Week 6 was the comeback week of the old fashioned smash-mouth running game. As the NFL continues to evolve, morph and innovate, teams that pack a running game seemed to dominate Week 6. The Colts, 49ers, Raiders, and Packers provided dominating run games and led to big victories. Most innovative fantasy leagues are now of the PPR variety, and a majority of fantasy players are keen on reception data. Some of the Week 6 standouts did not necessarily dominate the reception data but did dominate fantasy box scores.
With all the options and a surplus of data being thrown at fantasy players these days, I'll try to provide the cliff notes version in a simple format. The players listed are not always the most obvious, and many can be acquired via reasonable trades and even waivers in some leagues. That being said, here are 16 data standouts that you should consider adding to build roster depth and fill missing holes in your fantasy teams.
49ers RB Matt Breida: 34.2 snap percentage / 11.5 target percentage / 53.8 touch percentage
Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay: 45.9% / 14.3% / 67.9%
49ers RB Tevin Coleman: 34.2% / 0% / 61.5%
Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds: 35.1% / 14.8% / 40.7%
Patriots RB Sony Michel: 48.7% / 7.9% / 50%
Raiders RB Josh Jacobs: 68.5% / 8% / 58%
Bucs RB Peyton Barber: 33.9% / 5% / 45%
Eagles RB Jordan Howard: 42.6% / 0% / 44.8%
Jaguars WR DJ Chark: 81% / 16.2% / 11.8%
Chiefs WR Brian Pringle: 77.8% / 18.4% / 12.2%
Bears RB David Montgomery: 34.2% / 11.5% / 53.8%
Broncos WR Courtland Sutton: 83.6% / 13.7% / 7.8%
Cowboys WR Michael Gallup: 86.1% / 22.6% / 11.3%
Colts RB Marlon Mack: 66.7% / 5.6% / 59.3%
Giants WR Darius Slayton: 34.2% / 11.5% / 53.8%
Texans RB Carlos Hyde: 64.4% / 2.1% / 44.7%
Phillip Lindsay appears on the list for the second week in a row. Last week, he had the data and opportunities, but his fantasy points did not equate, and he could have been acquired for cheap via trade. But after a powerful Week 5 performance, Lindsay should be targeted via trade. The Broncos run game continues to be the emphasis of their offense. Lindsay's touch percentage was an astounding 67.9%.
You'll find two 49ers running backs on the list in Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman. In Shanahan's offense, two RBs have generally prevailed, and San Francisco dominated Cleveland on Monday Night Football behind Breida’s and Coleman’s big plays. Stocking up on 49ers RBs is a conservative move that could pay dividends and provide your roster RB depth. Coleman’s and Breida’s touch percentages (61.5% an 53.8%, respectively) should be duly noted.
Arizona continues to be a productive team for fantasy players. With WR Christian Kirk out against the Bengals with an ankle injury, many fantasy players were rushing to pick up various Cardinal wide receivers. The second-year RB Chase Edmonds ended up being the winner in Week 5. That trend might not be a trend, and Edmonds is worth a look. In my opinion, the NFL RB2 is often more talented at receiving than teams WR3 and WR4.
With veteran RB Rex Burkhead missing Week 5, second-year Sony Michel saw an uptick in usage. Michel remains a gifted runner on a team that's going to be leading and closing out many games. He is an excellent long-term play.
Jon Gruden's Raiders are coming into form, and their identity involves running the rock. Josh Jacobs is the workhorse RB in terms of opportunities that your roster could be currently missing.
Last week it was Ronald Jones on the list, and this week it's Peyton Barber. It's a gamble on which Bucs RB will get the touchdowns, but investing in both backs is cheap, and if one goes down, the other will be a top-20 RB.
Jordan Howard is not flashy or sexy at the RB position, but he's paying the fantasy bills in the Eagles offense with an impressive five touchdowns in three games.
Bears RB David Montgomery could be a cheap target on the bye week. Badger the owner saying Montgomery only has two touchdowns and hasn't scored more than 14 fantasy points. Chicago will continue to increase his usage, and Soldier Field is a running back palace late in the year as the weather turns.
Is Courtland Sutton is the best fantasy WR you don't know? Did you know Sutton has double-digit fantasy points in four of five games played?
Before Michael Gallup missed back-to-back games, he was emerging as a premier WR2 in the Cowboys offense. The fact he battled back from injury is also something that shouldn't be overlooked. Gallup in three games played is averaging: 9.6 targets, 6.83 receptions, and 113 receiving yards.