By Mark Ackerman, CBS4 Fantasy Football Pro
DENVER (CBS4) – The Broncos have a lot of question marks heading into Thursday Night Football at San Diego. They are on the road, without their head coach and with uncertainty at quarterback.
Let’s see if the Broncos can bounce back from their first loss of the season against another high-octane offense.
Which Broncos should you start in Week 6?
San Diego has given up the third most points in the NFL this season (only the Browns and Colts defenses have been scored on more). But I don’t see this being a high scoring game.
The Broncos will lean on the ground game, so C.J. Anderson (RB-DEN) and probably Devontae Booker (RB-DEN) will get a boatload of carries. Expect touchdown- dependent success from Demaryius Thomas (WR-DEN) and Emmanuel Sanders (WR-DEN) because of the Broncos quarterback situation.
Melvin Gordon (RB-SD) should see a lot of touches, especially after the Falcons running backs exploited the Broncos linebackers last week in the passing game. I’m not predicting much from Travis Benjamin (WR-SD) or any of the other Chargers wide receivers. Philip Rivers (SD-QB) is always a decent play, but I’d sit him down against the Broncos.
Who should you target on the Week 6 waiver wire?
Sammie Coates (WR-PIT) lit up the stat sheet last week (6 catches, 139 yds, 2 TD). Add in a couple of key drops and his huge day could have been even bigger. Coates is looking like the compliment to Antonio Brown (WR-PIT) that the team has been lacking since the suspension of Martavis Bryant (WR-PIT).
Cameron Meredith (WR-CHI) – The replacement Bears are looking better than the first tier Bears. With the injury to Kevin White (WR-CHI) and nagging injuries for Eddie Royal (WR-CHI) and Alshon Jeffrey (WR-CHI), Meredith was Brian Hoyer’s (QB-CHI) top option, posting 130 yards and a TD. With output like that, he’s bound to have a role in the offense moving forward.
Jordan Howard (RB-CHI) – Injuries have paved the way for rookie rusher Jordan Howard. He should also see a starter type workload even when Jeremy Langford (RB-CHI) returns.
Chris Hogan (WR-NE) – With Tom Brady back in the mix any pass catcher wearing a Patriots jersey is an asset.
James Starks (RB-GB) – Starks is worth watching this week if, and only if, Eddie Lacy’s (RB-GB) ankle injury amounts to anything. But, the Packers also have a tough matchup against the Cowboys.
What defenses should you start in Week 6?
If someone in your league dropped the Seahawks or Chiefs during the week 5 bye, pick them up! Bills (vs. 49ers), Steelers (vs. Dolphins) and Titans (vs. Browns) are all popular pickups this week.
Which teams are on a week 6 bye?
Minnesota & Tampa Bay. I’m not typically a proponent of keeping more than one defense on your roster but if you own the Vikings, they are the exception. Hold on to them during the bye week.
Jerrick McKinnon (RB-MIN), Kyle Rudolph (TE-MIN) and Stefon Diggs (WR-MIN) are worth keeping as well. For Tampa, hold on to Mike Evans (WR-TAM). Everyone else is expendable.
Mark Ackerman’s credentials: CBS4 Producer. AFC North Expert. Childhood ruined by Drive & Fumble. Drafted Antonio Brown in the first round before it was fashionable.