Mon Oct 19 9:59am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Henry runs wild in Week 6
Unfortunately, this was not a great week for fantasy scoring. It was a very top heavy week, seeing a few players score huge while many others, especially with favorable matchups, put up some duds. If you didn’t have some of the handful of plays that came up big, you were in trouble in Week 6. Here is to hoping things worked out well for you in this strange week of fantasy football.
Broncos 18, Patriots 12
Fantasy Stud: Tim Patrick. Patrick continues to lead the way at receiver for the Patriots. He had four receptions for 101 yards. Patrick has two straight 100-yard games and at least 14 fantasy points three straight. You can trust him right now in this Broncos passing game. He is producing on a weekly basis in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Damien Harris. Harris struggled to do much in this game, rushing six times for just 19 yards. He also had a catch for 14 yards. He was coming off a 100-yard game so expectations were high for him in here. He didn’t get enough chances to help fantasy teams, though, and struggled with the work he got. He is going to be a boom or bust fantasy play.
Game Notes: Philip Lindsay looked great in a starting role for the Broncos. He hit the 100-yard mark, rushing 23 times for 101 yards. His toe injury wasn’t a factor in this game.
Cam Newton was better as a runner and receiver than a passer, struggling throwing the ball. He was 17-of-25 for 157 yards with two interceptions. He did run 10 times for 76 yard and a score, though, and caught a pass for 16 yards.
Steelers 38, Browns 7
Fantasy Stud: James Conner. Conner hit the 100-yard mark, rushing 20 times for 101 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pass for a yard. Conner has 100-yard games three of four. He also has touchdowns four straight games. He has been super consistent for fantasy teams all season in this offense, shaping up as a solid No. 1 for fantasy teams.
Fantasy Dud: Odell Beckham. Beckham had two receptions for 25 yards. He had at least five receptions two straight games before this dud. He was tagged just four times in the game, which was a season low. Beckham’s fantasy output (4.5 points) also was a season low.
Game Notes: Chase Claypool continued his hot way, catching four passes for 74 yards. He also ran twice for seven yards and a touchdown. Claypool has touchdowns three of four games.
Baker Mayfield really struggled, making some poor decision. He was 10-of-18 for 119 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He was batting a rib injury heading into the game, which might have factored in his poor play.
Lions 34, Jaguars 16
Fantasy Stud: DeAndre Swift. Swift had a breakout game, rushing 14 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three receptions for seven yards. He still had one fewer carry than Adrian Peterson, but this game could earn him a lot more work going forward. Swift looked explosive and made several great plays in the game.
Fantasy Dud: Matthew Stafford. Stafford got a lot of fantasy play this week because of a prime matchup, but he wasn’t much help to fantasy teams. The Lions scored 34 points but three scores were on the ground. Stafford as 19-of-31 for 223 yard and a touchdown with an interception. This broke a streak of two straight games with 21-plus fantasy points.
Game Notes: Kenny Golladay didn’t score a touchdown for the first time this year but had his first 100-yard game. He had four receptions for 105 yards. He has 14-plus fantasy points all three games this year.
Keelan Cole enjoyed his best showing of the season. He had six receptions for 143 yards. He also had a season high nine targets. Cole has double-digit fantasy points four of six games.
Titans 42, Texans 36
Fantasy Stud: Derrick Henry. Henry had a game that carried fantasy teams to victory. He had a tremendous performance, rushing 22 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two receptions for 52 yards, giving him 264 total yards and two scores. Henry topped 40 fantasy points in the game. He has multiple scores three straight games. Henry also has 100-yard games three of five.
Fantasy Dud: Jonnu Smith. Smith was a surprise disappointment in this high-scoring affair. He had just a catch for 13 yards. Smith had at least four receptions every game before this dud of a performance. This also was his first game with fewer than double-digit fantasy points. He’ll rebound but this game likely hurt a lot of fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Anthony Firkser was a big surprise in this game, catching eight passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. Firsker did not have a game with more than 50 yards all season before this big performance.
Ryan Tannehill had his second four-touchdown game of the season. He was 30-of-41 for 364 yards and four touchdowns with an interception. Tannehill has three-plus touchdowns three of four games.
Colts 31, Bengals 27
Fantasy Stud: Phillip Rivers. Rivers had a huge game with the Colts playing from behind. He got a lot of chances to throw the ball and produced. He was 29-of-44 for 371 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. His fantasy numbers haven’t been great this year but Rivers still has some value in the right matchup. He can produce the big game in the right matchup.
Fantasy Dud: TY Hilton. Hilton was a nonfactor in the passing game despite the Colts throwing for nearly 400 yards and scoring three passing touchdowns. Hilton had just a catch for 11 yards. Hilton had his best game of the season the previous week, so you expected better in this favorable matchup. Instead, Hilton had one catch on five targets. He is too hard to trust to play right now for fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Trey Burton continues to get more looks in the passing game for the Colts. He had four receptions for 58 and a touchdown, and ran once for a one-yard touchdown. He has at least four receptions two straight games.
Tee Higgins had his first 100-yard game of his career. He had six receptions for 125 yards. Higgins has at least four receptions four straight games.
Falcons 40, Vikings 23
Fantasy Stud: Julio Jones. Jones finally returned to his big ways, looking healthy and explosive. He had eight receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns. This was the best game of the season for Jones, topping 30 fantasy points. It was his first 100-yard game of the season since Week 1. Things are looking up for Jones at this point of the season. Let’s hope he can stay healthy.
Fantasy Dud: Alexander Mattison. Mattison was a huge disappointment, getting a chance to start in a very favorable matchup. Mattison ran 10 times for just 26 yards and caught a pass for four yards. You expected much, much better from Mattison. This game just didn’t go as expected.
Game Notes: Justin Jefferson had nine receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns. Jefferson had 100-yard games three of four. He has really taken off in the offense after a slow start to his rookie year.
Matt Ryan broke his streak of two straight games without a score. He was 30-of-40 for 371 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. This was his second four-touchdown game of the season.
Giants 20, Redskins 19
Fantasy Stud: Kyle Allen. Allen wasn’t great in the game but was a help to fantasy teams. Allen was 31-of-42 for 280 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. There was not much offense in this game, but Allen was a plus. He had 20-plus fantasy points. He should continue to start for the Redskins going forward unless he starts to falter in the coming weeks. He made some plays in this game.
Fantasy Dud: Evan Engram. Engram was unable to get going in this one, catching two passes for 30 yards on three targets. He scored just five fantasy points, his lowest total since Week 1. It is hard to trust Engram in this offense right now, having double-digit fantasy points just once in six games. He just isn’t producing.
Game Notes: Darius Slayton found the end zone for the second time this season. He had two receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown. He has double-digit fantasy points two straight games.
Terry McLaurin got back to his good ways, fishing with seven receptions for 74 yards on 12 targets. He has double-digit fantasy points all but a game this year.
Ravens 30, Eagles 28
Fantasy Stud: Lamar Jackson. Jackson got back to his big ways on the ground, helping his fantasy performance. He was 16-of-27 for 186 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. He made big plays on the ground, though, rushing nine times for 108 yards and a touchdown. Jackson topped 30 fantasy points for the first time since Week 1. It was good to see him get going again after a few down games the last few weeks.
Fantasy Dud: Mark Andrews. Andrews had just two receptions for 21 yards. It broke a streak of two straight games with scores. He also had at least 17 fantasy points two straight games. This was a bad showing in what seemed a decent matchup. Andrews hasn’t been quite as off the charts this year but still a solid No. 1 fantasy tight end.
Game Notes: Miles Sanders had a 100-yard game on just nine carries. He ran nine times for 118 yards. He hurt his knee in the second half and was unable to return. This is an injury to watch because he is getting an MRI on Monday to see the extent of the injury.
Mark Ingram was forced from the game with an ankle injury. He had five carries for 20 yards before leaving. Gus Edward led the team in carries with 14 rushes for 26 yards. J.K. Dobbins led the team in rushing, running nine times for 28 yards.
Bears 23, Panthers 16
Fantasy Stud: D.J. Moore. Moore led the Panthers in receiving, catching five passes for 93 yards. He has two straight games with 90-plus yards and three total in six games. Moore has been a little more inconsistent this year but still had some big games along the way. He is getting his weekly catches and producing for fantasy teams.
Fantasy Dud: Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater struggled for really the first time this year, going 16-of-29 for 216 yards with two interceptions. He had fewer than 15 fantasy points for the first time this year. It was the second time he went without a score, though. Bridgewater has been pretty good this season but this game shows he isn’t a surefire thing for fantasy teams by any means. He can disappear some weeks.
Game Notes: David Montgomery didn’t have quite the game as expected but did manage 97 total yards. He ran 19 times for 58 yards and caught four passes for 39 yards. Montgomery did have a touchdown called back, ended up just shy oof the goal line.
Mike Davis found the end zone for the fourth straight game. He had 18 rushes for 52 yards and a score. He also had two receptions for three yards.
Dolphins 24, Jets 0
Fantasy Stud: Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick did have two interceptions in the game but made up for that with three scores. He was 18-of-27 for 191 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. Fitzpatrick has two straight three-touchdown games and multiple scores four of five. He has really played well for fantasy owners, having 26-plus fantasy points four of five games.
Fantasy Dud: DeVante Parker. Parker had just three receptions for 35 yards in a great matchup. His fantasy point total was a season low (6.5 points). He had double-digit fantasy points four straight games before this showing. Parker can get it going again, especially if you gets eight targets like he did in this game.
Game Notes: Breshad Perriman returned from his ankle injury and led the team in receiving yards. He had four receptions for 62 yards on eight targets. He has a chance to play a big role in this offense going forward.
Myles Gaskin topped 100 total yards. He had 18 carries for 91 yards and caught four passes for 35 yards, giving him 126 total yards in the game. Gaskin has at least 14 fantasy points four of five games.
Bucs 38, Packers 10
Fantasy Stud: Ronald Jones. Jones continues to carry the load at running back for the Bucs and produce. He had 23 carries for 113 yards and two touchdowns. He has three straight 100-yard games and this game marked a season-high 23 carries for Jones. Jones has established himself as the top back in the Bucs offense and is producing well with his chances.
Fantasy Dud: Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers came crashing back down to earth in this game after a red hot start to his season. He was 16-of-35 for 160 yards with two interceptions. This game was a real shocker because Rodgers was playing at a super high level no matter the matchup. He’ll get better going forward but this game is a little concerning, especially given his up and down fantasy play last year.
Game Notes: Rob Gronkowski had his best game of the season, catching five passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. He now has at least three receptions three of four games, getting more work for the Bucs.
Davante Adams retuned from his hamstring injury and led the Packers in receiving. He had six receptions for 61 yards on 10 targets. He has been targeted double-digit times two of three games.
49ers 24, Rams 16
Fantasy Stud: Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo rebounded in a big way after a dreadful start his last time out. He was 23-of-33 for 268 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. This was his first three-touchdown game of the season and first time he topped 25 fantasy points. He does have multiple sores three of four games, though. Garoppolo has just one really bad game for fantasy teams, so he still has some value in the right matchup. He can post some big numbers.
Fantasy Dud: Cam Akers. Akers had a good showing in his first game back from injury last week but didn’t get on the field this week. He did not have a single touch or targets in the game. Akers is a very hard fantasy player to trust going forward. He needs to get consistent work a couple games in a row before fantasy owners should put any faith in him.
Game Notes: Raheem Mostert left another game early because of an injury. This one was for an ankle injury. He ran 17 times for 65 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards before leaving the game. His injury issues are a real concern going forward.
George Kittle hit the 100-yard mark for the second time in three games. He had seven receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. He has a whooping 33 targets his last three games.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Five Hot Plays: Week 13
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (foot) and wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) were both limited participants in Thursday's practice. Both Thomas and Kamara have had their practice reps capped in each of the past two weeks as they continue to deal with their respective injuries. There's nothing to suggest that they won't be on the field come Sunday, though fantasy managers would be wise to keep a watchful eye on Friday's injury report. Both players should be in fantasy lineups if they're active, though they both carry a bit more risk than normal in the absence of Drew Brees (ribs, lung).
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard has been the team's top-receiver since coming back from a toe injury in Week 7 and will look to stay hot against a beatable Seahawks secondary. Shepard has at least six catches in every game since Week 7 as he's been the lone trustworthy Giants receiver in fantasy. New York will likely be starting backup QB Colt McCoy this week so Shepard's ceiling is lowered some. However, Shepard should be started as a low-end WR2 in fantasy given his target share and a matchup with Seattle, who allows the most PPR fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton has been a boom-or-bust option for fantasy all season and is a risky start despite a good matchup in Seattle. Slayton's targets have been sporadic with a season-high of 11 targets and a season-low of one target. He's eclipsed 90 yards thrice, but has also been held under 10 yards twice. To make matters worse, New York will likely be without starter Daniel Jones (hamstring) and turn to 10-year journeyman Colt McCoy. Slayton is not a recommended start despite facing a Seahawks Defense that allows the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram has been the top-pass catcher in the offense over the last month and will look to keep that momentum in a road date with the Seahawks. Engram has nine-plus targets in four of his last five games and put up a season-high 129 yards last week. New York will likely be starting backup QB Colt McCoy this week, but fantasy managers should still trust Engram's volume given the dearth of startable tight end options. Engram is a must-start tight end in all formats.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (hamstring), running back Todd Gurley II (knee), and tight end Hayden Hurst (ankle) all missed Thursday's practice. All three were able to practice in a limited fashion on Wednesday, so it's certainly not ideal to see a downgrade in their activity levels. Still, the Falcons could just be exercising caution with three important offensive players ahead of a divisional tilt with New Orleans. It is worth noting that Jones and Gurley missed last week's contest due to their injuries. If Jones or Hurst were unable to play, it would open up even more targets for Calvin Ridley (foot, ankle), who has gotten in two limited sessions so far this week. Backups Brian Hill and Ito Smith would operate in a committee if Gurley were to miss the contest.
New York Giants kicker Graham Gano has been solid over the last several games but becomes a risky fantasy start with Big Blue likely starting backup QB Colt McCoy in Seattle. Gano is 5-for-five on 40-plus yard kicks over the last three weeks and hasn't missed a field goal since Week 2. Despite the accuracy, there's the risk the New York offense struggles to put up points making Gano a risky start in fantasy. Most fantasy managers should be able to find a better kicker option on waivers.
The New York Giants Defense has been a solid unit in fantasy in recent weeks, but that ends in Week 13 with a daunting matchup in Seattle. Russell Wilson and company have been one of the best offenses in football this season and New York hasn't been good enough to trust when they have a bad matchup. To make matters worse, the Giants will likely be starting backup QB Colt McCoy which puts the defense at risk to be playing with bad field position most of the afternoon. The Giants defense is not a recommended start in fantasy for this matchup.
New York Jets LB Blake Cashman (hamstrings), OL Alex Lewis (non-injury), DL John Franklin-Myers (non-injury) and RB Frank Gore (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 3. OL George Fant (knee, ankle), OL Pat Elflein (shoulder) and WR Breshad Perriman (shoulder) were limited. OL Connor McGovern (elbow), QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) and OL Chuma Edoga (ankle) practiced in full.
Chicago Bears TE Jimmy Graham (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 3.
Fantasy Spin: Graham has been held to under 40 yards in seven of his last eight games and can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
San Francisco 49ers tight end Jordan Reed has seen exactly six targets in each of his past two games. He caught five of his six targets for 62 yards in Week 10, but only managed two catches for 18 yards in Week 12. This week, the 49ers have a favorable matchup against the Buffalo Bills, who are allowing 373.1 yards from scrimmage per game on the year. Reed should see around six targets once again, which gives him a chance to deliver a decent PPR game, but his upside is limited. He shouldn't be started in any non-PPR leagues.
New York Giants running backs Alfred Morris and Dion Lewis have split time as the backup to Wayne Gallman and neither has seen enough work to trust in fantasy. Morris has been the change-of-pace runner, but is yet to see double-digit carries in a game and has just one target on the season. Lewis, on the other hand, has been a passing-downs back and has just one game with more than three carries and that was back in Week 2 when Saquon Barkley (knee) left mid-game. Both can be left on waivers in fantasy.
The 49ers Defense had a fantastic outing in Week 13, forcing four turnovers against the Los Angeles Rams. This week, however, they are in a tough spot as they face a Buffalo Bills team that is averaging 27.2 points per game on the year. While they may end up forcing a few Josh Allen turnovers, the 49ers could surrender around 30 or more points this week, which would make for a rough fantasy week. They can remain on the waiver wire this week as you look for other options.
Las Vegas Raiders S Johnathan Abram (knee), WR Nelson Agholor (ankle), DT Maliek Collins (hamstring, ankle) and RB Josh Jacobs (ankle) did not participate in practice for a second consecutive day Thursday, Dec. 3. CB Damon Arnette (concussion, neck), OG Denzelle Good (ankle), DT Maurice Hurst (ankle, calf), LB Nick Kwiatkoski (ankle), OT Sam Young (knee) and CB Isaiah Johnson (groin) were limited. RB Devontae Booker (back), S Erik Harris (cafl), C Rodney Hudson (knee), FB Alec Ingold (ribs), OG Gabe Jackson (knee), OT Kolton Miller (ankle), DE Carl Nassib (knee) and RB Jalen Richard (chest) practiced in full.
Detroit Lions WR Quintez Cephus (non-injury), WR Kenny Golladay (hip), DL Da'Shawn Hand (groin), CB Jeff Okudah (shoulder) and RB D'Andre Swift (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 3. DE Austin Bryant (thigh), LB Christian Jones (knee) and QB Matthew Stafford (thumb) were limited. WR Danny Amendola (hip), TE Hunter Bryant (concussion) and CB Mike Ford (concussion) practiced in full.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk is set to make his return from the COVID-19/Reserve List in Week 13 against the Buffalo Bills. Aiyuk has tallied at least 75 receiving yards in each of his past three active games. Fellow receiver Deebo Samuel broke out in a big way in Week 12 with 11 catches on 13 targets. This week, Aiyuk and Samuel should split the bulk of the targets from quarterback Nick Mullens. The Bills are extremely vulnerable against the pass, allowing 243.5 passing yards per game, so both Aiyuk and Samuel should produce. Start Aiyuk with confidence as a WR3 this week.
New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman has seen his touches increase in five-straight weeks and has burst into must-start status in fantasy as the lead-back for the G-Men. It's unlikely Gallman will handle more touches than the 27 he had last week, but with starting QB Daniel Jones (hamstring) unlikely to play this week Gallman will still see plenty of work against a middle-of-the-pack run defense in Seattle. Gallman has six touchdowns in his last five games and is the most likely Giant to find pay-dirt this week. Start Gallman as a volume-based RB2 in all formats.
Chicago Bears LB Khalil Mack (back) did not participate in practice for a second consecutive day Thursday, Dec. 3. DT Akiem Hicks (hamstring), OT Charles Leno Jr. (toe) and OL Germain Ifedi (leg) were limited. TE Jimmy Graham (rest), CB Buster Skrine (rest), LB Danny Trevathan (rest), QB Nick Foles (hip), OL Rashaad Coward (knee), S Sherrick McManis (hand), LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder), DT Brent Urban (ankle, hand), LB James Vaughters (knee) and LB Josh Woods (foot) practiced in full.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Jack Cichy was claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots Thursday, Dec. 3, according to a source.
Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 3.
Fantasy Spin: Ertz likely will be able to play in the Week 13 game, but it is not known if he will be eased into the offense or have his normal workload. He could be a low-end No. 1 tight end in some leagues but is not a must-start option.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel had his 2020 breakout performance in Week 12, when he caught 11 of his 13 targets for 133 yards. Samuel will likely see his targets go down this week as the team will get Brandon Aiyuk back from a stint on the COVID-19/Reserve List. However, the 49ers have a much better matchup this week against the Buffalo Bills than they did last week against the Los Angeles Rams. The Bills are allowing 243.5 passing yards per game this year. Both Samuel and Aiyuk should be able to do some damage. Start Samuel as a WR3 in all formats this week.