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2019 Fantasy Football Week 6 Trends


Welcome to the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 6 Trends Article!

In this article, I’ll be analyzing statistics such as snap counts, targets, or pass attempts in an effort to help you win your league.

These statistics are a critical part of potentially buying low or selling high on a player, so here’s my take on what went down.

This week, we’ll be taking a look at the action that went on in Week 6 of the season.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 6 Trends

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1. Sam Darnold is Back

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In his first game back from mono, Sam Darnold lead the Jets to an exciting upset over the 3-2, now 3-3, Dallas Cowboys. Darnold looked sharp and gave Jets fans reason to not give up on the season, throwing 23/32 completions for 338 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

Darnold spread the ball around well, giving Robby Anderson, Jamison Crowder, and Demaryius Thomas respectable stat-lines. The one minor issue, however, was that Le’Veon Bell saw only one target. This is most likely not going to be something that occurs often, though. He saw nine targets in Darnold’s only other game this year.

After next week’s clash with the Patriots, Darnold and the Jets actually have very favorable matchups. They face the Jaguars, the Dolphins, the Giants, the Redskins, the Raiders, the Bengals, and the Dolphins from Weeks 8-14. With many quarterbacks on a bye during this time, Darnold looks like a strong replacement candidate.

2. The 49ers Use Running Backs Well

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Usually, a running back committee means bad news. It most likely means that whatever team has implemented this system will not have any valuable running backs.

The 49ers, however, have two.

For the second straight week, both Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman saw over ten fantasy points. And, keep in mind, these two games were against the Browns and the Rams. The 49ers will play easier run defenses than them.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan knows how to call a game with the best of them, and he recognizes that the path to victory is not by letting Jimmy Garoppolo throw the ball 50 times a game. He wants to run the ball and let his defense do the work, and that’s fine. They have a game next week against one of the worst teams in the league.

Breida and Coleman could both be potential buy-low candidates, as most people want no part of a RBBC. Take advantage.

3. Joe Mixon is a Problem

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And not in a good way. The second-round fantasy pick is not returning any value. He has one touchdown on the year and just one day over one hundred all-purpose yards.

It’s not his fault, but it’s a problem. The Bengals are always dominated at the line of scrimmage, and Mixon is swarmed in the backfield every time he touches the football. No back in the league would be able to have much success behind this mess of an offensive line.

But, unfortunately, Mixon doesn’t get pity points for having a bad offensive line. He’s a low-end RB2 now, and might be an RB3 in tougher matchups. The Bengals host a Jaguars defense that just held Alvin Kamara to under three yards per carry next week. It’s not going to be a fun game for the Bengals or Joe Mixon.

4. What Happens if Amari Cooper Misses Time?

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Even though they’ve struggled recently, the Dallas Cowboys have one of the most potent offenses in the NFL. A big reason for that is star receiver Amari Cooper, who has established himself as a premier WR since joining the team last year.

However, he got hurt on Sunday against the Jets. That night, it was reported by ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio that Cooper was in “pretty significant pain” following the game, which had Cowboys fans and fantasy owners alike holding their breath. Monday morning, though, we got better news. Cooper is dealing with a bruised thigh. It is not a long-term injury, but he could miss time.

Obviously, any week without your star players makes it tough to win fantasy football games. So, you need a replacement. That replacement could be Tavon Austin, who lead the team in receiving yards on Sunday. Or, you can pick up Cedrick Wilson, who saw six targets.

As for players who are most likely already on a roster, Ezekiel Elliott saw a season-high in both rushing attempts and receiving yards. Jason Witten also posted one of his best games of the season.

5. Zach Ertz is Struggling

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Zach Ertz has not had the start to the fantasy season that fantasy owners envisioned when they took him in, most likely, the fourth round of fantasy football drafts. His highest point total on the year is 17.2, when he caught eight passes for 72 yards and a two point conversion.

Ertz’s struggles can be attributed to a number of things, including tough defenses, Dallas Goedert, and unluckiness. Ertz has found the end zone just once all year. Ertz has just one touchdown on the year after hauling in eight the previous two years.

It sucks for fantasy owners, but don’t lose faith just yet. He’s on pace to see 144 targets this season, his second-highest total ever. Better days are ahead.

Check out the rest of our 2019 Fantasy Football content from our great team of writers.

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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