Last week we brought you 2nd-half Blake Bortles. Let’s see what’s on tap for Week 6.
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (vs LAC)
37% owned in Yahoo! Leagues, 38.2% owned in ESPN Leagues
Baker threw for 342 yards last week against a tough Baltimore defense and now gets a slate of 5 straight cake matchups against LAC, at TB, at PIT, KC, and ATL. He’s got a legit shot to be a back-end QB1 over that span. The rookie is a legit set-it-and-forget-it starting option. Add him now.
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at ATL)
20% owned in Yahoo! Leagues, 12.5% owned in ESPN Leagues
Winston makes his official return in a matchup against Atlanta’s Swiss cheese defense. Atlanta is quickly becoming one of the smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em defenses for opposing players. This sets up nicely for the Bucs, as Winston’s receiving corps is one of the best in the league – not to mention the brilliant play-calling of OC Todd Monken.
Sam Darnold, New York Jets (vs IND)
7% owned in Yahoo! Leagues, 5.5% owned in ESPN Leagues
Although Indianapolis’s defense has played better than expected, they’ve been vulnerable to the deep ball in recent weeks, allowing receptions of 20+ yards to Chris Hogan, Josh Gordon, DeAndre Hopkins, and Will Fuller plus receptions of 18 yards or more to James White, Rob Gronkowski, and Keke Coutee. This is noteworthy on the heels of Darnold’s Week 5 performance – one in which he and speedster Robby Anderson finally made a connection. Anderson scored twice, once from 76 yards out and another from 35. The latter was a beautifully thrown ball into tight coverage – showing Darnold’s willingness to trust his playmaker in a tough situation. Look for the two of them to keep the ball rolling this week against the Colts.
C.J. Beathard, San Francisco 49ers (at GB)
4% owned in Yahoo! Leagues, 3.1% owned in ESPN Leagues
Beathard has been surprisingly solid through 2 games as a starter – coming in at QB18 while averaging 17.8 points. Interceptions will likely be an issue all year but he’s produced legit stat lines of 298 and 349 passing yards, totaling 4 TDs and 4 INTs. Those are decent numbers and he’s available in close to 100% of leagues. This week he faces a banged up Green Bay secondary, in a contest that will likely produce a high-volume of Beathard pass attempts, as the Niners struggle to keep up with the Packers’ high-scoring offense.
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