Scoring is ESPN 1/2 point PPR scoring. Owned Percentages using ESPN.
QUARTERBACKS AND REPLACING AARON RODGERS
If you had Aaron Rodgers on your Fantasy roster, needless to say this has probably been a rough week for you. As of the writing of this it looks as if QB1 in most every draft is lost for the year. Since if you did own him, you probably did not carry a second QB (nor should you) and I can't in good conscience suggest you hand your playoff push to the likes of Josh McCown NYJ, CJ Beathard SF, or Brett Hundley GB in any format outside of 2QB leagues, let's explore some options.
Waiver options. If you believe in any of the QB's I mentioned before, that is your easiest option as they are all available in almost 100% of leagues. I personally do not and think there are far better options. The two most high profile QB's that are still available in more than 50% of leagues are Andy Dalton CIN (available in 69% of leagues) and Tyrod Taylor BUF (available in 60% of leagues). Both just had their bye week so will be available for the remainder of the year barring injury. However, in addition too the infuriating inconsistency that has defined Dalton's career he has some very tough matchups in coming weeks and Taylor lost his top two pass catchers in Jordan Matthews and Charles Clay. The route I would prefer is...
Trade options. The strategy I would probably take is take my WR1 and offer them for a team's second QB and a WR2. The trade should be mutually beneficial and make the sting of losing a QB you reached for a little easier. Based on ADP (Average Draft Position) here are a few players you may pursue.
- The Deshaun Watson owner. Now I'm not saying to pursue Watson. He is currently the #1 scoring fantasy QB and if you do get him, you will have to pay WAY too much for him. However, whoever owns Watson did not get him thinking he would be their starter, so they probably have another QB they initially had slated to lead their team. This is Watson's bye week so this may be a conversation you put off a week and scab with a streamer until you are able to work something out.
- Matthew Stafford. Drafted as QB 11. This is the perfect time to pursue Stafford as Week 7 is his bye week, he is already sitting on someone's bench. Plus based on his ADP, in most 10 or 12 team leagues, he may not be their consistent starter anyway.
- Carson Wentz. Drafted as QB 16. If you can't work out a deal for Wentz, the owner almost certainly has another QB on the roster no matter what the league size. If you can get Wentz though, has some nice matchups upcoming at home against WAS and SF.
- Carson Palmer Drafted as QB 17. Palmer is actually still available in 41% of leagues so you may not have to trade at all, but if you do his price will probably be the cheapest of any of QB's mentioned. Rightfully so. He has a Week 7 road trip to Los Angeles against the Rams then a Week 8 bye so timing isn't ideal but, the addition of Adrian Peterson should open up his offense and take pressure of his very talented receiving corp.
Dion Lewis NE 11.2 Week 6 points. Available in 93% of leagues. AND Rex Burkhead NE 0 Week 6 points. Available in 89% of leagues. The yearly saga of Patriots RB's continues Gillislee scored 22.5 points in his New England debut yes has failed to surpass 6 fantasy points in his last 4 contests. Meanwhile, Dion Lewis has scored and average of 9.2 fantasy points over the past 3 weeks with his carries going up every week. Rex Burkhead scored 11.9 points in his last contest Week 2 against the Saints and was heavily involved before exiting with a rib injury. It's anyone's guess what the game plan will be with James White also being involved and Burkhead slated to return this week, but they are both worth an add.
Orleans Darkwa NYG 15.5 Week 6 points. Available in 95% of leagues. Who would have guessed that the first 100 yard rusher against Denver's stingy defense wouldn't be Melvin Gordon, Ezekiel Elliott, or LeSean McCoy but...Orleans Darkwa? Darkwa has scored over 13 fantasy points two straight weeks and seems to have taken over the starting job for the struggling Giants.
Charles Sims TB 6.5 Week 6 points. Available in 91% of leagues. With the return of Doug Martin to the Bucs, it seems Sims has slipped right back into his 3rd down pass catching role. He has yet to carry more than twice in a game yet, but has had 9 catches last 2 games and is worth a flier in any deep PPR formats.
Handcuffs/Fliers you should watch: Chris Ivory JAX, Bobby Rainey BAL, Matt Breida SF, Devontae Booker DEN, Samaje Perine WAS
Robert Woods LAR 7.5 Week 6 points. Available in 88% of leagues. Believe it or not, Woods is actually the Rams' leader in both targets and receiving yards. Even though he hasn't found the endzone yet in 2017, he has managed to rack up more than 5 catches and 60 yards in 3 of the last 4 games, averaging almost 9 fantasy points a game in that span.
Taylor Gabriel ATL 5.9 Week 6 points. Available in 89% of leagues. As long as Mohammed Sanu is injured, Gabriel should have fantasy relevance. With his 4.27 speed the Abilene Christian product offers boom or bust FLEX potential.
Adam Humphries TB 8.1 Week 6 points. Available in 97% of leagues. This is a repeat in this column but it is worth a mention. Since Week 3 Humphries has scored 9.8, 10, 6.6, and 8.1 fantasy points catching 6 passes in 3 of those 4 games. There are a lot of mouths to feed on that offense, but somehow Humphries always finds a way to get his.
Other Deep-league considerations: Aldrick Robinson SF, De'Anthony Thomas KC, Jeremy Kerley NYJ, Taywan Taylor TEN, Laquon Treadwell MIN
Darren Fells DET 9.6 Week 6 points. Available in 99% of leagues. It is beginning to look like Eric Ebron's butterfingers are finally costing him in Detroit as Fells saw the field more for the third straight week. So far, Fells fantasy production has been completely touchdown dependent, which is fine since he has caught 3 TD's in the last 2 weeks.
Zach Miller CHI 9.5 Week 6 points. Available in 75% of leagues. Miller only saw 3 targets on Sunday against Baltimore. BUT, Trubisky only attempted 15 passes and one of those targets turned into a TD catch. I have stated before how much I like having a TE on a team with a rookie QB and this game was proof. In addition to Miller, Dion Sims also racked up 11.2 points, though Miller is the far safer play.
George Kittle SF 6.6 Week 6 points. Available in 91% of leagues. As I stated in last paragraph, I love the TE for a team with a rookie QB. I especially love when that QB was the TE's in college. Kittle has had two straight productive weeks and it only looks to continue has he is reunited with fellow Iowa Hawkeye rookie CJ Beathard who is named week 7 starter.
New Orleans 32 Week 6 points. Available in 97% of leagues. The Saints defense was the number 1 scoring fantasy position in all of Week 6. I bet you never thought you would read that. Much less, in paragraph suggesting you add them right before a game against the Packers. 2017 ladies and gentleman. New Orleans defense has scored at least 14 fantasy points in the last 3 games and a game against a Brett Hundley lead Green Bay team then a game against the Bears in Week 8, means this a defense you might be able to hold onto for a while.