Regardless of what happens in Week 6, it will be tough to match some of the impressive performances from last week. Denver and Dallas went toe-to-toe with each other for four quarters before the Broncos came out victorious thanks to a field goal as time expired. Although Tony Romo's interception helped seal the Cowboys' fate, he also threw for 506 yards and five touchdowns. He was fantasy's top scorer for the week, with the top player overall, Peyton Manning close behind after another 400-yard, four-touchdown passing effort and a rare rushing touchdown.
Atlanta and Miami are the only teams on bye this week, and there are several appealing fantasy matchups on tap. Week 6 opens with the New York Giants going to Chicago. Thursday night games have been somewhat sloppy, but don't be surprised if both offenses make a little noise this week. New Orleans and New England is not only a matchup of two of the best teams in the early going, it features two of the top quarterbacks and, hopefully, two of the most explosive and dynamic tight ends in the NFL. Washington visits Dallas for the Sunday night game with Romo coming off his record-setting game and Robert Griffin III facing a team he had a lot of success against last season.
And then there's Jacksonville going to Denver. While the point spread may be at an all-time high, fantasy owners only care about the stats. And much like Romo and the Cowboys did last week, this could be the week to stock up on Jaguars. I'm not saying this game will be close, but I do think there's a chance that the likes of Chad Henne (Blaine Gabbert not expected to play), Cecil Shorts, Justin Blackmon and maybe even Maurice Jones-Drew could end up with a lot of fantasy points. For one, the Jags figure to be playing catch up from the start, and there's also the possibility that Manning and the rest of the Broncos' starters don't even play much in the second half. After all, head coaches don't care about your fantasy team.
Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.
2013 NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Positional Rankings
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points