Tom Brady (New England) is on pace for an unreal 5,548 passing yards (71 yards short of the record Peyton Manning set in 2013), 44 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Brady no doubt seems inspired after the “Deflategate” scandal. Look out as Brady and the Patriots take on the Colts this week, the team who sparked the controversy.
That said, recent history would suggest LeGarrette Blount (New England) will have a huge game. In 2014, Blount had 148 yards and three touchdowns against the Colts, and in 2013 he had 166 yards and four touchdowns against them. With the way the Patriots are scoring there is room for both Brady and Blount to have big games.
▪ Injuries in the NFL happen every year and the 2015 season is no exception. With Jamaal Charles (ACL) out for the season, Charcandrick West (Kansas City) no doubt was the prime waiver-wire addition in fantasy leagues this week. West will likely split carries more than Charles did with Knile Davis and West faces a stiff Vikings’ defense, but he is still an instant plug for most fantasy lineups.
▪ Josh McCown (Cleveland) leads the NFL in passing over the last three weeks (averaging 385 passing yards per game). However, look for McCown to come back down to earth this week – Denver has allowed just three passing TDs all year.
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▪ Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona) returns to Pittsburgh, the city where he starred in college, this week. It will be the first time Fitzgerald will return to play at Pittsburgh in his 12-year NFL career and he will have many supporters in the stands. Fitzgerald is an elite fantasy option of course, on pace for 112 receptions and 19 touchdowns.
▪ Looking ahead to potential free agent targets, wide receiver Brandon LaFell (New England) is set to come off the physically unable to perform list after this week. LaFell was the 22nd-best fantasy receiver last year. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Tampa Bay) should also return to action next week and he may have been dropped in some leagues. Now is the time to acquire Christine Michael (Dallas). Dallas will likely give Michael an extended look next week after their bye and Michael has big-time upside.
Week 6 sleepers
▪ There hasn’t been much for Eddie Lacy (Green Bay) owners to celebrate this season as Lacy is just the 37th-ranked running back through five weeks. Hold the course. Lacy started slowly last year also and he has a good matchup to get back on track – the Chargers allow 5.1 yards per carry, worst in the NFL.
▪ It will take a leap of faith to start Matthew Stafford (Detroit) after he was benched last week following his third interception. After a brutal five-game stretch to start the season, the Detroit passing game should get back on track this week at home against Chicago – Stafford threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns last year at home against Chicago.
▪ Marquess Wilson (Chicago) has turned into the defacto No. 1 receiver for the Bears the past two weeks with Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal missing time. Wilson has held his own with six catches in each game and has averaged 82.5 yards. Wilson gets a prime matchup this week against the Lions who allow the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
▪ Week 6 marks the first game for Dan Campbell (Miami) as a head coach in the NFL. Maybe a new coaching staff will lead to more than the absurdly-low 9.3 rushing attempts per game Lamar Miller has had so far this season. Miami comes off a bye week and Miller is well overdue for his first touchdown.
▪ With Justin Forsett nursing an ankle injury and Lorenzo Taliaferro placed on injured reserve, Javorius Allen (Baltimore) should receive a healthy share of work for the Ravens this week. Allen has just two receptions but was particularly busy in college as a receiver.
▪ For the N.Y. Giants, Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle both injured their hamstrings last week, which should lead to more targets for pass-catching running back Shane Vereen, tight end Larry Donnell and wide receiver Dwayne Harris.
Alan Satterlee is a co-owner and senior writer for DynastyFootballWarehouse.com, a comprehensive fantasy football strategy site.