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NFL fantasy rankings for Week 6

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

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Through 20 games, the Houston Astros have managed just six wins and are in last place in the AL West.

Their pitching staff trails only Colorado with a 5.24 ERA and big-money new closer Josh Hader has given up the same number of earned runs in 10 games as he did in 61 last year.

Despite this, these veteran Astros, who have reached the AL Championship Series seven consecutive times, have no doubt they’ll turn things around.

“If there’s a team that can do it, it’s this team,” shortstop Jeremy Peña said.

First-year manager Joe Espada, who was hired in January to replace the retired Dusty Baker, discussed his team’s early struggles.

“It’s not ideal,” he said. “It’s not what we expected, to come out of the shoot playing this type of baseball. But you know what, this is where we’re at and we’ve got to pick it up and play better. That’s just the bottom line.”

Many of Houston’s problems have stemmed from a poor performance by a rotation that has been decimated by injuries. Ace Justin Verlander and fellow starter José Urquidy haven’t pitched this season because of injuries and lefty Framber Valdez made just two starts before landing on the injured list with a sore elbow.

Ronel Blanco, who threw a no-hitter in his season debut April 1, has pitched well and is 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA in three starts this season. Cristian Javier is also off to a good start, going 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA in four starts, but the team has won just two games not started by those two pitchers.

However, Espada wouldn’t blame the rotation for Houston’s current position.

“It’s been a little bit of a roller coaster how we've played overall,” he said. “One day we get good starting pitching, some days we don’t. The middle relief has been better and sometimes it hasn’t been. So, we’ve just got to put it all together and then play more as a team. And once we start doing that, we’ll be in good shape.”

The good news for the Astros is that Verlander will make his season debut Friday night when they open a series at Washington and Valdez should return soon after him.

“Framber and Justin have been a great part of our success in the last few years,” second baseman Jose Altuve said. “So, it’s always good to have those two guys back helping the team. We trust them and I think it’s going to be good.”

Hader signed a five-year, $95 million contract this offseason to give the Astros a shutdown 7-8-9 combination at the back end of their bullpen with Bryan Abreu and Ryan Pressly. But the five-time All-Star is off to a bumpy start.

He allowed four runs in the ninth inning of a 6-1 loss to the Braves on Monday night and has yielded eight earned runs this season after giving up the same number in 56 1/3 innings for San Diego last year.

He was much better Wednesday when he struck out the side in the ninth before the Astros fell to Atlanta in 10 innings for their third straight loss.

Houston’s offense, led by Altuve, Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker, ranks third in the majors with a .268 batting average and is tied for third with 24 homers this season. But the Astros have struggled with runners in scoring position and often failed to get a big hit in close games.

While many of Houston’s hitters have thrived this season, one notable exception is first baseman José Abreu. The 37-year-old, who is in the second year of a three-year, $58.5 million contract, is hitting 0.78 with just one extra-base hit in 16 games, raising questions about why he remains in the lineup every day.

To make matters worse, his error on a routine ground ball in the eighth inning Wednesday helped the Braves tie the game before they won in extra innings.

Espada brushed off criticism of Abreu and said he knows the 2020 AL MVP can break out of his early slump.

“Because (of) history,” Espada said. “The back of his baseball card. He can do it.”

Though things haven’t gone well for the Astros so far, everyone insists there’s no panic in this team which won its second World Series in 2022.

Altuve added that he doesn’t have to say anything to his teammates during this tough time.

“I think they’ve played enough baseball to know how to control themselves and how to come back to the plan we have, which is winning games,” he said.

The clubhouse was quiet and somber Wednesday after the Astros suffered their third series sweep of the season and second at home. While not panicking about the slow start, this team, which has won at least 90 games in each of the last three seasons, is certainly not happy with its record.

“We need to do everything better,” third baseman Alex Bregman said. “I feel like we’re in a lot of games, but we just haven’t found a way to win them. And good teams find a way to win games. So we need to find a way to win games.”

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