Minnesota and Tampa Bay get their vacation this week, but there is no rest for the wicked! Check out a few of my favorite tournament plays for Week 6.
QB: Alex Smith $6,800 – Kansas City (-1.5) @ Oakland, +/- 47
Oakland is giving up a staggering 331 yards per game to opposing passers. Smith’s season started slowly, but with Jamaal Charles expected back, and against the generous Raiders D, the Chiefs could come out of their bye week guns blazing. I doubt Smith will be an extremely under the radar pick, but he’ll do plenty to pay off this price.
RB: Terrence West $6,500 – Baltimore @ New York Giants (-3), +/- 44
Against a soft Washington defense, West turned 11 carries in to 95 yards. The Ravens face a much tougher Giants defense, but I don’t think newly appointed offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will make the same mistake that earned Trestman an early retirement. We can expect a heavy dose of the run game with West still clearly the lead dog in the backfield.
WR: Jeremy Maclin $6,900 - Kansas City (-1.5) @ Oakland, +/- 47
Maclin shared Alex Smith’s early season struggles. Smith and Maclin, against a porous Oakland defense, should get together early and often. Stacking these two Chiefs leaves you with plenty of room to spend up elsewhere.
TE: Zack Miller $5,800 – Jacksonville @ Chicago (-1), +/- 46
Brian Hoyer and Zack Miller are hooking up on the reg for the Bears. Jacksonville isn’t giving up boatloads of passing yards, but they have yielded 8 touchdowns to opposing pass catchers. With Miller getting so many targets, and making those targets pay off, if you’re looking to save a buck at tight end, Miller is your man.
K: Nick Novak $4,500 – Indianapolis @ Houston (-3), +/- 48
Novak is min-priced and the Texans offense has shown they can move the ball against bad defenses. Novak has knocked down some long ones at home this year already, I’ll throw him in and cross my fingers.
DST: Buffalo $4,800 - San Francisco @ Buffalo (-9), +/- 44
Soooo, Buffalo is the most expensive defense this week. Since firing their offensive coordinator, though, the Bills have been on quite the tear. Facing a ‘Niners team starting Colin Kaepernick for the first time under Chip Kelly, that Bills defense could eat early and often.