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McFarland: Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings & Tiers

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It's time to set our Week 6 fantasy football lineups and identify our favorite DFS plays and fades.

Below, you'll find tiers and rankings for every position, including analysis, implied point totals, betting spreads and more.

For adjustments after the timestamp below, check out PFF's weekly rankings and projections.

Last updated: 8 p.m. EST, Oct. 13

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KEY:

  • SOS: PFF's Fantasy Strength of Schedule (SoS) metric provides a league-wide, season-long view of opponent matchups for each fantasy position.
  • OL Pass-Block Advantage (OL PBA): offensive-line pass blocking matchup; derived from the OL/DL Matchup tool (pass blocking advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the offensive line, and vice versa).
  • OL Run-Block Advantage (OL RBA): offensive-line pass blocking matchup; derived from the OL/DL Matchup tool (run blocking advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the offensive line, and vice versa).
  • WR/CB Matchup Advantage (WR/CB MU): wide receiver versus cornerback matchup; derived from the WR/CB Matchup tool (matchup advantage grade — the higher the grade, the better the matchup for the receiver, and vice versa).
  • TE Matchup Advantage (TE MU): tight end versus linebackers and safeties; derived from the TE Matchup tool (matchup advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the tight end, and vice versa.
  • Projections: from PFF projections tool.
  • Injuries: Q = Questionable; D = Doubtful (typically removed from ranks on Saturday); GTD = game time decision

JUMP TO A POSITION RANKING:

QB | RB | WR | TE

QUARTERBACKS

Tier Rank Player Opponent Total Spread Implied Points QB SOS OL PBA PPR Injury Status
1 QB1 Josh Allen @TEN 54.0 -5.5 29.75 4.5 9 23.8
1 QB2 Patrick Mahomes @WAS 55.5 -7.0 31.25 5.2 -42 23.4
2 QB3 Lamar Jackson LAC 52.0 -3.0 27.50 2.7 -6 23.6
2 QB4 Tom Brady @PHI 52.5 -7.0 29.75 3.2 3 23.0
3 QB5 Kyler Murray @CLV 49.5 3.0 23.25 0.0 13 18.6 Q
3 QB6 Justin Herbert @BLT 52.0 3.0 24.50 3.5 -14 18.6
3 QB7 Jalen Hurts TB 52.5 7.0 22.75 4.0 -4 17.4
4 QB8 Dak Prescott @NE 51.0 -3.5 27.25 5.8 7 19.1
4 QB9 Matthew Stafford @NYG 48.5 -9.5 29.00 5.2 19 18.8
4 QB10 Aaron Rodgers @CHI 45.0 -4.5 24.75 5.3 -6 19.6
4 QB11 Joe Burrow @DET 47.5 -3.5 25.50 10.0 -2 22.7
5 QB12 Ryan Tannehill BUF 54.0 5.5 24.25 1.9 -20 18.0
5 QB13 Sam Darnold MIN 46.0 1.0 22.50 0.7 -26 16.5
5 QB14 Kirk Cousins @CAR 46.0 -1.0 23.50 3.2 -44 16.3
5 QB15 Derek Carr @DEN 44.0 3.5 20.25 2.6 -27 17.4
5 QB16 Trevor Lawrence MIA 47.0 3.0 22.00 5.2 0 16.4
5 QB17 Taylor Heinicke KC 55.5 7.0 24.25 3.8 42 16.5
6 QB18 Daniel Jones LA 48.5 9.5 19.50 1.8 -69 13.8
6 QB19 Tua Tagovailoa @JAX 47.0 -3.0 25.00 7.2 -14 17.3
6 QB20 Geno Smith @PIT 42.5 4.5 19.00 3.0 -42 17.2
6 QB21 Justin Fields GB 45.0 4.5 20.25 2.0 1 15.4
6 QB22 Baker Mayfield ARZ 49.5 -3.0 26.25 2.9 -30 16.4
6 QB23 Carson Wentz HST 42.5 -9.5 26.00 5.2 12 16.9
6 QB24 Teddy Bridgewater LV 44.0 -3.5 23.75 2.6 -7 16.8
6 QB25 Ben Roethlisberger SEA 42.5 -4.5 23.50 4.2 11 15.4
6 QB26 Mac Jones DAL 51.0 3.5 23.75 5.3 -10 17.0
6 QB27 Jared Goff CIN 47.5 3.5 22.00 3.0 -18 16.1
7 QB28 Davis Mills @IND 42.5 9.5 16.50 3.4 3 15.3

Tier 1 – Josh Allen draws the second-highest implied points and second-best game total in a decent matchup. The Bills remain pass-heavy in all game situations, but they play with a leading script more often than any other team, which means Allen has untapped upside despite ranking as the QB5 for the season.

Tier 1 – Patrick Mahomes pulls the largest implied points and game total on the slate in a matchup against the Football Team that looks far easier than we anticipated when the season began.

Tier 2 – The Ravens rank third in pass dropbacks over the past three games, throwing the ball more in all game scripts in 2021. Lamar Jackson could push for the QB1 overall, with the Ravens dropping back to pass only 2% below the NFL average of 63%. Jackson handles more designed-rush attempts (26%) than any other quarterback — 21 percentage points above the NFL average  and scrambles the fourth-most.

Tier 3 – Kyler Murray is dealing with a shoulder injury and is questionable for the most challenging QB SOS matchup on the Week 6 slate.

Tier 3 – Justin Herbert will look to play in a shoot-out alongside Jackson and the Ravens, with the game garnering the fourth-highest total. He has three or more touchdown passes in his past three starts while playing in one of the healthiest fantasy environments in the NFL.

Tier 3 – Jalen Hurts is matchup proof. He plays in a pass-heavy offense and handles more designed-rush attempts than any other quarterback not named Lamar Jackson.

Tier 4 – Dak Prescott's passing attempts are down thanks to the Cowboys' return to a run-heavy approach, but he pulls the fifth-best game total and the fifth-highest implied points in an above-average matchup.

Tier 4 – Joe Burrow ascends into the top 12 due to the best QB SOS in the NFL, facing the Detroit Lions in Week 6. Zac Taylor could still short-circuit the outcome we covet with the league-worst play-per-minute offense and run-heavy approach.

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