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Fantasy Football Week 5 No-Shows to Start in Week 6

Jason Schandl
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Fantasy football scoring is highly variable on a week-by-week basis. Even the top producers rarely come up big in every single game, and it's important not to overreact to one or two poor showings.

Here are five players that were Week 5 fantasy football busts that should still prove to be startable options in Week 6.

Who to Start Fantasy Football Week 6

1. Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Redskins

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Terry McLaurin returned from a one-week injury absence and only managed three receptions for 51 yards in a tough matchup against the New England Patriots in Week 5. He still saw seven targets in that game though, giving him an average of 7.8 per game for the season. In Week 6, he goes from a nightmare matchup to an outstanding one, facing off with a Miami Dolphins defense that has allowed the NFL's most adjusted yards per pass attempt to opponents.

2. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

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Ranking only 19th in fantasy production among QBs this year, Aaron Rodgers is no longer a must-start option every week, and he showed that last Sunday with just 9.4 fantasy points in a tough matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. He showed he still has plenty of upside with 25.5 against the Philadelphia Eagles the game before that though, and he's in a favorable spot for a bounce-back game in Week 6 against the Detroit Lions, who have given up top-12 fantasy production to opposing QBs.

3. Royce Freeman, RB, Denver Broncos

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Royce Freeman may be the Denver Broncos' No. 2 RB behind Phillip Lindsay, but he's still seeing plenty of volume. He ranks 26th in the NFL with 76 opportunities (55 carries plus 21 targets) across five games. That hasn't translated to much production yet, with single-digit fantasy scores in three of his five games (including 8.7 in Week 5), but production is almost certain to follow volume this high. Even with a great matchup (against the Tennessee Titans), Freeman sits 28th at RB in our Week 6 fantasy football rankings.

4. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Mike Evans may no longer be the un-questioned No. 1 wideout in Tampa Bay with Chris Godwin emerging as the Buccaneers' top producer in 2019. Even still, a zero-point fantasy score from Evans in Week 5 shouldn't get you too worried. He's still accounted for 23 percent of the Bucs' targets and 35 percent of their air yards on the year, and he remains a top-20 option in Week 6 against the Carolina Panthers.

5. Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington Redskins

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An 0-5 start for Washington is not what you want to see if you have Adrian Peterson in fantasy football. Entirely reliant on rushing volume, his value falls off when Washington is trailing. In Week 6 Washington is favored by 3.5 points on FanDuel Sportsbook, and we should finally see some of that workhorse volume AP showed us in 2018, when he notched 251 carries despite Washington finishing the year 7-9. Miami has also allowed opponents an NFL-high 175.8 rushing yards per game.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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