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Week 6 fantasy football rankings: Quarterbacks can roll up the points

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) could have a big game this weekend against Tampa Bay.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) could have a big game this weekend against Tampa Bay. AP

Quarterback

1 Tom Brady, New England vs. Kansas City

2 Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City at New England

3 Matt Ryan, Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay ...This should be a get-right game for Ryan and the offense at home and against a defense allowing a league-high 34.8 points per game.

4 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. San Francisco

5 Cam Newton, Carolina at Washington

6 Jared Goff, LA Rams at Denver

7 Kirk Cousins, Minnesota vs. Arizona

8 Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay at Atlanta ...Winston returns under center and this game should be a shoot-out facing the 31st- and 32nd-ranked scoring defenses.

9 Deshaun Watson, Houston vs. Buffalo ...Watson comes into Week 6 with four-straight 300-yard passing games (and at least 375 passing yards in three straight) though this could be a lower-scoring game against a Buffalo defense allowing just 13.3 points per game over its past three games (2nd-lowest).

10 Philip Rivers, LA Chargers at Cleveland

11 Russell Wilson, Seattle at Oakland

12 Andy Dalton, Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh

13 Carson Wentz, Philadelphia at NY Giants

14 Andrew Luck, Indianapolis at NY Jets

15 Baker Mayfield, Cleveland vs. LA Chargers ...Mayfield has averaged just under 320 yards passing in his two starts and he should be in-store for another solid game at home in what should be a shoot-out against Phillip Rivers and the Chargers.

16 Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati …Roethlisberger historically can have challenges on the road and that’s especially true at Cincinnati where he’s averaged just 241 yards passing with 1.4 touchdowns over his career.

17 Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago at Miami ...Coming off an epic six-touchdown game prior to the Week 5 bye week, Trubisky should come back to earth against a Dolphins’ defense that allows the 3rd-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

18 Alex Smith, Washington vs. Carolina

19 Eli Manning, NY Giants vs. Philadelphia

20 Case Keenum, Denver vs. LA Rams

21 Derek Carr, Oakland vs. Seattle

22 Blake Bortles, Jacksonville at Dallas

23 C.J. Beathard, San Francisco at Green Bay

24 Sam Darnold, NY Jets vs. Indianapolis ...Darnold has some sleeper potential coming off a career-high three-touchdown game and against an Indianapolis defense allowing 31.7 points per game over its past three games.

25 Joe Flacco, Baltimore at Tennessee

26 Marcus Mariota, Tennessee vs. Baltimore ...It’s hard to get too excited about any of the Titans this week against a Ravens giving up just 15.4 points per game (lowest in the NFL).

27 Ryan Tannehill, Miami vs. Chicago

28 Josh Rosen, Arizona at Minnesota

29 Dak Prescott, Dallas vs. Jacksonville

30 Josh Allen, Buffalo at Houston



Running Back

1 Todd Gurley, LA Rams at Denver

2 Melvin Gordon, LA Chargers at Cleveland ...Gordon comes into this one having scored in four straight games.

3 Saquon Barkley, NY Giants vs. Philadelphia

4 James White, New England vs. Kansas City ...White has turned into an every-week starter, ranking as the No. 7 running back on the season on pace for 102 receptions, and he’s especially a strong play this week against a Kansas City defense allowing the seconnd-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.

5 Christian McCaffrey, Carolina at Washington

6 Kareem Hunt, Kansas City at New England

7 James Conner, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati ...Conner stays in the high-end running back mix off a huge 185-yard game and against a Bengals’ defense allowing 150 yards on the ground per game over its past three (2nd-most).

8 Joe Mixon, Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh

9 Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas vs. Jacksonville

10 Sony Michel, New England vs. Kansas City

11 Marshawn Lynch, Oakland vs. Seattle

12 Devonta Freeman, Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay ...Freeman has a good chance to find the end-zone this week against a defense allowing a league-high 34.8 points per game.

13 Chris Carson, Seattle at Oakland

14 T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville at Dallas ...Yeldon has averaged 104 total yards per game over his past three and will again get the lead role with Leonard Fournette (hamstring) out.

15 Isaiah Crowell, NY Jets vs. Indianapolis ...Crowell gets a bump in this week’s rankings coming off a massive 219-yard rushing game and with an attractive home match-up against the Colts.

16 David Johnson, Arizona at Minnesota

17 Jordan Howard, Chicago at Miami

18 Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis at NY Jets ...Hines has no doubt earned flex consideration after 21 receptions, 206 yards and two touchdowns over the past three games.

19 Chris Thompson, Washington vs. Carolina

20 Phillip Lindsay, Denver vs. LA Rams

21 Tarik Cohen, Chicago at Miami

22 Alfred Morris, San Francisco at Green Bay

23 Javorius Allen, Baltimore at Tennessee

24 Austin Ekeler, LA Chargers at Cleveland

25 Carlos Hyde, Cleveland vs. LA Chargers

26 Latavius Murray, Minnesota vs. Arizona

27 Tevin Coleman, Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay

28 Mike Davis, Seattle at Oakland

29 Dion Lewis, Tennessee vs. Baltimore

30 LeSean McCoy, Buffalo at Houston

31 Aaron Jones, Green Bay vs. San Francisco

32 Kenyan Drake, Miami vs. Chicago ...Though Drake finally got involved in the Dolphins’ game plan last week and responded with seven receptions and a score last week he gets arguably the league’s toughest defense this week and the Bears are the only team not to allow a rushing touchdown this season.

33 Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia at NY Giants

34 Dalvin Cook, Minnesota vs. Arizona ...Cook (hamstring) will need to be monitored.

35 Alfred Blue, Houston vs. Buffalo

36 Bilal Powell, NY Jets vs. Indianapolis

37 Duke Johnson, Cleveland vs. LA Chargers

38 Jalen Richard, Oakland vs. Seattle

39 Alex Collins, Baltimore at Tennessee

40 Royce Freeman, Denver vs. LA Rams

41 Nick Chubb, Cleveland vs. LA Chargers

42 Frank Gore, Miami vs. Chicago

43 Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay at Atlanta

44 Lamar Miller, Houston vs. Buffalo

45 Adrian Peterson, Washington vs. Carolina ...Peterson (shoulder) will need to be monitored.

46 Jamaal Williams, Green Bay vs. San Francisco

47 Corey Clement, Philadelphia at NY Giants

48 Derrick Henry, Tennessee vs. Baltimore

49 Ty Montgomery, Green Bay vs. San Francisco

50 Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay at Atlanta





Wide Receiver

Julio Jones, Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay ...Jones is certainly well overdue for a touchdown and this could be the week against a defense allowing the 2nd-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, plus Jones had a huge game the last time he faced the Bucs with 12 receptions, 253 yards and two touchdowns.

2 A.J. Green, Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh ...Pittsburgh has allowed 336.3 yards passing over its past three (most in the NFL) and Green historically has huge games against the Steelers (Green averages 7.1 receptions and 101 yards in his past eight games against Pittsburgh).

3 Odell Beckham, NY Giants vs. Philadelphia ...Keep Beckham ranked high against a defense allowing the 3rd-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

4 DeAndre Hopkins, Houston vs. Buffalo

5 Mike Evans, Tampa Bay at Atlanta

6 Adam Thielen, Minnesota vs. Arizona ...Thielen comes into this one as the first player in the Super Bowl era with 100-plus receiving yards in five straight games to open a season.

7 Davante Adams, Green Bay vs. San Francisco

8 Tyreek Hill, Kansas City at New England

9 Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati

10 JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati

11 Stefon Diggs, Minnesota vs. Arizona

12 Keenan Allen, LA Chargers at Cleveland

13 Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh

14 Robert Woods, LA Rams at Denver

15 Cooper Kupp, LA Rams at Denver ...Kupp (concussion) will need to be monitored.

16 Julian Edelman, New England vs. Kansas City ...There should be plenty of passing yards to go around against a Chiefs’ defense allowing 343 passing yards per game (2nd-most).

17 Jarvis Landry, Cleveland vs. LA Chargers

18 Calvin Ridley, Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay

19 Emmanuel Sanders, Denver vs. LA Rams ...The Broncos’ receivers should be busy likely in catch-up mode plus the Rams have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers over the past three weeks.

20 Will Fuller, Houston vs. Buffalo

21 Sterling Shepard, NY Giants vs. Philadelphia

22 Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay at Atlanta

23 Brandin Cooks, LA Rams at Denver ...Cooks (concussion) will need to be monitored.

24 Allen Robinson, Chicago at Miami

25 Tyler Lockett, Seattle at Oakland

26 DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay at Atlanta

27 Demaryius Thomas, Denver vs. LA Rams

28 John Brown, Baltimore at Tennessee ...Brown still has appeal given his volume and ability to hit on any one play though this game looks to be low-scoring against two defenses ranked in the top four of points allowed per game and Tennessee is only allowing 210 yards passing per game (3rd-fewest).

29 Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia at NY Giants

30 Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia at NY Giants

31 Keke Coutee, Houston vs. Buffalo

32 Sammy Watkins, Kansas City at New England ...Watkins (hamstring) will need to be monitored.

33 Jordy Nelson, Oakland vs. Seattle

34 Robby Anderson, NY Jets vs. Indianapolis ...Anderson finally awoke with a huge two-touchdown game last week and should be able to keep the good times going this week against a Colts’ defense allowing 282.6 yards per game passing.

35 Doug Baldwin, Seattle at Oakland

36 Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay

37 Amari Cooper, Oakland vs. Seattle

38 Josh Reynolds, LA Rams at Denver ...Reynolds could have an evaluated role if either Brandin Cooks or Cooper Kupp can’t play (after both were knocked out of last week’s game with a concussion).

39 Mike Williams, LA Chargers at Cleveland

40 Geronimo Allison, Green Bay vs. San Francisco

41 Christian Kirk, Arizona at Minnesota

42 Michael Crabtree, Baltimore at Tennessee

43 Josh Gordon, New England vs. Kansas City

44 Jamison Crowder, Washington vs. Carolina

45 Chester Rogers, Indianapolis at NY Jets

46 Corey Davis, Tennessee vs. Baltimore

47 Ryan Grant, Indianapolis at NY Jets

48 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay vs. San Francisco

49 Taylor Gabriel, Chicago at Miami

50 Devin Funchess, Carolina at Washington

51 Donte Moncrief, Jacksonville at Dallas

52 Antonio Callaway, Cleveland vs. LA Chargers

53 Kenny Stills, Miami vs. Chicago

54 Keelan Cole, Jacksonville at Dallas

55 Willie Snead, Baltimore at Tennessee

56 Chris Hogan, New England vs. Kansas City

57 Paul Richardson, Washington vs. Carolina

58 Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville at Dallas

59 Pierre Garcon, San Francisco at Green Bay

60 Quincy Enunwa, NY Jets vs. Indianapolis

61 Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at Minnesota

62 Courtland Sutton, Denver vs. LA Rams

63 Trent Taylor, San Francisco at Green Bay

64 David Moore, Seattle at Oakland

65 Chris Conley, Kansas City at New England

66 Randall Cobb, Green Bay vs. San Francisco ...Cobb (hamstring) will need to be monitored.

67 D.J. Moore, Carolina at Washington

68 Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco at Green Bay ...Goodwin (hamstring) will need to be monitored.

69 Albert Wilson, Miami vs. Chicago

70 Taywan Taylor, Tennessee vs. Baltimore

71 Tyrell Williams, LA Chargers at Cleveland

72 Martavis Bryant, Oakland vs. Seattle

73 Cordarrelle Patterson, New England vs. Kansas City ...Patterson can easily be a bust play (he has just five receptions the past two weeks) though he also has the potential for a touchdown too (he has a touchdown in back-to-back games).

74 Phillip Dorsett, New England vs. Kansas City

75 Anthony Miller, Chicago at Miami ...Miller (shoulder) will need to be monitored but he is expected to return.





Tight End

1 Travis Kelce, Kansas City at New England

2 Rob Gronkowski, New England vs. Kansas City

3 Zach Ertz, Philadelphia at NY Giants ...Ertz has had double-digit targets in every game this season.

4 Jimmy Graham, Green Bay vs. San Francisco

5 David Njoku, Cleveland vs. LA Chargers

6 Jared Cook, Oakland vs. Seattle

7 Eric Ebron, Indianapolis at NY Jets ...Ebron likely is too hot to sit though the Jets allow the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

8 Austin Hooper, Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay ...Keep playing the hot-hand in Austin Hooper who had nine receptions last week and this week will go against a Tampa Bay defense allowing the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

9 George Kittle, San Francisco at Green Bay

10 Jordan Reed, Washington vs. Carolina

11 Trey Burton, Chicago at Miami

12 Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota vs. Arizona

13 C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh ...Uzomah could be a sleeper this week against a Pittsburgh defense allowing the 2nd-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

14 Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay at Atlanta

15 Ryan Griffin, Houston vs. Buffalo

16 Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati

17 Nick Vannett, Seattle at Oakland

18 Greg Olsen, Carolina at Washington ...Olsen (foot) will need to be monitored but there is some chance he returns in Week 6.

19 Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia at NY Giants

20 Jeff Heuerman, Denver vs. LA Rams

21 Geoff Swaim, Dallas vs. Jacksonville

22 Mike Gesicki, Miami vs. Chicago

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24 O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay at Atlanta ...Howard (knee) will need to be monitored but reports are he may be able to play.

25 James O’Shaugnessy, Jacksonville at Dallas ...O’Shaughnessy will be the Jaguars’ new starting tight end with Austin Seferian-Jenkins sent to injured reserve.

26 Gerald Everett, LA Rams at Denver

27 Antonio Gates, LA Chargers at Cleveland

28 Jesse James, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati

29 Evan Engram, NY Giants vs. Philadelphia ...Engram (knee) will need to be monitored but he has a chance to return this week.

30 Rhett Ellison, NY Giants vs. Philadelphia ...Ellison will draw the start again this week with Evan Engram (knee) ruled out.





Kicker

1 Stephen Gostkowski, New England vs. Kansas City

2 Justin Tucker, Baltimore at Tennessee

3 Ka’imi Fairbairn, Houston vs. Buffalo

4 Matt Bryant, Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay

5 Harrison Butker, Kansas City at New England

6 Cody Parkey, Chicago at Miami

7 Sebastian Janikowski, Seattle at Oakland

8 Cairo Santos, LA Rams at Denver ...Note Greg Zuerlein may make his return this week (and if so, slot him as the No. 3 kicker on the week).

9 Jake Elliott, Philadelphia at NY Giants

10 Dan Bailey, Minnesota vs. Arizona

11 Graham Gano, Carolina at Washington

12 Chandler Catanzaro, Tampa Bay at Atlanta

13 Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis at NY Jets

14 Josh Lambo, Jacksonville at Dallas

15 Dustin Hopkins, Washington vs. Carolina

16 Randy Bullock, Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh

17 Mason Crosby, Green Bay vs. San Francisco

18 Aldrick Rosas, NY Giants vs. Philadelphia

19 Brett Maher, Dallas vs. Jacksonville

20 Ryan Succop, Tennessee vs. Baltimore

21 Caleb Sturgis, LA Chargers at Cleveland

22 Jason Myers, NY Jets vs. Indianapolis

23 Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati

24 Brandon McManus, Denver vs. LA Rams

25 Phil Dawson, Arizona at Minnesota

26 Robbie Gould, San Francisco at Green Bay

27 Matt McCrane, Oakland vs. Seattle

28 Stephen Hauschka, Buffalo at Houston

29 Greg Joseph, Cleveland vs. LA Chargers

30 Jason Sanders, Miami vs. Chicago





Defense

1 Chicago DT, Chicago at Miami

2 Houston DT, Houston vs. Buffalo

3 Green Bay DT, Green Bay vs. San Francisco

4 Jacksonville DT, Jacksonville at Dallas

5 Baltimore DT, Baltimore at Tennessee

6 Minnesota DT, Minnesota vs. Arizona

7 LA Rams DT, LA Rams at Denver

8 LA Chargers DT, LA Chargers at Cleveland

9 Pittsburgh DT, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati

10 Philadelphia DT, Philadelphia at NY Giants

Jets vs. Indianapolis

12 Tennessee DT, Tennessee vs. Baltimore

13 Indianapolis DT, Indianapolis at NY Jets

14 Dallas DT, Dallas vs. Jacksonville

15 Carolina DT, Carolina at Washington

16 Seattle DT, Seattle at Oakland

17 Atlanta DT, Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay

18 Buffalo DT, Buffalo at Houston

19 Cleveland DT, Cleveland vs. LA Chargers

20 Miami DT, Miami vs. Chicago

21 Washington DT, Washington vs. Carolina

22 Cincinnati DT, Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh

Giants vs. Philadelphia

24 Arizona DT, Arizona at Minnesota

25 Tampa Bay DT, Tampa Bay at Atlanta

26 Oakland DT, Oakland vs. Seattle

27 New England DT, New England vs. Kansas City

28 Denver DT, Denver vs. LA Rams

29 San Francisco DT, San Francisco at Green Bay

30 Kansas City at New England



Alan Satterlee is in his sixth year of writing about fantasy football for The Charlotte Observer. Find him on Twitter at @Speedkills_DFW

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