The Brawn Denver Experience

With the Giants lacking playmakers on offense, and possessing one of the worst offensive lines in the league, it should be a long afternoon for Eli Manning and company. Start the Broncos defense. Check out daily fantasy expert Ricky Sanders’ recommended plays to help you fill out your roster for Week 6 NFL contests.

Deshaun Watson, Texans, $12,600 – Over the course of his last two games, Deshaun Watson has thrown for nine combined touchdown (TD) passes and produced one rushing score as well. Now, this week, Watson will square off against a Browns team that has allowed 18 of the last 21 quarterbacks (QBs) they have faced to score multiple TDs including every QB they have faced in 2017. The hottest QB in the league versus one of the worst defenses is a mismatch other than the fact Myles Garrett’s presence could result in multiple sacks versus a QB who is under pressure more than anyone in the league. The thing with Watson is his elusiveness allows him to avoid would-be tacklers and turn them into rushing gains (at least 24 yards rushing in four straight games). Simply put: fading Watson in cash games is an extreme risk due to his monstrous upside mixed with his juicy matchup. Do not be that guy.

Todd Gurley, Rams, $14,600 – Following a down week, Todd Gurley II should immediately turn things around against a Jaguars defense that ranked 32nd in rushing DVOA prior to Week 5. Although Le’Veon Bell did not set the world on fire against the Jaguars, he did catch 10 passes and Gurley is on pace to crush his career-best receiving totals. In fact, Bell likely would have performed better last week had Ben Roethlisberger not thrown five interceptions (INTs) which cut short a numerous amount of their drives. Assuming the Rams can avoid a similar fate, and Coach Sean McVey’s scheme has been impressive to this point, Gurley should shoulder a full workload against one of the league’s worst rushing defenses. Even after Bell’s mediocre performance, the Jaguars have still yielded the second most rushing yards and the most yards per carry (5.4) in the league. All aboard the Gurley bandwagon this week and hopefully his stinker last week will cause some to jump ship.

Javorius Allen, Ravens, $10,100 – Across the industry, there is lots of talk about the Giants decimated receiving core but the Bears linebacking core is virtually as decimated. Heading into Week 5, the Bears were already without Jerrell Freeman (on injured reserve), Danny Trevathan (suspension) and Nick Kwiatkowski (pectoral injury) and that is before even taking the Willie Young (more of an edge rusher) injury into consideration. On Monday night, the Bears lost fourth string linebacker John Timu, a player the Chicago media was referring to as a diamond in a rough all week, to a knee injury. While the team expects Trevathan to return from suspension in Week 6, the unit is so annihilated that any back with a pulse should be able to run all over the Bears. That is where Javorius Allen and his 25 touches on Sunday come in as he should be relied upon as the bellcow once again with Terrance West looking questionable at best. Right now, all lead backs are worth starting against the Bears, and Allen possesses serious point-per-reception (PPR) upside due to the fact he has caught at least four passes in three straight games. At this price point, he is amongst the top per-dollar investments on the slate.

Elijah McGuire, Jets, $9,100 – Speaking of excellent investments for cheap, Elijah McGuire is expected to receive a heavy workload against the Patriots on Sunday. As a matter of fact, those are Jets beat writer Manish Mehta’s words, who posted a tweet beginning with “FANTASY ALERT” and then followed his warning up with a prediction that Bilal Powell would not play. Since Matt Forte will likely miss this game as well, McGuire will be given all the touches he can handle against a Patriots defense that has allowed a whopping 5.0 YPC. The 2017 version of the Patriots defense is nowhere near as stingy as seasons past and their games have consequently turned into shootouts. Even with the Jets listed as 9.5-point underdogs, they legitimately have nowhere else to turn at the position. Start McGuire with confidence in all formats.

T.Y. Hilton, Colts, $12,600 – Feeling comfortable rostering T.Y. Hilton sans Andrew Luck yet? If not, you probably did not watch him torch the 49ers for 177 yards receiving this past week, and now he faces a Titans secondary that has allowed a league-worst nice receiving TDs to opposing wide receivers (WRs). The cornerback (CB) Hilton will match up against for a majority of the afternoon is LeShaun Sims and he has graded outside the top 70 at the position in terms of coverage ability this year, per Pro Football Focus (PFF). When Sims has been targeted this year, opposing QBs have produced a 121.7 QB rating and receivers have averaged a healthy 1.7 yards per coverage snap against him. Go ahead and fire up Hilton for the second consecutive week.

Zach Miller, Bears, $5,700 – Zach Miller should feel incredibly fortunate to have caught a TD pass in Week 5 because the defender, Andrew Sendejo, tipped a pass right into his hands. Still, Mitchell Trubisky is clearly a gigantic upgrade at the QB position from Mike Glennon. Thus far, the Ravens rank third in passing DVOA but the defense has a glaring weakness: tight ends (TEs). Against TEs specifically, the Ravens rank 32nd in DVOA aka dead last in the entire league. Players at the position have averaged 78-percent above an average performance when facing the Ravens and Miller is nothing if not consistent. Although his numbers were not spectacular with Glennon, he at least managed at least 39 yards receiving in three of the four games, and he appeared to be Trubisky’s main target in the red zone (in the one game sample). Considering the pass-catching alternatives Trubisky has to work with, Miller is going to be his preferred target down by the end zone by default. At this basement price tag, Miller is worth every penny.

Broncos Defense, $7,800 – The easiest play of the entire slate is the Broncos defense against Eli Manning and the porous Giants offensive line. To make matters worth, Manning could be without up to his top four receivers in this game and the Broncos have allowed just 210 yards passing per game. Manning should be under siege all afternoon and the team will have no match for Von Miller (the third highest graded pass-rusher in the league according to PFF). The floor here is unmatched by any other defensive unit and this should be the football version of a bloodbath. Spend up at the position and reap the benefits.

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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