Mon Oct 15 9:29 am
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Hill comes up big Week 6
It was more of the same for fantasy teams this week, seeing because scores because of several monster performances. Passing games enjoyed big success once again. There were three quarterbacks that had four touchdown passes and nine hit the 300-yard mark. It wasn't quite the huge week for receivers. There were 12 that hit the 100-yard mark, which was a little down compared to past weeks.
Rushing games were up and down again but we did have a 200-yard rusher and eight backs hit the 100-yard mark. Five backs had multiple rushing touchdowns, though, which led to some solid fantasy performances.
Eagles 34, Giants 13
Fantasy Stud: Saquon Barkley. His team stunk it up but Barkley had a huge performance once again. He finished a yard shy of 100-yard receiving and rushing game. He ran 13 times for 130 yards and a touchdown. Barkley also caught nine passes for 99 yards, giving him 229 total yards and a touchdown. Barkley has reached 100 total yards every game this season. He is proving to be the real deal and a fantasy force for years to come.
Fantasy Dud: Odell Beckham. Beckham caught six passes but finished with just 44 yards. He has been a disappointment much of the year but this was his first game with fewer than 50 yards. The good news for Beckham is he has double-digit targets every game. Either way, things are off to a rough start for Beckham, who could be erratic like this much of the season.
Game Notes: Carson Wentz had his first three-touchdown game of the season. He was 26-of-36 for 278 yards and three scores without an interception. Wentz is quickly rounding into form, having three straight multiple score games and 300-yard games two of three.
Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement pretty much split the work at running back for the Eagles. Smallwood ran 18 times for 51 yards while Clement had 11 carries for 43 yards and a touchdown. This could be a similar situation going forward for the Eagles backfield.
Seahawks 27, Raiders 3
Fantasy Stud: Russell Wilson. Wilson had one of his better games of the season. He missed on just six passes, going 17-of-23 for 222 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. He also ran six times for 20 yards. Wilson has two straight three straight touchdown games and three total for the season. His rushing totals continue to disappoint but Wilson is finding the end zone on a regular basis, helping his fantasy numbers.
Fantasy Dud: Derek Carr. Carr was a big bust. He missed on just eight passes, but threw for just 133 yards and didn't score a touchdown. He also lost two fumbles. Carr was 22-of-30 for 133 yards. He is proving to be a bust to fantasy teams this season. He has multiple touchdowns just once all year and more interceptions than touchdowns.
Game Notes: Doug Baldwin finally came to life, catching six passes for 91 yards. Baldwin had fewer than 50 yards his first two games of the year before this big showing.
Jalen Richard had seven receptions for 48 yards. He has at least six receptions three of four games and 31 total catches for the season.
Vikings 27, Cardinals 17
Fantasy Stud: Adam Thielen. Thielen continued his red hot play, catching 11 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. Thielen has 100-yard games all six games this season. He also has double-digit receptions three of six games and scores three straight. He has double-digit targets every single game, serving as the top target for the passing game. He is having some kind of season.
Fantasy Dud: Stefon Diggs. Diggs had just three receptions for 33 yards. Diggs had a season-low four targets. He has had a few down games this year, though, having fewer than 50 yards three of six games. He has been a little more erratic than fantasy teams had hoped.
Game Notes: Latavius Murray finally had a good game as the starter for the Vikings. He ran 24 times for 155 yards and a touchdown. Murray did not have more than 50-rushing yards in a game before this one.
Christian Kirk continues to emerge as the top target for the Cardinals passing game. He caught six passes for 77 yards. Kirk has 75-plus yards three of four games.
Steelers 28, Bengals 21
Fantasy Stud: James Conner. Conner continues to excel as the No. 1 back for the Steelers. He had a big game, rushing 19 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 18 yards, giving him 129 total yards and two scores. Conner has two straight 100-yard rushing and two-touchdown games. Conner has three 100-yard games this year and seven touchdowns. He is an elite fantasy back as long as he is starting.
Fantasy Dud: Andy Dalton. Dalton wasn't bad by any means but you hoped for a little better fantasy game in such a prime matchup. Dalton was just so-so for all his fantasy owners. He was 26-of-42 for 229 yard and two touchdowns. Dalton didn't even reach 20 fantasy points in the game. Dalton has been pretty consistent much of the year, though, having multiple touchdowns all but a game.
Game Notes: Tyler Boyd had his first two touchdown game of the season. He caught seven passes for 62 yards and two scores. Boyd has five straight games with at least four receptions.
JuJu Smith-Schuster returned to his big ways, catching seven passes for 111 yards and converted a two-point try. He had just 94 yards his last two games, so this big game was a welcome return for all his fantasy owners.
Chargers 38, Browns 14
Fantasy Stud: Melvin Gordon. Gordon had another big game. He ran 18 times for 132 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged an impressive 7.3 yards per rush. Gordon has touchdowns all but a game this year. He has 100-yard games two of three. Gordon is having his best season to date and making a run at top fantasy back in the game.
Fantasy Dud: Jarvis Landry. Landry was a nonfactor, catching just two passes for 11 yards. The only good news is Landry was targeted nine times in the game. He got his looks but just didn't connect much of the game. He should get better going forward but this game was a downer for all his fantasy owners.
Game Notes: Tyrell Williams made some big plays with his few targets. He caught three passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns. He does not have more than three catches in a game this year but 48 or more yards four of six games.
Carlos Hyde had 14 carries but managed just 34 yards, averaging 2.4 yards per carry. Nick Chubb had just three carries but had 25 yards, averaging 8.3 yards per carry. At some point, you would think Chubb starts getting a few more chances.
Jets 42, Colts 34
Fantasy Stud: Andrew Luck. Luck did throw three interceptions but had very good passing numbers in the end, leading to another big game for all his fantasy owners. He was 23-of-43 for 301 yards and four touchdowns with three interceptions. Luck has three straight 300-yard and at least three-touchdown games. He has 16 touchdowns and looks to be completely back from his arm issues.
Fantasy Dud: Nyheim Hines. Hines wasn't much of a factor in this one, which was a surprise considering his recent workload. The return of Marlon Mack cut into his playing time, though. Hines ran three times for 14 yards and caught two passes for 21 yards. This game broke a streak of at least five receptions three straight games.
Game Notes: Marlon Mack returned from his hamstring injury and led the Colts in rushing. He ran 12 times for 89 yards, averaging an impressive 7.4 yards per carry.
Eric Ebron caught four passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. Ebron has touchdowns three straight and five of six games this season.
Redskins 23, Panthers 17
Fantasy Stud: Cam Newton. Newton had his usual solid game for fantasy owners. He was 27-of-40 for 275 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. He also led the team in rushing, running nine times for 43 yards. Newton has multiple touchdowns all but the first game of the season. He continues to post big numbers on a weekly basis.
Fantasy Dud: Josh Doctson. Doctson was active and played but wasn't a huge part of the game once again despite some injuries at receiver for the Redskins. He had three receptions for 20 yards. Doctson has fewer than 40 yards every game this year and probably isn't worth even owning in most formats. He continues to disappoint.
Game Notes: Adrian Peterson rebounded from a terrible Week 5, rushing 17 times for 97 yards. Peterson has 90-plus yards three of five games.
Greg Olsen returned to the lineup and caught four passes for 48 yards. The good news is he made it throughout the game healthy and his role should continue to increase going forward.
Dolphins 31, Bears 28
Fantasy Stud: Albert Wilson. Wilson had six receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns. He made several big plays throughout the game. This was his first 100-yard game of the year. He has touchdowns three of five games. He has really emerged in recent weeks, having at least four receptions three straight games.
Fantasy Dud: Kenny Stills. Stills had just a catch for 35 yards. He did convert a two-point try but his overall numbers were poor for fantasy teams. Stills has fewer than 50 yards three straight games. His numbers have gone south in recent weeks after starting his season fast.
Game Notes: Frank Gore hit the 100-yard mark for the first time this year. He ran 15 times for 101 yards. Gore has double-digit carries three straight games.
Taylor Gabriel had his second straight 100-yard game. He caught five passes for 110 yards. He has at least four receptions every game.
Falcons 34, Bucs 29
Fantasy Stud: Jameis Winston. Winston had a great first start of the season. He was 30-of-41 for 395 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. He also ran three times for 31 yards. Winston is going to post some big numbers in this offense as long as he can stay healthy. The Bucs have one of the most prolific offenses in football right now.
Fantasy Dud: Calvin Ridley. Ridley was on his way to a big game but got injured early and didn't return. He caught three passes for 47 yards. It was a shame to see him get hurt so early in the game, leading to very mediocre fantasy numbers. Ridley suffered an ankle injury during the game. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest.
Game Notes: Matt Ryan had his third three-touchdown game of the season. He was 31-of-41 for 354 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. Ryan has 14 touchdowns to just two interceptions on the season.
Julio Jones didn't score a touchdown once again, but caught 10 passes for 143 yards. Jones has three 100-yard games and is now over 700-receiving yards for the year. He is still without a touchdown, though.
Texans 20, Bills 13
Fantasy Stud: DeAndre Hopkins. It wasn't one of his huge games but a solid showing for Hopkins in a game that didn't feature a ton of offense. He caught five passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. Hopkins has touchdowns three of six games and at least five receptions every game.
Fantasy Dud: Deshaun Watson. Watson had a poor showing for his standards. He failed to throw for 200 yards and just had a touchdown. He was 15-of-25 for 177 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. This makes two straight games for Watson without multiple touchdowns. His numbers haven't been quite what fantasy owners had hoped for just yet.
Game Notes: Josh Allen had to leave the game because of an elbow injury. He did not do much before leaving, going 10-of-17 for 84 yards. Nathan Peterman struggled in relief. He was 6-of-12 for 61 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. One of his picks was returned for the game-winning score.
Lamar Miller returned from his chest injury this week and led the team in rushing. He ran 15 times for 46 yards compared to seven carries for 26 yards from Alfred Blue. Miller has double-digit carries every game he has played this year.
Cowboys 40, Jaguars 7
Fantasy Stud: Dak Prescott. Prescott has been a bust much of the year but has his breakout game against the Jaguars, a team most think have the best defense in football. We all saw this coming, right? Prescott was 17-of-27 for 183 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He also ran 11 times for 82 yards and a touchdown. It was quite the overall performance for Prescott against a very good team. Maybe he can still help fantasy teams. This game could get him going.
Fantasy Dud: Donte Moncrief. Moncrief had 75-plus yards two straight games and 11 receptions in those games, so his stock was rising. Well, he laid an egg in Week 6. He did not even catch a pass and was targeted just three times. Moncrief has some potential in this offense but is a hard guy to trust, especially after this game.
Game Notes: Ezekiel Elliott had his third 100-yard game of the season. He ran 24 times for 106 yards and a touchdown. He has 100-yard games three of four.
Cole Beasley had his first 100-yard game of the season. He set season highs across the board, catching nine passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
Rams 23, Broncos 20
Fantasy Stud: Todd Gurley. Gurley not only hit the 100-yard mark but passed 200-rushing yards in this game. He ran 28 times for 208 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 7.4 yards per carry. Gurley has multiple touchdowns two straight games and 11 total scores for the season. He also has three 100-yard rushing games. Gurley is having another fabulous season and carrying many fantasy teams to victories on a weekly basis.
Fantasy Dud: Cooper Kupp. Kupp played and suffered a nasty leg injury in the game. He was surprisingly able to return to the game, but he still finished without a catch. His only production was a carry for 12 yards. This game was just an outlier for Kupp. He'll be just fine going forward as long as he is healthy.
Game Notes: Jared Goff failed to score a touchdown for the first time this season as the Rams had much success running the ball. Goff was 14-of-28 for 201 yards and an interception.
Emmanuel Sanders had his second 100-yard game of the season. He had seven receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown. He has at least four receptions every game this year.
Ravens 21, Titans 0
Fantasy Stud: Ravens defense. The Ravens defense absolutely dominated this game. They shutout the Titans and sacked them 11 times. Baltimore also allowed just 106 total yards, which is a pretty amazing stat as well. This unit has become a top-five fantasy defense once again and are a must start almost no matter the matchup.
Fantasy Dud: Corey Davis. Davis caught just a pass for 24 yards. Just when you think Davis is starting to gain a little momentum, he has his worst game of the season. Davis isn't having the breakout season most hoped, but he has some time to still get going. We aren't sure it will happen, though, at this rate.
Game Notes: Alex Collins averaged just 2.8 yards per carry but scored two touchdowns. He ran 19 times for 54 yards and two scores. Collins has five scores this year but is yet to top 70-rushing yards in a game.
Michael Crabtree scored a touchdown for the first time since Week 1. He had six receptions for a season-high 93 yards and a score.
Patriots 43, Chiefs 40
Fantasy Stud: Tyreek Hill. Hill had a one of the best fantasy games of the year for a receiver, catching seven passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns. He made big play after big play all game long. This was his first 100-yard game since Week 1 of the season. Hill hasn't been huge every week but been pretty consistent and is always capable of the huge game any given week. He is one of the elite fantasy receivers in the game.
Fantasy Dud: Sammy Watkins. The Chiefs threw for more than 350 yards but Watkins was a surprise nonfactor in the game. He caught just two passes for 18 yards. Watkins has been all over the map this year for his fantasy owners. He has 75-plus yards two games but three other games with fewer than 25 yards. He is a hard weekly play for fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Sony Michel was a game-time decision, but played and played a very good game. He ran 24 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns. He has 100-yard games two of three and touchdowns three straight games.
Patrick Mahomes had his third four-touchdown game of the season. He was 23-of-36 for 352 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Mahomes has five straight 300-yard games and 20 total scores this season.
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.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson (hip) has progressed in his rehab without setbacks since suffering a hip injury in October, according to a league source. Doctors have ruled out surgery once and for all for Wilson and has raised hope that he will be able to get back on the field this spring. The belief is that Wilson will be ready for the start of the offseason program in April. Wilson ranked third on the team in touchdowns (four receiving and one passing) despite missing nine games, and his yards-per-catch average (15.0) led the team. Although Miami's quarterback situation is up in the air, Wilson should have a prominent place in the team's offense next year regardless.
The New York Jets officially hired Dowell Loggains as their next offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach on Wednesday. Loggains has worked under head coach Adam Gase in both Chicago and Miami. With Gase likely running the show on offense, Loggains' main task will be to continue the development of quarterback Sam Darnold, who was very up and down in his rookie season. The Jets ranked 29th in yards per game (299.2), 25th in passing yards (197.8), 26th in rushing yards (101.4) and 23rd in the league in points per game (20.8) in 2018.
The Arizona Cardinals signed veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to a one-year deal on Wednesday so that he can return for a 16th season. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Fitzgerald will turn 36 at the end of August but will remain the No. 1 wideout on the team because of his experience. His numbers took a hit in one of the worst offenses in the NFL in 2018, but he still led the team in receptions (69), receiving yards (734) and touchdowns (six). While Fitz can still make an impact on the field, he'll be returning to his third head coach in three years, but the addition of Kliff Kingsbury could improve the offense moving forward. We won't say for sure that Fitzgerald will return to the 1,000-yard mark, but he should be a serviceable WR3 at the very least.
Former Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano is expected to land with the New England Patriots in a top defensive role when linebackers coach Brian Flores heading to the Miami Dolphins.
Former New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has emerged as the favorite to be hired as Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator, according to sources.
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald announced Wednesday, Jan. 23, that he'll return for the 2019 season.
Fantasy Spin: Fitz had a 69-734-6 season, which was well below the 100-catch, 1,000-yard seasons the three years previously. The rookie quarterback was part of the problem, but he doesn't have much more upside next season. He's still a PPR asset, but he'll be a mid-round option as a WR3.
Updating an earlier report, Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent WR Larry Fitzgerald re-signed with the Cardinals on a one-year deal. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Miami Dolphins WR Albert Wilson (hip) is on schedule with his recovery from an October hip injury that landed him on IR and could be at full speed when the team's offseason workout program begins in April.
Fantasy Spin: After four largely nondescript seasons in Kansas City, Wilson flashed some playmaking ability before getting injured against the Lions. There are far too many variables in Miami for an accurate read on Wilson's fantasy prospects for 2019, but he did enough last year to warrant your attention.
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles would be eligible to be franchise or transition tagged and then traded if the team decides not to pick up his option, which ESPN's Chris Mortensen believes is a possibility as doing so would allow the Eagles to influence Foles' destination.
Fantasy Spin: Mortensen indicates such a move would prevent Foles from going to a division rival, but it's all speculation at this point. While it's far from a sure thing, Foles could have some fantasy value in the right situation.
Oakland Raiders CB Daryl Worley (shoulder) had successful surgery on his ailing shoulder last week, according to head coach Jon Gruden.
Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Crabtree is likely to be released in the offseason, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec.
Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent WR Cole Beasley claimed Tuesday, Jan. 22, that the Dallas front office encourages the coaching staff to get the football to certain players. 'I haven't been a huge priority in that regard. Maybe that will change but I'm not sure,' Beasley said.
Fantasy Spin: Beasley's frustrations are evident and understandable, although Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott and Michael Gallup are all bigger, more talented threats with the ball. Beasley does have a role to play and put together his second best season from a statistical standpoint. That being said, he's only a mid- to late-round PPR flier if he stays in Dallas.
Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said the team is "optimistic" that quarterback Alex Smith (leg) will be ready for the start of the 2019 season, but he also said "we'll see." In his first year with Washington, Smith was a disappointment, throwing for 2,108 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions with an 85.7 QB rating in 10 games before his gruesome leg injury. He'll be heading into his age-35 season and is unlikely to be ready for training camp or the regular season, so he's one to avoid for fantasy purposes. The 'Skins are in dire need of a long-term quarterback.
The Kansas City Chiefs relieved defensive coordinator Bob Sutton of his duties on Tuesday. Sutton was head coach Andy Reid's defensive coordinator for all six of his years in KC, but the Chiefs defense continued to trend downward in 2018 and was their Achilles heel in the AFC Championship loss to the Patriots last weekend. Defensive end Chris Jones -- third in the NFL with 15.5 sacks in 2018 -- and linebacker Dee Ford are the linchpins of this defense, but they must improve their talent in the secondary. The Chiefs ranked 31st in yards allowed per game (405.5), 31st in passing yards allowed (273.4), 27th in rushing yards allowed (132.1), 24th in points allowed (26.3) and tied for eighth in takeaways (27) in 2018.
Oakland Raiders impending free-agent TE Jared Cook will be re-signed if head coach Jon Gruden has his way, but Gruden admitted that Cook will be a popular name on the free-agent market.
Fantasy Spin: Cook was one of the few bright spots for the Raiders this season, and maybe the lone bright spot. He's a top-five fantasy tight end candidate now after finishing 2018 as the TE5.
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones led all receivers with 24 receptions for first downs on 30 third-down targets this past season.
Fantasy Spin: Despite a slow start in the TD department (none in his first seven games) Jones also wound up leading the league in receiving yards (1,677) for the second time in the last four seasons. And even with Jones turning 30 this offseason (on Super Bowl Sunday), he remains an elite WR1 in all fantasy formats.
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said the team is unsure if impending free-agent running back Marshawn Lynch plans to play in 2019. Gruden said "we'd love to have him back" if he decides to play another season. Beast Mode will turn 33 in April and is coming off a season in which he played in just six games due to injury. Lynch ran 90 times for 376 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and three scores. Even if Lynch returns, he'd be more of a low-upside, injury-risk RB2 for Oakland that is more attractive in standard-scoring leagues.
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said the team would like to re-sign impending free-agent tight end Jared Cook, but he knows the market for his services will be competitive. He'll be in high demand after he set career highs across the board in catches (68), targets (101), yards (896) and touchdowns (six) for the Raiders. Given the sad state of the tight end position in fantasy, Cook was a strong TE1 this year and will likely be drafted as one again this year, depending on where he lands. Staying in Oakland might be the best for his value.
The Cincinnati Bengals are hiring former Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan as their next offensive coordinator. Callahan has never been an offensive coordinator in the NFL but has been a QBs coach since 2015. He'll oversee an offense that could easily bounce back after serious injuries to quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green derailed them in 2018. Cincinnati finished 26th in yards per game (310.8), 24th in passing yards per game (205.6), 21st in rushing yards per game (105.1) and 17th in points per game (23.0) in 2018.
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch, an impending free agent this offseason, hasn't announced whether he plans on playing in 2019, but if he does, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday, Jan. 22, that 'we'd love to have him back.'
Fantasy Spin: Lynch will be 33 by the time next season rolls around, but he'd still be a fantasy RB2 consideration if were to be projected to be the primary RB in Oakland.