WEEK 6 PICKS: Lacy Could Score Big

The big news coming out of Week 5 has to be the Jamaal Charles injury, which opens up the opportunity for Charcandrick West and Knile Davis to be fantasy relevant. It’s difficult to know which player to back in a PickChamps contest, as it’s uncertain which running back will get the bulk of the work. As always though, one of them could pay off in a big way if you make the correct pick:

Josh McCown (QB) will have at most 201 passing yards

This may seem funny given that McCown has thrown for at least 341 yards in each of his last three games. However, those opponents (Baltimore, San Diego and the Raiders) don’t have very good pass defenses and are nowhere close to being as good as the Broncos. Denver has the third best defense in terms of passing yards per attempt (6.1) and this game could be a low-scoring, ugly affair. Peyton Manning has at least one interception in each of his first five games and both teams will try and run the ball. There’s less of a worry about garbage time production from McCown as this game should be close (Denver -4), considering that it’s taking place in Cleveland.

Suggestion: 25 Points X 4.00 Offer = 100.00 Winnings

Lamar Miller will have at least 54 rushing yards

Things haven’t gone right for Miami, besides a lucky win in Washington. The team will get a fresh start after firing Joe Philbin and coming off the bye. It would make a lot of sense if they tried to get Miller more involved in the offense this week, after he averaged 5.1 yard per carry a season ago. Tennessee is 24th in the league in terms of yards per carry (4.4) and is giving up an average of 117 rushing yards per game. Braden Albert, the Dolphins best offensive lineman, returned to practice Tuesday and would be a big boost to any success Miller has on the ground.

Suggestion: 25.00 Points X 5.71 = 142.75 Winnings

Torrey Smith will have at least 76 receiving yards

It appears that the demise of the 49ers passing attack may have been overblown, as Colin Kaepernick threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns last Sunday night. This week San Francisco gets an easier opponent, as they host a Ravens squad that will be traveling across the country. Since losing Terrell Suggs, the Ravens have given up an average 304 passing yards per game. Smith has big-play ability and is one of the few receivers in the league that could earn this Pick on only one play from scrimmage (he did it Week 2 against Pittsburgh).

Suggestion: 25.00 Points X 5.71 = 142.75 Winnings

Tyrann Matheiu and Patrick Peterson will have at least one touchdown

It appears Ben Roethlisberger will miss another week and Michael Vick will be under center once again for the Steelers. Vick has not been overly impressive statistically in his two starts, and doesn’t appear to be the same athletic quarterback from his days in Atlanta. Both Matheiu and Peterson come into this game with two interceptions each, and the Honey Badger already has a touchdown on the season. Peterson is still involved in the kick return game, giving a few more opportunities to score and win this pick. Putting both into play help increase the chances of a win with this Pick, but it’s still a long shot. Therefore, be wary of the points you wager here; it won’t take many for a nice return should this Pick hit.

Suggestion: 15.00 Points X 10.00 = 150.00 Winnings

BOLD PREDICTION OF THE WEEK

Eddie Lacy will score at least 3 touchdowns.

A lot has been made of Lacy’s early season struggles, but the fact is, Aaron Rodgers’ incredible passing attack has not needed the assistance of a running game. However, this week could be a different story, as the Packer welcome the Chargers into town. Not only does San Diego have to go on the road to Lambeau Field, they’re the NFL’s worst team against the run, giving up a 5.1 yards per carry. Despite being a big man, Lacy has improved his pass-catching ability and scored four times last season through the air. Look for this to be the week that Lacy finally breaks out.

Suggestion: 10.00 Points X 10.00 Offer = 100.00 Winnings

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Written by Kevin Payne
Kevin has been playing fantasy sports for the last 20 years and got into DFS five years ago. He's been a regular contributor at Rotowire.com for over a decade and covered football, baseball, basketball and soccer. Kevin has had several "big hits" doing DFS over the last several years and continues to play heavily in both DFS and season-long league. At glutton for punishment, he roots for his hometown Bills, Sabres and the New York Yankees.