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Fantasy Football: Players I love and hate for Week 6

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Today, there's a lesson to be learned about gambling. Fantasy football, much like any traditional form of sports betting, is a glorified guessing game.

Last week, I said Matt Ryan was poised for a big game against a soft Washington secondary.

His six points showed how wrong I could be.

I also said Calvin Johnson was an easy start against Arizona.

His six points reinforced those prognostic deficiencies.

But this shouldn't be news to anyone. Fantasy football, as arbitrary as it may seem, plays out very similar to the actual sport itself.

For example, the Seattle Seahawks vaunted defense surrendered a 17-point fourth-quarter lead Sunday.

The Cleveland Browns, led by the unheralded Josh McCown, came back from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Ravens in Baltimore, scoring 33 points in the process.

My point is that things happen on a weekly basis that are random and unpredictable. The dominance of Atlanta's Devonta Freeman is a great example. The guy was No. 2 the depth chart less than a month ago. Now he has 108 fantasy points, 50 percent more than the next closest running back. 

So, in an attempt to right those aforementioned wrongs, here's three guys I love in Week 6, and three I hate:

Players I Love

Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

I'm sticking with him. After a dreadful six-point performance last week against Washington, Ryan has an even better matchup at New Orleans on Thursday night. The availability of star wide receiver Julio Jones is a bit of a concern, but the Saints' are 30th in the NFL in defending opposing quarterbacks, evidenced by Sam Bradfords 333 yards and two touchdowns last week. He's got my vote of confidence again in Week 6.

Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans

Foster's slow emergence back into the Houston offense could fully manifest itself this week. His 19 carries last week showed he's ready to take the full workload back again, and a matchup with Jacksonville is a nice play to start. Not only are the Jaguars 28th in the league defending running backs, Foster's ability to catch out of the backfield is especially attractive, given that Jacksonville has given up more than 60 receiving yards per game to the position this season. He could be on tap for a big yardage day in Week 6.

Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

Edelman shined in a blowout win at Dallas on Sunday, and he gets an even better matchup Sunday at Indianapolis. The Colts are 30th in the league defending wide receivers, and Edelman is the top such target for New England quarterback Tom Brady. He has 34 catches in four games this year, and if he can take advantage of a secondary that surrendered at least 14 catches to opposing receivers in four of five games this year, Edelman has a chance for a monster game on Sunday Night Football.

Player I Hate

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

Wilson came into the season as a trendy draft pick, but a poor offensive line and lackluster rushing numbers have really hurt his value. He has only had one game above 16 fantasy points, and really hasn't been able to take advantage of his speed. Sunday he gets maybe his toughest matchup of the season when the Seahawks host Carolina. The Panthers have only once allowed a quarterback above 12 fantasy points this season. If you have another option, this may be a good week to give Wilson a rest.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

On the other side of that Seattle-Carolina game is a tough matchup for Stewart. The Panthers' running back has been a popular RB2 of FLEX player this season, but he's averaging just six fantasy points per game and the Seahawks' defense is no help for that. They're the best defense in the NFL against opposing running backs, evidenced by the 13 yards that Cincinnati's Jeremy Hill totaled last week. You should probably find yourself a FLEX substitute for Stewart in Week 6.

Travis Benjamin, WR, Cleveland Browns

Benjamin has been a bit of a breakout player early this year. He has the fifth-most fantasy points of all wide receivers, with five touchdowns in as many games. But facing Denver on Sunday is as tough as it gets. The Broncos secondary has been suffocating so far, having given up only one touchdown to a wide receiver in five games. Benjamin might have more big-play ability than anybody in the game right now, but that's unlikely to manifest itself this week.

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