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2018 Fantasy Football Week 6 Reactions


Week 6 featured the best game of the NFL season so far as the New England Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 43-40. It also featured some very surprising games, such as the Dallas Cowboys‘ 40-7 rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Dak Prescott looked like his 2016 self, totaling 265 all-purpose yards and 3 touchdowns. The Brock Osweiler-led Miami Dolphins also defeated the Chicago Bears on a game-winning field goal in overtime. Last but not least, the Baltimore Ravens obliterated the Tennessee Titans, sacking Marcus Mariota 11 times. Week 6 continued the trend of a very exciting NFL season.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 6 Reactions

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1. Can Andrew Luck be trusted as an elite QB?

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Andrew “Garbage Time” Luck had another great fantasy week against the Jets, passing for 300+ yards and 4 touchdowns. The Colts are always playing from behind, allowing Luck to get a full four quarters of passing. He has now thrown for 1,130 yards in his past three games and has thrown 11 touchdowns in that span.

Looking ahead, the Colts will most likely not be in the high-scoring battles they found themselves in these past few weeks. Indianapolis gets Buffalo, Oakland, Jacksonville, and Tennessee in their next four games. None of these offenses are particularly high-octane, meaning Luck will most likely not see the easy yards and conservative defense he’s seen these past few weeks. However, Luck is putting up elite fantasy numbers right now. Therefore, he has room to regress and still be a QB1. He’ll find himself in that range during the upcoming weeks.

2. What is James Conner’s ceiling?

James Conner is a beast. He had another incredible game against Cincinnati, totaling 129 yards and 2 touchdowns. I wish I could say with confidence how Pittsburgh’s backfield will play out for the rest of the season, but I cannot. If Le’Veon Bell returns, the Steelers will certainly give him touches. Many people have said Conner will still get his if Bell comes back, but it’s impractical to believe he will sustain the pace he’s on.

If Le’Veon Bell does not come back, however, James Conner is a league-winner. He’s putting up just as good of numbers, if not better, as Le’Veon Bell did a year ago. He’s averaging 4.4 YPC and almost 10 yards per catch. The offensive line certainly plays a role, but we cannot discount how talented James Conner is. I would’ve recommended selling him a few weeks ago, but I could never sell James Conner after seeing how well he’s done these past few weeks.

3. Was the decision to draft Saquon Barkley the right move?

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Yes. I promise you. No matter how good Saquon Barkley is, the value he brings vs. the value a quarterback brings is astronomical. With a good quarterback, the Giants are .500 or better. Instead, they’re 1-5.

Don’t get me wrong – Saquon Barkley is a generational talent. It’s very possible to think Saquon Barkley is a generational talent while also believing the Giants made the wrong decision. It’s probably the right belief. Rosen/Darnold with Wayne Gallman in the backfield would be much better than Eli Manning with Saquon Barkley in the backfield. Without a good quarterback, an offense will come nowhere near success.

In the long run, maybe it will have been the right decision. The Giants will be very bad once again this season and will own a top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. If they hit on the right QB next year, the offense will be awesome. But right now, they should’ve replaced Eli Manning.

4. Is Adam Thielen the rest-of-season WR1?

Adam Thielen has surpassed 100 yards in every single game this season. He is the model of consistency. He and Kirk Cousins have an incredible rapport and Thielen has easily established himself as the #1 option between he and Stefon Diggs. His 153.2 fantasy points this year are 17 more than any other WR.

The best part of Thielen is that, as mentioned before, he is a model of consistency. His worst game is 16.2 fantasy points Week 1, which is still an extremely good effort. Thielen is matchup-proof, as he showed yesterday with his 123 receiving yards against Patrick Peterson and the Arizona Cardinals.

I can almost guarantee Thielen is not treated as the WR1 in your fantasy league. Go trade for him!

5. Is David Njoku a TE1?

David Njoku finally found the end zone yesterday, converting 12 targets into a 7/55/1 line. Showed off in Hard Knocks, he and Baker Mayfield have a very good connection. This has been evident so far this year because in the three games Mayfield has started, Njoku has surpassed 50 yards receiving in each.

Njoku has a dream matchup next week against the leaky Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense, which just allowed 9/71/1 to Austin Hooper. Njoku could totally have 100+ yards receiving in what might be a shootout game. Still owned in only 77% of Yahoo! leagues, Njoku is definitely someone to target with bye weeks approaching.

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About Noah Spurlock

Noah’s from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and isn’t afraid to show love for his hometown teams. If there’s a Steelers or Penguins game on, he’ll be watching. He’s been playing fantasy football since he can remember and isn’t afraid to give out some hot takes. Follow him on Twitter @NoahSpurlockNFL!

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