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5 Essential Fantasy Football Must-Plays in Week 6

Nearly half of the fantasy season in the books, which by now the playoff picture in your league should be taking shape, and hopefully you paid attention to the waiver wire. Heading into Week 6 action, there are several intriguing plays, but there are a few that stand out from the rest of the crowd.

1. Deshaun Watson vs. Chiefs

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson is coming off a career-best performance will be lined up for another strong outing against the Chiefs’ secondary. | Mark Brown/Getty Images

Through the first five games of the season, Watson has had his piques and valleys, which he’s certainly coming off the former after putting together a career-best performance against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Falcons secondary had no answer for the Clemson product as he lit it up for a career-high 426 passing yards with five touchdowns along with four rushes for 47 yards, putting him on the board for 41.7 fantasy points. Watson has been one of the most dependable quarterbacks due to his dual-threat ability with his arm and legs.

The 24-year-old will be on the center stage in Week 6 with a primetime matchup against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Watson is in line for another stellar performance feasting on the Chiefs’ porous secondary, which has notably struggled against premier quarterbacks over the last two seasons.

2. Christian McCaffrey vs. Bucs

At this point, there should be no doubting the special talent that McCaffrey has proven to be in his first two-plus seasons in the NFL.

He’s off to a historic fantasy football start after surpassing 40 points by tallying up 176 rushing yards along with a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries with six catches for 61 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

McCaffrey will keep the ball rolling in Week 6 against the Tampa Buccaneers, who rank 27th overall defensively. The Buccaneers may be third-toughest defense against running backs, allowing just 16.5 fantasy points per game, but it’s hard to envision them impeding the star running back in any manner away from another huge outing.

3. Mark Ingram vs. Bengals

Ravens running back Mark Ingram
Mark Ingram has already torched two of the league’s worst rush defense, which puts him on track to light up the Bengals.| Joe Sargent/Getty Images

The former Pro Bowl running back has had his ups and downs this season, turning in three double-digit outings along with a pair of performances falling under 10 fantasy points.

Ingram has been trending towards the latter in the last two games, but he has a highly intriguing matchup in Week 6 against Cincinnati, who is ranked second-worst against the run this season. What makes the 29-year-old a must-play option is that he has already torched the other two worst defenses facing the rush.

Against the Chiefs, who are 28th against the run, he poured in a 30-point outing behind 103 rushing yards on 16 carries with three touchdowns along with four catches for 32 receiving yards. Meanwhile, he lit up the Dolphins’ porous defense for 20-plus points in Week 1 with 107 rushing yards with two touchdowns. It sets the table for another huge outing against a bad rush defense.

Keenan Allen vs. Steelers

Following a hot start to the season, Keenan Allen has stumbled over the last two weeks, putting up back-to-back single-digit fantasy point performances.

Allen has proven throughout his career that he won’t stay quiet for long as he has a favorable matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has a prime opportunity to bounce back after a non-factor outing with four catches for 18 receiving yards in Week 5.

It also helps that he teed off on the Steelers last season as he tallied 14 catches on 19 targets for 148 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Chargers D/ST vs. Steelers

Chargers defense
The Los Angeles Chargers defense should feast on the battered Pittsburgh Steelers. | David Santiago/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Staying on a similar path, the Chargers have a favorable Week 6 matchup against a struggling Steelers team that has dropped four out of their first five games.

Things have taken yet another turn south as second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph is dealing with a concussion that knocked him out Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Pittsburgh will likely turn to third-string quarterback Delvin Hodges.

It sets up what should be a third straight double-digit fantasy point output for Los Angeles.