The Falcons and Vikings bully-off in Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season. We break down the way to watch the sport, odds for the matchup, key injuries, and notable fantasy football start/sit considerations.
The Minnesota Vikings will host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 6 as both teams look to regroup from an eventful weekend. The Vikings lost on a last-minute touchdown to the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football and now sit at 1-4, the worst record within the NFC North. The Falcons fired head coach Dan Quinn after falling to 0-5 during a 23-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Raheem Morris will coach the team within the interim.
Neither the Vikings nor the Falcons are playoff contenders at now, but both squads have some elite talent and are probably better than the record indicates. We break down the way to watch the sport, odds for the matchup, key injuries, and notable fantasy football start/sit considerations.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 18
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Falcons: #25 Overall — #22 offense, #28 defense, #24 special teams
Vikings: #11 Overall — #8 offense, #15 defense, #21 special teams
DraftKings Sportsbook odds
Falcons: +3.5, +163
Vikings: -3.5, -186
OUT: DT John Cominsky (illness)*, S Jaylinn Hawkins (concussion), DE Takkarist McKinley (groin)
OUT: CB Kris Boyd (hamstring), RB Dalvin Cook (groin), WR K.J. Osborn (hamstring), G Dru Samia (wrist)
DOUBTFUL: CB Holton Hill (foot)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Calvin Ridley, WR, $7,800
Ridley is coming off his best game of the season, hauling in eight passes for 136 yards against Carolina. it had been a sigh of relief after a head-scratching Week 4 against Green Bay during which Ridley didn’t make one catch. Otherwise, he’s been incredibly consistent, tallying 100+ yards hebdomadally. Julio Jones nursing a hamstring injury only means more targets for his counterpart.
Gurley is another guy trending in the right direction. He ran for a season-high 121 yards against the Panthers on just 14 carries. He also found scored his longest touchdown since 2017 (35 yards) and had a season-high four catches for 29 yards. If Julio Jones is out for a second straight week, Atlanta might want to learn more on its ground game, which might be an excellent development for Gurley.
Alexander Mattison, RB, $7,200
Dalvin Cook suffered a groin injury against the Seahawks on Sunday night, paving the way for a career night for Alexander Mattison, who logged 20 carries for 112 yards against a Seattle defense that had been stout against the run. The Vikings like to run the ball—they are sixth within the league in rush attempts—so if Cook cannot provides it a go, Mattison may be a great option against a Falcons defense that’s near rock bottom of the NFL in points and yards allowed.
Adam Thielen, WR, $7,300
Rookie Justin Jefferson is really Minnesota’s leading receiver this season, but Thielen remains the guy you would like to start out . Of the eight touchdown passes Kirk Cousins has thrown, six have gone Thielen’s way. His size, hands and skill to urge separation in tight spaces makes him a major red-zone target. and that we know the Falcons are sure to hand over tons of points.