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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Five Waiver Wire Adds: Week 12
Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (ankle) has been limited in practice ahead of a Thanksgiving rivalry game in Dallas but does not appear to be in danger of missing the game. McLaurin has been one of the safest receivers to start in fantasy as the second-year wideout has at least seven targets in every game this season. McLaurin torched this Cowboys secondary for 90 yards and a touchdown in Week seven and should see similar success Thursday. McLaurin is a must-start WR1 in all formats versus a Cowboys Defense that allows the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
The Jacksonville Jaguars Defense will be without three defensive coaches in Week 12 against the Browns, including defensive coordinator Todd Wash. Head coach Doug Marrone said that Wash was among those unavailable this week due to COVID-19 protocols. The entire defensive staff was not at the team facility on Tuesday as the team underwent contact tracing after positive COVID-19 tests. Secondary coach Joe Danna will call defensive plays against Cleveland. Special teams assistant Mike Mallory will run the defense during practices this week. An already bad Jacksonville defense just got worse, and on top of it they placed defensive end Josh Allen and cornerback D.J. Hayden on Injured Reserve on Tuesday. Stay far away from this defensive unit in fantasy against the Browns.
The Chicago Bears are unsure if quarterback Nick Foles (hip), who is still in some pain, will be able to practice this week and play in Week 12 against the division-rival Packers. If Foles is healthy enough to suit up, he would presumably remain the starter under center. Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) has missed several games but is in fact healthy enough to play if he is needed. So it sounds as though it'll be either Foles or Trubisky going against Green Bay this weekend. Neither QB has been very good in real life or for fantasy managers in 2020, so those in leagues that start one quarterback can obviously avoid this situation. The Packers Defense is a solid streaming option for Week 12 against a Bears offense that has struggled mightily to move the football consistently all season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars plan to start quarterback Mike Glennon in Week 12 against the Browns, according to head coach Doug Marrone. Gardner Minshew II (thumb) is nearing full health, but it will be Glennon over both Minshew and rookie Jake Luton on Sunday against Cleveland. The biggest takeaway here is that the Browns Defense, which won't have star pass-rusher Myles Garrett or standout defensive back Denzel Ward this weekend, will remain a strong play against a Jacksonville team with one win and on their third QB of the season. Glennon, 30, hasn't started a game in the NFL since 2017 with the Bears and is nothing more than a desperation low-end QB2 in superflex leagues. Make sure to downgrade all of Jacksonville's receivers as well.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Brandon Allen will start in Week 12 over QB Ryan Finley.
Fantasy Spin: Avoid this situation altogether, and the Bengals' wide receivers like Tee Higgins and A.J. Green also take a hit.
The Cincinnati Bengals are planning to start quarterback Brandon Allen in Week 12 against the Giants with rookie Joe Burrow (knee) out for the rest of the season, according to sources. Allen was on the practice squad until the other day when he replaced Burrow on the roster. Ryan Finley, who entered the game last week against Washington, will back up Allen. The 28-year-old from Arkansas started three games for the Broncos in 2019 and threw for 515 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He'll primarily be a game manager, so he'll be a desperation low-end QB2 in superflex leagues. Receivers Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and A.J. Green need to be downgraded in the weekly and rest-of-season rankings. The Giants Defense will be an excellent fantasy play on Sunday.
Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson put up a career-high 128 rushing yards and a touchdown in his first taste of the Washington/Dallas rivalry and will look to spoil Thanksgiving for the Cowboys in a Week 12 showdown. Gibson has been on fire lately with five touchdowns in his last four games. Normally that would signal regression may be coming, but head coach Ron Rivera went out of his way this week to praise Gibson's tough running style and nose for the goal line implying Washington's first-year coach will keep feeding the rookie in the red zone. Gibson missed Monday's practice (ankle) but logged a full session on Tuesday so he should be all set to suit up Thursday. Start Gibson with confidence in all formats.
Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic let fantasy managers down last week but has a chance to bounce back on Thanksgiving in Dallas. McKissic saw an obscene 29 targets in his first two games with Alex Smith at quarterback but was not nearly as involved last week with just four targets and six carries. With fellow running back Antonio Gibson seeing twice as many touches last week, expect McKissic to be more involved with Washington playing on a short week. Double-digit touches should be the floor for McKissic making him a solid RB2 in seasonal leagues while being a strong value in DFS formats, especially those that use full-PPR scoring.
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Mike Glennon will start in Week 12 for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Fantasy Spin: There's enough tape on Glennon to know that he's not worth starting in fantasy. If Gardner Minshew regains the job, he may have a matchup to use him. Otherwise, avoid this situation altogether.
The Washington Football Team defense has been an up and down unit for fantasy this season, but they are a strong-start on Thanksgiving against a banged-up Cowboys offense. Perennial Pro-Bowler Ryan Kerrigan and defensive rookie of the year candidate Chase Young should feast on an offensive line that will start several backups to protect Andy Dalton. Dallas has the second-worst turnover percentage in the NFL (18.6) percent making Washington a must-start option on Thursday.
Washington Football Team tight end Logan Thomas has been playing better in recent weeks and is a start-worthy option for a Thanksgiving game in Dallas. Thomas has at least five targets in every game Alex Smith has started and played well in the first meeting with the Cowboys as he went for 60 yards and a touchdown. Thomas put up a dud last week with only six yards but he had 60-plus yards in two of the previous three games and should be more involved this week. Given the barren landscape of the tight end position in fantasy football, Thomas is a start-worthy option in a plus-matchup.
Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith has played well since taking over for Kyle Allen (ankle) and will look to keep rolling in a solid matchup with the Cowboys. Smith has thrown for 300-plus yards in two of his three starts and should be able to take advantage of a good matchup in Dallas. The Cowboys have allowed the second-most passing touchdowns this season and allow the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks overall. Smith offers almost no rushing upside so he's not a must-start fantasy option by any means, but he's a start-worthy option in two-quarterback leagues and a good low-cost DFS option.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (knee) are both expected to get in some practice work on Wednesday as the team prepares for Week 12 against the Vikings. McCaffrey is expected to miss another game this weekend. However, Bridgewater is on track to play on Sunday if all goes well in practice the rest of the week. Minnesota's D has been a good matchup for quarterbacks all season long, but Bridgewater is a shaky low-end QB2 this week if he plays through his knee injury. McCaffrey still hasn't been ruled out for this weekend, but fantasy managers shouldn't get their hopes up. Mike Davis will be a strong RB2 play if he gets another start as the featured back for Carolina.
Free-agent QB Mike White (Jets) was re-signed to the New York Jets' practice squad Tuesday, Nov. 24.
The Pittsburgh Steelers Defense will take on the Baltimore Ravens at home on Thanksgiving in Week 12. Pittsburgh's defense has been one of the top fantasy defenses in the league this season and will look to limit a Ravens offense that has not been nearly as explosive as it was in 2019. The Steelers are installed as 4.5-point home favorites in a game with a low 44.5-point over/under. Fantasy gamers can start the Steelers as a top-10 option in Week 12.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster turned in a slow performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11, catching just four passes for 19 yards. Smith-Schuster will look to bounce back in Week 12 when he faces the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving night. The Ravens have been tough against wide receivers in fantasy this year, allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to the position. That being said, Smith-Schuster had a solid game against them back in Week 8, catching seven passes for 67 yards. Fantasy gamers can treat him as a high-end WR3 for Week 12.
Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Eric Ebron has now caught a touchdown in three of his past four games. He hasn't been posting very many receiving yards along the way but his performances still put him in the TE1 conversation considering the dearth of options at the position in fantasy. He will take on the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving in Week 12 in a decent matchup for him. The Ravens are allowing the 15th-most fantasy points per game to tight ends and allowed him to post 48 yards and a score against them back in Week 8. Treat Ebron as a low-end TE1 for Week 12.
Jacksonville Jaguars PK Aldrick Rosas was removed from the Practice Squad; Suspended by Commissioner list Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Updating a previous story, Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen tested negative for COVID-19 following a positive test. His status is undetermined.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner has hit a wall over his past three games. Over that span, Conner has rushed for 147 scoreless yards across 35 carries. The veteran running back may continue to struggle in Week 12 as he will take on a Baltimore Ravens Defense that has been tough against the run this season. The Ravens rank fourth in the league in run-defense DVOA while allowing the 12th-fewest fantasy points per game to the running back position. Conner did find the end zone against them back in Week 8 but he managed just 47 rushing yards on 15 carries. Treat him as a low-end RB2 for his Thanksgiving game against the Ravens.