Fantasy Football: Studs and Duds for Week 6

George Seliga
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Oct 17, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) passes the ball against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

One thing that is extremely important is to review your fantasy football lineups and see what players did well, which ones faltered, and see who you could add to your team to only turn it into a championship contender. I’ll review and highlight some top performances from the previous week, go over some players that failed to deliver, and go over some waiver wire pickups.

Fantasy football studs


Dak Prescott

The Cowboys and Patriots game was very entertaining and Dak Prescott put on a show. He attempted over 51 passes on Sunday against New England and managed to complete 70% of his passes while throwing for 445 passing yards and three touchdowns while fumbling and throwing an interception. Dak continues to prove his doubters wrong and he looks healthy enough to lead this Dallas offense to a postseason run. As a fantasy football QB, he’s tops.

Kirk Cousins

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Oct 17, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes the ball in the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

One surprise to fantasy football owners this year has been the play of Kirk Cousins. Cousins had another stellar game as he threw for 373 passing yards while managing to toss three touchdown passes in a winning effort against a good Panthers defense.

Running Backs

Leonard Fournette

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Oct 10, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs with the ball during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

“Touchdown Lenny” had himself a game and it was arguably his best game as a Buccaneer. Fournette saw a season-high in carries as he rushed the ball 22 times for 81 yards but was able to find the end zone twice as well. In addition to his contributions in the ground game, Fournette recorded six passes for 46 yards which only helped those that had him in fantasy football PPR leagues.

Jonathan Taylor

Taylor had a quiet first half but really exploded as the game went on. He had 14 carries for 145 rushing yards with an 83-yard scamper. He found the end zone twice and as long as Taylor continues to pound the rock effectively, the Colts will remain competitive in games.

Wide Receivers

CeeDee Lamb

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Oct 17, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) makes the catch and runs the ball for the game winning touchdown in overtime at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Just like Dak had success on Sunday against New England, CeeDee Lamb was a big-time beneficiary. Lamb hauled in nine catches on 11 targets for 149 receiving yards while bringing in two touchdown passes. The nine catches, 149 receiving yards, and two touchdowns were all season highs for Lamb and we should expect him to have more games like this in the coming weeks. He’s a solid stud to grab no matter what type of fantasy football league you play in.

Cooper Kupp

Don’t look now but Cooper Kupp is the top wide receiver in all of fantasy football! He continued his incredible 2021 season in week 6 as he tied his season-high with nine catches and racked up 130 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Kupp has seen double-digit targets in every game this year and it seems as if he and Stafford have built one of the strongest rapports in the entire league.

Tight Ends

Noah Fant

The Broncos are without several of their main receiving targets so Noah Fant benefited greatly once the Broncos fell behind early to the Raiders. Fant recorded season highs in targets, receptions, and receiving yards as he brought in nine of 11 targets for 97 receiving yards and a touchdown catch. He’s a solid fantasy football pick-up for owners in Week 6.

Mike Gesicki

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Oct 10, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki (88) runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Another tight end that had a dominant performance on Sunday was Mike Gesicki. Gesicki played a big part in the Dolphins offense against the Jags as he brought in eight catches on nine targets for 115 receiving yards. These were all season-highs for Gesicki and he should continue to be a focal point of the Dolphins offense going forward. That bodes well for his fantasy football stock in the coming weeks.

Fantasy football duds


Daniel Jones

Jones had a very rough outing on Sunday as this Rams defense got the best of him. Jones completed only 56% of his passes as he attempted 51 passes for 242 yards but he was picked off three times and fumbled once in what was one of the worst quarterbacking performances of the season. He’s a fantasy football liability coming into Week 6 of the NFL season.

Running Backs

Antonio Gibson

Antonio Gibson was having a very solid season but week 6 was very underwhelming. He only had 10 rushing attempts for 44 rushing yards but unfortunately suffered a calf injury that limited his production. If you don’t have his backup, J.D. McKissic, now would be the time to go get him if he is set to miss a few weeks.

Wide Receivers

Allen Robinson II

The disappointing fantasy football season continues for Allen Robinson II as he only has recorded double-digit fantasy points in only one game this year. In Week 6, Robinson hauled in four of seven targets for 53 yards and he hasn’t recorded a touchdown reception since Week 2.

Chris Godwin

Week 6 wasn’t too kind to Chris Godwin either as a fantasy football starter as he only racked up 43 receiving yards which was a season-low for Godwin. He also only saw five targets which tied a season-low as well.

Tight Ends

Robert Tonyan

Tonyan had a very solid 2020 campaign and a lot of people anticipated that he would have a big breakout year with Rogers coming back. Tonyan has actually been very underwhelming as he has only had double-digit receiving yards in two of six games this year and is coming off of a two-catch performance for 10 receiving yards.

Jonnu Smith

Smith has certainly fallen to the second tight end on this Patriots roster as Hunter Henry has emerged as the top pass-catching target in New England. Smith brought in one of two targets for nine yards and is only viable if you need to roster a tight end on a bye week coming up.

Waiver Wire Pickups

Demetric Felton/ D’Ernest Johnson

The Browns are in a bit of a tricky situation as Kareem Hunt will be out for several weeks due to a lower-body injury and Nick Chubb is still dealing with a calf injury. Felton and Johnson could split carries on Thursday night’s football against Denver and both would be viable fantasy options should Chubb remain out for Thursday night’s game.

J.D. McKissic

If McKissic is available in your league, make sure to go pick him up! McKissic saw an expanded workload once Gibson was out and he is one of the best pass-catching backs in the league. He is the type of player you would want to put into your flex spot and should be a sure-fire starter with the bye weeks approaching.

Donovan Peoples-Jones

DPJ had a big-time week 6 and has now produced back-to-back strong fantasy weeks. In week 5, DPJ hauled in five catches on six targets for 70 receiving yards, and in week 6, he hauled in four catches on five targets for 101 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. With the Browns looking for additional playmakers on offense, DPJ could see an expanded role and be someone worth considering rostering in the coming weeks.

Mo Alie-Cox

With the bye weeks approaching, it’s hard to find good tight ends to fill in for just one week. Mo Alie-Cox has shown his consistency over the last three weeks as he has scored no less than eight fantasy points during that stretch and has seen 12 targets and totaled 120 receiving yards during that stretch.