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Week 6 NFL DFS Picks: Best value players, sleepers for DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy football lineups

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It's a bad week for byes, and a big matchup with several usually reliable NFL DFS contributors has been moved off the main slate (Chiefs-Bills on Monday night). Nevertheless, our quest for under-the-radar sleepers in DraftKings and FanDuel tournaments continues, as values at one position afford daily fantasy football managers higher spending limits with their other roster spots. We're once again here to highlight multiple players who we represent values at their respective price points.

If you read this column last week, you would have benefited from our advice to plug in QBs Teddy Bridgewater and Daniel Jones, RB Mike Davis, and TE Evan Engram, among other high-value plays. RotoQL constantly monitors DFS pricing, and provides the most up-to-date insight and analysis to maximize your lineup success.

WEEK 6 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiverTight end | D/ST | Kicker

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Let's get into our top Week 6 DFS value plays, and you can get an idea of why 100,000 DFS players trust RotoQL to build lineups. Optimize, find value plays, and increase your chances of cashing today

WEEK 6 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

NFL DFS Picks Week 6: QB sleepers, values

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions at Jacksonville Jaguars (DraftKings: $6,200 | FanDuel: $7,300)

Stafford’s numbers have steadily improved as his receiving corps has regained health throughout the beginning stages of the 2020 season. Of particular importance to his success has been the return of Kenny Golladay. Stafford put up 17.1 fantasy points in each of the two opening weeks without Kenny G, but he's posted 18.5 and 21.3 points, respectively, in the two weeks Golladay has been back in the lineup. The 12-year veteran has thrown multiple touchdowns in each of the past three games while maintaining a 101.4 QB rating. Jacksonville has been the fourth-most generous defense to QBs, so Stafford should be a safe bet to score at least 20 points coming out of the bye.  

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings vs. Atlanta Falcons (DK: $6,100 | FD: $7,100)

The Vikings offense has come to life as of late, scoring 29 points per game in each of its past three games. Cousins has been the main catalyst, with six touchdowns and a 105.4 QB rating in that span. The veteran still makes mistakes and he rarely dazzles with 300-yard performances, but he does have a nose for the end zone. He has helped Adam Thielen stage a bounce-back season, with the wide receiver currently ranked second in all of fantasy football in points by pass-catchers (both standard and PPR). After a tough two-game road trip at Houston and Seattle, Cousins returns home to face a Falcons squad that gives up the most fantasy points to opposing QBs. You like that?! Well, you should.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets (DK: $5,800 | $7,400)

Most fantasy football enthusiasts probably don’t realize that Fitzpatrick ranks sixth in the NFL this season in total fantasy points by a quarterback. Since a tough Week 1 loss to the Patriots, Fitzmagic has posted at least 24 fantasy points each week. His 30.6 points last weekend at San Francisco represented his best output of the season, and the most by any Week 5 quarterback not named Patrick Mahomes. The Beard has been slinging, and he finally has a healthy young corps of receivers at his disposal. New York just allowed Kyler Murray to throw for a whopping 380 yards, so RotoQL’s projection of 18.4 for the former Jet in a revenge game seems modest.

WEEK 6 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Week 6 DraftKings, FanDuel Picks: RB sleepers, values

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings vs. Atlanta Falcons (DK: $6,100 | FD: $7,000)

Mattison will likely be a top waiver-wire pickup in fantasy leagues this week, as Dalvin Cook suffered a groin injury against the Seahawks last Sunday night. The second-year back relished the bellcow opportunity presented to him, gashing the Seahawks for 112 yards on 20 carries and catching all three of his targets for 24 yards. We mentioned that the Dirty Birds struggle to defend the pass, but they’re not much better against the run. Atlanta yields the eighth-most fantasy points to running backs, and oddsmakers project a total of 55.5 points in this battle of poor defenses. If Cook remains sidelined, RotoQL projects Mattison to score 16.1 fantasy points -- fourth-best among RBs in the Sunday slate despite the cheap price.

Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers (DK: $6,000 | FD: $5,800)

Jones has clearly been the best (and healthiest) back in Tampa Bay, and veteran QB Tom Brady looks comfortable turning to him to handle a bellcow workload. Jones rushed 17 times for 106 yards and hauled in three-of-five targets for 19 yards in the Buccaneers' 20-19 loss to the Bears last Thursday. The Packers have given up the second-most points to running backs, so if fellow Bucs RB Leonard Fournette remains limited with an ankle injury, Jones is a fantastic start.

David Montgomery, Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers (DK: $5,800 | FD: $5,900)

Brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and start running backs against the 2020 Carolina Panthers. These seem like basic guidelines to follow in order to lead at least a partially successful life. Montgomery scored 18.9 PPR points last week against a stout Buccaneers defense, mostly thanks to his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He caught seven-of-eight passes from Nick Foles, who seems to check down to his backs as often as he replaces starting QBs. Montgomery  averages just 3.9 yards per carry on the year and has broken paydirt just once on the ground, but the Panthers rank dead last against running backs. Start Montgomery with confidence at this bargain rate.

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FanDuel, DraftKings Picks Week 6: WR sleepers, values

Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans (DK: $5,000 | FD: $5,700)

This constitutes as the weekly ‘wince-as-you-type’ selection, as Cooks has been inconsistent throughout his career, but the veteran speedster leads the Texans in targets and receiving yards, and QB Deshaun Watson finally seemed to be playing with some spunk. Cooks scored 30.1 PPR points against Jacksonville last Sunday, turning 12 targets into eight catches, 161 receiving yards and a touchdown in Houston’s first victory of the season. If Houston wants to keep winning, it might want to keep throwing. The Titans give up 256.3 passing yards per game (23rd) and 2.3 passing touchdowns per game (28th).

Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins vs. Jets (DK: $4,600 | FD: $5,400)

Talented wideout DeVante Parker gets the most fantasy attention in Miami, but Williams might be a sneaky good play in the $4,000-$5,000 range. The second-year wideout struggled out of the gate this season, catching just three of his first 12 targets, butut he’s caught seven of his past 10, including four-of-five for 106 yards and a score in San Francisco last Sunday. The Jets have given up a bunch of big plays to receivers, and Williams is about as underrated of a big-play guy as they come.

Travis Fulgham, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Baltimore Ravens (DK: $4,300 | FD: $5,300)

The story of the Eagles-Steelers game last week may have been Pittsburgh rookie Chase Claypool scoring four touchdowns, but let’s not forget second-year Eagles receiver Travis Fulgham. The Old Dominion product dominated the Steelers’ secondary, catching 10-of-13 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown. Philly QB Carson Wentz may have a trusty new favorite target, as former target-horse Zach Ertz continues to struggle with getting separation. The Eagles will have to air it out early and often against the high-flying Ravens, so you could do worse than Fulgham in your flex spot if you need to conserve for another higher-priced commodity.

WEEK 6 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiverTight end | D/ST | Kicker

Week 6 NFL DFS Picks: TE sleepers, values

Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DK: $5,100 | FD: $6,200)

When Aaron Rodgers finds chemistry with a big tight end, you have to find that tight end and consider plugging him into your lineups. Tonyan burst onto the scene in Monday Night Football Week 4, catching all six targets for 98 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers’ 30-16 romp of the Falcons. It was no fluke for the 6-foot-5, 237-pound TE, as he has caught all but one of his targets this year, found the end zone five times, and maintained a robust average of 13.3 yards per reception. Tonyan could be a breakout Pro Bowler if Rodgers keeps playing like an MVP candidate.

Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns (DK: $4,100 | FD: $5,200)

Ebron has scored 25.4 fantasy points in the last two weeks, holding his own in a busy Steelers aerial attack. He has averaged six targets a game over the past three games while maintaining a 72.2-percent catch rate. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger clearly depends on the 6-foot-4, 253-pound former Pro Bowler to sustain drives, as the pair have hooked up for nine first downs so far on the young season. With Ebron seeing at least 75 percent of Pittsburgh’s offensive snaps the past few games, don’t be surprised if he finds pay dirt Sunday against Cleveland. With Browns defensive end Myles Garrett terrorizing QBs and forcing short dump-offs, the Browns have given up the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season.

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Week 6 NFL DFS values: D/ST sleepers

Miami Dolphins vs. Jets (DK: $2,500 | FD: $4,400)

The Dolphins annihilated the 49ers 43-17 in Week 5, holding San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo to an abysmal 15.7 QB rating and just seven-of-17 passing for 77 yards. Jimmy G got benched at the half, but the damage was done. All said, the Dolphins had five sacks, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles. They had 13 QB hits and nine tackles for loss. This Miami defensive unit brought over a lot of Belichick disciples from the Patriots organization during the offseason, and it shows. Joe Flacco and the Jets are not the kind of opponent that will strike fear in the hearts of anyone.