Who Do You Love? – Week 6
I think I speak for most of America when I say “Get well soon RG3!” Griffin’s unfortunate injury tanked most of my teams last week, and also took one of the most dynamic and entertaining players and put him on the bench. I was ready to recommend RG3 on a permanent basis in this space, but when the word “concussion” gets thrown around, you can never be too careful. Until I see RG3 on the field and looking healthy, it looks like I need a new man-crush.
It seems like each week I look and Matt Ryan ($9,000) and the Falcons have another great fantasy matchup. The only stout defense they’ve played so far was Denver, and in that game Peyton gift-wrapped three first quarter picks that put Ryan and Co. in excellent field position. The schedule will get a little tougher after the bye next week, but this week against the Raiders, Atlanta’s offense should threaten 40 points once again. Even if they run it in garbage time, the first half should provide ample opportunities for Matty Ice to put up fantasy points.
Despite a hiccup against a sneaky-good Miami defense last week, Andy Dalton ($7,800) has been a surprise top-10 fantasy QB so far this season. With AJ Green emerging as the number 1 overall WR, as well as complementary play-makers in Andrew Hawkins and Jermaine Gresham, the Red Rifle has the weapons to put up points every week. He gets a Browns team that was just torched by the Giants, and even with Joe Haden back in the lineup, Dalton and the Bengals should score at will.
It’s great to be able to include Peyton Manning ($8,900) on this list for the first time all year. Concerns over his health and matchups have left me lukewarm on Peyton until last week, where he starred in a role we’ve seen a few times this year: Garbage-Time Fantasy Stud. Against the Texans, Falcons and Patriots, Manning saw his team fall behind by three scores, only to lead a second-half aerial assault. While ultimately falling short each time, he still put up the yards and TDs that fantasy owners love. Win or lose against San Diego this week, Peyton’s performance will be great from a fantasy perspective.
Going into this season I never would have thought I’d be recommending Michael Turner ($7,200) in this space. He’s nothing special in terms of speed or breaking tackles, but Atlanta involves him enough that he’s been a top 15 RB this year. He’s the top goalline option and as I mentioned earlier, the Falcons should be in the position to run out the clock by the mid-third quarter against Oakland. Expect a heavy dose of Turner in Week 6.
Now on to the rookies. In fantasy drafts this summer, Trent Richardson ($8,400) was being taken a couple of rounds before Doug Martin ($6,200), but it was widely regarded that Martin was in a better situation. T-Rich was going to the lowly Browns, with a rookie QB, in the ferocious NFC North, while Martin’s Bucs had a more stable offense and a less formidable division defensively. These backs have flipped the script so far, with Richardson as a top 5 fantasy RB, while Martin has struggled out of the gate. This week both rookie RBs should run wild, as Trent and the Browns take on Cincinnati and Martin gets the Chiefs. Regardless of who Cleveland plays, Richardson will get touches as he is by far the best weapon in that offense, and the Bengals allow over 20 points per game to opposing RBs. Martin may lose some carries to LeGarrette Blount, but I think this is the game where he breaks out as a true fantasy RB1.
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