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Fantasy Football Studs & Duds: Week 6 (2019)

Oct 14, 2019

Robby Anderson’s upside has increased with Sam Darnold back under center

The sixth NFL Sunday is in the books, so let’s take a moment to reflect on the good (Stefon Diggs), bad (Keenan Allen), and the ugly (Jared Goff) from a fantasy football point of view. Take note that fantasy scores are listed in terms of half-PPR scoring and you can see the complete player results over at the nifty FantasyPros sortable fantasy football leaders page. 

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Studs

Stefon Diggs (WR – MIN): 40.0 FP
Diggs amassed the most fantasy points of any position on Sunday, putting together a monster 7-167-3 line on 11 targets. Quarterback Kirk Cousins was on the money, finding Diggs on touchdown strikes of 61, 52, and six yards out. The matchup against Detroit next week could provide more resistance, but Diggs can be considered a boom-or-bust fantasy asset on a weekly basis. 

Deshaun Watson (QB – HOU): 31.4 FP
Watson narrowly outpaced every other quarterback on Sunday, finishing with 31.4 fantasy points. It could have been more, as wide receiver Will Fuller juggled a few deep passes that would’ve went for touchdowns. Watson threw for 280 yards and a touchdown, but the majority of his fantasy production came from 42 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground. 

Matt Ryan (QB – ATL): 30.9 FP
Ryan took advantage of a tremendous matchup against one of the worst pass defenses in the league — Arizona. He was efficient while going 30-of-36 for 356 yards and four touchdowns. The Falcons still lost the game, and Ryan could have many more weeks like this, as Atlanta will need him to cover up for their brutal defense in potential shootouts. 

James Conner (RB – PIT): 27.4 FP
Conner reminded his shareholders why he was worthy of a first-round pick in fantasy drafts. He did it all, piling up 119 total yards (41 rushing and 78 receiving) with two touchdowns. That was enough to finish as the top running back of the week (ahead of Monday Night Football) and Conner will continue to be the focal point of this Pittsburgh offense moving forward. 

Also: Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL), Nick Chubb (RB – CLE), Kyler Murray (QB – ARI), Patriots Defense, Tyreek Hill (WR – KC)  

Out of Nowhere

Hunter Henry (TE – LAC): 26.0 FP
Henry was questionable this week, but he ended up with a dominant stat line of eight receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns. The Chargers were trailing the entire game, so Henry benefitted with a substantial amount of targets as Philip Rivers‘ favorite receiver. Now that he’s healthy, Henry can be considered as a member of the top tier of all fantasy tight ends. 

Robby Anderson (WR – NYJ): 21.0 FP
Anderson is definitely happy that Sam Darnold is back on the field. The duo hooked up for five receptions, 125 yards, and a touchdown en route to their victory over Dallas. The highlight-reel play came from a 92-yard bomb with Anderson running away from the coverage. He’ll continue to be a boom-or-bust receiver throughout this entire season, but his upside is back in play with Darnold at the helm. 

Golden Tate (WR – NYG): 19.2 FP
The Giants’ top four playmakers were sidelined on Thursday so they leaned on Tate to make something happen. He responded nicely with six catches for 102 yards and a touchdown against a tough Patriots defense. Having said that, he’ll only garner fantasy consideration as long as the Giants remain shorthanded at receiver. 

Also: Curtis Samuel (WR – CAR), Jaron Brown (WR – SEA), Miles Sanders (RB – PHI), Carlos Hyde (RB – HOU) 

Duds

JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR – PIT): 1.2 FP
Simply put, the Steelers didn’t need Smith-Schuster against the Chargers. Pittsburgh was leading for the entire game, which enabled them to run a conservative offensive gameplan with a rookie quarterback taking snaps. There will be better weeks ahead for Smith-Schuster, especially if Mason Rudolph returns after the bye week. 

Jared Goff (QB – LAR): 1.1 FP
Goff has had problems throughout most of the season, but that was drawn out to an extreme on Sunday. While the San Francisco defense looks more legitimate each and every week, it’s clear that the Rams have issues on both sides of the ball. If he can’t bounce back against a horrible Atlanta defense next week, then it may be time for fantasy backers to move along. 

Cooper Kupp (WR – LAR): 3.7 FP
When your quarterback goes 13-of-24 for 78 yards, his receivers probably didn’t make much noise either. As mentioned in the previous write-up, the Rams’ passing game has an excellent bounce-back opportunity next week against the Falcons. Take this performance as an outlier in an otherwise fantastic season for Kupp and definitely start him with confidence next time out. 

Also: Keenan Allen (WR – LAC), Tyler Boyd (WR – CIN), Melvin Gordon (RB – LAC), Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC), Zach Ertz (TE – PHI) 

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