Mon Oct 14 9:33am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Diggs carries teams to victory
It was another bit of a topsy turvy week in the NFL. There were some big fantasy performances once again but several duds from top players. This made for some uneven fantasy performances.
Passing games saw the most success with eight players hitting the 300-yard mark. Two quarterbacks had four-touchdown games. And 11 receivers hit the 100-yard mark and four had multiple touchdown games.
Rushing games didn’t have near the success. The leading rusher was a quarterback for Week 6. There were just five backs that had 100-yard games with Chris Carson leading the way at 124 yards. It was a pretty down game from the running back position.
So in all, it was another uneven week in fantasy land. Hopefully, you came out on the right side of things in Week 6. It is pretty crazy to think we are almost at the halfway point of the fantasy season. Team is running out.
Patriots 35, Giants 14
Fantasy Stud: Golden Tate. Tate was the focal point of the Giants passing game and took advantage with a huge game. He had six receptions for 102 yards with a touchdown. He even did this with the Patriots knowing the Tate was going to get plenty of targets. This bodes well for Tate going forward. He is the first receiver all season to score a touchdown against the Patriots.
Fantasy Dud: Daniel Jones. Jones had his issues for the first time this season, playing a very good Patriots pass defense. Jones was 15-of-31 for 161 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions. This is the first time all year Jones didn’t have double-digit fantasy points. It is his second game with multiple interceptions, though.
Game Notes: Jon Hilliman led the Giants in rushing, getting the start. He ran 11 times for 38 yards. And for his trouble, the Giants released him the day after the game. The health of Saquon Barkley must be looking pretty good.
Tom Brady was held out of the end zone throwing the ball, but scored two rushing touchdowns. He was 31-of-41 for 334 yards with an interception.
Panthers 37, Bucs 26
Fantasy Stud: Chris Godwin. Godwin didn’t find the end zone but had a huge game because of a reception and yardage totals. He had 10 catches for 151 yards. Godwin’s breakout season continued. Godwin had two double-digit reception games. He also has three straight 100-yard games and four total for the year. He has been a fantasy machine through six games.
Fantasy Dud: Jameis Winston. Winston threw for 400 yards and a touchdown, so you probably think he didn’t have a bad fantasy day. Think again. Winston was picked off five times and also lost a fumble. His six turnovers were a killer to fantasy teams. The good news is Winston keeps airing it out in this offense. He has 300-yard games three of four.
Game Notes: Christian McCaffrey was held in check despite scoring two touchdowns He ran 22 times but had just 31 yards. He also caught four passes for 36 yards, giving him 58 total yards on 26 touches. His two touchdowns saved his fantasy day.
D.J. Moore had another very productive game, catching seven passes for 73 yards on 10 targets. He has at least six receptions four of six games.
Seahawks 32, Browns 28
Fantasy Stud: Nick Chubb. Chubb had another very productive fantasy performance. He ran 20 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 17 yards. Chubb has 100-yard games two of three and more than 700 total yards for the season. He is getting it done on a weekly basis, posting very consistent numbers. Chubb is a legit No. 1 back for fantasy teams in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Jarvis Landry. Landry had one of his quiet games, seeing teammate Odell Beckham get more looks throughout the game. Landry had three receptions for 36 yards. He had at least 60 yards three straight games before this showing. His five targets were a season low. Landry has been pretty ho hum much of the year for fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Russell Wilson just keeps getting it done. He was 23-of-33 for 295 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He also ran in a score, rushing nine times for 31 yards and a score. Wilson is yet to throw an interception this year and has four three-touchdown games.
Odell Beckham had his second 100-yard game of the season. He caught six passes for 101 yards. He tied a season high in targets with 11.
Texans 31, Chiefs 24
Fantasy Stud: Deshaun Watson. Watson was intercepted twice but scored three total touchdowns. He was 30-of-42 for 280 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He also ran 10 times for 42 yards and two scores. This was the fourth time this season Watson had more than 30 fantasy points. He has four three-touchdown games and two games with 300-plus yards. Watson is having another big fantasy season.
Fantasy Dud: Will Fuller. Fuller did not follow his monster game as most expected he would. He had five receptions for 44 yards and dropped a couple passes, including a would-be touchdown. Fuller has good overall numbers because of his huge Week 5 game but been more bad than good most weeks. He has double-digit fantasy points just two of six games.
Game Notes: Damien Williams had just two total touches. He ran once for six yards and caught a 14-yard touchdown pass. LeSean McCoy led the team in carries, rushing eight times for 44 yards.
Tyreek Hill returned from his shoulder injury and looked just fine. He had a big game, catching five passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. He should be just fine going forward.
Redskins 17, Dolphins 16
Fantasy Stud: Terry McLaurin. McLaurin added yet another big game to his rookie season. He had four receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns. McLaurin has touchdowns four of six games. He has 17 or more fantasy points four games and two 100-yard games. He has been as impressive as any rookie receiver in the game, especially if you consider the team around him.
Fantasy Dud: Josh Rosen. Rosen started the game but didn’t finish it, getting benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick. You thought this might be a game you could use Rosen, getting a great matchup. Instead, Rosen went 15-of-25 for 85 yards with two interceptions. Fitzpatrick played well in relief, going 12-of-18 for 132 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. It will be interesting to see what direction the Dolphins go next week.
Game Notes: Adrian Peterson finally had a good showing. He had 23 carries for 118 yards. This was his first game all season with more than 40-rushing yards.
DeVante Parker scored a touchdown for the second straight game. He had three receptions for 28 yards and a score.
Vikings 38, Eagles 20
Fantasy Stud: Stefon Diggs. Diggs carried fantasy teams to victory all by himself in Week 6. He had one of the best fantasy games of the season. He finished with seven receptions for 167 yards and three touchdowns. This was a welcome sight for Diggs’ owners after seeing him have just 44 yards the previous week. Diggs has 100-yard games two of three. The Vikings passing game is showing life, which is great news for Diggs.
Fantasy Dud: Zach Ertz. Ertz had four receptions for 54 yards and lost a fumble. It was another disappointing performance from Ertz. This was his first game with fewer than double-digit fantasy points. His season high in receiving yards is just 72 yard, and he is yet to have double-digit receptions in a game. His start to the season has been a big disappointment to fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Kirk Cousins was 22-of-29 for 333 yards and four touchdowns with an interception. Cousins has two straight 300-yard games and six touchdowns this last two games.
Alshon Jeffery got a ton of work in the passing game, catching 10 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. Jeffery has touchdowns two of three games and 19 catches those three games.
Saints 13, Jaguars 6
Fantasy Stud: Leonard Fournette. Fournette didn’t have a huge game but was good compared to the rest of the offensive players in this one. He ran 20 times for 72 yards and caught six passes for 46 yards. So he finished with 118 total yards and six receptions, making for a pretty good fantasy day. Fournette has three straight games with 100-plus total yards.
Fantasy Dud: Gardner Minshew. Pick a Jaguar for this one. We’ll go with Minshew because many had high hopes for him in what seemed a favorable matchup. He laid an egg for the first time all season, though. He was just 14-of-29 for 163 yards with an interception. This was the first time all season Minshew failed to score a touchdown and broke a streak of three straight games with multiple scores.
Game Notes: Michael Thomas had eight receptions for 89 yards. Thomas has at least eight receptions five of six games. He has three double-digit reception games this season.
D.J. Chark had his first down game of the season, catching three passes for 43 yards. This was just the second game all year he didn’t find the end zone. And his yardage total was a season low.
Ravens 23, Bengals 17
Fantasy Stud: Lamar Jackson. Jackson didn't throw a touchdown pass but that matter for his fantasy numbers. He still had a huge game because of a great rushing game. Jackson ran 19 times for 152 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t need to throw a pass and still would have finished with great fantasy numbers. Jackson was 21-of-33 for 236 yards without a touchdown or interception throwing the ball. Jackson has two 100-yard rushing games this season. He has 30-plus fantasy points three of six games.
Fantasy Dud: Tyler Boyd. Boyd had a really down game, especially if you consider his numbers the rest of the year. He caught just three passes for 10 yards. Boyd has fewer than 35 yards two of three games. He has disappointed a little the last few weeks, but remains a solid fantasy play in this offense as the top target right now.
Game Notes: Joe Mixon did next to nothing, rushing eight times for 10 yards. He is finding little room to run behind the Bengals offensive line. Mixon has fewer than 20-rushing yards three times this season.
Mark Andrews led the way in the Ravens passing game, finishing with six receptions for 99 yards. Andrews has 99 or more yards three of six games.
49ers 20, Rams 7
Fantasy Stud: George Kittle. Kittle finally had a 100-yard game, his first of the season. He had eight receptions for 103 yards. This was the first time all season he had more than 70 yards in a game. Kittle is trending up, though, having six or more receptions three straight games. He is starting to peak at the right time for fantasy owners.
Fantasy Dud: Jared Goff. Goff had a horrible game, going 13-of-24 for only 78 yards. He also failed to score a touchdown and lost a fumble. It was a disaster of a game for Goff. He had just fewer than four fantasy points. You just didn’t see that game coming from Goff, He has two straight 300-yard gams and at least a touchdown every game this season. Goff and the entire Rams offense is trending the wrong way right now.
Game Notes: Malcolm Brown led the Rams in rushing with Todd Gurley out, rushing 11 times for 40 yards. Rookie Darrell Henderson looked pretty good, though, rushing six times for 39 yards. He averaged an impressive 6.5 yards per carry, which could earn him more work going forward.
Tevin Coleman found the end zone for the second straight game. He ran 18 times for 45 yards and a score. He led the 49ers in rushing attempts once again and has 34 attempts his last two games.
Cardinals 34, Falcons 33
Fantasy Stud: Matt Ryan. His team lost once again, but Ryan continues to post big fantasy numbers. He was 30-of-36 for 356 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. Ryan has four three-touchdown games and at least 300-passing yards every game. His fantasy numbers have been off the charts and consistent all year.
Fantasy Dud: Mohamed Sanu. Sanu had been trending the right way in recent weeks but disappointed in this high-scoring affair. He had just three receptions for 29 yards. Sanu had at least 13 fantasy points three straight games before this one. He also had at least four receptions every game this season before this game. It was an unexpected showing in a great matchup.
Game Notes: Kyler Murray had maybe his best game as a pro, going 27-of-37 for 340 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. He also ran 11 times for 32 yards. This was the first time in his career Murray had more than 30 fantasy points.
David Johnson was able to play with his back injury and produced well in the game. He ran 12 times for 34 yards and a touchdown. He did most of damage in the passing game, catching six passes for 68 yards and a touchdowns. Johnson topped 100 total yards for the third straight game.
Broncos 16, Titans 0
Fantasy Stud: Phillip Lindsay. Lindsay was one of the few offensive players in this game that produced well. He ran 15 times for 70 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for five yards. Lindsay has scores two straight and three of four games. He has double-digit fantasy points all but a game this year.
Fantasy Dud: Derrick Henry. Henry had a really disappointing game despite a big workload. He ran 15 times for 28 yards and caught just a pass for five yards. This was the first game all year Henry didn't have double-digit fantasy points. His 4.3 fantasy points were a season low. Henry has been shutout of the end zone two of the past three games after scoring three straight to the start the season.
Game Notes: Courtland Sutton led the Broncos in receiving once again, catching four passes for 76 yards. He has at least 75 yards three of four games. He is having a breakout year as the top receiver in this offense.
Marcus Mariota found his way to the bench in this one, getting benched for Ryan Tannehill. Mariota was 7-of-18 for 63 yards with two interceptions. Tannehill played well in relief, going 13-of-16 for 144 yards with an interception. It will be interesting to see what direction the Titans go in Week 7.
Jets 24, Cowboys 22
Fantasy Stud: Robby Anderson. The return of Sam Darnold was a huge plus for Anderson. He had his best game of the year, catching five passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. Anderson has 80-plus yard two of five games. He has big-time potential if getting the chances in this offense. He is a big-play threat every time he has the ball in his hands.
Fantasy Dud: Dak Prescott. Prescott was surprisingly quiet in a great matchup. He was 28-of-40 for 277 yards without a touchdown or an interception. The only time Prescott found the end zone was running the ball, having three carries for 11 yards and a touchdown. Prescott has failed to throw a touchdown pass two of his past three games. He has really gone downhill since having multiple scores three straight to start his season.
Game Notes: Ezekiel Elliott had a 100-yard rushing performance. He ran 28 times for 105 yards and a touchdown. He also had five receptions for 47 yards, giving him 152 total yards and a score. Elliott has three 100-yard games this season.
Amari Cooper injured his quad very early in the game and could not return. He had a catch for three yards before leaving. This is an injury to monitor, so keep an eye on the player notes for the latest.
Steelers 24, Chargers 17
Fantasy Stud: Hunter Henry. Henry returned from his knee injury and looked great, leading the Chargers in receiving. He showed his huge ceiling in the game, catching eight passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns. This was just his second game of the season but Henry has 60 or more yards in each game. He can be an elite fantasy tight end in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Austin Ekeler. Ekeler finally had a dud of a game, splitting work with Melvin Gordon. He didn’t catch many passes, leading to his poor fantasy numbers. Ekeler ran five times for just 14 yards and caught three passes for 14 yards. His reception total was his lowest of the season. This game was a bit of a concern for Ekeler owners. He didn’t have double-digit touches for the first time all year with Melvin Gordon drawing the start for San Diego.
Game Notes: Devlin Hodges led his team to victory in his first NFL start but did most of his work on dump offs to his running back, James Conner. Hodges was 15-of-20 for 132 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Conner had seven receptions for 78 yards. Hodges took few chances down the field.
Philip Rivers did most of his damage late in the game with his team trailing but finished with good fantasy numbers because of this. He was 26-of-44 for 320 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. Rivers has 300-yards games four of six. He also has multiple scores three of four 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.
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue wants a long-term deal and is looking for $22 million annually. Ngakoue said he would be unlikely to show up until Aug. 11 if he had to play under the franchise tag. The young pass-rusher has compiled 37.5 sacks (second on the all-time franchise list) since being drafted in the third round of 2016. He also has 14 forced fumbles in that time. If the Jags place the tag on Ngakoue, which ESPN's Mike DiRocco expects, it would be for around $19.3 million in 2020. The 24-year-old (25 next month) had eight sacks, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception last year and is firmly in the mix in IDP leagues with what he's done the last four seasons.
The Indianapolis Colts are unsure if kicker Adam Vinatieri, who will be a free agent next month, will return in 2020. The 47-year-old future Hall of Famer is rehabbing the knee injury that he dealt with last season, and he hasn't decided yet on if he will retire. The 2019 season was the worst year of Vinatieri's long career, as he missed 14 kicks total -- eight field goals and six extra points -- and landed on Injured Reserve in Week 13. The Colts also signed Chase McLaughlin to a one-year extension in January, so Vinatieri might not be back even if he decides to keep playing.
The Atlanta Falcons are expected to pick up quarterback Matt Schaub's $2 million option for the 2020 season, according to a source. Schaub made just one start in 2019 and was underwhelming in place of Matt Ryan. The veteran signal-caller attempted 67 passes for 580 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in parts of six games last season. He'll be 39 in June and is a shaky backup option if Matty Ice were to miss any more games next season due to injury. Even if Schaub is starting games at some point next year, he'd be a shaky second QB in two-quarterback leagues.
Free-agent LB Vontaze Burfict (Raiders) was reinstated by the league in January and has reportedly been working out at his alma mater (Arizona State) in an effort to returning to the NFL in 2020. Burfict was suspended for the final 12 games of the 2019 season after delivering a helmet-to-helmet hit to Indianapolis Colts TE Jack Doyle.
Jacksonville Jaguars impending free-agent DE Yannick Ngakoue is seeking a long-term deal that pays $22 million annually. The franchise tag would be worth around $19.3 million if used on him.
Fantasy Spin: Ngakoue was tied for fifth in fantasy points at the position last season in 15 games. It was a down year that he only had eight sacks, and there is certainly is more in the tank.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler needs to see 15 to 20 touches per game, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.
Fantasy Spin: Ekeler is one of the more versatile backs in the NFL, and he finished 2019 with 92 catches and eight receiving touchdowns. There's a good chance he will be he unquestioned top back and a potential RB1 in 2020 if Melvin Gordon doesn't return, but even if Gordon is back, Ekeler can be a RB2 in PPR formats.
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said on Sunday that the team isn't pursuing a long-term contract extension with running back Marlon Mack currently. It doesn't mean that it's not on the table or that the Colts don't want to keep Mack around for the long-term, but it's not a pressing issue. The 23-year-old (24 next month) is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2020 season. He's been the starter the last two years and had 247 carries for 1,091 yards and eight touchdowns in 2019. However, he's also missed eight games the last two seasons, so Indy might be hesitant in thinking he'll continue to be a lead back for years to come. Mack does have a strong offensive line in front of him, but he'll be more of a low-end RB1/high-end RB2 going into the final year of his contract in 2020.
Jacksonville Jaguars WR DJ Chark Jr. credits his success in 2019 to an improved commitment to preparation, and Mike DiRocco of ESPN.com believes Chark should deliver 1,000 receiving yards and eight to 10 touchdowns in 2020.
Fantasy Spin: Chark emerged as the top receiver for the Jaguars in 2019, and while Jacksonville is unlikely to have a high-powered passing attack, Chark should be able to deliver WR3 production as the No. 1 option.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster had eight catches on 11 targets in the six quarters he played with QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) in 2019, and Brooke Pryor of ESPN believes Smith-Schuster needs another 'reliable offensive weapon' to be at his best.
Fantasy Spin: While Smith-Schuster's numbers would have been better with a healthy Roethlisberger under center, we still don't know if he can replicate his monster 2018 numbers as the go-to option of the passing attack.
Miami Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki will likely be used as a slot receiver in sets featuring three or more receivers in offensive coordinator Chan Gailey's system, according to Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com.
Fantasy Spin: After a quiet rookie year, Gesicki showed signs of life in 2019, finishing with 51 catches for 570 yards and five touchdowns. He could be worth a flier as a high-upside TE2.
The Baltimore Ravens are hopeful of re-signing DE/LB Jihad Ward, a pending unrestricted free agent. The team thinks he fits well with them and they like his motor, versatility. The two sides have had discussions over the past week.
New England Patriots FS Devin McCourty might be a candidate for the franchise tag, and he could cost $11.5 million against the cap if that's the route head coach Bill Belichick and company elect.
New England Patriots PK Stephen Gostkowski (hip) has one year remaining on his contract, but he is 36 years old and coming off hip surgery. Releasing him would free up nearly $3.5 million in salary cap space.
Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack is not in line for a contract extension at this time. '(Marlon), we love him, but we love the other two guys. We want him back and he wants to be back, really. There were some mis-reports that we were pursuing an extension there. That's not the case. I don't know where those came from,' team owner Jim Irsay said Sunday, Feb. 23.
Indianapolis Colts PK Adam Vinatieri (knee), set to be an unrestricted free agent March 18, is undergoing rehab after surgery in December to repair a damaged meniscus and patellar tendon in his left knee. 'Adam knows how much I think of him. He's unbelievable. We'll see. He's in rehab mode now and we're in the middle of trying to put the team together,' owner Robert Irsay said Sunday, Feb. 23.
San Francisco 49ers restricted free-agent LB Elijah Lee probably will not receive a tender offer this season but the team may look to sign him to a minimum level contract, in the opinion of NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.
Indianapolis Colts QB Jacoby Brissett is a player on the rise, but the Colts will consider all options at quarterback this offseason, according to owner Jim Irsay.
Fantasy Spin: The Colts have been linked to Philip Rivers this offseason, but the team can consider several options if they do not want Brissett to be the starter in 2020. The Colts have a solid group of pass catchers, so their starter could be a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues depending on the player.
Tennessee Titans impending free-agent QB Marcus Mariota likely will not re-sign with the Titans this offseason, in the opinion of TitansOnline.com's Jim Wyatt.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) had a doctor visit on Friday and said, "It was a good report. I got to bypass the tennis ball throwing for a month and go right to the football. Still going to be about 2.5-3 months until I get total clearance from doc but we are doing good!" The Steelers posted a video on Twitter of Roethlisberger lightly tossing a football in a gym on Saturday. The veteran gunslinger played in just two games in 2019 before needing season-ending right elbow surgery. He seems to be coming along well and should be ready for the season opener in 2020, barring any setbacks. Big Ben is injury prone at his age, but he put up career highs in passing yards and touchdowns in 2018 and will be a QB2 with QB1 upside if he can stay healthy.
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) said he has been cleared to start throwing a football but is still about two and a half to three months away from receiving full clearance.
Fantasy Spin: Roethlisberger probably will not do much during offseason workouts but appears to have a good chance to be ready for training camp. He has posted very good numbers over the last several seasons and could be a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback if he is healthy.