LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Week 6 of fantasy football is now in the books! Some new faces made the leader list this week along with some returning faces as well. Several players boomed with fantasy production and others busted dramatically. Let us focus on the boom players! Welcome back to Fantasy Football Leader Breakdown, where the top three quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends will be analyzed and broken down from their latest matchup.
Quarterback #1 – Deshaun Watson = 32 Fantasy Points (STD)
Houston Texans quarterback, Deshaun Watson, had his best game of the 2020 season in the overtime loss against the Tennessee Titans. Watson threw 28 for 37 passes for 335 yards and four touchdown passes. Watson also used his legs and ran 26 yards on the ground. With having a monster game, Watson hauled in 32 fantasy points, making him the QB leader for Week 6 of fantasy football. After a shaky start, owners should feel confident starting Watson no matter the matchup. Watson and the Texans take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in Week 7, and it should be a great game.
Projected Points for Week 7 = 21.3
Lucas’ Projections = 25.6
Quarterback #2 – Matt Ryan = 31.64 Fantasy Points (STD)
Matt Ryan has been struggling when it comes to fantasy production this year. However, with having the well-known receiver, Julio Jones, Matt Ryan came out hot and dominated in the 40-23 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Ryan went 30 for 40, throwing for 371 yards and four touchdowns. Ryan had a monster performance and fantasy owners who started him were pleased. However, with having a rough start, it was likely Ryan was benched or dropped in some fantasy leagues. Ryan has been having a streaky year. It is important to pay attention to Ryan’s matchups and to see if Julio Jones can stay healthy, as he is a major factor in Ryan’s fantasy point pile. The Falcons take on the Lions in Week 7, so it can be safe to start Ryan.
Projected Points for Week 7 = 19.7
Lucas’ Projections = 23.7
Quarterback #3 – Carson Wentz = 29.42 Fantasy Points (STD)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz made it to the leader list this week. The Eagles may have just come up short in their loss to the Ravens, but Wentz showed off his talent, benefiting fantasy owners. Wentz struggled the first three-quarters of Week 6’s matchup, but the fourth quarter is where he shined. The quarterback completed 21 of his 40 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Wentz used his legs as well, adding 49 yards on the ground and another score! Wentz overall played well, but it was easy to see his struggles. He would be a desperate start. Wentz and the Eagles take on the Giants in the Thursday Night Football matchup.
Projected Points for Week 7 = 17.4
Lucas’ Projections = 24.3
Running back # 1 – Derrick Henry = 38.4 Fantasy Points (STD)
Titans running back, Derrick Henry was truly a king in the overtime win against the Texans. The monster running back rushed 22 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Henry also caught two targets for 52 yards in the 42-36 win. Henry is averaging 117.6 yards per game on the ground, and it is likely he will maintain this average. Henry is everything a fantasy owner wants in a running back, and he should always be started, even with a tough matchup in Week 7 against the top Steelers defense.
Projected Points for Week 7 = 18.3
Lucas’ Projections = 16.5
Running back #2 – Kenyan Drake = 28.4 Fantasy Points (STD)
Cardinals running back, Kenyan Drake, has had a disappointing fantasy year so far. He has his ups, but mainly downs through 5 weeks. However, Drake shined on Monday Night Football as he ran all over the weak Cowboys defense in the 38-10 blowout victory. Fantasy owners have been waiting for Drake’s breakout game and the Cardinal running back finally delivered. Drake rushed the ball 20 times for 164 yards and two touchdowns. This was Drake’s first game rushing over 100 yards. As Drake has been a slow start for fantasy owners, hopefully, this breakout game is a sign for good things to come. Drake should continue to be rostered as he has been getting major volume in the Cardinals offense.
Projected Points for Week 7 = 11.3
Lucas’ Projections = 9
Running back #3 – D’Andre Swift = 24.3 Fantasy Points (STD)
The Lions rookie running back, D’Andre Swift, had a breakout game against the Jaguars. Swift carried the ball 14 times for a total of 116 yards and two touchdowns in the 34-16 victory. The 21-year-old had a rough start to his NFL career but now seems to be getting the hang of things. The development of Swift is pleasing to fantasy owners and the future is bright for this young running back. As the Lions take on the Falcons in Week 7, it can be expected that Swift sees more touches, boosting his fantasy production. Swift can be started as a low RB2 or desperate FLX in Week 7.
Projected Points for Week 7 = 10.1
Lucas’ Projections = 15.6
Wide receiver #1 – Justin Jefferson = 30.6 Fantasy Points (STD)
Justin Jefferson continues to be a big part of the Vikings offense. The Vikings rookie caught nine passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns in the 40-23 L. Jefferson had a down week in Week 6, as he only brought in 23 receiving yards. However, Jefferson exploded in Week 7, tallying up 30.6 fantasy points! Jefferson now has 23 receptions for 467 yards and three touchdowns in his last four games. This young rook can be considered a WR2 or FLX option in Week 7’s matchup against the Packers.
Projected Points for Week 7 = BYE
Lucas’ Projections = BYE
Wide receiver #2 – Julio Jones = 25.7 Fantasy Points (STD)
After missing Week 5 due to injury, Julio Jones came out hungry in Week 6’s win against the Vikings. Jones finished the game with eight receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns. While being targeted 10 times, Jones looked to be his old self. Jones made it clear why fantasy managers should draft him early on, but his hamstring injury is still concerning. Keep an eye on Jones’ practice reports, but if he remains healthy, he is easily a WR1 and should be started because of his talent and target share.
Projected Points for Week 7 = 11.7
Lucas’ Projections = 16.2
Wide receiver #3 – Christian Kirk = 20.6 Fantasy Points (STD)
Cardinals wide receiver, Christian Kirk, came up big for fantasy owners in the Monday night blowout against the Cowboys. Kirk only had two receptions in the game. Luckily, those two receptions counted big for fantasy, as they were two touchdown receptions. Kirk pulled in a six-yard touchdown reception and a whopping 80-ard touchdown reception, totaling 86 yards on the night. This was extremely unexpected, and as it is easy to see with only two receptions, Kirk would be a boom-bust player starting in the future. Kirk can be considered a WR3 or desperate FLX going forward.
Projected Points for Week 7 = 6.5
Lucas’ Projections = 4.3
Tight end #1 – Trey Burton = 17.9 Fantasy Points (STD)
Indianapolis Colts tight end, Trey Burton, had a massive fantasy game in Week 6’s win against the Bengals. Burton hauled in four catches for 58 yards and a touchdown. Burton also added one rushing touchdown to his fantasy point pile. Burton has returned from injury and is making a statement that he is clearly the number one tight end on the team. It is unlikely that Burton will have another massive game like this, but he can be considered a tight end on fantasy rosters moving forward.
Projected Points for Week 7 = BYE
Lucas’ Projections = BYE
Tight end #2 – Anthony Firkser = 17.3 Fantasy Points (STD)
The Tennessee Titans are loaded with offensive weapons. The Titans agreed on a one-year contract extension with Firkser, and he came up big in Week 6’s matchup against the Texans. Firkser caught eight of nine targets for 113 yards and a touchdown in the 42-36 overtime win. The reasoning behind Firkser’s playing time formed as Jonnu Smith left the game due to injury. If Smith remains out, Firkser could be a starting option. However, it will be important to keep an eye on practice reports with Smith.
Projected Points for Week 7 = 3.1
Lucas’ Projections = 5.7
Tight end #3 – George Kittle = 16.9 Fantasy Points (STD)
George Kittle came up big in the Sunday night win over the Rams. Kittle caught seven of his targets for 109 yards and a touchdown. Kittle was the team’s high in targets. This encouraging performance left fantasy owners smiling as big things are usually expected with this tight end. Kittle will remain a must-start in the future, no matter the matchup. Kittle takes on the Patriots in Week 7 and should receive a hefty amount of volume.
Projected Points for Week 7 = 11.0
Lucas’ Projections = 16.4
Week 6 is completed, and Week 7 is approaching fast with Thursday Night Football starting up again. Keep an eye on injuries and practice reports when adjusting your lineups. Also, pay attention to the waivers as some key players will be beneficial to fantasy teams. Fingers crossed for no COVID-19 complications and good luck in Week 7!