7 Things We Learned: Week 6 (2019 Fantasy Football)
Through six weeks of the season, is there a better value fantasy draft pick than the New England Patriots D/ST? The Patriots’ defense and special teams historic fantasy start added three interceptions, one fumble recovery, one sack, and two touchdowns to their hot fantasy start. Depending on your league’s scoring, which can vary drastically for defenses, the Patriots’ D/ST is averaging around 20.5 FPTS. To give you an idea of how good they have been, the Chicago Bears D/ST led the league in 2018 by averaging 11.9 FPTS. If they continue on this pace, will we see the first fantasy MVP be a defensive and special teams unit?
Here are another seven things we learned from Week 6 in fantasy:
1. Sam Darnold’s (QB – NYJ) return rejuvenates fantasy value for the Jets.
In his first week back since Week 1, Sam Darnold provided life to the Jets and resurrected fantasy value for their players in a surprising win over the Dallas Cowboys. His deep threat target, Robby Anderson, led the team with 125 receiving yards for a touchdown on five receptions. In the three weeks without Darnold as his quarterback, Anderson had 108 yards on eight receptions with zero touchdowns. His 23.5 PPR FPTS on Sunday almost doubled his total FPTS through four games on the season.
Another receiver who is glad to see Darnold back is Jamison Crowder. In the first week that Darnold played, he peppered Crowder with 17 targets! On Sunday, Darnold targeted him nine times in which Crowder caught six receptions for 98 yards. Crowder didn’t find the endzone, but it’s clear that Darnold has his trust in the passing game.
It’s only the second game that Darnold has played in the season, so it’s not clear on how much we can trust the New York Jet playmakers, but it is a good sign moving forward. The issue for the Jets next week is that they face a fantasy juggernaut defense in the New England Patriots. If Anderson or Crowder were dropped in previous weeks with Faulk as the Jets’ temporary quarterback, now is the time to make claims to pick them up for your fantasy squad.
2. Chris Godwin’s (WR – TB) hot start continues.
Who had Chris Godwin as the WR1 through the first six weeks of the season? Not me, but Godwin is leading wide receivers with 146.2 PPR FPTS. On Sunday, he tallied his third-consecutive week of 25 or more FPTS and has hit the 125-yard receiving mark over the last three games. He didn’t find the endzone but still had 10 catches for 150 yards against the Panthers in London. He has a bye next week but still, expect Godwin to be a big part of this offense moving forward.
3. Can we trust the breakout game by Stefon Diggs (WR – MIN)?
The Week 6 WR1 was Stefon Diggs with seven receptions for 167 yards and three touchdowns. The problem with Diggs is that his fantasy production has not been remotely consistent with his results on Sunday. In fact, his first five weeks total in PPR formats was 43.3 FPTS — on Sunday, he had 44.5 FPTS. Diggs doubled his fantasy output in Week 6. Maybe this will put all the trade talk to bed now that Diggs is becoming a focal point of the offense? It’s hard to trust Diggs going forward with Cousins as his quarterback, and next week won’t be any easier as the Vikings face one of the toughest defenses against wide receivers in the Detroit Lions. The question for fantasy owners of Diggs, do you trust his Week 6 fantasy outburst will be a sign of good things to come?
4. Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL) is getting it done on the ground.
Who led Sunday with the most yards on the ground? It wasn’t a running back, it was Lamar Jackson. Passing for 236 yards and rushing for 152 yards, Jackson led the league in rushing in Week 6 (pending Monday night results). Jackson became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era with over 200 passing yards and 150 rushing yards in a game. This is the perk of having Jackson in fantasy. In the games that he may not light it up through the air, Jackson can provide fantasy stability on the ground. He rushed 19 times on Sunday, which brought his total to 41 carries over the last three weeks. If one of his main targets, Marquise Brown, misses more time due to ankle injury, expect Jackson to continue his ground-game dominance.
5. Tyreek Hill (WR – KC) is back and already dominating.
Tyreek Hill came into this week questionable, but it didn’t take long for him to make his presence known. On 3rd and 21, early in the first quarter, Hill beat two Texans defenders to make an incredible 46-yard touchdown catch. He added another touchdown later in the game, adding to his 25 PPR FPT outing in a tough loss to the Texans. Hill finished the day with five receptions on ten targets for 80 yards and two touchdowns. If you had any doubts about if Hill would be eased back into this offense, rest assured, he’s back and ready to live up to his late first or early second-round price tag in drafts this offseason.
6. Kyler Murray (QB – ARI) is an every-week starting quarterback.
Kyler Murray is the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to have 20+ completions in each of his first six career games. He made history by setting an NFL record for completions with 138 through six games. Murray also is one of two quarterbacks with 16+ fantasy points every week this season (Mahomes being the other). On Sunday, he torched a weak Falcons’ secondary for 340 passing yards and three touchdowns. The Cardinals may not have a great team, but they certainly have a fantasy bright spot in Murray. His next opponent will be the New York Giants, who have been a favorable matchup for opposing quarterbacks.
7. The Marcus Mariota (QB – TEN) era may have ended for the Titans.
In the loss to the Denver Broncos, head coach Mike Vrabel benched Marcus Mariota. Mariota’s stat line before being benched was 7 of 18 for 63 yards and two interceptions with a passing rating of 9.5 — good for -0.4 FPTS in most formats. I doubt many of you probably had Titans’ players as viable fantasy options in your lineups, but this could mark a turning point with Ryan Tannehill as the starting quarterback. We have seen inconsistent production from A.J. Brown, Delanie Walker, Derrick Henry, and former first-round pick Corey Davis due to Mariota’s struggles. We shall see next week who the starting quarterback is for the Titans, but if you roster any of them, keep an eye on if Tannehill is named the starter. It can’t be any worse than what we’ve been seeing, right?