Week 6 Fantasy Football Wrap Up

By: Luke Grilli (@glorypodcast)

Welp. Apparently Adrian Peterson had some gas left in the tank, huh? He could have fooled me with how slow he looked in New Orleans, but against the Bucs, AP had a stat line of 26/134/2. Not bad for a guy who was cast aside for a bag of balls. We will talk about AP a little bit later on, but first, let’s recap some of the performances from Sunday afternoon!

#POINTPOUNDERS
For those who have heard my podcast Never Ending Glory, we like to talk about our weekly #POINTPOUNDERS. Simply put, these are the guy who led their respective position in scoring and probably helped you win your fantasy match up

Quarterback
Kirk Cousins- 330 yards passing, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 26 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD
This is what we expect from NFL’s next hundred million dollar man. For some reason, the Skins still can’t get Jamison Crowder involved, but Josh Doctson and Samaje Perine were on the receiving end of a few Cousins throws to find pay dirt. It may not have been the cleanest game by the Redskins offense, but they ended Sunday with a W.
Honorable Mention
Deshaun Watson-
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but DeShaun Watson had an amazing game. It may have been against the Browns, but this is Watson’s 3rd straight game with at least 3 TDs through the air. Get his bust in Canton ready!
Carson Palmer- Apparently the Tampa D is pretty dreadful, because Palmer did a ton of damage early on against the Bucs and was the 3rd highest scoring QB this week.  Palmer tossed 3 TDs in what ended up being a very close game due to the heroics of…
Ryan Fitzpatrick- After Jameis Winston went down with a shoulder injury, Fitzpatrick did his best Joe Montana impression and almost brought the Bucs back (thanks in part to a Lavonte David fumble recovery for a TD), but couldn’t get it done as the Bucs ultimately lost to the Cardinals. Once in a while we see Fitzmagic, but if Jameis is forced to miss a couple games, I don’t expect this production to repeat.

Running Back
Melvin Gordon-
83 rushing yards, 1 TD, 9 receptions, 67 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD
Back to back weeks that Melvin Gordon is our #POINTPOUNDER. He continues to produce at an elite level and fills up the stat sheet. Whether you play standard or PPR formats, Gordon is a week to week Top 5 RB for your squad.
Honorable Mention
Mark Ingram-
AP goes away and all of a sudden the Saints have a running game. Go figure? Again, we will dig deeper into the AP/Saints/Cardinals saga, but fantasy owners have to be thrilled with Ingram’s 114/2 Rushing and 5/36 receiving stat line
Le’Veon Bell-
Again, Bell has an impressive game where he turned 32 rush attempts into 179 rushing yards and was able to get in the end zone. In a season where Big Ben and Martavis Bryant are struggling mightily, Le’Veon and Antonio Brown continue to be constantly elite
Jerick McKinnon-
While everyone was going nuts for Latavius Murray after the Dalvin Cook injury, we preached that Jerick McKinnon was the back to own in Minnesota. Now in back to back weeks, McKinnon leads the backs in touches and had 99 yards from scrimmage with 2 TDs. McKinnon continues to be a RB2 with upside each week

Wide Receiver
Antonio Brown-
8 receptions, 155 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD
Like I said above, Antonio Brown continues to be elite and is fantasy’s #1 receiver after 6 weeks. AB84 is on a 16 game pace of 128/1866/5 and continues to be the most consistently great fantasy football player you can rely on week to week.
Honorable Mention
Larry Fitzgerald-
Yesterday we basically traveled through time as we saw Adrian Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald put up numbers like this was 2009 or something. Fitz would not be upstaged by his new teammate and reeled in 10 catches for 138 yards and a TD. The ageless wonder continues to dominate and is producing as a high end WR1.
Golden Tate- Before Tate went out with a shoulder injury, he had an efficient 7 catches on 7 targets for 96 yards and a TD. Not much is known about the shoulder injury, but hopefully he doesn’t miss any time.
Demaryius Thomas- When Emmanuel Sanders went out with that could be a season ending injury, it quickly became the Demaryius Thomas show in Denver. The Broncos ultimately ended up with a loss, but DT finished with 10 catches and 133 yards. This has been by far Thomas’s best game this season and is a reminder that he is a weekly match up proof starter

Tight End
Rob Gronkowski- 
6 receptions, 83 receiving yards, 2 TDs
Gronk was back to his dominant self as he basically propelled the Patriots to victory. He controlled the middle of the field and fought off a defensive pass interference penalty to score his second TD of the afternoon. Fantasy owners that invested an early round pick on Gronk are starting to see that return
Honorable Mention
Cameron Brate-
It seemed like Brate would be a forgotten man in Tampa after the Bucs used a first round pick on Alabama TE OJ Howard, but Brate has actually improved from his 2016 breakout season and has now scored a TD in 4 straight games. He is a weekly TE1
Evan Engram- Now the defacto WR1 in New York thanks to all the injuries suffered at WR, Engram was the best receiver on the field for the Giants. He finished as the overall TE3 and is a weekly starter for fantasy teams
Austin Seferian Jenkins-
We will talk about the weak call that wiped away ASJ’s 2nd TD later, but even without that, he was a great play against the Patriots this week. I have benched Martellus Bennett in favor of Seferian Jenkins the past two weeks and he has not disappointed with 14 catches and 2 TDs in that span

#THISGUYSUCKS
So with the good, come the bad and here they are. These are the players that severely underachieved taking into consideration their match up/projections
Derek Carr- Coming off a back injury, Carr had a nice match up against a middle of the road Chargers D. Unfortunately for Carr and fantasy owners, Amari Cooper’s struggles continue and the Raiders are failing to have a reliable pass catcher other than Michael Crabtree step up. Until they find that 2nd receiver, Derek Carr is teetering on the QB1/QB2 line.
Andre Ellington- Zero, nada, zilch.
So again with the big market tease, we will touch up on the Cardinals backfield in “Luke’s Storylines of the Week” below, but my goodness this was a disappointing performance by Andre Ellington. It was probably due to game flow and the Cardinals being up early, but still…not even ONE catch? Ellington has 23 catches over the past 3 games and you couldn’t even get him ONE catch Bruce Arians? In a league where I had him as my RB2 and lost a TD to from Austin Seferian Jenkins, this was a HUGE blow to my chances at victory {(thank you fantasy gods for the Rams D keeping me in it though (heart eyes emoji)}
Michael Thomas- 3 receptions, 11 yards
HOT TAKE ALERT. Michael Thomas has just been “meh” so far this year. He’s on pace for 90/1027/6, which isn’t what owners thought he would be when they took him in the 1st/2nd round. He has time to turn it around, but we need to see far less performances than this dreadful one against the Lions
Martellus Bennett- Well at least we aren’t surprised by sup par performances from Bennett anymore? It’s safe to drop Bennett at this point, especially with Brett Hundley taking over at QB, if you haven’t already.

Injuries
Aaron Rodgers- Looks like Aaron Rodgers will be out for the season with a broken collarbone. Huge blow to the Packers skill players Davante Adams, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Martellus Bennett, Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery. Yes, I put the RBs there because without the threat of Aaron Rodgers, they will no longer see soft defensive fronts. Long gone will be the days of 5 YPC as defenses sell out to stop Rodgers. The RBBC of Montgomery and Jones was starting to get messy to begin with as they split time on Sunday. Now, it will get even messier.
Emmanuel Sanders- Still no word on the severity of Sanders’s ankle injury suffered on Sunday Night Football, but the rumors swirling around the web is that he will miss time and possibly the season. Demaryius Thomas obviously will be fed targets, but I like Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor to step up if/when Sanders misses time. Another name to keep an eye on is AJ Derby who has looked good in spurts.
Leonard Fournette- After yet another RB1 performance, Fournette had a scary non contact injury that the Jaguars were calling an ankle injury, but looked more like a knee hyper-extension. Fortunately, Fournette apparently was cleared to go back in, but Chris Ivory was rolling and there was no need to risk further injury to their workhorse. Adam Schefter reported today that the Jags expect Fournette to play in a juicy match up against the Colts where he has the opportunity to lead all running back in fantasy points scored. Just to be on the safe side, it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to pick up Chris Ivory even if you’re not a Fournette owner
Jameis Winston- Winston went out early with a shoulder injury, but x-rays came back clean and pending the results of an MRI today, he should be able to play next week at Buffalo
Golden Tate- Tate took back to back big hits which ultimately ended his Week 6 prematurely. No word yet on how much time he could miss, but the Lions are on a bye this week which is the best case scenario to get his shoulder right

Rookie of the Week
In standard formats, Leonard Fournette is probably the rookie of the week, but like my counterpart Jay told me this weekend, “who the hell plays standard anymore?”, so I am going to give this to Week 6’s dump off king Christian McCaffrey who had 10 receptions for 59 yards and a TD. The Panthers offense took a step back, but McCaffrey had one of his best performances of his young career. Now if we can somehow convince Ron Rivera to give McCaffrey all of the carries he gives Jonathan Stewart for some unknown reason…

Luke’s Top Storylines of the Week
1. The Adrian Peterson trade looks like a win win for all involved, including us fantasy football players.
From the moment it was reported that AP was signing with the Saints, I knew it was a terrible fit for a few reasons. New Orleans is a pass first team that rarely relies on a workhorse RB, Peterson can’t catch or run well out of the shotgun formation and they already had a solid between the tackles running back who can catch the ball in Mark Ingram. Fortunately, both the Saints and Peterson realized it wasn’t going to work out and he was shipped off to the Cardinals for a conditional draft pick. Most thought that AP was still done (myself included) and he shoved that in our face as he debuts with 134 rushing yards and 2 TDs on 26 carries. Even though it meant I was wrong, it was still good to see the AP of old. On top of that, Mark Ingram didn’t have to worry about the bothersome Peterson stealing carries from him (granted Peterson only averaged about 7 carries a game in New Orleans) and he shined with 114 rushing yards, 2 TDs and 5 catches for 36 yards vs. the Lions. 30 touches is almost unheard of in a Sean Payton run offense, but Ingram owners are happy to see it.
So what’s next for these two teams? Well, I would be surprised if Ingram continues to get 30 touches a game considering how well Alvin Kamara has played this year (10 rushes for 75 yards and 4 catches for 12 yards in Week 6), but Ingram should still be a Top 15 back each week due to his versatility as a pass catcher and runner, while Kamara is a nice FLEX option. For Arizona, I don’t expect this weekly output to continue for AP, but he has cemented himself back in starting lineups. If you snatched him off the waiver wire, good for you. Andre Ellington struggled to get the ball (See: #THISGUYSUCKS), but the Cardinals jumped all over the Bucs early, so that kind of phased him out of the offense. Once thought of as a possible RB2 in PPR leagues, Ellington is looking more like a FLEX or by week/injury fill in.
2.
Nuts and Bolts, the Jets got screwed when the officials overturned Austin Seferian Jenkins’s TD and gave the ball to the Patriots.
As a Patriots fan, I was thrilled to be on this side of the overturned TD. As a Seferian Jenkins owner in fantasy, I was livid about the 8 point swing when the refs overturned the TD. I had some friends over for the game so I couldn’t really hear what the announcers were saying, but when they came back from commercial and the Patriots had the ball at the 25, I was shocked! What the hell happened?!? Ends up that the refs felt the ball was fumbled by Seferian Jenkins and went out of the end zone, giving the Patriots a touch back. I have watched that play about 4 or 5 times and still can’t see how it was a fumble out of the end zone. Instant replay is great and all that, but this is an instance where I think the system is broken. I simply cannot fathom how this was called a fumble. I’m going into Monday Night Football down 7 with Rishard Matthews left to play. I feel good about my chances, but I’d feel a lot better if I already have the W in my pocket. Thanks Tony Corrente.
3. What do the Packers do now that Aaron Rodgers is done for the season due to a broken collar bone?
Panic? Ya, I’d panic. Granted, this is his first non preseason or mop up duty action, but Brett Hundley does not look like the QB of an NFC contender. It is probably too late to make a trade to bring a QB in to vie for the starting gig, so the 4-2 Packers will probably have to hope for the best as they move on without All-Pro Aaron Rodgers.
4. Martavis Bryant wants a trade, or he doesn’t?
Simply put, Martavis Bryant has been struggling to be the weapon he was in 2015 before his year long suspension. Unfortunately for him, while he struggles, rookie WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has stepped up and outsnapped the speedy Bryant. JuJu and Martavis both have different roles on the Steelers’ receiving corps, but as long as the targets aren’t heading Bryant’s way, he will continue to complain about the lack of targets. After yet another letdown game for Bryant (2 catches for 27  yards on 3 targets) Ian Rappaport reported that Bryant had requested a trade. Even if he is frustrated with his role in the offense, I highly doubt that the AFC contending Steelers would be willing to move Bryant mid season for pennies on the dollar. To make things even murkier, Bryant tweeted “Big win today and tomorrow right back to work tomorrow I am happy to be a Steeler and can’t wait to reach number 7 this year.”…so apparently all is well in Steeler nation? Probably not as that looks like a bottled response that his PR team put together, but hopefully the Steelers will quiet down the squeaky wheel by force feeding him the ball against the Bengals in Week 7.
5. What’s up with Jamison Crowder?
Seriously…this guy was the only hold over from last season’s Redskins receiving corp as both Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson walked in free agency and was a favorite of mine to breakout and improve on his 67/847/7 stat line from last season. I understand former OC Sean McVay is doing wonders with the Rams now, but what gives? Crowder has failed to do much of anything so far this season and is on pace to finish with career lows in every receiving category. I’m not there yet, but if this keeps up, I’ll be moving on from Crowder in re-draft leagues and have already starting to seek out other starting options for dynasty leagues
6. Speaking of the ‘Skins, Chris Thompson continues to impress.
The rushing numbers left something to be desired this week, (though the volume was fantastic…16 carries) but he broke off yet another long play (49 yard pass reception) and is leading all running backs in receiving yards (430). While I still don’t feel comfortable starting him week to week, the proof is in the pudding and he has forced his way into my lineup if I own him anywhere (I don’t…cut him before Week 1 in one league…ugh). Samaje Perine continues to just be OK and Rob Kelley is having a hard time getting on the field, so this backfield looks like it is Chris Thompson’s

Alright, that is it for this week. Enjoy Monday Night Football as the Titans take on the Colts. Fingers crossed Rishard Matthews gets me the W! Follow me on Twitter (@glorypodcast) and be sure to give us a listen on Soundcloud or iTunes!