Week 6 Daily Fantasy Football: Top Picks at Each Position
Daily fantasy football hasn’t been too kind to the top of the pile. Your favorite studs like Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown aren’t killing it, while regular peons like Josh McCown and Gary Barnidge are going nuts and winning people money.
It’s just not right.
Maybe not, but the top of the shelf is still where you want to spend a lot of your money on daily fantasy sites like DraftKings, as those high priced studs still carry the best odds to deliver the most explosive performances.
While some guys weren’t worth it in week five, Le’Veon Bell, Odell Beckham Jr. and both the Broncos and Seahawks defenses came through. In fact, the only true spare in our picks from last week was Jamaal Charles, who was on pace for a solid 20 fantasy points before going down with a torn ACL.
Bye weeks, injuries and matchups threaten to change the daily fantasy football landscape in week six. Let’s see who you can trust the most at each major position at DraftKings:
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady – Patriots ($8.1k) and Aaron Rodgers – Packers ($7.7k)
Is this getting boring for you? Well, our value buys column takes a look at some quality options for less money, but Brady and Rodgers are routinely our top picks for a reason – because they’re usually awesome. Brady is on pace for an NFL record 5,500 passing yards, while he’s been waiting for half a year to destroy the Colts. It’s going to be a blood bath in Indianapolis.
Rodgers actually faces a Chargers defense that is fairly stingy against the pass, but he’s usually killer at home and I can’t see him being just decent for a third straight game. I think he has a big game in a likely shootout.
Running Backs: Le’Veon Bell – Steelers ($8.5k) and Arian Foster – Texans ($7k)
Bell is matchup proof and this is now three straight games since he returned that he’s put up at least 20 fantasy points. Even with Michael Vick looking inept, he’s a lock to succeed due to his immense talent and awesome role. Foster is a different breed as he’s still working his way back to shape, but a solid 20-point outing last week showed us all he’s close to being the guy we remember. This week he’s a solid value and gets the Jags, a team he’s routinely decimated.
Wide Receivers: Odell Beckham Jr. – Giants ($8.9k) and DeAndre Hopkins – Texans ($7.7k)
You’ll need to be all over the status of ODB, as he got banged up last week while posting his second 30+ point fantasy outing. He’s a total machine and he will be awfully nice to have closing out the week if he’s a go against the Eagles next Monday Night. If you opt not to use Beckham, and even if you do, you might want to pair him with Hopkins, who might be the safest wide receiver to use in all of daily fantasy football right now. A constant threat for 10+ catches and a score, Hopkins is an insane value and can explode regardless of the matchup.
Tight Ends: Rob Gronkowski – Patriots (7.6k) and Tyler Eifert – Bengals ($4.9k)
It’s truly Gronk and everyone else this week, as we’ve seen even his sparest weeks (17 and 10 points the past two weeks) are still better than the field’s average. Gronkowski has a so-so matchup by the numbers this week, but as stated in Brady’s breakdown, the Pats want to get Indy back for all of that deflategate nonenses. Expect The Gronk to smash and smash hard.
Eifert is probably as good as it gets beyond Gronkowski, as no other tight end carries Gronk’s steadiness or upside. Eifert almost does, as he has two 2-TD games and five scores total on the year. This week he gets a bad Bills pass defense and he’ll be needed with Buffalo trying to stifle all of Cincy’s many weapons.
Team Defenses: Seattle Seahawks ($3.8k) and Denver Broncos ($3.7k)
Team defenses don’t get you excited until they crush it, like the Falcons, Broncos and Packers returning turnovers for scores last week. That never gets old and whether or not these two units do that in week six, they still figure to pay off. Seattle and Carolina get together this week on the Seahawks’ home turf and these two rarely put up points. We can safely expect a low scoring affair with Seattle probably getting some sacks and 1-2 turnovers.
Denver is cheaper and even safer, as their lowest fantasy total of the year was a strong 10 fantasy points two weeks ago. This week they get a Josh McCown-led Browns offense that has surprisingly been pretty darn good but has to run out of gas eventually. I think that happens this week with the Broncos putting the clamps down in a nice road win.
Want more value with your DK picks? Come back later in the week as we break down some sweet value buys in daily fantasy football. Whether we see you again this week or not, good luck in week six!
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