In The Scrapheap Challenge, I will be sifting my way through the players left in free agency in at least 60% of leagues, after waivers have processed, to put together a line-up that could win a matchup each game week. According to fantasyoutliers.com, in a 12 team PPR league (QB, 2RB, 2WR, TE, WR/RB Flex, K and D/ST), a score of 125 points will secure you a win in 75% of matchups, so that will be my target each week from my squad of scrapyard dwellers.
Week 6 Scrap Heap Challenge Line-up
Blake Bortles @DAL
Since Leonard Fournette was drafted, Blake Bortles has had huge fantasy games in every game Fournette has missed. In games without Fournette, Bortles has averaged 24.3 completions, 312 passing yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game. He also averages 21 yards rushing in these games.
Points Target: 25
Mike Davis vs OAK (London Game)
The Seahawks have managed to get their running game going this year despite doubts about their offensive line coming into the season. Their running backs have averaged 111 rushing yards per game between them, and both Mike Davis and Chris Carson had passable fantasy games in week 5. The Raiders have given up 263 yards and 4 TDs to opposing running backs through the past 2 games, Davis has huge upside in this one.
Points Target: 15
Jalen Richard vs SEA (London Game)
This play is chasing Richard’s receiving ability, he has averaged 6 targets per game in the last 3 weeks and did see double-digit targets in one game this season. Richard has hit 11+ PPR points in 3 of his 5 games this season, this is a solid floor with good upside if he manages to find the end zone.
Points Target: 12
Keke Coutee vs BUF
Coutee is a name I was shocked to find was on the under 60% owned list given his first 2 performances in the league. Coutee has been targeted 22 times in his first two games, catching 17 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. In Week 5 it was noteworthy that he was still targeted 7 times with Will Fuller on the field, signifying that he should be a permanent part of this passing offence. The Bills offense cannot get anything going, the Texans should have plenty of opportunities to put up points and Coutee is a great bet to be involved.
Points Target: 18
Chester Rodgers @NYJ
Rodgers is another guy who has been heavily targeted in recent weeks, with 11 targets and 8 receptions in each of the last two games. T.Y Hilton and Jack Doyle look to be out for this weeks game again, leaving another load of Andrew Luck targets going spare. If Rogers sees anywhere near 10 targets in this contest he should be more than fine as a WR2.
Points Target: 16
Geoff Swaim vs JAX
Dak Prescott has been terrible under pressure this season, and no one brings more pressure than the Jags. This should lead to plenty of short throws and plenty of Geoff Swaim. Swaim has had passable PPR performances for three straight weeks with 9.7, 12.9 and 8.5 points in the last three games.
Points Target: 10
Dede Westbrook @ DAL
A nice stack here for my scrapyard squad, if Bortles is going to be throwing over 300 yards they have to go somewhere. Dede is averaging 6.6 targets per game but did see 13 targets in week 4, where he caught 9 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. This is about as high a ceiling as you could want from a low owned flex play. The Cowboys started the season strong vs wide receivers, but they have allowed a total of 611 yards and 5 touchdowns to receivers in the past 3 weeks.
Points Target: 15
Randy Bullock vs PIT
The Vegas line on this game is 50.5, so were are expecting a lot of points. A Double-digit point week from Bullock is far from unlikely.
Points Target: 9
New York Jets vs IND
The unowned defenses were pretty ugly this week, so I’ve gone with the team who are currently 3rd in the league in total D/ST fantasy points. The Colts have also given up the 11th most fantasy points to D/STs.
Points Target: 7
I have set my guys a total points target of 127, which is attainable if everything breaks right for them as I expect.
Check back next week to see how this ragtag bunch of rejects performs in week 6, I will post be posting their progress over on twitter @DFF_Mste.