It's Week 6, and should you have a pretty solid foundation of who you should start in fantasy football, right?
This fantasy season is a rollercoaster ride, and it's only Week 6. Owners are clawing tooth-and-nail on the waiver warrior looking for their best plays while players continuously appear on the injury report. Stay strong, be persistent, and don't overthink it, owners!
Jaguars vs. Bears: What to look out for
The Jaguars are coming off of a bye week and a victory vs. the Colts in London in Week 4.
The Bears are coming off a Week 5 last-minute loss from the Colts, but are trending upwards with consistent play from QB Brian Hoyer and rookie RB Jordan Howard.
Both defenses are sub-par at best. The one bright spot for the Jaguars is first-round draft pick Jalen Ramsey, who should be a shadow for Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey.
On the contrary, the Bears secondary has not shown much this season (primarily due to injury), and cornerback Tracy Porter should be in-line to act as a shadow for Allen Robinson.
Both defensive lines are vulnerable, which should account for an even balance of run vs pass plays for both teams. Do not be surprised if you see a collapse of both defenses, which leads to a score-for-score matchup that is chock-full of fantasy points.
Players that are a lock in your lineup
Allen Robinson should be peppered with targets against a struggling secondary and bellow average defense. Start him and never look back.
Jordan Howard has been an absolute beast filling in for the injured Jeremy Langford. He is a high volume back with big play potential. If you're an owner of Howard, he is a must-start against a shaky Jaguars defensive line.
Cameron Meredith. Who is this guy? The Bears WR exploded for 130 receiving yards and a TD last game and looks to be Hoyer's go-to receiver (sorry Alshon). He should still see a larger percentage of targets even with Eddie Royal's return.
Julius Thomas returns from an elbow injury and could have more of a role now that that the Jags had some time to prepare (We hope). Thomas is viable for streaming TE if you're main TE is injured or you're a fan of streaming the position.
It's a bit frustrating having to put Alshon Jeffrey in a potential flex vs a lock in your lineup. The reality is Brian Hoyer looks for the open man in the offense, whereas Jay Cutler will throw Alshon the ball whether he's open or has triple coverage.
Until Cutler returns (he may not) as the starting QB for the Bears, Alshon Jeffrey is trending in the wrong direction for targets, but shouldn't be benched quite yet. If you own him, start him in your flex.
T.J. Yeldon may have some value this week against the Bears defensive line. While Yeldon's stats haven't been great, it seems like he has taken more ownership of the running back position and could see more volume overall. He's in a great position for high ceiling potential, so if you're struggling for a flex play, Yeldon could be your answer.
Stream 'em if ya got 'em
If you're QB is on a bye week, I'm a big fan of streaming either Brian Hoyer or Blake Bortles. Hoyer has put up good numbers through the last few weeks, and Bortles always has the potential for garbage-time points when playing from behind.
DFS Plays of the Week
There are a couple of games this week just loaded with fantasy potential. While these players listed below may have a high ownership rate, they are crucial for core players when you're playing cash games or head-to-heads:
Le'veon Bell at Miami: Bell is by far the best player currently in the NFL. Whether as an RB or WR, Bell's versatility and field of vision is incredible. Running backs have the edge this week in DFS, so Bell is definitely worth the price for your roster.
Marvin Jones vs. Los Angeles: The Lions this week basically do not have a running back (at least that they can trust) and Stafford is always great at home. The Rams have banged up secondary, which should vow for a ton of targets for Jones.
Jimmy Graham vs. Atlanta: He's back baby! Jimmy Graham has exploded the last two games, and he looks to have a great matchup vs The Falcons. Expect a healthy Russel Wilson to look downfield for Graham, seeing his mobility is limited.