Fantasy Football Contributor
Welcome to my Week 6 Fantasy Football review column. I don’t delve into rankings, stats or data. You can find all of that at other sites. In fact, that’s where I find mine. My column is all about my impressions of different players and situations that could impact your fantasy team this week and in the future. We’ll check back in after Week 6’s games.
1. Remember a few days ago when I wrote that it was probably a good idea to never start Arian Foster again in fantasy? Well Jay Ajayi sure took care of that, didn’t he? His 204 yards rushing was not only Ajayi’s first career 100-yard rushing game, it was his first career 200-yard rushing game. It also gave Ajayi a clear stranglehold on the starting job. So if you invested in him in August, it’s going to pay off now.
2. Speaking of that Dolphins-Steelers game, Ben Roethlisberger is out with a torn meniscus. He had surgery on Monday. He actually tweaked both knees on Sunday, but it’s the left one that drew the concern. Roethlisberger told reporters after the game that whatever happened while he was scrambling and before he threw the ball. At least it doesn’t appear to be a torn ACL. Personally, I have Roethlisberger on my best fantasy team so losing him would certainly be a huge loss for my team. I’m not sure I can recommend picking up Landry Jones as a replacement, but that is going to be the Steelers’ starter in Week 7. There is no timetable for Roethlisberger’s return.
3. Rob Gronkowski is officially back. A week after five passes for 109 yards against Cleveland, Gronk caught seven passes for 162 yards and a touchdown. So you can start him moving forward with confidence. If you have Martellus Bennett, there’s a nice spot for him on your bench just in case. But he’s a clear No. 2 now.
4. Two calls I blew this week? I thought Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott would have a hard day against the Green Bay defense. Nope. Elliott rushed for 157 yards and even though he didn’t score that’s still a solid 15-point game in a standard league. Second, I thought the Jags-Bears game would be a scorefest. Sometimes games between two losing teams becomes one. Well, not this one. The Jags won, 17-16.
5. Odell Beckham Jr. is no longer a fantasy football problem. Sunday was his second 100-yard receiving game of the season (he ended up with 222 yards) and now has three touchdowns in two games. I think he’s done with the pedestrian games in between, too. Now if the Giants’ kicking net would just accept his apology we can all move on.
6. You should divest yourself of all your Texans with the exception of WR DeAndre Hopkins. If you can find someone who is willing to give you some value for QB Brock Osweiler and RB Lamar Miller, I’d pull the trigger. I have their kicker, Nick Novak, and I’m about to kick him to the curb. This is a sinking ship, offensively speaking.
7. Is Colin Kaepernick worth starting in fantasy moving forward? I don’t think so. While his 163-yard, TD passing outing vs. Buffalo was solid, the Niners simply don’t have the weapons to truly take advantage of Kaepernick’s big arm. The schedule isn’t their friend the next month, either. Only their game with Tampa Bay at home offers the opportunity for big numbers. Plus, head coach Chip Kelly isn’t committing to another game with Kap as the starter. Gauge your desire to pick him up by your desperation at the position.
8. Did you pick up Ravens RB Terrence West? I did, and I’m a happy dude. That’s three touchdowns in his last three games and at least 80 yards in each of his last three games. The starting job is his and you’ve stumbled into a full-time starter.
9. Ty Montgomery is worth the pick up if you can get him. He was targeted 12 times and the Packers are even trying to gadget things up with Monty in the run game. Plus, the Davante Adams injury may have just opened the door for a larger role. There are some key bye weeks coming up and he might come in handy.
10. My lineups. I play in three different leagues. If you care, here’s are my starting lineups this week and how I did:
LSFL (scoring only – 5-1 record): QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Terrence West, RB Chris Ivory, WR Demaryius Thomas, WR A.J. Green, WR Allen Robinson, PK Nick Novak, Def. Carolina. Novak is gone after this week. I need a new backup now that it appears Ryan Fitzpatrick may be out of a job. But my RB’s got it done — 18 points total.
Dereliction (yardage/PPR with bonuses for long TDs and FGs – 0-6 record): QB Russell Wilson, RB Chris Ivory, RB Ryan Mathews, TE Greg Olsen, TE Jimmy Graham, TE Delanie Walker, PK Dustin Hopkins, DEF Pittsburgh. Three tight ends didn’t work. Why? I left Eli Manning on my bench with 53 points. Of course, my opponent left Jay Ajayi on his bench, and he had 53 points. So it could have been tons worse.
NFFL (fractional scoring/PPR): QB Tom Brady, RB Gio Bernard, RB Frank Gore, WR Brandin Cooks, TE Travis Kelce, WR A.J. Green, PK Mason Crosby, DEF Detroit. A solid day, though it would have been even better had I started Golden Tate.
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