Week 6 is here and we once again have to somehow pick the best team we possibly can from our limited resources. This column will hopefully help steer you away from injured players, while also looking at a few good matchups for daily fantasy. Here we go!
Ty Montgomery is listed as questionable after practicing all week, but he also didn't take any hits to his injured ribs. He'll be a game-time decision, but would be wearing a flak jacket and limited, while Aaron Jones is healthy and would be used more often between the tackles.
Derek Carr will start against the Chargers. He's likely not 100 percent, but he did get a full practice in on Friday and has a strong offensive line. He'll be an upgrade from E.J. Manuel, even at less than 100 percent.
Rob Gronkowski isn't on the injury report and should be a full go after missing last week's game. He plays, you start him.
Stefon Diggs is out with a groin injury this week against the Packers. His absence should help Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph see more targets.
Marcus Mariota is questionable for Monday night after doing more each day of practice this week. It's not a given that he will play and we likely won't know Sunday morning, so I'd play it safe and find an alternative.
Kevin Hogan will get the start over DeShone Kizer after playing well in relief last week. Kizer led the league in interceptions and was last in completion percentage, so it was going to be tough to keep him as the starter, even though they like his ability. Hogan has some sneaky fantasy upside due to his athleticism as a runner.
Kenny Britt aggravated his groin in practice on Thursday after he had already aggravated his coach and fan base through five games this season with consistently bad play. Ricardo Louis has taken the lead job now and has some upside for his price in DFS and as a possible dart-throw flex play.
Doug Martin says he is ready for a full workload this week against Arizona. He gets a tough matchup, but showed enough in his debut to make him a must start in redraft leagues.
John Brown isn't listed on the injury report after playing 80 percent of the snaps last week, which is a great sign. He has risen back to the No. 2 receiver under Larry Fitzgerald on a pass-happy offense. He also gets a decent matchup this week at home and is ready to be put in your lineups.
Adrian Peterson will likely need to get up to speed with the offense before he sees his full workload, but it looks like Peterson's workload will be very close to Chris Johnson's 11 touches per game.
Travis Kelce was able to practice in full on Thursday and Friday and isn't on the final injury report after suffering a concussion last week. Play him as you usually do.
Marlon Mack should see an uptick in touches moving forward after showing well last week. He's easily the better offensive threat to Frank Gore at this point in their careers and should continue to garner more work.
Jack Doyle has cleared the concussion protocol and will be able to play Monday night against the Titans. He's just a TE2 until he shows a little more life, but his presence should help boost Jacoby Brissett's upside in a good matchup.
DeVante Parker is doubtful and will miss this game against the Falcons. That should push targets toward Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills, but the way Jay Cutler has been playing, it's hard to like the Dolphins offense. Landry is still a must play in PPR, but I'm wary of everyone else.
Mohamed Sanu is out this week, which should push Taylor Gabriel to a slightly larger role and help make sure Julio Jones gets his fair share of targets in a great matchup.
Matt Bryant is questionable with a back injury, but he was able to practice on Friday and should be good to go. I'd stick with him in redraft leagues this week.
Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham Jr. are done for the season, and Sterling Shepard won't be able to play this week with an ankle injury. That will push Roger Lewis, Travis Rudolph and Tavarres King into the starting rotation, while Evan Engram will remain the tight end. Engram has the most upside this week, especially against the Broncos, who are a shutdown defense against every position other than tight end.
Matt Forte will return to play this week for the Jets, while Bilal Powell did not practice this week. Powell is unlikely to play, but the team is calling him a game-time decision. Most likely we will see Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire share work against the poor Patriots run defense.
Matthew Stafford is a little beat up with ankle and hamstring injuries, but he practiced all week and will play.
Terrance West won't play this week against the Bears. That should keep Buck Allen as the lead back, giving him a large number of touches as the every-down back.
Rob Kelley is doubtful to play against the 49ers, which will move Samaje Perine to the starting role, while Chris Thompson will man his usual receiving back role. They both have some appeal, but not enough to go all in on in DFS.
Willie Snead was limited all week in practice and is questionable on the injury report. He also mentioned that the team is bringing him back slowly, which is enough for me to hold off on playing him until we know he's going to see regular snaps.
Value FanDuel Plays
Kevin Hogan gets a decent matchup and is cheaper than dirt. I mentioned his running ability up above and that's what has me on him in DFS this week. His price is too cheap not to at least take a long look at him this week.
Marshawn Lynch continues to see limited work, which has limited his fantasy ability tremendously so far, but this matchup is too good to not give him a shot at just $6,000 on FanDuel. The Raiders will likely want to keep Derek Carr untouched with his injury, so a heavy dose of Lynch is a strong game plan that they may try.
The Saints are favorites at home and Adrian Peterson is gone, which pushed Mark Ingramsquarely into value play territory. Even with Peterson there, Ingram has had his workload increased each week, with a high of 18 touches last week. I like his chances to hit 20 and find the end zone against the Lions.
Jerick McKinnon had a huge game against the Bears last Monday night, and this week, he'll likely need to be used a bit more in the passing game with Diggs out. The Packers should be able to score enough to keep the Vikings passing, which means McKinnon over Latavius Murray and at his price, I expect he'll be highly owned on FanDuel.
I expect Ricardo Louis to lead the Browns in targets this week against a Texans defense that is hurting and giving up the seventh-most yards through the air.
I do expect Marcus Mariota to play Monday night, but it isn't a lock. That makes Rishard Matthewsa bit riskier, but this is a strong matchup, and so is Matthews' price.