Week 6 is almost over and another big name has gone down. We’ll get to that shortly. I’m coming to you late on Sunday night and I’m probably going to win a match up because Evan Engram is outscoring C.J. Anderson on Sunday Night Football. This is just how unpredictable fantasy football has been this year. Let’s get to the games!
We kiss another one of the league’s biggest stars good bye, maybe even for the rest of the season. Aaron Rodgers broke his collar bone and is going to miss a lot of time. Nick Hundley gets a chance to make a name for himself in the league. Coming off of the bench, he didn’t look very prepared. How could he be? Aaron Rodgers is obviously taking all of the snaps with the first team Wednesday-Friday. Not all hope is lost for this offense, before we bury Davante Adams and Jordy until Rodgers comes back, let’s at least see how Hundley looks with a week of practice under his belt. Aaron Jones led the backfield 13-9 in the carries column. Neither him or Ty Montgomery were very effective this week, but Minnesota’s defense is phenomenal at home.
With grossly overrated wide receiver Stefon Diggs inactive with a groin injury, Adam Thielen took full advantage hauling in 9 balls for 97 yards. Besides almost taking a safety’s head off with an illegal block, Laquon Treadwell caught a few balls himself. This was the most involved that I’ve seen Kyle Rudolph in the offense this season. He saw 9 targets and caught five of them for 47 yards. Jerrick McKinnon had his second good game in a row as he found the end zone twice today.
Let’s take a second to talk about CJ Beathard since he’s probably going to be the starter for the 49ers going forward in 2017. I watched almost every game that he played at Iowa and the problem with evaluating his talent is the offense that he played in was run heavy and he often played very banged up. Beathard is not a special talent and his ceiling is not nearly as high as the top tier quarterbacks that came out of the 2017 draft class. Beathard had a fantastic preseason when it comes to exceeding expectations that were set for him. He plays in a Kyle Shanahan offense, so he is in good hands in that regard but the talent around him is grim. After playing 3 quarters of actual pro football, he’s not streamable at this point, but he is worth an add in very deep leagues or if you’re desperate in 2-quarterback leagues.
Kirk Cousins took advantage of a weak matchup and threw for over 300 yards with three total touchdowns. Cousins spread the ball out to 9 different receivers and nobody on the Redskins saw more than 5 targets. Besides Cousins, the only fantasy relevant player for Washington was Chris Thompson, who got the start with Rob Kelley injured.
I live in the part of the country where Mitch Trubisky is worshipped for nothing more than his potential. Sure, he does have potential but he’s a rookie and will probably play like one all season. He only threw 16 passes on Sunday while handing the ball off to Jordan Howard 36 times. Picking a Baltimore Ravens running back to start for your fantasy team on any given week is tough. Buck Allen had a big game in Week 5 so it only makes sense that Alex Collins was the lead back Week 6.
The Falcons are probably going to go 12-4 while going 0-4 against the AFC East. If we learned anything last February, the Falcons like to blow sizeable leads against teams from this division. Freeman finally went a game without a touchdown but significantly outgained Tevin Coleman on the same amount of carries. Jay Ajayi had himself a nice bounce back game and is one of the most heavily utilized running backs in football. Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills both found the end zone as Jay Cutler game-managed his way to a second straight victory for the Dolphins.
The Houston Texans lost two of their best players that they have on defense last week so it only makes sense that their D/ST was the highest scoring play of the week. Oh, wait, never mind. The Texans played against the factory of sadness. Kevin Hogan threw 3 interceptions on Sunday, so it’s a good thing that Hue Jackson benched the potential future quarterback of their franchise for that. Isaiah Crowell continues to touch the ball more than Duke Johnson while being less effective. Deshaun Watson now leads the league in touchdown passes because he’s already one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
The Saints scored 52 points but Drew Brees only threw for 186 yards and Tedd Ginn was the leading receiver. Most of the time in 2017, football doesn’t make any sense. Mark Ingram got both of the touchdowns on the ground but Alvin Kamara also had 75 yards himself. Matthew Stafford was the king of garbage time on Sunday as he threw for over 300 yards with three touchdowns to go along with his five turnovers. Marvin Jones and Golden Tate pretty much had identical games as they both had 96 yards and a touchdown.
I think the Patriot’s goal for this season is to just do enough to win each game that they can and save all of Tom Brady’s energy until the post season. He doesn’t look bad, don’t get me wrong, it just seems like he’s going through the motions. That’s fine, Tom Brady going through the motions is better than almost any quarterback in the league. His connection with Brandin Cooks looks like it is growing each week. Between the twenties it seems that Brady is looking for Cooks and Gronkowski is still Tom’s favorite red zone target. Keep an eye on the work load of the Patriots backfield their next game because Dion Lewis seemed to lead the way after Gillislee fumbled in the first half. Josh McCown was a good streaming option this week and had similar numbers to Jameis Winston in Week 5. Austin Seferian-Jenkins is his favorite red zone target and he should have actually had two touchdowns but one of them was overturned on a challenge.
A lot of the time, tape on a player doesn’t tell the whole story. Most people in the football industry thought that Adrian Peterson looked all of 32 years-old in New Orleans and his career was essentially a thing of the past. I watched a lot of this game and I haven’t seen Peterson look this good since his 2,000 yard season a few years back. Peterson is running angry, his vision looked as good as ever and he was having fun. Peterson may just be the catalyst that this offense needs going forward in what will probably be a pretty tight division race. With Peterson getting the running game going Carson Palmer saw a lot of open looks in the passing game. Larry Fitzgerald had a monster game hauling in 10 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown.
Doug Martin found the end zone once after Jameis left the game with a “shoulder injury”. I think it was just an excuse to pull him and have him regroup over this next week. Ryan Fitzpatrick brought the passing game to life as Brate, Evans, Humphries, and Jackson all saw a lot of work in a comeback effort that fell just short.
Melvin Gordon is starting to look fantastic again just in time to start saving some fantasy football seasons. This is the perfect time to get the momentum rolling with two more touchdowns. Hunter Henry saw seven targets on Sunday and made the most of them, catching five of them for 90 yards. I don’t even know why the Chargers activated Mike Williams to throw the ball to him one time. Anyways, the only player worth mentioning on the Raider’s side of the ball is Michael Crabtree as he brought in yet another touchdown pass.
Fournette had yet another great game before hurting his foot on Sunday. Marqise Lee led the way receiving-wise for the Jags but Ivory had the only touchdown through the air. Todd Gurley went for over 100 yards but Jared Goff had an understandably quiet day against a great defense as the Ram’s offense was only able to score one offensive touchdown in Sunday’s victory.
Leveon Bell had a hell of a game to nobody’s surprise. Kareem Hunt found a way to 100 total yards even though he wasn’t able to get it going on the ground against the Steelers. Good news for Martavis Bryant owners, he is demanding a trade. It might be the only way that his season can be salvaged. Hopefully this happens and he finds himself in the right situation for his talent.