Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings: Updated Look at Every Position

The NFL is an ever-evolving landscape in which players and teams rise and fall on a weekly basis, but there are a few sure things you can count on. 

Nobody could have predicted Alshon Jeffery’s 27-point outburst against the Detroit Lions, and anyone who said they saw Ryan Fitzpatrick topping 20 points would be lying. 

But you didn’t need to be a fantasy guru to hypothesize before Week 5 that Peyton Manning would have a field day against the same defense that allowed 401 yards and three touchdowns to Philip Rivers the week before. 

These rankings are not scientific in nature, and you can be sure some of the predictions will end up looking silly in hindsight. That said, there are a few gimmes, starting with Manning against the pitiful Jacksonville Jaguars. 


Week 6 Rankings: Quarterbacks
1 Peyton Manning Denver Broncos Jacksonville Jaguars 35
2 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys Washington Redskins 28
3 Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts San Diego Chargers 26
4 Robert Griffin III Washington Dallas Cowboys 24
5 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers Baltimore Ravens 23
6 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints New England Patriots 22
7 Cam Newton Carolina Panthers Minnesota Vikings 21
8 Jay Cutler Chicago Bears New York Giants 20
9 Tom Brady New England Patriots New Orleans Saints 19
10 Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers Indianapolis Colts 17

After the way Manning has played this year, nobody will bat an eyelash if he goes off for 500 yards and six touchdowns against the hapless Jaguars. 

The same goes for Tony Romo at home against the Washington Redskins.

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Even counting the Week 4 contest against the Oakland Raiders with Matt Flynn behind center (227 yards with one touchdown and one interception), Washington has given up an average of 298 yards a game. Only the San Diego Chargers have given up more fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. 

Speaking of the Chargers, Andrew Luck will have a field day against San Diego in Week 6, rounding out the top three. 

This week’s sleeper pick for a monster game is Cam Newton, who takes on the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota has been atrocious against the pass this year, allowing 326 yards per game and 10 touchdowns. 

Running Backs

Week 6 Rankings: Running Backs
1 Arian Foster Houston Texans St. Louis Rams 25
2 Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders 22
3 Matt Forte Chicago Bears New York Giants 21
4 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings Carolina Panthers 21
5 Ray Rice Baltimore Ravens Green Bay Packers 18
6 Marshawn Lynch Seattle Seahawks Tennessee Titans 17
7 Knowshon Moreno Denver Broncos Jacksonville Jaguars 16
8 LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15
9 DeMarco Murray Dallas Cowboys Washington Redskins 14
10 Alfred Morris Washington Redskins Dallas Cowboys 13

No team in the NFL gives up more fantasy treasure to opposing running backs than the St. Louis Rams. Arian Foster had a nice game against the always tough 49ers in Week 5, and he’ll be primed for a monster showing against the Rams this weekend. 

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Adrian Peterson will have a tougher go of it this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short have greatly improved this team’s ability to stuff the run, and it ranks No. 5 in the league, allowing just 92.3 yards a game. 

Keep an eye out for Knowshon Moreno against the Jaguars. After the Broncos go up by a few touchdowns, Moreno will have plenty of chances to gash Jacksonville between the tackles while Denver bleeds the clock. 

Wide Receivers

Week 6 Rankings: Wide Receivers
1 Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys Washington Redskins 26
2 Demaryius Thomas Denver Broncos Jacksonville Jaguars 25
3 A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals Buffalo Bills 23
4 Reggie Wayne Indianapolis Colts San Diego Chargers 21
5 Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers Baltimore Ravens 20
6 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Cleveland Browns 18
7 Torrey Smith Baltimore Ravens Green Bay Packers 18
8 Josh Gordon Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions 17
9 Pierre Garcon Washington Redskins Dallas Cowboys 16
10 Wes Welker Denver Broncos Jacksonville Jaguars 16

How in the world does Washington plan on shutting down Dez Bryant?

Based on what we’ve seen from the Redskins this year, they won’t be able to keep him from dominating the field at home. 

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Any receiver wearing a Denver jersey on Sunday against Jacksonville is a good bet to start, as the Jaguars will be incapable of stopping Manning from having his way. 

Look for Reggie Wayne to break out after being handcuffed by Richard Sherman for much of the game in Week 5. The Chargers feature one of the worst secondaries in the league, and Andrew Luck will be looking for his most reliable receiver often.

Tight Ends

Week 6 Rankings: Tight Ends
1 Jimmy Graham New Orleans Saints New England Patriots 22
2 Julius Thomas Denver Broncos Jacksonville Jaguars 20
3 Vernon Davis San Francisco 49ers Arizona Cardinals 18
4 Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys Washington Redskins 16
5 Jordan Cameron Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions 15
6 Greg Olsen Carolina Panthers Minnesota Vikings 12
7 Martellus Bennett Chicago Bears New York Giants 11
8 Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots New Orleans Saints 10
9 Antonio Gates San Diego Chargers Indianapolis Colts 8
10 Owen Daniels Houston Texans St. Louis Rams 7

Like Manning at the quarterback position, Jimmy Graham is the king of this particular mountain. He’s exceeded 100 yards receiving in each of his past four games and has caught five touchdowns during the same stretch. 

Julius Thomas is another sure bet this weekend, because, you know, Jacksonville.

The Arizona Cardinals have not been able to defend opposing tight ends this year, allowing 14.8 fantasy points on average per game, meaning Vernon Davis owners should expect a huge game from him. 

The wild card this weekend at the tight end position is Rob Gronkowski. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com recently noted that Gronk was hoping for a return in Week 6, but he also reported the tight end was a long shot to play:

Rob Gronkowski privately expressed a desire to return Week 6 — next week. Accordingly, it’s viewed as a longshot to play Sunday, per source

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 4, 2013

Obviously, if Gronkowski can play, he’s a must-start tight end. 


Week 6 Rankings: Defense
1 Denver Broncos Jacksonville Jaguars 21
2 Chicago Bears New York Giants 20
3 Seattle Seahawks Tennessee Titans 18
4 Cincinnati Bengals Buffalo Bills 16
5 San Francisco 49ers Arizona Cardinals 15
6 Houston Texans St. Louis Rams 14
7 Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders 13
8 New York Jets Pittsburgh Steelers 12
9 Detroit Lions Cleveland Browns 10
10 Pittsburgh Steelers New York Jets 9
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Bears defenders must be licking their chops for a chance to have a go at the New York Giants. Eli Manning has already turned the ball over 14 times this year, and the Giants have committed 20 turnovers this season, as noted by Rich Eisen of NFL Network:

That’s an even dozen picks of Eli Manning now. 20 total turnovers for the Giants on the season. Remarkable.

— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) October 6, 2013

Kansas City against Oakland is an interesting matchup. The Chiefs have been brilliant on the defensive side of the ball, but Terrelle Pryor is a different kind of quarterback who is hard to keep in check. 


Week 6 Rankings: Kickers
1 Matt Prater Denver Broncos Jacksonville Jaguars 18
2 Justin Tucker Baltimore Ravens Green Bay Packers 16
3 Mason Crosby Green Bay Packers Baltimore Ravens 15
4 Garrett Hartley New Orleans Saints New England Patriots 14
5 Steven Hauschka Seattle Seahawks Tennessee Titans 14
6 Dan Carpenter Buffalo Bills Cincinnati Bengals 13
7 Stephen Gostkowski New England Patriots New Orleans Saints 13
8 Blair Walsh Minnesota Vikings Carolina Panthers 12
9 Dan Bailey Dallas Cowboys Washington 11
10 Robbie Gould Chicago Bears New York Giants 10

Given the excessive scoring Denver is set to do this weekend, Matt Prater is an easy call as a must-start kicker. Even if he doesn’t attempt a single field goal, he’ll earn you plenty of points on extra points. 

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Seattle’s Steven Hauschka is another kicker who should put up big numbers this weekend. The Seahawks can move the ball between the 20s against any team in the league, but the Titans feature a tough defense that will limit touchdowns. 

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