Week 5 gave us a couple more big-time injuries. Dak Prescott and Dalvin Cook both went down. Dalvin’s injury looks like it will only cost him a short period of time but Dak’s, unfortunately, was gruesome and heart-wrenching. Each week this column will analyze a player at each position rostered in 50 percent of Yahoo leagues or less. This group of players is basically a dream stream team. For reference, the threshold used for Wins and Losses in this article will be if the quarterbacks can score 15 plus points and if the rest can score 10 plus PPR points. Here is the stream team for Week 6.
Week 6 Stream Team: Andy Dalton, Mecole Hardman, and More
Week 5 Recap
- Daniel Jones (NYG) @ DAL – 8.18 points – L
- Gardner Minshew (JAX) @ HOU – 22.84 points – W
- Teddy Bridgewater (CAR) @ ATL – 23.82 points – W
- Totals – Week: 2-1 / Year: 9-6
- Justin Jackson (LAC) @ NO – 14.40 points – W
- D’Ernest Johnson (CLE) v IND – 4.60 points – L
- Damien Harris (NE) v DEN – 0 points – Game Rescheduled
- Totals – Week: 1-1-1 / Year: 5-8-2
- Laviska Shenault Jr (JAX) @ HOU – 14.90 points – W
- Golden Tate (NYG) @ DAL – 8.20 points – L
- Zach Pascal (IND) @ CLE – 3.50 points – L
- Totals – Week: 1-2 / Year: 5-10
- Mo Alie-Cox (IND) @ CLE – 0 points – L
- Eric Ebron (PIT) v PHI – 7.30 points – L
- Greg Olsen (SEA) v MIN – 3.00 points – L
- Totals – Week: 0-3 / Year: 2-12-1
- Grand Totals – Week: 4-7-1 / Year: 21-36-3
Week 6 Stream Team
Quarterback – Andy Dalton (DAL – 17%) v ARI
Dak Prescott suffered the injury heard round the world in Week 5. It was a truly gruesome, heart-wrenching scene. Dak has been such a great player on the field and an even better person off the field. With Dak hurt, Andy Dalton is thrust back into our fantasy football lives. Dalton was always a competent quarterback, albeit nothing special. He steps into one of the highest-scoring, fastest-paced offenses in the league with a ton of weapons to work with. This situation should yield some fantasy goodness for Dalton. That could start in his first week as a starter as the Cowboys take on another fast-paced offense when Kyler Murray and the Cardinals come to town. This should be a fun, high-scoring game that Dalton should be able to take advantage of.
Andy Dalton is not your average backup QB and these throws should build some confidence in the fan base. pic.twitter.com/3eLqVI5vSd
— Bob Sturm (@SportsSturm) October 13, 2020
Running Back – J.D. McKissic (WAS – 8%) @ NYG
The running back options are slim, as usual. McKissic isn’t a great option necessarily, but he can fill in for you in a pinch. Antonio Gibson is seeing the majority of the rushing attempts and snaps, but McKissic has been seeing a good amount of work in the passing game. This has allowed him to score at least 8.2 PPR points in the past three games. In the last two games, he’s been even more involved seeing eight targets in each one. He should continue to see a solid role in the passing game and the Giants are not a good defense whatsoever. Gibson is coming into this one a little banged up, so if he’s limited at all, McKissic becomes an even better play.
Wide Receiver – Mecole Hardman (KC – 42%) @ BUF
Could Mecole Hardman SZN finally be upon us? Wide receivers generally aren’t held as stashes or handcuffs, but Hardman is a bit different. He’s been unbelievably efficient to this point in his short career, albeit on limited snaps and touches. That’s all set to change with Sammy Watkins nursing an injury. Hardman’s snap count and target share had already been trending in the right direction even before Watkins got hurt. Last year when Watkins missed due to injury, Hardman saw a spike in snaps and targets as well and I think we can expect more of the same this time around. This matchup might look tough at first glance, but diving in more it looks great. The Bills are a team that can possibly keep up with Kansas City which should help the Chiefs keep their foot on the gas. If Tre’Davious White plays, he could end up seeing a lot of Tyreek Hill. The Bills have been hit-or-miss against the tight end as well. They’ve been beaten in the slot a good amount and Hardman has run 58% of his routes from the slot so far in 2020. Things are setting up very nicely for Mecole in the immediate future.
Sammy Watkins (hamstring) left after 21 routes yesterday. Rest of KC WR routes run:
* Tyreek Hill 49
* Demarcus Robinson 41
* Mecole Hardman 39
* Byron Pringle 10
— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) October 12, 2020
Tight End – Jimmy Graham (CHI – 48%) @ CAR
Please excuse me while I go throw up. I can’t believe I’m actually recommending Graham in 2020 but here we are. The tight end landscape is extremely rough right now. Chasing anyone with a pulse that’s getting targets is what we have to do at this point. Jimmy G is currently tied for the ninth most targets among all tight ends with 28 so far. He’s seen at least five targets in every game but one so far. He’s also been able to produce double-digit PPR points in three out of five games as well. This week against the Panthers is a solid matchup. Carolina hasn’t leaked points to the tight end so far but they aren’t a good defense. Graham could be useful if you’re in a tough spot this week.
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