By STEVE REED
AP Sports Writer
Minnesota Vikings kicker Greg Joseph (1) reacts to missing a game-winning field goal against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. The Minnesota Vikings won 34-28 in overtime. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Minnesota Vikings kicker Greg Joseph (1) attempts a field goal in the last seconds of the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. Joseph missed and the game goes into overtime. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)
Carolina Panthers cornerback A.J. Bouye (24) breaks up a pass intended for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) makes the catch but out of bounds for a two-point conversion against Carolina Panthers cornerback Keith Taylor (28) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A Minnesota Vikings fan cheers during the second half of an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)
Carolina Panthers safety Kenny Robinson (27) celebrates his touchdwn after a blocked punt against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)
Carolina Panthers cornerback Keith Taylor (28) celebrates breaking up a pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kirk Cousins completed a 27-yard touchdown pass to K.J. Osborn on the first possession of overtime to lift the Minnesota Vikings to a wild 34-28 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Cousins threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns against the league's top-ranked pass defense, Dalvin Cook ran for 140 yards and a score and the Vikings finally solved their second-half offensive woes. Adam Thielen had a number of big catches, finishing with 11 receptions for 126 yards and a touchdown.
The Vikings (3-3) had not scored a second-half touchdown in their previous four games, but Cook broke the streak with a 16-yard touchdown run to give the Vikings the lead and Cousins added a 5-yard touchdown pass to Thielen.
But two missed field goals by Greg Joseph kept the Panthers (3-3) in it.
Sam Darnold finished 17 of 41 for 207 yards with one touchdown and two turnovers and nearly pulled off a wild comeback.
After Joseph missed a 50-yard field goal, Zane Gonzalez connected on a short field goal to cut the lead to 8.
Darnold hit Ian Thomas down the seam for a 41-yard gain on fourth-and-10 from the Carolina 4. Then Darnold found D.J. Moore, who had dropped a pass on the previous play, for a 25-yard gain down the left sideline to keep the drive alive. Darnold capped the drive with a 7-yard TD pass to Robby Anderson and threw a shovel pass to Tommy Tremble for the 2-point conversion to tie the game at 28 with 42 seconds left.
But the Vikings won the coin toss and Cousins quickly moved his team into scoring range, finding Osborn, who beat safety Sean Chandler and reached the ball across the goal line to score the winner.
The Panthers might have known it was going to be a tough day when Darnold threw downfield to Anderson on a comeback route on the first play from scrimmage and was intercepted by Bashaud Breeland.
It was the first of many Carolina miscues.
Carolina's first half was marred by dropped passes, mental errors and poor clock management. On their final drive of the second quarter, the Panthers were called for a delay of game after taking a timeout to set up a play. Darnold tried to call a second timeout as the play clock wound down, but NFL rules prohibit back-to-back timeouts. The comedy of errors continued on the next play as the Panthers were flagged for holding, costing them a chance at a go-ahead field goal.
Vikings: CB Patrick Peterson was helped off the field with a lower body injury with 2:03 left in the fourth quarter.
Panthers: Wide receiver Terrace Marshall left the game in the first half after taking a vicious hit from Vikings safety Xavier Woods, who was flagged for an illegal hit. WR Alex Erickson left in the second half with a concussion.
Vikings: Have a bye next weekend, then host the Cowboys on Oct 31.
Panthers: Visit Giants on Sunday.
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks had a great day despite his team's blowout loss to the Colts. Cooks led the team with 13 targets, nine catches, and 89 yards, operating as a short-yardage safety blanket for rookie quarterback Davis Mills. The Texans couldn't get anything going deep downfield against Indianapolis, resulting in a bevy of targets for Cooks. The veteran wideout has now seen double-digit targets in three games this year, exceeding the 75-yard receiving mark in four out of six games played. Houston has a crowded pass-catcher room, but Cooks is the best of the bunch for fantasy purposes. He'll get a tough test against an Arizona pass defense next week.
Chicago Bears tight end Cole Kmet had four catches for 49 yards against the Green Bay Packers. Kmet seemed like he could be poised for a breakout heading into 2021, but that has not come to fruition. Regardless, this game marked one of his best of the season. The sophomore tight end has solid hands and is extremely physical, but in his current situation, it's going to be difficult for the Bears' lackluster quarterbacks to support enough pieces to deem Kmet fantasy relevant. Nevertheless, Kmet must be rostered in any tight end premium leagues and can even be rostered as a hopeful lottery ticket in standard leagues, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect much from the youngster in 2021. In Dynasty leagues, however, Kmet is still a valuable asset as his quarterback and head coaching issues should presumably eventually be resolved.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon didn't seem bothered by the ankle injury that limited his workload over the last few weeks. He finished with 94 yards off 18 touches during the massive victory over the Lions. He also racked up a team-high five catches, totaling 59 yards and a touchdown, finding the end zone off a 40-yard pass from Joe Burrow in the third quarter. After some down weeks caused by a restricted workload, the former Oklahoma Sooner appears to be back in early season form. Fantasy managers should continue to view Mixon as a top option in all formats, especially in PPR leagues, due to his ability as a runner and pass-catcher. Keep him starting in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz completed 11 of 20 pass attempts for 223 yards and two touchdowns during a 31-3 Week 6 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday. Despite being held to only 20 attempts, Wentz had a great outing, avoiding turnovers and distributing the ball efficiently within the Colts' offense. If you're streaming quarterbacks, Wentz is a good prospect valued as a high-end QB2 with low-end QB1 upside moving forward.
Houston Texans wide receiver Nico Collins caught four of six passes for 44 yards in his return Sunday against the Colts. Collins missed a month of action due to a shoulder injury- but posted season-highs in each receiving category in his return to the field. The rookie could carve out a fantasy-relevant role on the outside opposite Brandin Cooks- as he seemed to eat into veteran Chris Conley's snaps. Collins is worth monitoring over the next few weeks as a potential bench stash in deeper leagues.
Another week, another dramatic finish for the Minnesota Vikings. QuarterbackKirk Cousins led an offensively dominant performance for the Vikings, completing 33 of 48 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in the 34-28 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Cousins was able to spread the ball around, with four players reaching at least 70 yards. He also tossed touchdown passes to three different receivers, including the game-winner in overtime to K.J. Osborn. After two straight disappointing fantasy performances, Cousins once again showed why he is one of the most reliable, if not flashy, quarterback options in fantasy. Cousins' fantasy managers will have to look at other options next week, though, as the Vikings head into their bye.
Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin had a disastrous fantasy performance after finishing with just four catches for 28 yards on eight targets. McLaurin was banged up heading into this game with a hamstring injury, so that could have been a factor in his poor play. Fantasy managers shouldn't worry too much, as the third-year stud will continue to command a massive target share in the Washington offense, especially with Logan Thomas (hamstring) and Curtis Samuel (groin) being held out of the lineup. He will look to get back on track in Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers, which isn't too worrisome of a matchup considering Jaire Alexander is dealing with an injury.
Washington Football Team tight end Ricky Seals-Jones caught four passes for 58 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Seals-Jones has filled in nicely for Logan Thomas (hamstring) as he has been one of the top targets for quarterback Taylor Heinicke. Moving forward, the 26-year-old can be started with confidence as long as Thomas remains sidelined, as he has become a main target in the offense, considering Curtis Samuel (groin) is out of the lineup. He has a realistic chance to produce low-end TE1 as long as he remains the starting tight end in Washington.
Chicago Bears running back Khalil Herbert rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries versus the Green Bay Packers. With Damien Williams out with a positive COVID-19 test, Herbert was slated for a nice workload, and he certainly capitalized on that opportunity. The sixth round rookie received some hype heading into the draft but slid and found himself in a crowded running back room. Herbert also amassed 75 yards on 17 carries last week, but Williams played well too. Williams will presumably return in Week 7 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which will hurt Herbert's value. However, even once Williams returns, Herbert's performance definitely still warrants a roster spot and probably a start in most leagues.
Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic led the team in receptions and receiving yards with eight catches for 65 yards in Sunday's 31-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He added 45 yards on the ground on just eight carries, so he was extremely efficient out of the backfield against a weak Kansas City defense. The negative game script allowed McKissic to have a significant role, as he is still clearly above Antonio Gibson in terms of the receiving game. Fantasy managers shouldn't get accustomed to this type of usage, as Gibson will still have a huge role in the offense moving forward, making McKissic a FLEX-play at best in deep leagues. However, if he were to miss any time, McKissic's fantasy value would skyrocket.
Miami Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders signed a long-term extension before the season. However, he has been off to a slow start through the first six games. To be fair, the Dolphins offense has been horrendous, which doesn't give him many chances to make field goals. In Week 6, Sanders connected on two of three field-goal attempts in the loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The return of quarterbackTua Tagovailoa didn't impact Sanders' fantasy value like some may have hoped. There isn't much reason to trust that the Dolphins will fix their offensive issues before their matchup with the Atlanta Falcons in Week 7.
Washington Football Team kicker Dustin Hopkins made two of three field-goal attempts and his only extra-point attempt in Sunday's 31-13 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs. As of now, Hopkins has the look of a reliable streaming option if fantasy managers need to fill in for any upcoming bye weeks. In the future, he should be in for more than one extra-point opportunity when the Washington offense gets fully healthy.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson caught three of his six targets for 46 yards and a touchdown in a Week 6 victory versus the Washington Football Team. The Chiefs had already locked up a victory versus the Washington Football Team late in the fourth quarter, but the Chiefs elected to go for the dagger with a 24-yard pass to Robinson for the score and a 31-13 victory. Robinson has now caught two touchdowns on the season, but remains a shaky option with Byron Pringle, Mecole Hardman and Josh Gordon all competing for targets and playing time behind wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce. Moving forward, Robinson can remain on the waiver wire and would need an injury or two to become relevant.
The Washington Football Team defense was once again not able to have an effective day defending the pass. They gave up 397 passing yards while giving up another 109 yards on the ground. Washington forced Patrick Mahomes to throw two interceptions, but it still wasn't enough to take down the former league MVP. Moving forward, they can be left on the waiver wire in conventional formats considering their recent performance and hard schedule for the remainder of the season.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce put together another nice performance in a Week 6 victory versus the Washington Football Team. Despite dealing with a wrist injury and missing some series, Kelce caught eight of his 11 receptions for 99 yards. Kelce seems to have escaped any long-term injury and that's the most important thing to come out of this contest. He remains a favorite of quarterback Patrick Mahomes and also at the top of his class for his position. Kelce will have a juicy matchup versus the Tennessee Titans in Week 7 and managers should once again feel confident with as the top tight end play of the week.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle was significantly involved in the passing attack during the Week 6 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He hauled in 10 of his 13 targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. The Dolphins were without multiple wideouts, so Waddle saw a boatload of chances in this one. His target share is likely to decrease heading into the Week 7 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons. Waddle has seen an inconsistent amount of targets this season. Fantasy managers should monitor the health of the other receivers in Miami heading into next week. At worst, Waddle should be in the flex conversation for that matchup.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow finished with 271 yards and three touchdowns on 19-for-29 passing during the decisive victory over the Lions on Sunday. He also added 20 yards off five carries. The 24-year-old was taken to a local medical facility after sustaining a throat contusion during the overtime loss to Green Bay. However, he appeared to be just fine and led his squad to an impressive 4-2 record on the year. The signal-caller kept things going in Week 6, and he now has 14 touchdowns throughout the first six games of the 2021-22 campaign, eight more than he had at the same point last season. At this rate, he should be classified as a viable fantasy option in all formats, so keep him going against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill caught nine of his 12 targets for 76 and a touchdown in a Week 6 victory versus the Washington Football Team. The speedy wide receiver has been banged up and sat out some plays with a quad injury, but he was still able to put together a big performance for managers this afternoon. As long as he is healthy, Hill remains one of the best options at the wide receiver position. Even with the Chiefs offense struggling compared to previous seasons, they are still scoring plenty and quarterback Patrick Mahomes continues to feed Hill the ball. Hill will look to rest up for a tasty Week 7 matchup against the Tennessee Titans and he should be considered a WR1 in that contest and on a weekly basis.
Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke was fairly mediocre in Sunday's 31-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, as he completed 24-of-39 passes for just 182 yards and one touchdown. The dual-threat didn't rely on his scrambling ability at all in this game, as he didn't record a single rushing attempt. He was set up for a great matchup against a weak Kansas City defense but simply couldn't deliver for fantasy managers. Moving forward, it would likely be best to look elsewhere for streaming options in one-QB leagues, but the 28-year-old still has QB2 appeal in two-QB or super-flex formats. In Week 7 he faces the Green Bay Packers who are not a particularly strong defensive unit, so he can be valued as a QB2 once again.
Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki saw no shortage of targets during the Week 6 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Dolphins were without multiple receivers, so Gesicki and Jaylen Waddle were asked to step up. Gesicki finished with eight receptions on nine targets for 115 yards in the loss. It was a slow start for Gesicki, but he has come around over the last few weeks. He'll be a fine TE1 for a favorable matchup against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 7.