Headed into Week 6, for fantasy this is the first week where players will need to go into their bench or the waiver wire to fill in for a significant amount of relevant byes. In the NFL, there are a number of games where we will get to see who teams really are. The Lions are back after their bye week in an important division game on Monday night, while Dallas gets a chance to rebound against a struggling Jets team. Miami and Washington meet in a game that could have a big impact on who gets the 1st overall draft pick in 2020.
Game of the Week: San Francisco @ LA Rams (LAR -3.5)
San Francisco is an unexpected 4-0 so far this season, but they also haven’t faced the toughest schedule to date. The Rams on the other hand have lost 2 in a row and another loss in the division might relegate them to competing for a wild card spot. The running game of the 49ers has been a fantasy football power house and last week Tevin Coleman came back to bring them to full strength. The Rams are looking to get their offense back on track, which outside of Cooper Kupp and the surprising Gerald Everett has not met expectations
Players to Watch: Matt Brieda, George Kittle, Todd Gurley, Cooper Kupp
Fantasy Football X Factors: Deebo Samuel, Jared Goff, Jimmy Garoppolo, Gerald Everett
Prediction for Winner: In a must-win game, I’m picking the Rams at home to win and cover. It isn’t a prediction I’m extremely confident in, but the must win nature for the Rams and this being the first real test for the 49ers has me leaning that way.
Philadelphia @ Minnesota (MIN -3)
Adam Thielen and Kirk Cousins finally seemed to get on the same page last week, but will they repeat that or was that just because they played the Giants? Will they make an effort to get Diggs more involved? The Eagles so far have been up and down, but the last few weeks Jordan Howard seems to be the thing getting the offense going. Both teams beat up on the bad NY teams last week, now they are in a game where the loser will fall behind in the NFC playoff picture.
Players to Watch: Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, Jordan Howard, Zach Ertz
Fantasy Football X Factors: Alshon Jeffery, Carson Wentz, Stefon Diggs
Prediction for Winner: Minnesota to win and cover. The Vikings’ defense combined with home field advantage are the difference in this game between 2 teams that seem to be pretty even so far this season.
Houston @ Kansas City (KC -4.5)
The game with the highest over/under of the week at 55 should produce a lot of fantasy points. Over the last 2 weeks it seemed like the gap between the Chiefs and a lot of other teams has shrunk. They probably should have lost the game to the Lions and were upset by the Colts last week. The offense was held in check on Sunday night, but with Tyreke Hill possibly back is the explosion coming with him? Houston put up a lot of points this week, but Hopkins has still been relatively quiet since week 1. Fantasy owners are disappointed so far, they hope going against the Chiefs is the right thing to fix that.
Players to Watch: Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce
Fantasy Football X Factors: Will Fuller, Tyreke Hill, Mecole Hardman
Prediction for Winner: Chiefs to win and cover. I wouldn’t be surprised if this game hits the over. The Chiefs, despite their recent struggles, are still the better team. The Chiefs need to prove that they still belong in the conversation with the Patriots as the Super Bowl favorites.
Carolina vs Tampa Bay (CAR-2)
The 2nd London game of the season, which will be on in the morning here in the US. Games in London seem to go against expectations. That plus extending the time football is on TV this Sunday are 2 reasons this game will be interesting. Carolina is looking to continue winning while Cam Newton has been out as McCaffery has shown this is now his team. Tampa Bay continues to throw the ball down field to Evans and Godwin. Evans will look to rebound after being shutout last week against the Saints. This is the 1st time teams are playing their second match up.
Players to Watch: Christian McCaffery, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin
Fantasy Football X Factors: Jameis Winston, Kyle Allen, Ronald Jones
Prediction for Winner: Carolina to win and cover. The Carolina pass rush should keep the pressure on Winston in this game, and he has a tendency to turn the ball over even when not under pressure. Panthers ride that to a win in this rematch as they continue to roll without Cam Newton.