Rest of Season Cheat Sheet: Week 6

Cory Bonini, @Cory_Bonini

QB | RB | WR | TE | PK | DF | Movement Analysis

NOTE: These player rankings track a player's value for the remainder of the season and are intended to be used as a tool, not necessarily a definitive guide to player valuation. The scoring system is performance PPR. Return each Tuesday for an update following the outcome of Monday Night Football, any new developments, and further review of situations. There is no exact science behind season-long rankings, considering all of the variables and situational uncertainties at work.

QUARTERBACKS

Mv Rank Player Team Bye
  1 Aaron Rodgers GBP 4
  2 Tom Brady NEP 9
  3 Matt Ryan ATL 11
  4 Ben Roethlisberger PIT 8
  5 Cam Newton CAR 7
  6 Eli Manning NYG 8
  7 Drew Brees NOS 5
  8 Derek Carr OAK 10
  9 Russell Wilson SEA 5
  10 Andrew Luck IND 10
  11 Carson Palmer ARI 9
  12 Kirk Cousins WAS 9
  13 Blake Bortles JAC 5
  14 Matthew Stafford DET 10
  15 Jameis Winston TBB 6
  16 Philip Rivers SDC 11
  17 Tyrod Taylor BUF 10
  18 Ryan Tannehill MIA 8
  19 Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ 11
  20 Andy Dalton CIN 9
  21 Joe Flacco BAL 8
  22 Trevor Siemian DEN 11
  23 Carson Wentz PHI 4
  24 Dak Prescott DAL 7
  25 Marcus Mariota TEN 13
Up 26 Tony Romo DAL 7
  27 Jay Cutler CHI 9
  28 Brock Osweiler HOU 9
  29 Alex Smith KCC 5
  30 Sam Bradford MIN 6
  31 Cody Kessler CLE 13
  32 Brian Hoyer CHI 9
Up 33 Colin Kaepernick SFO 8
  34 Paxton Lynch DEN 11
  35 Jared Goff LAR 8
  36 Case Keenum LAR 8
  37 Blaine Gabbert SFO 8

TIGHT ENDS

Mv Rank Player Team Bye
  1 Rob Gronkowski NEP 9
  2 Jordan Reed WAS 9
  3 Greg Olsen CAR 7
  4 Travis Kelce KCC 5
  5 Delanie Walker TEN 13
  6 Eric Ebron DET 10
  7 Coby Fleener NOS 5
  8 Jimmy Graham SEA 5
  9 Gary Barnidge CLE 13
Up 15 Martellus Bennett NEP 9
  10 Julius Thomas JAC 5
  11 Zach Miller CHI 9
  16 Kyle Rudolph MIN 6
  12 Cameron Brate TBB 6
  13 Antonio Gates SDC 11
  14 Zach Ertz PHI 4
  17 Tyler Eifert CIN 9
  18 Dwayne Allen IND 10
  20 Jason Witten DAL 7
  21 Charles Clay BUF 10
  22 Jesse James PIT 8
  23 Clive Walford OAK 10
  24 Dennis Pitta BAL 8
  25 Hunter Henry SDC 11
  19 Vance McDonald SFO 8
  26 Jacob Tamme ATL 11
  27 Richard Rodgers GBP 4
  28 Jack Doyle IND 10
  29 Jared Cook GBP 4
  30 Larry Donnell NYG 8
  31 Virgil Green DEN 11
  32 Jordan Cameron MIA 8
  33 Marcedes Lewis JAC 5
  34 Lance Kendricks LAR 8
  35 Garrett Celek SFO 8
  36 Will Tye NYG 8
  38 Austin Hooper ATL 11
  40 Darren Fells ARI 9
  41 Ryan Griffin HOU 9
  42 Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ 11
  43 Crockett Gillmore BAL 8

KICKERS

Mv Rank Player Team Bye
  1 Stephen Gostkowski NEP 9
  2 Graham Gano CAR 7
  3 Nick Novak HOU 9
  4 Brandon McManus DEN 11
  5 Justin Tucker BAL 8
  6 Mason Crosby GBP 4
  7 Steven Hauschka SEA 5
  8 Dustin Hopkins WAS 9
  9 Dan Bailey DAL 7
  10 Chris Boswell PIT 8
  11 Mike Nugent CIN 9
  12 Chandler Catanzaro ARI 9
  13 Adam Vinatieri IND 10
  14 Caleb Sturgis PHI 4
  15 Blair Walsh MIN 6
  16 Josh Brown NYG 8
  17 Cairo Santos KCC 5
  18 Jason Myers JAC 5
  19 Nick Folk NYJ 11
  20 Josh Lambo SDC 11
  21 Connor Barth CHI 9
  22 Dan Carpenter BUF 10
  23 Matt Bryant ATL 11
  24 Matt Prater DET 10
  25 Wil Lutz NOS 5
  26 Sebastian Janikowski OAK 10
  27 Phil Dawson SFO 8
  28 Ryan Succop TEN 13
  29 Greg Zuerlein LAR 8
  30 Roberto Aguayo TBB 6
  31 Cody Parkey CLE 13
  32 Andrew Franks MIA 8

RUNNING BACKS

Mv Rank Player Team Bye
  1 David Johnson ARI 9
  2 Le'Veon Bell PIT 8
  3 Ezekiel Elliott DAL 7
  4 Lamar Miller HOU 9
  5 DeMarco Murray TEN 13
  6 LeSean McCoy BUF 10
  7 Mark Ingram NOS 5
  8 Devonta Freeman ATL 11
  9 Melvin Gordon SDC 11
  10 Todd Gurley LAR 8
  11 Carlos Hyde SFO 8
  12 Doug Martin TBB 6
  13 Jordan Howard CHI 9
  14 C.J. Anderson DEN 11
  15 Eddie Lacy GBP 4
  16 Jamaal Charles KCC 5
  17 Giovani Bernard CIN 9
  18 Theo Riddick DET 10
  19 Christine Michael SEA 5
  20 Jeremy Hill CIN 9
  21 Latavius Murray OAK 10
  22 Matt Forte NYJ 11
  23 Isaiah Crowell CLE 13
  24 Frank Gore IND 10
  25 Ryan Mathews PHI 4
  26 Tevin Coleman ATL 11
  27 Matt Jones WAS 9
  28 Jerick McKinnon MIN 6
  29 LeGarrette Blount NEP 9
  30 T.J. Yeldon JAC 5
  31 Bilal Powell NYJ 11
  32 Spencer Ware KCC 5
  33 Duke Johnson CLE 13
  34 James White NEP 9
  35 Terrance West BAL 8
  36 Arian Foster MIA 8
  37 Jonathan Stewart CAR 7
  38 Rashad Jennings NYG 8
  39 Darren Sproles PHI 4
  40 Chris Ivory JAC 5
  41 Kenneth Dixon BAL 8
  42 Matt Asiata MIN 6
  43 Orleans Darkwa NYG 8
  44 Devontae Booker DEN 11
  45 DeAndre Washington OAK 10
Up 46 Jacquizz Rodgers TBB 6
  47 Shaun Draughn SFO 8
  48 DeAngelo Williams PIT 8
  49 Kenyan Drake MIA 8
  50 Wendell Smallwood PHI 4
  51 Chris Thompson WAS 9
  52 Bobby Rainey NYG 8
  53 Derrick Henry TEN 13
  54 Fozzy Whittaker CAR 7
  55 Mike Gillislee BUF 10
  56 James Starks GBP 4
  57 Tim Hightower NOS 5
  58 Alfred Morris DAL 7
  59 Thomas Rawls SEA 5
  60 Jay Ajayi MIA 8
  61 Josh Ferguson IND 10
  62 C.J. Spiller SEA 5
  63 Jeremy Langford CHI 9
  64 Paul Perkins NYG 8
  65 Javorius Allen BAL 8
  66 Mike Tolbert CAR 7
  67 Dwayne Washington DET 10
  68 Kenjon Barner PHI 4
  69 Charcandrick West KCC 5
  70 Jalen Richard OAK 10
  71 Rob Kelley WAS 9
  72 Robert Turbin IND 10
  73 Damien Williams MIA 8
  74 Alfred Blue HOU 9
  75 Zach Zenner DET 10
  76 C.J. Prosise SEA 5
  77 John Kuhn NOS 5

DEFENSE

Mv Rank Player Team Bye
Up 1 Minnesota Vikings MIN 6
  2 Denver Broncos DEN 11
  3 Seattle Seahawks SEA 5
  4 Arizona Cardinals ARI 9
  5 Kansas City Chiefs KCC 5
  6 Los Angeles Rams LAR 8
  7 New England Patriots NEP 9
  8 New York Giants NYG 8
  9 Carolina Panthers CAR 7
Up 10 Buffalo Bills BUF 10
  11 Philadelphia Eagles PHI 4
  12 Houston Texans HOU 9
  13 New York Jets NYJ 11
  14 Cincinnati Bengals CIN 9
Up 15 Atlanta Falcons ATL 11
  16 Green Bay Packers GBP 4
Up 17 Pittsburgh Steelers PIT 8
  18 Washington Redskins WAS 9
  19 Jacksonville Jaguars JAC 5
  20 Detroit Lions DET 10
  21 Indianapolis Colts IND 10
  22 Oakland Raiders OAK 10
  23 San Diego Chargers SDC 11
  24 Baltimore Ravens BAL 8
  25 Tampa Bay Buccaneers TBB 6
  26 Tennessee Titans TEN 13
  27 Miami Dolphins MIA 8
  28 New Orleans Saints NOS 5
  29 Dallas Cowboys DAL 7
  30 Cleveland Browns CLE 13
  31 Chicago Bears CHI 9
  32 San Francisco 49ers SFO 8

WIDE RECEIVERS

Mv Rank Player Team Bye
  1 Antonio Brown PIT 8
  2 Julio Jones ATL 11
  3 A.J. Green CIN 9
  4 Odell Beckham NYG 8
  5 DeAndre Hopkins HOU 9
  6 Brandon Marshall NYJ 11
Up 7 Jordy Nelson GBP 4
  8 T.Y. Hilton IND 10
  9 Allen Robinson JAC 5
  10 Jarvis Landry MIA 8
  11 Mike Evans TBB 6
  12 Amari Cooper OAK 10
  13 Demaryius Thomas DEN 11
  14 Brandin Cooks NOS 5
  15 Doug Baldwin SEA 5
  16 Alshon Jeffery CHI 9
  17 Marvin Jones DET 10
  18 Jeremy Maclin KCC 5
  19 Jordan Matthews PHI 4
  20 Julian Edelman NEP 9
  21 Michael Crabtree OAK 10
Up 22 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 9
  23 Dez Bryant DAL 7
  24 Allen Hurns JAC 5
  25 Kelvin Benjamin CAR 7
  26 Michael Floyd ARI 9
  27 Randall Cobb GBP 4
  28 Travis Benjamin SDC 11
  29 Emmanuel Sanders DEN 11
  30 Stefon Diggs MIN 6
  31 Sterling Shepard NYG 8
  32 Mike Wallace BAL 8
  33 DeVante Parker MIA 8
  34 Tyrell Williams SDC 11
  35 Will Fuller HOU 9
  36 Willie Snead NOS 5
  37 John Brown ARI 9
  38 Terrelle Pryor CLE 13
  39 Eric Decker NYJ 11
  40 Tavon Austin LAR 8
  41 DeSean Jackson WAS 9
  42 Golden Tate DET 10
  43 Mohamed Sanu ATL 11
  44 Michael Thomas NOS 5
Up 45 Cole Beasley DAL 7
  46 Tajae Sharpe TEN 13
  47 Donte Moncrief IND 10
  48 Torrey Smith SFO 8
  49 Vincent Jackson TBB 6
  50 Robert Woods BUF 10
Up 51 Jeremy Kerley SFO 8
Up 52 Sammie Coates PIT 8
  53 Davante Adams GBP 4
Up 54 Cameron Meredith CHI 9
  55 Anquan Boldin DET 10
  56 Steve Smith BAL 8
Up 57 Kenny Britt LAR 8
  58 Devin Funchess CAR 7
  59 Rishard Matthews TEN 13
  60 Tyler Boyd CIN 9
  61 Pierre Garcon WAS 9
  62 Chris Hogan NEP 9
  63 Jamison Crowder WAS 9
  64 Eddie Royal CHI 9
Up 65 Brian Quick LAR 8
  66 Terrance Williams DAL 7
  67 Tyler Lockett SEA 5
  68 Victor Cruz NYG 8
  69 Phillip Dorsett IND 10
  70 Quinton Patton SFO 8
  71 Brandon LaFell CIN 9
  72 Sammy Watkins BUF 10
  73 Dontrelle Inman SDC 11
  74 Adam Humphries TBB 6
  75 Quincy Enunwa NYJ 11
  76 Corey Coleman CLE 13
  77 Marquise Goodwin BUF 10
  78 Markus Wheaton PIT 8
  79 Ted Ginn Jr. CAR 7
  80 Andre Johnson TEN 13
  81 Seth Roberts OAK 10
  82 Eli Rogers PIT 8
  83 Jermaine Kearse SEA 5
  84 Nelson Agholor PHI 4
  85 Josh Doctson WAS 9
  86 Dorial Green-Beckham PHI 4
  87 Kenny Stills MIA 8
  88 Malcolm Mitchell NEP 9
  89 Brice Butler DAL 7
  90 Breshad Perriman BAL 8
  91 Kevin White CHI 9
  92 Albert Wilson KCC 5
  93 Taylor Gabriel ATL 11
  94 Laquon Treadwell MIN 6
  95 Corey Brown CAR 7
  96 Jaelen Strong HOU 9
  97 Marqise Lee JAC 5
  98 Brandon Coleman NOS 5
  99 Jaron Brown ARI 9
  100 Josh Huff PHI 4
  101 Chris Conley KCC 5

Tuesday update

The quiet Monday night game offered the removal of Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Charles Sims (placed on Monday) and the entry of running back Jacquizz Rodgers. Doug Martin appears close to returning, and Tampa is on bye this week, to buy him more time.

Unsettled situations

Green Bay Packers running backs

Learning more about the ankle injury suffered by Eddie Lacy will be the determining factor in James Starks' rankings placement. He will remain unchanged at this time. Despite a quality showing in limited action, Lacy was lowered a few spots based on market correction for his overall season-long outlook.

Quarterback Movement

Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals Down

Concussion aside, I am no longer comfortable with the belief that he can make it through the rest of the season upon his eventual return, which isn't necessarily going to be in Week 6. If he looks vintage in his return, Palmer will be on the rise.

Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins Down

Back-to-back weeks of some of the worst quarterbacking the NFL has offered this season ... and I get accused of being irrationally pro-Tannehill. This upcoming week brings the Steelers and then a bye. After the bye, he has a very friendly schedule, which is why he wasn't reduced even more.

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys Up

Jerry Jones insists Romo will return to a starting position once his health permits. Dak Prescott has been ranked as he is with the expectation the floor would give out at some point before Romo came back ... that doesn't seem likely. I'll give Jones the benefit of the doubt for now, but I remain somewhat skeptical that Romo doesn't get "Bledsoed."

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers Up

Seriously, how can Chip Kelly maintain that Kaepernick is not a better option for the 49ers? While I realize Kaepernick is visibly lighter than before his injury problems, Blaine Gabbert is imploding.

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers Down

Newton is out of sync when he's on the field, and his offensive line has been a mess. Last year's success was a confluence of a kind schedule, no expectations, raw talent, and an emotional high. The Super Bowl loss changed everything, which I wrote about on USA TODAY several months ago. To Cam's credit, I don't see his ranking falling beyond this point.

Running Back Movement

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys Up

The generational talent is proving his to be worth his draft weight in gold. You can't teach that kind of speed and vision ... playing behind the best line in football never hurts, either.

Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons Up

Coleman is getting it done with limited touches, and this backfield continues to prove there is enough meat on the bone most weeks for both backs to be productive for fantasy.

Matt Forte, New York Jets Down

Three straight games of subpar fantasy production, combined with a loss of playing time on third downs, has Forte's stock tumbling. He's not solely to blame, but the gap between the floor and ceiling is narrower than ever before.

Zach Zenner, Detroit Lions Up

Zenner enters the rankings based on the off-chance Detroit learns how to run the football and gives him a shot near the stripe.

Wide Reciever Movement

Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers Up

The Nelson increase was more of a hat tip to his scoring prowess and improving form. He went up two spots and could rise more for owners in standard-scoring formats.

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals Up

Fitz is quarterback-proof. He needed a bump based on recent production.

Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers Down

Cobb actually comes down slightly (previously ranked 19th) despite a strong game. He is still more of a matchup play than a weekly lineup lock. He took a massive head shot at the end of the game, which may not matter, but it is worth monitoring given the NFL's emphasis on concussions.

Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys Up

Dak Prescott loves him some Cole Beasley, and the diminutive receiver continues to churn out double-digit PPR efforts -- Dez Bryant or not.

Sammie Coates, Pittsburgh Steelers Up

Coates erupted in Week 5, but as we've previously discussed, he is a one-trick pony. Games like his two-touchdown showing will spring up, but predicting them can induce headaches. He's a fringe weekly play at this point, but owners must accept the bad with the good when he fails to produce.

Kenny Britt, Los Angeles Rams Up

Britt is a weekly contributor at this point and deserved his season-long outlook to reflect such ... his injury history really is the only thing holding him back from being a confident WR3 play.

Cameron Meredith, Chicago Bears Up

Meredith has a starting spot in the lineup with Kevin White on IR, and he did a masterful job of showcasing his abilities in Week 5. He's an obvious waiver wire add and instantly becomes a legitimate weekly consideration.

Chris Hogan, New England Patriots Up

Hogan left Week 5 with a head injury, and his prognosis is unclear, so this ranking is tentative. Tom Brady makes everyone better, and no receiver in this offense benefits more from No. 12 than Hogan. His size alone makes the former Buffalo Bill a red zone weapon, and his vertical presence is an asset between the 20s.

Brian Quick, Los Angeles Rams Up

Quick looks like his pre-2015 self. There is considerable upside with Quick, at least as long as Kenny Britt continues to play well.

Kevin White, Chicago Bears Down

White was placed on short-term IR and could come back in eight weeks.

Tight End Movement

Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots Up

Bennett could be a weekly fantasy factor with Brady back under center, although we know huge games like this cannot be expected. There will be games in which he is non-existent for fantasy, but the position will be involved heavily throughout the season.

Vance McDonald, San Francisco 49ers Down

McDonald is closer to returning, so lowering him is probably a little unfair. This is a very fluid ranking, largely because of the unsettling quarterback situation. Gabbert is probably better for McDonald.

Kicker Movement

No notable ranking changes.

Team Defense Movement

Minnesota Vikings Up

The Vikings enter their bye week with a bang ... a five-week explosion, really. This is absolutely a championship-caliber defense that can carry the offense when it misfires, scoring huge bonus points for fantasy gamers along the way.

Buffalo Bills Up

Buffalo is getting to the quarterback and showing their offensive tweaks had the intended effect on the defensive side of the ball.

Atlanta Falcons Up

Atlanta exploited a rookie quarterback in Week 5. They still allow too many yards and points, so scoring systems matter greatly in their season-long outlook. Most formats can consider this group a matchup play with upside.

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