* The Song I am ALL IN on this Week: (King of Misery - Saul) *
Patrick Mahomes: My first QB is one I will be happy to pay up for this week. Patrick Mahomes, despite being outdueled by Derek Carr last week, still managed to finish as the QB1 on the week. This week I like that success to continue when the Chiefs travel to the Empire State to take on a Bills team that just got handed a grade A ass whopping by Ryan Tannehill and the Titans. This Bills unit allowed Tannehill to finish the week as the QB2 behind only Mahomes, which means all systems go this week for a Chiefs team, who like the Bills, suffered their first loss last week. The Bills are allowing opposing QBs to throw the ball on average 37 times a game completing 68.8% for 274 yards and two scores. I have Mahomes projected for three passing touchdowns this week and a top QB finish for the week, thus making me ALL IN on the reigning Super Bowl MVP.
Ben Roethlisberger: “Don’t call it a comeback he’s been here for years,” channeling my inner LL Cool J there with a little Mama Said Knock You Out reference. Speaking of the word out, Big Ben has been lights out through the first four games played this season. Ben is averaging over two passing touchdowns a week, as he has the Steelers sitting undefeated atop the AFC standings. This week Ben will look to continue that streak as the Steelers are set to host their division rivals the Browns this Sunday. This Browns defense has been tough on opposing running backs meaning that Ben and his bionic elbow will have to take to the air yet again in this one. I project this game to be one of the faster paced games this week, because much like the Browns defense, the Steelers are even stingier against the run, meaning both teams will have to air it out in this contest. I have Ben projected to throw for 274 yards and two scores in this contest making me ALL IN.
Derrick Henry: Last week the Titans workhorse did not impress much in terms of rushing yards. He did salvage his day with two touchdowns, but still he did not look particularly good as a runner, with the exception of him stiff arming Josh Norman back to diapers. This week however, it will be time for King Henry to eat, as he and the undefeated Titans are set to take on the O’Brien-less Texans. This Texans defense has been very generous to the running back position through the first five weeks of the season, giving the sixth most fantasy points to the position (29.8 FP). On average, the Texans are surrendering 27 carries for 141.2 yards and a touch to the position per game. With Henry being the only back in town essentially for the Titans, he should exceed 100 yards easily in this one. I have Henry projected for 24 carries gaining 114 yards and a touch, so obviously I’m going ALL IN this week.
James Robinson: Last week Robinson burned me when I featured him here in this article, as he was set up for an absolute smash spot against the Texans. Now Robinson got you double-digit fantasy points, but barely (10 FP). However, with as good as the rookie has been I am willing to give him another shot to shine, which is perfect because many will be down on him this week from his lack luster performance last week. Robinson gets another prime opportunity to smash this week as he gets a Lions defense that is the fourth most giving to the RB position allowing 32.6 FP per game on average to the position. The Lions are surrendering an average stat line of 26/148/1 on the ground, while also giving up 4/43 in the passing game. I have Robinson projected to carry the rock 19 times for 101 and a score, as well as catching three for an additional 31. These numbers are telling me to go ALL IN on the rookie in week six and I will be.
Marquise Brown: Hollywood has been quiet this season, mostly because Lamar has been missing him on throws. We started to see that connection begin to get on the same page last week, as Hollywood finally found the end zone and a top 14 weekly fantasy finish at the position. This week the Ravens travel to Philly to take on an Eagles secondary that just got lit up by Chase Claypool. This Philly defense is allowing on average 43.1 FP per game to wide outs, which is the seventh most giving. The Eagles give up on average 15 catches per game for 161 yards to opposing wide receivers, which bodes well for Hollywood and his 48% wide receiver target share. I have him projected for 6 receptions for 71 yards and a 50% chance of scoring, so you couple that projection with how bad the Eagles secondary has been against opposing wide out’s, it should be no surprise why I am ALL IN on Hollywood this week.
Julian Edelman: Give me shares of Julian Edelman this week as he and the Patriots are set to take on the Denver Broncos at home. The Broncos are giving up the fifth most fantasy points (44.1) to the position. This defense is especially vulnerable to the slot receiver, as the last time we saw them on the field against the Jets, Jamison Crowder took them to the woodshed, catching seven balls for 104 yards. Julian Edelman has a very healthy target share in this Patriots passing attack, as he is seeing 36.5% of the wide receiver targets. Another upgrade for Edelman this week is the return of Cam Newton to the starting lineup. So with Cam returning, Edelman’s slot position, and the fact that Denver is allowing on average 16 catches for 198 yards and a touchdown a game I am ALL IN on the squirrel this week.
Travis Kelce: Since I am already paying up for Mahomes this week you can bet your ass I am going to go for broke and stack him with Travis Kelce this week. Kelce gets to take on a Bills defense who was just rocked by Jonnu Smith for 21 FP. The Bills are the third best matchup for tight ends in terms of fantasy points allowed, as they are allowing on average 21 fantasy points per game. Kelce comes into this week leading all other tight ends in fantasy points scored, which is no surprise as he has done this seemingly automatically for the past three or more seasons. I am ALL IN on Kelce for week 6.
Mark Andrews: This apparently is the week to go all in on the top stars, especially at the tight end position. The matchups are leaving us no other options, and that holds true for Andrews this week as he gets the Eagles. Philly is allowing the fourth most fantasy points per game (18.8) to opposing tight ends. This 18.8 number grows when facing big name tight ends, as they seem to really struggle as Kittle and Higbee demonstrated in previous weeks. Andrews is commanding 78% of the teams’ tight end target share, which has me projecting Andrews for four catches for 47 yards and a touchdown. This is his floor in my opinion, so you couple in the ceiling that this Philly defense allows, and I am ALL IN on the Ravens stud tight end.
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