The Week 6 matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington features two division rivals going head-to-head. We've got the fantasy projections courtesy of numberFire.
Quarterback Carson Wentz may have experienced his first loss in the NFL against the Detroit Lions in Week 5, but he showed resolve and character. Down 21-7 in the first half, Wentz was able to guide his team to a second-half comeback with 238 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Overall, Wentz has been a surprising fantasy and reality contributor in his rookie year. He is the main reason the Eagles sit second in the NFC East division. In Week 6, Wentz gets to face a Washington squad looking to build on three straight wins. It’ll be tough to win on the road but Wentz has shown he’s the real deal, even though he’s just four games into his career.
Hopefully he can find wide receiver Jordan Matthews with regularity in the nation’s capital. Matthews didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard in Detroit, but he did catch all four of his targets for 65 yards. He’s been relatively quiet over the last three games after starting the season with seven catches for 114 yards and a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns. The good news is Washington is fairly generous to opposing wide receivers. There’s a good chance Matthews finds his third touchdown of the season in Week 6.
Few would have predicted that after starting 0-2 in 2016, Washington would have a chance to share the NFC East division lead with the Eagles should they come out victorious in Week 6. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is a big reason for the team’s turnaround. He’s thrown six touchdowns compared to two interceptions over the last three games. That said, Cousins squeaked by the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5 despite throwing for just 260 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. That’s not good enough for fantasy owners. Only two teams in the league give up fewer points to quarterbacks than the Philadelphia Eagles. It might be a good time to bench Cousins. He will be hard-pressed to reach his projections this week.
Hopefully the same is not true for wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Jackson has just four catches for 40 yards over the last two weeks combined. It appears the early-season emergence of teammate Jamison Crowder may have had a negative impact on Jackson’s productivity. The good news is coach Jay Gruden acknowledged during the week that his most explosive receiver should get the ball more. Look for Jackson’s opportunities and his results to improve immediately. He just may post huge numbers in Week 6.