Let’s not waste any time and jump right into the Week 6 Rookie Review!
Leonard Fournette – 59% snap share (down from 72%), 138 yards, touchdown on 23 touches
Fournette started week 6 the same way he ended week five – ripping off a long TD run. As an LF owner, it was annoying to see Chris Ivory get 10 targets, but it was still a solid game for the rookie. If you don’t have Fournette now, you probably aren’t getting him.
Tarik Cohen – 32% (up from 28%), 46 yards on 15 touches
It was encouraging to see Cohen double his touches from last week, but he’s still not being used optimally. For somebody that is electric in space, Tarik only seeing 3 targets doesn’t make much sense.
Kareem Hunt – 78% (up from 71%), 110 yards on 14 touches
The Toledo Rocket was bottled up in the run game, getting just nine carries for 21 yards. Hunt was able to rack up 89 yards on five catches, however, saving his fantasy day. Even with his lackluster rushing performance on Sunday, Kareem still leads the league in rushing (630 yards).
Alvin Kamara – 42% (up from 35%), 87 yards on 14 touches
With the Saints leading by multiple scores throughout the game, Kamara wasn’t needed in the passing game. Kamara turned in his best rushing performance of the year, however, getting 75 yards on 10 carries. Buy if you can.
Christian McCaffrey -74% (up from 56%), 64 yards, touchdown on 14 touches
Hopefully, if CMC is on your fantasy team, you’re in a PPR league. McCaffrey leads the Panthers in targets (14) while continuing to struggle in the run game. Six weeks into the season, he’s tied for fifth in receptions (37).
Aaron Jones – 65% (down from 88%), 42 yards on 14 touches
I’m not sure how much we can take away from this game with Rodgers going down early. I’ll be interested to see what the Packers game plan looks like with Hundley at the helm.
D’Onta Foreman – 35% (up from 14%), 59 yards on 12 touches
It is a little surprising Foreman only received 12 touches considering the game script. Outside of a 39-yard run, Foreman didn’t have much success against a Cleveland unit that’s tied for first in rush yards per attempt (3.0), and sixth in rush yards per game (84.6). Foreman is still a must-have handcuff.
Samaje Perine – 34% (up from 24% in week four), 47 yards, touchdown on 12 touches
Although it was another uninspiring day rushing for Perine (9 for 23), he added three catches for 24 yards and his first career touchdown. With reports of Rob Kelley back at practice this week, I don’t foresee many touches going forward for Samaje.
Wayne Gallman – 28% (down from 39%), 32 yards on 11 touches
It was the Orleans Darkwa show against the Broncos, reducing Gallman to 15 snaps. Darkwa looks like the guy going forward, but with how the Giants season has gone so far, it might not be for long. Gallman is worth holding onto if you have the roster space.
Elijah McGuire – 33% (down from 68%), 22 yards on 10 touches
McGuire handled one more rush than Forte but saw zero passing game work. If Forte stays healthy, and when Powell returns, McGuire will be relegated to the third RB again. If you own McGuire, I’d hope for a big game and then flip him.
Matt Breida – 24% (down from 49%), 36 yards on 6 touches
So much for the “hot hand approach”. After out-producing Carlos Hyde in week five, Breida was an afterthought. Unless Hyde misses time with an injury, there’s no way you can feel confident starting him.
Marlon Mack – 24% down from 22%), 18 yards on 2 touches
Another situation where fantasy owners were duped by coach speak. Pagano said that it would be smart to get Mack more touches after his 93-yard performance. Mack turned his first rush into 22 yards, his second for a 4-yard loss, then didn’t see another opportunity until the third quarter. Insert eye-roll emoji here. Mack will still see opportunities going forward due to Robert Turbin’s season-ending injury, but his usage will be completely up in the air.
James Conner – 8% (same as week five), 14 yards on 2 touches
Austin Ekeler – 11% (down from 17%), 9 yards on 2 touches
With Branden Oliver missing time, I was expecting Ekeler to see more opportunity, but he’s seen less. It looks like only an injury to Melvin Gordon would boost Ekeler.
Corey Clement – 16% (down from 34%), 2 yards on 2 touches
LeGarrette Blount seems to be hitting his stride in the Eagles offense, and Clement is being out-snapped by Kenjon Barner. You can safely drop Clement for a higher upside waiver pick.
JuJu Smith-Schuster – 69% (down from 82%), 32 yards on 4 catches
The snap share represents JuJu’s lowest since week one, but he was still second in WR snaps and production for Pittsburgh. The USC rookie still hasn’t had a huge statistical game, so he should still be affordable in your dynasty leagues.
Taywan Taylor – 61% (up from 49%), 61 yards, touchdown on 2 catches
Taywan made the most of his four targets, catching two, one being a 53-yard touchdown. That’s obviously not something you can count on, but displays the explosive play potential he possesses.
Mack Hollins – 15% (down from 21%), 38 yards on 2 catches
After catching both of his targets against Carolina, Mack now has a 100% catch rate! Unfortunately, the summation of that is only 5/5 for 70 yards. He’s still one of my favorite stashes.
Cooper Kupp – 61% (down from 85%), 35 yards on 2 catches
The Rams have faced Seattle and Jacksonville, and have Arizona, New York G-Men, Houston, and Minnesota following. The point is, expect a decreased stat-line in the coming weeks.
Trent Taylor – 61% (up from 49%), 11 yards on 2 catches
With the 49ers announcing they’ll be starting rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard, I’d expect Taylor to see more usage.
ArDarius Stewart – 18% (down from 21%), 8 yards on 2 touches
Stewart can be dropped. He’s buried on the target and snap count totem poles.
Mike Williams – 17% (first game), 15 yards on 1 catch
Heyyy! Everyone welcome Mike to the Rookie Review! It was good to see the number 7 overall pick make his NFL debut. He was fourth in WR snaps, 10 behind Travis Benjamin. It was predictable that the Chargers bring him along slowly, given his lack of practice time. This will be an interesting situation to watch next week.
Chris Godwin – 20% (down from 22%), 9 yards on 1 catch
The standard Godwin line.
Curtis Samuel – 28% (up from 23%), 8 yards on 1 rush
I don’t see Samuel making an impact this year with Benjamin, Funchess, and McCaffrey hogging all of the targets.
Keelan Cole – 59% (up from 50%), 7 yards on 1 catch
Keelan is getting the snaps but is barely averaging 3 targets per game. There isn’t much to expect from a team that is 27th in total pass attempts.
Evan Engram – 70% (down from 81%), 82 yards, touchdown on 5 catches
To say the snaps aren’t a concern is an understatement. Engram saw 36% of Manning’s targets and 64% of the passing yards.
George Kittle – 92% (up from 56%), 46 yards on 4 catches
I’m a sucker for narratives. Now we get the ole “college teammate connection” narrative. I’m #AllIn for this one.
David Njoku – 39% (down from 46%), 0 yards on 2 catches
That’s not a typo. I was drinking the Browns Kool-Aid this offseason, but they’re not even putting their playmakers in a position to make an impact. The QB situation is a key factor, but Njoku only seeing 39% of the snaps is mind-boggling.
O.J. Howard – 64% (up from 57%), 15 yards on 1 catch
Howard is running routes on 38.1% of Tampa Bay’s pass plays, compared to Cameron Brate’s 51% (per PlayerProfiler). He’s not a fantasy option just yet.
Jonnu Smith – 61% (remained the same), 10 yards on 1 catch
Stash this guy. He’ll step right in for Delanie once he’s no longer part of the Titans plans.
Gerald Everett – 31% (down from 35%), 4 yards on 1 catch
He can be dropped for a higher upside waiver wire player.
That’ll do it for the Week 6 Rookie Review! We have a few situations to keep an eye on for next week, as well as things that will develop throughout week seven so be sure to check back next week. Don’t forget to check out our other dynasty content, like the weekly Dynasty Cheat Sheet that Travis puts out. Good luck this week everybody!