Underdog Battle Royale Picks: Week 6



Oh yeah, I love the smell of the weeks off in the morning, I thought to myself as I logged in for another fantastic day of the season and realized that the first period of the week off was officially upon us. .

Sure, the most dreaded run of bye takes place in Week 7, but Week 6 still features some big hits to the fantastic rosters with players like Alvin Kamara, Deebo Samuel, Calvin Ridley and of course Zach Wilson all. throughout the week.

We also have some exciting games like the Ravens versus the Chargers in what could be an offensive shootout. And we could also get an angry Chiefs squad (2-3) ready to bounce back against a dismal Washington defense.

Here’s a look at this week’s list of games and some players I love for Week 6 of the Underdog Fantasy Battle Royale tournament.

Week 6 Variance and Over / Under

  • Washington (+7) vs. Kansas City – O / U 55.5
  • New England (+4) v Dallas – O / U 52
  • Baltimore (-3) v Los Angeles Chargers – O / U 51.5
  • Cleveland (-2.5) v Arizona – O / U 49.5
  • Detroit (+3) vs. Cincinnati – O / U 47.5
  • New York Giants (+10.5) vs. Los Angeles Rams – O / U 47.5
  • Caroline (+1) vs. Minnesota – O / U 46.5
  • Chicago (+4.5) vs. Green Bay – O / U 45

Strategist

Justin herbert, Los Angeles Chargers

The Baltimore Ravens spent Week 5 being torn to pieces by the Colts and Carson Wentz in the air, as Wentz threw 403 yards and two touchdowns. While one of those touchdowns came on a 76-yard screen pass to Jonathan Taylor, Wentz had a solid day nonetheless, as he and head coach Frank Reich went out of their way to get him. taking Ravens cornerback Anthony Averett all day.

If Averett and the Ravens had issues with Wentz and Michael Pittman, one can only imagine what Justin Herbert, Mike Williams and Keenan Allen could do against them.

This game has the third-highest projected total of the weekend, and Herbert is making an effort to be in the MVP conversation.

In the first five games, Herbert threw for 1,576 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran for 60 yards and a score. While there is a bit of a disparity between Underdog’s projections for Herbert (22.4 points) and our standings (19.7 points, QB7), I love Herbert and that passing attack that threw 11 affected over the past three weeks against the Chiefs, Raiders and Browns.

Dak prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills became just the second rookie quarterback to throw three touchdowns against a Bill Belichick Patriots team last weekend in the Texans’ 25-22 loss to New York. -England.

Mills had a pretty solid day overall, completing 21 of 29 passes for 312 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Mills finished QB6 overall with 24.7 fantasy points.

Now the Patriots get another Texas quarterback, just one in a less late offense than Houston’s. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys’ mighty offense will look to continue their offensive tear as Dak threw for 728 yards and 10 TDs for a single interception. He averaged 20.54 fantasy points over the season (QB9)

The Patriots’ defense has held up well to several QBs this season. They only gave Tom Brady 11.1 fantasy points in Week 4.

Underdog projects Dak as the overall QB5 of the week with 20.8 fantasy points. Our ranking projects it to 19.6 points (QB8). He looks like a good pivot of some of the most popular names on the slate this week – aka Justin Herbert, Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson.

Back runners

Jonathan taylor, Indianapolis Foals

Colts backer Jonathan Taylor has just had a terrific Week 5 against the Ravens in which he totaled 169 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns to reach a fantastic 29.5 points.

The overall Colts running game seemed dominant last week, averaging 4.9 yards per carry that day.

Now looking to bounce back from an embarrassing loss to the Ravens, the Colts should continue to build on their running game against a poor Texan team.

Taylor, who averages 104.8 scrum yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game, rushed 29 times for 174 yards and one touchdown against the Texans in 2020, while catching seven passes for 56 yards and one other score. .

Our ranking projects Taylor for 16.9 PPR this weekend (RB8).

Joe mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

This one might be one to watch after Mixon was limited in Week 5 against the Packers due to an injury (ankle), but no report of a setback so far is a good sign for the return of Cincinnati bell cow. Despite being used in limited action, Mixon still managed to rush 10 times for 33 yards and a score as he and the Bengals now have a poor Lions squad in Week 6.

In their last five games, the Lions are allowing 107.6 rushing yards and 0.8 rushing touchdowns to opposing backs this season. And the teams loved running over it with 23.6 rush attempts per game.

Our ranking projects Mixon as the overall RB16 at a fantastic 13.6 points, but given the disappointing performance of the Lions defense this season and Mixon’s bell cow status, Mixon could top those projections in Week 6.

Wide receivers

Chase claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers have lost JuJu Smith-Schuster for the season (shoulder) as they now look to one of their two-star receivers to rise for the remainder of the season.

Enter Chase Claypool, who is currently second on the Steelers in targets (35) and first in receiving yards (341). His fantastic 52.3 points over the season are only a little behind Diontae Johnson’s fantastic 55 points, but Claypool offers a formidable athletic advantage in Week 6 against poor Seahawks defense.

In the first five weeks of the season, the Seahawks have allowed at least one receiver to go over 100 yards in four of those games. Deebo Samuel and Robert Woods have each totaled over 150 receiving yards against the Seahawks in the past two weeks.

While Johnson is perhaps the most reliable chain-move target for the Steelers, in a game against DK Metcalf, give me the closest comparable player to him at Claypool, who just finished a performance in which he opted for 5/130/1 against the Broncos.

Claypool averages five receptions per game for 82.25 yards and 0.25 touchdowns on 8.75 targets per game.

Our ranking projects Claypool for 12.6 points (WR19).

Terry mclaurin, Washington Football team

Defensively, the Kansas City Chiefs haven’t been good this season. They allowed three 100-yard wide receivers in their first five games. And even by limiting the Bills wide receivers in terms of yards, Emmanuel Sanders still managed to get out a receiving line of 3/54/2 and 18.9 fantasy points.

The Chiefs are allowing 1.4 touchdowns per game to wide receivers this season and should be on the lookout for a big game from Washington’s Terry McLaurin.

McLaurin has been the only real receiving threat for Washington this season, averaging 5.8 receptions per game, 80 yards per game and 0.60 touchdowns per game on 9.8 targets. McLaurin has seen 11 or more targets per game in three of five games this season and will likely be in line for a high-volume day as the football team aim to keep pace with the Kansas City offense.

Like Kansas City, the Washington defense has also struggled this season. They are allowing 31.0 points per game and 293.4 passing yards per game with 2.8 touchdowns per game – the second most of any team this season.

In what is expected to be the strongest game on this weekend’s list, our projections have McLaurin pegged at a fantastic 14.9 points (WR5).

Tight ends

Ricky Seals-Jones, Washington Football team

Let’s go back with another player from the Washington football team. This one, in particular, is a bit of a “revenge game” narrative, if that’s your type of thing. And the player seeking revenge is tight end Ricky Seals-Jones.

Seals-Jones has long been one of my favorite tight ends and I was hoping she would have a chance someday. The former wide receiver converted to a tight end while with the Arizona Cardinals and posted a 46/544/4 receiving line with them over two seasons. In 2019, he went to Cleveland, where he caught 14 more passes for 229 yards and four touchdowns.

For his career, RSJ has averaged 12.5 yards per reception and caught eight passes for 79 yards and one touchdown for the football team this season.

Now RSJ gets a home game against Kansas City, a team he spent the entire 2020 season with.

In his first game without Logan Thomas, Seals-Jones recorded an instant 99% share and caught 5 of 8 targets for 41 yards.

While his fantasy day wasn’t great, it had the potential to be way better than the 6.6 fantasy points he provided. The Chiefs, as mentioned earlier, have struggled in defense this season. Along with these struggles is their ability or inability to cover tight ends, as they allowed the most yards per game at 93.2 yards per game and the third highest number of receptions at 6.2.

Our projections aren’t too high on Seals-Jones, as they project him for a fantastic 6.8 points on the weekend (TE15). But just one touchdown will put him above that mark, and he saw a handful of end zone targets in Week 5.

Hunter Henri, New England Patriots

After a slow start to the season, Hunter Henry has now scored touchdowns in consecutive weeks, while averaging 6.5 targets per game during that span, including eight, a season-high, in the week 5 against Houston.

During the season, Henry caught 20 of 26 targets for 216 yards and two touchdowns averaging a fantastic 8.7 points per game (TE9).

Like Ricky Seals-Jones, Henry also has a great defensive matchup for tight ends. Interestingly, the Cowboys allow the same number of receiving yards per game to tight ends as the Chiefs (93.2).

The Patriots are largely devoid of wide receiver talent outside of decent-looking Jakobi Meyers.

In a game that could feature a high tally and the Patriots lagging behind, rookie quarterback Mac Jones could continue to rely on Hunter Henry, with whom he seems to be developing a bit of chemistry.


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