackson is starting to gel in the offense. He had his first 100-yard receiving game last week against New England and looks to have a favorable matchup against the Cardinals’ secondary. Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu are some of the best at their positions but this defense has struggled to find another player in the secondary that can cover. Unless Peterson is covering Jackson all game, this should be a good fantasy matchup.
Jared Goff, QB
I wish the Rams could have pulled it off against the Seahawks. It would have been a huge turning point in the franchise. But the fact is that Goff’s two interceptions brought the team back down to earth and they are not going to have an easy comeback week. The Jaguars defense has been one of the top units in football this season. Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye have proven to be one of the best cornerback tandems and there is really not a weak point. Goff could have a fantasy day much like what he had last week.
This season is getting ugly in New York. Along with losing most of their offensive firepower to injuries, this defense has lost the mojo it had last season. Going against a Broncos team coming off a bye should prove fatal for this team in fantasy. This could be blow out potential. Especially with the recent drama around corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and his suspension from the team.
Eli Manning, QB
Yeah, another Giants fantasy player. This time it’s Manning. If you have been considering Manning then take some time to go down the Giants news report. The team lost Brandon Marshall and superstar Odell Beckham Jr. for the year, Sterling Shepard is injured and the Giants running game is still nonexistent. Many have said Eli Manning has been on the back half of his career and the way he has played this season is making him seem like a huge fantasy bust.
Tarik Cohen, RB
The rookie runner for the Bears has seen a huge decrease in playing time in the last two games. His role seems to be becoming a little less each game. There is no denying that Cohen is a playmaker but the shadow of Jordan Howard may be too much for a fantasy play. This week against Baltimore’s defense will be another hard stop against Cohen’s fantasy performance. Look for other flex plays this week.
Jared Cook, TE
It might be surprising to see Cook on this list with Derek Carr set to return from injury. However, the Chargers defense has shut down tight ends all season. This defense could result in Cook having a scoreless week.