I Started Brandin Cooks, and Golden Tate, and Here’s What Happened

Week 6 Ballers and Bums

Is there anything more frustrating in fantasy football than facing the one team that happens to score a gazillion points? Yes, actually there’s three: 1. scoring a gazillion points yourself, but losing because you happen to face the one other team that scored a gazillion and one, 2. picking up the Kenny Britt of the week, but leaving him on the bench, or 3. picking the WRONG RAMS RECEIVER! And yesterday, I found myself a victim of all three.

Now I know, everybody hates the guy who complains about their fantasy team. The “I would’ve won if…” guy, but I’m going to be him because well… I want to.

I love DraftKings, but some of these lineups are unbelievable. If you saw last week’s rankings, you saw I had Brandin Cooks as the WR start of the week, and mentioned starting Golden Tate. I also had LeSean McCoy as the RB start of the week (I also had David Johnson as a sit, yikes)…

Anyway, those three (Cooks, Tate, McCoy) combined to give me 104.5 points, not a bad start, especially when you factor in Lamar Miller and his 35.8 points. For those keeping score, that’s 140.3 points with 2 skill positions remaining… I’m winning. Problem is, several people had all of those guys plus Jay Ajayi, and Kenny Britt! Who the eff plays Jay Ajayi when he hasn’t done anything all year, and Arian Foster is expected to return?! I can accept that, though, and won’t go off on this low hanging fruit of a tangent. I digress.

Back to the point, two skill players left, and I KNEW a Rams receiver would go off… Who did I play? Tavon Austin, and his 3 catch 24 yard ass (I also went with Doug Baldwin – who did nothing). Then, of course, Ben Roethlisberger tears his meniscus, and I end up with 176 points, and a little over $20, when I should’ve awaken debt free… Sigh, I hate fantasy football.

What’s the point of all this whining? Happens to all of us… Point is, every week there’s ballers, and there’s bums. My goal in life is to help you identify the ballers, and avoid the bums. It’s my civic duty. So without further adieu, the Week 6 B&B…

*Not necessarily the best (or worst) fantasy scorers. Ballers are guys who weren’t expected to put up huge numbers, but did, and visa versa. Fantasy points based on the ESPN standard scoring system.


Baller of the Week
Matt Ryan: 27/42, 335 yards, 3 TDs, 1 Int – 21 fantasy points

He should get bonus points for putting up these numbers in Seattle. Coming into this game, Seattle had allowed only one passing TD, and were allowing an average of 178 passing yards per game… No one picks apart that secondary. Well, Matt Ryan just did.

Honorable Mention – Check the Wire
Case Keenum: 27/32, 321 yards, 3 TDs, 1 Int (3 carries, 7 yards, 1 TD) – 28 fantasy points

This was a soft matchup, yes, but even in a soft matchup, this wasn’t the Keenum we’ve grown accustomed to. At one point, I swear he was wearing a University of Houston jersey. 84.4% completion rate, 10 yards per pass, 321 yards, and a rushing TD… Balling. If you need a bye week/injury replacement, he faces the Panthers in Week 9, Jets in Week 10, and Saints in Week 12.

Bum of the Week
Aaron Rodgers: 31/42, 294 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int – 11 fantasy points

There were several more disappointing QB performances (point wise), but Rodgers is arguably the best QB in the game, and faced what was a good matchup on paper… He didn’t have a healthy running back, but that’s not the reason for this, he just doesn’t look right.

Running Back
Baller of the Week
Jay Ajayi: 25 carries, 204 yards, 2 TDs – 32 fantasy points

Yes, the Steelers defense is ravaged by injuries, but my man had 204 rushing yards. Two, hundred, and four… He had 117 yards through the first 5 games.

Honorable Mention – Check the Wire
James White: 7 carries, 19 yards (8 catches, 47 yards, 2 TDs) – 17 fantasy points

Until Dion Lewis returns, White will have value… Even in standard leagues. Yes, the Patriots will have the occasional game where Blount gets 46 carries, and White doesn’t see the field. But, Tom Brady is back. Tom Brady likes to throw. And James White is a more than capable receiving threat.

Bum of the Week
Mark Ingram: 16 carries, 51 yards – 5 fantasy points

Ingram has received over 15 carries only twice this season, and has reached 75 yards rushing only once. So, expectations weren’t too high coming into this matchup against the average run d Panthers. His work in the receiving game saved fantasy owners the past two games, but that element was non-existent yesterday (2 catches, 9 yards). Looking at the Saints upcoming schedule, I might try to trade him on name value, if someone is willing to bite that is.

Wide Receiver
Baller of the Week
Odell Beckham, Jr.: 8 catches, 222 yards, 2 TDs – 32 fantasy points

Welcome back, Mr. Beckham! The game I expected last week, against the Packers week secondary, happened this week, against the Ravens solid pass defense… *shrug*

Honorable Mention – Check the Wire
Kenny Britt: 7 catches, 136 yards, 2 TDs – 25 fantasy points

Britt has established himself as the Rams go to receiver (for whatever that’s worth), and is on pace for the 1st 1,000 yard season of his 8 year career. Hard to believe he’s never gone for 1,000 yards, and even harder to believe he’s only been in the league 8 years. As mentioned earlier with Keenum, the Rams have some good match-ups on deck, so look for Britt to have a couple more big games before it’s all said and done.

Bum of the Week
Demaryius Thomas: 5 catches, 35 yards – 1 fantasy point

The entire Broncos offense was miserable for most of the game Thursday, and Thomas’ fumble late in the 4th with a chance to complete the comeback, summed up the performance. I wish I could blame Jason Verrett for shutting him down… But, he’s on IR. Brandon Flowers? Also didn’t play. No reason Thomas shouldn’t have had his way with the Chargers young secondary.

Tight End
Baller of the Week
Hunter Henry: 6 catches, 83 yards, 1 TD – 14 fantasy points

My man just keeps balling, tough matchup or not. Not much more to say.

Honorable Mention – Check the Wire
C.J. Fiedorowicz: 6 catches, 85 yards, 1 TD – 14 fantasy points

Fiedorowicz has now put up three straight solid performances, has received at least five targets in all three, and finished tied for the 3rd best TE of Week 6. Until Osweiler shows he’s willing to consistently take chances down field, C.J. will have value in this offense, and he’s sneaky athletic. Pick him up if you’re in a bind.

Bum of the Week
Delanie Walker: 1 catch, 21 yards – 2 fantasy points

His lone catch did not come until the 4th quarter, and this was a CAKE matchup! The Browns haven’t been effective against tight ends all season, and Mariota threw for 284 with 3 TDs… Yet Walker produced only 1 catch.

Hopefully you had more ballers than bums in Week 6, and picked up another W! As always, be sure to check me out on Instagram: maximizeyourodds, Facebook: maximizeyourodds, and Twitter: maxingyourodds or shoot me an email: leonard@maximizeyourodds.com for free plays, and/or fantasy advice. And, be sure to check back for the Week 7 Positional Rankings, and DraftKings Starts of the Week to ensure you’re dominating your leagues!

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