Vikings to start in Week 6:
Kirk Cousins – QB
Yes, you’re reading this correctly. Kirk Cousins is a good start this week. Last week against the Giants, Cousins hit a couple of season milestones.
He threw for over 300 passing yards for the first time this year and he also had his first multi-touchdown game. The narrative is, “but the Vikings played a bad passing defense”. It’s true, but the Eagles’ pass defense isn’t much better.
So far, Philadelphia has allowed three 25-plus fantasy point weeks to opposing quarterbacks. With the possibility of Minnesota being down in this game, they may need to rely on Cousins passing the ball more than 30 times on Sunday.
Adam Thielen – WR
Speaking of the passing game, if Cousins plays well, there’s a good chance Adam Thielen has a good game as well. Last week, we saw the passing game get back on track with Cousins hooking up with Thielen in the end zone twice against New York.
More of the same could be likely on Sunday as the Eagles not only allow a lot of fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, but they are also susceptible to giving up large points to opposing receivers too. This year, five receivers have posted 22 or more fantasy points against the Eagles secondary.
Stefon Diggs – WR
If Philadelphia has allowed that many 22-plus fantasy point games to opposing wide receivers, you can bet that Stefon Diggs will get his share as well this week. With all of the off the field drama whether Diggs is really happy here or not, he’s still a star receiver and when he gets the ball in his hands, he’s going to make the most of his opportunity.
With the assumption the Vikings will need to pass the ball against the Eagles’ defense, who have a stout defensive line and a weak secondary, there’s a good chance Diggs and Thielen both have big games on Sunday.
Eagles to start in Week 6:
Zach Ertz – TE
Minnesota’s defense is going to want to keep an eye on Zach Ertz this week. They’ve been lacking the ability to stop opposing tight ends this year. Through five games, the Vikings have allowed 65.50 fantasy points to opposing tight ends and a good portion of this total came from big games by Austin Hooper in Week 1 and Darren Waller Week 3.
This week could be another instance that Minnesota’s fails to keep their opposing tight end from scoring big fantasy points. Watch out for Ertz to be a big bright spot on the Eagles offense against the Vikings on Sunday.