Week 6 is on the rise. We have the known fantasy studs for the season (Devontae Adams), we have known players who are struggling (Allen Robinson), and we have the 2021 rookies (Chase, Smith and Toney) who are crushing it. So who do you target? The veteran guy who needs to get right with a TD, the rookie who you need to pay up? Or is it someone just flying under the radar you might be able to sneak in a package deal.
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QB: Joe Burrow
The Chase, Burrow connection is real. It was talked about in the NFL draft, reuniting with his favorite WR target in the NFL. The next 3 weeks are a pivotal moment for those who are down on their luck this season (0-5). Detroit, Baltimore and New York Jets. In week 5, Burrow completed 26 of 38 passing attempts. He has 2 TD’s every game. I think it is safe to say Burrow can’t “dud” you a week, but his upside isn’t even being tapped into yet.
Honorable mention: Ryan Tannehill- The QB 21 on the year might be on your waiver wire in your league, and his schedule is opening up and his starting WR’s are getting healthy.
RB: Darrell Henderson
Imagine having a bye week in week 3 when nobody else did. Basically Henderson’s injury is a top 15 RB with missing a week, ahead of Myles Gaskin, Chase Edmonds and Lenoard Fournette. He would be top 10 if he wasn’t out week 3. Playing only 66% of the running back snaps, he still managed his highest workload on the season, while only seeing 1 target. With the next weeks bye weeks taking out some of the big names, Henderson has the opportunity to be the RB 1 in the next few weeks.
Honorable mention: Josh Jacobs- Quietly saw 10 targets in the past 2 games. I think the new head coach for the Las Vegas Raiders will keep it simple running the ball, open up the passing game where he sees fit. Jacobs will be a staple going forward.
WR: Stefon Diggs
1 TD on the year for the 27 year old wide out is quite surprising. The good news, TD progression is looking to fall his way, especially this week against the Tennessee Titians. He is a reliable safe floor each week but we haven’t seen a 20 point fantasy game in the 2021 season. Last week, he should have scored on the touchdown but fell a bit short show boating it. I believe Allen will look his way this week, letting him go over 100 yards for the 2nd time this year and 2 TD’s. His teammate, Emanuel Sanders, might be on a hot streak right now, but the alpha on the team will get his time to shine.
Honorable mention Jaylen Waddle- This is only if Tua is back. Tua and Waddle’s connection was starting to grow prior to Tua’s injury. I believe this rookie is a great buy low target for going forward. The schedule is juicy for the Dolphins coming up: Jacksonville, Atlanta. If you can move a Jerry Jeudy for a Jaylen Waddle I think you are getting a good deal.
I am buying the injury dip on the 6’5 TE. He started off the year strong with back to back 20 point plus performances and has left a bad taste in the fantasy manager’s mouth for the past 3 weeks not even surpassing 10 points. Not very often do you get a chance to get a top 3 TE at a lower price than you got him on draft day. With Kyle Pitts on a bye, you might be able to sneak him off a manager’s radar and use Hockenson this week. Hockenson is a safe option and can get you out of TE purgatory should you need to.
Honorable mention Hunter Henry- Well we wanted this to be Jonnu Smith but it looks like Hunter Henry is the fantasy TE you want to have if you need to start someone on the Patriots. Seeing at least 3 targets in every game this year, Mac Jones is looking his way more and more each week. You can’t go wrong starting Henry this week against Dallas who will be blitzing and needs Jones to get the ball out quickly.