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Fantasy football Week 6: Have we missed the Josh McCown train?

Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown has been hot the past three weeks, but the streak may be coming to an end with tougher defenses on the horizon.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown has been hot the past three weeks, but the streak may be coming to an end with tougher defenses on the horizon. AP

Week 6 fantasy football moves to make now:

Quarterback

Josh McCown (Cleveland): This may be a little bit of “captain obvious” perhaps at this point but in case you missed it McCown has been fire over the last three weeks with a league-best 1,154 passing yards. McCown deserves a roster spot for sure, but also keep in mind that he has done this against a weak string of defenses. Things are about to get significantly more difficult this week against a Denver defense that has allowed just three passing touchdowns all season. After Denver, McCown will face St. Louis and Arizona which will likely bring him back down to earth.

E.J. Manuel (Buffalo): Manuel’s value is likely short-term, and it depends on whether Tyrod Taylor (MCL) ultimately misses any time. This week’s opponent, Cincinnati, has been a scoring machine while they allow 262.6 yards passing per game so perhaps there is some hope for a one-week plug for Manuel. The former 1st-rounder does have a positive touchdown-to-interception ratio (16:12) and he played well in pre-season this year with 4 TDs and a 146.9 QB-rating.

Running back

Charcandrick West (Kansas City): I highlighted West last week so hopefully Jamaal Charles (ACL) owners already added West on the cheap. If not, he will cost a pretty penny on waiver-wire free agent bids this week. Ultimately West and Knile Davis will split time but West is set to be the Chiefs’ starter and is the back more built to plug in and play the Charles’ role.

Christian Michael (Dallas): I’ve recommended adding Christine Michael several times and will do so one more time if he happens to still be on your league’s waiver wire. Recent reports from Cowboys’ camp are that Michael will get more of a shot (and potentially start) after the team’s Week 6 bye-week. Michael has big-time upside.

Javorius “Buck” Allen (Baltimore): If you miss out on West and Michael, Allen could be a nice consolation prize. Justin Forsett left Week 5 with a sprained ankle and Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) has recently been placed on injured reserve. Allen is a particularly good receiving back (especially for his size). Allen could start this week but regardless he will be heavily involved, and likely stay involved going forward as a complement to Forsett.

Knile Davis (Kansas City): As mentioned above, West is the prime free agent addition this week, but don’t forget about Davis. The Chiefs gave Davis 8.4 carries per game last season so it’s reasonable to expect Davis to get back toward those levels going forward. At nearly 230 pounds, Davis also should get red-zone work (and he has 11 TDs on 215 career rushing attempts).

Theo Riddick (Detroit): There is somewhat limited upside here, but Riddick looks to be a mainstay in the passing attack for Detroit. Riddick comes off a 10-catch game and he’s averaged seven receptions over the past month. Riddick is actually the 16th-best fantasy running back on the season in PPR-scoring (slightly ahead of Frank Gore).

Wide receiver

Marquess Wilson (Chicago): With Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal missing time, Wilson has turned into the defacto No. 1 receiver for the Bears the past two weeks, and he has held his own with six catches in each game, averaging 82.5 yards. Wilson gets a prime matchup this week against the Lions, who allow the 7th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

Brandon LaFell (New England): It’s possible LaFell is on your waiver wire and if so now is the time to add him as he is set to come off the physically unable to perform list. It’s probably not realistic to expect LaFell to plug into the 2015 Patriot offense and produce like he did last year, but he could have plenty of fantasy value as a WR3. The former Panther was the 22nd-best fantasy receiver last year with 74 receptions, 953 yards and seven touchdowns.

Jamison Crowder (Washington): Crowder has turned into a key cog of the Washington passing game over the last three weeks, averaging seven receptions and 66 yards per game. Crowder runs precise routes and is good at producing doubles moves to shake free from defenders and the rookie from Duke came into the NFL with a lot of experience (including three consecutive 1,000 yard seasons to end his college career).

Jaelen Strong (Houston): I mentioned Strong last week as a low-end sleeper and he delivered with two touchdowns. The rub however is it was on just two receptions, and they were a bit flukey. Cecil Shorts should be back this week so Strong may need a random touchdown to have value, but look for his role in the offense to grow over time.

Mohammed Sanu (Cincinnati): You almost can’t have enough of Andy Dalton and the high-flying Bengals’ passing attack, which is averaging 303.6 yards per game. Sanu is squarely the fourth or fifth option in the passing game but he has totaled 153 yards over the past two games. Sanu has upside if either A.J. Green or Marvin Jones were to miss time.

Tight end

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Tampa Bay): Make sure Seferian-Jenkins isn’you’re your waiver wire as those who drafted ASJ may have lost patience keeping him on the roster as recovers from a shoulder injury. The Buccaneers are on a bye this week but Seferian-Jenkins may be able to return in Week 7.

Jacob Tamme (Atlanta): With Julio Jones dealing with a strained hamstring last week, Tamme got heavily involved for the Falcons with nearly 100 yards on eight receptions. Tamme also had 77 yards in Week 2. Tamme will likely be inconsistent but he is surely locked in as the team’s starter and could be a plug for your fantasy team during bye weeks.

Clive Walford (Oakland): If you are looking for a deep sleeper at tight end then keep Walford on your watch list. Oakland is on a bye this week, and that would be a perfect time to get the rookie more integrated into the lineup starting in Week 7. Walford was particularly effective around the end zone in college at the University of Miami and averaged 14.5 yards per catch in college.

Other news and notes

▪  Did you notice the Julio Jones fumble recovery in the end-zone this past week for a score? Some leagues will be limited by their scoring service, and all leagues of course need to address nuances like this in their rules. Most of Jones’ owners didn’t collect that score in their fantasy totals last week. I don’t like it. In my long-time family leagues we have addressed this. If your guy scores in the NFL, then they score in fantasy and we adjust the score manually for such scenarios.

▪  Some have called New England 2015 the “Gronk You” tour as the Patriots unleash their frustration on the league after the long and public battle around “delate-gate”. If that’s the case – and it very well may be – look out this week as they face the Indianapolis Colts, the team on the other end of the deflated balls in last year’s playoff game.

<bullet> In a somewhat unusual turn of events, Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith will start for the 49ers and face-off against their former team, the Ravens. Oddly, the last time the 49ers and Ravens played each other (in Super Bowl XLVLL) Boldin and Smith were again co-starters, but wearing the other team’s jersey (and they likely really miss catching passes from Joe Flacco – San Francisco is 31st this year in passing yards per game at just 178.2).

Alan Satterlee is a co-owner and senior writer for DynastyFootballWarehouse.com, a comprehensive fantasy football strategy site.

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