Last week’s daily fantasy football lineups had some holes. The return of Raheem Moster made Jerick McKinnon unusable, so hopefully you got off of him.
Fortunately, I did have some awesome plays. Kyler Murray, Teddy Bridgewater, Mike Davis, Calvin Ridley, Darius Slayton, DJ Moore, and even Travis Fulgham were all smash plays.
Other options like Darren Waller, James Robinson, Kareem Hunt, and Eric Ebron were all still somewhat useful.
My only “bad” plays were the aforementioned McKinnon and Hunter Renfrow. If you avoided those two – and maybe even if you didn’t – you could have had a great week.
Let’s do it again. Here’s a look at my favorite NFL DFS lineups for week 6, 2020.
Week 6 Daily Fantasy Football Advice
I like to open each week with a quick briefing of the week. Going into week six, we have COVID-19 once again impacting games. The Bills and Chiefs will play on Monday, and New England and Denver saw their schedule get altered.
Is this the last we’ve seen of chaos thanks to a global pandemic? I tend to doubt it.
This takes Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen off the main slate, though, so right away in week six, we’re dealing with a smaller player pool in terms of upside.
Beyond that, this looks like a fairly straightforward daily fantasy football slate. That can be scary, but a lot of studs are hurt or absent from the main slate at DraftKings, and the pricing arguably does a lot of the work for us.
We will want to continue paying attention to the week 6 NFL betting lines, too. There are some specific games we want to get exposure to, or even fully stack.
Here’s a quick look at the games with the highest totals, per MyBookie.
Lions vs. Jaguars (54.5)
Falcons vs. Vikings (55)
Browns vs. Steelers (51)
Packers vs. Buccaneers (54)
Rams vs. 49ers (51)
This doesn’t mean we should blindly use players from these games, or that players from other games don’t still stand out.
However, these games are all projected to be high-scoring and fairly close. If things break that way, you’ll probably want a good amount of players from these contests. In fact, it’s quite likely one of these games is worth stacking from both sides.
You can hit those links above for some specific daily fantasy football picks, but I’ll iron things out with my favorite week 6 NFL DFS lineups below.
NFL DFS Cash Lineup for Week 6
QB: Cam Newton – Patriots ($6.5k)
RB: Derrick Henry – Titans ($7.3k)
RB: Alexander Mattison – Vikings ($7.2k)
WR: Olamide Zacchaeus – Falcons ($3.2k)
WR: A.J. Brown – Titans ($5.6k)
WR: Terry McLaurin – Washington ($5.7k)
TE: Mark Andrews – Ravens ($6.5k)
FLEX: Myles Gaskin – Dolphins ($5.4k)
DEF: Minnesota Vikings ($2.3k)
Newton is slated to return from a COVID-19 related absence, and we know he’s offered a strong floor and solid ceiling all year.
This week he gets the Broncos, who are banged up defensively and allowed Sam Darnold to do this.
Denver has otherwise been good against running quarterbacks, but Newton is going to run and he’s a threat to score when New England is at the goal-line. He feels like a rock-solid pick at this price.
Henry is operating on a short week, but he’s arguably discounted when you consider his upside. Facing one of the worst run defenses in the league, he’s a stellar cash option, and a difficult fade in all formats.
By default, Mattison is one of the best plays of the slate, and worth paying up for. Atlanta has been solid up front against running backs, but they have gotten torched by runners catching passes out of the backfield.
At wide receiver, Zacchaeus is a really nice punt for the second week in a row, assuming Julio Jones doesn’t suit up. He failed last week, but he’s got a pristine matchup in week six. Just monitor Julio’s status.
Brown and McLaurin are high upside plays with reasonable floors. They also both have good matchups and are simply too cheap. They’re easy plays in this lineup.
Mark Andrews is far and away the safest tight end play this week. He isn’t cheap, but he seems to score weekly, and he gets an Eagles defense that ranks 29th against the position.
Punting defense feels like the way to go this week, as there are a lot of cheap options. One that stands out is Minnesota. They tend to play well at home, and they’ve gotten off to terrific starts over their last two games.
Yes, this Vikings game is a spot to target offensive options from both sides, but the Vikings are quite playable in all formats, regardless.
NFL DFS GPP Lineup for Week 6
QB: Kirk Cousins – Vikings ($6.1k)
RB: Myles Gaskin – Dolphins ($5.4k)
RB: Jonathan Taylor – Colts ($6.4k)
WR: Justin Jefferson – Vikings ($6k)
WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster – Steelers ($6.6k)
WR: Calvin Ridley – Falcons ($7.8k)
TE: Irv Smith Jr. – Vikings ($2.5k)
FLEX: Ronald Jones – Buccaneers ($6k)
DEF: Miami Dolphins ($2.9k)
This is a pure tournament roster. I actually love a lot of these guys for cash games, but the way it’s constructed, this really isn’t a team for cash games.
It’s all about upside, and also trying to be different with logic in mind. Cousins and some of his weapons aren’t a unique stack on this slate, but Cousins with Jefferson/Smith and fading Adam Thielen and Alexander Mattison probably is.
This is a great way to buy into a chalky stack, but still gain leverage on the field. Don’t get me wrong, I love Mattison and Thielen this week. But for this team, we can try to get a little creative and differentiate our lineup.
Jefferson offers the same blow-up potential Thielen does, and Smith is starting to heat up. He ran routes on 72% of his snaps last week, and the Falcons allowed Robert Tonyan to go off (three touchdowns) just two games ago.
You can run it back with Ridley in this stack, but I like all Falcons receivers in tournaments.
At running back, I’ll fade Mattison and Henry here, and just get what could be superior value. Gaskin, Taylor, and Jones all have big roles and are in smash spots of their own.
There could be some ownership here, but based on the other options worth paying up for, one or two of these guys could crush and be relatively contrarian.
Chase Claypool is the man of the hour and he literally just won the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award.
He’s still just $5.2k, which could push a lot of ownership his way. JuJu has also been pretty weak since his first game, so my guess is he gets overlooked.
I’ll go overweight on him compared to the field, as he gets a pretty suspect Browns defense.
You can go in a number of directions with your team defense this week. The Patriots are safe, but expensive. I’d rather just go cheap, and Miami against a terrible Jets team sounds as good as anything else.
Week 6 NFL Betting
I love both of these week six NFL DFS lineups, but the beauty with my weekly daily fantasy football advice is that it can often also be applied to NFL betting.
With the insight seen above, we can probably gather that the Falcons vs. Vikings game will be lit. Understandably so, you can target the Over. I think Ronald Jones is part of a similar game in Tampa Bay, as the Buccaneers and Packers are just too explosive to not get involved in a shootout.
If you’re looking for some upsets this week, I like Tampa Bay there, as well. A big reason why is Jones, who should be able to find a lot of success against a bad Green Bay run defense.
This looks like a tough week to feel amazing about NFL wagers, as most of the spreads are really tight. If you need a little extra help, stop by our NFL picks for individual betting previews and predictions.
Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.
When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.