Fantasy Football: 5 breakout candidates for Week 6 action

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The sixth week of the 2021 NFL season and Fantasy Football year is underway with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking down the Philadelphia Eagles on the road. We now can look forward to Sunday and Monday’s games after getting noteworthy performances from players on Thursday night. It goes without saying that guys like Patrick Mahomes, Davante Adams, and Travis Kelce could be in for big outings in Week 6.

On the other end of the spectrum, whether it be due to an injury or just increased usage, some players have a chance to increase their value in fantasy football this week. Some players could also just be making their debuts in the NFL in Week 6.

Taking all of that into account, here are five players that could have breakout performances in Fantasy Football in Week 6.

Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears

David Montgomery is already slated to miss nearly a month of action for the Chicago Bears due to a knee injury. It was Damien Williams and Khalil Herbert who would split the workload in Week 5 in Montgomery’s first absence. While Williams was the one who found the end zone, Herbert was able to contribute 75 rushing yards on 18 attempts against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Williams was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday, setting Herbert up for his first career start in the NFL. Herbert’s first start will come against a Green Bay Packers defense that is susceptible to the run.

Devontae Booker, New York Giants

The New York Giants continue to be ravaged by injuries on the offensive side of the ball. While Saquon Barkley was beginning to look like his usual self in recent weeks, he suffered a sprained ankle in Week 5 versus the Dallas Cowboys. Barkley is set to miss multiple weeks with his ankle injury, allowing Devontae Booker to carry the majority of the workload until Barkley can return. Booker had a rushing and receiving touchdown in Week 5 in relief of Barkley against the Cowboys.

Even though the Los Angeles Rams have a solid run defense, Booker’s potential volume in Week 6 could be enough to make him a viable option in Fantasy Football.

Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions haven’t been able to win a game yet this season, and they continue to lose in heartbreaking ways. Despite the struggles the Lions have had, Amon-Ra St. Brown has been a bright spot for them in recent weeks.

In the past two weeks, St. Brown has hauled in 13 of his 16 targets for 135 yards. And with Quintez Cephus set to miss time with a shoulder injury, St. Brown could very well be the No. 1 wide receiver for Jared Goff to target moving forward, beginning in Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens

Rashod Bateman is finally expected to make his NFL debut in Week 6 for the Baltimore Ravens. Bateman was selected in the first round by the Ravens in the 2021 NFL Draft, but he’s been nursing a groin injury that landed him on injured reserve to begin the season.

Despite being activated last week, Bateman wasn’t able to suit up for Baltimore. However, after another week to heal, it appears the rookie wideout is trending toward making his debut versus the Los Angeles Chargers. The Minnesota product could instantly become a favorite weapon of Lamar Jackson’s in Week 6.

Ricky Seals-Jones, Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team has sustained multiple injuries to guys on the offensive side of the ball this season. Besides Ryan Fitzpatrick, Washington has endured injuries to Curtis Samuel, Logan Thomas, and Dyami Brown. With Thomas sidelined, Ricky Seals-Jones has emerged as a potential streaming tight end in Fantasy Football.

Seals-Jones played in 92 percent of Washington’s offensive snaps in Week 5 and he caught five passes for 41 yards. The athletic tight end gets a chance to score his first touchdown of the season in Week 6 versus the Kansas City Chiefs.