The bye week is officially here for some teams and now more than ever fantasy managers need to pay attention to who is in and who is out. Below are a list of teams and matchups we expect to see a heavy dose of scoring from, and potential flex or waiver wire options you should keep in mind for Week 6 of the fantasy football season.
Cardinals Weapons vs. Seahawks Defense
James Connor is expected to miss this game and so Eno Benjamin will be a must-start against a Seattle defense that gives up a league worst 170 yards on the ground per game and is second to last in points allowed with 30.8 given up per game. While Tariq Woolen has played like a top-3 rookie cornerback early, the Seattle passing defense still yields 260 yards per game. For Arizona, Marquise Brown currently sits at the WR6 and his game-breaking speed makes him a threat at any level of the field. Rondale Moore has slid into Greg Dortch’s role and he’s fresh off a 7/68 line. Both Moore and Brown are auto-starts and Zach Ertz remains a very steady start as he’s crept into the top 5 of tight end PPR scoring.
Buffalo Weapons vs. Chiefs Defense
The over/under for this game is set at 54 points and it feels a little conservative for this AFC Championship rematch. The pace of the Buffalo Bills and Josh Allen’s MVP start to the season are going to be too much for a Chiefs team that is giving up 255 yards through the air and is a bottom-10 team in defensive points allowed per game (25). There was also this incredible find from The Ringer’s Steven Ruiz discussing Allen and Gabe Davis’ unstoppable connection on deep passes.
Stefon Diggs and Davis are auto-starts, but there are two more players to look at who may still be on the waiver wire. Rookie wideout Khalil Shakir appears to be taking the slot role in Buffalo as his snap percentage jumped up to 70% in Week 5. While he only reeled in three catches, the 75 yards and a touchdown show his explosiveness. Lastly, as dry as the tight end position has been in fantasy football this year, Quintin Morris is a name to watch after he hauled in three catches for 39 yards. Dawson Knox left last week early, but Morris is an undersized tight end who has some speed and can present matchup problems. Monitor Morris, try to stash Shakir if you can.
Buccaneers Weapons vs. Whatever is left of the Steelers Defense
Not one, not two, but four members of the Pittsburgh secondary are already ruled out. Tom Brady is fresh off a 351-yard passing performance against the Falcons and there’s no reason to think the rebuilding Steelers won’t continue to struggle without T.J. Watt. Mike Evans is an auto-start, but Chris Godwin is in line for a massive day with Julio Jones out. If you need some tight end depth, Cade Otton managed to post a 6/43 line. Leonard Fournette has a legitimate opportunity to end the week with a top-0 finish and Rachaad White has seen his snap percentage jump from 8% to 37.3% to 40.8% over the last three weeks. He should be on a roster in every league with Fournette’s injury history and with the passing game work White is starting to see.