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

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Yordan Alvarez came up big in Game 5. Composite image by Jack Brame.

The Astros can win the pennant Friday night. Can't dangle the carrot any closer in front of the face than that. Taking the last two games at Fenway Park has the Astros in excellent position, but any notion that a third American League championship in five years is now inevitable, is silly. The Astros are probably 80 percent or better to advance, but of course the Red Sox could win games six and seven at Minute Maid Park à la the Nationals in the World Series two years ago. The Astros had all the momentum after winning three straight in D.C., came home for the coronation, and pfffft. You have momentum...until you don't. It's nothing to bank on. The Red Sox had all the "mo" after clobbering the Astros in games two and three of this AL championship series. Then Jose Altuve crushed the eighth inning tying home run in game four, ahead of the seven run volcanic eruption of a ninth inning. Nine more Astro runs later in game five, and here we are.

One key distinction that makes the Astros hand look stronger up 3-2 now than vs. the Nats, the Red Sox don't have Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer ready to pitch. Like Framber Valdez vs. Chris Sale in game five, game six is another starting pitching rematch. Alvin native Nathan Eovaldi grossly outpitched Luis Garcia in game two. We'll see if Sox manager Alex Cora winds up regretting even more using Eovaldi to start the fateful game four ninth inning. Eovaldi only threw 24 pitches, but three nights later we'll see what and how much he has in the tank.

After pitching horribly against the White Sox and then the Red Sox, and then citing a sore knee, Luis Garcia is his own huge question mark. So was Valdez before Wednesday spinning one of the great postseason pitching performances in Astros' history. Framber was awful in each of his first two postseason starts, absolutely magnificent in cruising through eight innings in game five. Should the Sox force Game Seven, Valdez certainly is a relief option on two days rest. Jose Urquidy would start, opposite Eduardo Rodriguez in a game three rematch.

Valdez and the Astros hope his next outing is Tuesday night in game one of the World Series. Ideally, at Minute Maid Park against the Atlanta Braves. Alas, the defending champion Dodgers remain alive and kicking, having won their fourth do or die game already in this postseason to send the National League Championship Series back to Atlanta. Now, if somehow we knew as fact that the Astros are going to win the World Series, I'd estimate approximately 99 percent of Astros' fans would prefer to beat L.A. Since we don't know that the Astros are going to win it all, getting the Braves would be more favorable for the Astros, if for no other reason than the Astros would get home-field advantage. Should the Braves make it, among other factoids Charlie Morton would be in his third World Series with three different teams in the last five seasons (Astros in 2017, Rays last year, Braves this). If the Braves can close out the Dodgers Saturday, Morton is Atlanta's likely game one starter at MMP. Provided the Astros are the AL Champs of course.

Watt a matchup for the Texans

The Texans play at Arizona Sunday. Yeah, and? You imagine that J.J. Watt and DeAndre Hopkins find the two team's current situations amusing? The Texans are a 1-5 stink bomb that will keep on stinking. The Cardinals are 6-0 and an emerging Super Bowl contender. While Deshaun Watson continues collecting about 600 thousand dollars per week to do nothing (and waiting to become a Miami Dolphin?), Kyler Murray has made the leap to upper echelon NFL quarterback.

Buzzer Beaters:

1. Decisions, decisions. Astros-Red Sox game 6 or Rockets home opener vs. Thunder. Tough call?

2. The Rockets will regularly be overmatched and probably lose 55 games or more again this season. At least they have young talent to offer some hope. The Texans presently have near nothing.

3. Best 2021 Astros' postseason journey signature food: Bronze-Atlanta/Los Angeles, anything? Silver-Chicago, deep dish pizza Gold-Boston, lobster roll

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