The NFL fantasy landscape figures to change quite a bit in week six as injuries set in at a number of important positions across the league.
A lot of standings are hanging in the balance at this point. Owners know they can’t afford to fall too far behind or risk losing pace. That means they have to start taking some risks in hopes of scoring a big victory. Finding the right matchups and gambling on a sleeper pick is usually how that happens. Looking across the slate of games for this week, here are some names that you should absolutely consider investing in.
Eli Manning vs. the Eagles
He may not be the same Eli he was a few years ago, but one thing is for sure. Manning always seems to save his best performances for the Philadelphia Eagles. He played two good games against them in 2017, one without Odell Beckham. Now he’ll have his favorite target back along with a new wrinkle in Saquon Barkley. He also seems to be meshing well with the new system. It could be a big day for him if he maintains that rivalry edge.
Latavius Murray vs. the Cardinals
The Vikings offense of late has been all about Kirk Cousins. It’s kept them afloat to this point but they need to be careful against what is a good Cardinals pass rush. On the other hand, Arizona has been a leaky bucket against the run. They’ve allowed 142 yards per game. While typically he’s a fantasy no-no, Latavius Murray might be worth a calculated risk. He ran well last week against Philadelphia in limited action and might see more open lanes this time around.
Robby Anderson vs. the Colts
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Something definitely is starting to click between Sam Darnold and Robby Anderson in New York. The two connected three times for 123 yards and two touchdowns against Denver. Now the Jets prepare to face another weak pass defense in Indianapolis. That should give owners the green light to give Anderson the start this week. It’s possible he was a one-week wonder but the quarterback seems to trust him and that’s a key selling point.
Trey Burton vs. the Dolphins
New Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton has flown under the radar of late but he’s put together a strong past two weeks with 141 yards and a touchdown. His ability to move around the field will allow the Bears to create matchups against a Dolphins defense that hasn’t been overly great stopping tight ends. With Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Tarik Cohen pulling attention elsewhere it’s likely Miami won’t have anybody of note to handle Burton.
Houston defense vs. the Bills
The Texans defense hasn’t been a dominant unit through the first quarter of the season. They had a good game against Dallas but the Cowboys offense is a mess. The good news is that front seven of Houston is starting to rev up. J.J. Watt is a feasting again and Jadeveon Clowney is a force too. They have a chance to really gobble up the Buffalo Bills and their young quarterback Josh Allen, who is prone to making rash decisions with the football.