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NFL Week 6 Positional Fantasy Football Rankings

Orchard Park, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) warms up prior to a game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Each week, PFF's fantasy football analysts post rankings in PPR, non-PPR and 0.5-PPR formats for the league's offensive skill positions. IDP rankings are also folded into the mix, making the PFF rankings pages the go-to resource for all your fantasy football decisions during the 2021 NFL season.

According to FantasyPros, my rankings placed second in accuracy among 149 experts in 2020 and third among 129 experts in 2019. My rankings are currently sixth out of 194 analysts through five weeks of the 2021 season.

Here are my fantasy football rankings for Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season, including some notes about players to help you make your weekly decisions.

Last Updated: 12:15 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17


  • GM: Good matchup, using PFF's strength of schedule and matchup tools
  • BM: Bad matchup, using PFF's strength of schedule and matchup tools
  • DNP: Did not participate in team's most recent practice due to injury
  • LP: Limited participation in team's most recent practice due to injury
  • D: Player is doubtful to play due to injury
  • Q: Player is questionable to play due to injury
  • FA: Free agent available in at least 80% of ESPN leagues
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Rank Name Team Opp Notes
1 Josh Allen BUF @TEN
2 Patrick Mahomes KC @WAS
3 Lamar Jackson BLT LAC
4 Kyler Murray ARZ @CLV BM
5 Jalen Hurts PHI TB
6 Tom Brady TB @PHI
7 Justin Herbert LAC @BLT
8 Matthew Stafford LA @NYG
9 Dak Prescott DAL @NE GM
10 Aaron Rodgers GB @CHI
11 Taylor Heinicke WAS KC
12 Joe Burrow CIN @DET GM
13 Daniel Jones NYG LA BM
14 Sam Darnold CAR MIN BM
15 Trevor Lawrence JAX MIA
16 Kirk Cousins MIN @CAR
17 Ryan Tannehill TEN BUF BM
18 Carson Wentz IND HST FA
19 Teddy Bridgewater DEN LV FA
20 Tua Tagovailoa MIA @JAX GM
21 Derek Carr LV @DEN
22 Ben Roethlisberger PIT SEA
23 Baker Mayfield CLV ARZ
24 Jared Goff DET CIN FA
25 Mac Jones NE DAL GM, FA
26 Justin Fields CHI GB
27 Geno Smith SEA @PIT FA
28 Davis Mills HST @IND FA

NFL bye weeks are here, and they aren’t going away any time soon. That means certain players who may not have made starting lineups in Week 5 may feature in Week 6.

Taylor Heinicke is the biggest example of that at quarterback this week. The Washington Football Team quarterback has been a top-10 fantasy quarterback in two of the last three weeks, though it helps that he's facing a Kansas City Chiefs defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.

Ryan Tannehill has been the biggest disappointment at quarterback this season, and this is unlikely to change this week. The 33-year-old signal-caller finished top-three in fantasy points per dropback in 2020, but he is currently below average in the same metric this season. Tanehill faces a Bills defense that has allowed the fewest fantasy points per dropback in 2021.

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