There were a lot of headlines in Week 6 of the fantasy football season but none bigger than the broken collarbone suffered by Aaron Rodgers.
Packers fans, relax? No, it’s time to worry. Unless Brett Hundley improves significantly, the Packers have no shot to make the playoffs after losing their leader.
Though this season has seen its share of huge injuries affecting fantasy football, none can be bigger than the one suffered by Rodgers. Odell Beckham Jr. and Dalvin Cook each suffered injuries in successive weeks before Rodgers in Week 6. If your team was being carried by Rodgers, then you’re going to have a tougher time than Beckham and Cook owners. It’s why I advise on waiting on a quarterback during the draft, so that you can balance out your roster with quality at the running back and wide receiver positions.
Anyone who drafted Rodgers early missed out on a high quality running back or wide receiver that could come in handy right about now.
The other big headline from this week was the big week turned in by Adrian Peterson after being traded to the Cardinals. A lot of people thought he was washed up by now, and who could blame them? He was getting very few touches with the Saints. Peterson needs touches to flourish, and that’s just what he got with the Cardinals on Sunday. He rushed 26 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns. The Arizona offense looked rejuvenated with him in the backfield and I don’t see why his production would drop off.
Not only did his move to Arizona help his fantasy value, it helped the values of the running backs on the team he left. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara both had great days. Ingram rushed 25 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 36 yards. Kamara rushed 10 times for 75 yards and caught four passes for 12 yards.
The top performing running back in Week 6 was Melvin Gordon who rushed 25 times for 86 yards and a touchdown. He also caught nine passes for 67 yards and another score.
Le’Veon Bell had a great day as well, rushing 32 times for 179 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers handed the Chiefs their first loss of the season.
Also in the Steelers game, Antonio Brown led all receivers this week. He caught eight passes for 155 yards and a spectacular 51-yard score.
Larry Fitzgerald also had a big day as a wideout. He caught 10 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown. Fitzgerald, Peterson and Carson Palmer look like the best 30-plus-year-old triplets in the NFL. Palmer looked like a new man, throwing for 283 yards and three touchdowns.
The best quarterback of the week was Kirk Cousins. He threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns. Cousins also rushed for 26 yards and a touchdown.
The signal caller that leads the league in touchdown passes is Deshaun Watson with 15. He had another great week, throwing for 225 yards and three touchdowns. Watson has tossed at least three touchdowns in each of the last three weeks. With Rodgers out for the rest of the season, is it that far fetched to think Watson could be the best fantasy QB the rest of the season?
Watson has been utilizing second-year player Will Fuller extremely efficiently. Fuller has five touchdowns in three games on just eight receptions.
Demaryius Thomas had a big day for the Broncos, catching 10 passes for 133 yards.
Both Lions receivers had productive days, and nearly identical stat lines. Golden Tate had seven receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown. Marvin Jones had his best day of the season, catching six passes for 96 yards and a touchdown.
In a game that totaled 90 points, the Saints vs. Lions, there were a few fantasy disappointments. Michael Thomas had just three catches for 11 yards for the Saints. Lions running back Ameer Abdullah had just 54 total yards.
The biggest disappointments of the week were Derek Carr, Jonathan Stewart, Sammy Watkins and Chris Hogan.
Carr returned from an injured back and didn’t inspire confidence in his owners. He threw for just 171 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Sitting Amari Cooper continues to be the right move as he caught five of Carr’s passes for just 28 yards.
Stewart had a dreadful Thursday night game, rushing eight times for minus-four yards. He’s one of the least reliable starting running backs in the league.
Watkins’ poor performances are becoming commonplace and he can’t be trusted until he strings a couple of good games together.
Hogan had been doing well, but he had just one catch for 19 yards this week. Before Week 6 he had five touchdowns in his previous four games.
Rob Gronkowski led the Patriots in receiving, catching six passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns.
Another tight end that produced well was Evan Engram, who is the last good remaining target for Eli Manning. Engram caught five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Cameron Brate’s scoring streak continued in Week 6. He caught six passes for 76 yards and a touchdown.
Zach Ertz was in danger of not having a good game this week as he caught just two passes on Thursday night. Both catches happened to be touchdowns.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins should have had two touchdown receptions, but apparently crossing the goal line with complete control of the ball isn’t a touchdown anymore. The officials ruled that Seferian-Jenkins lost control of the ball and didn’t regain it until he touched out of bounds on a play. The replay seemed to show him cross the goal line with control, but that’s just my opinion. He finished the game with eight catches, 46 yards, a touchdown and an unjustified fumble lost.
On the defensive side, the Saints once again surprised me, scoring three times, making five sacks, forcing two fumbles and intercepting three passes. The Giants and Rams also had big weeks defensively.
Top waiver wire picks
Orleans Darkwa, RB, Giants: Darkwa had the best day of a Giants running back on Sunday night. He rushed 21 times for 117 yards.
Dion Lewis, RB, Patriots: He carried the ball more than 10 times for the first time this season.
C.J. Beathard, QB, 49ers: Only a streaming option, but could be a good one.
Josh McCown, QB, Jets: Another streaming option who does well against bad defenses.
Aldrick Robinson, WR, 49ers: 2 rec., 66 yards, TD. He caught a TD with the Niners new starting QB.