The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly | Week 6 Fantasy Takeaways

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Alex Kurpeski 

The Good

Stefon digs himself out of his slump 

Perhaps this will put all that silly trade chatter to rest. Diggs burst back onto the scene this week with a robust three touchdown performance, hammering the Eagles secondary into the ground. Is this a sign of things to come? We can only hope so. My advice is to avoid giving up too much for Diggs at this stage, as we saw Will Fuller come crashing back down to earth following his dominant week 5. 

Hunter Henry is ready to roll the league

In his first game back, Henry scored two red zone touchdowns, a sign that the Chargers may have big plans for their young tight end as the season goes on. While he has had his fair share of injury concerns, Henry’s talent has never been called into question. He could be an intriguing buy low candidate at tight end, as he has the potential to be a top 5 play at the position every week (if the team continues to call his number on throws into scoring position).

David Johnson and James Conner live up to their draft positions

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) celebrates his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

It hasn’t been a very bad campaign for James Conner and David Johnson, but for those of us that invested first round picks in them, their performances had certainly left a lot to be desired. However, if there was one week where it felt great to be a Conner/DJ owner, it was Week 6. With both players scoring two touchdowns apiece, they were able to reestablish themselves as RB1 values for the time being. If you’re a DJ or Conner owner now is the time to get out from under this investment, as you could feasibly flip them for a more consistent running back or receiver, depending on what your team needs.

Captain Kirk rights the ship

For a guy that threw just 10 passes in week one, Cousins’ four touchdown, 333 yard passing day was nothing short of miraculous for his fantasy owners. We can only hope that this is a sign of a more pass-happy Vikings offense being implemented. Otherwise, expect Cousins and his playmakers to once again deliver inconsistent performances down the stretch. 

Waiver Wire Warriors of the Week

  1. WR Darius Slayton, New York Giants 
  2. WR Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers 
  3. RB Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals 
  4. RB Benny Snell, Pittsburgh Steelers 
  5. TE Maxx Williams, Arizona Cardinals 

The Bad

Joe Mixon’s measly output

Maybe it’s time to worry about Mixon’s fantasy season. Once again held back by the futility of the Bengals offense, Mixon managed just 10 rushing yards against the Ravens defense. Considering how underwhelming Baltimore’s D has been this season, Cincinnati’s offensive performance is extremely concerning, leaving me to wonder what it will take for Mixon to get back on track. At this point I wouldn’t sell Mixon, as his value cannot possibly be any lower. 

Injuries endanger New England’s bid for perfect campaign 

Just a few weeks ago we were seeing the Patriots trot out four receiver sets consisting of Antonio Brown, Josh Gordon, Julian Edelman, and Philip Dorsett. This week we saw the team relying on the likes of Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski opposite Edelman in three wide sets, as Gordon was lost to a knee injury. From a fantasy perspective, Tom Brady should take a hit, at least until Gordon (and potentially N’Keal Harry) returns from injury. In the meantime, Julian Edelman and James White should see an exorbitant amount of targets on checkdown passes, as the team looks to reimplement its run-heavy approach from last season. 

Cooper’s injury a concern for discombobulated Cowboys

The Cowboys embarrassing loss to the Jets on Sunday can be chalked up to the loss of star receiver Amari Cooper in the first quarter of the game. Should Cooper miss any more time with his quad injury, the Cowboys offense should be considered rather untouchable, as Dak Prescott has already looked lost with Cooper on the field. I sincerely doubt Prescott will bounce back with just Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb as his primary receivers. 

Chargers offense losing steam

The Chargers offense looked like it might be among the best in the league just a few weeks ago. Yet something is fundamentally wrong with this team, as they fell short on Sunday despite the return of Hunter Henry. The Steelers defense seemed to be a step ahead of Philip Rivers, as the team was unable to run the ball due to an early deficit. There is still time to turn things around, but the clock is ticking. 

The Ugly

Jameis and Mariota continue to fall short of expectations 

With Mariota benched (possibly for good) and Winston throwing a career high 5 interceptions, the 2015 draft class has come full circle. With neither player having developed into a “franchise QB”, the 2015 draft will now go down in history as one of the worst QB classes of this decade. 

As for the fantasy value of these two, I would avoid investing in them for any long term leagues, as their starting jobs both appear to be in jeopardy. 

Will Dissley’s excellent fantasy season cut short yet again

Oof. Dissley’s great season was once again cut short due to an achilles injury, an event that will leave many tight end needy teams with a massive void in their roster. If you’re desperate, look to Gerald Everett and Dawson Knox as the highest upside pass catching tight ends on the waiver wire. As for the Dissley contingency plan, expect Luke Willson to soak up the majority of targets from the tight end spot, although a committee approach would not be surprising. 

Rams running game runs into the ground without Gurley

Maybe we underestimated just how important Todd Gurley is to the Rams offense. Without him, the team couldn’t move the ball at all, as Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson were utterly ineffective against a tough 49ers run defense. Until Gurley returns, everyone on this offense is downgraded in fantasy.

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