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Quick hits week 6 2017
By Chad Stapley
Case Keenum is proving his worth each week, he might not be a QB1 or even worthy of having on your roster, but when he is asked to fill in he does great. This week he threw for 140 yards and a TD in one half of work.
Just as you were starting to forget about Jerick McKinnon, he turned in a 16 rush 95 yard day and he added a TD, he also caught six passes for 51 yards. With injuries on the roster, McKinnon could be a low end RB2 or a good FLEX option.
Mitch Trubisky isn’t going anywhere soon, and boy is he going to be exciting to watch. In his first NFL start he threw for 128 yards with one TD and one INT while also running for 22 yards. Nothing eye popping but he did do this against an above average Vikings defense. Good things are coming from this young QB.
Even when Tom Brady has a somewhat mediocre game he does it in style. Brady led his team to a narrow victory while still throwing for 303 yards and a TD. Brady should be started until he can’t play anymore.
All Chris Hogan does is score TDs for the Patriots. He is an easy WR1 in any fantasy league as he caught eight passes for 74 yards and a TD this week alone. He has five TD catches which is good for second in the league.
Doug Martin had an outstanding first game back running the ball 13 times for 74 yards and a TD. Martin also caught one pass for eight yards, proving that his eight total touches was far too few for this type of output. Martin is a RB1 until he gets hurt or suspended again and look for the Bucs to get him the ball more often.
The Bills have a nice young TE in Nick O’Leary who is worth keeping an eye on. O’Leary finally got some extended playing time and he rewarded the Bills by catching five passes for 54 yards.
Can anyone stop AJ Green? He absolutely embarrassed the Bills defense for seven catches and 189 yards to go with a TD. Green has proven he is a monster all season long.
The Bengals need to start getting rookie RB sensation Joe Mixon the ball often and early. This week he carried the ball 15 times for 51 yards and a TD. Mixon is a playmaker and is easily a capable starter at the FLEX position right now, with upside RB1 potential.
Jermaine Kearse might not be the flashiest of WR in the NFL but he has got to have some of the best hands out of any of the WR in the NFL not named Beckham. Kearse came over to the Jets less than 6 months ago and has already became the WR1 for them and caught three TDs this season, a season that was supposed to be a lost cause.
Could Kevin Hogan be the future QB in Cleveland? He came in the second half for rookie QB Kizer and he did phenomenal. Hogan went 16/19 for 194 yards with two TDs and one INT. Keep a close watch on the Browns QB battle.
Ed Dickson has found a home in Carolina, and he keeps getting better. This week he had the best game of his entire career catching five passes for 175 yards and really breaking the game open for the Panthers. Dickson doesn’t score a lot of TDs but keep an eye on him if you need a TE on a BYE week for your starter.
The 49ers got a pretty huge bargain on the Pierre Garcon pick up this offseason. Garcon has 28 catches for 379 yards this season leading the 49ers in yards. This week he had an eight catch 94 yard performance. He is an excellent FLEX option.
The 49ers also have a rookie TE who is starting to make strides in George Kittle. Over the last two games Kittle has caught nine balls for 118 yards and a TD. If you are looking for a bargain TE keep a close eye on Kittle.
Marlon Mack had a pretty solid game running the ball nine times for 91 yards and a TD. He could start stealing carries from the other Colts RBs with a few more big performances like this. He might be a rookie RB you might want to put on your bench now.
A few years ago anyone and everyone was talking about how big of a bust Melvin Gordon appeared to be. Now Gordon is one of the better RBs in the NFL and continues to get better. Gordon ran the ball 20 times for 105 yards and he caught six passes for 58 yards and two TDs. Gordon has the capability of scoring huge amounts of fantasy football points.
The Giants have nothing left to gain, and their running game has been atrocious. Enter Orleans Darkwa who has had a few good games here and there so far in his career but nothing substantial. Darkwa ran the ball eight times for 69 yards and a TD while also catching a pass. He showed some serious upside for a team that lacks offensive talent given the injuries they have suffered.
Carson Wentz is slowly but surely becoming one of the better QBs in the league. Wentz absolutely destroyed a very talented Cardinals secondary by throwing for 304 yards and four TDs. Wentz is easily a QB1 and should be started each week.
The Jaguars sure are lucky to have drafted Leonard Fournette, as the rookie RB has proven to be an all-star. This week he ran the ball 28 times for 181 yards and two TDs. On the season he has 466 yards and five TDs.
Even when the Steelers look awful, Antonio Brown finds a way to look amazing. Brown caught 10 passes for 157 yards this week proving that he is simply unstoppable.
It makes absolutely no sense to me why the Ravens have not names Buck Allen their starting RB and keep it that way. Allen producing in big ways each week and doesn’t seem to earn his coaches trust. This week Allen ran the ball 21 times for 73 yards and a TD to go with his four catches for 12 yards. He is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball.
This is the season of rookie RBs as another rookie had a huge game, this time it was Aaron Jones of the Packers. Jones started his first game of the season this week and rewarded the Packers by running the ball 19 times for 125 yards and a TD. Over the last four weeks he has gotten more and more playing time and is averaging over 5 YPC. This guy is worth a spot on any roster.
Each week Davante Adams is proving his worth, and he is trying to earn a hefty contract this offseason. Adams was listed as questionable going into the game and he ended up starting and catching seven passes for 66 yards and two TDs. Adams was singled out by Aaron Rodgers on back to back Red-Zone plays on a fade route, proving how much faith Rodgers has in Adams.
Speaking of Rodgers, he had another outstanding game throwing for 221 yards and three TDs.
Dak Prescott can only do so much, and boy did he try and will his team to a victory. Prescott is having a great second year and this week he proved his true value. He threw for 251 yards and three TDs to go with 37 rushing yards and an additional TD.
How good is Alex Smith this season? He seems to have finally figured everything out and he is absolutely dismantling opposing defenses each week. Smith threw for 324 yards with three TDs and no turnovers this week in a narrow win over the Texans to keep them undefeated.
Kareem Hunt is officially a household name and the rookie RB didn’t disappoint this week as he ran for 107 yards while also catching three passes. Hunt is a monster and is a no brainer starter each week.
Talk about Alex Smith being good, it is quite possible Deshaun Watson is already better, if not just as good. Watson threw for 261 yards and five TDs! Watson is getting better each week as he can beat you with his arm or his legs.
When you get to throw to WRs like DeAndre Hopkins & Will Fuller, you have to imagine your job is pretty easy. The duo caught 6 passes for 109 yards and five TDs. Read that line again, they caught six passes total, with five of them being TDs. That is just unreal.