Devonta Freeman scores twice in Week 6.
Freeman carried 19 times for 88 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards and two touchdowns in Atlanta’s 34-33 loss at Arizona. This was a shootout that most skill position players benefited by playing in, but this was still a very promising outing by Freeman, who now has three touchdowns in his last couple of games after not scoring in the first four games of the season. After basically getting shut down the first two games this year, Freeman has averaged 16.5 fantasy points (0.5 PPR) in his last four games, with his heavy involvement as a receiver helping in these last three games in particular. Next up Freeman faces a Rams defense that should be angry, but his receiving ability helps keep him as a solid fantasy option in another potential shootout.
Stefon Diggs goes off in Vikings’ win.
Diggs caught seven passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns along with two carries for 18 yards in Minnesota’s Week 6 home victory over Philadelphia. He continuously beat the Eagles deep, and it would have been an even bigger game if not for an overthrown deep ball that would have made it four touchdowns. Diggs became the first Vikings player since Randy Moss with two touchdowns over 50 yards in a game since Randy Moss in 2000, and he had little trouble getting open throughout the game. The matchup will get more difficult next week against the Lions, but it’s a positive sign to see Diggs take advantage of a great matchup with a huge performance after voicing frustration and apparently demanding a trade a couple of weeks ago.
Carlos Hyde racks up 27 touches against the Chiefs.
Hyde was determined facing his former Chiefs team that had him playing late in preseason games this season before trading him to the Texans, and he made them pay with 26 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown along with one reception for 14 yards in Houston’s Week 6 victory. The veteran running back ran hard and grinded out positive yardage throughout the game, and he handled 27 touches compared to Duke Johnson Jr.’s seven. This was an excellent matchup for Hyde going up against Kansas City’s poor run defense, but this was still a promising performance. Hyde now has 20+ carries in each of his past two games and in three of six games total this season.
Lamar Jackson uses his legs in Ravens’ Week 6 victory.
Jackson was 21/33 for 236 yards and added 19 carries for 152 yards (8.0 average) and one touchdown in Baltimore’s win over Cincinnati. The Ravens got Jackson involved early as a runner, and his highlight was a 21-yard run where he dove for the front pylon for six points. The performance made Jackson the first player in NFL history to throw for 200+ yards and rush for 150+ yards in a regular season game. While there’s been talk from both Jackson and the team (though the team has also indicated that Jackson will run a bunch this season) of him scaling back the rushing, it’s probably the best part of the former Heisman Trophy winner’s game, and it gives him elite fantasy upside while paired with his underrated ability as a passer. Jackson remains an obvious QB1 next week against the Seahawks.
Latavius Murray gets involved in Saints win.
With Alvin Kamara (18 touches, 66 yards) at less than 100% while dealing with an ankle injury, the Saints finally gave Murray more work in their offense in a Week 6 victory over the Jaguars. Murray carried eight times for 44 yards and caught three passes for 35 yards in the game, and he simply played better than a less-than-full-strength Kamara. Also, Murray had a touchdown reception that was called back on a holding call against Michael Thomas, and Thomas probably did not need to hold for Murray to score. The Saints might want to keep Murray, who has played well when he’s been given the opportunity this season, involved to keep Kamara fresh and healthy throughout the rest of the year. Just keep Murray in mind as a strong potential pickup if he’s available in your league.
Adrian Peterson has throwback performance in Week 6.
Taking advantage of a matchup against a league-worst Dolphins team, the Redskins handed Peterson 25 touches in their 17-16 victory. Peterson carried 23 times for 118 yards and added two receptions for 18 yards in Washington’s Week 6 win. Throughout the week, both interim head coach Bill Callahan and Peterson himself indicated that this offense would be relying on the running game much more, and they let Peterson go to work in this one. The future Hall of Fame running back is set for a big role moving forward, but the matchups will get a lot tougher the next few weeks when the Redskins face the 49ers, Vikings, and Bills.
Amari Cooper is dealing with a thigh bruise, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport says the injury can be “horribly painful”, but at least Cooper has seemingly avoided a long-term injury. Especially for an explosive player that utilizes great acceleration and double moves like Cooper, this injury might be difficult to play through effectively. But we’ll see if the star receiver can get on the field for a huge game this Sunday night against the Eagles.
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