Players to Avoid on DRAFT: Week 6
Week 6 already? The season is flying by! No worries if you were bounced out of an early-season bracket tournament as you likely have a little extra bankroll in the account balance. If you’re still going strong or preparing for a snake draft this week, I’ll identify some potential lineup landmines at each position group on DRAFT that you should fade. Ready? Let’s go!
Alex Smith (KC) vs. PIT
Smith has been more aggressive this year, but this is not a favorable matchup. The Steelers have allowed an NFL best 140 passing yards per game. Last week they played Blake Bortles, but still…this is a spot to avoid Smith. He could potentially be without stud TE Travis Kelce as well.
Carson Wentz (PHI) @ CAR
After a fantastic four touchdown performance, he’s going at the end of snake drafts. This is a prime let down spot for Wentz against a tenacious Carolina pass defense. Statistically, the Panthers were the top-ranked overall in the league heading into last week. Avoid Wentz versus the top-5 unit.
Christian McCaffrey (CAR) vs. PHI
After his first TD of the year last week against the Lions, a play that should’ve been called back, I don’t like the idea of deploying him this week against a stingy Eagles front seven that’s only allowing less than 63 rushing yards per game. Plus, Carolina is averaging less than 80 yards per game.
Mark Ingram (NO) vs. DET
New Orleans traded Adrian Peterson and his seven carries per game. Don’t let that inflate Ingram’s value. Teammate Alvin Kamara will likely be the recipient of those totes. Ingram is going rather early in 10-team drafts this week, but not even the best RB on his team against Detroit’s stellar run D.
Adrian Peterson (ARI) vs. TB
Speak of the devil! Name value, opportunity, and he’s been named the starter already. Don’t fall for it! There are so many other options available in a snake draft this week. Even though the Bucs defense is beat up, they’re still a top-5 unit against the run and Arizona’s O-line is beat up even more.
Wide Receiver/Tight End
Mike Evans (TB) @ ARI
This matchup is brutal as Evans will be shadowed by Patrick Peterson all game. That’s going to continue to be a trend every week in this article. Pat Pete has allowed a total of 129 receiving yards against all season so far. Avoid every WR going up against him in every drafts, every week, every time.
Tyreek Hill (KC) vs. PIT
Hill is dangerous and can burn anyone deep on any play. He also just returned a punt for a TD last week. That said, he’s still a major boom or bust play every week and this week is not a favorable setting. I already mentioned Pittsburgh’s elite pass defense above, thus, Hill is a fade for me.
Sammy Watkins (LAR) @ JAX
Watkins looks lost after his Thursday Night Football explosion in which he suffered a concussion. Perhaps he still has some lingering symptoms, but he’s not been sharp at all lately. He failed to register a catch last week and gets an awful matchup against the best CB tandem in the NFL. Hard pass!
I can’t trust any of the Oakland passing options. If I were forced into one, I’d lean Crabtree, but only because he was productive last week with backup QB E.J. Manuel. I have a feeling that the Chargers will get smart and stick Casey Hayward on him. Cooper has been simply awful. There is no way I’m putting him in any of my teams this week, not even in a 12-team snake. The Chargers have a top-5 pass defense to boot, even in the absence of Jason Verrett, Trevor Williams has played well. The only reasoning you could have to play Cooper is that he’s due for a break-out week. Good luck with that.
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