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Week 6 Fantasy Football rankings: Tom Brady faces team that started ‘Deflategate’

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady faces the team that started Deflategate, the Indianapolis Colts, and they have a porous pass defense. That could mean a flood of yards and touchdowns.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady faces the team that started Deflategate, the Indianapolis Colts, and they have a porous pass defense. That could mean a flood of yards and touchdowns. AP

Week 6 Fantasy Football rankings:


1 Tom Brady, New England at Indianapolis ... Brady’s “Gronk You” tour makes a stop this week against the team that started “Deflategate” and that is 32nd against the pass

2 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. San Diego

3 Matt Ryan, Atlanta at New Orleans

4 Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Atlanta

5 Carson Palmer, Arizona at Pittsburgh

6 Andrew Luck, Indianapolis vs. New England ... Luck (shoulder) will need to be monitored

7 Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia

8 Andy Dalton, Cincinnati at Buffalo ... At Buffalo could be a challenge, but Dalton is averaging 304 passing yards per game this season

9 Philip Rivers, San Diego at Green Bay ... Rivers is averaging 323 passing yards per game this season although Green Bay allows the 3rd-lowest fantasy points to opposing QBs

10 Russell Wilson, Seattle vs. Carolina

11 Matthew Stafford, Detroit vs. Chicago ... Perhaps being benched last week will motivate Stafford to play much better than he has. He had 390 yards and 2 TDs last year vs. Bears at home

12 Blake Bortles, Jacksonville vs. Houston

13 Marcus Mariota, Tennessee vs. Miami

14 Peyton Manning, Denver at Cleveland

15 Sam Bradford, Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Giants

16 Jay Cutler, Chicago at Detroit

17 Joe Flacco, Baltimore at San Francisco ... San Francisco is 31st against the pass

18 Ryan Tannehill, Miami at Tennessee

19 Ryan Fitzpatrick, N.Y. Jets vs. Washington

20 Josh McCown, Cleveland vs. Denver ... McCown leads the NFL in passing over the last three weeks, but Denver has allowed just 3 passing TDs all year

Running Back

1 Devonta Freeman, Atlanta at New Orleans

2 LeVeon Bell, Pittsburgh vs. Arizona

3 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota vs. Kansas City

4 Dion Lewis, New England at Indianapolis

5 Arian Foster, Houston at Jacksonville

6 Eddie Lacy, Green Bay vs. San Diego

7 Matt Forte, Chicago at Detroit

8 DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Giants

9 Mark Ingram, New Orleans vs. Atlanta

10 Carlos Hyde, San Francisco vs. Baltimore ...Baltimore has allowed a rushing touchdown in four straight games

11 T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville vs. Houston ...Yeldon left Week 5 with a minor groin injury but should be okay

12 Chris Ivory, N.Y. Jets vs. Washington

13 Frank Gore, Indianapolis vs. New England

14 Duke Johnson, Cleveland vs. Denver ...Johnson has at least 6 receptions in three straight games

15 Charcandrick West, Kansas City at Minnesota ...Meet your new starter in Kansas City with Jamaal Charles out for the year with a torn ACL

16 LeGarrette Blount, New England at Indianapolis ...Against the Colts in their last three games, LeGarrette Blount (or Jonas Gray) has averaged a massive 172 rushing yards and 3.7 TDs per game!

17 Chris Johnson, Arizona at Pittsburgh

18 Melvin Gordon, San Diego at Green Bay

19 Marshawn Lynch, Seattle vs. Carolina ...Until we see Lynch on the field and performing it’s hard to put him too high in the rankings but he is expected to return this week

20 Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati at Buffalo

21 Danny Woodhead, San Diego at Green Bay ...Woodhead has picked up being a useful fantasy utility asset, on pace for 186 touches this season

22 Lamar Miller, Miami at Tennessee ...Hopefully a new coaching staff will lead to more than the absurd 9.3 rushing attempts per game that Miller has had so far this season

23 Justin Forsett, Baltimore at San Francisco ...Forsett dinged his ankle late in last week’s game and will be questionable

24 Shane Vereen, N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia

25 Karlos Williams, Buffalo vs. Cincinnati ...Williams (concussion) needs to be monitored

26 Andre Ellington, Arizona at Pittsburgh

27 Ameer Abdullah, Detroit vs. Chicago

28 Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati at Buffalo

29 Darren Sproles, Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Giants

30 C.J. Spiller, New Orleans vs. Atlanta

Wide Receiver

1 DeAndre Hopkins, Houston at Jacksonville

2 Julian Edelman, New England at Indianapolis

3 A.J. Green, Cincinnati at Buffalo

4 Julio Jones, Atlanta at New Orleans ...Jones (hamstring) will need to be monitored

5 Demaryius Thomas, Denver at Cleveland

6 Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at Pittsburgh ...Fitzgerald will be returning to Pittsburgh where he played college ball

7 Randall Cobb, Green Bay vs. San Diego

8 Odell Beckham Jr., N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia ...ODB (hamstring) will need to be monitored

9 Brandon Marshall, N.Y. Jets vs. Washington

10 Calvin Johnson, Detroit vs. Chicago ...Calvin has put up monster games against the Bears over the last two years so we’re betting Megatron comes out for a game this week

11 Emmanuel Sanders, Denver at Cleveland

12 Allen Robinson, Jacksonville vs. Houston

13 Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Giants

14 Brandin Cooks, New Orleans vs. Atlanta

15 Jarvis Landry, Miami at Tennessee

16 Keenan Allen, San Diego at Green Bay

17 James Jones, Green Bay vs. San Diego

18 Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh vs. Arizona ...It looks like Michael Vick is the only man who can slow down Antonio Brown (averaging just 4 receptions and 44 yards in two games with Vick under center)

19 Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City at Minnesota

20 T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis vs. New England

21 John Brown, Arizona at Pittsburgh

22 Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis vs. New England

23 Allen Hurns, Jacksonville vs. Houston

24 Eric Decker, N.Y. Jets vs. Washington

25 Anquan Boldin, San Francisco vs. Baltimore

26 Golden Tate, Detroit vs. Chicago

27 Willie Snead, New Orleans vs. Atlanta

28 Alshon Jeffery, Chicago at Detroit ...Jeffery (hamstring) will need to be monitored

29 Pierre Garcon, Washington at N.Y. Jets

30 Leonard Hankerson, Atlanta at New Orleans

31 Mike Wallace, Minnesota vs. Kansas City

32 Sammy Watkins, Buffalo vs. Cincinnati ...Watkins (calf) needs to be monitored but it looks like he will return to action this week

33 Kendall Wright, Tennessee vs. Miami

34 Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh vs. Arizona

35 Travis Benjamin, Cleveland vs. Denver

36 Steve Smith Sr., Baltimore at San Francisco ...Smith (back) will need to be monitored but he likely will try to return this week

37 Andre Johnson, Indianapolis vs. New England

38 Marquess Wilson, Chicago at Detroit ...As the Bears’ de facto number one receiver the last two weeks, Wilson has averaged six catches and 82.5 yards per game

39 Kamar Aiken, Baltimore at San Francisco

40 Torrey Smith, San Francisco vs. Baltimore

Tight End

1 Rob Gronkowski, New England at Indianapolis

2 Antonio Gates, San Diego at Green Bay

3 Travis Kelce, Kansas City at Minnesota

4 Martellus Bennett, Chicago at Detroit

5 Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati at Buffalo

6 Greg Olsen, Carolina at Seattle

7 Jimmy Graham, Seattle vs. Carolina

8 Julius Thomas, Jacksonville vs. Houston

9 Jordan Cameron, Miami at Tennessee

10 Charles Clay, Buffalo vs. Cincinnati

11 Gary Barnidge, Cleveland vs. Denver

12 Larry Donnell, N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia ...With ODB and Rueben Randle battling hamstring injuries, Donnell could be busier than usual this week

13 Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota vs. Kansas City

14 Jacob Tamme, Atlanta at New Orleans

15 Richard Rodgers, Green Bay vs. San Diego

16 Ladarius Green, San Diego at Green Bay

17 Eric Ebron, Detroit vs. Chicago

18 Delanie Walker, Tennessee vs. Miami

19 Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis vs. New England

20 Crockett Gillmore, Baltimore at San Francisco


1 Brandon McManus, Denver at Cleveland

2 Stephen Gostkowski, New England at Indianapolis

3 Mason Crosby, Green Bay vs. San Diego

4 Justin Tucker, Baltimore at San Francisco

5 Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona at Pittsburgh

6 Steven Hauschka, Seattle vs. Carolina

7 Matt Bryant, Atlanta at New Orleans

8 Nick Folk, N.Y. Jets vs. Washington

9 Josh Brown, N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia

10 Robbie Gould, Chicago at Detroit

11 Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis vs. New England

12 Blair Walsh, Minnesota vs. Kansas City

13 Nick Novak, Houston at Jacksonville

14 Zach Hocker, New Orleans vs. Atlanta

15 Mike Nugent, Cincinnati at Buffalo

16 Ryan Succop, Tennessee vs. Miami

17 Travis Coons, Cleveland vs. Denver

18 Dan Carpenter, Buffalo vs. Cincinnati

19 Caleb Sturgis, Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Giants

20 Matt Prater, Detroit vs. Chicago


1 Denver DT, Denver at Cleveland

2 Green Bay DT, Green Bay vs. San Diego

3 New York Jets DT, N.Y. Jets vs. Washington

4 Seattle DT, Seattle vs. Carolina

5 Minnesota DT, Minnesota vs. Kansas City

6 Arizona DT, Arizona at Pittsburgh

7 Baltimore DT, Baltimore at San Francisco

8 Carolina DT, Carolina at Seattle

9 Cincinnati DT, Cincinnati at Buffalo

10 New York Giants DT, N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia

11 Buffalo DT, Buffalo vs. Cincinnati

12 New England DT, New England at Indianapolis

13 Tennessee DT, Tennessee vs. Miami

14 Kansas City DT, Kansas City at Minnesota

15 Atlanta DT, Atlanta at New Orleans

16 Cleveland DT, Cleveland vs. Denver

17 Chicago DT, Chicago at Detroit

18 Houston DT, Houston at Jacksonville

19 Detroit DT, Detroit vs. Chicago

20 San Francisco DT, San Francisco vs. Baltimore

Please see for Alan Satterlee’s full Week 6 rankings.