Welcome back for your Studs and Duds Week 6 edition! Another week in the books and another win for the Minnesota Vikings! I was down on Sam Bradford, and for the most part still am from a fantasy perspective. There may not be a more balanced team in the league though, and after 5 weeks, there are NO other teams sporting the undefeated status. With my Dolphins seemingly destined for a top 5 pick, I’ve found watching the Vikings is pretty damn fun.
On to my call of the week from week 5. I’m tempted to go with Jordan Howard here, but I gotta stick with a call that many probably scoffed at, and that’s the Martellus Bennett STUD call! While I thought he’d have a good game, no way I expected a three score performance! The TE situation in New England is definitely reminiscent of years past when Gronk and Hernandez were roaming the field.
My fail of the week has to go to the Tevin Coleman Dud call. I stayed true to my list and benched him myself, with complete and utter regret at weeks end. Coleman may be a weekly must-start regardless of the match-up at this point. He’s a huge part of that offense, even without the heavy running load. Obviously PPR players get the best of his current situation, but his TD performance makes him standard worthy as well.
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Without further ado, let’s get into my studs and duds week 6 edition!
Bye Week: Vikings, Bucs
Carson Palmer vs. New York Jets
He’s cleared the concussion protocol and will be ready for a juicy match-up vs. the Jets 31st ranked pass defense. Palmer owners rejoice!
Russell Wilson vs. Atlanta Falcons
He put up an outstanding performance vs. the Jets two weeks ago on a hobbled leg. Coming off the bye he should be healthy and on point vs. the Falcons 26th ranked pass defense.
Alex Smith vs. Oakland Raiders
He’s been up and down through four games this year, but this match-up is too good to pass up. The “new look” Raiders defense has been anything but impressive, allowing the most fantasy points to opposing QB’s this season.
Colin Kaepernick vs. Buffalo Bills
He hasn’t played in a meaningful NFL game since November of last year, and his first start since then is a brutal match-up vs. the revitalized Buffalo Bills defense. Over the past 3 weeks, the Bills have allowed 0 passing touchdowns and picked the ball off 6 times.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals defense has more interceptions than passing touchdowns allowed this year. Meanwhile, Fitz has scored less than 20 fantasy points and thrown 9 interceptions over the last 3 weeks, making him a desperate play at best.
Kirk Cousins vs. Philadelphia Eagles
He’s struggled mightily so far this season and a match-up vs. the Eagles defense that allows less than 200 yards/game won’t fix that.
Running Back Studs
Lamar Miller vs. Indianapolis Colts
He’s getting the work load, but so far has been very inefficient. This weeks match-up vs. the Colts swiss-cheese run defense will be a good opportunity to get on track.
Ryan Mathews vs. Washington Redskins
An impressive return last week to the tune of 75 yards and a touchdown. This week’s match-up vs. the Redskins 30th ranked rush defense should help him continue his solid fantasy campaign.
LeSean McCoy vs. San Francisco 49ers
Despite a number of tough match-ups this season, he has yet to score less than 11 fantasy points (ppr) in a game. The 49ers 31st ranked run defense should keep that streak alive.
Running Back Duds
Isaiah Crowell vs. Tennessee Titans
He struggled for the first time this season last week vs. the Patriots. It won’t get any easier this week against a Titans run defense that’s allowed the 3rd fewest fantasy points to opposing backs.
Eddie Lacy vs. Dallas Cowboys
Is Eddie Lacy nearing droppable status? Frustrated owners have to be thinking it as he continues to struggle through four games. This week he’s expected to play vs. the Cowboys 4th best run defense despite nursing an ankle injury. This has AVOID written all over it.
Terrance West vs. New York Giants
Back to back impressive performances may make this dud call hard to swallow. Despite recent struggles, the Giants defense continues to be solid against the run, allowing the 5th fewest points to opposing backs.
Wide Receiver Studs
Sammie Coates vs. Miami Dolphins
He’s been a solid #2 for the Steelers all year and continues to improve each week. This weeks match-up vs. the Dolphins defensive unit that’s 4th worst against opposing receivers makes this a must-start week for Coates.
Chris Hogan vs. Cincinnati Bengals
While not heavily targeted in Tom Brady’s return, he made the best of what he got, pulling in 4 of 5 targets for 114 yards. I like for him to continue his success vs. a Bengals defense that’s been unimpressive this year, allowing the 12th most points to opposing receivers.
Michael Thomas vs. Carolina Panthers
He’s quietly become a favorite of Drew Brees, pulling in 4 of a team high 9 targets for 44 yards and a score vs. the Chargers before the bye. This weeks match-up vs. an exposed Panthers secondary should open up the opportunity to improve on that stat line.
Wide Receiver Duds
Phillip Dorsett vs. Houston Texans
Despite the perfect opportunity to impress with Moncrief sidelined, he’s been anything but impressive. This weeks game, vs. the Texans 3rd best defense against opposing receivers, should keep him on your bench yet again.
Travis Benjamin vs. Denver Broncos
His 7 reception, 117 yard performance last week was a perfect example of Travis Benjamin being Travis Benjamin. He continues to keep his owners hopeful while being the most insanely streaky player in fantasy. This weeks match-up is bound to send him back to mediocrity, so keep your winning streak alive, and put TBenj on your bench.
Eddie Royal vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
He’s put up some surprisingly good performances this year, but equally as surprising has been the Jaguars pass defense. They’re allowing less than 200 yards per game! The emergence of Cameron Meredith really hurts his value as well.
Tight End Studs
Delanie Walker vs. Cleveland Browns
After last weeks thrashing by the Patriots TE’s, Cleveland has earned the rank of leagues worst vs. the position. Walker has been ol’ reliable as usual, leading the Titans in receiving yet again.
Jimmy Graham vs. Atlanta Falcons
Enjoyed a re-emergence before the bye with back to back 100 yard games. This week he should keep it going vs. a Falcons defense that’s been shredded by TE’s this year.
Lance Kendricks vs. Detroit Lions
This is absolutely a sleeper option only to be considered if you’re out of options. That being said, Kendricks has been getting much more involved (7 catches, 76 yards in past two weeks) and the Lions have allowed 6 TD’s to Tight Ends this year.
Tight End Duds
Jacob Tamme vs. Seattle Seahawks
He’s cooled off fast and was held to just 1 catch for 1 yard last week vs. Denver. The Seahawks have been just as dominant, allowing just 11 receptions to the TE all year.
Clive Walford vs. Kansas City Chiefs
While talent, potential and hype may have some itching to start him, it’s not the week to be that team. The Chiefs have allowed the 6th fewest fantasy points to TE’s and Walford has averaged just 2 receptions per/game this year.
Jordan Reed vs. Philadelphia Eagles
He may not play, given he was just put into the concussion protocol Tuesday. If he does play, or if you’re tempeted by a Vernon Davis fill in, I’d suggest you try your luck elsewhere. The Eagles have allowed 6 receptions for 43 yards TOTAL to the TE this year.
That’s all for your Studs and Duds Week 6 edition! Hopefully you enjoyed the read. If you disagree or agree, reach out to me on Twitter @the1andonlypz and let’s discuss! As always, enjoy another week of great football action, and best of luck to you in your fantasy match-ups!