4th and Inches

The close games just kept coming in round 6, with some absolute classic finishes leading to wins for the 49ers, Broncos, Lions and Panthers just to name a few. The Patriots, Bengals, Broncos, Panthers and Packers all remain undefeated through round 6, making for some juicy matchups in the coming weeks. To our fantasy watches from last week, and we scored with one and crashed and burned with the other three. Our winner was the super-consistent QB Blake BORTLES (22.94 pts) whilst WR Marquess WILSON (5.4 pts) Thomas RAWLS (0.80 pts) and Brent CELEK (0.00 pts) all let us down. Here’s hoping this week is a little more productive.

To our star QB of the week for round 6 and it was the Lions Matt STAFFORD who has drawn our praise this week, managing 33.9pts on the back of a huge game – 27 of 42 passes complete for 405 yds and 4 TDs, 37 yards rushing and only 1 intercept. It doesn’t get much better than that. Still owned in only 85% of leagues, STAFFORD is now ranked 16th in his position.

To the QB to watch for this week and it’s Houston’s journeyman Brian HOYER. The former Cleveland Brown has taken over the number 1 QB position in Houston, backing up the last fortnights 17.2 and 19.8 pt games with a 24.22 pt game on the weekend – 293 yards passing for 3 TDs. HOYER has the ability, and is only owned in 2.5% of leagues. Now he has been given the nod bu the coach, he could make a nice addition to your bench.

New York Jets Chris IVORY is our star RB this time around. Owned by 99% of leagues and ranked # 4 at his position, IVORY had 20 carries for 146 yds rushing and 1 TD, along with 50 yds receiving – all adding up to a huge 25.6pts. That’s IVORY’s 3rd game over 22 pts in only 5 games played – that’s impressive.

The RB to keep your eye on as the season progresses is Chicago’s Jeremy LANGFORD. One to take a bit of a chance on given Jacquizz RODGERS is on the LTI list, LANGFORD is now Chcago’s RB2 behind Matt FORTE. This week he he 10 rushing yds for 1 TD, along with 17 receiving yds to amass 8.7 pts. Not huge numbers but going forward – without RODGERS – could see those numbers improve.

We go straight to the top with Wide Receivers this week, and its not hard to see why Houston’s DeAndre HOPKINS is currently ranked number 1 in his position. HOPKINS leads the NFL in targets, catches and receiving yards, and this week put it all on display in his 148 yd, 2 TD game – earning him 26.8pts for the match. Averaging 17.5 pts per game in season 2015/16, HOPKINS is on fire.

The Lions WR Lance MOORE is certainly one to watch following his last fortnight – 16.6pts this week following 11.5 pts the week before. 106 yds and a touchdown were his stats for round 6, and he seems to have a good rapport with QB STAFFORD. Ranked 50th and only owned by 07% of teams, MOORE could be a sneaky choice for a bench spot on your team.

In a ripping game against the Seahawks, Carolina TE Greg OLSEN was the difference, accepting 7 of 11 passes that came his way for 131 yds and 1 touchdown – the game winner if you don’t mind. OLSEN scored 19.10 pts, after scoring 25 pts three weeks ago. The 98% of leagues who own him would be very happy with that production.

The toughest spot to pick is the ‘on the rise’ TE, but this week New Orlean’s Benjamin WATSON put his hand up, catching 10 passes for 127 yds, and 1 touchdown and amassing a tidy 18.7 pts. Only owned by 9.3% of leagues but ranked 11th at the position, WATSON is definitely one to consider.

Hopefully you have managed to get some runs on the board in the Moneyball NFL fantasy competitions, and with a bit of luck we have helped you select a few bargain players along the way. Once again this week we nominate a few names who look to be underpriced for their potential output. In the QB area look toward Carson PALMER ($9,600) and Ryan FITZPATRICK ($8,300), where RBs are concerned consider DeMarco MURRAY ($8,600) and Todd GURLEY ($6,900), on the WR page have a close look at DeAndre HOPKINS ($9,700) and Martavius BRYANT ($6,200), and in the TE category consider Jimmy GRAHAM ($7,100) or Antonio GATES ($4,900).

Good luck and always remember to gamble responsibly.

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