2021 Fantasy Football Week 6 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Charles Vakassian
Why You Should Not Handcuff with Kareem Hunt or Tony Pollard

Welcome one and all to the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 6 Stock Up/Stock Down! After five weeks, you should have a good idea of where your Fantasy teams are at, and we are here to identify some more players who are trending up, and some who are not looking so hot.

Last week, we identified Taylor Heinicke as a player who was on the rise, along with Kenneth Gainwell, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Dawson Knox. Some players who were on the downward trend included Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Davis.

Knox certainly proved us right, reaching the end zone and having over 100 yards receiving. Patterson also continued his strong play, with over 100 total yards. Gainwell ended up being a letdown, with only 3 touches the whole game. As was Heinicke, who did not throw a TD pass and was picked off twice. Can't be 100% right all the time!

Mike Davis confirmed our suspicions as he was once again out-touched by Patterson, and Big Ben temporarily allayed our fears with a strong performance against Denver.

Let's jump in and see who is on the rise, and who is falling to Earth.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 6 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Kareem Hunt, RB, Cleveland Browns

The Browns have one of the most unique backfields in the NFL, where two backs can be Fantasy assets. Hunt once again put up fantastic numbers, He carried the ball 12 times for 61 yards and two touchdowns, and caught five passes as well. He now has scored a touchdown in four of the Browns five games. With consistent scoring like this, he is becoming more of an RB2 and less of a FLEX play.

He is not likely to out-touch Nick Chubb, but if there are games where the Browns fall behind, Hunt will be in a majority of the time, as he is the pass-catching back. The Browns schedule does get tougher these next few weeks. They take on solid defenses in Arizona, Denver, and Pittsburgh. This will be the true test to see if Hunt can live up to the billing.

Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Indianapolis Colts

For a Colts offense that has struggled to find its footing so far, Pittman has been a model of consistency. After a poor first two weeks, his target share has gone up exponentially since then, seeing at least six per game. Against Baltimore, he secured six catches for 89 yards and a touchdown.

He is the big body wide receiver that can help Carson Wentz succeed, similar to Alshon Jeffrey in 2017. Pittman can make the big play too, as seen against Baltimore Monday Night. The Colts have been looking for an alpha wideout since the decline of T.Y. Hilton, and now they finally have one. The Colts upcoming schedule is looking particularly soft, with matchups against Houston, Tennessee, and the Jets. Look for Pittman to feast.

James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

For the third week in a row, James Robinson has had an RB1 finish in fantasy. With 18 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown, Robinson now has four TDs over his past three games. He has taken advantage of the opportunity afforded to him due to the injury to Travis Etienne. His receiving work has gone out the window, unfortunately, as Trevor Lawrence does not settle for checkdowns too often.

Robinson is looking more and more like the running back we saw all of 2020, carving up defenses ad making it look easy. While the passing work is less than ideal, his rushing numbers afford him a spot on this week's list as an RB whose stock is going up, and can be trusted in your lineups on a weekly basis.

Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

Herbert lit up the scoreboard in a shootout with Browns this past week, going 26 of 43 for 398 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran the ball four times for 29 yards and a score, giving him five total touchdowns for the game, a brilliant performance. This was his third straight game with at least three passing touchdowns and no interceptions, a good turnaround from his first couple of weeks.

Herbert has the skill and the proper weapons necessary to keep up his level of play for the rest of the season. Mike Williams has found something in the new offensive system. Keenan Allen is his old reliable self, as is Austin Ekeler. Drafting Rashawn Slater was a huge move to ensure Herbert stays on his feet. The results are spectacular. Herbert's stock is certainly on the rise.

Honorable Mentions: Kyle Pitts. Mike Williams, Kadarius Toney

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Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders

Unfortunate circumstances have led Carr to be on the downturn. His head coach, Jon Gruden, just resigned and Rich Bisaccia will serve as the interim head coach. There could be changes in the play-calling which could prove detrimental to Carr. Plus, Carr and the Raiders are coming off of a bad 20-9 loss to a lackluster Bears team, where Carr barely cracked 200 yards, turned it over, and suffered from poor offensive line play.

The Raiders schedule gets easier, as they have dates with porous defenses in the Giants, Eagles, and Chiefs. But for now, Carr remains on a downward trend until some of the mistakes are cleaned up, and the coaching situation gets resolved. He even made our Week 6 Drop List!

Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots

Harris didn't have the worst game this past week, as he reached the end zone and was efficient with his carries. However, he committed the cardinal sin of fumbling away the football at the goal line. With most coaches, that results in a stern talking to, and maybe a few plays on the bench. However, Bill Belichick is not every coach. He benched Harris for almost the rest of the game, giving Rhamondre Stevenson a long time as the lead back in a close game against the Texans.

Harris also suffered a mild chest injury towards the end of the game, which needs to be monitored closely. His schedule does not get any easier, with a tough Cowboys defense on tap for this coming week, and the Chargers and Panthers following, with a cupcake matchup against the Jets mixed in.

Honorable Mentions: Chase Edmonds, Kenny Golladay, Allen Robinson

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