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 Hot Plays: Week 12
If you're in a tight spot going into Week 12, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andy Isabella could be a decent dart throw option for you. Isabella has been extremely quiet ever since his two-touchdown performance in Week 3 against the Detroit Lions. However, this week the Cardinals will be without Larry Fitzgerald (COVID) for the first time this year, which should open up extra opportunities for Isabella. The Cardinals will face the New England Patriots in Week 12. The Patriots Defense is known for focusing attention on No. 1 targets, which could mean DeAndre Hopkins will struggle in the game. Isabella is an extremely risky start, but he could see around five targets, which gives him a solid chance to make a few big plays and deliver a solid flex performance for deep league owners.
The Colts Defense has a tough test this week against a good Titans offense. The Titans offense is led by Derrick Henry who rushed for over 100 yards on 5.4 yards per carry against the Colts defense in Week 10. Henry has at least 100 yards in six of 10 games and is averaging 4.8 yards per carry on the season. They struggled in stopping the run in Week 10 but were good against the pass. They held Ryan Tannehill to just 147 passing yards and a passer rating of 83.4. They ended up holding the Titans offense to just 17 points in their first meeting and will look for a similar performance this week. It will be a tall task, but the Colts defense should have starting consideration based on how well they have played for most of the season.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Kalen Ballage (ankle, calf) is listed as questionable for Week 12 against the Bills. Ballage was limited in practice this week, so he should be able to play, barring a last-minute setback. But we also don't know for sure yet if Austin Ekeler (hamstring) will return yet after being designated to return from Injured Reserve this week. But if Ekeler sits out another game, which is expected, Ballage should continue to be the leader of this backfield while fending off rookie Joshua Kelley and Troymaine Pope. The Bills Defense has allowed the 11th-most fantasy points per game to running backs, too, so Ballage will be in the RB2 conversation if he's active and Ekeler remains sidelined.
Indianapolis Colts tight end Trey Burton enters the week as the No. 2 tight end on the Colts depth chart behind Jack Doyle. Burton played just 29 percent of the team's snaps last week while Jack Doyle played in 54 percent. Mo Alie-Cox is still in the mix as well, and he played 51 percent of the team's snaps. Despite Doyle and Alie-Cox seeing more snaps, Burton is still the most expensive DFS option this week between the three. The formula for Burton's production is fairly simple. He does not catch a lot of passes, so he relies on touchdowns for decent fantasy days. This makes him difficult to trust from week to week, but he is the only tight end on the team that should be given starting consideration being that Doyle and Alie-Cox hardly ever produce.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has a bit of a challenge ahead against the New England Patriots in Week 12. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is widely known for his efforts to take team's No. 1 options away in games. This week, that will certainly mean Hopkins. Hopkins is coming off a disappointing showing where he caught just five of eight targets for 51 yards. He's followed up every disappointing game with a big one this year, so he's likely going to make it hard on Belichick and the Patriots contain him. Start him with confidence as a WR1 this week, but don't be surprised if it's a bit of a bumpy ride.
Miami Dolphins rookie running back Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 12 against the Jets. On top of it, the Dolphins are non-committal on whether Myles Gaskin (knee) will play after being designated to return from Injured Reserve this week. If Gaskin is available to play, he should be at least eased in as the featured back in a great matchup against the winless Jets. However, if Gaskin misses another game, we should see some sort of timeshare between Matt Breida, Patrick Laird and DeAndre Washington. The matchup is obviously a tasty one, but good luck to any fantasy managers trying to navigate those choppy backfield waters if both Gaskin and Ahmed aren't available.
The Cleveland Browns will travel to Florida to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 12. Jacksonville has benched rookie quarterback Jake Luton and will turn to journeyman QB Mike Glennon against Cleveland in the contest. Glennon has not been particularly impressive in his career, having thrown 20 interceptions in 29 games. The last time Glennon started for a team, he threw five picks in four starts for the Chicago Bears back in 2017. Cleveland's defense has been at or near the league leaders in takeaways this season and should be able to add to that total against a struggling Jacksonville offense that will be without top wideout D.J. Chark in Week 12. Start the Browns as a top-six fantasy defense this weekend.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk has had two straight rough outings. He's caught just eight passes for 77 yards over the past two weeks. However, things look favorable for him going into Week 12 against the New England Patriots. The team will be without Larry Fitzgerald (COVID-19) for the game, which should mean more targets will be headed his way. Plus, the Patriots are known for focusing in on No. 1 offensive options, which means that the Patriots Defense may be flooding on DeAndre Hopkins, allowing for more open space for Kirk. Start Kirk as a WR2 in all formats. Look for him to see at least eight targets in the game, giving him a good chance to flirt with 100 yards and find the endzone.
Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said the team will watch film on quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) and running back Myles Gaskin (knee) before deciding if they will play in Week 12 against the Jets. Tagovailoa's thumb injury wasn't deemed serious this week, so it's curious that they are considering sitting him out against the winless Jets in a matchup that he should bounce back in after being benched late in the Week 11 loss to Denver. With the injury and now the chance that he won't play at all, the rookie QB is a shaky low-end QB2 this weekend. Gaskin was designated to return from Injured Reserve this week and could make his return in an excellent matchup with the Jets. With rookie Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) ruled out, Gaskin could have some nice RB2 upside if he returns on Sunday. Check to make sure he's not available on your league's waiver wire.
Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake had an interesting performance last week against the Seattle Seahawks. He carried the ball 11 times for 29 yards and a touchdown while adding four catches for 31 yards on five targets. His 2.6 yards per carry were disappointing, but the touchdown helped save his day. Meanwhile, his work in the passing game was a nice surprise. It was his first time this year with more than two targets in a game and also his first time with over 10 receiving yards in a game. This week, against the New England Patriots, it's unclear whether Drake will still be used heavily in the passing game, but he should get plenty of work regardless. Look for him to see around 15 touches in the game, making him a solid RB2 in Week 12.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Week 12 against the Vikings, but head coach Matt Rhule said he's "pessimistic" that McCaffrey will play. McCaffrey has been unlikely to play all week, especially with Carolina having their bye in Week 13. But the All-Pro running back is getting closer and should return in Week 14 to face the Broncos. Fantasy managers can only hope that McCaffrey is ready to roll when the fantasy playoffs begin in most leagues. You shouldn't be holding out slim hopes that he'll play this Sunday, though. Mike Davis should continue to be the featured back with McCaffrey hurt, once again giving him RB1 upside against Minnesota.
Cleveland Browns tight end Austin Hooper is in the midst of a slow season with his new team. Hooper has caught just 26 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown while missing two games for Cleveland. He draws a plus matchup against a Jacksonville Jaguars pass defense that has been generous to opposing tight ends this season. Jacksonville is allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to the tight end position on the year. Hooper settles in as a low-end TE1 for Week 12.
Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds only saw two carries in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks, but he delivered in the passing game, catching four passes for 36 yards and a touchdown. Edmonds has amazingly caught all 17 of his targets over his past four games. Unfortunately, Kenyan Drake has been soaking up all the carries since he returned to action in Week 10, but Edmonds remains heavily involved regardless. Edmonds' role in the passing game makes him a decent low-end flex option in PPR leagues in Week 12 when the Cardinals face the New England Patriots. He's a bit more risky in non-PPR.
Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl offensive lineman Zack Martin (calf) is expected to miss three to four weeks with a calf strain that he suffered in the Thanksgiving loss on Thursday to Washington, according to a source. Based on where we are in the season, it could mean that Martin has played his last down of the 2020 season, especially if the Cowboys want him to heal fully before he returns. Left tackle Cameron Erving was also injured on Thursday and is expected to miss multiple weeks. These injuries are a huge blow to Dallas' offensive line and offense as a whole moving forward. It'll make life tougher on quarterback Andy Dalton and running back Ezekiel Elliott heading into a Week 13 matchup with the Ravens next Thursday night.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (shoulder) has been limited in practice this week with a right shoulder injury. He is currently questionable for this Sunday's game against the New England Patriots, but the team seems optimistic that he'll be good to go. Murray had one of his weakest fantasy outputs of the year last time out against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 11 as he managed just 15 rushing yards and only two total touchdowns. Look for him to bounce back this week after a long rest. The Patriots rank amongst the middle of the pack in the league in both passing yards allowed and points allowed per game. Look for Murray to put up solid yardage totals both on the ground and in the air in the game while scoring at least three touchdowns.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is off the team's final injury report and is good to go for Week 12 against the Vikings. Bridgewater was close to playing last week but was held out as a precaution in the shutout win over the Lions. Minnesota's defense has allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks all year, too, so Bridgewater will be a sneaky streaming option or second QB in superflex leagues now that we know for sure he will be active. It's also good news for wide receivers Robby Anderson, D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel. Five quarterbacks have thrown for three or more touchdowns against the Vikings Defense this year, so Bridgewater will have some sneaky upside in his return to action after missing a game with an MCL sprain.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton mostly lacks fantasy value this week against the Titans but could be a flex play in deeper leagues if your lineup is stretched thin. His receptions per game, yards per game, and yards per target are all the lowest of his nine-year career. Hilton also has yet to haul in a touchdown. He is averaging a little over four catches for about 61 yards in 16 career games against the Titans and hauled in four catches for 40 yards in their Week 10 matchup. Hilton's ceiling definitely is not high but could be thrown in the flex spot if your lineup is in a pinch.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. has played well over the last three weeks, catching a total of 14 balls on 16 targets. He takes on the Titans this week where he had his coming out party in Week 10, catching seven passes for 101 yards. Pittman has played in at least 80 percent of the team's snaps in each of the last three weeks, and he is taking advantage of that opportunity. He is listed as the No. 2 receiver on the Colts depth chart this week but is the most expensive DFS receiver on the team. The Titans rank 23rd against opposing wide receivers, so Pittman should be able to put up another good performance. He definitely has starting value this week.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jakeem Grant (hamstring) was limited during Thursday's practice, which is not a good sign. There is a chance that Grant is unable to suit up for the Week 12 matchup against the New York Jets. That would likely mean that DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki would see plenty of targets on Sunday. Grant could hold low-end WR3 value, assuming he actually suits up. However, he might be too risky of an option for most fantasy owners to take a chance on him.
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram had a quiet game last week but was on a roll before that and will look to rebound to his previous form in Cincinnati. The fourth-year tight end was only targeted three times last week, but was averaging 9.6 targets-per-game in his previous three games. The Giants are coming off of a bye so expect Engram to be more involved in the game plan this week. With tight end being a wasteland in fantasy football, Engram is a must-start option given his target-floor.