Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 6 Rankings
Ezekiel Elliott photo 1. Ezekiel Elliott DAL (at NYJ)
Two bad games in a row for Zeke, but last game his poor performance came from workload, not efficiency. Look for him and the Cowboys to come out angry against a bad Jets defense, finding success early and often.
5 days ago
Christian McCaffrey photo 2. Christian McCaffrey CAR (at TB)
Christian McCaffrey has done just about all he can in the States this season, so he is headed to London to show those Brits how the best RB in the game plays this season. I expect him to be relatively contained as a runner, but he should find plenty of room in the passing game.
5 days ago
Dalvin Cook photo 3. Dalvin Cook MIN (vs . PHI)
Cook returned to his 100-yard rushing ways last week, and he has a great chance to do it again in this one. The front seven for Philly is talented, but banged up. Cook will be used no matter the game flow, as the offense in Minnesota runs through him, making him matchup proof.
5 days ago
Nick Chubb photo 4. Nick Chubb CLE (vs . SEA)
Chubb has been basically the only bright spot on the Browns this season while the passing game continues to struggle. The Seahawks allow only 80 rushing yards per game to opposing offenses, so it may be best to temper expectations somewhat in Week 6, though you definitely can't bench him.
6 days ago
Leonard Fournette photo 5. Leonard Fournette JAC (vs . NO)
Fournette has hit his stride lately, accumulating 333 rushing yards in his last two games to go along with 49 yards on six receptions in that span. He's a low-end RB1 against a Saints defense that is generally middle-of-the-pack against running backs.
6 days ago
Chris Carson photo 6. Chris Carson SEA (at CLE)
Carson has had a long week of rest and got to watch the Monday night game, where the Browns got embarrassed by the Niners running game. He has to be salivating at the upcoming matchup, playing a team with one less day of rest than normal. It should be another good day for Carson.
5 days ago
Alvin Kamara photo 7. Alvin Kamara NO (at JAC)
Kamara continues to see 20+ touches with Bridgewater at QB, and now he faces a Jags defense that really struggled to contain McCaffrey last week. We know Kamara has seen all the hype CMC has gotten, so look for him to make a bit of noise himself this week, attempting to show he is just as good as the Carolina workhorse.
5 days ago
Aaron Jones photo 8. Aaron Jones GB (vs . DET)
With Jamaal Williams still sidelined in concussion protocol, Jones looks to have another big workload on Monday Night Football. Jones is a talented do-it-all back (besides pass protect) and can be started with confidence while Williams is out.
5 days ago
Le'Veon Bell photo 9. Le'Veon Bell NYJ (vs . DAL)
Bell is averaging 2.9 yards per attempt so far this season, but luckily he's heavily involved in the passing game, averaging just under seven receptions per game. Expect more of the same this week, with the Jets likely playing catch-up all game.
6 days ago
Mark Ingram photo 10. Mark Ingram BAL (vs . CIN)
Ingram has been a little stop and go this year, posting 100 yards (and multiple touchdowns) in two games and 71 yards or less and only one total touchdown in the other three. The Bengals have given up the second-most rushing yards per game this season, so we're betting this is one of the "go" games.
6 days ago
David Johnson photo 11. David Johnson ARI (vs . ATL)
Johnson cannot find a running lane to save his life this season, but his receiving stats compete with some of the league's top receivers. This matchup against a bad Atlanta defense could turn into a shootout, and Johnson will have great value and a chance to find pay dirt in this one. However, he is dealing with a back issue, so make sure to check up on his status before lock. But if he's active, you play him.
4 days ago
Derrick Henry photo 12. Derrick Henry TEN (at DEN)
Henry has been generally inefficient, averaging under 4.0 yards per attempt so far this season. He does tend to score often, however, and it's much easier to run against the Broncos than to pass against them, so Henry should be the center of the Titans offense this week (as if he isn't usually).
6 days ago
Sony Michel photo 13. Sony Michel NE (vs . NYG)
That's more like it. Michel accumulated 91 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Redskins in Week 5, and that's the role and performance I expect from him going forward. Use him as you normally would against the Giants on Thursday night.
6 days ago
James Conner photo 14. James Conner PIT (at LAC)
Sorry in advance for causing nausea, but Conner hasn't surpassed 55 rushing yards in a game yet this season. He does, however, have 21 receptions this season, so he makes up for it a bit there. The Steelers should be relying on Conner with Devlin Hodges at quarterback, plus Jaylen Samuels is out for a month or so after a minor knee surgery. Conner should be the focal point of the Steelers offense this weekend - let's see what he does with it.
6 days ago
Kerryon Johnson photo 15. Kerryon Johnson DET (at GB)
Johnson is fresh off a bye week and the last time we saw him he was embarrassing the Chiefs defense. The Packers still struggled with the run last week, but the final totals looks alright due to game flow. Look for the Lions to adopt a similar strategy that they had last game in the close loss to KC. It also looks like Kerryon will get one of his better blockers back this week in TJ Hockenson, after he left last game with a concussion.
5 days ago
Melvin Gordon photo 16. Melvin Gordon LAC (vs . PIT)
Gordon is back, and owners, understandably, want to use him. The Chargers should be leading against the Steelers on Sunday, so it's a decent spot for Gordon to get going. Owners will expect him to improve on the 2.6 yards per attempt that he posted in his debut.
6 days ago
Joe Mixon photo 17. Joe Mixon CIN (at BAL)
Week 5 saw Mixon finally record more than 62 rushing yards in a game, and he's mostly been a victim of game script. If the Bengals can keep the game close with the Ravens in Week 6, Mixon may have a solid game. Consider him a mid-RB2.
6 days ago
Phillip Lindsay photo 18. Phillip Lindsay DEN (vs . TEN)
Lindsay popped again in Week 5 with a 114 yard performance, but the Titans allow just over 100 yards per game, and Royce Freeman is likely going to take his chunk. Lindsay is a low-end RB2 or decent FLEX on Sunday.
6 days ago
Austin Ekeler photo 19. Austin Ekeler LAC (vs . PIT)
Ekeler can still be played as an high-end RB3 and the best way I can describe his role in this offense is that he's the Chargers version of James White, though he'll get a few additional carries. This is not a great matchup, though.
5 days ago
Devonta Freeman photo 20. Devonta Freeman ATL (at ARI)
Freeman continues to find value in the passing game, which shapes up well for this game against Arizona. With the possibility of a shootout, Freeman could be used in the passing game often against a poor defense, creating ample opportunity to break a big play or find the end zone.
5 days ago
Damien Williams photo 21. Damien Williams KC (vs . HOU)
Williams out-touched LeSean McCoy in his return from injury, though he didn't do much with it, gaining 38 scrimmage yards on 12 total touches. The Kansas City backfield is a mess of a timeshare, so consider Williams a risky RB2/RB3.
6 days ago
Malcolm Brown photo 22. Malcolm Brown LAR (vs . SF)
With Gurlee now doubtful, Brown moves into RB2 territory with upside.
3 days ago
Adrian Peterson photo 23. Adrian Peterson WAS (at MIA)
The new HC wants to run the football more. That, combined with the matchup against Miami, should lead to Peterson's best game of the season so far. No, that's not saying much, but he can be treated as a flex this week, with a great chance at a TD.
5 days ago
Matt Breida photo 24. Matt Breida SF (at LAR)
While most of Breida's value and yards came from one big run on Monday night, he still saw double-digit carries in Coleman's return. He can be treated as a low-end RB2 or a flex for the upcoming matchup against the Rams.
5 days ago
Carlos Hyde photo 25. Carlos Hyde HOU (at KC)
Hyde has been fairly effective thus far, averaging 62 rushing yards per game through the first five weeks. He's a reliable RB2 option, but he doesn't have a ton of upside as the Texans offense flows through Deshaun Watson.
6 days ago
Jordan Howard photo 26. Jordan Howard PHI (at MIN)
Howard has officially been named the lead back on the ground by his HC, with his snaps and carries continuing to improve. However, when the Eagles get down, Howard will not be the one on the field, whether he is the lead back or not. With this game projected to go similarly to last season's matchup, it is not a Howard week, with his team running it just 1/3 of the time last year. He will still have the chance to get a short TD, but Philly may need to pass more to compete with Minnesota.
5 days ago
Royce Freeman photo 27. Royce Freeman DEN (vs . TEN)
Freeman has been surprisingly consistent, gaining at least 50 scrimmage yards in every game this year, plus he has three games with at least four receptions. He is currently touchdown-less, so that caps his upside a lot, but his involvement seems steady. Consider him a low-upside RB3.
6 days ago
Kenyan Drake photo 28. Kenyan Drake MIA (vs . WAS)
After having a very small role in Week 1, Drake's touch count over the last three games has been 11-15-12, making him worthy of RB3 consideration. The Redskins haven't allowed much on a per-play basis, as the 4.29 yards per carry and a touchdown every 43.0 carries are both better than the league average, though the volume has been there, as running backs have averaged 31.8 touches per game against them (ranks fourth-most in football). While that isn't likely to be the case with the Dolphins, they should still be able to run the ball 20-plus times for the first time this year. Knowing they're going to be at home, well rested, and (hopefully) prepared, Drake should be considered a decent RB3 play with a sturdy floor.
5 days ago
James White photo 29. James White NE (vs . NYG)
James White has seen 19 targets the past two weeks, and there's no reason to expect that to change. Unfortunately, he's only seen seven carries in that span. He's a solid RB2 or FLEX with limited upside against the Giants.
6 days ago
Tevin Coleman photo 30. Tevin Coleman SF (at LAR)
Totaling 16 carries in his return and nearly hitting 100 yards on the ground, Coleman looks healthy and ready to go. The 49ers should be able to run on the Rams, but they may have to pass more often to keep up with what is likely an improved Rams offense with something to prove this week. He can be treated as a flex with upside this week.
5 days ago
LeSean McCoy photo 31. LeSean McCoy KC (vs . HOU)
McCoy's nagging injuries, likely along with his fumble, led to a very limited, very disappointing Week 5 performance. I still consider him the first option at running back for arguably the league's best offense, but that's a short leash that seems to get shorter by the week. McCoy is a risky RB2.
6 days ago
Ronald Jones II photo 32. Ronald Jones II TB (vs . CAR)
Jones is looking good this season, and with the unique atmosphere in London and lots of distractions, the Bucs could opt to lean on the running game more early instead of having Winston air it out. His workload is just too unpredictable to fully get behind, and he could get TD vultured by Barber, so he isn't anything more than a flex this week.
5 days ago
Miles Sanders photo 33. Miles Sanders PHI (at MIN)
While Sanders is losing carries to Howard, game flow may allow Sanders to see the field more often this week, with the Eagles possibly needing to pass. In last season's game, they passed about 2/3 of the time, and passing downs should mostly be Sanders and Sproles on the field. His TD opportunity is not as high, with Howard being called up in short yardage situations, but Sanders can still be treated as a flex.
5 days ago
Jonathan Hilliman photo 34. Jonathan Hilliman NYG (at NE)
With Saquon likely out and Gallman already out, the Giants do not have many options. We could also throw in Sterling Shepard out and Engram likely to miss. Hilliman may not run the football much, but he could be used in the passing game a bit more than he is used to throughout his career simply because he is a healthy body. Opportunity leads to productivity, and it's tough to argue against the opportunity Hilliman is presented with.
5 days ago
Chris Thompson photo 35. Chris Thompson WAS (at MIA)
Thompson might be left out of the party unless his role in the new offense changes. Not many teams have had to target their running backs against the Dolphins, and as a result, just one running back (Austin Ekeler) has totaled more than three receptions. When you know that Thompson has seen 1.5 times more targets than he's seen rushing attempts is a problem in this matchup. Again, there's always a chance Callahan involves him more in the run-game, but this seems like a Peterson-heavy game. Thompson is a semi-risky RB4 whose floor is lower than usual.
5 days ago
Duke Johnson photo 36. Duke Johnson HOU (at KC)
Johnson's usage hasn't quite been what we expected, but he is efficient when he gets the ball, averaging 7.1 yards per touch. I like Johnson a bit more in a potential shootout with the Chiefs, but he's a fairly risky RB3 option.
6 days ago
Peyton Barber photo 37. Peyton Barber TB (vs . CAR)
Gus Edwards photo 38. Gus Edwards BAL (vs . CIN)
Edwards hasn't seen too many touches this season aside from 17 in Week 1, but he could be a sneaky under-the-radar play against a porous Bengals run defense. Realistically, he's probably more of a lottery ticket DFS play than someone we'd endorse as a season-long play.
6 days ago
Chase Edmonds photo 39. Chase Edmonds ARI (vs . ATL)
Edmonds is slowly earning more and more touches behind David Johnson, even finding running success last week. With Johnson questionable with a back injury, Edmonds could be a solid flex or RB2 start this week should Johnson miss the game.
4 days ago
Ito Smith photo 40. Ito Smith ATL (at ARI)
Smith is adding more in the passing game now and he has a decent chance at a short yardage touchdown this week against the Cardinals. Still, it's tough to trust the workload for Ito, making him nothing more than a risky flex play this week.
5 days ago
Latavius Murray photo 41. Latavius Murray NO (at JAC)
Murray is seeing almost no touches and he hasn't looked particularly good this season when he has seen touches. He is a handcuff to Kamara that does not need to be played while Kamara is healthy.
5 days ago
Raheem Mostert photo 42. Raheem Mostert SF (at LAR)
Mostert saw a few carries with Coleman back, but his workload will obviously be reduced. He could see more passing down work this week against the Rams, but he is nothing more than a low-end flex with not much upside, with both Coleman and Breida ahead of him looking good.
5 days ago
Darrell Henderson photo 43. Darrell Henderson LAR (vs . SF)
Jamaal Williams photo 44. Jamaal Williams GB (vs . DET)
Williams is still in concussion protocol, and obviously it's impossible to predict when he will be able to pass tests and return to the field. There has been no word of progress, so one would think he is sidelined at least another week, opening the door for another big workload for Aaron Jones and a bit of value for Tra Carson.
5 days ago
Giovani Bernard photo 45. Giovani Bernard CIN (at BAL)
Bernard's involvement simply hasn't been there this year. He's a lock for a few receptions, but that's pretty much it. The days of consistent PPR performances seem to be behind him, at least while Joe Mixon is healthy.
6 days ago
Tony Pollard photo 46. Tony Pollard DAL (at NYJ)
With the possibility of this game getting out of hand early, Pollard could see a decent amount of touches again. He possesses low-end flex value in lopsided games.
5 days ago
Alexander Mattison photo 47. Alexander Mattison MIN (vs . PHI)
This game is expected to be close, which means Mattison has very limited value. He sees very little touches when the game is competitive, despite looking good so far in his rookie career.
5 days ago
Mark Walton photo 48. Mark Walton MIA (vs . WAS)
The only thing I like less than endorsing a Dolphins player is endorsing a Dolphins player who doesn't start. Walton is worth monitoring, but that's pretty much it at this point.
6 days ago
Dion Lewis photo 49. Dion Lewis TEN (at DEN)
Dion Lewis has undoubtedly taken a backseat to Derrick Henry this season, and the most touches Lewis has accumulated in one game is eight, and that went for 20 yards. He can't be used in this current-state Titans offense.
6 days ago
Benny Snell Jr. photo 50. Benny Snell Jr. PIT (at LAC)
Darrel Williams photo 51. Darrel Williams KC (vs . HOU)
Williams didn't record any statistics to report in Week 5 with the return of Damien Williams and the continued usage of LeSean McCoy, though Darrel did play a share of the snaps. He's nothing more than a hold until the situation changes.
6 days ago
Dare Ogunbowale photo 52. Dare Ogunbowale TB (vs . CAR)
The former Wisconsin Badger has see a few targets per game out of the backfield, but he isn't used much outside of that. He is a desperation flex play in PPR if you're struggling to find someone in a deep league, but not much outside of that.
5 days ago
Ty Johnson photo 53. Ty Johnson DET (at GB)
Justice Hill photo 54. Justice Hill BAL (vs . CIN)
Hill passes the eye test but he simply doesn't play enough in a crowded Baltimore backfield to consider in fantasy at this point.
6 days ago
C.J. Prosise photo 55. C.J. Prosise SEA (at CLE)
With the return of Penny, Prosise did nothing yet again. He does not need to be owned and only has value if one of the two guys ahead of him goes down.
5 days ago
Elijhaa Penny photo 56. Elijhaa Penny NYG (at NE)
Kalen Ballage photo 57. Kalen Ballage MIA (vs . WAS)
Ballage -- once everyone's favorite fantasy sleeper -- recorded two carries in his last game in Week 4. He seems to be the third option on a dreadful offense, and there isn't too much upside there.
6 days ago
Brandon Bolden photo 58. Brandon Bolden NE (vs . NYG)
Bolden has seven touches and two touchdowns in the last two weeks. That kind of efficiency is an aberration, so don't put too much stock in Bolden while James White and Sony Michel are healthy.
6 days ago
Ty Montgomery photo 59. Ty Montgomery NYJ (vs . DAL)
Dontrell Hilliard photo 60. Dontrell Hilliard CLE (vs . SEA)
Ryquell Armstead photo 61. Ryquell Armstead JAC (vs . NO)
Tra Carson photo 62. Tra Carson GB (vs . DET)
With Jamaal Williams still in concussion protocol after being targeted by one of Jim Schwartz's players (like every time he plays GB), Carson should pick up backfield snaps after Aaron Jones. Possibly the most intriguing part of Carson's Week 5 performance was his four receptions. If he is able to continue see targets in the passing game as the RB2, he will have low-end, bye week flex value, which isn't much, but it's something.
5 days ago
J.D. McKissic photo 63. J.D. McKissic DET (at GB)
Wendell Smallwood photo 64. Wendell Smallwood WAS (at MIA)
D'Ernest Johnson photo 65. D'Ernest Johnson CLE (vs . SEA)
Reggie Bonnafon photo 66. Reggie Bonnafon CAR (at TB)
Jeff Wilson photo 67. Jeff Wilson SF (at LAR)
Ameer Abdullah photo 68. Ameer Abdullah MIN (vs . PHI)
CJ Ham photo 69. CJ Ham MIN (vs . PHI)
Bilal Powell photo 70. Bilal Powell NYJ (vs . DAL)
Alex Armah photo 71. Alex Armah CAR (at TB)
Dwayne Washington photo 72. Dwayne Washington NO (at JAC)
John Kelly photo 73. John Kelly LAR (vs . SF)
Derek Watt photo 74. Derek Watt LAC (vs . PIT)
Boston Scott photo 75. Boston Scott PHI (at MIN)
Tavon Austin photo 76. Tavon Austin DAL (at NYJ)
Zach Line photo 77. Zach Line NO (at JAC)
Devontae Booker photo 78. Devontae Booker DEN (vs . TEN)
Mike Boone photo 79. Mike Boone MIN (vs . PHI)
Kenjon Barner photo 80. Kenjon Barner ATL (at ARI)
Austin Walter photo 81. Austin Walter FA (BYE)
Dan Vitale photo 82. Dan Vitale GB (vs . DET)
Brian Hill photo 83. Brian Hill ATL (at ARI)
Troymaine Pope photo 84. Troymaine Pope LAC (vs . PIT)
Qadree Ollison photo 85. Qadree Ollison ATL (at ARI)
Travis Homer photo 86. Travis Homer SEA (at CLE)
Darwin Thompson photo 87. Darwin Thompson KC (vs . HOU)
Jamize Olawale photo 88. Jamize Olawale DAL (at NYJ)
Dexter Williams photo 89. Dexter Williams GB (vs . DET)
Jordan Scarlett photo 90. Jordan Scarlett CAR (at TB)
Andy Janovich photo 91. Andy Janovich DEN (vs . TEN)
 photo 92. (BYE)
Anthony Sherman photo 93. Anthony Sherman KC (vs . HOU)
T.J. Logan photo 94. T.J. Logan TB (vs . CAR)
Trey Edmunds photo 95. Trey Edmunds PIT (at LAC)
D.J. Foster photo 96. D.J. Foster ARI (vs . ATL)
Detrez Newsome photo 97. Detrez Newsome LAC (vs . PIT)
Tyler Ervin photo 98. Tyler Ervin JAC (vs . NO)
Elijah Holyfield photo 99. Elijah Holyfield CAR (at TB)
Keith Smith photo 100. Keith Smith ATL (at ARI)
Trenton Cannon photo 101. Trenton Cannon NYJ (vs . DAL)