Mon Oct 19 9:59am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Henry runs wild in Week 6
Unfortunately, this was not a great week for fantasy scoring. It was a very top heavy week, seeing a few players score huge while many others, especially with favorable matchups, put up some duds. If you didn’t have some of the handful of plays that came up big, you were in trouble in Week 6. Here is to hoping things worked out well for you in this strange week of fantasy football.
Broncos 18, Patriots 12
Fantasy Stud: Tim Patrick. Patrick continues to lead the way at receiver for the Patriots. He had four receptions for 101 yards. Patrick has two straight 100-yard games and at least 14 fantasy points three straight. You can trust him right now in this Broncos passing game. He is producing on a weekly basis in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Damien Harris. Harris struggled to do much in this game, rushing six times for just 19 yards. He also had a catch for 14 yards. He was coming off a 100-yard game so expectations were high for him in here. He didn’t get enough chances to help fantasy teams, though, and struggled with the work he got. He is going to be a boom or bust fantasy play.
Game Notes: Philip Lindsay looked great in a starting role for the Broncos. He hit the 100-yard mark, rushing 23 times for 101 yards. His toe injury wasn’t a factor in this game.
Cam Newton was better as a runner and receiver than a passer, struggling throwing the ball. He was 17-of-25 for 157 yards with two interceptions. He did run 10 times for 76 yard and a score, though, and caught a pass for 16 yards.
Steelers 38, Browns 7
Fantasy Stud: James Conner. Conner hit the 100-yard mark, rushing 20 times for 101 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pass for a yard. Conner has 100-yard games three of four. He also has touchdowns four straight games. He has been super consistent for fantasy teams all season in this offense, shaping up as a solid No. 1 for fantasy teams.
Fantasy Dud: Odell Beckham. Beckham had two receptions for 25 yards. He had at least five receptions two straight games before this dud. He was tagged just four times in the game, which was a season low. Beckham’s fantasy output (4.5 points) also was a season low.
Game Notes: Chase Claypool continued his hot way, catching four passes for 74 yards. He also ran twice for seven yards and a touchdown. Claypool has touchdowns three of four games.
Baker Mayfield really struggled, making some poor decision. He was 10-of-18 for 119 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He was batting a rib injury heading into the game, which might have factored in his poor play.
Lions 34, Jaguars 16
Fantasy Stud: DeAndre Swift. Swift had a breakout game, rushing 14 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three receptions for seven yards. He still had one fewer carry than Adrian Peterson, but this game could earn him a lot more work going forward. Swift looked explosive and made several great plays in the game.
Fantasy Dud: Matthew Stafford. Stafford got a lot of fantasy play this week because of a prime matchup, but he wasn’t much help to fantasy teams. The Lions scored 34 points but three scores were on the ground. Stafford as 19-of-31 for 223 yard and a touchdown with an interception. This broke a streak of two straight games with 21-plus fantasy points.
Game Notes: Kenny Golladay didn’t score a touchdown for the first time this year but had his first 100-yard game. He had four receptions for 105 yards. He has 14-plus fantasy points all three games this year.
Keelan Cole enjoyed his best showing of the season. He had six receptions for 143 yards. He also had a season high nine targets. Cole has double-digit fantasy points four of six games.
Titans 42, Texans 36
Fantasy Stud: Derrick Henry. Henry had a game that carried fantasy teams to victory. He had a tremendous performance, rushing 22 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two receptions for 52 yards, giving him 264 total yards and two scores. Henry topped 40 fantasy points in the game. He has multiple scores three straight games. Henry also has 100-yard games three of five.
Fantasy Dud: Jonnu Smith. Smith was a surprise disappointment in this high-scoring affair. He had just a catch for 13 yards. Smith had at least four receptions every game before this dud of a performance. This also was his first game with fewer than double-digit fantasy points. He’ll rebound but this game likely hurt a lot of fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Anthony Firkser was a big surprise in this game, catching eight passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. Firsker did not have a game with more than 50 yards all season before this big performance.
Ryan Tannehill had his second four-touchdown game of the season. He was 30-of-41 for 364 yards and four touchdowns with an interception. Tannehill has three-plus touchdowns three of four games.
Colts 31, Bengals 27
Fantasy Stud: Phillip Rivers. Rivers had a huge game with the Colts playing from behind. He got a lot of chances to throw the ball and produced. He was 29-of-44 for 371 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. His fantasy numbers haven’t been great this year but Rivers still has some value in the right matchup. He can produce the big game in the right matchup.
Fantasy Dud: TY Hilton. Hilton was a nonfactor in the passing game despite the Colts throwing for nearly 400 yards and scoring three passing touchdowns. Hilton had just a catch for 11 yards. Hilton had his best game of the season the previous week, so you expected better in this favorable matchup. Instead, Hilton had one catch on five targets. He is too hard to trust to play right now for fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Trey Burton continues to get more looks in the passing game for the Colts. He had four receptions for 58 and a touchdown, and ran once for a one-yard touchdown. He has at least four receptions two straight games.
Tee Higgins had his first 100-yard game of his career. He had six receptions for 125 yards. Higgins has at least four receptions four straight games.
Falcons 40, Vikings 23
Fantasy Stud: Julio Jones. Jones finally returned to his big ways, looking healthy and explosive. He had eight receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns. This was the best game of the season for Jones, topping 30 fantasy points. It was his first 100-yard game of the season since Week 1. Things are looking up for Jones at this point of the season. Let’s hope he can stay healthy.
Fantasy Dud: Alexander Mattison. Mattison was a huge disappointment, getting a chance to start in a very favorable matchup. Mattison ran 10 times for just 26 yards and caught a pass for four yards. You expected much, much better from Mattison. This game just didn’t go as expected.
Game Notes: Justin Jefferson had nine receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns. Jefferson had 100-yard games three of four. He has really taken off in the offense after a slow start to his rookie year.
Matt Ryan broke his streak of two straight games without a score. He was 30-of-40 for 371 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. This was his second four-touchdown game of the season.
Giants 20, Redskins 19
Fantasy Stud: Kyle Allen. Allen wasn’t great in the game but was a help to fantasy teams. Allen was 31-of-42 for 280 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. There was not much offense in this game, but Allen was a plus. He had 20-plus fantasy points. He should continue to start for the Redskins going forward unless he starts to falter in the coming weeks. He made some plays in this game.
Fantasy Dud: Evan Engram. Engram was unable to get going in this one, catching two passes for 30 yards on three targets. He scored just five fantasy points, his lowest total since Week 1. It is hard to trust Engram in this offense right now, having double-digit fantasy points just once in six games. He just isn’t producing.
Game Notes: Darius Slayton found the end zone for the second time this season. He had two receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown. He has double-digit fantasy points two straight games.
Terry McLaurin got back to his good ways, fishing with seven receptions for 74 yards on 12 targets. He has double-digit fantasy points all but a game this year.
Ravens 30, Eagles 28
Fantasy Stud: Lamar Jackson. Jackson got back to his big ways on the ground, helping his fantasy performance. He was 16-of-27 for 186 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. He made big plays on the ground, though, rushing nine times for 108 yards and a touchdown. Jackson topped 30 fantasy points for the first time since Week 1. It was good to see him get going again after a few down games the last few weeks.
Fantasy Dud: Mark Andrews. Andrews had just two receptions for 21 yards. It broke a streak of two straight games with scores. He also had at least 17 fantasy points two straight games. This was a bad showing in what seemed a decent matchup. Andrews hasn’t been quite as off the charts this year but still a solid No. 1 fantasy tight end.
Game Notes: Miles Sanders had a 100-yard game on just nine carries. He ran nine times for 118 yards. He hurt his knee in the second half and was unable to return. This is an injury to watch because he is getting an MRI on Monday to see the extent of the injury.
Mark Ingram was forced from the game with an ankle injury. He had five carries for 20 yards before leaving. Gus Edward led the team in carries with 14 rushes for 26 yards. J.K. Dobbins led the team in rushing, running nine times for 28 yards.
Bears 23, Panthers 16
Fantasy Stud: D.J. Moore. Moore led the Panthers in receiving, catching five passes for 93 yards. He has two straight games with 90-plus yards and three total in six games. Moore has been a little more inconsistent this year but still had some big games along the way. He is getting his weekly catches and producing for fantasy teams.
Fantasy Dud: Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater struggled for really the first time this year, going 16-of-29 for 216 yards with two interceptions. He had fewer than 15 fantasy points for the first time this year. It was the second time he went without a score, though. Bridgewater has been pretty good this season but this game shows he isn’t a surefire thing for fantasy teams by any means. He can disappear some weeks.
Game Notes: David Montgomery didn’t have quite the game as expected but did manage 97 total yards. He ran 19 times for 58 yards and caught four passes for 39 yards. Montgomery did have a touchdown called back, ended up just shy oof the goal line.
Mike Davis found the end zone for the fourth straight game. He had 18 rushes for 52 yards and a score. He also had two receptions for three yards.
Dolphins 24, Jets 0
Fantasy Stud: Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick did have two interceptions in the game but made up for that with three scores. He was 18-of-27 for 191 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. Fitzpatrick has two straight three-touchdown games and multiple scores four of five. He has really played well for fantasy owners, having 26-plus fantasy points four of five games.
Fantasy Dud: DeVante Parker. Parker had just three receptions for 35 yards in a great matchup. His fantasy point total was a season low (6.5 points). He had double-digit fantasy points four straight games before this showing. Parker can get it going again, especially if you gets eight targets like he did in this game.
Game Notes: Breshad Perriman returned from his ankle injury and led the team in receiving yards. He had four receptions for 62 yards on eight targets. He has a chance to play a big role in this offense going forward.
Myles Gaskin topped 100 total yards. He had 18 carries for 91 yards and caught four passes for 35 yards, giving him 126 total yards in the game. Gaskin has at least 14 fantasy points four of five games.
Bucs 38, Packers 10
Fantasy Stud: Ronald Jones. Jones continues to carry the load at running back for the Bucs and produce. He had 23 carries for 113 yards and two touchdowns. He has three straight 100-yard games and this game marked a season-high 23 carries for Jones. Jones has established himself as the top back in the Bucs offense and is producing well with his chances.
Fantasy Dud: Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers came crashing back down to earth in this game after a red hot start to his season. He was 16-of-35 for 160 yards with two interceptions. This game was a real shocker because Rodgers was playing at a super high level no matter the matchup. He’ll get better going forward but this game is a little concerning, especially given his up and down fantasy play last year.
Game Notes: Rob Gronkowski had his best game of the season, catching five passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. He now has at least three receptions three of four games, getting more work for the Bucs.
Davante Adams retuned from his hamstring injury and led the Packers in receiving. He had six receptions for 61 yards on 10 targets. He has been targeted double-digit times two of three games.
49ers 24, Rams 16
Fantasy Stud: Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo rebounded in a big way after a dreadful start his last time out. He was 23-of-33 for 268 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. This was his first three-touchdown game of the season and first time he topped 25 fantasy points. He does have multiple sores three of four games, though. Garoppolo has just one really bad game for fantasy teams, so he still has some value in the right matchup. He can post some big numbers.
Fantasy Dud: Cam Akers. Akers had a good showing in his first game back from injury last week but didn’t get on the field this week. He did not have a single touch or targets in the game. Akers is a very hard fantasy player to trust going forward. He needs to get consistent work a couple games in a row before fantasy owners should put any faith in him.
Game Notes: Raheem Mostert left another game early because of an injury. This one was for an ankle injury. He ran 17 times for 65 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards before leaving the game. His injury issues are a real concern going forward.
George Kittle hit the 100-yard mark for the second time in three games. He had seven receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. He has a whooping 33 targets his last three games.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Five Waiver Wire Adds: Week 12
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Byron Pringle (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, meaning that he'll miss at least the team's upcoming three contests. Pringle hauled in three receptions for 17 yards versus Las Vegas on Sunday night before departing due to an ankle injury, which will keep him on the shelf for around a month. With Sammy Watkins' (hamstring) status still up in the air, Tyreek Hill, Demarcus Robinson, and Mecole Hardman should continue to see a plethora of targets coming their way from MVP frontrunner Patrick Mahomes. With limited options at WR, the Chiefs are also tasked with facing a stout Buccaneers Defense in Week 12, which could make the aforementioned names a bit of a risk in DFS formats, despite their unimpeded path to targets.
Cleveland Browns defensive end Joe Jackson (COVID-19 list) landed on the COVID-19/reserve list Tuesday, thereby putting his status for Sunday's game against Jacksonville in question. (Players do not have to test positive for the virus to be placed on the list.) Jackson has been a lightly utilized defensive end for the Browns Defense this season, not having taken the field since Week 4. (Which, theoretically, clears the Eagles as well heading into Week 12.) Even without Defensive Player of the Year candidate Myles Garrett last week, Cleveland turned in one of its best defensive outings of 2020, which bodes well for the group's upside against a Jaguars offense that failed to score a touchdown last week. Jackson's inclusion on the COVID-19 list does not appear to be affecting the status of Sunday's game at this stage.
Arizona Cardinals safety Deionte Thompson (COVID-19 list) was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list Tuesday, putting his status up in the air for Sunday's contest against New England. (Players do not have to test positive for the virus to be placed on the list.) Thompson has started four games for Arizona this year but has been limited lately due to injury. Having racked up 24 tackles and two passes defended across eight games, the Cardinals Defense could be looking at having an extremely thin secondary when facing the Patriots in Week 12. At this stage, there's little indication that Thompson's status on the COVID-19 list is putting the game in jeopardy of taking place at its designated time. Check back throughout the week to see if he is cleared in time to take the field.
San Francisco 49ers cornerback K'Waun Williams has been levied a two-game suspension due to a violation of the league's performance-enhancing substance policy, meaning that he'll be out of the mix Sunday against the Rams and in Week 13 versus Buffalo. Jamar Taylor is expected to step in for Williams in the secondary, although the continued pilfering of key cogs on the 49ers Defense makes the unit a tenuous fantasy asset at this stage. Williams has collected 14 combined tackles, two passes defended, and one sack across six games this season. His next chance to return comes Week 14 against Washington, which likely coincides with the next occasion in which San Francisco's defense will merit solid season-long consideration.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. will go up against a Texans Defense on Thanksgiving that is giving up the 10th most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season. As of now, the Lions offensive weapons are banged up and the veteran Jones Jr. may be tasked will picking up the slack. The Texans have allowed five 100+-yard receiving games this season and the Lions have health questions currently with Kenny Golladay, Marvin Hall, D'Andre Swift, Danny Amendola and T.J. Hockenson. Jones Jr. is not having an elite season but could surprise, especially in PPR-leagues, to kick off the Thursday slate of games in Week 12.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay (hip) was a limited participant in practice, an improvement heading into the team's matchup against the Texans on Thanksgiving to kick off Week 12. Golladay missed last week's game and has been banged up most of the season. But when he is on the field, the Lions offense ascends to another level. If Golladay suits up, he will face a Texans Defense that is allowing the 10th most fantasy points to opposing receivers. The Texans have allowed seven different receivers to post 79 or more receiving yards against them this season and have been burned for 100+-yard performances by the Jaguars D.J. Chark Jr. and the Patriots Damien Byrd in the past two games. If Golladay plays he can easily be slotted as a WR2 with excellent red zone potential for Week 12. But fantasy teams may need to monitor his status all the way up to game time this week.
Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson (shoulder) was limited in practice as the team prepares to take on the Texans to kick off Thanksgiving Thursday. This is a new injury and it very well could be precautionary heading into a short week. But fantasy teams will have to keep an eye on this situation heading into the game as Hockenson has emerged as a solid red zone threat with five touchdowns this season. The Lions will face a Texans Defense that is allowing the 14th fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season and have not allowed 10 or more fantasy points to an opposing tight end since Week 3. Fantasy teams will need to check Hockenson's status heading into the game but, if he is healthy, will be a touchdown-dependent option in Week 12.
Detroit Lions rookie running back D'Andre Swift is still in the concussion protocol as the team prepares to play early Thursday morning against the Texans on Thanksgiving. His availability could be a huge blow to a Lions team that is seeing its playoff hopes slip away. Swift has been fantastic over the past few weeks, displaying the type of versatile threat in the passing and running game that earned him praise in training camp. But as of now, the rookie is trending towards not playing, and it would be a shame with a favorable matchup in Week 12. The Texans have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing backs this season. Veteran Adrian Peterson will step up once again if Swift misses the game, but Peterson cannot be trusted to post RB2-type numbers despite the favorable tilt. Kerryon Johnson would also continue to mix in.
Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson will prepare to take on a vulnerable Texans Defense on Thanksgiving. With starter D'Andre Swift (concussion) still in league protocol's, Peterson will be the next man up to lead the team's running attack. The veteran and teammate Kerryon Johnson will take on a Texans defense that is allowing the second most fantasy points to opposing backs. Houston have allowed 12 rushing touchdowns and have allowed seven different running backs to post 10 or more fantasy points against them over their last five games. The matchup is fantastic but Peterson simply does not have the speed anymore to make opposing defenses pay. If Swift does not suit up, however, Peterson will see enough volume to justify a fringe fantasy play in Week 12.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will try and step up his game to kick off Week 12 when the team hosts their annual Thanksgiving game against the Texans on Thursday. The veteran passer has been dealing with torn ligaments in his throwing thumb but told reporters, "Obviously, I can play better, I'm the guy that touches the ball on offense every play, so the better I play, the better we'll play as a team," Stafford said. "Just got to be better myself." The Lions season is slipping away but Stafford will face a Texans Defense that is allowing the 14th most fantasy points to opposing passers. Houston has allowed 300+ passing yards to four of the last six quarterbacks they have faced and 12 passing touchdowns in that span. Stafford's fantasy value may be tied to the health and availability of receiver Kenny Golladay, who is trending up towards playing on Thursday. Stafford is a lukewarm fantasy option in DFS for Thursday and not a top-12 option for Week 12.
The Dallas Cowboys defense has been anything but reliable this season, finishing in the top-20 of fantasy defenses just four times so far this season. However, Week 12 against the Washington Football Team makes for about as good a matchup as there can be. The Washington offense ranks 28th in total offense while giving up the fourth-most sacks as well as the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing defenses. Last week, the Cowboys recorded two sacks and two takeaways against Minnesota. The Cowboys defense is somewhere around the 15th-ranked defense in fantasy formats this week.
The New York Jets placed rookie running back La'Mical Perine (ankle) and kicker Sam Ficken (undisclosed) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday. Perine and Ficken will miss at least the next three games. Perine was starting to see a bigger role on offense, so this injury is a tough break as he continues to develop in his rookie season. The youngster is only worth hanging onto in dynasty/keeper leagues. Veteran Frank Gore will go back to being the workhorse back in the Jets backfield, but he's nothing more than a low-upside, low-floor RB3/flex in much deeper leagues in this mediocre Jets offense. Ficken missed two extra points in Week 11 and wasn't on the fantasy radar to begin with. Sergio Castillo is next in line for kicking duties but should also be avoided in fantasy.
Dallas Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein is a fringe kicking option in a Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Washington Football Team on Thursday. Partly due to the strength of the Washington defense, opposing kickers have actually fared well against them. Zuerlein has been a somewhat low-volume kicker ever since quarterback Dak Prescott (ankle) was lost for the season, though, finishing as a top-15 fantasy kicker just five times so far this season. Zuerlein is a bit more attractive now that quarterback Andy Dalton is back under center, but his ceiling remains low for fantasy managers.
The Jacksonville Jaguars placed defensive end Josh Allen (knee), cornerback D.J. Hayden (hamstring) and safety Daniel Thomas (arm) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday. Allen suffered a knee injury in the Week 11 loss to the Steelers, and while he'll miss at least three games, the injury wasn't considered too serious and he should have a chance to return before the end of the year. The 23-year-old seventh overall pick in 2019 was a Pro Bowler in his rookie season when he recorded 10.5 sacks. However, he's struggled this year as the team's primary pass-rushing threat, recording just 2.5 sacks and 13 combined tackles in eight games. An already weak Jacksonville defense just got a lot weaker with the losses of Allen and Hayden. You should avoid their defense at all costs in Week 12 against the Browns.
The Baltimore Ravens placed outside linebacker Pernell McPhee on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. It's unclear if McPhee actually tested positive for COVID-19, but either way, he will not be available for the Thanksgiving night matchup against the undefeated Steelers on Thursday. The 31-year-old has 25 tackles (20 solo), 11 QB hits and two sacks in 2020 in 10 games. Defensive lineman Brandon Williams will also be unavailable for the Ravens Defense this week against a strong Pittsburgh offense. Baltimore's D has been one of the better fantasy units for the majority of the season, but this would be a week to fade them.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz makes for a touchdown-dependent TE2 option on Thanksgiving Day against the Washington Football Team. Schultz did not end up with a huge yardage total last week, but he made four catches on six targets for 25 yards and a touchdown. Schultz is a weekly touchdown threat and maintains a solid floor in the Cowboys offense. He's finished as a TE1 or TE2 in seven of the nine games he has started.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cedrick Wilson is not much of a fantasy option on Thanksgiving Day against the Washington Football Team. Wilson hasn't seen more than four targets since Week 4 and hasn't put up more than one fantasy point in standard scoring since Week 5. Wilson may still pop up with a long touchdown at some point, but he's far too inconsistent to be relied upon in anything but best-ball formats.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup has proven to be exceptionally talented, but his role in the offense has become one of a very low-volume pass-catcher. Last week, he caught just two passes for 29 yards in what has seemingly become a standard week for the third-year receiver. Gallup has finished as a WR3 or better only once this season, leaving him off the fantasy radar in shallow leagues, regardless of his talent. With Amari Cooper and rookie CeeDee Lamb also requiring looks from quarterback Andy Dalton, Gallup has become the third option and a WR3/4 in deeper leagues.
Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb scored one of the season's best touchdowns last week as the Cowboys offense shot back into fantasy relevance thanks to the return of Andy Dalton from a concussion and from struggles with COVID-19. Lamb ended up with four catches for 34 yards and the score. He should see something like the six targets he saw last week, except this time he'll have a tougher Washington Football Team defense to deal with. Lamb comes into Week 12 as a WR3 with some upside.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper bounced back into the fantasy conversation last week when quarterback Andy Dalton finally made the Cowboys look like they had a real NFL offense. This week, however, Cooper will have a much tougher matchup against the Washington Football Team. He caught six passes for 81 yards last week and was close to a touchdown more than once, but he'll check in as a low WR2 for this tough matchup.