Draftster Daily Fantasy Football Helper: Week 6
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Draftster Optimal Lineup for Week 6
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Coming into this season, many people were predicting a breakout for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Although he hasn't thrown for more than 250 yards yet this season, Kaepernick remains a high-floor fantasy play due to his rushing prowess, averaging 41 rushing yards a game on 4.7 yards per carry. With that said, with the 49ers traveling to St. Louis to take on the Rams on Monday night this could be the week that Kaep eclipses 250 yards. The Rams rank 22th in the league in Adjusted Defensive Passing Net Expected Points (NEP) and 27th in the league on a per-play basis.
The favorable matchup definitely gives you a reason to start Kapernick, but what truly makes him a spectacular play this week is his price. Our algorithms project the 49ers quarterback to be the fifth-highest scoring player at the position this week, yet he is priced as the 16th most expensive quarterback on the board. Starting Kaep at $6,200 will not only give you a high-floor option at the position, but it will give you the roster flexibility to play elite talent at the other positions.
Speaking of elite talent, Matt Forte is coming off of a magnificent performance against the Panthers where he totaled 166 total yards, adding 12 catches and a receiving touchdown. The Bears' running back could be in for another monster outing this week when he faces Atlanta's horrendous rush defense which has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs by a wide margin so far this season. Forte is one of the most talented running backs in the league and gets the best matchup on the board. He is as close to a must start as it gets this week.
Our algorithms also recommend two more of the league's best running backs, who happen to have a lot in common this week. DeMarco Murray and Marshawn Lynch are both powerful, aggressive, violent runners who are the focal point of their team's offense. They are the number one and number two running backs in fantasy on a per-game basis and are facing off with each other this coming sunday in Seattle.
If you look at what these two backs have accomplished this season, it's easy to understand why you should play them both this week. Murray is the league's leading rusher by more than 200 yards, has carried the ball 36 times more than anyone else in the league and has already scored 5 rushing touchdowns in five games. Beast Mode has scored at least one touchdown in each of his first four games of the season, including two multi-touchdown games and has totaled at least 100 total yards in three out of four games.
Although neither has a great matchup - as bad as we all thought the Cowboys defense was going to be they actually only allow the 13th most fantasy points to opposing running backs so far this season - we have already seen both of these backs perform well against top-notch rush defenses. Lynch just got finished scoring 22.7 fantasy points against a Washington team that has held opposing running backs to the fourth least fantasy points in the league and Murray torched the 49ers - the team giving up the least fantasy points to opposing running backs this season - for 23.3 fantasy points in week 1. Both of these guys make outstanding plays this week and you should not hesitate to insert them into your lineup.
At wide receiver, our algorithms recommend you play rookie sensation Kelvin Benjamin this week. Benjamin hasn't just been one of the best rookies in the league this year, but he's been one of the best wide receivers overall. The Panthers' rookie ranks 12th in receiving yards at 367, tied for 17th in receiving touchdowns with 3 and ranks 9th in Reception NEP at 33.89. He has also clearly been Cam Newton's favorite target on the year, leading the Panthers in targets at 47. Benjamin is coming off of a three-catch, 38-yard performance which has forced his price to fall all the way outside of the top 25 at $5,400. Benjamin is a high-volume receiver and red-zone threat, which is exactly what you want out of your fantasy receiver. He makes a strong play at his price this week.
I already mentioned how bad the Falcons' run defense is, but their pass defense has not faired much better. The Falcons rank 25th against the pass, and have given up the 7th-most passing yards so far this season. With Atlanta traveling to Chicago to take on the Bears this week, pretty much all Bears' offensive players are in play this week. I already talked about Forte, but he is not the only Bear our algorithms recommend.
While Chicago's two dominant wideouts - Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery - received all of the offseason hype, Bears' tight end Martellus Bennett has been just as good, if not better, than both of these wide receivers this season. Bennett is second on the team in receptions at 32 (ironically only behind the running back, Forte), leads the team in targets and is second in both yards (312) and touchdowns (4) through the Bears' first five games. With that said, the Bears' tight end is coming off of his worst game of the season which has forced his price to fall all the way to $4,900, making him the eighth-most expensive option on the board. Considering the matchup against the Falcons, we project the Black Unicorn to score the fourth most fantasy points among all tight ends this week. He is a steal at just $4,900.