Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady are set to square off in perhaps the most anticipated game of the young season when the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots go at it on Sunday night. They are also the top two QBs in my Week 6 Rankings in what is very likely to be another high scoring shootout.
Mahomes is the overall QB1 so far and has emerged with 300-plus passing yards in consecutive difficult matchups against Denver and Jacksonville.
New England has been decent defensively against the pass, but there is no point in fading the emerging star at this point. As for Brady, his early struggles have him on the outside of year-to-date starting fantasy quarterback production. Brady ranks just 15th among quarterbacks in fantasy points, but that will improve in due time, beginning on Sunday night. Brady has posted back-to-back three-touchdown games, and Kansas City allows over 360 passing yards per game.
When I went to publish my Week 6 rankings, something took place that had not happened during any other week. I received a prompt that essentially asked, “Are you sure you want to rank Tarik Cohen that high?” I had to double check to make sure I put him where I meant to. And I did. Cohen is a high-upside Flex play in standard leagues and an RB2 in PPR leagues. Miami struggles mightily against opposing running backs, and Matt Nagy has had a week to prepare for this game. He will find creative ways to get Cohen involved and continue the momentum from Cohen’s breakout Week 4 game.
I thought the prompt was weird because I also ranked Lamar Miller and Ronald Jones significantly higher than most. Miller has a nice matchup against the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo has been a little less lenient versus the run as of late, but Houston still projects to handle Buffalo, which should lead to increased volume for Miller.
The Week 6 ranking of Ronald Jones is more of a leap of faith. I suspect Tampa Bay used the bye to reevaluate its options in the running game. Peyton Barber just hasn’t cut it. He has averaged just 2.96 yards per carry so far. Jones was abysmal in the preseason, but it is worth it to the Bucs to see if he can tap into the potential that made him a second-round pick in this year’s draft. I have Jones as a speculative Flex play this week.
If your league’s resident Julio Jones owner has finally had enough after last week’s dud in a plum matchup, jump in and acquire him before it is too late. Sure, Jones still trails Dane Cruikshank in 2018 receiving touchdowns, but that will correct itself on Sunday. The veteran star wideout is about to have one of his trademark eruption games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sure, Tampa’s bye gave them time to plan for this game and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, but they will have no chance against Jones. Julio comes in at number one in my Week 6 rankings.
Here are the rest of my Week 6 rankings. As always, these are subject to tweaking. It is still early in the week and circumstance change quickly. Feel free to comment below and ask me any specific start/sit questions you may have.
Week 6 Rankings
Mick Ciallela has been writing for FantraxHQ since July 2017. He has also written for Bleacher Report. He is a lifelong sports fan and has been an avid fantasy sports player for many years. Mick was the Overall Champion of both the 2016 Football Challenge – Roto and 2017 Play 3 Football contests hosted by CDM Sports. MIck was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York and currently resides in New London, Connecticut.
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