Week 6 was so much fun to watch, especially for the types of people who advocated certain RBs being drafted near the top of the first round. Lamar Miller, Ezekiel Elliott, David Johnson, and LeSean McCoy had absolute monster games, but on the flipside, there were late round RB successes. Jay Ajayi went over 220, and Matt Jones nearly had 20 fantasy points. Of course, my boy Julio Jones proving the doubters wrong in Seattle helped, but some random former 1st rounder WRs had great weeks. Scroll down for joy and anguish over these performances, and possibly some serious analysis.
Kendall Wright and Kenny Britt, Top 5 WRs in Week 6?!?!
A pair of much maligned former 1st round WRs headlined the fantasy news in Week 6. Kendall Wright and Kenny Britt went off, catching 8 for 133 with 1 TD and 7 for 136 for 2 TDs, respectively. Kendall Wright, the 27-year-old, former 20th overall pick, was a monster. He laid out for a long catch on blown coverage and got right back up to get into the end zone. He had 9 targets, but only played 22 snaps, well behind Tajae Sharpe (47), Andre Johnson (34), and Rishard Matthews (25). Wright was targeted on an absurd 41% of his snaps, a near impossible pace. Wright may not need to be targeted at that rate, though, with Tajae Sharpe, a rookie 5th round pick, catching flack from the coaching staff, possibly opening up more snaps for the 27-year-old. However, Wright was close to all that happened for Tennessee’s passing game as Delaine Walker only had 2 targets, 1 catch, and 21 yards, an unlikely scenario to continue past this week. I want to see Wright get more yardage, but we can seriously look at Wright as a potentially solid depth player in PPR leagues, with a high volume of catches.
The Los Angeles Rams have a player in the top 10 in yardage at his position, so Todd Gurley must be having a decent year so far. Wait, it isn’t Gurley? Wow, Tavon Austin is going crazy! Wait, if it isn’t him, who can it be? Look no further than 28-year-old, former 1st round pick Kenny Britt, who is having a great year, catching 30 passes for 492 yards, and 2 TDs, while being tied for 5th in the NFL with 20+ yards passes with 9. Wright may be a mirage as a usable fantasy player, but Kenny Britt is here to stay. I would drop up to 20% of my FAAB budget on Britt if I needed a WR 3/Flex type player. His next few matchups are in London vs NYG, which could be tough facing Janoris Jenkins, vs Carolina, likely a sit, @ NYJ where he could be a Flex play. After that stretch, he enters a stretch of favorable games facing Miami, Atlanta, and New Orleans in a span of 4 weeks.
The Chicago Bears’ Best WR Needs to be Picked Up
Ok, so maybe Cameron Meredith, a 6’3″ converted QB, isn’t the Chicago Bears most talented WR. Maybe Alshon Jeffery has more talent, but Cam Meredith is the one getting the points and targets from QB Brian Hoyer. Through the last 2 weeks, Meredith has caught 20-0f-27 targets for 243 yards and a TD. Brian Hoyer doesn’t have the Jay Cutler mentality of “just chuck it to Alshon”, providing plenty of opportunities for other ancillary options such as Meredith. With it looking as if Brian Hoyer may actually keep the Bears’ QB job, Meredith is a WR 3 most weeks for the rest of the season. He’s probably unowned in your leagues with a 32.2% ownership percentage in ESPN leagues and 13% in NFL.com leagues. Meredith is a much more intriguing player to add than Britt going into Week 7, leading me to spend up to 35% of my FAAB on Meredith.
How Long Until Kenneth Dixon Is Starting?
With the way #FantasyFootball Twitter was buzzing about Dixon you would expect him to be on the David Johnson path to success. Except he isn’t even starting for his own team. Terrence West is and he is performing like an NFL caliber starter. Through his last 3 games, West has rushed for 113, 95, and 87 yards on 21, 11, and 23 yards respectively. Not to mention his role as the goal-line back, accumulating 3 TDs over that span. Despite a matchup against the formidable New York Giants front 7, West turned in a solid day that was buoyed by his 2 TDs. West also caught 4 passes for 36 yards, but that’s not likely to reoccur, with the aforementioned Kenneth Dixon as well as Buck Allen as pass catchers. Terrence West is locked into an RB2 role for the foreseeable future and should remain in most fantasy lineups, and Kenneth Dixon is relegated to an ancillary role for the next 4 weeks or so.
Jay Ajayi Rushed For How Many Yards?
204. That’s how many. Going with that, Ajayi piled on 2 TDs, in the process of becoming the only other Dolphin other than Ricky Williams to surpass the 200/2 mark. Perhaps the surprising thing, however, is that it took Ajayi only 25 carries, with a long of 62 yards. What do Ajayi’s 33 PPR fantasy points mean for the rest of the season? Well for starters, it looks as if he has surpassed Arian Foster for the lion’s share of the work, as Foster only saw 3 carries for 3 yards and 2 catches for 12 yards. Ajayi won’t come close to his Week 6 production likely ever again in his career, but he will remain an RB3 for the rest of season and needs to be owned in all leagues.
Ben Roethlisberger’s MCL Injury
I won’t try to analyze rest of season value for the Steelers players, because frankly, I have no idea how long it is until Ben Roethlisberger will be back. With Le’Veon Bell it’s business as usual. It’s unlikely that Ben’s absence negatively impacts Bell. In fact, it may benefit him, With Ben, Bell sees 18 rushes and 6 targets, while without him, he receives 21 rushes and 4 targets per game. Bell stays in the conversation for RB 1 rest of season with David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott.
Antonio Brown’s splits with and without Ben are about as scary as the Steelers’ home – road splits. Without Ben as his QB, Antonio is a mere mortal, averaging 54 yards per game without his bud, not to mention that Antonio Brown has NEVER caught a TD from anyone other than Roethlisberger. You need to continue to start Antonio Brown being an elite talent (Hello Julio @ Seattle), and he makes an interesting case study as a buy low. No one should sell Antonio, but definitely, see if the owner in your league is panicking about Ben’s injury.
Eli Rogers and Sammie Coates are both unstartable without Ben and if he misses more than 3 weeks, they are both droppable. If for some reason, both guys are on your team, Rogers is more droppable than Coates, with Coates having a defined role when Ben returns. Jesse James has been a TD-dependent TE streamer and is fully droppable with Landry Jones at QB.