The Perfect Lineup: Week 6's FantasyScore Team
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Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles
Bradford finally broke out of his slump last week against the Saints, completing 32 of 45 passes for 333 yards and 2 touchdowns. Philadelphia was also able to truly establish a running game for the first time all season, which opened up passing lanes for the Eagles' quarterback. This week, Bradford draws a matchup against the rival Giants who have struggled to defend against the pass all season long. New York has allowed the most passing yards per game (304) in all of football this season, and rank just 23rd in the league in our schedule-adjusted Defensive Passing Net Expected Points (NEP) metric. Bradford is our 6th highest projected quarterback on the board, but is just the 13th highest priced player at the position. He makes a strong play in all formats this week.
Arian Foster, Houston Texans
After missing the first three weeks of the season due to a hamstring issue, Foster finally saw his full workload in Week 5 against the Colts and converted 28 touches -- including nine receptions -- into 118 yards from scrimmage. The former undrafted free agent out of Tennessee is locked in as the Texans' workhorse running back this week and draws a spectacular matchup against a Jaguars squad who has given up the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season. Look for Foster to dominate Jacksonville on the ground and through the air en route to his first truly monstrous fantasy outing of the season.
Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers
Although many may view him as just a change-of-pace back, Woodhead has quietly been both very productive and very consistent through the first five weeks of the season. The former Patriots' standout has scored at least 12 fantasy points every week except Week 3, and has caught at least four balls in all but Week 3 as well. This week's matchup against Green Bay should provide a perfect game script for the Chargers' pass-catching back. The Packers are a heavy favorite in a game that features the third highest over/under on this week's slate at 50.5. With expecting San Diego to be playing from behind, Woodhead is more likely to be on the field in the second half and should see a number targets in the passing game. The Chargers' running back is a steal at just $5,400 this week.
Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
I know, the Broncos' passing game hasn't necessarily been clicking this season, but we could expect them to turn it around this week. Denver faces off with a Browns' secondary who has allowed the ninth most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, ranking just 22nd in Adjusted Defensive Passing NEP. Although he hasn't gotten off to quite the hot start he did last season, Thomas still ranks in the top five in the league in both targets (58) and receptions (38), and should continue to see plenty of balls thrown his way as the season continues. Bey Bey is our top overall projected wide receiver on the board this week.
Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers finally looked human last week against the Rams, throwing his first two interceptions of the season. Cobb has also slowed down from his torrent pace to start the season, being held to less-than ten fantasy points each of the past two weeks. As I mentioned earlier, the Packers are massive 9.5 point favorites in what is expected to be one of the highest scoring games taking place this week. Cobb should be heavily involved in the Green Bay passing attack early and should have little trouble taking advantage of a plus matchup against a banged-up Chargers' secondary.
Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
Matthews has not been great over the past two weeks, which has dropped his price tag all the way down to $6,000 for this week's matchup against the Giants. However, as I discussed above, New York's secondary has been less-than-stellar this season and Philadelphia should be in prime position for an explosive offensive performance. Matthews, who ranks inside of the top 15 in the NFL in targets (45) and receptions (45), should be in store for a bounce-back performance against a struggling Giants' defense who just gave up 262 yards and two touchdowns to the likes of Colin Kaepernick.
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
With our algorithm recommending you spend big on a running back and two premier wide receivers, it also suggest you try to save money at the tight end position in order to fit all of those other studs into your lineup. Miller, who has not been very production since Ben Roethlisberger got hurt, is coming off of his best outing since Week 1, catching 3 balls for 46 yards against the Chargers this past Monday. This week, the Steelers' tight end gets the pleasure of facing off against a Cardinals' defense who has historically been terrible against the tight end -- they allowed the fifth most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends last season -- in what Vegas expects to be a surprisingly close game. Miller seems to be developing some chemistry with Pittsburgh's backup quarterback Michael Vick and will likely see his most targets since the first game of the season this week. He makes a solid value play at just $3,300.
Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans
With rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota running the show now in Tennessee, Wright has been pretty hit or miss so far this season. Wright has already topped 20 fantasy points twice in just four games -- the Titans had their bye in Week 4 -- but was held to just 3.7 and 6 fantasy points in the other two games. With a matchup against the Miami Dolphins on the docket this week, the Titans passing game should flourish once again. Miami ranks just 28th in Adjusted Defensive Passing NEP and has given up the 10th most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers on the season. With his 3-catch, 29-yard performance last week, Wright's price tag has dropped all the way down to just $3,900 this week. Buy low on the Titans' receiver while you still can, because this may be the lowest his price tag will be for the remainder of the year.
The Redskins defense has been a pleasant surprise this season, ranking tenth in overall Adjusted Defensive NEP and holding opposing offenses to the sixth fewest yards per game (314). Washington has been able to apply pressure on the quarterback -- they rank 10th in the league with 12 sacks -- and will look to get after Ryan Fitzpatrick this week when they play the Jets. Although the Jets' offense has been pretty solid this season, Vegas expects the contest between New York and Washington to be the lowest scoring on this week's slate with an over/under of just 40.5. The Redskins are not an elite fantasy defense, however, they should reach value easily this week against the Jets considering they are the lowest priced defense on the board at just $1,200.