Funston’s Fantasy Football Rankings: 2017 Week 6

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Fantasy football expert Brandon Funston provides his weekly insight and rankings of the best players to help you win big.

Quarterbacks

Drew Brees comes off a bye to host a Detroit Lions defense that allowed 355 passing yards and three TD tosses to Cam Newton last week. Always tough at home, Brees sits atop the Week 6 fantasy QB rankings.

Name Team Opp
Drew Brees NO vs DET
Deshaun Watson HOU vs CLE
Matt Ryan ATL vs MIA
Cam Newton CAR vs PHI
Tom Brady NE @ NYJ
Aaron Rodgers GB @ MIN
Matthew Stafford DET @ NO
Carson Palmer ARI vs TB
Kirk Cousins WAS vs SF
Carson Wentz PHI @ CAR
Philip Rivers LAC @ OAK
Marcus Mariota TEN vs IND
Jameis Winston TB @ ARI
Ben Roethlisberger PIT @ KC
Derek Carr OAK vs LAC
Alex Smith KC vs PIT
Jacoby Brissett IND @ TEN
Joe Flacco BAL vs CHI
Trevor Siemian DEN vs NYG
Case Keenum MIN vs GB
Brian Hoyer SF @ WAS
Kevin Hogan CLE @ HOU
Blake Bortles JAC vs LAR
Josh McCown NYJ vs NE
Eli Manning NYG @ DEN
Jay Cutler MIA @ ATL
Jared Goff LAR @ JAC
Mitch Trubisky CHI @ BAL

Running Backs

Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt appears to be running away with the Rookie of the Year honors, and he has another matchup this week to help pad his already ridiculous fantasy totals. Hunt faces a Pittsburgh defense that has allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to the RB position and the fifth-most fantasy points per RB touch. KC’s back is once again looking like the “Kareem” of the fantasy RB crop this week.

Name Team Opp
Kareem Hunt KC vs PIT
Leonard Fournette JAC vs LAR
Le’Veon Bell PIT @ KC
Todd Gurley LAR @ JAC
Melvin Gordon LAC @ OAK
Devonta Freeman ATL vs MIA
Jay Ajayi MIA @ ATL
DeMarco Murray TEN vs IND
Jordan Howard CHI @ BAL
C.J. Anderson DEN vs NYG
Elijah McGuire NYJ vs NE
Lamar Miller HOU vs CLE
Alvin Kamara NO vs DET
Christian McCaffrey CAR vs PHI
Ameer Abdullah DET @ NO
Carlos Hyde SF @ WAS
Mike Gillislee NE @ NYJ
Doug Martin TB @ ARI
Marshawn Lynch OAK vs LAC
Aaron Jones GB @ MIN
Mark Ingram NO vs DET
LeGarrette Blount PHI @ CAR
Jerick McKinnon MIN vs GB
Adrian Peterson ARI vs TB
Duke Johnson CLE @ HOU
Frank Gore IND @ TEN
Tevin Coleman ATL vs MIA
Chris Thompson WAS vs SF
Javorius Allen BAL vs CHI
Jonathan Stewart CAR vs PHI
Derrick Henry TEN vs IND
Marlon Mack IND @ TEN
Tarik Cohen CHI @ BAL
Robert Kelley WAS vs SF
James White NE @ NYJ
Isaiah Crowell CLE @ HOU
Wayne Gallman NYG @ DEN
Matt Breida SF @ WAS
Theo Riddick DET @ NO
Alex Collins BAL vs CHI
Andre Ellington ARI vs TB
Latavius Murray MIN vs GB
Jamaal Charles DEN vs NYG
Shane Vereen NYG @ DEN
Samaje Perine WAS vs SF
Bilal Powell NYJ vs NE
D’Onta Foreman HOU vs CLE
Dion Lewis NE @ NYJ
Orleans Darkwa NYG @ DEN
Ty Montgomery GB @ MIN
Jalen Richard OAK vs LAC
Corey Clement PHI @ CAR
Jacquizz Rodgers TB @ ARI
Chris Ivory JAC vs LAR
Jamaal Williams GB @ MIN
Wendell Smallwood PHI @ CAR
Charles Sims TB @ ARI
Charcandrick West KC vs PIT
DeAndre Washington OAK vs LAC
Kerwynn Williams ARI @ PHI

Wide Receivers

Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown has faced the Chiefs in each of the past three seasons, and he’s averaging 88 yards and has scored three touchdowns in those contests. The Chiefs have allowed the most fantasy points per catch to the wide receiver position this season, making Brown a great bet to pad his historical numbers against KC – he’s the top fantasy WR play this week.

Name Team Opp
Antonio Brown PIT @ KC
DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs CLE
Julio Jones ATL vs MIA
Michael Thomas NO vs DET
Jordy Nelson GB @ MIN
Brandin Cooks NE @ NYJ
Mike Evans TB @ ARI
Keenan Allen LAC @ OAK
T.Y. Hilton IND @ TEN
Stefon Diggs MIN vs GB
Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs TB
Michael Crabtree OAK vs LAC
Tyreek Hill KC vs PIT
Golden Tate DET @ NO
Amari Cooper OAK vs LAC
Davante Adams GB @ MIN
Adam Thielen MIN vs GB
Kelvin Benjamin CAR vs PHI
Chris Hogan NE @ NYJ
Alshon Jeffery PHI @ CAR
Terrelle Pryor WAS vs SF
Martavis Bryant PIT @ KC
Jarvis Landry MIA @ ATL
DeVante Parker MIA @ ATL
Randall Cobb GB @ MIN
Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs NYG
DeSean Jackson TB @ ARI
Pierre Garcon SF @ WAS
Devin Funchess CAR vs PHI
Demaryius Thomas DEN vs NYG
Danny Amendola NE @ NYJ
Tyrell Williams LAC @ OAK
Willie Snead NO vs DET
Will Fuller HOU vs CLE
Ricardo Louis CLE @ HOU
John Brown ARI vs TB
Jamison Crowder WAS vs SF
Rishard Matthews TEN vs IND
Marvin Jones DET @ NO
Jeremy Maclin BAL vs CHI
Jaron Brown ARI vs TB
Cooper Kupp LAR @ JAC
Eric Decker TEN vs IND
Nelson Agholor PHI @ CAR
Jermaine Kearse NYJ vs NE
Sammy Watkins LAR @ JAC
Allen Hurns JAC vs LAR
Taylor Gabriel ATL vs MIA
Robby Anderson NYJ vs NE
Ted Ginn NO vs DET
Mike Wallace BAL vs CHI
JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT @ KC
Kenny Stills MIA @ ATL
Roger Lewis NYG @ DEN
Donte Moncrief IND @ TEN
Marqise Lee JAC vs LAR
Adam Humphries TB @ ARI
JJ Nelson ARI vs TB
Josh Doctson WAS vs SF
Sterling Shepard NYG @ DEN
Kendall Wright CHI @ BAL
Kenny Golladay DET @ NO
Torrey Smith PHI @ CAR
Tavon Austin LAR @ JAC
Marquise Goodwin SF @ WAS
Rashard Higgins CLE @ HOU
Deonte Thompson CHI @ BAL
Travis Benjamin LAC @ OAK
Robert Woods LAR @ JAC
Brandon LaFell CIN vs BUF
Albert Wilson KC @ HOU
T.J. Jones DET vs CAR
Tyler Boyd CIN vs BUF
Brice Butler DAL vs GB

Tight Ends

New England’s Rob Gronkowski has been dealing with a thigh injury that kept him on the sidelines in Week 5. This week, expectations are that he will return to action. Assuming he does get back out on the field, the only place to put the second-most prolific touchdown scorer of the decade (behind Dez Bryant) is at the top of this week’s TE rankings.

Name Team Opp
Rob Gronkowski NE @ NYJ
Zach Ertz PHI @ CAR
Delanie Walker TEN vs IND
Evan Engram NYG @ DEN
Hunter Henry LAC @ OAK
Jordan Reed WAS vs SF
Travis Kelce KC vs PIT
Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ vs NE
Martellus Bennett GB @ MIN
Cameron Brate TB @ ARI
A.J. Derby DEN vs NYG
Kyle Rudolph MIN vs GB
Ryan Griffin HOU vs CLE
Coby Fleener NO vs DET
Ben Watson BAL vs CHI
David Njoku CLE @ HOU
Ed Dickson CAR vs PHI
Eric Ebron DET @ NO
Jared Cook OAK vs LAC
Austin Hooper ATL vs MIA
Zach Miller CHI @ BAL
George Kittle SF @ WAS
Antonio Gates LAC @ OAK
Tyler Higbee LAR @ JAC
Jesse James PIT @ KC
Dwayne Allen NE @ NYJ
Jack Doyle IND @ TEN
Vernon Davis WAS vs SF
Demetrius Harris KC vs PIT
Julius Thomas MIA @ ATL
Marcedes Lewis JAC vs LAR

Defense / Special Teams

Well-rested after observing a bye in Week 5, Denver’s defense has to be licking its chops at the prospects of hosting an Eli Manning-led Giants offense that lost the services of its top three receivers (Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard) last week due to injury. OBJ and Marshall are out for the season, while Shepard looks highly questionable to return this week. Expect the Broncos, the top fantasy defense play this week, to feast on Sunday night.

Name Opp
Denver Broncos vs NYG
Washington Redskins vs SF
Jacksonville Jaguars vs LAR
Baltimore Ravens vs CHI
Houston Texans vs CLE
Atlanta Falcons vs MIA
Arizona Cardinals vs TB
Kansas City Chiefs vs PIT
Los Angeles Rams @ JAC
Carolina Panthers vs PHI
Tennessee Titans vs IND
Oakland Raiders vs LAC
New England Patriots @ NYJ
Philadelphia Eagles @ CAR
Minnesota Vikings vs GB
Green Bay Packers @ MIN
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ ARI
Chicago Bears @ BAL
New York Giants @ DEN
Pittsburgh Steelers @ KC
Los Angeles Chargers @ OAK
New Orleans Saints vs DET
Detroit Lions @ NO
Cleveland Browns @ HOU
Indianapolis Colts @ TEN
New York Jets vs NE
Miami Dolphins @ ATL
San Francisco 49ers @ WAS

Kickers

No kicker blurb… EVER!

Name Team Opp
Matt Bryant ATL vs MIA
Ryan Succop TEN vs IND
Justin Tucker BAL vs CHI
Dustin Hopkins WAS vs SF
Stephen Gostkowski NE @ NYJ
Matt Prater DET @ NO
Wil Lutz NO vs DET
Ka’imi Fairbairn HOU vs CLE
Mason Crosby GB @ MIN
Brandon McManus DEN vs NYG
Graham Gano CAR vs PHI
Harrison Butker KC vs PIT
Phil Dawson ARI vs TB
Giorgio Tavecchio OAK vs LAC
Kai Forbath MIN vs GB
Adam Vinatieri IND @ TEN
Jason Myers JAC vs LAR
Jake Elliott PHI @ CAR
Nick Novak LAC @ OAK
Chris Boswell PIT @ KC
Greg Zuerlein LAR @ JAC
Chandler Catanzaro NYJ vs NE
Patrick Murray TB @ ARI
Robbie Gould SF @ WAS
Cody Parkey MIA @ ATL
Connor Barth CHI @ BAL
Zane Gonzalez CLE @ HOU
Aldrick Rosas NYG @ DEN

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