The Fantasy Wrecker – Week 6


I know it’s not related to fantasy football, but I just watched my favorite baseball team, the Texas Rangers, lose in one of the weirdest and most gut-wrenching games I’ve ever seen. It sucked. It’s happened before, in a lot of different sports. And it’s a bummer every time.

I’m sure you’ve experienced it with fantasy football, too. You’re up by twenty and your opponent only has their kicker left. You think the game is in the bag, and most weeks it would be. But this is the week Stephen Gostkowski scores twenty-one, something you didn’t even know was possible for a kicker.

It’s a tremendous punch in the gut, and it makes you wonder why you play such a silly game. But then you sleep it off and start looking at your lineup for the next week. The bad losses make the victories even sweeter. At least that’s what you hope.

Let’s get to Week 6…

Three Players Who Will Wreck Your Opponents This Week:

Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Fransisco—The Ravens are terrible against quarterbacks. They’ve only been successful in defending Peyton “Chicken Parm” Manning and Michael Vick. Everyone else has lit them up for at least 26 points. Kaepernick is hit or miss, but he’s worth a play this week.

Arian Foster, RB, Houston—The Texans are facing off against the Jaguars, who have given up the fifth most points to running backs. But that number is skewed by a couple of big games where they allowed 40 and 46 points. The other three games they allowed an average of seven points to running backs. Foster is talented enough to have a big game.

Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets —The Jets face a Washington team with small, banged up cornerbacks in New York. Marshall will be a big red zone target and score.

Three Players Who Will Wreck Your Team This Week:

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle—The Panthers have allowed the third fewest points to quarterbacks, and this looks like it will be a sloppy game with a focus on the running game, especially if Marshawn Lynch is back. If you’ve got a better option at QB, use it.

Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay—Lacy hasn’t been running well lately, with just nineteen points total in the last four weeks. The Chargers have allowed the most points to running backs, but something’s up with the Packers’ backfield. If he can’t do it against San Diego, it might be time to panic about your first round pick.

Travis Benjamin, WR, Cleveland—The Broncos defense is a wasteland for wide receivers and quarterbacks. They’ve only allowed one touchdown all season. If you want to take the risk of Benjamin and Browns QB Josh McCown being the guys who conquer the dominant Denver secondary, be my guest. But I’d look elsewhere.

The Guy Who’s Wrecking My Fantasy Season This Week:

Since drafting Antonio Brown in my keeper league last year, I’ve gone 16-1 in games he’s started with Ben Roethlisberger. In two games with Michael Vick throwing him the ball, I’m 0-2. I’m not really mad at Vick. He’s not what he used to be, and the Steelers really should have had a more competent backup quarterback. But man, he’s wrecking my season in a big way. Get well soon, Big Ben. Please.

Ben Zajdel is a contributor. You can follow him on Twitter at @bzajdel. His last name would be a great Scrabble word.

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