Silvia’s Week 6 Fantasy Frenzy


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Alexander W. Silvia, News Editor

All hail the king. The record-breaking trend to the season continues as Drew Brees became the NFL’s all-time passing leader in the New Orleans Saints’ 43-19 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night. Brees began the night in third place on the league’s all-time passing yards list. He surpassed Brett Farve at number two early on before breaking Peyton Manning’s record of 71,940 all-time passing yards with a 62-yard touchdown pass. He then found his family on the sideline for an emotional embrace and a heartfelt message to his children. It was a great moment for the league and football fans everywhere.

This next bit of news isn’t as heartwarming. The Fantasy reaper has struck again. This time it’s Philadelphia Eagles number one running back Jay Ajayi, who was placed on injured reserve after tearing his ACL. Tough luck for Ajayi who was ready for his first full season with the Eagles. As unfortunate as the injury is, there’s now fantasy value up for grabs out of the Eagles backfield. With injuries and bye weeks ahead of Week 6, it’s back to the wire we go.

The top pick up of the week is close between two players. Both running backs Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement of the Philadelphia Eagles have a shot to take over lead back duties, but whose it going to be? Smallwood split time with Ajayi last week, rushing three times for 27 yards and caught three passes for 44 yards and a touchdown. Corey Clement was active but did not see the field due to a quadricep-injury. Clement is now a full participant in practice this week and looks to be ready for their game against the New York Giants on Thursday night. I believe Clement is the more talented back, but this may be a true time share in the beginning. One of these guys will emerge and both may produce fantasy value. Clement is owned in 26 percent of Yahoo leagues and Smallwood comes in less owned as 10 percent. Both warrant roster spots until things play out in the Philadelphia backfield.

Staying with running backs the San Francisco 49ers lost Matt Breida last week after he left the game with a sprained ankle. He looks like a long shot for Monday night. Alfred Morris took over as the lead ball-carrier and went for 61 yards on 18 carries and caught three of five targets for 30 yards. Owned in only 43 percent of leagues, Morris looks to be the lone back in the backfield next week against Green Bay and becomes a volume-based RB2 and a great spot start.

Keke Coutee was mentioned last week after a red-hot start for the Houston Texans. Coutee delivered again this week, proving his debut was no fluke. The rookie wideout caught six of seven passes for 51 yards and a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. Not to mention this happened with Will Fuller in the lineup this week, proving Coutee has found himself a nice role in this passing offense. His ownership has gone up from 3 percent last week to 34 percent this week, but he is more than likely available in your league and should be rostered. This is your last warning.

The greatest show on turf, though still undefeated, took some vicious blows on the offensive side of the ball last week against Seattle. The 5-0 Los Angeles Rams lost wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp to concussions last week and neither have passed concussion protocol to be cleared for this week yet. In their absence, Josh Reynolds hauled in two of three targets for 39 yards and also rushed for 10 yards as well. Reynolds is a talented young receiver who may be forced into major playing time with Cooks and Kupp questionable. He is a part of the best offense in the NFL and could be a sneaky spot start this week against Denver.

The tight end landscape is far from pretty this year and many teams are struggling to find viable weekly starting options. But not anymore. Cameron Brate and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off their Week 5 bye and this time it’s quarterback Jameis Winston under center. In previous years Winston used the tight end a lot and before O.J. Howard, Brate was a go-to target for Winston. Now, Howard is dealing with an MCL sprain and looks to be out another couple of weeks. This is the perfect opportunity for Brate to produce top-10 tight end numbers, especially against an Atlanta Falcons ailing secondary. Owned in only 33 percent of leagues, Brate can be picked up and played with confidence this week.

Remember, one man’s trash could be another man’s treasure. Keep an eye on who is dropped to the waiver wire this week after the new players have been picked up. You might be surprised by what you find.

Until next week.