The sixth Sunday of the NFL season was once again the day of the underdog, as the Jets, Texans, 49ers, and Steelers pulled off upsets the experts out in Vegas didn't expect. We witnessed a day where five quarterbacks threw for 300-plus yards, six wide receivers went over 100 yards receiving, and five running backs hit the century mark in rushing. Owners happily welcomed back Jets QB Sam Darnold, Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill and Chargers TE Hunter Henry, who all returned with big performances.
Let's take a look back at the week that was.
Welcome Back Party
Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs
Fantasy owners welcomed back one of the best players in fantasy football for the first time since the first quarter of Week 1. Hill rewarded his owners with 25 PPR points, hauling in five grabs on 10 targets for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Fantasy owners will be looking forward to employing one of the best wide receivers on Thursday night, when the Chiefs head to Mile High to take on the Broncos in an AFC West showdown.
Sam Darnold, QB, Jets
Darnold finally made his eagerly awaited return from mono after missing the past four weeks. The second-year QB was outstanding, throwing for 338 yards and two touchdowns in leading the touchdown-underdog Jets to their first win of the season. But things won’t get easier for Darnold in Week 7 when the Jets play host to the undefeated Patriots on Monday Night Football.
Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers
If that was the “limited” version of Henry, as we were told to expect, then opposing defenses will be on their heels when he is at full strength. Henry caught eight of nine targets for 100 yards and two touchdowns in his first game action since going down with a knee injury Week 1. Owners can safely start Henry with confidence going forward.
Surprise of the Week
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles
Jeffery was a bright spot in a down day for the Eagles in Week 6. The veteran wideout caught 10 of his 12 targets for 76 yards and a touchdown, en route to 23.6 PPR points. Jeffery will look to continue his strong play against a struggling Cowboys defense next Sunday. The boys out in Vegas expect the scoreboard to light up on Sunday night down in Jerry’s World with an opening total of 49 points.
Derrick Henry, WR, Titans
The veteran running back, who had posted double-digit PPR fantasy points in every game before Sunday, was brutal on the road against the Broncos. Henry, who was started in over 97% of leagues, managed only 33 total yards from scrimmage, despite getting 16 touches. Henry will look to get back on track against a Chargers defense that was just torched by James Conner and Benny Snell Jr. on Sunday night. Owners can expect a nice bounceback when Henry and the Titans return home in Week 7.
Tyler Boyd, WR, Bengals
Boyd posted his worst stat line of the season, just one week after posting his season-best (28.3 PPR fantasy points in Week 5 against Arizona). Boyd caught only three of his seven targets yesterday for a woeful 10 yards. It was a disastrous game for a player who was started in over 90% of leagues against the Ravens. Things may not get any better for Boyd when the Bengals return home in Week 7 for a tough matchup against the Jaguars.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings
Cousins performed at an elite level for the first time this season on Sunday against the Eagles. Cousins, started in less than 20% of leagues in Week 6, passed for 333 yards and a league-best four touchdowns en route to posting 31.65 fantasy points for owners in the SI Fantasy Football World Championships. Cousins finally connected with star wide receiver Stefon Diggs one week after he Adam Thielen finally got back on track. Cousins, who now has six touchdown passes in his last two games, will look to continue his strong play on the road against the Lions.
Top Running Back
Nick Chubb, RB, Browns
The second-year back was outstanding once again in Week 6 versus Seattle, rushing for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Chubb has been the lone bright spot this season for Cleveland, despite running behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines. Chubb, who has gained 100 yards from scrimmage in three of his last four games, posted 29.9 PPR fantasy points against the Seahawks. Owners will lose the services of fantasy football’s overall RB4 in Week 7, as the Browns head to their bye looking to right the ship from a 2-4 start.
Top Wide Receiver
Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings
To put Diggs’ performance on Sunday in perspective, his 45.5 PPR fantasy points against the Eagles was slightly less than his first five games combined (47.3). Diggs brought in seven of his 11 targets for 167 yards and three touchdowns, in the breakout game his fantasy owners have been yearning for. It was the second time in the last three games that Diggs has gone over the century mark in receiving. Owners will be looking for more of the same in Week 7 when the Vikings head on the road to take on the Lions.
The New Sheriff In Town
Terry McLaurin, WR, Redskins
McLaurin is becoming a fantasy star in his rookie season and once again rewarded owners in Week 6 with double-digit PPR fantasy points for the fourth time in five games. His 26 PPR fantasy points were a personal season-high, after grabbing four of seven targets for 100 yards and two touchdowns. His 408 receiving yards leads all rookies. Fantasy owners will be looking for another strong outing in Week 7 when Washington returns home to take on San Francisco.
Burned By Injury
Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys
The star wide receiver who came into Sunday as fantasy's overall WR4 crushed his owners in Week 6 against the Jets. Cooper made only one reception for three yards before being forced from the game with a quad injury. Owners will be hoping Cooper can return to action next Sunday when the Cowboys return home in a plus-matchup against a struggling Eagles secondary.
Will Dissly, TE, Seahawks
Dissly had become one of fantasy football's biggest surprises, emerging as a favorite target of Russell Wilson. Heading into Week 6, Dissly had become fantasy's overall TE6 after three straight double-digit performances. However, if the early reports are accurate, then Dissly may be lost for the season with an Achilles injury. Owners will be waiting with bated breath for a positive word that the emerging tight has not suffered a second straight season-ending injury.
Stop and Take Notice
Adrian Peterson, RB, Redskins
We highlighted Peterson in our streaming feature last week that Peterson deserved strong consideration as an RB2/flex start in his matchup with Miami. Peterson did not disappoint with his first 100-yard rushing effort of the season en route to 15.6 PPR fantasy points. Despite his season-best performance, owners should place Peterson back on the bench with brutal matchups against the 49ers, Vikings and Bills in the next several weeks.
Austin Hooper, TE, Falcons
Hooper was started in more than 88% of leagues. He continued to shine in 2019 and has now taken over as the overall TE1 in PPR fantasy leagues. Hooper, who brought in all eight of his targets for 117 yards and a touchdown, now has double-digit PPR efforts in five of six games this season.
Curtis Samuel, WR, Panthers
Samuel must love the tea and crumpets they serve across the pond. The third-year wideout posted 23.8 PPR fantasy points in Carolina's game against Tampa Bay over in England. He hauled in four of his six targets for 70 yards and a touchdown while also adding one score on the ground from eight yards out.
The Broncos D/ST was outstanding in their 16-0 win over the Titans. The boys from Mile High registered seven sacks and made three interceptions of Marcus Mariotta and Ryan Tannehill. Denver, started in 40% of leagues, also rewarded owners with the coveted bonus points afforded for shutouts. Things won’t be so easy for Von Miller and Co. on Thursday night when Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense comes to town.
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