We here at The Fantasy Authority have heard it all, especially the tired narrative of “Start Your Studs!” Well, guess what? Sometimes that is not the best option for your squad. If you have a legitimate RB1 and they are going up against the #1 rushing defense in the league in a game with bad conditions at the opponent’s home stadium, then maybe plugging him in “just because” isn’t the best decision for your team. That’s when you bring on the 2020 Week 6 Flex Options!
This weekly article series will let you know some of the flex players and streaming options you should plug in to give your team the best chance possible at winning. If you are looking for any advice on top-12 positional players, then you are in the wrong place! So, here are my top Week 6 Flex Options!
Kirk Cousins (vs. ATL)
No Dalvin Cook this week for the Vikings so Alexander Mattison will be the RB1 in the Twin Cities. I think it truly affects the offensive game plan meaning Kirk Cousins will have to air it out, because the threat of the running game just won’t be there. Luckily for the Vikings, the Atlanta Falcons come into town and they bring with them a putrid defense. They give up the 2nd most passing yards per game and allow the most fantasy points to QB’s. Regardless of who is the head coach for Atlanta, they still have potent weapons on that offense with Matty Ice, Todd Gurley, Julio Jones, and Calvin Ridley. The Vikings will need to keep pace with the Falcons offense and Cousins will have to shoulder that load. With a 54.5 point O/U, expect some stats to be put up in this game!
Matthew Stafford (@ JAX)
Poor Lions fans. No matter the offseason hype, they are always there to let their fans down. Currently, they sit 1-3 and it looks to take a miracle to knock the Packers off the top of the division. There is always the Wild Card and they could take a step closer to that this week when they travel to Jacksonville. The Jaguars passing defense is bottom of the league. They are 31st in opposing QB’s completion percentage, 31st in yards per reception, they have given up the 3rd most passing yards, and the 4th most TD’s. Not to mention that Stafford has thrown 7 TD’s and only 1 INT the past three games. The Lions have a favorable schedule moving forward and this game could catapult them to make a run at a Wild Card spot. I expect Stafford to have a great game, so put him in your lineups with confidence.
Other solid Week 6 Streaming Options at QB: Cam Newton (vs. DEN), Gardner Minshew (vs. DET), Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. NYJ)
RUNNING BACK PLAYS
Antonio Gibson (@ NYG)
Antonio Gibson is starting to get comfortable in the NFL. He has been given at least 16 touches the past two games and is being used exactly how we thought he would be coming out of Memphis. He will take a few carries and then lineup all over the field as a receiver. His opponent this week is the Football Team’s division rival Giants. The Giants don’t have a great defense but they also haven’t allowed the big plays to hurt them. They have given up the 3rd fewest plays of over 20+ yards, but Gibson isn’t gonna beat them deep. He is gonna take little chunks here and there all day and will wear out those linebackers who can’t match up with his athleticism. I would not be surprised with the matchups of the other RB’s in the league this week if Gibson doesn’t end up as an RB1. Look for him to have lots of volume in a backyard brawl.
Myles Gaskin (vs. NYJ)
Jordan Howard and Matt Breida were brought in this year to lead the Dolphins backfield, but so far Gaskin has been the man. Maybe that is why the Dolphins went so hard after Le’Veon Bell. Last week, Gaskin had 16 rushes and 5 catches totaling 101 total yards and a TD. He also had a combined 40 touches in Weeks 3 & 4. He is definitely the fantasy back to own in Miami, especially considering that he is being used in passing downs as well. Gaskin is 4th on the team in total targets and 2nd in red zone targets. Fitzmagic likes him and uses him often as the Dolphins don’t have a bevy of talented WR’s. His opponent this week, the Jets, have given up the 6th most fantasy points to RB’s and have the 31st ranked total defense. Gaskin should eat this week and should be in your flex spots, as he has high RB2 potential.
Other solid Week 6 Flex Options at RB: Ronald Jones (vs. GB), Kenyan Drake (@ DAL), D’Andre Swift (@ JAC)
WIDE RECEIVER PLAYS
Marquise Brown (@ PHI)
Hollywood is a good start this week against the Eagles secondary. The whole Eagles team has been ravaged by injuries, but their defense has given up a lot of scores. They have surrendered the 5th most TD’s and only have 2 INT’s on the year. Hollywood is leading the Ravens with over 35 targets, which is over 25% of their total throws. When he is healthy, he is a threat on the outside. We all know what Mark Andrews can do but the Ravens have their own DeSean Jackson-type of player in Brown, that can just blow the game wide open with one fly route. The 23-year-old sophomore WR has three games of over 75 receiving yards and I think he will do the same this week. Look for Brown to have over 70 yards receiving and a TD. The Eagles are allowing fans back in their stadium for the first time this season, so look for the Ravens to try to silence them. A big play will do that. Start Hollywood!
Chase Claypool (vs. CLE)
You have to start Claypool after last week right? Hell Yes! Especially since Diontae Johnson has been officially ruled out. Claypool had a monster game last week with 7 catches, 110 receiving yards, 3 TD’s and he threw in a rushing TD just to put the cherry on top. The Browns are allowing the 3rd most passing yards, the 3rd most fantasy points to WR’s, and the 4th most yards per completion to opposing WR’s on the road. Big Ben and company should have no problem moving the ball through the air against the Browns and Claypool should get plenty of looks. Denzel Ward is a great cornerback for the Browns and should be matched up man-to-man on Juju which will leave Claypool with the lesser coverage. I wouldn’t expect another 4 TD game from him, but 2 TD’s would not be out of the realm of possibility. Three teams in the AFC North have 4 wins. Look for Pittsburgh to let people know what’s up. Start all your Steelers fantasy players, especially Claypool.
Other solid Week 6 Fantasy Flex Options at WR: Davante Parker (vs. NYJ), Laviska Shenault (vs. DET), Adam Thielen (vs. ATL)
TIGHT END PLAYS
Hayden Hurst (@ MIN)
Hayden Hurst has not yet had the production that Austin Hooper left but he is seeing targets. In fact, he is 3rd on the team in total targets (7 targets in front of Julio), and 3rd on the team in red zone targets. He has had at least 5 targets in all but one game this season and the way he has produced has been a consistent off and on. Last week, he had 2 catches for 8 yards, so if his pattern stays consistent, he will have a good game this week. The Falcons travel to Minneapolis to take on the Vikings who have not been so tough against the TE position, allowing over 300 yards in 5 games. As I profiled above, this game will be a shootout and if Julio is banged up again look for Hurst to benefit with Ridley getting the heavy coverage.
Jordan Akins (@ TEN)
Akins was concussed last week and did not play in the Texans win over the Jags. On paper, this does not look like a good matchup for the Texans, but coming off an emotional win with interim head coach Romeo Crennel, that might benefit Akins and the Texans passing game. The Titans can definitely control the ball, so look for the Texans to throw early and often. Texans WR Will Fuller had a couple good weeks, and fellow WR Brandin Cooks had a great game last week, but other than that, there has been no consistency in this passing game. The Titans have allowed a TD to the TE in every game this season and give up the 10th most fantasy points to TE’s. You should consider Akins as a flex option in Week 6.
Other solid Week 6 Fantasy Flex Options at TE: T.J. Hockensen (@ JAX), Evan Engram (vs. WAS), Mike Gesicki (vs. NYJ)
Thanks for checking out my Week 6 Fantasy Flex Options article! Want more help? You can find me @Clubber_Lang83 on Twitter and do not forget the TFA Crew goes live every Sunday morning at 11AM EST on The Fantasy Authority YouTube channel and we can answer your lineup questions over there! If you’re looking for help with your D/ST, check out our Week 6 Defensive Streamers article.