Week 6 Target Analysis (2019 Fantasy Football)
There were many good offensive performances around the league and some players that had been frustrating to some fantasy players in 2019 had some breakout games that finally helped the fantasy owners that still had them in their lineup. If you kept the faith in Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs, he rewarded you with 167 yards and three receiving touchdowns. New York Jets WR Robby Anderson was finally able to have a big game with QB Sam Darnold back from mono. He delivered with 125 yards receiving and one touchdown, which was aided by a monster 92-yard score.
However, there were only 12 players that recorded 100-yard receiving games and only six players that scored more than one touchdown in Week 6. Only three players were able to accomplish both of those feats. Therefore, there were a lot of very good games, but very few dominant performances by wide receivers and tight ends this week.
Here is a look at how all 32 teams distributed the ball this week. If you want to see the target breakdown for every player on every team, check out Fantasy Pros target breakdown for both the week and the season, which can be found on their Most Targeted Players.
Arizona Cardinals: Even though the Cardinals scored 34 points, it was not really a huge day for their fantasy wide receivers and tight ends. QB Kyler Murray had his best game in his rookie campaign with 340 yards and three passing touchdowns. However, the leading wide receiver was Larry Fitzgerald with six receptions for 69 yards and no touchdowns. RB David Johnson had six receptions for 68 yards and one touchdown. The only other wide receiver or tight end with more than 40 yards receiving was WR Damiere Byrd with two receptions for 60 yards and the two other touchdowns went to TE Maxx Williams and RB Chase Edmonds. Edmonds is becoming a big enough force that he has standalone value, even with Johnson healthy. WR Christian Kirk should have WR3 value when he returns from injury, but even with Murray having his best game of the season, it was really not a great fantasy day for any of the wide receivers or tight ends. They have a chance to rebound in a great matchup at the New York Giants.
Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons played another game and lost another game, but it had nothing to do with their passing offense. Matt Ryan had 356 yards passing and four passing touchdowns. The Cardinals cannot cover the tight end and Austin Hooper made them pay with eight receptions for 117 yards and one touchdown. Julio Jones also had eight receptions for 108 yards. The two combined for 17 of the 34 targets by Ryan on the day. After those two, there was a huge drop-off, but still some good production. Calvin Ridley had four receptions for 48 yards and one touchdown and Devonta Freeman added 30 yards receiving and two receiving touchdowns. The offense exploded and the big names all had productive games. Unfortunately for the Falcons, the result was still a loss, but that did not dampen the mood of fantasy owners that owned Falcons players. They host the Los Angeles Rams in the midst of a three-game losing streak and hoping to save their season after trading for Jacksonville Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey.
Baltimore Ravens: Ravens QB Lamar Jackson reverted to the running quarterback we saw at the end of 2018 and not the passing quarterback that we have seen earlier this year. He threw the ball only 33 times for 236 yards and he ran the ball 19 times for 152 yards and one touchdown. That did not leave for much production in the passing game, as TE Mark Andrews led the way with eight targets, six receptions, 99 yards, and no touchdowns. No other receiver topped 30 yards receiving, as WR Marquise Brown sat out with an ankle injury. This game showed the limitations of WR Willie Snead. Even with Brown out, he managed only five targets, three receptions, and 18 yards. There is just not enough consistency on this roster to play anyone in the passing game other than Brown when healthy and Andrews. The Ravens are in Seattle in Week 7 before they go on the bye in Week 8.
Buffalo Bills: There are only two players on this offense with more than 10 receptions after five games. WR John Brown has 28 receptions on 39 targets for 390 yards and one touchdown. WR Cole Beasley has 267 yards receiving and no touchdowns. Brown is the only consistent option in the passing games most weeks, Beasley can have some appeal in PPR leagues. Other than that, there is nobody else that is viable for most weeks. They have a great matchup at home against the Miami Dolphins this week. That could be a chance for both Brown and Beasley to have big games, but even Miami isn’t enough to take a chance streaming their other fantasy wide receivers or tight ends.
Carolina Panthers: This offense continues to be the Christian McCaffrey show. Their star running back had 22 carries for 31 yards and one touchdown. He also had four receptions for 26 yards and another touchdown. It was not a great day for him, but he still managed to score two touchdowns and leave fantasy owners satisfied. That left WR D.J. Moore as their leading receiver with 10 targets, seven receptions, 73 yards, and no touchdowns. WR Curtis Samuel added 70 yards receiving and a touchdown and TE Greg Olsen added 52 yards receiving. This offense consistently runs through McCaffrey and everyone else fights for the scraps. The Panthers offense really did not play well in this game, finishing with just 268 total yards. The reason their offense scored 37 points is because QB Jameis Winston gifted them five interceptions, one fumble, and seven sacks and the Buccaneers turned the ball over seven times on the day. They will have a much tougher game coming off their bye in Week 8 at San Francisco.
Chicago Bears: The Bears had a bye this week and they need to figure out how to involve someone in the passing game other than WR Allen Robinson. He has 377 yards receiving, their next leading wide receiver is Taylor Gabriel with 110 yards receiving. No other receiver has more than 100 yards or a touchdown in five games. They have a tough test at home against New Orleans. The Saints held the Jacksonville Jaguars to 163 yards passing on the road, which was QB Gardner Minshew’s first game with fewer than 200 yards passing this year. Their defense has quietly improved and it has helped carry them while QB Drew Brees recovers from injury.
Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals were not able to do much at Baltimore in the passing game this week. QB Andy Dalton passed the ball 39 times and his leading receiver was WR Auden Tate. Tate tallied five receptions for 91 yards on 12 targets. WR Tyler Boyd had seven targets, but he was mostly ineffective with just three receptions for 10 yards. WR Alex Erickson was the only other receiver to top 30 yards receiving, finishing with six targets, four receptions, and 47 yards. WR A.J. Green just started practicing on a limited basis and there is no guarantee he comes back in Week 7. If he does not return, Tate and Boyd remain the only viable options in the passing game. The Bengals are at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week.
Cleveland Browns: The Browns continue to struggle in the passing game. QB Baker Mayfield had just 249 yards passing on 37 pass attempts for 243 yards and one touchdown. He also had three interceptions this week, adding to his season total of 11 interceptions in just six games. WR Odell Beckham had a “breakout game” with 11 targets, six receptions, and 101 yards. TE Ricky Seals-Jones had 47 yards receiving and the only touchdown of the game. WR Jarvis Landry took a backseat this week with five targets, three receptions, and 36 yards receiving. This passing game is so awful at this point, that it cannot even support both Beckham Jr. and Landry most weeks. No team needs a bye as much as they do to try and sort out the disaster that is their passing offense. Unfortunately for fantasy owners invested in this team, they play the New England Patriots coming off the bye week.
Dallas Cowboys: The big story is that WR Amari Cooper had only two targets, one reception, and three yards before leaving the game with a quad injury. He appears to be trending toward inactive in Week 7, but there are still a few days for him to be able to recover and play in a divisional matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. It is a dream matchup against an Eagles D that was torched by an inconsistent Minnesota Vikings offense last week and Cooper had 217 yards receiving and three receiving touchdowns against the Eagles last year. If he cannot go, WR Michael Gallup will be an upside fantasy play, he had seven targets, four receptions, and 48 yards. Nobody was able to dominate the Jets without Cooper, which is concerning. However, an easier matchup at home against the Eagles with a week to prepare may lead to better results this Sunday.
Denver Broncos: QB Joe Flacco did not have to pass much in a 16-0 home shutout of the Tennessee Titans, as he had only 28 pass attempts, 177 yards, and no touchdowns. WR Courtland Sutton led the way with eight targets, four receptions, and 76 yards. Nobody else had more than 25 yards receiving from the wide receiver and tight end position. I have written this a number of times, this passing offense cannot support two receivers most weeks and Sutton is the player to own in this passing offense. WR Emanuel Sanders will be a risky play, as he left the Week 6 game with a knee injury and he has only until Thursday before he has to go against the Kansas City Chiefs at home. He may have problems suiting up this week, which would make Sutton a candidate for double-digit targets at home.
Detroit Lions: WR Kenny Golladay continued to lead the way in the Lions passing game with nine targets, five receptions, and 121 yards. Unfortunately, the Lions settled for five field goals and the only other player that had more than 50 yards receiving was WR Marvin Hall. All of his yards came on one catch for 58 yards. Golladay is the consistent threat in this receiving game and nobody else can be counted on to have even a modest fantasy floor. The Lions have a tough home matchup against the Minnesota Vikings defense this week, which should continue the trend of Golladay being the only reliable fantasy option in the Lions passing game.
Green Bay Packers: QB Aaron Rodgers did end up with 283 yards passing and two passing touchdowns, which should have led to some good fantasy production for their other wide receivers. Unfortunately, nobody stepped up with a monster fantasy game with WR Davante Adams out again this week. Their best fantasy wide receiver was WR Allen Lazard with five targets, four receptions, 65 yards, and one touchdown. That was a pleasant surprise, but it remains to be seen what his role will be when Adams returns and whether he is a fantasy player to own going forward. RB Jamaal Williams scored the other touchdown and WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling finished with just 48 yards receiving. This passing offense continues to be an enigma in fantasy football. Adams should be a fantasy star when he returns, but the other wide receivers and tight ends continue to struggle to carve out consistent roles in this offense.
Houston Texans: RB Duke Johnson scored the only receiving touchdown of the day and TE Darren Fells led the team with six receptions for 69 yards. That statement should sum up the frustration that fantasy owners had with the Texans offense in Week 6. WR DeAndre Hopkins continued his disappointing ways with 12 targets, nine receptions, and 55 yards. Nobody else topped 50 yards receiving in this game. WR Will Fuller has had big games this year and he is still fantasy viable, but QB Deshaun Watson has been unable to put back-to-back great games this year and Hopkins has failed to top 100-yards receiving or score a touchdown since Week 1. They face the Indianapolis Colts on the road this week with fantasy owners hoping that their passing game can finally put everything together.
Indianapolis Colts: The Indianapolis Colts average just 212.4 yards passing per game, which does not leave for much fantasy production. WR T.Y. Hilton leads the way with 232 yards receiving and four receiving touchdowns, nobody else has more than 150 yards receiving in five games. They had a bye week after a big win in Kansas City and now they are at home facing the Houston Texans. Expect them to utilize their offensive line to establish the run and for Hilton to be the only consistent viable fantasy option in this offense. They just have not passed the ball enough to have other consistent fantasy options in the passing game.
Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars were a dud at home against the New Orleans Saints, as WR Dede Westbrook had eight targets, three receptions, and 53 yards receiving. WR D.J. Chark added seven targets, three receptions, and 43 yards. That is the problem with this offense under QB Gardner Minshew. They can have some big games when he is playing well, but the floor is very low when he is not very sharp. That is life with a rookie quarterback that was not expected to start in 2019. They have a very nice matchup on the road against a winless Cincinnati team. I still would not trust any wide receivers or tight ends other than Chark and Westbrook.
Kansas City Chiefs: WR Tyreek Hill made an impact in his first game back with 10 targets, five receptions, 80 yards, and two touchdowns. The next most targeted player was TE Travis Kelce with six targets, four receptions, and 58 yards. The only other player with a touchdown was RB Damien Williams and nobody had more than five targets or 52 yards receiving. They will have some monster games with video numbers, but the return of Hill is a real drain on the fantasy value of WR Mecole Hardman and WR Demarcus Robinson. If Hill is going to see that many targets in the passing game, it creates a very low floor for the other receivers in the offense. They are still worth streaming in good matchups, but the floor is very low for the players not named Hill and Kelce. They have a short week, as they travel to Kansas City for a Thursday Night Game against the Denver Broncos.
Los Angeles Chargers: The Chargers did nothing until the fourth quarter when they scored 17 points after trailing 24-0. TE Hunter Henry had eight receptions for 100 yards and he scored both touchdowns in the fourth quarter. He should be owned in all leagues, as he is a TE1 when he is healthy. WR Mike Williams added five receptions for 72 yards. Those two accounted for 19 of the 42 targets. The troubling development has been WR Keenan Allen. Allen had only six targets for two receptions and 33 yards. He has not scored a touchdown or topped 50 yards receiving in three straight games. He will try to rebound on the road against the Tennessee Titans. Other than those three, it is tough to trust any of the other skill position players.
Los Angeles Rams: The Rams possessed the ball only 21:08 and they failed to convert a third down on nine attempts. That meant they never established a rhythm and QB Jared Goff finished with just 78 yards passing on 24 pass attempts. WR Cooper Kupp led the team with six targets and TE Tyler Higbee led the team with 25 yards receiving. Goff was averaging 329.8 yards passing per game and they had three receivers on pace for 1,000 yards receiving heading into that game. I would chalk it up to a bad game without RB Todd Gurley against a San Francisco 49ers team that has had one of the better defenses in the NFL early in the season. The Rams should rebound this week at the Atlanta Falcons defense, which is among the worst in the NFL.
Miami Dolphins: Miami showed us two things on Sunday. They are not quite as bad as we thought they were the first four weeks of the season, as they lost by only one point at home to Washington after losing by 137 points in their four previous games against better competition. They are still very bad and the other thing they showed is that even against the worst defenses in the league at home, no Dolphin can be counted on in fantasy football. WR Preston Williams had only two receptions on six targets for 31 yards. WR Devante Parker added four targets, three receptions, 28 yards, and one touchdown. This was against a defense that had given up 72 receptions for 855 yards and nine touchdowns to fantasy wide receivers in the first five games of the season. Miami players are very undependable in fantasy if they cannot capitalize on great home matchups. They now play at Buffalo coming off a bye, which could mean a road shutout against one of the best defenses in the NFL.
Minnesota Vikings: QB Kirk Cousins had his best game of the season with 333 yards passing and four passing touchdowns. This week WR Stefon Diggs had the monster game with 11 targets, seven receptions, 167 yards, and three touchdowns. The nice thing is that WR Adam Thielen also had eight targets, six receptions, 57 yards, and one touchdown. Nobody else had more than 40 yards receiving in the game, but fantasy owners will take a game where both Diggs and Theilen showed up. The Vikings have been trending upward in the passing game in the last couple of weeks. They now have a road test against a stingy Lions defense in Week 7.
New England Patriots: WR Julian Edelman dominated the targets in the Thursday Night game against the New York Giants with 15 targets, nine receptions, 113 receiving yards, and no touchdowns. RB James White added nine targets, nine receptions, and 46 yards. WR Jakobi Meyers also added four targets, four receptions, and 54 yards. He had a bigger role in the offense because WR Josh Gordon left the game with a knee injury and WR Phillip Dorsett was inactive. It is very likely that Dorsett returns this week and teams with Edelman in the starting lineup and Myers joining them in three-wide receiver sets. All three would be fantasy viable in that situation. Gordon is trending toward missing the Monday Night matchup at the New York Jets. The problem is the game is Monday Night and Gordon may not be ruled out until all the other Week 7 games have been played. That will create a lot of uncertainty if there is no answer to his status on Sunday before the Week 7 games begin.
New Orleans Saints: WR Michael Thomas dominated the targets again this week with 12 targets, eight receptions, and 89 yards. There was not much else going on in the offense, as TE Jared Cook scored the only touchdown and nobody topped 40-yards receiving. They have a very tough matchup in Chicago. Thomas is the only wide receiver or tight end reliable enough in the passing game to trust on the road in a tough matchup against the Bears D.
New York Giants: The Giants passing game was not very good on the road with many of their elite players injured, which opened the door for WR Golden Tate to tally nine targets, six receptions, 102 yards, and one touchdown. That may end up being the game that springs him into fantasy relevance, although WR Sterling Shepard, TE Evan Engram, RB Saquon Barkley, and RB Wayne Gallman were all inactive with injuries. It remains to be seen if Tate can duplicate that effort when the rest of the roster is active, but he ended up having a breakout game in a tough matchup. The Giants host the Arizona Cardinals leaky defense in a game that could evolve into a shootout.
New York Jets: The Jets had a different offense with QB Sam Darnold back and he threw for 338 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The big beneficiary was WR Robby Anderson, who had eight targets, five receptions, 125 yards, and a 92-yard touchdown reception. Backup QB Luke Falk was lucky to have 92 yards passing in a game most weeks, so having Darnold back was a huge boost for this offense. WR Jamison Crowder added nine targets, six receptions, 98 yards, and no touchdowns. WR Demaryius Thomas chipped in with five targets, four receptions, and 62 yards. They do not have a very good matchup on Monday Night Football against the New England Patriots, but they did show well at home against Dallas and showed that this team will have a more formidable offense with some viable fantasy options with Darnold under center. Anderson and Crowder appear to be the best wide receiver options with Thomas having value in better matchups than the Patriots.
Oakland Raiders: The Raiders had a bye week this week before facing a tough Green Bay Packers D on the road. This offense has consistently had two good performers. TE Darren Waller has 42 targets, the next most targeted player is Tyrell Williams with just 24 targets. Waller has turned those targets into 37 receptions and 359 yards. Williams has 17 receptions for 216 yards and four touchdowns. The rest of the team has only two receiving touchdowns combined and WR Hunter Renfrow is the only other player with more than 100 yards receiving.
Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles had an embarrassing performance in Minnesota losing 38-20. That led to the Eagles passing the ball 40 times and running the ball just 22 times. RB Miles Sanders led the way with three receptions, 86 yards, and one touchdown. WR Alshon Jeffrey had 12 targets, 10 receptions, 76 yards, and one touchdown. The Eagles continued to lean on the tight end position. Backup TE Dallas Goedert had a huge role with eight targets, five receptions, and 48 yards. That helped limit TE Zach Ertz’s production, although he still did have nine targets, four receptions, 54 yards, and no touchdowns. I think Goedert seeing that many targets was a product of passing the ball 40 times and that is not a game to chase or a sign of things to come. The more concerning trend is that Ertz has only one touchdown in six games this year, but the yardage totals are still keeping him fantasy relevant. The Eagles travel to Dallas in Week 7.
Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers took a 21-0 lead in the second quarter of this game and a 24-0 lead in the third quarter, so there was not much reason to air out the ball against the Chargers with a third-string quarterback. QB Devlin Hodges had just 20 passing attempts and 132 yards and his only touchdown was to RB James Conner. Conner had 78 yards receiving, no other player topped 20 yards receiving. This was about the ground game, defense, and not making mistakes. As long as Hodges is in the lineup, nobody in this passing game is going to have a ton of fantasy value. The Steelers have a much-needed bye week before hosting the Miami Dolphins in a dream matchup if QB Mason Rudolph is healthy enough to be cleared from his concussion by Week 8.
San Francisco 49ers: We continue to see that this is an offense that runs the ball, plays defense and throws it to TE George Kittle. There is very little for anyone else in the offense. They ran the ball 41 times for 99 yards, which is a horrible 2.4 yards per carry. However, when a team runs it that many times, they are playing with the lead and QB Jimmy Garoppolo only threw the ball 33 times for 243 yards and no touchdowns. Kittle had eight targets, eight receptions, and 103 yards. The next most productive player was WR Dante Pettis with six targets, three receptions, 45 yards, and no touchdowns. It was refreshing to see him finally emerge as the most targeted receiver, but all that did for fantasy owners was give them minuscule points. There just is not enough production in the passing game for any wide receiver or tight end other than Kittle. The 49ers have a dream matchup in Washington in Week 7, which may open the door for Pettis to be a streaming option.
Seattle Seahawks: This offense was frustrating from a fantasy perspective. WR Jaron Brown had eight receptions, 116 yards, and no touchdowns in five games headed into this game. In his sixth game, he had only three receptions for 29 yards, but two of those receptions were touchdowns. That game is not worth chasing next week against Baltimore or in any future week. However, it zapped the fantasy upside of his teammates in Week 6. WR Tyler Lockett had five receptions for 75 yards and no touchdowns. WR D.K. Metcalf had four receptions for 69 yards. The worst development for Seattle was TE Will Dissly suffering a torn Achilles injury. That means TE Luke Willson is their top tight end, which could help Metcalf have more value as a red zone threat. The Seahawks host the Ravens in Week 7.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The good news for Tampa Bay is that QB Jameis Winston had 400 yards passing, but the bad news is that he had most of that in garbage time, he was sacked seven times, and he had five interceptions to just one touchdown. The players that continued to produce were the two star receivers. WR Chris Godwin had 12 targets, 10 receptions, 151 yards, and no touchdowns. WR Mike Evans had 17 targets, nine receptions, and 96 yards. TE Cameron Brate had 47 yards and a touchdown and TE O.J. Howard had two receptions for 35 yards on four targets. Sadly, that was his second-highest yardage total of the season. Winston is very inconsistent and this offense only has enough to support Godwin and Evans as fantasy options. Brate was able to vulture the touchdown away from Howard, further frustrating fantasy owners. Tampa Bay goes on bye this week before facing the Tennessee Titans on the road in Week 8.
Tennessee Titans: The Titans could not move the ball with QB Marcus Mariota behind center, as he had just 63 yards passing, three sacks, and two interceptions before QB Ryan Tannehill replaced him. Tannehill was not much better, he did have 144 yards passing, but he also had four sacks and one interception. Nobody scored, as the Titans were shutout on the road. The leading wide receiver in this mess was WR Adam Humphries with six targets, six receptions, and 47 yards. Tannehill will earn the start this week, but the entire offense is suspect with this awful quarterback situation against a struggling Los Angeles Chargers team that will be equally desperate to win this game.
Washington Redskins: It is hard to tell based on one game against a bad opponent, but one thing that showed in Miami is that Washington was much more committed to the running game this week. RB Adrian Peterson had 23 carries for 118 yards and the team ran the ball 33 times and passed the ball only 25 times. What did not change is that WR Terry McLaurin continued to dominate the action with seven targets, four receptions, 100 yards, and two touchdowns. The targets may change if QB Case Keenum does not hold the job the rest of the way, but what has been pretty obvious is that McLaurin is the only consistently viable player in their passing game. RB Chris Thompson could be the biggest loser in this coaching change, as he saw only three targets and three rushing attempts. He also injured his foot and diagnosed with turf toe, so that is a situation to monitor for fantasy owners.