USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Aaron Rodgers, Melvin Gordon and Julio Jones
- Sean Koerner -- the No. 1 in-season fantasy football ranker in 2015, 2016 and 2017 -- takes a detailed look at his Week 6 tiers for every position: quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, defense and kicker.
- Use the strategies outlined below to build the most optimal starting lineup for your fantasy football team.
Below you’ll find my tiers for Week 6 fantasy football. These are based on standard scoring and cover every position.
As a reminder, these tiers are not updated after publication. If you want my most up-to-date rankings for PPR, Standard and Half-Point PPR leagues, check out this post.
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Patrick Mahomes (@ NE)
Mahomes had to allow a few other quarterbacks to rent space in his Tier 1 AirBnB last week as he faced a brutal Jaguars defense. Now he gets a slam-dunk shootout with the Patriots this week and has moved back into Tier 1 all alone.
Aaron Rodgers (vs. SF)
Matt Ryan (vs. TB)
Tom Brady (vs. KC)
Deshaun Watson (vs. BUF)
This has been one of the more unusual NFL seasons I can remember — so unusual that I was getting some slack for having Rodgers in Tier 1 last week. Granted, after Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison were both officially ruled out, I lowered Rodgers’ projections/rank some.
We are five weeks into the season now, which means we have enough data to begin updating the rankings we had to begin the season. On the flip side, we also need to not cast away one of the greatest players to ever play the game as used garbage after a few games.
I always emphasize the need to find the balance between preseason expectations and in-season results, and not to overweight the latter.
Deshaun Watson could have had a massive Week 5 if not for some perplexing play-calling around the goal line. The Texans need to find better ways to use one of the most dynamic quarterbacks inside the 20.
Watson’s stock has been rising after a slow start. He is day-to-day but tentatively expected to play in Week 6. Be sure to monitor his status and have potential backup plans in case he is unable to go.