The Week 6 matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Giants features two teams looking to bounce back from losses. We've got the fantasy projections courtesy of numberFire.
The Ravens decided to part ways with offensive coordinator Marc Trestman after the team’s Week 5 loss to Washington. His replacement, Marty Mornhinweg, is expected to implement a system that calls for more deep balls in the passing game. That’s great news for fantasy owners of perennial boom-or-bust receiver Mike Wallace. Wallace saw a season-high 11 targets against Washington, turning those looks into seven catches for 63 yards. Considering his speed and the volume he’s getting, a new approach on offense should benefit Wallace more than any other receiver on Baltimore’s roster. It’ll be interesting to see how Wallace performs going up against a solid Giants secondary unit in Week 6.
Hopefully running back Terrance West can continue to do his part on the ground. In the last two weeks combined, West has 208 rushing yards and a touchdown on 32 carries. That’s an average of 6.5 yard per carry. Pretty impressive. While it’s not realistic for the Ravens’ default No. 1 rusher to keep going at this pace, a solid effort in New York might keep 2016 draft pick Kenneth Dixon on the sidelines for a little while longer. Fantasy owners should keep in mind New York ranks fourth in fantasy points allowed at the running back position. Week 6 might be a tough one for Mr. West.
New York Giants
There really is nothing like taking the opportunity to kiss and make up with a kicking net on national television. That’s exactly what wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. did on Sunday Night Football after finally catching his first touchdown of the season against the Green Bay Packers in Week 5. Beckham finished the evening with five catches and 56 receiving yards to go with the score thanks to a season-high 12 targets. While it is encouraging that he’s finally scored, Beckham faces a Ravens pass defense currently ranked fifth in the NFL. It would be nice to see him go off for 150 yards and multiple scores in Week 6, but the more likely result is probably a five-catch, 80-yard performance with a possible touchdown included. It’s hard to trust that Beckham will surpass his projections this week.
Teammate Sterling Shepard’s potential ceiling isn’t any higher in Week 6. He’s demonstrated a fantastic display of what his long-term future holds in his first three career NFL games, but the last two games have told a different story. Shepard has just six catches for 44 yards over that span. It appears defenses may have already figured out how to cover him. The fact he’s received a healthy seven targets in back-to-back games and been limited to such a small contribution in the box score is evidence of that. It may be a good time to give Shepard a week off as his projections likely call for more than he can deliver against the Ravens.