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Below are the Perfect Challenge picks for Week 6 from Marcas Grant, Matt Franciscovich, Alex Gelhar and myself, Matt Harmon.
Marcas likes a few bounce back candidates to come through this week. Eddie Lacy is having yet another quiet start to a season. The bruising back hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 1. With a faceoff against the Chargers (giving up over five yards per carry) ahead, this could be the week Lacy gets going. A.J. Green has gone quiet, relatively, over the last two weeks after a 227-yard bonanza against the Ravens. Andy Dalton is spreading the ball around to his multitude of weapons, and it will lead to waves in production between these guys. Marcas likes Week 6 as a big one for the Bengals' best offensive player.
Arian Foster started to look like his old self last Thursday, and Alex predicts the trend continues with a dominant game against Jacksonville (three touchdowns allowed to Doug Martin last week). Gelhar was the only one of us not to pick Gronk as his tight end, pivoting to Greg Olsen. Interesting choice, but it has some merit. Tyler Eifert reminded us last week that, despite their strong defense, the Seahawks will allow big plays to tight ends. The Carson Palmer/Larry Fitzgerald stack is an appealing one against a Steelers defense that can be had. The Cardinals skill position players have been victimized by being a part of blowouts of late, limiting their time on the field to produce. Pittsburgh should keep things a little closer, allowing for a top-level type of week for these two.
Franchise went with a Patriots-heavy lineup, stacking up Brady with his tight end, top receiver and pass-catching running back. The Tom Brady revenge tour has been glorious to watch. Well, I suppose not as much if they've played your favorite team, but for a football agnostic like myself, it's been great. Anyways, they're headed to face the team that originally set the Deflategate fire ablaze. A classic whoop up on the Colts week should be in store. Franchise is also riding strong on the Devonta Freeman train. With Julio Jones reported to be on a pitch count Thursday night, Atlanta will lean on Freeman.
I'm feeling a big DeAndre Hopkins week against Jacksonville. We know the targets have been there (on pace for over 230 this season) but he hasn't been in the end zone the last two weeks. That'll change this Sunday in game against a Jacksonville defense that's sneakily getting better each week. I'm unique in picking Matt Forte, but I love to exploit a good dumpster fire. Detroit has all the makings of one right now, and Forte should have a big day against a team that just allowed Chris Johnson to rip off 9.36 yards per carry. Chalk picks for me at kicker and defense. Even though the Browns offense is playing better than ever, that Broncos defense is just too good to turn away from.
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