Bobby Sylvester’s Week 6 Rankings (Fantasy Football)
Typically, I have more than a dozen fairly bold takes. For whatever reason this week, there are only a handful where I differ quite a bit from the expert consensus. I’ll tell you about each of them below and why I am confident that the consensus is off. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to let me know on Twitter.
Ben Roethlisberger (QB #12): PIT @ KC
If you didn’t watch the tape on Big Ben last week, but only saw the 5 interceptions, you might think he should just retire already. I watched the game. He wasn’t that bad. Jalen Ramsey made a spectacular diving interception on what looked to be a potential 30-yard reception. Then interception #2 was tipped, #3 was another terrific play from Ramsay, who knocked the ball out of the receivers hand from behind into his teammates’ hand, then he was chucking the ball up against nickle and dime coverage for #4 and #5 trying to make a big comeback. To be honest, he looked more than competent against a pass defense that has allowed just 5.5 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs this year. He will be just fine against a defense than is bottom 6 against QBs this year and that he throttled for 300 yards and 5 touchdowns last season.
Samaje Perine (RB #18): WAS vs SF
This is far and away my boldest ranking, but I expect that to change as the week progresses. No, I won’t be moving him down closer to ECR, but rather ECR will soar up toward me. Rob Kelley has not officially been ruled out, but is deemed unlikely to play. If he doesn’t go, some will expect Chris Thompson to step into the starting role, and while it my be true that he will get 45 to 55% of the snaps, the Redskins only trusted him with 14 carries in the two games Kelley was injured. He just doesn’t have the durability to hold up over a large workload like Perine does, and that is why he was given 40 carries in those two contests. You can expect another 15-25 touches for Perine against one of the worst run defenses in football. How can you not consider that an RB2?
Taylor Gabriel (WR #34): ATL vs MIA
You may look at the target share Gabriel has seen this year and consider him a total bust, especially after his 0.0 point fantasy performance in Week 4’s loss to Buffalo before the bye. Those 4.5 targets per game are right on pace with what he did to close the season when he was a top 12 wide receiver over the final 8 games of the season with 472 yards and 6 touchdowns on just 27 receptions and 40 targets. This week, Mohamed Sanu and Justin Hardy have not yet practiced, while Julio Jones has been limited. Plus, they play the Dolphins who have allowed a big play in 9.7% of their defensive snaps, which is the 2nd highest rate in football. Gabriel, as you know, is an all or nothing big play threat, so this week lines up quite well for him as a top notch streamer.
George Kittle (TE #11): SF @ WAS
If you haven’t seen the kid play, you are in for a real treat. He has future star written all over him, be it from his blocking game to his route running or instincts. The 49ers quickly realized what they had in him so they shipped off Vance McDonald to Pittsburgh and their vision is finally starting to come together as he now has played 115 of the 155 offensive snaps over the past two games and saw 9 targets in last week’s game. He made the most of them, catching 7 balls for 83 yards and a touchdown. The Washington Redskins are his opponent this week and they have been the 3rd easiest NFL team against fantasy football tight ends this season, and with the step forward Kittle has taken in the 49ers offensive priority, we can expect Kittle to produce as a solid streamer this week.