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Fantasy Football: Week 6 OL/DL matchups to target and avoid

2RTYPBA Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins in action during an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

• Starting Kirk Cousins even without Justin Jefferson: Cousins draws a favorable matchup this week and can be trusted even without his star wide receiver.

• Not quite ready to trust Joe Burrow: Coming off his best game of the season, fantasy managers may want to see one more positive performance from Burrow before trusting him in lineups, and this isn’t necessarily a favorable matchup to do so.

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Whether you’re looking for some important tie-breakers in fantasy start/sit decisions or an advantage in DFS, knowing which players have the most and least beneficial matchups each week can help.

Understanding which teams have the advantage in the trenches can be a key to weekly fantasy football results. These are some of the more crucial matchups to be aware of as fantasy managers head into Week 6.

Click here to see this week’s entire offensive line/defensive line matchup tool on PFF.com.

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Offensive line matchups to target

Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears

  • The Vikings offensive line currently ranks third in pass-blocking grade this season (76.7).
  • The Vikings offensive line has also allowed just a 26.0% pressure rate so far this season, which ranks 13th in the league.
  • The Bears defensive line has managed just a 54.0 pass-rush grade so far this season, which ranks 31st in the league.
  • The Bears defensive line also has the fifth-longest time to pressure at 2.57 seconds this season.
Key player(s) to target

QB Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings 

  • Cousins started the year off hot with three straight top-five fantasy finishes but has cooled a bit as the QB17 overall these past two weeks.
  • There may be concerns about Cousins’ potential to produce without Justin Jefferson, but there are still strong options in this offense to throw to and put up fantasy production.
  • From a clean pocket, Cousins has earned an 85.4 passing grade that ranks among the top-10 quarterbacks this season.
  • Cousins has also thrown for 1,156 yards from a clean pocket that ranks as the third-most through five weeks.
  • Cousins’ passing yards prop is currently set at 249.5 on DraftKings Sportsbook. He has missed that mark just once so far this season.

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