Week 6 had a little bit of something for everyone on the main slate with some defensive struggles, some high-scoring contests, successful returns and electrifying performances. Lamar Jackson ($6,900), Terry McLaurin ($6,000), Austin Hooper ($5,000) and Nick Chubb ($7,300) continued to have breakout seasons as players that I tagged as “ride” after their breakout performances in past weeks.
As you look at the breakthrough performances from surprising players this week, which should you ride going forward and which should you fade in the coming weeks? Some of the Week 6 stars seem lined up to be weekly producers, while others may be just one week wonders. Let’s take a look at this week’s best breakouts and decide whether they should be ridden or faded moving forward.
WR Stefon Diggs, MIN vs. PHI, $5,900 — 46.5 DKFPDiggs had been unhappy in Minnesota and the center of plenty of drama and trade rumors over the past few weeks. Kirk Cousins ($5,200) came out on Sunday against Philadelphia and seemed intent on getting Diggs involved. He threw a season-high 11 passes to Diggs, who caught seven for 167 yards and three touchdowns while torching the Eagles’ injury-depleted secondary. Diggs helped the Vikings improve to 4-2 on the season while dropping the Eagles to 3-3.
Diggs has been extremely inconsistent since Cousins took over at QB in Minnesota, and the Vikings still prefer to lean heavily on the running game led by Dalvin Cook ($8,400). Diggs definitely has a high ceiling and can produce big plays, but until this week he hadn’t been reliable at all. He took advantage of this matchup, but next week the Vikings face the Lions in a tough divisional matchup. His boom-or-bust production and reliance on Cousins’ iffy passing game makes him too inconsistent to be more of a GPP dice-roll.
QB Kyler Murray, ARI vs. ATL, $6,500 — 31.8 DKFPMurray mania is taking off in Arizona, where the No. 1 overall pick from last year’s draft has led the Cardinals to two straight wins. Murray completed an efficient 27-of-37 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns against the Falcons while adding 32 more yards on 11 rushes. Murray was in a high-pressure situation and out-dueled Matt Ryan ($6,400) thanks in part to Matt Bryant missing an extra point just after the two-minute warning.
Murray has produced over 19 DKFP in five of his six games and over 25 DKFP in each of his past two games. He and Kliff Kingsbury seem to be settling into the NFL and are starting to get into a very nice rhythm. Arizona is on the road next week for a great matchup with the Giants, so look for Kyler to keep rolling before hitting some tougher opponents later in the season.
WR Robby Anderson, NYJ vs. DAL, $4,000 — 26.5 DKFPAnderson and the Jets celebrated the return of Sam Darnold ($5,100) by knocking off the Cowboys in one of the biggest surprises of Week 6. The big blow in the game was a 92-yard touchdown from Darnold to Anderson, which came just after the Jets defense stuffed the Cowboys on 4th-and-2. Anderson ended up with five catches for 125 yards and that touchdown while drawing a season-high eight targets.
While Darnold was out, Anderson was only targeted 14 times in three games and only had 108 yards total. He definitely is a much better option with Darnold throwing the ball to him deep. Darnold and Anderson have a tough task next week against the Patriots, but then things open up for a great stretch as the Jets take on the Jaguars, Dolphins, Giants, Redskins, Raiders, Bengals and Dolphins again. Anderson has big-play potential and should be Darnold’s go-to No. 1 option. Big plays and the return of his big-time QB, should be enough to make Anderson and Darnold good plays with their upcoming schedule
RB Carlos Hyde, HOU at KC, $4,400 — 22.0 DKFPHyde returned to where he started the season as the Texans visited the Chiefs, who traded him to Houston just before the season started. Hyde got revenge on his former team by running for 116 yards on 26 carries and punching in a two-yard touchdown to go with a 14-yard catch. He did have an ugly fumble early, but bounced back to finish strong.
The Texans got a big road win behind Hyde and Deshaun Watson ($6,700) and continued to show the Chiefs’ defense is extremely vulnerable to run-heavy attacks. Hyde was a nice value play this week, but he’ll have a tougher matchup next week against Indianapolis coming back off its bye week. Hyde also continues to share work with Duke Johnson ($4,100), who also had a touchdown and Watson had two rushing touchdowns of his own. Hyde is still too touchdown-dependent to be an elite play, but he will get enough carries to be a value play in good matchups. Since those don’t come until later in the season, I’ll wait on Hyde for now.
RB Adrian Peterson, WAS at MIA, $4,500 — 18.6 DKFPPeterson turned back the clock and ran for 118 yards as the Redskins got their first win of the season after moving on from coach Jay Gruden and giving Bill Callahan the interim job. Peterson took advantage of an injury to Chris Thompson ($5,000) and ended up with a season-high 25 touches.
Most of AP’s big day, though, was probably as a result of the team playing from ahead and matching up very well against a struggling Dolphins’ defense. He has only averaged 10 carries a week and had three total catches in his first four games. Washington could be more run-heavy with Callahan in place, but tough matchups against the 49ers, Vikings and Bills before the bye don’t set up Peterson for success. Hopefully, Peterson and his fantasy investors enjoyed this 100-yard performance since I don’t see another one coming soon.
TE Jared Cook, NO at JAC, $3,400 — 12.7 DKFPThe Saints stayed undefeated behind Teddy Bridgewater ($5,300) as they edged the Jaguars in a 13-6 slugfest in Jacksonville. Cook continued his run of strong play by hauling in all three passes his way for 37 yards and the only touchdown of the game. He has at least three catches in three straight games and has found the end zone in two games in a row.
With Drew Brees (thumb) coming back soon, Cook should continue to thrive in Sean Payton’s offense. Next week, Cook and the Saints are in Chicago against the Bears before tasty matchups against the Cardinals, Falcons and Buccaneers in the next three games sandwiched around a bye week. He’ll still have to establish a rapport with Brees, but he seems to be growing into a key role in his new home in the Big Easy.
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