Hello, Fantasy Community. This is the Week 6 – Who’s Hot, Who’s Not Article.
We have made it to Week 6. I will say this, if you are 6-0 after this weekend, you either had a lot of luck with all these injuries, or you’re an outstanding fantasy owner. This season has been tricky with injuries and COVID-19 cases. It has seen a lot of unexpected performances, and some weeks, you don’t know who will show up. All-in-all, this has been an interesting and frustrating season.
We will look at who has been able to get hot and help fantasy teams during this season. Three hot and three not for each position. Tight End may vary between how many players are hot or not because it is not a position with as many consistent players.
4. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks
Deshaun Watson – The firing of Bill O’Brien seems to have rejuvenated the Houston Texans’ passing attack, and that is very good news for anyone who has Deshaun Watson. We have seen Watson’s two best performances since the firing. A lot of people said the Week 5 performance was due to the Texans playing against the Jaguars. Well, in Week 6, Watson played a very tough unbeaten Titans team and almost led his team to victory.
In the last two weeks, Watson has thrown for 694 yards, 7 TDs, 2 INTs and added 51 rushing yards. With not much of a running game and a defense who struggles to stop opposing offenses, Watson will continue to have a lot of opportunity. Week 7 will be a test against a mad Green Bay team, but Watson should be put in as a weekly starter, regardless of matchup, as long as the offense continues to allow him to be the focal point.
Ryan Tannehill – Another guy who has been on an absolute tear for fantasy teams in the last two weeks is Ryan Tannehill. In the showdown between unbeatens against Buffalo, Tannehill had 195 passing yards, 3 TDs, 42 rushing yards and 1 TD. In Week 6, he showed up in a surprising shootout against the Texans. Tannehill had 364 passing yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT and a lost fumble. That is 8 TDs in two games which will definitely get fantasy owners excited. Up next, is a Week 7 game against a stingy Pittsburgh defense who completely beat up the Browns in Week 6.
Russell Wilson – Russell Wilson has been the top man this season. While he was on bye in Week 6, he will remain on this list. Through five weeks, Wilson has 1,502 yards, 19 TDs, and 3 INTs. He has also added 153 rushing yards. He will be ready to go in Week 7 against an iffy Arizona defense.
Baker Mayfield – Baker Mayfield has been surrounded by targets. He has Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham JR, and Austin Hooper. Chubb is down with an injury but he has all the other guys and one of the best offensive lines in football; yet, he is struggling to perform. He left the Pittsburgh beating due to his rib injury but until he can show he is able to produce quality numbers, he is benchable, even with a Week 7 date against Cincinnati.
Daniel Jones – In Week 6 against the Washington Football Team, the Giants picked up their first win in the 2020 season. However, Daniel Jones is about as cold as they come. In their win, and against a suspect defense, Jones could only get 112 passing yards and 1 TD. He did add 74 rushing yards and a TD, but the fantasy production just is not there. Jones is actually having a worse year than Baker Mayfield. I would expect Jones to be the starter for the remainder of the year, but that seems like it. Even with Philadelphia in Week 7, he is not an advised start.
Tom Brady – So here is a situation where the guy is not having a bad season, but he has put together consecutive weeks of low fantasy production, which does qualify you for the “not” list. In the last two weeks Brady has 419 passing yards and 3 TDs with a lost fumble. These are not terrible numbers, but this is a guy a lot of teams are starting and those are not numbers that teams are expecting either. Of the “not” list, this is the one you should be the least worried about. Brady has Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, Rob Gronkowski and a surging running game. Things should be better the next two weeks with games against the Raiders and Giants.
3. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Running Backs
Derrick Henry – Derrick Henry has been on a fantasy surge the last three games, he has 388 rushing yards, 6 TDs and 69 receiving yards. In Week 6, in a shootout against the Texans, Henry had 212 yards, 2 TDs and 52 receiving yards. He has an average of 117.6 rushing yards a game this season. He is a must-start, even against a stout Pittsburgh run defense.
Ronald Jones – I personally cannot believe I am typing this; however, Ronald Jones is on the hot list. In the absence of Leonard Fournette, Ronald Jones has three straight games over 100 yards rushing. In those three games, Jones has 330 rushing yards, 2 TDs and has added 11 receptions. This has been a pleasant surprise for owners, especially considering he was a much cheaper option in start-up and redraft leagues. If Fournette is out, Jones could continue the hot streak in his next two games against the Raiders and Giants.
Alvin Kamara – Another guy to make the hot list on a bye, but another #1 overall player at his position. Kamara is #1 by a wide margin. On the season, Kamara has 281 rushing yards, 4 TDs, 45 catches for 395 yards and 3 TDs. Rushing yards have not been easy for the Saints, but Kamara is an exceptional receiving back. The schedule does not get much tougher after the bye, so expect big games in the future for Kamara, even with the return of Michael Thomas.
Mark Ingram – Mark Ingram had a decent fantasy game in Week 2, but other than that, he has not been a guy deserving of a starting spot. Ingram was in an odd position before the season, rebuilding teams were not in need and contenders did not want to pay much for a guy who is only expected to be “the guy” this season. Ingram was already fighting to hold off the duo of Gus Edwards and JK Dobbins, and in Week 6, Ingram suffered an ankle injury. Ingram may not be worth starting anymore this season once he returns.
Kenyan Drake – Another guy who has not played yet in Week 6 who has been on this list for some time. There seems to be a belief that Drake will get it figured out soon and a game against the Cowboys could be the start to that. The fact of Drake is, he was drafted in the top 2 rounds of start-up and redraft leagues and he is not the leading scorer at RB on his own team.
Chase Edmonds is actually outscoring Drake to this point. I think a poor performance against Dallas should be the nail in the coffin. Right now, you have to hope he puts together a couple solid weeks so you can deal him for some kind of decent return.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire – As noted in last week’s article, Clyde Edwards-Helaire has really struggled since week 1. He had a serviceable game in Week 3 due to his receiving work, but CEH has not scored since Week 1, and his inability to score on goal line plays is the reason the Chiefs signed Le’Veon Bell. Bell may actually help the rookie, but he is also expected to take the goal-line work also, which could hurt CEH. You’re starting the rookie regardless, due to his pass-catching ability, but you drafted him to be a top of the line RB. The next couple of games will not make that easy, but there’s plenty of time to turn this around.
In Week 5, Drake did finally score for the first time since Week 1. That was the only bright spot in the game as he, yet again, did not break 100 total yards and is yet to do so at all this season. A weak Dallas D awaits, but right now I do not feel confident even in good matchups.
2. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers
A. J. Brown – A.J. Brown missed Weeks 2 and 3 and had a postponed game in Week 4. In the last two weeks, Brown has given his fantasy owners the production they drafted him for. In two games that Tennessee absolutely needed him to show up, he did, for a total of 12 receptions for 138 yards and 3 TDs on 16 targets. You can fire him up with confidence in a game against Pittsburgh that could turn into a shootout.
Brandin Cooks – After a couple weeks where Brandin Cooks looked to be a bench candidate, he has responded with two very good performances. As mentioned earlier, maybe this has something to do with the O’Brien firing. In the last two weeks Cooks has 17 catches for 229 yards and 2 TDs. Cooks has become a quality target for Watson in this rejuvenated offense. He has a matchup vs Green Bay and then a bye.
Calvin Ridley – Even with the return and a big game from Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley still produced good numbers for fantasy teams. Ridley caught 6 of his 7 targets, had 61 yards and 1TD. Ridley currently stands as the WR #1 overall in PPR scoring format. His next two games are against the Lions and Panthers so you can expect big things still to come.
JuJu Smith-Schuster – JuJu Smith-Schuster is still looking to break out of his funk. As stated last week, he was drafted as many owners’ #1 WR but currently has 23 catches, 194 yards and 3 TDs. Those are not WR1 numbers, instead it ranks him as the #40 WR in standard and #36 in PPR scoring. With Ben at QB there is still hope, but with Tennessee and Baltimore up the next two weeks, the times can still be rough ahead.
Chris Godwin – Chris Godwin made this list last week due to not being on the field, which is not his fault. However, as mentioned, he was drafted as a team’s #1 and in some leagues as the #1 overall WR drafted, and has not lived up to that draft capital. So with the extra rest, Godwin was expected to have a big game. In a game where Tampa Bay scored 38 straight points, Godwin did not quite deliver the expected results.
In his return, Godwin had 5 catches for 48 yards. We know Godwin has the talent and as he gets his feet back under him, we can expect big weeks ahead. The next four weeks are very favorable and should yield the expected results everyone drafted him for.
Cooper Kupp – This one pains me a little more, as I own Cooper Kupp in multiple leagues. He had two fairly unproductive games to start the season, then had two typical Cooper Kupp games with good production and now we are back to two underperforming games. In the last two games, Kupp has 8 catches for 77 yards and 0 TD. On the season, Kupp only has 2 TDs. Kupp is one of Jared Goff’s favorite targets so in the long run, you can expect for Kupp to give you good production.
1. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Tight Ends
Travis Kelce – As of this writing, Kelce has not played in Week 6. He had his game against Buffalo pushed to Monday night. On the season, Kelce has 32 receptions for 405 yards and 3 TDs. He is currently the #1 ranked tight end in all formats and is a focal point in the most high-powered offense in the league. He is expected to be a heavy part of the offense in Monday Night’s shootout with Buffalo.
George Kittle – I get it, last week was not a productive game. I do feel that had more to do with the terrible quarterback play. Even with the down week, in the last three games George Kittle has 26 catches for 336 yards and 2 TDs. Kittle can single-handedly change the complexion of a game. You can expect Jimmy G to lean heavily on Kittle with the Patriots and Seahawks up the next two weeks.
Evan Engram – In a bad year and bad offense, with Saquon out, the Giants really needed a big year. So far, he has disappointed. On the season, Engram has just 20 catches for 177 yards and 0 TDs. A lot could be due to the poor quarterback play, but Engram, a consensus top 5 Tight End, needs to find a way to make plays. There is still time to turn things around, but as of right now, he is not a locked-in starter.
Gerald Everett – Coming into the season, Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee were considered a dynamic duo. Through Week 6, Everett has clearly taken a back seat to Higbee. On the season, Everett has 11 catches for 168 yards and 0 TDs. 4 catches and 90 yards came in Week 5. Everett is firmly on the bench until he shows he will get more playing time and more targets.
Thank you for reading my Week 6 – Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football 2020 article.