“Off the Matt” Ca$h vs. Crash, Week 6 Quarterback/Tight End Plays
Week 5 Recap
Sam Bradford: 333/2/2
Philip Rivers: 365/2/1
Antonio Gates: 9/92/2
Jason Witten: 5/33/0
Russell Wilson: 213/1/1
Alex Smith: 181/1/0
Owen Daniels: 0/0/0
Richard Rodgers: 6/45/0
Year to Date Totals (total starts):
Fantasy Ca$h Quarterbacks: (10): 2823/19/9 (282 ypg)
Fantasy Crash Quarterbacks (9): 2230/18/5 (248 ypg)
Fantasy Ca$h Tight Ends (10): 60/614/4 (61 ypg)
Fantasy Crash Tight Ends (10): 21/149/1 (15 ypg)
Peyton Manning @ CLE
Yep folks, we are now at the point where Peyton Manning should no longer be considered an “automatic start.” How far has he fallen? To put it in perspective, he has outscored (ESPN Scoring) only two other quarterbacks who have started all five games (Stafford, Foles). Luckily for Manning, Stafford was pulled early in the second half of last week’s thrashing against the Cardinals or he would only be ahead of Foles. My apologies Manning owners, I am sure you realized he was having a bad season and could have done with out that tidbit.
Not all hope is lost. This week Manning matches up against Cleveland who has allowed four of five opponents to score 27 or more points. They are one of five teams in the league that has allowed double-digit passing touchdowns. On the other end of the spectrum, they do a poor job of taking the ball away as evidence by their lone interception. The problems don’t stop there. Allowing 149 yards per game on the ground at 5.0 yards a clip is not doing the backend any favors. I should note that they have not been matched up against the 2007 Patriots or 1998 Vikings either. Instead they have been gutted on the ground and carved through the air by the likes of the Jets, Titans, Raiders, Chargers, and Ravens. Not exactly powerhouse offenses.
The Bronco’s ground game should finally get rolling this week, which could lead to some advantageous looks for Manning to take advantage of through the air. While Manning is past the point of an every-week starter, the matchup this week is good enough to get him in your lineup.
Note: If he doesn’t produce top 12 numbers for the week against this defense, simply go to the second paragraph and remove the word “not.”
Sam Bradford vs. NYG
After showing sparks in Week 4, the Eagles offense exploded in Week 5 posting numbers that fantasy owners had been waiting for. With one of the leagues worst pass defense coming to town for a primetime game, I expect the offense to continue to roll.
The Giants are the only team in the league that allows more than 300 yards per game through the air. With news breaking that Prince Amukamara is going to miss the next month of the season with an injured pectoral muscle the pass defense will likely take another step back.
Up front the Giants sport one of the top run defenses in the league. Allowing only 81 yards per game is impressive, but the number that sticks out to me is their league leading 3.5 yards per carry. With as stagnant as the Eagle’s run game has looked at times this year, I anticipate that Chip Kelly will game plan to attack the Giants through the air, which should translate into a big game for Bradford.
Crockett Gillmore @ SF
Gillmore has missed the last two weeks with a calf injury, but his arrow is pointing up as he has practiced in the later part of the week. Before he got hurt, Gillmore was going Gary Barnidge on opposing defenses. Through three games (really 2.5, injured during Week 3) Gillmore was targeted 13 times netting 10 receptions for 151 yards and a pair of touchdowns. With Steve Smith questionable entering Week 6, Gillmore could figure to be one of the top options in the passing game. Despite not facing any top-tier tight ends, the 49er’s have allowed three tight end receiving touchdowns. For those of you cool kids who play DFS, consider Gillmore a bargain.
Larry Donnell @ PHI
“Touchdown Larry” was in full effect Sunday night hauling in a late game touchdown reception that allowed the Giants to continue their winning streak. The Giants are another team that is thin at the receiver. With Beckham and Randle both questionable Donnell could be in for an uptick in targets. He hasn’t been starving for targets as is, he has received at least six targets in each of his last four games. While Donnell will never be a threat to post monster yardage games, he is one of the premiere threats at the position in the red zone.
Philip Rivers @ GB
Rivers has been red-hot to start year. He has thrown multiple touchdown passes in four of five games and has gone over 300 three times. The two times he was held under 300 have came on the road. This week, Rivers will be making a trip to Green Bay, who is one of the five teams in the league that are holding opponents under 200 yards passing per game. Green Bay also features one of the top pass rushes in the league, trailing only Denver for most sacks on the season. This does not bode well for an offensive line that struggled mightily last week on MNF against the Steelers. Rivers is a great quarterback when given time to make throws, but he won’t be confused with the opposing quarterback when it comes to moving around in and outside of the pocket to make a play downfield. Look for Rivers road mediocrity to continue this week.
Cam Newton @ SEA
It is always dicey benching a quarterback who can make a fantasy day with one explosive run, but owners need to look past that potential and focus on reality…
2015: 246/2/2 – 37/0 (playoffs – divisional round)
2014: 171/0/1 – 24/0
2013: 125/1/0 – 38/0
2012: 141/0/0 – 42/0
And the reality is: Cam struggles against the Seahawks.
The Seahawks secondary has shown that they can be beat. Unfortunately, for Cam he does not have the necessary weapons to create mismatches for him to move the ball down the field. As his track-record against the Seahawks indicates, expect another sub-par performance from Cam this week.
Charles Clay vs. CIN
Week 6 presents a few factors that will mold Clay into a risky start. First, he is banged up with a calf injury and has been limited in practice. Another concern is the quarterback situation for the Bills. Early reports in the week suggested that Tyrod Taylor would be inactive, which opens the door for E.J. Manuel. However, it’s looking like Taylor now has a shot to play, but will be at less than 100%.
While the health of Clay and the quarterback situation both cast a shadow on his chances for a successful fantasy day, the biggest hurdle is the matchup. Over the last 15 games, a tight end has found the end zone exactly once against the Bengals defense. The yardage hasn’t been any easier. No tight end has surpassed 50 yards against them yet this year. With the questions surrounding Clay this week combined with a nightmare matchup, it would be wise to look elsewhere.
Gary Barnidge vs DEN
It’s been a fun ride Gary. In just five games, you have set career highs in targets, receptions, yards, and touchdowns. Also in Week 5, you made a catch that will live on highlight reels forever. It is good to be Gary Barnidge, mere mortals like you and I could never date two WWE Divas (for GB that is known as Tuesday). Surely he can’t keep it up, in Week 6 the Gary Barnidge express comes to a halt.
Denver’s defense has been tough and is the main reason they are 5-0. Their performance against tight ends is no exception. They are one of three teams who have yet to allow a tight end touchdown. They also possess a fearsome pass rush that leads the league in sacks. Cleveland has surrendered the third most sacks in the league. Add that up and it comes out to Barnidge staying in to help with pass protection, which will cripple any chance he has at producing big fantasy numbers.
Combo Play: 12-87
It is just too easy you know? I told myself that when I started doing the combo play, that I would only feast on the 12-87 combo meal one time. This week seems like as good of a week as any. The Colts actually have great numbers against the tight end. However, upon further review, when you look at the list of tight ends they have faced through the first five weeks, the numbers lose their luster. I am 100% buying into Billy and Brady going full F.U. mode Sunday night on national television in a revenge spot for the whole “Deflategate” thing. As usual, Gronk will be in on the action and worth every penny in DFS formats.
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