Miami Dolphins 20 Atlanta Falcons 17
Matt Ryan was the top scoring quarterback in fantasy football last season. He’s fallen off significantly through the first five games of 2017. Ryan threw for 248 yards with one touchdown and an interception against the Dolphins. Under new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, Ryan has six touchdowns and six interceptions in five games this season.
Extra Points: Julio Jones is another player who might want to speak to Sarkisian about the offense. Jones caught 6 of 7 targets for 72 yards on Sunday. He’s yet to score and only eclipsed 100-yards receiving once this season…Tight end Austin Hooper led the Falcons in targets with Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) inactive. Hooper caught 7 of 9 targets for 48 yards…Jay Ajayi had been struggling the last two weeks but broke out against the Falcons with 130 yards on 26 carries (5.0 YPC)…As expected with DeVante Parker (ankle) out, Jarvis Landry led the Dolphins in targets (14), receptions (8) and yards (62). He also added a touchdown.
Minnesota Vikings 23 Green Bay Packers 10
The big news from this game is the injury to Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers broke his collarbone when he was driven to the ground by the Vikings Anthony Barr. He’s expected to miss the rest of the season. It’s obviously a huge blow to both the Packers and fantasy owners. Brett Hundley replaced Rodgers and threw for 157 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Hundley will take over as Green Bay’s starter. It’s a downgrade to all the Packers skill position players.
Extra Points: We got our first look at a Packers backfield with both Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones. As feared, it’s a fantasy mess. Jones ran for 41 yards on 13 carries (3.2 YPC), while Montgomery carried the ball 10 times for 28 yards (2.8 YPC). Each player caught one pass. This situation will continue to be a headache for owners unless one separates from the other…Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams proved to be Hundley’s favorite targets. The two combined for 11 receptions on 19 targets for the game…Jerick McKinnon had his second big fantasy outing in a row. McKinnon racked up 99 total yards, caught five passes and scored twice. He only got one more carry than Latavius Murray (16-15) but Murray managed just 28 yards (1.9 YPC). McKinnon has been by far the more effective back in the two games since Dalvin Cook went down.
New Orleans Saints 52 Detroit Lions 38
In what is sure to go down as one of the craziest games of the year, the Lions almost erased a 45-10 deficit in the second half. There were five non-offensive touchdowns scored between the two teams. Mark Ingram led the way for the Saints with 114 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 25 carries (4.6 YPC). He also caught five passes for 36 yards.
Extra Points: With Adrian Peterson in Arizona, it was a two-man backfield for the Saints. Alvin Kamara gained 75 yards on 10 carries and caught four passes…Willie Snead played his first game of the year but was held to one reception for 11 yards. There will be better days for Snead but with all the wild plays in this game, Drew Brees only threw for 186 yards…Matthew Stafford had to throw the ball 52 times with the Lions trailing the entire game. He finished with 312 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions…Golden Tate (7 catches) and Marvin Jones (6 catches) each ended with 96 yards and a score.
New England Patriots 24 New York Jets 17
If you streamed Josh McCown this week against the struggling Patriots defense, it paid off. He threw for 354 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. New England’s defense can’t stop anyone right now. Until something changes, quarterbacks are an automatic start against them. Ryan will try to get right versus the Patriots in Week 7.
Extra Points: Tom Brady hasn’t been putting up huge fantasy numbers the last couple of weeks. He had another workman-like performance against the Jets. Brady threw for 257 yards with two touchdowns and an interception…Chris Hogan had scored in four straight games. That streak came to an end. Hogan put up a stinker on Sunday, catching just one pass for 19 yards…Dion Lewis was coming on the last two games but after a Mike Gillislee fumble, the Patriots leaned on him even more versus the Jets. Lewis ended with a season-high 11 carries for 52 yards (4.7 YPC), while Gillislee ran for 44 yards on 10 carries (4.4 YPC)…Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire split carries (9-10) with Bilal Powell (calf) inactive but neither player got anything going. They each ran for 22 yards…Austin Seferian-Jenkins finished with eight receptions for 46 yards and a score on 11 targets. He could have had a second touchdown but the officials ruled that he fumbled the ball out of bounds just before crossing the goal line. ASJ now has 18 receptions over the last three games.
Washington Redskins 26 San Francisco 49ers 24
Fantasy owners wanted Redskins running back Chris Thompson to get more touches. On Sunday, he got them. With Rob Kelley (ribs) inactive, Thompson ran the ball 16 times for 33 yards (2.1 YPC). He did most of his damage as a receiver catching four balls for 105 yards. It’s the second time this season that Thompson has gone over 100 yards as a receiver.
Extra Points: It’s just not happening for Terrelle Pryor. He scored his first touchdown of the season last week but it was back to normal against the 49ers. Despite a favorable matchup, Pryor finished with just three receptions for 23 yards…After a slow start, Brian Hoyer was benched in favor of rookie C.J. Beathard. Beathard completed 19 of 36 passes for 245 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Beathard will be the starter going forward for the 0-6 49ers…Carlos Hyde didn’t do much on the ground for the third straight game (13 carries, 28 yards) but he scored twice. Hyde also caught five passes for 47 yards…Beathard’s favorite receiver was clearly Pierre Garcon. Garcon saw a team-high 12 targets, catching five passes for 55 yards.
Chicago Bears 27 Baltimore Ravens 24 OT
Jordan Howard was facing a tough Ravens rush defense on paper. Luckily, he didn’t play the game on paper. Howard ran over the Ravens for 167 yards on 36 carries (4.6 YPC). Howard now has 243 yards rushing in his last two games.
Extra Points: The Bears don’t have much to work with at receiver so they utilized the tight end position against the Jaguars. Dion Sims and Zach Miller combined for four receptions, 67 yards and two touchdowns. Something to keep in mind is the Ravens struggle to cover tight ends. Two teams without strong tight ends – Chicago and Jacksonville – scored five touchdowns against Baltimore’s defense this year…The two defenses/special teams in this game combined for seven sacks, two interceptions, three fumble recoveries and three touchdowns…The Ravens backfield continues to be a mess. Alex Collins got 15 carries and gained 74 yards (4.9 YPC), while Javorius Allen finished with 49 yards on 10 carries (4.9 YPC). Allen added three receptions.
Houston Texans 33 Cleveland Browns 17
It was just another day at the office for rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson. He threw for 225 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Watson added 23 yards rushing. He’s locked-in as a weekly QB1 for the rest of the season.
Extra Points: Will Fuller caught two passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. How good has Fuller’s reception to touchdown ratio been this year? He has five touchdowns on eight receptions in three games…DeAndre Hopkins only caught two balls but fortunately for fantasy owners, one went for a touchdown. Hopkins now has six touchdown receptions on the season…The Texans used a committee backfield approach against the Browns. Lamar Miller got 15 carries and gained 41 yards (2.7 YPC). D’Onta Foreman gained 59 yards on 12 carries (4.9 YPC). Miller also caught three passes for 40 yards. Miller is the starter but there will be games when Foreman eats into his workload…The Browns did nothing offensively. The Texans defense was all over Kevin Hogan, sacking him four times and picking him off three times…Duke Johnson had a disappointing day, finishing with only three receptions and 39 total yards.
Arizona Cardinals 38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33
The Cardinals traded a sixth-round draft pick to the Saints for Adrian Peterson last week. It’s only one game but it looks like Arizona should be arrested for robbery. Peterson exploded in his debut with the Cardinals for 134 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries (5.2 YPC). The Cardinals got a big lead in this game. It will be interesting to see if Peterson continues to see 20+ carries going forward but the important thing is he looked good.
Extra Points: Carson Palmer was red-hot on Sunday, completing his first 14 passes. He finished 18 of 22 for 283 yards with three touchdowns and one interception…The Buccaneers defense entered the game allowing the most fantasy points to opposing receivers. That ranking isn’t going to improve. Larry Fitzgerald ripped the Buccaneers defense for 10 receptions, 138 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets…Jameis Winston left the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury and didn’t return. Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Winston. He almost led the Buccaneers to a big comeback, throwing for 290 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions… A late touchdown saved Mike Evans’ fantasy day. He finished with three catches, 95 yards and a touchdown.
Los Angeles Rams 27 Jacksonville Jaguars 17
This game featured two of the most productive running backs in the NFL and neither disappointed on Sunday. Todd Gurley rushed for 116 yards on 23 carries (5.0), while Leonard Fournette gained 130 yards and scored on 21 carries (6.2 YPC).
Extra Points: Those two weren’t the only two running backs who made a fantasy impact in this game. Chris Ivory contributed as a receiver. He led the Jaguars with a team-high nine receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown…Jared Goff didn’t have his best day but the Rams still found a way to win. Goff completed just 11 passes for 124 yards with one touchdown and an interception against a tough Jaguars pass defense…The Rams traded for Sammy Watkins this summer. You have to wonder why. It’s hard to believe Watkins is doing less in LA than he did in Buffalo but it’s true. Watkins caught one pass for 11 yards. He has two receptions for 28 yards in his last three games. If his name wasn’t “Sammy Watkins” he would be on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Pittsburgh Steelers 19 Kansas City Chiefs 13
The Steelers dealt the Chiefs their first loss of the year thanks in large part to Le’Veon Bell. Bell rushed 32 times for 179 yards and a touchdown (5.6 YPC). He added three receptions.
Extra Points: It was all Antonio Brown in the passing game. Brown hauled in 8 of 10 targets for 155 yards and a touchdown. Brown has 18 receptions for 312 yards in two games since throwing his sideline tantrum…Martavis Bryant caught two passes for 27 yards. He shouldn’t be started in any format right now unless you’re extremely desperate. Bryant has 10 receptions for 96 yards in his last three games…The Steelers defense shut down Kareem Hunt on the ground. Hunt was held to just 21 yards on nine carries (2.3 YPC). Hunt did make an impact as a receiver though, catching five balls for 89 yards…The Steelers have been tough on receivers this season and that continued against Tyreek Hill. Hill caught five passes for only 34 yards.
Los Angeles Chargers 17 Oakland Raiders 16
A Philip Rivers/Derek Carr matchup can produce fireworks. This wasn’t one of those times. Rivers threw for 268 yards and one touchdown, while Carr was held to 171 yards, one touchdown and an interception in his first game after returning from a back injury.
Extra Points: Melvin Gordon was the main offensive weapon for the Chargers. Gordon rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries (3.3 YPC). He also caught nine balls for 67 yards and a score…Hunter Henry is starting to get out of his early season slump. Henry caught 5 of 7 targets for 90 yards. He has eight receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown in his last two games…Where have you gone Amari Cooper? Cooper caught five passes for 28 yards. He hasn’t topped 60 yards or scored since Week 1. There’s no reason to have Cooper in your starting lineup right now.
New York Giants 23 Denver Broncos 10
In the biggest stunner of Week 6, the 0-5 Giants ran over the NFL’s top rushing defense. Orleans Darkwa rushed for a career-high 117 yards on 21 carries (5.6 YPC) to help lead the Giants to their first win of the season.
Extra Points: The Giants came into Denver with no proven receivers. They didn’t need them. New York won the game with basically two players; Darkwa and tight end Evan Engram. Engram caught five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. Darkwa and Engram accounted for 212 of the Giants 266 total yards Sunday night…Trevor Siemian threw for 376 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. One interception was returned for a touchdown…The Broncos couldn’t get anything going on the ground. C.J. Anderson (9 carries, 17 yards) was completely shut down. As a team, the Broncos ran for 46 yards on 17 carries (2.7 YPC)…Emmanuel Sanders left the game with a leg injury and didn’t return. Demaryius Thomas had his best outing of the season. Thomas caught 10 of 14 targets for 133 yards.