If you’re anything like us, it feels like football just started. Nevertheless, Week 6 of the 2013 NFL season is already upon us, and you know what that means: time to start frantically setting fantasy football lineups. And that goes double if you’re signed up for DraftStreet’s exclusive $1000 NFL Fantasy Contest. Why sign up? Well, it’s free, it’s easy – this is weekly fantasy football, so you have to worry about Week 6 and nothing more – oh, and also you can win money. The first place finisher will take home $100, and 100 players win cash, guaranteed. How does it work? You’re given a fantasy salary cap of $100,000, and then you draft your favorite Week 6 players while staying under the cap.
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1) Andrew Luck (DraftStreet price: $14,208) vs. Chargers’ defense (DraftStreet price: $2,128): Luck’s been good this season, but hasn’t quite put up elite fantasy numbers (1,144 yards and seven TDs passing through week 5, with two more scores on the ground). That could change Monday night in San Diego when his Colts take on the Chargers, whose pass defense ranks near the bottom of the league. The Colts have faced two of the top pass-defending teams in the league (Seattle and San Francisco) already, which has likely held Luck’s numbers back somewhat. The one time the Colts faced a team with a pass defense nearly as porous as San Diego’s, Luck threw for a season-high 321 yards against the Dolphins.
2) Mike Glennon (DraftStreet price: $8,371) vs. Eagles’ defense (DraftStreet price: $4,690): With Josh Freeman out of the picture, the Bucs are Glennon’s team, and his 43 pass attempts against the Cardinals in Week 4 suggests Greg Schiano isn’t afraid to let him air it out. And if Schiano and Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan were fine with Glennon chucking it up early and often then, why wouldn’t they let Glennon loose against the team surrendering more passing yards per game than anyone in football? Sure, those 43 passes only translated to 197 yards against the Arizona, but Glennon should be better with a full game of action under his belt. We wouldn’t go building our roster around Glennon just yet, but if you’re in a bind at QB this week, he’s worth a shot.
3) Willis McGahee (DraftStreet price: $6,230) vs. Lions’ defense (DraftStreet price: $5,492): McGahee hasn’t broken out with a huge game yet, but he carried by far his largest workload as a Brown against the Bills in Cleveland’s 37-24 Week 5 win and finished with solid numbers (72 yards and a touchdown). With quarterback Brian Hoyer out for the year, expect Cleveland to keep calling McGahee’s number often – which could bear some nice fantasy fruit against a Lions team that’s struggled to stop the run.
4) Julian Edelman (DraftStreet price: $6,677) vs. Saints’ defense (DraftStreet price: $4,186): This one isn’t as much about the team matchup – though the Saints, after impressively remaking their pass defense into a formidable unit early on, showed cracks on Sunday against the Bears, yielding 358 yards to Jay Cutler. It’s more about reversion to the mean. Don’t be scared off by Edelman’s uninspiring two-catch, 35-yard performance against the Bengals on Sunday: Tom Brady was uncharacteristically bad (18-38, 197 yards, no TDs and a pick), and he will not be that bad again this week. Meanwhile, Brady still targeted Edelman seven times on Sunday, so there’s every reason to think he’ll remain a big part of the Pats’ passing game going forward – and that makes him worth a play, especially in PPR leagues.
5) Cardinals’ defense (DraftStreet price: $3,346) vs. 49ers’ offense: OK, so we probably can’t expect a repeat of last week, when Arizona not only held the Panthers to two field goals but forced four turnovers and sacked Cam Newton seven times (once in the end zone for a safety). What we can expect is that Daryl Washington (two sacks and a pick against Carolina) continues to be a big-play threat in his second game back from suspension, and that the Cards’ specialty – a stingy run defense – will at least partly neutralize the Niners’ strong ground game.