MACK’S SUNDAY SAUCE: NFL FANTASY FOOTBALL (WEEK 6)
This is Mack’s Sunday Sauce comin’ at ya! Always fresh, never stirred, where I’m here to give you your weekly dose of anything goes, no filter FANTASY FOOTBALL advice.
It’s been a wild first five weeks of the NFL season, while some players have lived up to their expectations in fantasy and others have fallen down the rankings week after week disappointing their owners. Some big names have been sidelined from injuries and other late round draft picks and backups have broken out and made their names known. It was pleasurable to dive deep into key games and the fantasy implications each bring to the table. But six weeks in, it’s time to focus on sleeper players each week on THE WRECKORD!
In Week 6, we’ll pick five players from any team or any game that may be a sleeper, sneaky play or one that has a favorable matchup in line to break out. So without further ado, let’s get to it; and while the sauce is always delicious, sometimes you just gotta’ go with that ice cream sundae with a cherry on top of a gut.
1) Chris Thompson, RB – Washington Redskins vs. SF 49ers @ 1:00pm
While he still hasn’t been named the team’s ‘starting’ or top back, Thompson is quietly ranked the number eight fantasy running back in PPR formats through five weeks. Coming out rested after a bye, the Skins host the Niners at home who are giving up the third most fantasy points to opposing backs so far this season. It looks like Rob Kelley will sit out once again, and even with Samaje Perine in the mix, Thompson has been the best performing back for the Skins and is catching passes and scoring touchdowns. Thompson is an adequate RB2/Flex play in Week 6 and very well may end as a top 15 fantasy RB in PPR formats. BOLD STATLINE PREDICTION: 7 carries, 48 yards / 6 catches, 76 yards, 1 TD
2) Josh McCown, QB – NY Jets vs. NE Patriots @ 1:00pm
The 3-2 Jets host the 3-2 Patriots this week. That is not an incorrect sentence. As we are stunned as well, the Patriots have two losses for a reason. Their defense is slacking in a major way. In fact, they are giving up the very most fantasy points to opposing QB’s through five weeks! QB’s are averaging almost 30 fantasy points per game against this defensive unit, and the Jets are known to play up to their opponents. McCown will step up to the plate and try to take down Tom Brady. As a bitter and miserable Jet fan, I predict McCown and the Jets to play very well but end up losing in this stingy battle for first place. If you have a QB on a bye, or need a cheap guy to stream in daily, you can do worse than McCown this week. BOLD STATLINE PREDICTION: 267 Yards, 2 TD’s, 1 INT.
3) Austin Hooper, TE – Atlanta Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins @ 1:00pm
Young Austin has had an up and down first few weeks of his sophomore season. While big things have continued to be expected from him, the Falcons offense just hasn’t clicked in general this season. Julio Jones is the number 38 WR in fantasy football right now, which is quite pathetic. With all of this, The Falcons host Miami this week, who have already had their fair share of issues and are also giving up the fifth most fantasy points to TE’s so far this season. Even though Julio will suit back up this week and also look to bounce back, Mohamed Sanu is sidelined, which makes way for Hooper to step in and make some noise with Julio down by the school yard! Hooper can serve as a boom or bust TE1 this week, and we’re going with the boom! BOLD STATLINE PREDICTION: 4 CATCHES, 47 YARDS, 1 TD
4) Jaron Brown, WR – Arizona Cardinals vs. TB Bucs @ 4:05pm
If you have receivers on a bye this week, I’m not losing faith in Jaron Brown at home versus the Bucs. The inconsistent Tampa Bay defense is currently giving up the very most fantasy points to wide receivers through five weeks, and Jaron Brown should reap the benefits. While different receivers have shown sparks at different times this season, I don’t think the return of John Brown or presence of JJ Nelson will take away from the talent that is JARON Brown. JJ Nelson and John Brown are both under six feet and are those short, speedy boom or bust style receivers. Jaron Brown is 6’2”, 205 lbs. and has the size to be that tank of a possession receiver. He has had double digit fantasy points (PPR) in three of his last four games under the radar and he seems to complement Larry Fitzgerald well. BOLD STATLINE PREDICTION: 6 CATCHES, 77 YARDS.
5) Jamison Crowder, WR - Washington Redskins vs. SF 49ers @ 1:00pm
Yes, the Redskins are getting more love from The Wreckord because the 49ers are just that bad. The third year Duke Alumni had a solid rookie season and impressive sophomore campaign going for almost 1,000 yards and 7 TD’s in 2016. This season, he has 106 yards on 14 catches in four starts. Averaging about 26 yards receiving per game, why the hell is he listed?! The fantasy football Gods hate when you give up on players. Everyone who has given up on Crowder will eat dirt this week when he gets the Niners’ secondary giving up the eighth most fantasy points to receivers so far this season. Coach Jay Gruden also made it public that Crowder needs to get more involved in this offense. If there was ever a week to give someone slacking a shot, this is it! BOLD STATLINE PREDICTION: 7 CATCHES, 63 YARDS, 1 TD.