Week 6 had a lot in store for fantasy managers with some shocking breakout games from Donovan Peoples-Jones, who scored twice on the day, and J.D. McKissic, who saw ten targets in the air. Even Tua Tagovailoa had a solid day, despite losing to the horrendous Jacksonville Jaguars. Hopefully, this week was another win for your fantasy team. Regardless, you can check out the Lineups fantasy football rankings & projections pages to help you decide what your next move should be, as every team can improve.
Carson Wentz – Indianapolis Colts
Average % Rostered: 18.1%, FAAB: 3%
Let’s face it. Wentz isn’t the most attractive fantasy quarterback nor the most talented; however, Wentz has displayed QB2 production the last three weeks, despite having limited weapons and an offensive line that isn’t sure who they should be blocking. Now, T.Y. Hilton is back, giving the Colts another legitimate receiving threat, which was a huge void in that offense. The offense line has also seemed to figure out some chemistry and resiliency. Wentz should provide solid QB2 production for your bench for the remainder of the season. His 400-yard game against the Baltimore Ravens is too much to ignore. Even this week, he threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns, despite leaning heavily on the run game late because of the huge lead they had.
Tua Tagovailoa – Miami Dolphins
Average % Rostered: 25.3%, FAAB: 4%
Tua and the Dolphins lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars. That is about the worst thing a team in the NFL can do in 2021. Still, Tagovailoa threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns on his way to a strong fantasy outing. Miami will struggle this year and, therefore, will be playing from behind a good portion of the time. Since the Dolphins have absolutely no running game, they will need to rely on Tagovailoa to throw the ball a ton. It is hard to see them moving away from that. Tua maintains high-end QB2 potential for the mere fact that Miami has no one else to lean on.
J.D. McKissic – Washington Football Team
Average % Rostered: 46.2%, FAAB: 3%
It’s time. I’m sorry, Antonio Gibson-backers (myself, included), but it is time for us to give up on that McCaffrey-level output we expected at the beginning of the season. McKissic has so much burst and explosiveness that his value in PPR leagues may even top out at RB2 if Washington keeps using him in this role. His ten targets in Week 6 could end up becoming more normal than an outlier.
Michael Carter – New York Jets
Average % Rostered: 60.3%, FAAB: 4%
I try not to include players whose roster percentage is over 50%; however, if Michael Carter is still available in your league, you need to grab him. With the second half of the NFL season quickly approaching, stick him on your bench and wait. He could have a breakout last few games of the regular season and just in time to provide that extra burst to win your fantasy league.
T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts
Average % Rostered: 23.8%, FAAB: 4%
T.Y. Hilton returned for the first time since his preseason neck injury. Hilton didn’t miss a beat, catching all four of his targets for 80 yards, including one deep ball that was right on the money from Carson Wentz. He has been known as a conqueror of the Texans, but even still, you have to take this as a good sign as he showed little signs of rust. As he continues to re-acclimate, Hilton will be a more valuable fantasy player once again. Wentz should look for him early and often in an offense that needs a lot of help. Expect WR3 production from Hilton, and if he is available, he will be worth it in deeper leagues.
Donovan Peoples-Jones – Cleveland Browns
Average % Rostered: 1.2%, FAAB: 4%
Peoples-Jones has had back-to-back strong outings for the Cleveland Browns. The Browns missed several key pieces in their offense in Week 6, including Jarvis Landry. He has now established himself as a legitimate threat in this offense after a massive two-touchdown game against the Cardinals. Despite Cleveland otherwise struggling against Arizona, Peoples-Jones did everything in his power to keep it in the game. As long as Landry isn’t on the field, Peoples-Jones is a legitimate WR3 play.
Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals
Average % Rostered: 25.1%, FAAB: 3%
Kirk had nearly laid a goose egg in Week 4 against the Los Angeles Rams; however, in the other five games he has played in, his results have been WR3 worthy. Therefore, it comes as a bit of a surprise to see him available in three-fourths of ESPN fantasy leagues through six weeks of the season. It is clear that the Arizona Cardinals are one of the best teams in the NFL and boast an elite offense, so Kirk should be on every manager’s radar. In the Cardinals’ Week 6 matchup, Kirk caught five of his eight targets for 75 yards and one touchdown. Fantasy managers would love that performance every week from even a WR2. Even though there are several viable options weekly for the Cardinals, Kirk remains a solid play in deeper leagues, and you should grab him as bye weeks have now started. Don’t get caught without a reliable WR option off the bench because you didn’t do enough homework.
Ricky Seals-Jones – Washington Football Team
Average % Rostered: 20%, FAAB: 3%
Seals-Jones is coming off back-to-back solid, low-end TE1 numbers. In Week 5, he could only reel in five of the nine targets but still had 41 yards. Let’s not downplay how significant nine targets are for a tight-end, though. Now, this week was even better as he snagged four of his six targets for 58 yards and one touchdown. It is incredibly promising that he has immediately received similar volume totals that Logan Thomas received before his injury. Seals-Jones is a terrific pickup no matter what your tight-end situation looks like because there is always a bye week. If you are struggling at the position, he could put a band-aid on your problems, at least until Logan Thomas returns.
Mo Alie-Cox – Indianapolis Colts
Average % Rostered: 2.0%, FAAB: 1%
Mo Alie-Cox has seemed to solidify himself as TE1 for the Indianapolis Colts. You should definitely snag Ricky Seals-Jones first, if possible, but Alie-Cox does have upside. He has three straight games hovering around ten points in PPR leagues, and sometimes that is enough to compete. While Alie-Cox is unlikely to explode for huge games, Wentz does seem to find him to be a valuable option in the offense, especially in the red zone, as he has three touchdowns in the past three games.