NFL Week 6 Power Rankings

The NFL season continues to move along. Week 5 saw some surprising finishes, but there are still a pair of undefeated teams that remain. After those two powerhouses, the NFL power rankings are muddied a bit. We take a look at teams 1-10 again this week, trying to sort out who is for real and which teams still have a bit more to prove:

1) The Los Angeles Rams           2018 Record: 5-0          Previous Week: 1 ( – )

The Rams were able to hold off their division rival, the Seattle Seahawks, to move to 5-0. Jared Goff converted a crucial 4th-and-1 late in the 4th quarter on a QB sneak to end the game. The Rams offense has been amazingly efficient, as they lead the NFL in yards per offensive play (7.4) and rank T-4th in fewest turnovers lost (5). Goff ranks 2nd in the league in passer rating (119.7); behind only Drew Brees. The Rams defense also currently ranks 6th in points allowed (19.6 PPG) and has allowed the 3rd fewest attempts inside the red zone (12).

2) The Kansas City Chiefs          2018 Record: 5-0          Previous Week: 2 ( – )

The Chiefs rolled right through the Jags 30-14 and remain one of two unbeaten teams. Kansas City’s defense stepped up big, intercepting Blake Bortles four times. The Chiefs defense came into the game with only two interceptions in the team’s first four games. Patrick Mahomes  had his first game this year without a TD and threw his first two interceptions of the season, but was able to get enough offense going to down the Jags. The Chiefs offense ranks 2nd in points per game (35.0) and ranks T-1st in fewest turnovers (3). The Chiefs are also the 3rd most efficient team at scoring inside the red zone (76.2%).

3) The New Orleans Saints        2018 Record: 5-0         Previous Week: 9 ( +6 )

Drew Brees, this week, became the new all-time leader in passing yards in the NFL. He did so in a 43-19 drubbing of the Redskins in the Superdome. Brees leads this Saints offense that ranks 1st in points per game (36.0) and 2nd in first downs (128). The Saints also got RB Mark Ingram back this week from suspension, and he contributed immediately rushing for two TDs. Brees found rookie WR Tre’Quan Smith three times for 111 yards and two scores, the first of which a 62 yard TD that gave his QB the all-time passing yards record.

4) The Chicago Bears            2018 Record: 3-1            Previous Week: 3 ( -1 )

The Bears had a week four bye after their week three win over the Bucs. For a team that came into the season with modest expectations, the Bears find themselves ranking 2nd in scoring defense (16.3 PPG) and have allowed the fewest trips inside the red zone (7). The Bears’ next matchup is a Dolphins team that ranks 28th in scoring (19.8 PPG).

5) The Cincinnati Bengals           2018 Record: 4-1          Previous Week: 5 ( – )

The Bengals moved to 4-1 after overcoming a 17-0 2nd half deficit to beat the Dolphins. A Bengals defense, which has struggled this season, blanked the Fins for the final 24 plus minutes of game time. The Bengals’ only blemish thus far was a loss on the road in Carolina. The Bengals rank 4th in scoring offense (30.6 PPG) and continues to have a top five scoring offense in the red zone (70.6%).

6) The New England Patriots        2018 Record: 3-2           Previous Week: NR

The Patriots, after some early season offensive struggles, have rebounded with back-to-back wins. They dominated the Dolphins last Sunday, and then beat the Colts last Thursday on a short week to move to 3-2. In the process, the Pats have moved to 6th in red zone scoring (68.8%) and rank 9th in points per game (26.6). The Patriots defense also ranks 9th in scoring (21.6) and has forced 10 turnovers (6th).

7) The Los Angeles Chargers         2018 Record: 3-2         Previous Week: NR

The Chargers took down the Raiders this past week to move to 3-2. Philip Rivers currently ranks 3rd in the NFL at QB rating (116.4) and leads this Chargers offense that ranks 8th in scoring (27.4 PPG). The Chargers offense has also taken care of the football, ranking T-4th in turnovers lost (5). The 2018 Bolts’ defense are T-10th in turnovers (8), and their only two losses have come against the Chiefs and Rams.

8) The Carolina Panthers          2018 Record: 3-2          Previous Week: NR

This past Sunday, the Panthers held off a Giants team desperate for a win. Graham Gano kicked a game-winning 63 yard FG with 0:01 remaining. The Panthers offense ranks 12th in scoring offense (26.0 PPG), and have only committed four turnovers thus far, which is good for 3rd in the NFL. The Panthers defense is ranked 15th in scoring defense (22.8 PPG) and is T-5th best at stopping conversions on 3rd down (30.8%).

9) The Jacksonville Jaguars         2018 Record: 3-2         Previous Week: 4 ( -5 )

The Jaguars hit a lofty speed bump in their 2018 season last week, falling to the red hot Chiefs 30-14. The Jags have had trouble scoring this season; their 20.4 PPG ranks 26th in the league. That said, they still rank T-3rd in scoring defense (17.2 PPG) and are the 2nd stingiest team on defense inside the red zone (33.3%). That defense is also the 6th best in the NFL at getting off the field on 3rd down (30.8%).

10) The Baltimore Ravens           2018 Record: 3-2           Previous Week: 6 ( -4 )

The Ravens lost a tough, divisional game on the road in OT this past week to a reinvigorated Cleveland Browns team. The Ravens struggled mightily on 3rd down (4/16) against their division foe. The Ravens defense, however, still ranks 1st in scoring defense (15.4 PPG) and 1st at getting off the field on 3rd down (28.8%). Their defense is also T-3rd fewest red zone attempts allowed (12). The Ravens offense has come up big inside the red zone, ranking T-8th in converting red zone scores (65.0%).


NFC Fantasy Notes: 49ers, Bears, Seahawks, Lions

With half of the preseason over for every team in the NFC, let’s take a look at some fantasy-worthy notes:

  • Jimmy Garoppolo completed 10-of-12 passes for 136 yards in the 49ers‘ second preseason contest. Three of the targets went to Marquise Goodwin, including a 40-yard bomb. Goodwin has the potential to be a WR2. He’s the 35th WR off the board in average drafts. He’s severely underrated on where he’s being taken on average as the 43rd WR.
  • If you’re playing on, Pierre Garcon is a player to be cautious with. He’s going 28th among WR on NFL, but 35.0 overall across all sites.
  • Mitch Trubisky is going to let a lot of Bears fans down this season, but he’s going to make a lot of Trey Burton fantasy owners happy. Burton was targeted on six of the QB’s 14 attempts against the Broncos on Saturday, catching four for 45 yards and a touchdown. He’s in the TE1 conversation.
  • Nick Vannett received another end zone target for the Seahawks, a week after catching a TD pass. Russell Wilson & Company are going to have issues in the red zone this season, as they did on Saturday night. Vannett could be the guy to help them overcome their problem in that area.
  • The Lions‘ first-team offensive line struggled against the Giants. Matthew Stafford went 2-for-5 with three of his passes going toward Marvin Jones Jr.
  • Sam Bradford looked sharped against the Saints, as we relayed on Saturday in a piece that evaluated Arizona’s regular season win total. Relying on Bradford to get you through the season at QB isn’t wise, but if you’re looking for a low-cost DF option in week 1, he’s not a bad pick vs. Washington.

Seahawks Odds & Ends: Fantasy Pieces, Preseason Betting

Russell Wilson impressed during his first action of the year, completing 4-of-5 passes for 43 yards and a touchdown. Three of those attempts went to new starting tight end Nick Vannett, who brought in two passes for 20 yards and a touchdown.

Vannett will certainly have a role in the passing game if he can stay healthy. He’s a good blocker who should remain on the field in most situations. He’s a TE2 candidate and one that is currently not being drafted in most leagues.

Here are more news and notes to help you dominate the fantasy football competition and win some money in the sportsbooks:

  • Even after a week 1 loss, Pete Carroll remains among the best coaches in the preseason with an overall record of 22-11. He’s 7-2 over his last nine straight up.
  • Seattle will take on the Chargers on Saturday night. Anthony Lynn only has one preseason win in five attempts for Los Angeles.
  • Chris Carson looked good in week 1, rushing for 26 yards on four carries. With Rashaad Penny undergoing surgery to repair a broken finger (he should be back by the start of the regular season), Carson is set to play the “bell cow” role, according to Ian Rapoport.

  • Backup QB Alex McGough played a conservative game during the second half against the Colts last week, completing 10-of-13 passes for under 50 yards. The Chargers have much more depth than the Colts and they should give him more fits than Indy did.
  • The Seahawks are counting on Quinton Jefferson to provide some pass rush and the 2016 fifth-round pick has received guidance from Cliff Avril, one of the players he’s replacing this year, as Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times chronicles.

Photo Courtesy of Chris Carson’s Instagram (@CCarson_32).