Five weeks of football are behind us, and we are now officially at the midway point in most fantasy football regular seasons.
Bye weeks and injuries are piling up, and we are in crunch time for fantasy owners who want to take a step up in the second half of their fantasy seasons.
Options on the waiver wire are becoming more and more limited, so owners need to rely more heavily on making the right decisions about who is on their roster.
Here are my Week 6 fantasy football rankings for every position.
|Player, Team||Opp.||Comp.||Pass Yds||Pass TDs||INTs||Rush Yds
|1||Peyton Manning, DEN||JAX||30||425||5||0||0|
|2||Drew Brees, NO||NE||26||303||4||0||4|
|3||Aaron Rodgers, GB||BAL||25||319||3||0||20|
|4||Tony Romo, DAL||WAS||26||310||3||1||7|
|5||Andrew Luck, IND||SD||24||301||3||0||23|
|6||Philip Rivers, SD||IND||25||310||3||0||0|
|7||Matthew Stafford, DET||CLE||24||314||3||1||0|
|8||Jay Cutler, CHI||NYG||22||297||2||0||9|
|9||Tom Brady, NE||NO||25||288||3||0||2|
|10||Robert Griffin II, WAS||DAL||21||247||2||0||25|
|11||Alex Smith, KC||OAK||26||265||3||0||10|
|12||Cam Newton, CAR||MIN||17||225||2||1||42|
|13||Colin Kaepernick, SF||ARI||21||215||2||1||31|
|14||Terrelle Pryor, OAK||KC||19||196||1||1||47|
|15||Geno Smith, NYJ||PIT||20||231||2||1||12|
The Denver-Jacksonville game is going to be an embarrassing blowout. I think a potential issue for the Broncos offense will be that they get ahead so big so early that they don’t end up putting up numbers that are as crazy as they could be. But it’ll still be big.
There should be no doubts about who is the best quarterback from the talented 2012 class. Luck has separated himself from the pack and has put up good numbers each week this season, including in a huge victory over Seattle last week. The game against San Diego could turn into a shootout, which is good for Luck’s fantasy prospects.
If Brady has Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski on the field, then he could make the Patriots look like their old selves on offense. He’ll have to throw a lot to keep up with Drew Brees, so a big game could be in the works.
|Player, Team||Opp.||Rush Yds
|1||Adrian Peterson, MIN||CAR||133||4||34||2|
|2||Jamaal Charles, KC||OAK||103||6||50||2|
|3||Matt Forte, CHI||NYG||88||5||89||2|
|4||Arian Foster, HOU||STL||114||3||34||1|
|5||LeSean McCoy, PHI||TB||100||4||39||1|
|6||DeMarco Murray, DAL||WAS||97||5||43||1|
|7||Marshawn Lynch, SEA||TEN||112||0||0||1|
|8||Knowshon Moreno, DEN||JAX||94||2||10||1|
|9||Doug Martin, TB||PHI||88||3||17||1|
|10||Trent Richardson, IND||SD||86||1||5||1|
|11||Ray Rice, BAL||GB||72||4||48||1|
|12||Reggie Bush, DET||CLE||57||6||57||1|
|13||Alfred Morris, WAS||DAL||87||0||0||0|
|14||Frank Gore, SF||ARI||77||0||0||0|
|15||C.J. Spiller, BUF||CIN||61||3||30||0|
|16||Fred Jackson, BUF||CIN||45||2||19||1|
|17||Danny Woodhead, SD||IND||32||5||61||0|
|18||Darren Sproles, NO||NE||43||6||53||0|
|19||Pierre Thomas, NO||NE||41||0||0||1|
|20||DeAngelo Williams, CAR||MIN||57||2||17||0|
Foster has put in two big games in a row now and looks to be back to his usual form. St. Louis’ defense is nothing special, and Foster will be relied on pretty heavily to carry Houston’s offense.
Martin has been one of the biggest victims in Tampa Bay’s free fall, but with things a little more settled after a bye week, expect him to start putting up better numbers. His talent is there, he just needs better opportunities.
After hobbling through the first few weeks of the season, Rice finally had a good game against Miami in Week 5 and seems to be fully healthy again. Baltimore’s offense is still pretty bad, but having their top talent healthy will be huge.
|Player, Team||Opp.||Rec.||Rec. Yds||Rec. TDs|
|1||Dez Bryant, DAL||WAS||7||123||1|
|2||Demaryius Thomas, DEN||JAX||6||106||2|
|3||Calvin Johnson, DET
|4||Wes Welker, DEN||JAX||9||108||0|
|5||Brandon Marshall, CHI||NYG||7||100||1|
|6||A.J. Green, CIN
|7||Eric Decker, DEN||JAX||7||99||1|
|8||Victor Cruz, NYG
|9||Andre Johnson, HOU||STL||6||94||1|
|10||Pierre Garcon, WAS||DAL||5||96||1|
|11||DeSean Jackson, PHI
|12||Reggie Wayne, IND||SD||6||93||1|
|13||Jordy Nelson, GB
|14||Josh Gordon, CLE||DET||6||90||1|
|15||Antonio Brown, PIT||NYJ||6||89||0|
|16||Justin Blackmon, JAX||DEN||7||77||1|
|17||Danny Amendola, NE||NO||6||84||0|
|18||Torrey Smith, BAL||GB||5||83||0|
|19||Hakeem Nicks, NYG||CHI||6||78||0|
|20||Vincent Jackson, TB||PHI||5||73||0|
|21||Cecil Shorts, JAX||DEN||6||73||0|
|22||Steve Smith, CAR||MIN||4||77||0|
|23||Marques Colston, NO||NE||6||64||0|
|24||Alshon Jeffery, CHI||NYG||6||62||0|
|25||T.Y. Hilton, IND||SD||3||68||0|
|26||Larry Fitzgerald, ARI||SF||4||62||0|
|27||James Jones, GB||BAL||5||58||0|
|28||Vincent Brown, SD||IND||4||60||0|
|29||Dwayne Bowe, KC||OAK||5||55||0|
|30||Keenan Allen, SD||IND||5||54||0|
Dez has fully established himself as one of, if not the premier receiver in the NFL this year, even threatening Calvin Johnson’s position at the top of the league during a down year for Megatron. Bryant can do it all and should dominate Washington’s secondary this week.
Decker has quietly taken a back seat to Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker, but he’s been ultra-productive this year, and there will be plenty of stats to go around against lowly Jacksonville.
After two insanely monster performances, expect Jeffery to receive special attention this week from New York’s secondary. He’ll come back down to earth but still put up respectable numbers.
Allen was one of my favorite rookie receivers from this class before the draft, and he’s now getting a chance to shine on the outside for San Diego. He’s a great waiver-wire pickup.
|Player, Team||Opp.||Rec.||Rec. Yds.||Rec. TDs|
|1||Jimmy Graham, NO
|2||Rob Gronkowski, NE||NO||8||102||1|
|3||Jason Witten, DAL||WAS||6||106||0|
|4||Jordan Cameron, CLE||DET||5||95||1|
|5||Martellus Bennett, CHI||NYG||6||90||1|
|6||Garrett Graham, HOU||STL||7||81||0|
|7||Julius Thomas, DEN||JAX||4||54||1|
|8||Antonio Gates, SD||IND||6||86||0|
|9||Greg Olsen, CAR||MIN||6||80||0|
|10||Brandon Myers, NYG||CHI||6||77||0|
|11||Vernon Davis, SF||ARI||4||79||0|
|12||Coby Fleener, IND||SD||6||68||0|
|13||Jermichael Finley, GB||BAL||6||65||0|
|14||Heath Miller, PIT||NYJ||5||59||0|
|15||Sean McGrath, KC||OAK||5||57||0|
I was wrong about him last week, but Gronkowski is finally expected to play in Week 6, per USA Today. Tom Brady will love having Gronk back. Expect a big week right off the bat.
With Owen Daniels out for at least a few weeks, Graham steps in for Houston as the go-to tight end. He’s an athletic pass-catcher who should see his share of targets from Matt Schaub.
|1||Nick Novak, SD||IND||4||2||3|
|2||Stephen Gostkowski, NE||NO||3||2||4|
|3||Justin Tucker, BAL||GB||4||1||2|
|4||Dan Bailey, DAL||WAS||2||2||3|
|5||Blair Walsh, MIN||CAR||3||1||2|
|6||Garrett Hartley, NO||NE||3||0||3|
|7||Greg Zuerlein, STL||HOU||3||0||2|
|8||Alex Henery, PHI||TB||2||1||3|
|9||Mason Crosby, GB||BAL||2||1||2|
|10||Matt Prater, DEN||JAX||1||0||5|
After an impressive rookie year, Walsh has followed it up with a great rookie season. His leg is one of the most powerful in the league, as he has blasted two 50+ yard field goals already this year. The fact that Minnesota’s defense has struggled to capitalize and score touchdowns also adds to his value.
The fact that Jacksonville’s defense is so bad is actually what keeps Prater lower than usual this week. The Broncos offense will likely score more often than not, and so his leg won’t be needed.
|9||New York Jets||PIT||20||2||1|
Cincinnati will be licking its chops getting to face a Buffalo team whose offense has been sputtering so far this season. Thad Lewis is starting under center in Week 6 (seriously), and C.J. Spiller and Stevie Johnson have not been threats so far this year.
Coming off of a monstrous Monday night victory over Atlanta, New York will be riding high coming into their matchup with the suddenly woeful, winless Steelers. Maybe Mike Wallace was more important to that offense than they thought.
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