Fantasy Player Projections

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QBPeyton Manning

Peyton Manning

305 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Manning has now thrown for 330 or more yards in three straight weeks, with eight total touchdowns and no interceptions in that span. The prospects in Week 6 are promising again as the Chargers have allowed 11 passing touchdowns this season, tied for 27th-worst in the NFL.

RBWillis McGahee

Willis McGahee

60 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 35 rec yards

It was a quiet week for McGahee, as he had just 28 yards on nine carries plus a fumble at New England in Week 5. McGahee owned the Chargers last season, though, averaging 121 rushing yards (no touchdowns) in two games.

RBRonnie Hillman

Ronnie Hillman

25 rush yards, 1 rec, 5 rec yards

Hillman had three rushes for nine yards in Week 5 at New England, as he continues to work as a backup in Denver's offense.

RBLance Ball

Lance Ball

15 rush yards, 1 rec, 10 rec yards

Ball tallied one yard on one carry in Week 5 at New England. He wasn't thrown to at all, and it appears rookie Ronnie Hillman has become Willis McGahee's main backup now.

WRDemaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas

7 rec, 95 yards, rec TD

Thomas had his biggest game with Peyton Manning yet, catching nine balls for 188 yards in Week 5 at New England. The third-year stud also fumbled for the third consecutive game, but remain confident about him so long as Manning remains confident.

WREric Decker

Eric Decker

6 rec, 60 yards

While Decker scored for the second week in a row, he only had four catches for 21 yards, both season-lows. Keep him active in all formats as he goes up against the Chargers in Week 6. He had five catches for 61 yards and one touchdown total in two games against San Diego last season.

TEJacob Tamme

Jacob Tamme

4 rec, 45 yards, rec TD

Tamme put together his best game of the season in Week 5, with six catches for 50 yards at the Patriots. He was targeted a season-high 11 times, and remains a TE1 for Week 6 against the Chargers.

KMatt Prater

Matt Prater

3 PATs, FG

For the second time this season, Prater was held without a field-goal attempt in Week 5 at New England. He did kick three extra points, however. Last season, he averaged two field goals and one extra point against the Chargers.


2 INTs, 2 Sacks

While the Broncos were able to notch four sacks and force a fumble, they allowed 31 points to the Patriots in Week 5. Denver's Week 6 opponent, the Chargers, scored an average of 21 points against the Broncos in two games last season. The Broncos' defense is a middle-of-the road option in fantasy this week.

QBPhilip Rivers

Philip Rivers

280 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, 2 INTs

Rivers had his first 300-yard passing game of the season at New Orleans in Week 5, finishing with 354 passing yards and two touchdowns. The Broncos rank 11th against the pass, but they have allowed nine touchdown passes this season, so keep him active.

RBRyan Mathews

Ryan Mathews

85 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 45 rec yards

Mathews tore up the Saints in Week 5 for his best outing of the season, with 80 rushing yards, 59 receiving yards and a touchdown. The Broncos are allowing an average of 120 rushing yards per game, so Mathews remains a solid fantasy starter in Week 6.

RBJackie Battle

Jackie Battle

15 rush yards, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

From 15 carries in Week 4 to four carries in Week 5, Battle's role continues to change. He's not worth starting against the Broncos in Week 6.

RBRonnie Brown

Ronnie Brown

10 rush yards, 3 rec, 30 rec yards

Brown returned to his role as Ryan Mathews' primary backup in Week 5 at New Orleans. He ended up with 70 total yards, and he's someone to consider in larger leagues for Week 6 against the Broncos.

WRMalcom Floyd

Malcom Floyd

5 rec, 70 yards, rec TD

Floyd caught five passes for 108 yards in Week 5 against a horrible Saints pass defense. The Broncos have allowed nine touchdown passes this season, so keep Floyd active in Week 6.

WRRobert Meachem

Robert Meachem

3 rec, 40 yards, rec TD

Sadly, Meachem's best day in a Chargers uniform likely went to waste on many teams' benches because of his lack of production the first four weeks. After making three catches -- two for touchdowns -- for 67 yards, consider him a WR3 for Week 6.

TEAntonio Gates

Antonio Gates

5 rec, 60 yards

With three catches for 19 yards at New Orleans, one of the best tight ends of the decade had another quiet game in Week 5. The days of thinking of him as a must-start player are over -- so consider packaging him in a trade, while his name still holds some cache.

KNick Novak

Nick Novak

3 PATs, 2 FGs

Novak had just one field goal on two attempts plus three extra points at New Orleans in Week 5. He's still a good fantasy option at home in Week 6 against Denver.


INT, 3 Sacks

It was a rough week for the Chargers' defense as it faced Drew Brees and Co. The Chargers got three sacks and an interception, but they also gave up 31 points. Peyton Manning should do well against them, making this a unit to keep on the bench in Week 6.
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