Week 6: Fantasy Football Pickups
Lots of overtime action in the NFL this past week and other games that went down to the wire. Hopefully your Fantasy success didn't come down to the wire. Here are some pickups for Week 6.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
This is merely a prospective pickup and only recommended for those with a deep roster. Matt Cassel is not someone I want to start for my team, but could be added depth and who knows what in a couple weeks. Not surprisingly, Brandon Weeden has looked terrible filling in for Tony Romo. The Cowboys traded for Cassel, who has years of experience and may be a much better game manager than Weeden. Weeden continues to struggle reading defenses and makes too many mistakes. There is speculation that the Cowboys will turn to Cassel to right the ship until Tony Romo returns from his shoulder injury. The Cowboys have lost three straight since Romo's injury, so they're desperate. I expect Cassel to be named the starter this week because the Cowboys are on bye in Week 6, and it would give Cassel extra time to get prepared.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
The Cleveland Browns seemed to have figured out some things on offense. They're incorporating the tight end and running backs into the passing game more and are becoming a multi-dimensional offense. McCown is a guy who is benefiting from this newfound offensive production. In Week 4 he threw for 457 yards and two TDs. He now has three straight weeks of 300+-yard, two TD passing games. McCown should now be picked up and can be used as a spot starter and certainly as a bye week replacement. He did tweak his ankle late in their overtime win and was seen limping off victoriously, so monitor this injury, but don't let it prohibit you from snagging him this week.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
I drafted Davis in late rounds in every single draft I was in. I was suspicious of Charles' workload and felt he was likely to get dinged up and also because I expected Davis would contribute regardless. So far I've been wrong on the second part of that. But now with Charles out for the year, the Kansas City backfield is up for grabs. As mentioned, West got most of the carries against the Bears. It remains a mystery why Davis has had only 11 carries and one reception thus far this season. In 2014 he was an electric player when given the chance. He had 463 rushing yards and six TDs, as well as 147 receiving yards and another receiving TD last year. If given the ball, Davis, not West, would be the Chiefs RB I covet the most. He more fits the Chiefs' style, and mimics Charles and what Andy Reid expects from a running back.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
I admit I was higher on Dixon before the start of Week 5 than I am now. I used him in all my DraftKings DFS rosters because of his cheap price tag. He let me down a little in that regard. I will still condone grabbing Dixon, especially if you have LeSean McCoy and/or Karlos Williams. Dixon is not a long-term solution for Buffalo and his 19 rushing yards and 6.9 Fantasy points (PPR format) shows why he's a career backup running back. However, McCoy is likely still out for Week 6, and it's hard to say if Williams will clear the concussion protocol. So, if Dixon gets another shot, he could be a solid option against a Bengals' defense that got torched by Thomas Rawls.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
Awful news for Jamaal Charles owners, as the star running back once again tore his ACL. At Scout we are monitoring the running back situation in Kansas City and will update throughout the week when we know who in the Chiefs' backfield will take over the starting role. Regardless, West is a must-grab for everyone, not just Charles owners. Against Chicago, he rushed seven times for 31 yards and caught one pass. Those aren't mind-blowing statistics, but if West nabs the starting spot for the Chiefs, he has Fantasy value. We will address how to bid on him and what to do with West later in the week.