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Fantasy Football: Best and worst DFS targets in Week 6

Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) attempts a pass against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Week 6 of the NFL’s DFS slate is littered with options to target and avoid, including a fun stack with the Washington Football Team and chalky and expensive players to dodge.

Let’s dive into the best and worst DFS plays at every position, based on matchup, opportunity and salary for Week 6.

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Best: Taylor Heinicke, Washington Football Team

DK: $5,800 | FD: $7,300

Heinicke’s QB15 ranking through six weeks is impressive, considering he didn’t play a full game in Week 1 and entered the campaign as a backup. He's scored 20-plus fantasy points in three of his four starts this season but is coming off a 9.9-point outing this past week, his worst of the year.

While that may scare many DFS players away, it gives us an opportunity to buy a steady producer at a reduced salary in a tremendous matchup, as the Kansas City Chiefs have not defended the quarterback position well at all this season.

Kansas City Chiefs defense vs. QBs | 2021
Category Fantasy Points Allowed (Rank)
Week 1 12.5 (6th)
Week 2 34.2 (31st)
Week 3 28.8 (30th)
Week 4 28.2 (29th)
Week 5 36.5 (29th)

Heinicke is a riskier play than many other players at the position, but risky decisions win tournaments, GPP’s and milly makers.

Worst: Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders

DK: $5,600 | FD: $7,000

After starting the season on a tear — 21-plus fantasy points a game through the first three weeks — Carr has produced only 14.4 and 7.2 fantasy points in each of his last two contests.

The Jon Gruden resignation and media storm probably won’t make things any easier for Carr and his teammates, especially now that they’ve switched offensive playcallers mid-season.

If that wasn’t enough to fade him, his matchup should be. The Denver Broncos have conceded the fifth-fewest passing yards (1,114) and tied-second-fewest passing touchdowns (5) this season.

Running Back

Best: Darrell Henderson Jr., Los Angeles Rams

DK: $6,000 | FD: $7,300

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