After a couple of OK, but not great outings, the Arizona defense/special teams showed up in a major way in its last game, which is why the Cardinals occupy the top spot for the Week 6 fantasy rankings. The bye week schedule also had something to do with this, but more on that in a moment.
As for Arizona, the Cardinals harassed Blaine Gabbert last Thursday night, sacking him seven times, including once for a safety, and came up with three takeaways (2 INTs, fumble) in their win. Entering Week 6, Arizona is second in the NFL in sacks (18) and tied with Minnesota for the most takeaways (12). This week, the Cardinals will host the Jets for “Monday Night Football.” Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the league in interceptions with 10 and New York has the worst turnover margin (-10) of any team. With the Vikings, far and away the top fantasy DST to this point, on bye, Arizona gets the top spot for Week 6.
Speaking of Minnesota, owners who are looking for a bye week fill-in may want to kick the tires on Detroit. The Lions DST is not widely owned in most leagues and has a decent matchup at home against Los Angeles. The Rams rank near the bottom in total, scoring, rushing and passing offense and are near the top in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing DSTs. That’s the type of combination you look for when it comes to picking a DST.
Teams on bye: Minnesota, Tampa Bay
— Rankings by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.