Not only are DFS players required to navigate another rash of injuries that occurred last week, but they must begin navigating byes, as well. Oh yeah, there’s also another extra standalone game to thin out our options even further. With Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) on the shelf this week and beyond, respective replacements Devontae Booker and Darrel Williams will be popular low-priced daily fantasy football plays. We’re opting to fade them in our Week 6 FanDuel lineup, instead opting for some more proven, highly targeted backs.
Before we get into this week’s lineup, here are the basic rules for FanDuel contests. Scoring is pretty standard, with the only notable settings being four-point passing TDs and half-point PPR .
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Sunday main slate, $60,000 budget, no more than four players from one team
QB Lamar Jackson, Ravens vs. Chargers ($8,200). Jackson is likely to receive a spike in ownership this week after going nuclear on Monday Night Football. Another 40-plus FanDuel points is too much to bank on, but something hefty in the 30-plus-point range is typically within reach, especially with a high-quality set of pass-catchers at his disposal. With the high-flying Chargers coming into town, the Ravens may need to employ another balanced attack that takes advantage of Jackson’s running and passing.
RB Austin Ekeler, Chargers @ Ravens ($8,400). While we wouldn’t qualify the Ravens as a “favorable” matchup, their defense hasn’t been as suffocating as we’ve come to expect over the years. That’s just even more reason to lean on Ekeler, who has been a dominant force this season, increasing his fantasy output each week. Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale will almost certainly address his team’s run defense after allowing Jonathan Taylor to total 169 yards and two touchdowns, but we’ll believe Ekeler can be slowed when we see it.
RB D’Andre Swift, Lions vs. Bengals ($7,100). The hand wringing over Jamaal Williams’ presence in the backfield looks awfully silly now. While Williams does lead the backfield in carries, Swift paces the team in touches and scrimmage yards thanks to his work in the passing game. He has nearly three 20-plus fantasy-point performances, falling just short with 19.4 FD points in Week 5. The Lions opened as 3.5-point underdogs with a respectable 48.5 total, so it’s not unreasonable to expect a healthy dose of offense.
WR Courtland Sutton, Broncos vs. Raiders ($6,600). The Sutton that we saw in Weeks 2 and 5 is the one we’re counting on. He’s going to continue dominating target share while Jerry Jeudy (ankle) remains on the shelf, and a matchup with the Raiders should provide him with plenty of opportunities once again. Don’t be discouraged by the low totals being posted by sportsbooks. The Raiders are in the midst of organizational turmoil with the resignation of former head coach Jon Gruden. Meanwhile, after two straight defeats, it appears as though the Broncos aren’t the defensive force their 3-0 start suggested. Don’t be surprised if this is one of those divisional affairs that escalates into an entertaining, back-and-forth exchange of blows.
WR Brandin Cooks, Texans @ Colts ($6,500). Through the first three weeks of the season, Cooks owned a massive target share, but he was kept under wraps against the Bills and Patriots in consecutive weeks. Neither of those outcomes was surprising, but he should resume his role as the unquestioned No. 1 option in the Texans’ offense. If Davis Mills can build on last week’s career-best performance (312 yards, three touchdowns) — or at least play well again — Cooks will be in a good spot to resume threatening the 20-point plateau.
WR Michael Pittman Jr., Colts vs. Texans ($5,800). Pittman has taken advantage of T.Y. Hilton’s absence, claiming over 25 percent of the team’s targets. Head coach Frank Reich does tend to spread the ball around more than we’d like to see — Pittman has 15 targets in Weeks 4-5 after earning 12 apiece in Weeks 2-3 — but we still like Pittman’s chances of receiving enough work to deliver a dominant performance.
TE Mark Andrews, Ravens vs. Chargers ($6,300). The volume and efficiency were present prior to Andrews’ 36.2-point outburst last week, he just needed everything to come together at once. His dominant effort likely makes the bandwagon a bit more crowded this week, but that’s not going to be enough reason for us to shy away from him. The Chargers should be good enough to force the Ravens to employ another balanced attack.
FLEX Josh Jacobs, Raiders @ Broncos ($6,800). Time will tell to what degree the Raiders’ offense changes on the heels of Jon Gruden’s resignation. Even though Jacobs has yet to get going on the ground, he’s earned five targets in back-to-back weeks, a feat he’s never accomplished and one that suggests a larger role through the air. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson will be the new play-caller, and if he demonstrates a willingness to loosen the reins on Jacobs’ passing game usage, we’ll likely see the back’s 2021 stock begin to take off.
DEF Dallas Cowboys @ Patriots ($4,100). The Cowboys defense has been one of the bigger surprises through the season’s first five weeks, and they’ve notched double-figure fantasy scoring in two of their past three contests. Each of those came at home, but we like their matchup against a low-scoring, rookie-led Patriots offense that lacks dynamic weaponry. Consider this a bet on turnovers: the Cowboys rank second in takeaways while the Patriots are tied for third most giveaways with 12.