Week 6 Review: All Hail King Henry
We are officially one-third of the way through the NFL season, and week after week we are spoiled with excellent primetime matchups featuring major fantasy implications. Week six was no different from that aspect but differed in a few other areas.
We got our first bye weeks, some balls were kicked through the uprights, and sources have indicated that Urban Meyer flew home with the team this week.
Despite some unordinary events from week six, we got plenty of drama and intrigue on the field and in your virtual box score. Let’s review the action.
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I mentioned Kirk Cousins on the podcast this week as a QB riser and talked him up prior to the start of the season as a great value. After tossing three touchdowns on 373 yards in an overtime victory against the Panthers, Cousins is the QB10 on the season. You like that!? I’m guessing you do like that if you bought into Cousins this season as I did.
He continues to rely heavily on Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson but is also supporting breakout seasons for K.J. Osborn and Tyler Conklin. His lack of mobility prevents him from being truly elite, but is as reliable and consistent as they come, perfect for your QB2 spot and certainly a viable QB1. Following the Vikings bye next week, their next five matchups will be against the Cowboys, Ravens, Chargers, Packers, and 49ers. A tough stretch, but each of those matchups has shootout potential, keeping him in the low-end QB1 mix.
The Cowboy's offense has been extremely efficient this season, nearly too efficient to support all the weapons they boast in the passing game. Prescott has attempted just 32 or fewer passes in four of the team's six contests. Despite that, Prescott is sitting at QB8 after Sunday’s performance of 445 yards and three touchdowns on 51 attempts, good for 26.8 points. The Cowboys signal-caller struggled in week two with just 7.48 points, but if you remove that outing from the equation, he would be the QB5 with a per-game average of 24.4. They all count, of course, but when Mike McCarthy unleashes Dak he delivers.
After finishing Thursday’s contest with 25 points, Hurts remains the only QB to top 20 points in every game this season. He now sits at QB4 on the season with 147.2 points, trailing Kyler Murray as QB3 by .04 points. It’s becoming redundant to tell you that Hurts’ mobility gives him a solid floor even when the passing game isn’t rolling, but he proved it yet again this week. He found the endzone three times on Thursday, once through the air and twice on the ground, giving him four rushing touchdowns in his last two games. He completed just 12 passes for 115 yards, as Head Coach and first-time play-caller Nick Sirianni seemingly only asks the QB to throw screen passes or throw deep downfield. I don’t believe Sirianni is doing Hurts any favors, but the product on the field is still leading to fantasy points, so managers can’t complain too much.
After missing the last three weeks with a rib injury, Tua returned to action in London this week, making his third start of the season but just his second full game. There have been a lot of questions surrounding Tua’s abilities after he failed to show signs that he was ready to take a step forward, but perhaps his strong showing on Sunday will allow for some breathing room. The Alabama product topped 300 yards for the third time in his young career, throwing for 329 yards and two touchdowns while adding 22 rushing yards. His 21.36 fantasy points were good enough for QB11 on the week. It wasn’t an elite performance by any means, but a step in the right direction, especially playing across the pond against a Jaguars team who has more fans in London than all of America.
“All my f***ing life, I own you” Rodgers shouted to the crowd at Soldier Field after rushing for a touchdown on Sunday. This is a family-friendly article, so I’ll let you decipher what the word is that’s edited for the benefit of our PG13 audience, but Rodgers didn’t hold back as he celebrated his third touchdown of the game. He posted just 195 yards passing to go with two touchdowns, adding 19 yards and a score on the ground. Last year's MVP has been quite good since barely clearing one point in week 1, accounting for 14 touchdowns in the last five games. With 23.7 points on Sunday, he has recorded at least 19 points in every game following week 1. The yardage total was lower than what we’re accustomed to from Rodgers, but I expect that to get back on track next week when the Football Team visits Green Bay.
Stafford notched his second, four-touchdown game of the season on Sunday while completing 22 of 28 passes en route to 251 yards. After joining boy wonder, Sean McVay, in Los Angeles, it should come as no surprise that Stafford is playing some of the best football of his career. He’s already thrown for 16 touchdown passes with just four interceptions and can be fully trusted as a QB1. There’s no doubt he will be creating fireworks next week when his old club visits the city of angels.
While I prefer to write glowing reviews after a positive performance, you may want to skip ahead if that’s what you’re looking for here. If you listened to last weeks episode of the Fantasy Scouts podcast, you know Matt Nein had Mayfield pegged as his biggest dynasty QB faller, and we saw why on Sunday. Benefiting from a 57-yard hail mary to end the first half, Mayfield finished the loss against Arizona with 234 passing yards and two touchdowns while mixing in two fumbles and an interception. He’s supposed to be steering the ship for a Super Bowl contender, but if that ship is the Titanic, opposing defenses are the iceberg. Clearing 300 yards only twice and 20 fantasy points just once, Mayfield should not be considered in your starting lineup outside of two QB leagues.
Murray has accounted for 17 total touchdowns this season after tallying four passing scores in a win on Sunday against the Browns. He only ran for six yards in this one, and his 229 passing yards were nothing to write home about, but he continues to rack up fantasy points. What makes Murray’s 25.76 fantasy points on Sunday even more impressive is that he did it without his Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator. Sean Kugler, the teams run game coordinator called plays for the Cardinals, but even if they handed those duties to Big Red, the team’s mascot, it still wouldn’t have mattered. Murray is an elite option every week, but especially in a plush matchup against the Texans in week 7.
Other QB Notes
Justin Herbert produced just 11 fantasy points on Sunday while the Charger's offense struggled as a whole. I fully expect him to bounce back in week 8 following the team’s bye next week. It’s unclear whether or not Sam Darnold was seeing ghosts on Sunday in Minnesota, but after tallying just 15.08 fantasy points, he’s scored just 21.16 over the last two weeks combined. Let’s hope he bounces back against a soft Giants defense next week. Patrick Mahomes threw two more interceptions on Sunday, bringing him to eight on the season, two more than he threw all last season. He still threw for 397 yards, and despite the many gifts he’s been handing out to his opponents, he’s currently QB1 on the season. Joe Burrow managed his best fantasy output of the season, throwing for 271 yards and three touchdowns on his way to 22.84 fantasy points. After starting the season hot, Derek Carr struggled the last two weeks but got his groove back on Sunday to the tune of 341 passing yards, two scores, and 21.54 fantasy points. Daniel Jones scored just 4.08 more fantasy points than I did this week and failed to best hit week 5 total in which he exited the game in the second quarter.