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Week 6 Fantasy Football Recap: Surprises, Disappointments, Key Stats & Takeaways (2021)

by Matt Barbato | @realmattbarbato | Featured Writer
Oct 18, 2021
CeeDee Lamb

CeeDee Lamb scores a walkoff touchdown in overtime against the Patriots.

Week 6 was not exactly the most competitive. Eight of the week’s games saw margins of at least 10 points. It was blowout central. But there were still plenty of key takeaways from a fantasy football perspective. So let’s dig into the week that was:

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The Surprises 

Kirk Cousins is your QB1 

America’s favorite quarterback continues to play at a surprisingly high level. Cousins threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns while leading the Vikings to an overtime victory.

What do we do from here? Cousins is tearing it up right now and warrants consideration as a weekly starter. But it’s only October, and we’ll see if Cousins can continue this play going forward when the games mean more.

Jonathan Taylor has arrived 

I could say a lot about Jonathan Taylor, but I’ll just let the longest run of the NFL season do the talking.

What do we do from here? Write a petition to Frank Reich to give Taylor more than 14 carries. Why is Marlon Mack getting five carries? Why is Nyheim Hines getting four carries? Enough. I’m all for preserving running backs, but Taylor needs more work. When he gets it, he’s a proven RB1.

Darrel Williams is the guy… for now 

The first game without Clyde Edwards-Helaire was the Darrel Williams show. Williams got 21 carries for 62 yards and, most importantly, two touchdowns. Jerick McKinnon got three carries, and no other tailback touched the ball.

What do we do from here? Start Williams every week as an RB2 with RB1 upside. We can’t bank on touchdowns every week, but we can hopefully bank on this kind of workload.

Another budding star named Herbert? 

Chicago Bears tailback Khalil Herbert was pretty darn good this week as the lead tailback. Herbert rushed 19 times for 97 yards and a touchdown. He bounced runs outside, he ran through defenders, and he looked terrific in his starting debut.

What do we do from here? Let’s see the status of Damien Williams, as his return from the COVID 19 list could put a damper on Herbert’s fantasy upside. With Williams back, Herbert is worth holding onto but can’t be trusted to start.

CeeDee’s walk-off caps an excellent performance 

CeeDee Lamb balled out against Bill Belichick and the Patriots, catching nine passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns.

What do we do from here? Lamb should be a weekly fixture in lineups no matter what. His performance Sunday is just a reflection of his weekly upside.

Donovan Peoples-Jones might be a thing 

One of the most extraordinary plays of the day came in the Browns-Cardinals game, where Peoples-Jones hauled in this hail mary pass from Baker Mayfield at the end of the first half.

Jones had a fantastic day overall, catching four passes for 101 yards and two scores on an awful day for Cleveland.

What do we do from here? I’ve always been a fan of Peoples-Jones’ talent and think he’s worth a stash on deeper rosters and maybe even thinner ones. Odell Beckham Jr. is still inconsistent as ever, and Jarvis Landry‘s return from his injured reserve stint is imminent. But maybe DPJ can stick around long-term.

The Disappointments 

The Ravens and Chargers offenses 

How can I say this after the Ravens put up 34 points? Well, it was a bad day from a fantasy perspective. Lamar Jackson had a lousy day. And I’m guessing not many of us started Latavius Murray, Le’Veon Bell, and Devonta Freeman, who all scored touchdowns in the win. Hey, at least Rashod Bateman looked solid in his debut!

Meanwhile, the Chargers were a mess. The Ravens buried them in an early hole and forced them to chase, but nobody benefitted. Justin Herbert couldn’t get much going. Austin Ekeler had ten touches, and both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams had terrible days. It was a tough day overall for the Chargers.

What do we do from here? Keep starting Jackson and Marquise Brown for Baltimore. And obviously, trust Herbert and the Chargers to bounce back. But that Baltimore backfield? I give up.

What’s up with Waller? 

Darren Waller caught just five passes on six targets for 59 yards in another lackluster performance.

What do we do from here? You can’t bench Waller at this point, and you have to hope Derek Carr starts looking his way more often. A player as good as Waller should break out of this slump.

Week 6 By the Numbers 

83: The length of Jonathan Taylor’s run, the longest of the season.

97: Noah Fant‘s total receiving yards in Week 6, the most of his season.

101: Damien Harris‘ rushing yards in Week 6. It’s never a smooth ride, but in the proper game scripts, Harris is worth starting.

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