A.J. Hoffman

NFL fantasy rankings for Week 6

Todd Gurley should have a big game against the Broncos. Photo by Rams/Facebook

QB 

  1. Tom Brady vs. KC
  2. Patrick Mahomes @ NE
  3. Matt Ryan vs. TB
  4. Aaron Rodgers vs. SF
  5. Cam Newton @ WAS
  6. James Winston @ ATL
  7. Jared Goff @ DEN
  8. Ben Reothlisberger @ CIN
  9. Kirk Cousins vs. ARI
  10. Andy Dalton vs. PIT 
  11. Russell Wilson @ OAK
  12. Philip Rivers @ CLE
  13. Deshaun Watson vs. BUF
  14. Andrew Luck @ NYJ
  15. Baker Mayfield vs. LAC

RB (standard scoring)

  1. Todd Gurley @ DEN
  2. Saquon Barkley vs. PHI
  3. Melvin Gordon @ CLE
  4. Kareem Hunt @ NE
  5. Christian McCaffrey @ WAS
  6. Sony Michel vs. KC
  7. Joe Mixon vs. PIT
  8. Ezekiel Elliott vs. JAX
  9. James Conner @ CIN
  10. James White vs. KC
  11. David Johnson @ MIN
  12. Carlos Hyde vs. LAC
  13. Marshawn Lynch vs. SEA
  14. Jordan Howard @ MIA
  15. Devonta Freeman vs. TB
  16. Chris Carson @ OAK
  17. TJ Yeldon @ DAL
  18. Chris Thompson vs. CAR
  19. Phillip Lindsay vs. LAR
  20. Isaiah Crowell vs. IND
  21. Adrian Peterson vs. CAR
  22. Tarik Cohen @ MIA
  23. Dalvin Cook vs. ARI
  24. LeSean McCoy @ HOU
  25. Aaron Jones vs. SF
  26. Wendell Smallwood @ NYG
  27. Nyheim Hines @ NYJ 
  28. Kenyan Drake vs. CHI
  29. Alex Collins @ TEN
  30. Alfred Morris @ GB
  31. Tevin Coleman vs. TB

WR (standard scoring)

  1. Antonio Brown @ CIN
  2. Julio Jones vs. TB
  3. Odell Beckham Jr vs. PHI
  4. DeAndre Hopkins vs. BUF
  5. Tyreek Hill @ NE
  6. Davante Adams vs. SF
  7. Mike Evans @ ATL
  8. AJ Green vs. PIT
  9. Adam Thielen vs. ARI
  10. Keenan Allen @ CLE
  11. Robert Woods @ DEN
  12. Stefon Diggs vs. ARI
  13. JuJu Smith-Schuster @ CIN
  14. Calvin Ridley vs. TB
  15. Tyler Boyd vs. PIT
  16. Jarvis Landry vs. LAC
  17. John Brown @ TEN
  18. Allen Robinson @ MIA
  19. DeSean Jackson @ ATL
  20. Emmanuel Sanders vs. LAR
  21. Julian Edelman vs. KC
  22. Demaryius Thomas vs. LAR
  23. Cooper Kupp @ DEN
  24. Alshon Jeffery @ NYG
  25. Will Fuller vs. BUF
  26. Sammy Watkins @ NE
  27. Corey Davis vs. BAL
  28. Josh Gordon vs. KC
  29. Doug Baldwin @ OAK
  30. Tyler Lockett @ OAK
  31. Sterling Shepard vs. PHI
  32. Brandin Cooks @ DEN
  33. TY Hilton @ NYJ
  34. Devin Funchess @ WAS
  35. Chris Godwin @ ATL
  36. Amari Cooper vs. SEA
  37. Michael Crabtree @ TEN
  38. Mike Williams @ CLE
  39. Jordy Nelson vs. SEA
  40. Nelson Agholor

TE (standard scoring)

  1. Travis Kelce @ NE
  2. Rob Gronkowski vs. KC
  3. Zach Ertz @ NYG
  4. Jimmy Graham vs. SF
  5. George Kittle @ GB
  6. Eric Ebron @ NYJ
  7. Jared Cook vs. SEA
  8. Jordan Reed vs. CAR
  9. Trey Burton @ MIA
  10. Kyle Rudolph vs. ARI
  11. Cameron Brate @ ATL
  12. Austin Hooper vs. TB
  13. Vance McDonald @ CIN
  14. David Njoku vs. LAC
  15. Greg Olsen @ WAS

D/ST

  1. Bears @ MIA
  2. Jaguars @ DAL
  3. Vikings vs. ARI
  4. Ravens @ TEN
  5. Rams @ DEN
  6. Texans vs. BUF
  7. Eagles vs. NYG
  8. Packers vs. SF
  9. Titans vs. BAL
  10. Seahawks @ OAK
  11. Cowboys vs. JAX
  12. Jets vs. IND
  13. Chargers @ CLE
  14. Bills @ HOU
  15. Panthers @ WAS
Drew Brees and the Saints escaped with an ugly win. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The Saints have effectively wrapped up the NFC South with their 25-14 win over the Tampa Bay Bucs. Here's how I saw things:

The Good

-Michael Thomas got himself going this week after a subpar performance against the Cowboys last week. He finished with 11 catches for 98 yards. More of note was his record of most catches in first three seasons. He surpassed Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry on his second catch, his 289th of his career. I hope people take notice and realize how great of a player he is.

-Taysom Hill once again proved his worth as just a football player. He blocked a punt the Saints recovered at the Tampa 30 yard line. It helped set up their first touchdown. Hill is listed as the third string quarterback, but plays running back, wide receiver, and special teams. He also drew a double team penalty on a kickoff.

-Drew Brees is known for his pinpoint accuracy throwing the ball. However, his athleticism is underrated. He notched his fourth rushing touchdown on a 4th and goal play in which he leapt over the line and extended the ball across the plane. The Saints took the lead early in the fourth quarter on that play.

The Bad

-Right before the half, Brees threw an interception that set up Tampa's second touchdown. When this team is rolling, they are the ones scoring before the half when they're getting the ball back after the half.

-They totaled just three rushing yards in the first half on nine attempts. The longest run was from fullback Zach Line at four yards. Another component of this team's success is predicated on the run game.

-Alvin Kamara was held in check. He was limited to 87 yards on 17 touches. His 76 yards on three kick returns were a help, but this team needs him to get going running and catching passes in order to operate at full capacity.

The Ugly

-This was the second game in a row that the Saints failed to score a touchdown in the first half. It could be a sign of teams catching up to them, or it could be a sign of a team that's feeling complacent. Either way, they need to get their offense going again to start games. 24 plays and 104 yards of offense that produced only three points in the first half.

-On their opening possession of the second half, Brees was stripped in the pocket and the Bucs recovered. The pressure came from the left. Missing starting left tackle Terron Armstead is becoming more and more of a glaring issue.

-Brees was limited to less than 270 yards passing, while they also totaled less than 130 yards rushing. Being held below their season averages on offense and still winning is the definition of winning ugly.

The Saints are now 11-2 and firmly in second place in the NFC. Now, they sit back and hope the Rams drop another game down the stretch. They own the tiebreaker over the Rams and need to finish with the same record to get homefield throughout the NFC playoffs. Saints fans will be Bears fans tonight, as well as Eagles, Cardinals, and 49er fans the rest of the season. This is what happens when you drop games you should've won.

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