Last week was a very disappointing week for ProCanes, as there was a lack of big plays, touchdowns, and turnovers that have made the ProCanes successful this season. Bills running back Frank Gore ran for 60 yards, Jaguars DE Calais Campbell had six tackles, and that was about it for ProCanes in Week 5. Thankfully, there’s always a chance to bounce back, and let’s take a look at who the ProCanes will be matching up with in Week 6 of the NFL season.
After a disappointing performance in Week 5 where he was held without a catch, Panthers TE Greg Olsen will look to recover his usual productive form when Carolina battles Tampa Sunday morning. For fantasy players, Tampa Bay has allowed the second-most fantasy points to tight ends in the whole league, so Olsen will have a prime chance to get back to normal. While RB Christian McCaffrey has carried Carolina’s offense, Olsen has still been a very reliable target this season. The 34-year-old has amassed 226 yards and two touchdowns this season, averaging 12.6 yards per catch.
After a slow start to the season, DE Calais Campbell has started to wreak havoc on opposing QBs, starting with his three-sack game against Tennessee in Week 3. The Saints have allowed the 7th fewest sacks this season, so it will be a little more difficult on Campbell. He always seems to have a nose for the QB however, so I’m sure Campbell will be meeting QB Teddy Bridgewater at some point during the game.
The Browns, nicknamed “Cleveland Canes” for how many former UM players are on the Browns, were absolutely pitiful last week. Cleveland was drubbed 31-3 on Monday Night Football by San Francisco, and they will look to at least put up a fight against 4-1 Seattle. TE David Njoku has struggled to make an impact this season, as he’s caught only four passes for 37 yards and a touchdown. In terms of fantasy points, Seattle has allowed the 7th most against tight ends, but it won’t matter if QB Baker Mayfield plays like he did on Monday. DE’s Olivier Vernon and Chad Thomas, who have combined for 18 tackles this season, will look to make more of an impact this week.
This game will be watched only for who loses, not who wins, as the dreadful Redskins and Dolphins are both winless this season. Good news is that WR Allen Hurns, who suffered a concussion after a brutal hit in Week 3 against Dallas, is cleared to play on Sunday. RB Mark Walton gained some snaps in their last game against the Chargers, and OC Chad O’Shea has been impressed with Walton. The Dolphins are tied for last in the NFL for sacks, which is a welcome sight for Redskins LG Ereck Flowers.
In what is likely to be a shootout on Sunday afternoon, RB Duke Johnson will look to make his mark. Johnson has rushed for 205 yards this season, with an average of 6.4 yards per carry, but he has yet to reach the end zone. The Chiefs defense has allowed the second-most yards on the ground to opposing backfields per game this year (133.6), which is a promising stat for Johnson.
The Falcons defense, featuring DE Allen Bailey, SS Jamal Carter, and OLB Jermaine Grace, are the 23rd best defense in the NFL. Bailey has been featured the most of the three, as he’s racked up 14 tackles this season. Punter Matt Bosher continues to be reliable for Atlanta, as he’s averaging 41.9 yards per punt. The reeling Falcons (1-4) will look to get back into the win column against an Arizona team who just picked up their first win last week.
TE Christopher Herndon IV was slated to make his return from a four-game suspension, but a hamstring injury sustained this week is expected to force him to miss this game against Dallas. WR Braxton Berrios is still the Jets main punt returner, but he has yet to make much of an impact as a receiver. DE Joe Jackson has played in four games this season, recording three tackles.
Kicker Michael Badgley’s injury woes continue, as he is doubtful to make his season debut on Sunday night due to a groin injury. There are two former ProCanes starting on the Chargers defense: LB Denzel Perryman and S Rayshawn Jenkins. Perryman has 13 total tackles this year, while Jenkins has 17 total tackles and an interception this season. WR Travis Benjamin, who has struggled to start the season (only 30 receiving yards), will go against a Steelers defense that has CB Artie Burns and LOLB Anthony Chickillo.
The last game of the week features TE Jimmy Graham and the Packers looking to improve to 5-1 on the season in a crucial division game against the surprising 2-1-1 Lions. Graham has been a solid option for QB Aaron Rodgers, as he’s caught 11 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns this season, averaging 11 yards per catch.