Fantasy Football Winners and Losers: Week 6by Andersen Pickard October 20, 2020 0 comments
Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season is in the books. For the majority of the league, Tuesday morning brings a whole new week of football and preparing for their next game. However, a handful of players might not want to leave Week 6 so soon. Here’s a look at who impressed and who underachieved this week.
Winner: Deshaun Watson (32.0 FPTS)
The Houston Texans may have lost on Sunday, but Deshaun Watson had his best game of the season, tossing four touchdowns while never turning the ball over. His Week 6 marks for passing yards (335), rushing yards (26), and total sacks (two) are all Watson’s second-best numbers in those respective categories this season. He’ll look to have another big game next week against a Green Bay Packers defense that was just ripped apart by Tom Brady.
Loser: Aaron Rodgers (3.8 FPTS)
Speaking of the Packers, future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers played poorly on Sunday. After throwing for 1,214 yards, 13 touchdowns, and zero interceptions to start the year, he struggled in Week 6 with 160 yards and two interceptions. He was also sacked four times for 42 yards, which is worse than his combined total (three sacks for 35 yards) from Weeks 1 through 5.
Winner: Derrick Henry (40.4 FPTS)
Derrick Henry ran wild in the Tennessee Titans’ win on Sunday, adding 22 carries for 212 yards and two touchdowns while tallying an extra 52 yards through the air. He was instrumental in the Titans’ win on Sunday and posted possibly the best fantasy performance we’ll see from anyone this season. He’ll look to build on his big game during next week’s bout with the Pittsburgh Steelers in a battle of the undefeated.
Loser: Alexander Mattison (4.0 FPTS)
Alexander Mattison was quiet on Sunday as the Minnesota Vikings suffered a painful loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Minnesota struggled to get things going while Mattison notched 10 carries for just 26 yards while adding four receiving yards. The Vikings have a Week 7 bye and will likely return to the backup role when Dalvin Cook returns from his injury against the Packers in Week 8.
Winner: Justin Jefferson (39.6 FPTS)
Jefferson was one of Minnesota’s few bright spots. The talented rookie torched the Falcons’ porous defense for 166 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches. While he’s been up-and-down this year, it’s still hard to imagine a scenario in which Jefferson is relinquished to your bench, especially in deeper leagues.
Loser: JuJu Smith-Schuster (2.6 FPTS)
JuJu Smith-Schuster hasn’t looked like himself ever since the Steelers’ Week 4 bye. After catching four passes for 28 yards last week, he hauled in just two of four targets for six yards this week. The fact that he struggled even without Diontae Johnson is concerning. There’s reason to believe that he can bounce back, but for at least one more week, he’s a FLEX option at best.
Winner: Rob Gronkowski (18.8 FPTS)
Just like old times. Tom Brady found Gronkowski early and often in the Buccaneers’ win over the Packers on Sunday, connecting with the big-bodied tight end five times for 78 yards and a touchdown. Gronkowski has looked like a top tight end ever since O.J. Howard‘s injury, leaving him as a legitimate option for your lineup as the Buccaneers take on the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday night.
Loser: Mike Gesicki (0.0 FPTS)
You can’t get much worse than zero points. Gesicki failed to haul in either of his two targets this week, underachieving against a New York Jets defense that made him a solid starting option last week. While there’s reason to be optimistic going forward, it’s worth noting that Gesicki has caught one or fewer passes in three of his six games this season. Miami has a Week 7 bye and will return in Week 8 against the Los Angeles Rams.
Winner: Buccaneers D/ST (20.0 FPTS)
As mentioned with Aaron Rodgers, the Buccaneers shut down Green Bay’s offense this week, surrendering a quick 10 points before settling down and shutting out the Packers the rest of the way. Tampa Bay picked up a season-high two interceptions (one pick-six) while allowing just 201 yards and 10 points, which are both season-lows. They’ll look to keep going against the Raiders in Week 7.
Loser: Titans D/ST (-4.0 FPTS)
The Titans won and improved to 5-0, but their defense was the worst unit in fantasy football this week with negative four points. They picked up just two sacks and allowed 412 yards while surrendering 36 points. They also failed to record a turnover for the first time this season. Tennessee has another tough matchup on deck in Week 7 against the Steelers.
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