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Week 6 fantasy football rankings: Don't be afraid to start the Texans defense

Week 6 fantasy football rankings: Don't be afraid to start the Texans defense
The injuries the Texans have suffered on defense shouldn't keep you from starting them against Cleveland. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group

Below are my PPR fantasy rankings for Week 6. Most leagues are using points per reception these days, so take that into consideration when looking at the ranks. Six points are awarded for every receiving and rushing TD, and four points for every passing TD. If you are playing in a non-PPR league, pass-catching running backs lose a bit of value and so do possession receivers. Make sure you check the status of players that have been limited or out of practice. The rankings will be updated on Friday and Sunday.

If you have any start-sit questions, feel free to hit me up at @jordanpfx on Twitter, and I will do my best to get to every question. Include your scoring system with your questions. Good luck!

 

QB

1 T. Brady NE

2 D. Brees NO 

3 A. Rodgers GB

4 D. Watson HOU

5 M. Ryan ATL

6 M. Stafford DET

7 K. Cousins WAS 

8 C. Newton CAR

9 P. Rivers LAC

10 C. Palmer ARI

11 A. Smith KC

12 C. Wentz PHI

13 D. Carr OAK

14 B. Roethlisberger PIT

15 J. Winston TB

16 J. Brissett IND

17 T. Siemian DEN

18 M. Mariota TEN * Questionable

19 J. McCown NYJ

20 J. Goff LAR

21 C. Keenum MIN

22 J. Flacco BAL

23 J. Cutler MIA

24 E. Manning NYG

 

RB

1 L. Fournette JAC

2 L. Bell PIT

3 K. Hunt KC

4 T. Gurley LAR

5 D. Freeman ATL

6 M. Gordon LAC

7 C. Anderson DEN

8 M. Ingram NO

9 L. Miller HOU

10 D. Murray TEN 

11 D. Martin TB 

12 A. Jones GB *Lower expectations if Montgomery is active.

13 J. Howard CHI

14 M. Lynch OAK

15 J. Ajayi MIA 

16 A. Kamara NO

17 C. McCaffrey CAR

18 J. Allen BAL

19 C. Thompson WAS

20 A. Abdullah DET

21 T. Coleman ATL

22 D. Johnson CLE

23 M. Gillislee NE

24 L. Blount PHI

25 J. White NE

26 F. Gore IND 

27 J. McKinnon MIN

28 C. Hyde SF

29 S. Perine WAS

30 J. Stewart CAR

31 D. Henry TEN

32 T. Riddick DET

33 A. Ellington ARI

34 I. Crowell CLE

35 T. Montgomery *Questionable

36 S. Vereen NYG

37 A. Peterson ARI

38 L. Murray MIN

39 E. McGuire NYJ

40 W. Gallman  NYG

41 J. Charles DEN

42 D. Foreman HOU

43 M. Breida SF

44 A. Collins BAL

45 M. Forte NYJ

46 O. Darkwa NYG

 

WR

1 A. Brown PIT  

2 D. Hopkins HOU

3 J. Jones ATL  

4 L. Fitzgerald ARI

5 T. Hilton IND

6 J. Nelson GB

7 M. Thomas NO

8 K. Allen LAC  

9 B. Cooks NE  

10 D. Adams GB

11 C. Hogan NE 

12 M. Evans TB

13 S. Diggs MIN *Out

14 T. Hill KC  

15 M. Crabtree OAK

16 J. Landry MIA

17 G. Tate DET

18 T. Pryor WAS

19 D. Funchess CAR

20 D. Amendola NE 

21 A. Jeffery PHI  

22 A. Thielen MIN 

23 P. Garcon SF

24 A. Cooper OAK 

25 D. Jackson TB

26 E. Sanders DEN  

27 K. Benjamin CAR

28 R. Cobb GB  

29 W. Fuller HOU

30 D. Thomas DEN  

31 C. Kupp LAR

32 M. Wallace BAL

33 M. Bryant PIT 

34 J. Crowder WAS  

35 M. Jones DET

36 W. Snead NO  

37 M. Lee JAC

38 T. Williams LAC

39 J. Doctson WAS

40 R. Matthews TEN

41 T. Gabriel ATL

42 K. Wright CHI  

43 J. Kearse NYJ

44 J. Maclin BAL  

45 John Brown ARI 

46 S. Watkins LA

47 Jaron Brown ARI

 

TE

1 R. Gronkowski NE 

2 T. Kelce KC 

3 Z. Ertz PHI 

4 A. Seferian-Jenkins NYJ

5 H. Henry LAC

6 D. Walker TEN

7 K. Rudolph MIN

8 C. Brate TB

9 J. Reed WAS

10 R. Griffin HOU

11 E. Engram NYG

12 M. Bennett GB 

13 A. Hooper ATL

14 B. Watson BAL  

15  E. Dickson CAR

16 J. Cook OAK 

17 G. Kittle SF 

18 C. Fleener NO

19 D. Njoku CLE  

20 J. Doyle IND  *Questionable

21 Z. Miller CHI

 

DEF

1 Broncos

2 Jaguars

3 Texans *All bets are off if Clowney and Joseph don't play.

4 Ravens

5 Falcons

6 Patriots

7 Redskins

8 Panthers

9 Chiefs

10 Packers

11 Eagles 

12 Bears

13 Cardinals

14 Buccaneers

15 Chargers

 

Kicker

1 S. Gostkowski NE

2 M. Bryant ATL *Questionable

3 J. Tucker BAL

4 M. Crosby GB

5 A. Vinatieri IND 

6 H. Butker KC

7 J. Myers JAX 

8 J. Elliott PHI  

9 K. Fairbairn HOU

10 W. Lutz NO 

11 M. Prater DET 

12 N. Novak LAC  

13 G. Gano CAR 

14 D. Hopkins WAS 

15 B. McManus DEN

 

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With the Astros' surge from 10 games out of first place to within two games of Seattle, catching and going past the Mariners has naturally become the top objective. It's no given to happen but it's right there. In the final series ahead of the All-Star break, while the Mariners are in the midst of four games with the lowly Angels, the last two World Series champions renew (un)pleasantries at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros enter the weekend five games ahead of the Rangers. They lead the season series with the reigning champs four wins to three. While the Astros can't quite finish off the Arlingtonians by sweeping them in this three game set, shoving them eight games back (even further back of Seattle and the current Wild Card teams) and clinching the tiebreaker would seem close to a death blow. Taking two out of three would be fine for the Astros. If the Rangers win the series, they are clearly still in the American League West and Wild Card races coming out of the All-Star break.

Last year the Rangers had the best offense in the AL. So far in 2024 they rank a mediocre eighth in runs per game. Nathaniel Lowe is the lone Ranger (get it?!?) regular playing as well as he did last season. Corey Seager has been fine but not at the MVP runner-up level of last year. Marcus Semien is notably down, as is 2023 ALCS Astros-obliterater Adolis Garcia. Stud 2023 rookie Josh Jung has been out with a broken wrist since ex-Astro Phil Maton hit him with a pitch in the fourth game of this season, though fill-in third baseman Josh Smith has been the Rangers' best player. 21-year-old late season phenom Evan Carter largely stunk the first two months this season and has been out since late May with a back injury. Repeating is hard, never harder than it is now. Hence no Major League Baseball has done it since the Yankees won three straight World Series 1998-2000.

Chasing down the Division at a crazy clip

From the abyss of their 7-19 start, the Astros sweep over the Marlins clinched a winning record at the break with them at 49-44. Heading into the Texas matchup the Astros have won at a .627 clip since they were 7-19. A full season of .627 ball wins 101 games. If the Astros win at a .627 rate the rest of the way they'll finish with 92 wins, almost certainly enough to secure a postseason slot and likely enough to win the West. Expecting .627 the rest of the way is ambitious.

With it fairly clear that Lance McCullers is highly unlikely to contribute anything after his latest recovery setback, and Luis Garcia a major question mark, what Justin Verlander has left in 2024 grows more important. With the way the Astros often dissemble or poorly forecast when discussing injuries, for all we know Verlander could be cooked. Inside three weeks to the trade deadline, General Manager Dana Brown can't be thinking a back end of the rotation comprised of Spencer Arrighetti and Jake Bloss should be good enough. The Astros have 66 games to play after the All-Star break, including separate stretches with games on 18 and 16 consecutive days.

All-Star MIAs

Viewership for Tuesday's All-Star game at Globe Life Field in Arlington will be pretty, pretty, pretty low in Houston. One, All-Star Game ratings are pitiful every year compared to where they used to be. Two, the Astros could be down to zero representatives at Tuesday's showcase. Kyle Tucker was rightfully named a reserve but had no shot at playing as he continues the loooong recovery from a bone bruise (or worse) suffered June 3. Being named an All-Star for a ninth time was enough for Jose Altuve. He opts out of spending unnecessary time in Texas Rangers territory citing a sore wrist. This despite Altuve playing four games in a row since sitting out the day after he was plunked and highly likely to play in all three games versus the Rangers this weekend. Yordan Alvarez exiting Wednesday's rout of the Marlins with hip discomfort and then missing Thursday's game seem clear reasons for him to skip, though he has indicated thus far he intends to take part. Yordan is the most essential lineup component to the Astros' hopes of making an eighth straight playoff appearance.

Ronel Blanco should have made the American League squad on performance, but pretty obviously his 10 game illegal substance use suspension was held against him. As it works out, Blanco will pitch Sunday in the last game before the break which would render him unavailable for the All-Star Game anyway. Blanco is eligible to pitch, but given the career high-shattering innings workload Blanco is headed for, no way the Astros want him on the mound Tuesday. Just last year the Astros kept Framber Valdez from pitching in the game.

While waiting, and waiting, and waiting on Tucker's return, the Astros have also been waiting on Chas McCormick to get back to something even faintly resembling the hitter he was last year. McCormick routinely looks lost at the plate. He has four hits (all singles) in his last 32 at bats with his season OPS pitiful at .572. During the break the Astros should seriously weigh sending McCormick to AAA Sugar Land and giving Pedro Leon a try in a job share with Joey Loperfido.

*Catch our weekly Stone Cold ‘Stros podcast. Brandon Strange, Josh Jordan, and I discuss varied Astros topics. The first post for the week generally goes up Monday afternoon (second part released Tuesday) via The SportsMap HOU YouTube channel or listen to episodes in their entirety at Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

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