Fantasy football is more competitive than ever. There’s such a tremendous amount of tools, information and data related to fantasy that it evens the playing field much more than when we were all starting out. Gone should be the days of the cocky and overconfident fantasy owner, so don't be that player.
A balance of data and gut feel is more valuable than ever. This week I'll provide the data standouts according to the numbers and then add my two cents to help inform players of the current NFL flow.
And for more comprehensive snap data on every player for every game this season, check out this breakdown at FullTime Fantasy.
The following players are potential trade targets and or FAAB priorities:
Key: Snap % / Target % / Touch %
Chargers TE Hunter Henry: 66.1 snap percentage / 22 target percentage / 19.5 touch percentage
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs: 63.4% / 22.4% / 20%
Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds: 29% / 10% / 35%
Steelers RB James Conner: 50% / 23.3% / 76.6
Packers RB Jamaal Williams: 52.7% / 12.8% / 46.2%
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman: 72.5% / 6% / 44%
Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay: 46.8% / 10.3% / 58.6%
Redskins WR Terry McLaurin: 96.6% / 12.3% / 7%
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel: 80.3% / 11.3% / 9.4%
Redskins RB Adrian Peterson: 62.7% / 5.4% / 67.6%
Chiefs RB Damien Williams: 37.9% / 4.5% / 9.1%
Jets WR Robby Anderson: 91.9% / 14% / 8.8%
Giants WR Golden Tate: 98% / 18.4% / 12.2%
Steelers RB Benny Snell Jr.: 48.3% / 3.4% / 62.1%
49ers RB Tevin Coleman: 55.1% / 7% / 46.5%
Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate: 37.5% / 13.3% / 6.7%
Seahawks WR Jaron Brown: 54.2% / 11..% / 6.7%
Texans RB Duke Johnson: 37% / 11.8% / 20.6%
Texans RB Carlos Hyde: 60.9% / 1.8% / 48.2%
Now here are some of my conclusions:
Much of the media before Week 6 preached "snap count" for Hunter Henry, and many fantasy players had Henry on their benches. The positive spin is Henry looks fully recovered from his knee injury. Philip Rivers, a great competitor, continues to battle Father Time. Henry was the beneficiary of several crafty Rivers lob balls. With injuries to many Chargers' skill position players, Henry is poised for substantial workload moving forward.
Diggs is a great example to learn from in Week 6. Many fantasy players had an underperforming and unhappy Diggs on their benches. Then Diggs went off. Sitting Diggs likely cost many teams head-to-head losses. The moral of the story is that sometimes ignoring the data and starting your highly-drafted players, especially when bye weeks come around, is your safest play.
Edmonds hits the list for the third consecutive week, and the secret is out. The second-year RB played his college ball at Fordham, where they ran their version of the Air Raid offense. During training camp, Edmonds's goal was to prove to Kingsbury that he should be on the field even with David Johnson. Due to injuries and opportunities, Edmonds's time is now in an offense that dictates the pace of play.
Two Steelers running backs—James Conner and Benny Snell Jr.—appear on the list with impressive metrics. The Steelers dumbed down the offense in Devlin Hodges’s first career start, and it now involves many short and intermediate throws. While some teams make you guess if your running back will be on the field, you can count on either Steeler to be heavily involved this week. Snell Jr. should be a high priority in FABB this week.
Just when Aaron Jones was about to blow away the fantasy football RB2 position in season-long formats, Jamaal Williams made his presence felt. Jones owners should wise up and find a way to add Williams to hedge and be prepared for a Packer offense on the rise.
After a sluggish start, veteran RB Devonta Freeman is now putting up impressive stat lines. In my opinion, Freeman was always one of the top receiving backs, not only at securing the catch but making big plays in space with YAC. If Freeman is your RB2, nice work! Atlanta may be 1-5, but they continue to be fantasy gold with their high-scoring affairs and more than capable offense.
I've been touting Phillip Lindsay for weeks in this article, and hopefully, some of you pounced on the opportunity. Lindsay has scored four touchdowns in four games and has double-digit fantasy points in five of six. Lindsay is a focal point and unique running back in an offense that's committed to running the ball.
If you roster stud WR Terry McLaurin then you have to love seeing veteran Case Keenum as the starting QB. Keenum to McLaurin has accounted for all five of the Ohio State rookie's touchdowns.
If you didn't know Adrian Peterson was an aging veteran RB and watched game tape of the Redskins’ Week 6 victory, you might be asking, “Who's number 28?” Peterson put together an impactful fantasy performance last week and seems poised for another run in interim head coach Bill Callahan's tweaked offense.
Two New York WRs, Golden Tate and Robby Anderson, appear above and both should definitely be targets for those looking to add wide receiver firepower to their rosters. Tate boasted during his suspension that he would dominate upon his return in the Giants offense, and he caught six balls for 102 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots last Thursday. Anderon is a talented receiver who’s all about the big play and seems to thrive with Sam Darnold at quarterback.
Russell Wilson is a definite MVP contender. WR Jaron Brown can be had cheap and is worth an add for Lockett and Dissly owners. Note to self: Remember how Dissly dominated at the TE position for next year's draft upon his return.
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