Dallas Clark: Week 6 Fantasy Football Darkhorse

Evan Habeeb USATODAY Sports

Evan Habeeb USATODAY Sports

When you hear the name Dallas Clark, you likely think one of two things: “hey, wasn’t he one of Peyton Manning’s targets in Indy?” or “I had him years ago on my fantasy team, but am unsure if he is still in the league”.

Yes, his career started with a bang as he was part of the Manning-led Indianapolis Colts for the better part of a decade and yes, he is still in the league as a member of the Baltimore Ravens. Clark, whose best season was in 2009 when he caught 100 passes for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns, is now 34-years old and again serving as a reliable check-down target for a Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

He was targeted 29 times in the first four games of this season, more looks than Julius Thomas had recorded through one month. If he is going to get chances, I like his odds of producing well over against what most expect to be a pass-friendly Green Bay Packers defense.

It is very early, but the Packers have shown virtually no signs of improvement when it comes to stopping opponents from passing all over them. They’ve allowed 289 passing yards allowed per game while opponents have been completing 66.7 percent of  their passes for nine touchdowns and only two interceptions.

Losing their most consistent defensive player in Clay Matthews (thumb) is only going to open even more holes in the middle of the field and result in less pressure being put on the opposing quarterback.

Joe Flacco has won a lot of games — a lot of big games, and it’s not because of his superior talent. He finds a weakness and exploits it, something I expect him to do once again this weekend. Sometimes the weakness results in a run-heavy approach, dooming fantasy owners of his pass catchers.

The Packers will adjust to life without Matthews eventually, but the first week without their defensive playmaker could result in a big day for Clark. I’ve got the veteran tight end as a top-10 contributor this week.

Always happy to provide fantasy answers @unSOPable23

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