Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings 2021

Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings 2021

The rankings are based on 0.5 PPR leagues, but feel free to reach out with any questions via Fantasy Consigliere. Also, you can subscribe to The Fantasy Consigliere Podcast for some added insights on why players are ranked where they are when Episode 8 is released.

 

Quarterback

1. Josh Allen (v MIA)
2. Kyler Murray (v GB)
3. Patrick Mahomes (v NYG)
4. Tom Brady (@ NO)
5. Jalen Hurts (@ DET)
6. Matthew Stafford (@ HOU)
7. Justin Herbert (v NE)
8. Dak Prescott (@ MIN)
9. Joe Burrow (@ NYJ)
10. Kirk Cousins (v DAL)
11. Daniel Jones (@ KC)
12. Ryan Tannehill (@ IND)
13. Aaron Rodgers (@ ARI)
14. Matt Ryan (v CAR)
15. Carson Wentz (v TEN)
16. Trevor Lawrence (@ SEA)
17. Jameis Winston (v TB)
18. Sam Darnold (@ ATL)
19. Taylor Heinicke (@ DEN)
20. Mac Jones (@ LAC)
21. Ben Roethlisberger (@ CLE)
22. Tua Tagovailoa (@ BUF)
23. Teddy Bridgewater (v WAS)
24. Geno Smith (v JAX)
25. Jared Goff (v PHI)
26. Justin Fields (v SF)
27. Jimmy Garoppolo (@ CHI)
28. Case Keenum (v PIT)
29. Tyrod Taylor (v LAR)
30. Mike White (v CIN)
31. Trey Lance (@ CHI)
32. Joe Flacco (v CIN)

 

Running back

1. Derrick Henry (@ IND)
2. Dalvin Cook (v DAL)
3. Jonathan Taylor (v TEN)
4. Ezekiel Elliott (@ MIN)
5. Najee Harris (@ CLE)
6. Aaron Jones (@ ARI)
7. Alvin Kamara (v TB)
8. Nick Chubb (v PIT)
9. Joe Mixon (@ NYJ)
10. D’Andre Swift (v PHI)
11. Austin Ekeler (v NE)
12. Damien Harris (@ LAC)
13. James Robinson (@ SEA)
14. Darrell Henderson (@ HOU)
15. Darrel Williams (v NYG)
16. Cordarrelle Patterson (v CAR)
17. Khalil Herbert (v SF)
18. Antonio Gibson (@ DEN)
19. Leonard Fournette (@ NO)
20. Chuba Hubbard (@ ATL)
21. Chase Edmonds (v GB)
22. Elijah Mitchell (@ CHI)
23. James Conner (v GB)
24. Devontae Booker (@ KC)
25. Melvin Gordon (v WAS)
26. Javonte Williams (v WAS)
27. Boston Scott (@ DET)
28. Alex Collins (v JAX)
29. Jamaal Williams (v PHI)
30. Kenneth Gainwell (@ DET)
31. Zach Moss (v MIA)

32. AJ Dillon (@ ARI)
33. J.D. McKissic (@ DEN)
34. Myles Gaskin (@ BUF)
35. Tony Pollard (@ MIN)
36. Devin Singletary (v MIA)
37. D’Ernest Johnson (v PIT)
38. Michael Carter (v CIN)
39. Mike Davis (v CAR)
40. Nyheim Hines (v TEN)
41. Damien Williams (v SF)
42. Sony Michel (@ HOU)
43. Mark Ingram (v LAR)
44. David Johnson (v LAR)
45. Samaje Perine (@ NYJ)
46. Ronald Jones II (@ NO)
47. Ty Johnson (v CIN)
48. Salvon Ahmed (@ BUF)
49. Giovani Bernard (@ NO)
50. Rashaad Penny (v JAX)
51. Brandon Bolden (@ LAC)
52. Jerick McKinnon (v NYG)
53. Alexander Mattison (v DAL)
54. JaMycal Hasty (@ CHI)
55. Phillip Lindsay (v LAR)
56. Jordan Howard (@ DET)
57. Demetric Felton (v PIT)
58. Joshua Kelley (v NE)
59. Royce Freeman (@ ATL)
60. J.J. Taylor (@ LAC)
61. DeeJay Dallas (v JAX)
62. Trey Sermon (@ CHI)
63. Marlon Mack (v TEN)
64. Justin Jackson (v NE)
65. Darrynton Evans (@ IND)
66. Jeremy McNichols (@ IND)
67. Chris Evans (@ NYJ)
68. Kalen Ballage (@ CLE)
69. Carlos Hyde (@ SEA)
70. Ty Montgomery (v TB)

 

Wide receiver

1. Cooper Kupp (@ HOU)
2. Tyreek Hill (v NYG)
3. DeAndre Hopkins (v GB)
4. Stefon Diggs (v MIA)
5. Ja’Marr Chase (@ NYJ)
6. Justin Jefferson (v DAL)
7. A.J. Brown (@ IND)
8. Chris Godwin (@ NO)
9. D.J. Moore (@ ATL)
10. Terry McLaurin (@ DEN)
11. CeeDee Lamb (@ MIN)
12. Mike Williams (v NE)
13. Deebo Samuel (@ CHI)
14. Antonio Brown (@ NO)
15. D.K. Metcalf (v JAX)
16. Calvin Ridley (v CAR)
17. Diontae Johnson (@ CLE)
18. Amari Cooper (@ MIN)
19. Mike Evans (@ NO)
20. Adam Thielen (v DAL)
21. Keenan Allen (v NE)
22. DeVonta Smith (@ DET)
23. Robert Woods (@ HOU)
24. Tee Higgins (@ NYJ)
25. Julio Jones (@ IND)
26. Jerry Jeudy (v WAS)
27. Courtland Sutton (v WAS)
28. Emmanuel Sanders (v MIA)
29. Marvin Jones (@ SEA)
30. Christian Kirk (v GB)
31. Michael Pittman Jr. (v TEN)
32. Chase Claypool (@ CLE)
33. Tyler Lockett (v JAX)
34. A.J. Green (v GB)
35. Kenny Golladay (@ KC)
36. Brandin Cooks (v LAR)
37. Darnell Mooney (v SF)
38. T.Y. Hilton (v TEN)
39. Jaylen Waddle (@ BUF)
40. Laviska Shenault Jr. (@ SEA)
41. Allen Robinson (v SF)
42. Jarvis Landry (v PIT)
43. Tyler Boyd (@ NYJ)
44. Corey Davis (v CIN)
45. Odell Beckham Jr. (v PIT)
46. Sterling Shepard (@ KC)
47. Mecole Hardman (v NYG)
48. Jakobi Meyers (@ LAC)
49. Rondale Moore (v GB)

50. Randall Cobb (@ ARI)
51. Michael Gallup (@ MIN)
52. Cole Beasley (v MIA)
53. Marquez Callaway (v TB)
54. DeVante Parker (@ BUF)
55. Robby Anderson (@ ATL)
56. Tim Patrick (v WAS)
57. Nelson Agholor (@ LAC)
58. K.J. Osborn (v DAL)
59. Van Jefferson (@ HOU)
60. Kalif Raymond (v PHI)
61. Darius Slayton (@ KC)
62. Tre’Quan Smith (v TB)
63. Jalen Reagor (@ DET)

64. Equanimeous St. Brown (@ ARI)
65. Russell Gage (v CAR)
66. Amon-Ra St. Brown (v PHI)
67. Zach Pascal (v TEN)
68. Kendrick Bourne (@ LAC)
69. Quez Watkins (@ DET)
70. Elijah Moore (v CIN)
71. Jamison Crowder (v CIN)
72. DeSean Jackson (@ HOU)

73. Amari Rodgers (@ ARI)
74. Brandon Aiyuk (@ CHI)
75. Byron Pringle (v NYG)
76. Nico Collins (v LAR)
77. James Washington (@ CLE)
78. Jamal Agnew (@ SEA)
79. Demarcus Robinson (v NYG)
80. Gabriel Davis (v MIA)
81. Danny Amendola (v LAR)
82. Cedrick Wilson (@ MIN)
83. Nick Westbrook Ikhine (@ IND)
84. John Ross (@ KC)
85. Donovan Peoples-Jones (v PIT)
86. Josh Gordon (v NYG)
87. Adam Humphries (@ DEN)
88. Freddie Swain (v JAX)
89. Dante Pettis (@ KC)
90. Chris Moore (v LAR)
91. Albert Wilson (@ BUF)
92. DeAndre Carter (@ DEN)
93. Rashard Higgins (v PIT)
94. Tavon Austin (@ SEA)
95. Tyler Johnson (@ NO)
96. Josh Reynolds (@ IND)
97. N’Keal Harry (@ LAC)
98. Kenny Stills (v TB)
99. Jalen Guyton (v NE)

100. Tyron Johnson (@ SEA)

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (v NYG)
2. Kyle Pitts (v CAR)
3. Rob Gronkowski (@ NO)
4. T.J. Hockenson (v PHI)
5. Mike Gesicki (@ BUF)
6. Dallas Geodert (@ DET)
7. Noah Fant (v WAS)
8. Dalton Schultz (@ MIN)
9. Hunter Henry (@ LAC)
10. Zach Ertz (v GB)
11. Tyler Higbee (@ HOU)
12. Ricky Seals-Jones (@ DEN)
13. Jared Cook (v NE)
14. Mo Alie-Cox (v TEN)
15. Robert Tonyan (@ ARI)
16. Evan Engram (@ KC)
17. Cole Kmet (v SF)
18. Jonnu Smith (@ LAC)
19. Dan Arnold (@ SEA)
20. Gerald Everett (v JAX)
21. C.J. Uzomah (@ NYJ)
22. David Njoku (v PIT)
23. Tyler Conklin (v DAL)
24. Pat Freiermuth (@ CLE)
25. Austin Hooper (v PIT)
26. Ross Dwelley (@ CHI)
27. Donald Parham Jr. (v NE)
28. Anthony Firkser (@ IND)
29. Tommy Sweeney (v MIA)
30. Juwan Johnson (v TB)
31. Blake Jarwin (@ MIN)
32. Adam Trautman (v TB)
33. Tommy Tremble (@ ATL)
34. Jack Doyle (v TEN)
35. Hayden Hurst (v CAR)
36. O.J. Howard (@ NO)
37. Tyler Kroft (v CIN)
38. Eric Ebron (@ CLE)
39. Jordan Akins (v LAR)
40. Ian Thomas (@ ATL)

 

Defense/ST

1. Los Angeles Rams (@ HOU)
2. Buffalo Bills (v MIA)
3. Cincinnati Bengals (@ NYJ)
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@ NO)
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (@ CLE)
6. Dallas Cowboys (@ MIN)
7. Arizona Cardinals (v GB)
8. San Francisco 49ers (@ CHI)
9. Chicago Bears (v SF)
10. Carolina Panthers (@ ATL)
11. Denver Broncos (v WAS)
12. Cleveland Browns (v PIT)
13. Los Angeles Chargers (v NE)
14. Atlanta Falcons (v CAR)
15. Indianapolis Colts (v TEN)
16. New England Patriots (@ LAC)
17. Tennessee Titans (@ IND)
18. Minnesota Vikings (v DAL)
19. Philadelphia Eagles (@ DET)
20. Washington Football Team (@ DEN)
21. Seattle Seahawks (v JAX)
22. Jacksonville Jaguars (@ SEA)
23. Detroit Lions (v PHI)
24. New Orleans Saints (v TB)
25. Green Bay Packers (@ ARI)

 

Kicker

1. Tyler Bass (v MIA)
2. Younghoe Koo (v CAR)
3. Harrison Butker (v NYG)
4. Matt Gay (@ HOU)
5. Matt Prater (v GB)
6. Nick Folk (@ LAC)
7. Greg Zuerlein (@ MIN)
8. Evan McPherson (@ NYJ)
9. Brandon McManus (v WAS)
10. Ryan Succop (@ NO)
11. Jake Elliott (@ DET)
12. Greg Joseph (v DAL)
13. Randy Bullock (@ IND)
14. Mason Crosby (@ ARI)
15. Graham Gano (@ KC)
16. Zane Gonzalez (@ ATL)
17. Chris Boswell (@ CLE)
18. Chase McLaughlin (v PIT)
19. Joey Slye (@ CHI)
20. Jason Myers (v JAX)
21. Michael Badgley (v TEN)
22. Tristan Vizcaino (v NE)
23. Cairo Santos (v SF)
24. Chris Blewitt (@ DEN)
25. Austin Seibert (v PHI)

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 8, 2021

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 8, 2021

The waiver wire rankings may vary depending on your scoring settings and overall league/roster construction, so feel free to reach out with any questions. [Note: all players are rostered in less than 60% of ESPN leagues]

 

Overall Rankings

 

1. Tony Pollard, DAL RB

Pollard was dropped in far too many leagues prior to the bye, and he should be the clear top pick-up wherever available. Since the opener, Pollard has handled double-digit touches in every game; Dallas will continue to lean on him behind Ezekiel Elliott.

 

2. Kenyan Drake, LV RB

The Raiders will hope to have Josh Jacobs (chest) healthy following a Week 8 bye, but Drake has three scores over the past two games and looked good on 17 touches against the Eagles. Plus, it’s notable that Drake has said he’s just now feeling comfortable in Las Vegas.

 

3. Latavius Murray, BAL RB

Murray (ankle) should continue to be rostered through Baltimore’s bye, and he will be the team’s lead back when healthy. The veteran has scored in four-of-six games to begin 2021.

 

4. Christian Kirk, ARI WR

A sustained breakout for Kirk occurring when Arizona has more weapons than ever is a bit surprising, but we’ve always believed in the talent. Kirk has four touchdowns and is averaging a career-best 11.3 yards per target.

 

5. Kadarius Toney, NYG WR

Toney (ankle) has dropped below the 60% threshold, but that is likely a mistake based on what he’s shown when featured. Even if he misses another game, the rookie’s playmaking ability is worth holding as an upside FLEX.

 

6. Kirk Cousins, MIN QB

There are usually a bunch of quarterbacks available to stream on waivers, but Cousins’ bye week is now in the books, and he appears to be the most reliable option by a decent margin. It’s also worth pointing out that Deshaun Watson makes the article for the first time, as somehow the NFL might allow him to immediately play if traded.

 

7. DeVante Parker, MIA WR

Parker’s hamstring injury has lingered despite an original belief that it was minor, but his upside on the outside is worth taking a shot on if you need help at wide receiver. The emergence of Mike Gesicki will only lead to more favorable coverage when Parker is back in the lineup.

 

8. Trey Sermon, SF RB

The next two players on the list are all about the talent, but you can certainly pass them up (or drop them if already owned) at this point if patience has worn thin. For Sermon, he will also have to contend with Jeff Wilson (knee) soon, but you’d think San Francisco will want to see what they have in their third-round pick before the season is up.

 

9. Sony Michel, LAR RB

A game against Detroit was thought to be a spot where Michel might get a little heavier workload, but he was limited to two carries for four yards, and the usage has been inconsistent with Darrell Henderson healthy. Still, we’d hold him based on the handcuff appeal in Sean McVay’s offense.

 

10. Alex Collins, SEA RB

The health of Chris Carson (neck) is still somewhat of a mystery, so Collins can continue to be treated as a low-end RB2/FLEX option for Week 8 against the Jaguars. After that, we’ll see if Carson returns when first eligible following Seattle’s bye.

 

Quarterback

1. Kirk Cousins, MIN

2. Daniel Jones, NYG

3. Trevor Lawrence, JAX

4. Tua Tagovailoa, MIA

5. Deshaun Watson, HOU

6. Carson Wentz, IND

7. Jameis Winston, NO

8. Trey Lance, SF

9. Sam Darnold, CAR

10. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

 

Running back

1. Tony Pollard, DAL

2. Kenyan Drake, LV

3. Latavius Murray, BAL

4. Trey Sermon, SF

5. Sony Michel, LAR

6. Alex Collins, SEA

7. J.D. McKissic, WAS

8. Ronald Jones II, TB

9. Kenneth Gainwell, PHI

10. Devin Singletary, BUF

11. Le’Veon Bell, BAL

12. Boston Scott, PHI

13. Nyheim Hines, IND

14. Devonta Freeman, BAL

15. Alexander Mattison, MIN

16. Damien Williams, CHI

17. Rhamondre Stevenson, NE

18. Jeff Wilson, SF

19. Mark Ingram HOU

20. David Johnson, HOU

21. Giovani Bernard, TB

22. Marlon Mack, IND

23. Rashaad Penny, SEA

24. Brandon Bolden, NE

25. Ty’Son Williams, BAL

 

Wide receiver

1. Christian Kirk, ARI

2. Kadarius Toney, NYG

3. DeVante Parker, MIA

4. Darnell Mooney, CHI

5. A.J. Green, ARI

6. T.Y. Hilton, IND

7. Mecole Hardman, KC

8. Michael Gallup, DAL

9. Rashod Bateman, BAL

10. Rondale Moore, ARI

11. Sammy Watkins, BAL

12. Will Fuller, MIA

13. Brandon Aiyuk, SF

14. Nelson Agholor, NE

15. Bryan Edwards, LV

16. Tre’Quan Smith, NO

17. Marquez Callaway, NO

18. Josh Gordon, KC

19. Marques Valdes-Scantling, GB

20. Cole Beasley, BUF

21. Darius Slayton, NYG

22. Hunter Renfrow, LV

23. Curtis Samuel, WAS

24. Tim Patrick, DEN

25. Jalen Reagor, PHI

26. Elijah Moore, NYJ

27. Van Jefferson, LAR

28. Russell Gage, ATL

29. James Washington, PIT

30. Kalif Raymond, DET

 

Tight end

1. Logan Thomas, WAS

2. Jonnu Smith, NE

3. Cole Kmet, CHI

4. C.J. Uzomah, CIN

5. Jared Cook, LAC

6. Evan Engram, NYG

7. Dan Arnold, JAX

8. Mo Alie-Cox, IND

9. Gerald Everett, SEA

10. Pat Freiermuth, PIT

11. Ricky Seals-Jones, WAS

12. David Njoku, CLE

13. Austin Hooper, CLE

14. O.J. Howard, TB

15. Juwan Johnson, NO

Week 7 Fantasy Football Awards 2021

Week 7 Fantasy Football Awards 2021

Team of the Week

 

QB: Joe Burrow, CIN

A bunch of quarterbacks finished above expectations this week, but Burrow—in a difficult matchup versus the Ravens—was the most impressive by throwing for 416 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in a blowout win. The second-year passer has rounded more and more into form with 22+ fantasy points in three of the past four weeks.

 

RB: D’Andre Swift, DET

Swift set the tone early for Detroit with a 64-yard touchdown on a screen pass, and his play helped make it a battle with the Rams. Overall, Swift rushed 13 times for 48 yards and added an 8/96/1 line as a receiver on his way to finishing as the top running back of Week 7.

 

RB: Damien Harris, NE

A plus spot versus the Jets already set up Harris for a big game, and then rookie Rhamondre Stevenson being inactive on Sunday morning made New England’s starter a definite RB1 play. He came through with 106 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries.

 

WR: Cooper Kupp, LAR

Kupp remained unstoppable last week for Los Angeles and fantasy owners—catching ten-of-13 targets for 156 yards and two touchdowns. It’s likely going to take consistent double teams for Kupp to cool off at all, but all the weapons of the Rams will make that difficult to do.

 

WR: Ja’Marr Chase, CIN

Chase is also showing no signs of slowing down, as the rookie torched Baltimore’s secondary with eight receptions, 201 yards, and one touchdown—a highlight, 82-yard catch and run—on his way to another high-end WR1 day. The “worst” game for Chase this season was six receptions for 77 yards back in Week 4.

 

TE: Kyle Pitts, ATL

A battle of athletic tight ends was fun to watch with Pitts and Mike Gesicki (7/85/1) going off on Sunday, and Atlanta’s first-round pick gets the nod here with seven receptions (on eight targets) for 163 yards. Hopefully fantasy owners didn’t sell low after a slow start, as Pitts has combined for 16 receptions, 282 yards, and one touchdown over the past two games.

 

FLEX: Mike Evans, TB

A few candidates had a case here, but Evans finding the end zone three times—all within ten yards of the end zone, and all in the first half—allowed him to finish with 28.6 fantasy points in Tampa Bay’s 38-3 win over Chicago. Evans has had a couple of quiet performances, but he’s now up to seven touchdowns in seven games.

D/ST: Buccaneers

Another disastrous performance (similar to the one versus Cleveland last month) was a somewhat high possibility for the Bears yesterday, and that’s what happened as the Bucs forced Justin Fields into five turnovers and held them out of the end zone. Tampa Bay should remain a top option next week in New Orleans.

 

K: Graham Gano, NYG

Gano hit three field goals from a decent distance in Sunday’s win over Carolina (53 yards, 49 yards, 44 yards) and he also hit both PAT attempts to finish as the week’s top kicker heading into Monday night.

 

Surprise of the Week: D’Ernest Johnson

Johnson was phenomenal in his first career start—rushing 22 times for 146 yards and one touchdown (plus two receptions for 22 yards) in a hard-fought victory over Denver. The 25-year-old has impressed whenever given an opportunity for Cleveland, and he should remain a factor (perhaps in the Kareem Hunt role) even when Nick Chubb (calf) returns.

 

Disappointment of the Week: Chiefs offense

Kansas City finishing with three points in a decisive loss to Tennessee is something no one could have seen coming, and fantasy investors were surely stung by Patrick Mahomes (7.74 fantasy points), Darrel Williams (6.5), Tyreek Hill (9.7), Mecole Hardman (2.8), and Travis Kelce (10.0) coming short of expectations. Perhaps an explosion will make up for it next Monday night versus the Giants.

 

Rookie of the Week: Ja’Marr Chase

Chase is up to 754 receiving yards through seven games, and he’s averaging an insane 21.5 yards per reception and 14.8 yards per target. At this point, it would be a surprise if Chase didn’t finish with the Rookie of the Year award in our end-of-season article.

 

Week 7 MVP: Cooper Kupp

Kupp is the only thing that kept Chase from being the Week 7 MVP, as Sunday was his third game with at least nine receptions, 130 yards, and two touchdowns. A whopping 81 targets on the season has Kupp on pace to challenge for NFL records if he continues to play how he’s been playing.

2021 NFL Week 7 Daily Fantasy Recommended Lineup Advice

2021 NFL Week 7 Daily Fantasy Recommended Lineup Advice

Which two receivers from a struggling passing attack should be in consideration for Week 7 daily fantasy lineups? Player salaries are from FanDuel.

 

QB: Tom Brady vs. CHI ($8,000)

Tom Brady has thrown 14 touchdowns in three home games this season, so don’t be too scared off by the matchup against a Bears defense that’s played well this season.

 

RB: Derrick Henry vs. KC ($11,000)

The Titans have a big game this week as they try to get to 5-2 in the AFC, so it’s a good time to spend big and use the cheat code that is Derrick Henry. The back-to-back rushing champion should get 25+ touches and is almost in must-use territory in daily fantasy lineups.

 

RB: Miles Sanders @ LV ($5,900)

This feels like a game where the Eagles might decide to commit to the run game and Miles Sanders can have a nice performance that includes breaking a long run or two. That, paired with finding the end zone, could lead to a huge afternoon for the dynamic runner.

 

WR: Chris Godwin vs. CHI ($6,700)

Antonio Brown (ankle) might be hobbled, and Mike Evans might contend with Jaylon Johnson more on the outside, so Chris Godwin could be the Bucs receiver with a massive outing in Week 7. Godwin’s played well, but he’s due for a breakout game soon.

 

WR: Darnell Mooney @ TB ($5,900)

Darnell Mooney has been a top target for Justin Fields over the past few games, and he might be able to create separation versus the Bucs cornerbacks this week. Mooney could provide value in daily fantasy lineups.

 

WR: Allen Robinson @ TB ($5,800)

It’s a bit risky to use two Bears receivers considering the disappointing production from the passing offense this season, but Fields might be forced to try to keep up, and Chicago is facing a defense that’s incredibly difficult to run on. Allen Robinson could have had a couple of deep balls last week, and the team might put an emphasis on getting him the ball on Sunday.

 

TE: Darren Waller vs. PHI ($6,800)

It’s time for Darren Waller to get going this season, and he’ll be the value of the week if he can play like he did toward the end of 2020. The linebackers and safeties of the Eagles will probably have a tough time sticking with Waller.

 

FLEX: A.J. Dillon vs. WAS ($5,400)

If the Packers are up big, perhaps we’ll see a sizable dose of A.J. Dillon to close out the game against an undermatched Washington squad. Also, Dillon’s involvement as a receiver has been promising at times this season.

 

D/ST: Panthers @ NYG ($4,500)

Expect the Panthers defense to be laser focused after three consecutive losses. Carolina should be a strong play facing a Giants offense without Saquon Barkley in the lineup.

 

Remaining salary: $0

 

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Other recommended Week 7 options

 

QB: Aaron Rodgers vs. WAS ($7,900)

RB: Darrell Henderson Jr. vs. DET ($8,000)

RB: Damien Harris vs. NYJ ($6,800)

WR: Davante Adams vs. WAS ($9,000)

WR: Mecole Hardman @ TEN ($5,400)

TE: Dallas Goedert @ LV ($5,900)

Week 7 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 7 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

For our complete Week 7 rankings, subscribe to Fantasy Consigliere, and listen to The Fantasy Consigliere Podcast for added insights ahead of the weekend.

 

Quarterback

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Ryan Tannehill (v KC)

There is always concern about Derrick Henry’s dominance leading to disappointing production for Tannehill through the air, but one week isn’t enough to suddenly view Kansas City’s defense as anything less than a dream matchup. Through six weeks, the Chiefs have allowed the third-most yards per attempt in the league (8.4, which trails only Detroit and Jacksonville), so Tannehill—who can also do damage with his legs—should be started as a midrange QB1 for a probable shootout.

 

Thumbs Up: Matt Ryan (@ MIA)

Ryan has thrown for 289.3 yards per game with an 8:0 touchdown-interception ratio since Atlanta’s 0-2 start, and the offense is headed in the right direction under Arthur Smith with Cordarrelle Patterson, Calvin Ridley, and Kyle Pitts being a featured trio. Xavien Howard (shoulder/groin) and Byron Jones (Achilles/groin) potentially missing another game would leave Miami very vulnerable on the backend, and Matty Ice should continue playing good football coming out of the bye. I have him as a top-ten option.

 

Thumbs Up: Jameis Winston (@ SEA)

New Orleans has had a low-volume passing attack to start the season, but the hope is Winston—averaging 14.0 completions and 23.2 attempts per game—will begin to let it fly more coming out of the bye. Aside from finally getting Tre’Quan Smith (hamstring), Jameis gets a great matchup versus a Seattle defense that has struggled mightily in 2021 with the fifth-most passing yards per game allowed (292.3). He’s a low-end QB1 with six teams on a bye.

 

Thumbs Up: Case Keenum (v DEN)

You probably don’t need to consider Keenum in a one-quarterback league, but I think he will have a nice game on Thursday night in place of Baker Mayfield (shoulder), and the veteran is a top-20 option for Superflex formats. While the offensive line keeping him upright against Von Miller is a concern, Keenum might be able to connect with Odell Beckham Jr. on some chunk plays, and he should also accurately get the ball to Demetric Felton out of the backfield.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Justin Fields (@ TB)

As you’ll see later, I have some hope for the Chicago pass-catchers this week versus Tampa Bay, but there is also downside for Fields—and it’s possible the Bucs get to him like we saw in the rookie’s first start when Cleveland sacked him nine times. Fields only had 174 yards, one touchdown, and one interception at home last week against a depleted Green Bay secondary, and I would hold off on adding him to the QB1 ranks over more reliable veteran options.

 

Thumbs Down: Carson Wentz (@ SF)

Indianapolis has played much better football as of late, but on Sunday night, they’ll be tasked with taking on a rested San Francisco team, and it looks like weather might be a factor. Wentz will already be without Parris Campbell (foot), and T.Y. Hilton (quadriceps) could be out, too, which would obviously lower the explosiveness of the Colts. Also, it’s worth noting that Wentz has been limited to 202.0 passing yards per game with a 3:2 touchdown-interception ratio in two career matchups versus the Niners.

 

Thumbs Down: Sam Darnold (@ NYG)

It’s amazing that Carolina even went to overtime last week with Darnold completing just 17-of-41 passes, but Matt Rhule has said their offensive identity will shift more towards the running game as they try to snap their three-game skid, and less volume isn’t usually a positive for a quarterback’s numbers. Darnold has seven turnovers since the 3-0 start for the Panthers, and he doesn’t make the QB1 ranks for me in Week 7.

 

Thumbs Down: Teddy Bridgewater (@ CLE)

Thursday Night Football can be very unpredictable—and the Cleveland defense has not at all lived up to expectations—but Bridgewater is banged up for a short week, and Broncos-Browns being a 14-10 game wouldn’t be a surprise. Similar to the aforementioned Sam Darnold, turnovers have started to pile up for Bridgewater with four interceptions and a lost fumble over the past two weeks. I’d look elsewhere in one-quarterback leagues.

 

Running Back

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Damien Harris (v NYJ)

Harris rebounded from a lost fumble in Week 5 to have arguably his best game as a pro last week against Dallas—rushing 18 times for 101 yards and a score in an unfortunate overtime loss. Now, he’ll take on a New York team that is allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, and I expect Harris will best his 16-carry, 62-yard day (boosted by a 26-yard touchdown) from the first matchup in Week 2. View him as a borderline RB1/RB2 in season-long leagues and a strong DFS play.

 

Thumbs Up: Miles Sanders (@ LV)

Fan reaction and late-game success on the ground versus Tampa Bay has me thinking Nick Sirianni will potentially go overboard with running the ball this week, but those with Sanders wouldn’t have any complaints if that turns out to be the case. At worst, Sanders appears primed for the workload he saw in the opener (15 carries, four receptions), and the aggressive defense of Las Vegas could play right into Philadelphia’s hands with a cutback and/or misdirection opportunity. Sanders is a high-upside RB2.

 

Thumbs Up: AJ Dillon (v WAS)

September wasn’t a good start for Dillon after I thought he would have standalone FLEX value, but October has been a different story, and the bruising runner has had yardage totals of 97, 79, and 59 in three games this month. There is no reason to believe Green Bay will go away from him, so Dillon—at home in a game the Packers should handle—is a low-end RB2/FLEX option with six teams on a bye. I currently have him as my RB24.

 

Thumbs Up: Mike Davis (@ MIA)

Cordarrelle Patterson remains a must-start coming off the bye, but I also think Davis can be a top-20 play in an excellent matchup. While the breakout for Patterson has deservedly drawn headlines, Davis has quietly handled 15+ touches in every outing so far this season, and Miami is allowing 26.5 fantasy points per game to opposing runners (third-most in the NFL). There should be room for both backs to contribute on a top-heavy offense.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Alex Collins (v NO)

Collins was much better in Sunday’s night loss to the Steelers (20 carries for 101 yards and one touchdown) than he was the previous week (15 carries for 47 yards), but the Saints aren’t an opponent to build momentum against—especially at less than 100% with a hip injury. The return of Rashaad Penny (calf) only adds to the concern about Collins’ outlook in Week 7, so if he doesn’t get in a full practice by the end of the week, fantasy owners with options might be better off benching him.

 

Thumbs Down: D’Ernest Johnson (v DEN)

The only other time Johnson saw extended action for the Browns came last year against Dallas when he rushed 13 times for 95 yards (after Nick Chubb went down with a knee injury), and Cleveland’s backup runner displayed an impressive combination of vision and patience. The matchup won’t be as favorable on Thursday night, though, and Johnson is getting a bit overvalued in my opinion (for example, ESPN has him projected for 13.7 fantasy points in 0.5 PPR leagues, which puts him as the RB12). Look for him to be a FLEX option splitting work with Demetric Felton.

 

Thumbs Down: Mark Ingram (@ ARI)

Ingram actually saw 18 carries last week in a 31-3 loss to Indy, but do you feel good about trusting a Houston running back against the undefeated Cardinals? I doubt the 31-year-old sees 20 touches in back-to-back weeks, and the floor—like we saw twice already this season—is him barely topping a handful of carries. I’d rather roll with a committee member in a better offense and with a better matchup.

 

Thumbs Down: Bears RBs (@ TB)

Khalil Herbert was tremendous for the Bears in Week 6, and the rookie has handled 19.0 touches in two games since David Montgomery (knee) went down. However, Tampa Bay remains the worst matchup imaginable for a running back, so both Herbert and Damien Williams (who missed last week on the COVID-19 list) are difficult sells in the starting lineup on Sunday because the floor and ceiling are both too low.

 

Wide Receiver

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: A.J. Brown (v KC)

I hope that Brown’s performance in the second half of Monday night’s win over the Bills is enough to make him a fixture in lineups, but as explained in this week’s episode of The Fantasy Consigliere Podcast, many have been too harsh with their complaints about him—based on a six-week sample size—rather than remembering that he’s a superstar-level talent. I’m not at all worried about a one-catch performance in the 2019 regular season matchup versus Kansas City, and Brown is my WR5 for Week 7.

 

Thumbs Up: Allen Robinson (@ TB)

This season has been a struggle for Robinson in terms of production, but the Bears at least dialed up a couple of deep shots for him last week—one just happened to be intercepted on what Justin Fields thought was a free play, and the other was unfortunately a would-be, walk-in touchdown that wasn’t thrown to him. I’m still unconvinced that Fields and Andy Dalton are an improvement over Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles, but last year, Robinson caught ten passes for 90 yards in a win over the Bucs; I’m giving him another shot to return WR2 value.

 

Thumbs Up: Henry Ruggs III (v PHI)

The breakout for Ruggs hasn’t been talked about because he was picked by the Raiders and not viewed as an analytics darling, but the second-year speedster is already up to 445 receiving yards through six games—and the efficiency numbers have been phenomenal with 22.3 yards per reception and 13.9 yards per target. Philadelphia’s long-standing issues covering deep threats (including an 11/186/3 line allowed to Tyreek Hill) could set Ruggs up for another big game. I have him as a top-25 option.

 

Thumbs Up: Tre’Quan Smith (@ SEA)

If you need to dig a little deeper, Smith—set to make his season debut after dealing with a significant hamstring injury—provides plenty of upside and has ready-made chemistry with Jameis Winston. In the summer, Smith notably said his quarterback told him “don’t stop running” when it comes to taking vertical shots, so it sounds like the Saints will open up the passing attack some if the Winston-Smith combination has any say in the matter. There might not be a more overlooked fantasy option than Smith entering Week 7.

 

Others: DeVante Parker (v ATL), Mecole Hardman (@ TEN)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Tyler Boyd (@ BAL)

The bye weeks will keep Boyd in play as a potential FLEX option, but he’s been very quiet in four outings with Tee Higgins in the lineup (4.2 targets and 34.0 yards per game with zero touchdowns), and his outlook is really capped on an offense centered around Joe Mixon, Ja’Marr Chase, and Higgins. For this week in particular, Boyd has combined for 14 receptions, 115 yards, and zero touchdowns over the past four matchups versus Baltimore, so a standout performance doesn’t seem likely.

 

Thumbs Down: Tyler Lockett (v NO)

Lockett is tough to rank this week because his last game versus the Saints was a blowup (11/154/1), but it came with Russell Wilson at quarterback, and their rare chemistry being impossible to replicate is the reason the dynamic wideout was here last week, too. Unless we see New Orleans lose him in a busted coverage, Lockett could again fall short of expectations as fantasy owners await the return of Wilson.

 

Thumbs Down: Jamison Crowder (@ NE)

The amount of teams on a bye makes it difficult to strongly advise against players this week, but Crowder has been held to yardage totals of 50, 25, 26, 26, and 31 in five career matchups versus New England, and it might be a good idea for the Jets to give younger guys—namely second-round pick Elijah Moore—a chance to be featured coming off the bye. It’s a small sample size through just two games this season, but Crowder is averaging 7.7 yards per reception and 5.7 yards per target.

 

Thumbs Down: Patriots WRs (v NYJ)

The Patriots are going to stick to the running game this weekend, there isn’t a ton of upside through the air based on the first matchup versus New York—Jakobi Meyers had 38 scoreless yards, Nelson Agholor had 21 scoreless yards, and Kendrick Bourne had ten scoreless yards. Mac Jones has played great to begin his career, but the spread-it-out attack isn’t open enough for the wideouts to carry significant upside right now.

 

Others: Corey Davis (@ NE), Robby Anderson (@ NYG)

 

Tight End

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Noah Fant (@ CLE)

Tight end appears to be in quality shape despite all the teams on a bye, and Fant is one of nine options that I believe has a case to be ranked in the top five. The Browns won’t have rookie linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (ankle) on Thursday night, so Fant—who was clearly frustrated against the Raiders before coming alive late to finish as the week’s top scorer at the position—gets a good opportunity to build on the 9/97/1 line.

 

Thumbs Up: David Njoku (v DEN)

I know I said it would be a potential slugfest, but I also like Njoku for the TNF matchup considering the state of Cleveland’s offense. The talented tight end saw only two targets last week following a 149-yard, one-touchdown outing in a shootout loss to the Chargers, and the best two offensive games for the Browns have come when Njoku has been a factor; they need to get him going again without Nick Chubb (calf) and Kareem Hunt (calf).

 

Thumbs Up: Jimmy Graham (@ TB)

Similar to O.J. Howard last week (who paid off with a touchdown), this is a just-a-feeling selection, but Graham found the end zone in last year’s matchup versus the Bucs, and I think Chicago might dial up his number again after making a highlight block in Week 6. He’s worth a dart throw in deeper leagues.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week:  Zach Ertz (v HOU)

Ertz should eventually be a TE1 play in Arizona, but I’d hold off on slotting him into lineups considering all the weapons Kyler Murray has at his disposal. Plus, the Cardinals have another game coming up quickly next Thursday night versus the Packers for a huge NFC clash, and it makes sense to hold off on unleashing Ertz—who just played on a short week—until then.

 

Thumbs Down: Mo Alie-Cox (@ SF)

With seven receptions, 120 yards, and three scores over the past three weeks, Alie-Cox is drawing streaming consideration in Week 7, but I’m avoiding him in a difficult matchup. Since allowing a big game to T.J. Hockenson in the opener, San Francisco has allowed fantasy point totals of 4.5. 2.0, 1.5, and 1.9 in 0.5 PPR leagues over their past four games.

 

Thumbs Down: Gerald Everett (v NO)

New Orleans is also a brutal matchup for tight ends, and Everett isn’t a big enough factor in scoring territory or seeing enough targets—with 12 through four games—to have a high likelihood of overcoming it. The recent stint on the COVID-19 list may be a factor, but Everett (48%) was behind Will Dissly (72%) for playing time in Week 6.

Week 7 Fantasy: Rest-Of-Season Rankings

Week 7 Fantasy: Rest-Of-Season Rankings

The rest-of-season rankings are exclusive to Fantasy Consigliere subscribers, and they will be updated every week throughout the 2021 season.

 

Quarterback

1. Josh Allen, BUF

2. Tom Brady, TB

3. Patrick Mahomes, KC

4. Kyler Murray, ARI

5. Lamar Jackson, BAL

6. Jalen Hurts, PHI

7. Justin Herbert, LAC

8. Aaron Rodgers, GB

9. Dak Prescott, DAL

10. Matthew Stafford, LAR

11. Ryan Tannehill, TEN

12. Daniel Jones, NYG

13. Joe Burrow, CIN

14. Kirk Cousins, MIN

15. Derek Carr, LV

16. Russell Wilson, SEA

17. Trevor Lawrence, JAX

18. Matt Ryan, ATL

19. Sam Darnold, CAR

20. Justin Fields, CHI

21. Jameis Winston, NO

22. Tua Tagovailoa, MIA

23. Carson Wentz, IND

24. Baker Mayfield, CLE

25. Mac Jones, NE

26. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

27. Teddy Bridgewater, DEN

28. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF

29. Zach Wilson, NYJ

30. Jared Goff, DET

31. Trey Lance, SF

32. Taylor Heinicke, WAS

33. Tyrod Taylor, HOU

34. Taysom Hill, NO

35. Deshaun Watson, HOU

36. Geno Smith, SEA

37. Ryan Fitzpatrick, WAS

38. Davis Mills, HOU

39. Andy Dalton, CHI

40. Marcus Mariota, LV

 

Running back

1. Derrick Henry, TEN

2. Alvin Kamara, NO

3. Jonathan Taylor, IND

4. Dalvin Cook, MIN

5. Nick Chubb, CLE

6. Christian McCaffrey, CAR

7. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL

8. Najee Harris, PIT

9. Aaron Jones, GB

10. Joe Mixon, CIN

11. Austin Ekeler, LAC

12. James Robinson, JAX

13. D’Andre Swift, DET

14. Antonio Gibson, WAS

15. Saquon Barkley, NYG

16. Darrell Henderson, LAR

17. Josh Jacobs, LV

18. Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL

19. Leonard Fournette, TB

20. Damien Harris, NE

21. Elijah Mitchell, SF

22. Miles Sanders, PHI

23. Chase Edmonds, ARI

24. Melvin Gordon, DEN

25. Chris Carson, SEA

26. David Montgomery, CHI

27. Trey Sermon, SF

28. Mike Davis, ATL

29. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC

30. Kareem Hunt, CLE

31. Tony Pollard, DAL

32. A.J. Dillon, GB

33. James Conner, ARI

34. Javonte Williams, DEN

35. Latavius Murray, BAL

36. Darrel Williams, KC

37. Chuba Hubbard, CAR

38. Jamaal Williams, DET

39. Sony Michel, LAR

40. Ronald Jones II, TB

41. Zack Moss, BUF

42. Myles Gaskin, MIA

43. Devin Singletary, BUF

44. Nyheim Hines, IND

45. Damien Williams, CHI

46. J.D. McKissic, WAS

47. Le’Veon Bell, BAL

48. Khalil Herbert, CHI

49. Rhamondre Stevenson, NE

50. Michael Carter, NYJ

51. Kenneth Gainwell, PHI

52. Giovani Bernard, TB

53. Kenyan Drake, LV

54. Alexander Mattison, MIN

55. Alex Collins, SEA

56. Mark Ingram, HOU

57. Demetric Felton, CLE

58. Devonta Freeman, BAL

59. Ty’Son Williams, BAL

60. Ty Johnson, NYJ

61. David Johnson, HOU

62. Devontae Booker, NYG

63. Samaje Perine, CIN

64. Marlon Mack, IND

65. Tevin Coleman, NYJ

66. Malcolm Brown, MIA

67. Brandon Bolden, NE

68. Phillip Lindsay, HOU

69. D’Ernest Johnson, CLE

70. Rashaad Penny, SEA

71. DeeJay Dallas, SEA

72. Jeff Wilson, SF

73. Joshua Kelley, LAC

74. Salvon Ahmed, MIA

75. JaMycal Hasty, SF

76. Tony Jones Jr., NO

77. Carlos Hyde, JAX

78. Jerick McKinnon, KC

79. Chris Evans, CIN

80. Justin Jackson, LAC

81. Peyton Barber, LV

82. Larry Rountree III, LAC

83. Jeremy McNichols, TEN

84. Kalen Ballage, PIT

85. Anthony McFarland, PIT

86. Royce Freeman, CAR

87. Benny Snell, PIT

88. Ty Montgomery, NO

89. Matt Breida, BUF

90. Wayne Gallman, ATL

91. Jermar Jefferson, DET

92. Mike Boone, DEN

93. J.J. Taylor, NE

94. Jacques Patrick, SF

95. Kerryon Johnson, FA

96. Darrynton Evans, TEN

97. La’Mical Perine, NYJ

98. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, TB

99. Boston Scott, PHI

100. Tarik Cohen, CHI

101. Rex Burkhead, HOU

102. Travis Homer, SEA

103. John Kelly, CLE

104. Devine Ozigbo, NO

105. Todd Gurley, FA

106. Gary Brightwell, NYG

107. Eno Benjamin, ARI

108. Jaret Patterson, WAS

109. Kylin Hill, GB

110. Jordan Wilkins, IND

 

Wide receiver

1. Davante Adams, GB

2. Stefon Diggs, BUF

3. Tyreek Hill, KC

4. Cooper Kupp, LAR

5. A.J. Brown, TEN

6. Chris Godwin, TB

7. Mike Williams, LAC

8. DeAndre Hopkins, ARI

9. CeeDee Lamb, DAL

10. Justin Jefferson, MIN

11. Calvin Ridley, ATL

12. Terry McLaurin, WAS

13. Antonio Brown, TB

14. D.K. Metcalf, SEA

15. D.J. Moore, CAR

16. Amari Cooper, DAL

17. Diontae Johnson, PIT

18. Mike Evans, TB

19. Ja’Marr Chase, CIN

20. Adam Thielen, MIN

21. Deebo Samuel, SF

22. Marquise Brown, BAL

23. Keenan Allen, LAC

24. DeVonta Smith, PHI

25. Julio Jones, TEN

26. Tee Higgins, CIN

27. Robert Woods, LAR

28. Marvin Jones, JAX

29. Kenny Golladay, NYG

30. Tyler Lockett, SEA

31. Allen Robinson, CHI

32. Corey Davis, NYJ

33. Chase Claypool, PIT

34. Brandin Cooks, HOU

35. Courtland Sutton, DEN

36. Emmanuel Sanders, BUF

37. Henry Ruggs III, LV

38. Jaylen Waddle, MIA

39. Odell Beckham Jr., CLE

40. Michael Thomas, NO

41. Darnell Mooney, CHI

42. T.Y. Hilton, IND

43. Tyler Boyd, CIN

44. DeVante Parker, MIA

45. Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX

46. Christian Kirk, ARI

47. Jerry Jeudy, DEN

48. Mecole Hardman, KC

49. Rondale Moore, ARI

50. Michael Gallup, DAL

51. Brandon Aiyuk, SF

52. Marquez Callaway, NO

53. Nelson Agholor, NE

54. Jakobi Meyers, NE

55. Bryan Edwards, LV

56. Sammy Watkins, BAL

57. Rashod Bateman, BAL

58. Robby Anderson, CAR

59. Michael Pittman Jr., IND

60. Kadarius Toney, NYG

61. A.J. Green, ARI

62. Cole Beasley, BUF

63. Tre’Quan Smith, NO

64. Hunter Renfrow, LV

65. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB

66. Josh Gordon, KC

67. Jarvis Landry, CLE

68. Jalen Reagor, PHI

69. Elijah Moore, NYJ

70. Tim Patrick, DEN

71. James Washington, PIT

72. Curtis Samuel, WAS

73. Van Jefferson, LAR

74. Sterling Shepard, NYG

75. Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR

76. Will Fuller, MIA

77. Darius Slayton, NYG

78. Russell Gage, ATL

79. Kendrick Bourne, NE

80. Gabriel Davis, BUF

81. Jamison Crowder, NYJ

82. Randall Cobb, GB

83. Denzel Mims, NYJ

84. Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET

85. DeSean Jackson, LAR

86. K.J. Osborn, MIN

87. Allen Lazard, GB

88. Demarcus Robinson, KC

89. Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE

90. Zach Pascal, IND

91. Tyrell Williams, DET

92. Dyami Brown, WAS

93. Anthony Miller, PIT

94. Quez Watkins, PHI

95. Nico Collins, HOU

96. Anthony Schwartz, CLE

97. Tavon Austin, JAX

98. Deonte Harris, NO

99. Ray-Ray McCloud, PIT

100. Keelan Cole, NYJ

101. Adam Humphries, WAS

102. Tyler Johnson, TB

103. Tyron Johnson, JAX

104. Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL

105. Chester Rogers, TEN

106. John Brown, DEN

107. Rashard Higgins, CLE

108. Albert Wilson, MIA

109. N’Keal Harry, NE

110. Tutu Atwell, LAR

111. Trent Sherfield, SF

112. Byron Pringle, KC

113. Josh Palmer, LAC

114. Chris Conley, HOU

115. D.J. Chark, JAX

116. Jalen Guyton, LAC

117. Devin Duvernay, BAL

118. Preston Williams, MIA

119. Parris Campbell, IND

120. Amari Rodgers, GB

121. James Proche, BAL

122. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, TEN

123. Danny Amendola, HOU

124. John Ross, NYG

125. Dee Eskridge, SEA

126. Marquise Goodwin, CHI

127. Isaiah McKenzie, BUF

128. Khalif Raymond, DET

129. Dede Westbrook, MIN

130. Mohamed Sanu, SF

131. Auden Tate, CIN

132. Jaelon Darden, TB

133. Josh Reynolds, TEN

134. Cam Sims, WAS

135. Zay Jones, LV

136. Jauan Jennings, SF

137. Scotty Miller, TB

138. Miles Boykin, BAL

139. Freddie Swain, SEA

140. Jakeem Grant, CHI

141. Trinity Benson, DET

142. Ihmir Smith-Marsette, MIN

143. Chris Hogan, NO

144. Damiere Byrd, CHI

145. Willie Snead, LV

146. Jalen Hurd, SF

147. Mike Strachan, IND

148. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, PHI

149. Greg Ward, PHI

150. Dax Milne, WAS

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce, KC

2. Darren Waller, LV

3. Rob Gronkowski, TB

4. Mark Andrews, BAL

5. T.J. Hockenson, DET

6. Kyle Pitts, ATL

7. Mike Gesicki, MIA

8. George Kittle, SF

9. Noah Fant, DEN

10. Dallas Goedert, PHI

11. Dalton Schultz, DAL

12. Dawson Knox, BUF

13. Zach Ertz, ARI

14. Hunter Henry, NE

15. Tyler Higbee, LAR

16. Logan Thomas, WAS

17. Robert Tonyan, GB

18. Jonnu Smith, NE

19. Jared Cook, LAC

20. Cole Kmet, CHI

21. Evan Engram, NYG

22. Gerald Everett, SEA

23. David Njoku, CLE

24. Dan Arnold, JAX

25. Pat Freiermuth, PIT

26. Austin Hooper, CLE

27. Juwan Johnson, NO

28. Anthony Firkser, TEN

29. Adam Trautman, NO

30. Hayden Hurst, ATL

31. Donald Parham Jr., LAC

32. Mo Alie-Cox, IND

33. Tyler Conklin, MIN

34. Blake Jarwin, DAL

35. C.J. Uzomah, CIN

36. Ricky Seals-Jones, WAS

37. Chris Herndon, MIN

38. Eric Ebron, PIT

39. Will Dissly, SEA

40. Jack Doyle, IND

41. Tommy Tremble, CAR

42. Jordan Akins, HOU

43. Jimmy Graham, CHI

44. O.J. Howard, TB

45. Cameron Brate, TB

46. Harrison Bryant, CLE

47. Kyle Rudolph, NYG

48. Tyler Kroft, NYJ

49. Albert Okwuegbunam, DEN

50. Pharaoh Brown, HOU

51. Foster Moreau, LV

52. Kylen Granson, IND

53. Darren Fells, DET

54. Colby Parkinson, SEA

55. James O’Shaughnessy, JAX

56. MyCole Pruitt, TEN

57. Tyree Jackson, PHI

58. Ian Thomas, CAR

59. Demetrius Harris, ARI

60. Drew Sample, CIN

61. Brevin Jordan, HOU

62. Ryan Griffin, NYJ

63. Noah Gray, KC

64. Geoff Swaim, TEN

65. Josh Oliver, BAL

Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings 2021

Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings 2021

The rankings are based on 0.5 PPR leagues, but feel free to reach out with any questions via Fantasy Consigliere. Also, you can subscribe to The Fantasy Consigliere Podcast for some added insights on why players are ranked where they are when Episode 7 is released.

 

Quarterback

1. Patrick Mahomes (@ TEN)
2. Kyler Murray (v HOU)
3. Tom Brady (v CHI)
4. Lamar Jackson (v CIN)
5. Aaron Rodgers (v WAS)
6. Matthew Stafford (v DET)
7. Jalen Hurts (@ LV)
8. Ryan Tannehill (v KC)
9. Derek Carr (v PHI)
10. Matt Ryan (@ MIA)
11. Joe Burrow (@ BAL)
12. Tua Tagovailoa (v ATL)
13. Sam Darnold (@ NYG)
14. Daniel Jones (v CAR)
15. Justin Fields (@ TB)
16. Jameis Winston (@ SEA)
17. Taylor Heinicke (@ GB)
18. Carson Wentz (@ SF)
19. Jimmy Garoppolo (v IND)
20. Mac Jones (v NYJ)
21. Teddy Bridgewater (@ CLE)
22. Case Keenum (v DEN)
23. Jared Goff (@ LAR)
24. Geno Smith (v NO)
25. Davis Mills (@ ARI)
26. Zach Wilson (@ NE)
27. Marcus Mariota (v PHI)
28. Jacoby Brissett (v ATL)

 

Running back

1. Derrick Henry (v KC)
2. Alvin Kamara (@ SEA)
3. Aaron Jones (v WAS)
4. Jonathan Taylor (@ SF)
5. Joe Mixon (@ BAL)
6. D’Andre Swift (@ LAR)
7. Darrell Henderson (v DET)
8. Darrel Williams (@ TEN)
9. Chuba Hubbard (@ NYG)
10. Josh Jacobs (v PHI)
11. Damien Harris (v NYJ)
12. Leonard Fournette (v CHI)
13. Cordarrelle Patterson (@ MIA)
14. Antonio Gibson (@ GB)
15. Miles Sanders (@ LV)
16. Elijah Mitchell (v IND)
17. Chase Edmonds (v HOU)
18. James Conner (v HOU)
19. Mike Davis (@ MIA)
20. Melvin Gordon (@ CLE)
21. J.D. McKissic (@ GB)
22. A.J. Dillon (v WAS)
23. Javonte Williams (@ CLE)
24. Devontae Booker (v CIN)
25. Le’Veon Bell (v CIN)
26. Jamaal Williams (@ LAR)
27. Alex Collins (v NO)
28. D’Ernest Johnson (v DEN)
29. Michael Carter (@ NE)
30. Myles Gaskin (v ATL)
31. Demetric Felton (v DEN)
32. Nyheim Hines (@ SF)
33. Sony Michel (v DET)
34. Devonta Freeman (v CIN)
35. Khalil Herbert (@ TB)
36. Trey Sermon (v IND)
37. Kenyan Drake (v PHI)
38. Kenneth Gainwell (@ LV)
39. David Johnson (@ ARI)
40. Giovani Bernard (v CHI)
41. Ronald Jones II (v CHI)
42. Mark Ingram (@ ARI)
43. Damien Williams (@ TB)
44. Rashaad Penny (v NO)
45. Ty Johnson (@ NE)
46. Salvon Ahmed (v ATL)
47. Jeremy McNichols (v KC)
48. Ty’Son Williams (v CIN)
49. Brandon Bolden (v NYJ)
50. Jerick McKinnon (@ TEN)
51. Phillip Lindsay (@ ARI)
52. Malcolm Brown (v ATL)
53. Samaje Perine (@ BAL)
54. Marlon Mack (@ SF)
55. Royce Freeman (@ NYG)
56. DeeJay Dallas (v NO)
57. JaMycal Hasty (v IND)
58. J.J. Taylor (v NYJ)
59. John Kelly (v DEN)
60. Jaret Patterson (@ GB)
61. Chris Evans (@ BAL)
62. Kyle Juszczyk (v IND)
63. Elijhaa Penny (v CAR)
64. Peyton Barber (v PHI)
65. Travis Homer (v NO)

 

Wide receiver

1. Davante Adams (v WAS)
2. Tyreek Hill (@ TEN)
3. Cooper Kupp (v DET)
4. DeAndre Hopkins (v HOU)
5. A.J. Brown (v KC)
6. Terry McLaurin (@ GB)
7. Calvin Ridley (@ MIA)
8. Chris Godwin (v CHI)
9. D.J. Moore (@ NYG)
10. Ja’Marr Chase (@ BAL)
11. Deebo Samuel (v IND)
12. D.K. Metcalf (v NO)
13. Mike Evans (v CHI)
14. Marquise Brown (v CIN)
15. Robert Woods (v DET)
16. Courtland Sutton (@ CLE)
17. DeVonta Smith (@ LV)
18. Jaylen Waddle (v ATL)
19. Allen Robinson (@ TB)
20. Brandin Cooks (@ ARI)
21. Tee Higgins (@ BAL)
22. Julio Jones (v KC)
23. Henry Ruggs III (v PHI)
24. Darnell Mooney (@ TB)
25. Michael Pittman Jr. (@ SF)
26. Tyler Lockett (v NO)
27. Odell Beckham Jr. (v DEN)
28. Mecole Hardman (@ TEN)
29. Corey Davis (@ NE)
30. Christian Kirk (v HOU)
31. Rondale Moore (v HOU)
32. Hunter Renfrow (v PHI)
33. Marquez Callaway (@ SEA)
34. Tyler Boyd (@ BAL)
35. Jakobi Meyers (v NYJ)
36. A.J. Green (v HOU)
37. Rashod Bateman (v CIN)
38. Robby Anderson (@ NYG)
39. Darius Slayton (v CAR)
40. Tim Patrick (@ CLE)
41. Tre’Quan Smith (@ SEA)
42. Nelson Agholor (v NYJ)
43. Jarvis Landry (v DEN)
44. Bryan Edwards (v PHI)
45. Brandon Aiyuk (v IND)
46. Amon-Ra St. Brown (@ LAR)
47. Van Jefferson (v DET)
48. Jalen Reagor (@ LV)
49. Zach Pascal (@ SF)
50. Randall Cobb (v WAS)
51. Quez Watkins (@ LV)
52. Allen Lazard (v WAS)
53. Tyler Johnson (v CHI)
54. Jamison Crowder (@ NE)
55. Kendrick Bourne (v NYJ)
56. Kalif Raymond (@ LAR)
57. DeSean Jackson (v DET)
58. Donovan Peoples-Jones (v DEN)
59. Russell Gage (@ MIA)
60. Adam Humphries (@ GB)
61. Demarcus Robinson (@ TEN)
62. Dyami Brown (@ GB)
63. John Ross (v CAR)
64. Preston Williams (v ATL)
65. Elijah Moore (@ NE)
66. Nico Collins (@ ARI)
67. Devin Duvernay (v CIN)
68. Freddie Swain (v NO)
69. Byron Pringle (@ TEN)
70. Josh Gordon (@ TEN)
71. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (v KC)
72. Collin Johnson (v CAR)
73. Chris Moore (@ ARI)
74. Chris Conley (@ ARI)
75. Rashard Higgins (v DEN)
76. Marquise Goodwin (@ TB)
77. Albert Wilson (v ATL)
78. Kendall Hinton (@ CLE)
79. Mack Hollins (v ATL)
80. Ashton Dulin (@ SF)
81. DeAndre Carter (@ GB)
82. Anthony Schwartz (v DEN)
83. Danny Amendola (@ ARI)
84. Auden Tate (@ BAL)
85. KhaDarel Hodge (@ LAR)
86. Brandon Zylstra (@ NYG)
87. N’Keal Harry (v NYJ)
88. Greg Ward (@ LV)
89. Olamide Zaccheaus (@ MIA)
90. James Proche (v CIN)
91. Jaelon Darden (v CHI)
92. Damiere Byrd (@ TB)
93. Trinity Benson (@ LAR)
94. Dante Pettis (v CAR)
95. Denzel Mims (@ NE)
96. Shi Smith (@ NYG)
97. Mohamed Sanu (v IND)
98. Kenny Stills (@ SEA)
99. Josh Reynolds (v KC)
100. Keke Coutee (@ SF)

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (@ TEN)
2. Mark Andrews (v CIN)
3. Kyle Pitts (@ MIA)
4. Mike Gesicki (v ATL)
5. T.J. Hockenson (@ LAR)
6. Dallas Goedert (@ LV)
7. Darren Waller (v PHI)
8. Noah Fant (@ CLE)
9. Ricky Seals-Jones (@ GB)
10. Hunter Henry (v NYJ)
11. Tyler Higbee (v DET)
12. Robert Tonyan (v WAS)
13. Jonnu Smith (v NYJ)
14. Zach Ertz (v HOU)
15. Cole Kmet (@ TB)
16. Anthony Firkser (v KC)
17. O.J. Howard (v CHI)
18. David Njoku (v DEN)
19. C.J. Uzomah (@ BAL)
20. Evan Engram (v CAR)
21. Mo Alie-Cox (@ SF)
22. Gerald Everett (v NO)
23. Austin Hooper (v DEN)
24. Juwan Johnson (@ SEA)
25. Cameron Brate (v CHI)
26. Ross Dwelley (v IND)
27. Foster Moreau (v PHI)
28. Adam Trautman (@ SEA)
29. Tommy Tremble (@ NYG)
30. Jack Doyle (@ SF)
31. Hayden Hurst (@ MIA)
32. Ian Thomas (@ NYG)
33. Will Dissly (v NO)
34. Kyle Rudolph (v CAR)
35. Harrison Bryant (v DEN)
36. Jordan Akins (@ ARI)
37. Geoff Swaim (v KC)
38. MyCole Pruitt (v KC)
39. Ryan Griffin (@ NE)
40. Jesse James (@ TB)

 

Defense/ST

1. Los Angeles Rams (v DET)
2. Arizona Cardinals (v HOU)
3. New England Patriots (v NYJ)
4. New Orleans Saints (@ SEA)
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (v CHI)
6. Denver Broncos (@ CLE)
7. Carolina Panthers (@ NYG)
8. San Francisco 49ers (v IND)
9. Indianapolis Colts (@ SF)
10. Green Bay Packers (v WAS)
11. Cleveland Browns (v DEN)
12. Baltimore Ravens (v CIN)
13. New York Giants (v CAR)
14. Las Vegas Raiders (v PHI)
15. Atlanta Falcons (@ MIA)
16. Miami Dolphins (v ATL)
17. Philadelphia Eagles (@ LV)
18. Seattle Seahawks (v NO)
19. Kansas City Chiefs (@ TEN)
20. New York Jets (@ NE)
21. Cincinnati Bengals (@ BAL)
22. Chicago Bears (@ TB)
23. Tennessee Titans (v KC)
24. Detroit Lions (@ LAR)
25. Washington Football Team (@ GB)

 

Kicker

1. Justin Tucker (v CIN)
2. Younghoe Koo (@ MIA)
3. Matt Gay (v DET)
4. Matt Prater (v HOU)
5. Harrison Butker (@ TEN)
6. Nick Folk (v NYJ)
7. Mason Crosby (v WAS)
8. Daniel Carlson (v PHI)
9. Wil Lutz (@ SEA)
10. Ryan Succop (v CHI)
11. Evan McPherson (@ BAL)
12. Brandon McManus (@ CLE)
13. Graham Gano (v CAR)
14. Zane Gonzalez (@ NYG)
15. Jason Sanders (v ATL)
16. Jake Elliott (@ LV)
17. Randy Bullock (v KC)
18. Dustin Hopkins (@ GB)
19. Chase McLaughlin (v DEN)
20. Jason Myers (v NO)
21. Joey Slye (v IND)
22. Michael Badgley (@ SF)
23. Cairo Santos (@ TB)
24. Austin Seibert (@ LAR)
25. Matt Ammendola (@ NE)

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 7, 2021

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 7, 2021

The waiver wire rankings may vary depending on your scoring settings and overall league/roster construction, so feel free to reach out with any questions. [Note: all players are rostered in less than 60% of ESPN leagues]

 

Overall rankings

 

1. Elijah Mitchell, SF RB

Mitchell dropping below 60% ownership is a shock, and we’d say there is a good chance he isn’t actually available in your league. That said, the rookie runner would be the No. 1 waiver priority wherever available as the top back in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

 

2. Trey Sermon, SF RB

We still are very high on Sermon, though, and he should be stashed for patient owners. Look for the Niners to establish the run coming out of the bye as they hope to climb out of a 2-3 start in the NFC playoff picture.

 

3. Sony Michel, LAR RB

Michel had a respectable nine carries for 42 yards last week, and he should be held as a high-upside handcuff behind the hard-running Darrell Henderson. Hopefully the Rams give Michel some more touches over the next couple of games (v DET, @ HOU).

 

4. Latavius Murray, BAL RB

The status of Murray (ankle) needs to be monitored, but he turned 11 touches into 56 yards and a score on Sunday, and his claim as the lead back looks safe if healthy. To date, Latavius has scored a touchdown in four-of-six games as a Raven.

 

5. Alex Collins, SEA RB

Collins struggled a couple of weeks ago in his first shot to start for Chris Carson (neck), but he was great on Sunday night with 20 carries for 101 yards and a score in a near upset win over Pittsburgh. With Carson on IR, Collins (assuming he’s healthy) should be a low-end RB2/FLEX option for at least the rest of the month.

 

6. Darnell Mooney, CHI WR

The top wideout for the second week in a row, Mooney found the end zone for the first time of the season last week, and he’s been Justin Fields’ favorite target. Downfield upside has a great chance of being unlocked in Week 7 versus Tampa Bay’s banged-up secondary.

 

7. DeVante Parker, MIA WR

Parker has seen target totals of seven, nine, seven, and nine to begin the season, and he should be picked up if dropped due to his recent hamstring injury. Miami notably doesn’t have a bye coming off a London game, so Parker could be back this week for a plus matchup versus Atlanta.

 

8. Christian Kirk, ARI WR

It will be interesting to see what kind of impact Zach Ertz has on the Arizona offense, but Kirk has proven himself as a key part of the attack by catching 26-of-31 targets for 358 yards and three touchdowns this year. There will be some volatility, but we are high on Kirk’s talent.

 

9. A.J. Green, ARI WR

Green has also been great to begin the season, and his numbers are right in line with Kirk’s by catching 21 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns so far in 2021. Excluding a quiet outing versus San Francisco in Week 5, Green has seen exactly six targets in every game.

 

10. Kirk Cousins, MIN QB

The light early-season schedule was a benefit for Cousins this year, and he enters the bye with 294.8 passing yards per game and a 13:2 touchdown-interception ratio. Minnesota might be forced into a shootout when they return for a Halloween matchup versus Dallas.

 

Quarterback

1. Kirk Cousins, MIN

2. Derek Carr, LV

3. Trevor Lawrence, JAX

4. Daniel Jones, NYG

5. Jameis Winston, NO

6. Matt Ryan, ATL

7. Sam Darnold, CAR

8. Tua Tagovailoa, MIA

9. Carson Wentz, IND

10. Justin Fields, CHI

 

Running back

1. Elijah Mitchell, SF

2. Trey Sermon, SF

3. Sony Michel, LAR

4. Latavius Murray, BAL

5. Alex Collins, SEA

6. J.D. McKissic, WAS

7. Le’Veon Bell, BAL

8. Rhamondre Stevenson, NE

9. Ronald Jones II, TB

10. Nyheim Hines, IND

11. Alexander Mattison, MIN

12. Kenyan Drake, LV

13. D’Ernest Johnson, CLE

14. Demetric Felton, CLE

15. Devonta Freeman, BAL

16. Mark Ingram, HOU

17. Giovani Bernard, TB

18. Kenneth Gainwell, PHI

19. Ty’Son Williams, BAL

20. David Johnson, HOU

21. Marlon Mack, IND

22. Rashaad Penny, SEA

23. Jeff Wilson, SF

24. Ty Johnson, NYJ

25. Brandon Bolden, NE

 

Wide receiver

1. Darnell Mooney, CHI

2. DeVante Parker, MIA

3. Christian Kirk, ARI

4. A.J. Green, ARI

5. T.Y. Hilton, IND

6. Mecole Hardman, KC

7. Rondale Moore, ARI

8. Michael Gallup, DAL

9. Sammy Watkins, BAL

10. Josh Gordon, KC

11. Rashod Bateman, BAL

12. Will Fuller, MIA

13. Marquez Callaway, NO

14. Bryan Edwards, LV

15. Nelson Agholor, NE

16. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB

17. Curtis Samuel, WAS

18. Tim Patrick, DEN

19. Hunter Renfrow, LV

20. Tre’Quan Smith, NO

21. Jalen Reagor, PHI

22. James Washington, PIT

23. Elijah Moore, NYJ

24. Randall Cobb, GB

25. Van Jefferson, LAR

26. Darius Slayton, NYG

27. Jamison Crowder, NYJ

28. Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR

29. Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET

30. DeSean Jackson, LAR

 

Tight end

1. Zach Ertz, ARI

2. Hunter Henry, NE

3. Robert Tonyan, GB

4. Jonnu Smith, NE

5. Cole Kmet, CHI

6. Ricky Seals-Jones, WAS

7. Gerald Everett, SEA

8. Evan Engram, NYG

9. David Njoku, CLE

10. Dan Arnold, JAX

11. Pat Freiermuth, PIT

12. Austin Hooper, CLE

13. Juwan Johnson, NO

14. O.J. Howard, TB

15. Donald Parham Jr., LAC

Week 6 Fantasy Football Awards 2021

Week 6 Fantasy Football Awards 2021

Team of the Week

 

QB: Kirk Cousins, MIN

We didn’t get any 40-point performances like we saw last week, but Cousins still had a big game to lead all quarterbacks 28.52 fantasy points—though we’ll see if Josh Allen challenges that tonight. Over his past 16 games dating back to last season, Cousins has thrown for 37 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

 

RB: Jonathan Taylor, IND

Taylor still isn’t getting enough touches, but he turned 14 carries into 145 yards and two touchdowns against Houston, and hopefully you stayed patient with the superstar back. This month, Taylor has gone for yardage totals of 114, 169, and 158—and he’s totaled five touchdowns in three games.

 

RB: Leonard Fournette, TB
Tampa Bay committing to Fournette as their clear lead back has resulted in tremendous numbers, and he was able to total 135 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles last Thursday night. The next couple of matchups to finish off the month appear difficult (v CHI, @ NO), but Fournette is almost in must-start territory.

 

WR: CeeDee Lamb, DAL

New England did a good job containing Lamb for most of the game yesterday, but he started to heat up late, including the game-winning touchdown in overtime from 35 yards away. That play and all the other production in the second half (after just 22 yards in the first half) led to a 9/149/2 finish and overall WR1 honors heading into Monday Night Football.

 

WR: Cooper Kupp, LAR

The pendulum swung decisively back in Kupp’s direction after “only” 78.0 receiving yards per game through the first two weeks of October, as he caught nine passes for 130 yards and his first two scores of the month in LA’s blowout win over the Giants. Kupp will remain a high-end WR1 as the only player in the league with double-digit targets in every game.

 

TE: Mike Gesicki, MIA
Gesicki caught eight-of-nine targets for 115 yards in the London loss to Jacksonville, and he’s been a central part of the passing attack since being held without a catch in the opener. That said, we believe the Dolphins need to do a better job of getting Gesicki involved in scoring territory—and they might not sit at 1-5 if they did.

 

FLEX: Joe Mixon, CIN

After limited touches with his ankle injury in Week 5, Mixon was given a heavy workload against Detroit—rushing 18 times for 94 yards and catching five-of-six targets for 59 yards and a score. It was a very encouraging performance with the all-around back had been limited to eight receiving yards in the previous four games; Mixon needs to be featured again for a divisional tilt with the Ravens.

 

D/ST: Rams

Daniel Jones had done a great job taking care of the ball all year with one interception entering Sunday’s action, but he tossed three picks versus the Rams—and also lost a fumble in the 38-11 defeat. The Los Angeles defense will remain a top-flight fantasy unit next week when the struggling Lions come to town.

 

K: Matt Prater, ARI

Matthew Wright deserves mention here with 16.0 fantasy points and the game-winner for Jacksonville—but he was used in almost no leagues considering the Jags didn’t have a field goal before Sunday. Instead, the nod goes to Prater after he hit three field goals (and all seven kicks total) despite weather said to be a factor for Cardinals-Browns.

 

Surprise of the Week: Raiders offense

Another low-scoring game was very possible without Jon Gruden for the first time, but Derek Carr lit up Denver’s secondary—on the road—for 341 yards and two scores while second-year wideout Henry Ruggs III had another strong performance (3/97/1). Even Kenyan Drake came alive with two touchdowns, so we’ll see if they can stay hot in Week 7 versus the Eagles.

 

Disappointment of the Week: Chargers offense

Chargers-Ravens was supposed to be fantasy gold, but Justin Herbert was surprisingly erratic—leading to a 34-6 loss and sub-par performances from Herbert (11.0 fantasy points), Austin Ekeler (7.5), Keenan Allen (7.5), and Mike Williams (3.7). Fortunately, the team will get a chance to regroup with a bye, and Williams in particular should be healthier for LA’s next game.

 

Rookie of the Week: Khalil Herbert

In came in a loss to the rival Packers, but Herbert was tremendous in his first career start—rushing 19 times for 97 yards and a touchdown (plus two receptions for 15 yards). The rookie showed impressive vision and was a tough player to tackle, so he could even be the lead back when Damien Williams (COVID-19 list) is back… and we’d expect he will have a role for a run-heavy offense when David Montgomery (knee) returns, too.

 

Week 6 MVP: CeeDee Lamb

Lamb is the obvious choice here with 31.6 fantasy points, and the Cowboys will still clearly air it out despite a great run-pass balance so far in 2021. Through six games, Lamb has per-game averages of 5.5 receptions, 82.8 receiving yards, and 0.7 receiving touchdowns—along with 15.1 yards per reception and 10.1 yards per target.

2021 NFL Week 6 Daily Fantasy Recommended Lineup Advice

2021 NFL Week 6 Daily Fantasy Recommended Lineup Advice

Some same-game stacks worked out well for those that used them last week, and there are some teams to think about targeting for your Week 6 daily fantasy lineup on Sunday. Prices are from FanDuel.

 

QB: Patrick Mahomes @ WAS ($9,000)

Washington has been lit up all season, and Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs might be playing for a crooked number this Sunday after falling to 2-3. The disappointing pass rush of the Washington hasn’t been something to worry about too much for offenses going against them, and Mahomes could have a field day this week.

 

RB: Jonathan Taylor vs. HOU ($7,500)

After Jonathan Taylor showed his elite ability on Monday night against the Ravens, look for the 1-4 Colts to ride him in a divisional game as they attempt to get their season back on track. Coming off two consecutive strong outings, there’s a chance Taylor cools off some; but the upside is immense if the stays hot.

 

RB: J.D. McKissic vs. KC ($5,200)

If the Chiefs are able to build a lead on Washington, we could see one of J.D. McKissic’s big games as a receiver on Sunday. The versatile running back has been pretty hit or miss this season, so hope for a ton of points to be scored on both sides for Kansas City-Washington, which could mean a lot of action going McKissic’s way with Terry McLaurin (hamstring, questionable) banged up.

 

WR: Ja’Marr Chase @ DET ($7,800)

There’s no reason to believe Ja’Marr Chase will take a step back this week against the Lions. The sensational rookie should offer a good blend of upside and floor in Week 6 lineups.

 

WR: Brandin Cooks @ IND ($6,500)

Keep an eye on the status of T.Y. Hilton (neck) on the other side of this matchup, as he’s been a Texans killer throughout his career. But Brandin Cooks has been quiet the past two weeks and can potentially get back on track facing an Indy defense that was just torched by Lamar Jackson.

 

WR: Mecole Hardman @ WAS ($5,500)

Tyreek Hill is dealing with a minor injury, and we could see Mecole Hardman be utilized a good amount again this week. Hardman had 12 targets last week (nine receptions for 76 yards), and a similar role while also hitting a big play or two could lead to huge points.

 

TE: Travis Kelce @ WAS ($8,500)

This lineup spends to get the top overall tight end option. Every week, Kelce offers near-must-start status in daily fantasy contests because of his mix of floor and ceiling at a shaky position.

 

FLEX: Darrel Williams @ WASH ($5,200)

This recommended lineup goes extremely heavy on the Chiefs, but maybe this will be the week they totally explode with a crooked number against Washington. Williams is set to be the top option down by the goal line, and we’ll see if he can find the end zone a couple of times with 15-20+ touches as the lead back.

 

D/ST: Colts vs. HOU ($4,700)

While Davis Mills was very good against the Patriots last week, he figures to be up-and-down as an inexperienced rookie. Darius Leonard and company might force some turnovers and find the end zone on Sunday.

 

Remaining salary: $100

 

. . .

 

Other recommended Week 6 options

QB: Baker Mayfield vs. ARI ($6,800)

RB: Kareem Hunt vs. ARI ($7,400)

RB: D’Andre Swift vs. CIN ($7,100)

WR: Davante Adams @ CHI ($8,500)

WR: A.J. Green @ CLE ($5,400)

TE: Hunter Henry vs. DAL ($5,600)

Week 6 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 6 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

For our complete Week 6 rankings, subscribe to Fantasy Consigliere, and listen to The Fantasy Consigliere Podcast for added insights ahead of the weekend.

 

Quarterback

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Jalen Hurts (v TB)

Unless he was paired with another high-end QB1 like Tom Brady, anyone with Hurts likely has him set-in-stone for their lineup every week, but I’ll still list him here for any doubters. Dating back to last year, Hurts has finished as a top-12 fantasy option in every appearance as the starter (excluding the Week 17 “benching” for Nate Sudfeld), and he’s only a dozen points behind Brady as the overall QB1 through five weeks. Tampa Bay has been very vulnerable against the pass, and there should also be running lanes for Hurts on Thursday night. He’s a top-five option.

 

Thumbs Up: Taylor Heinicke (v KC)

Heinicke struggled last week in a loss to New Orleans, but it was a tough spot versus an opportunistic group, and Sunday should be a much easier draw with the Chiefs fielding an historically bad defense through five games. I wouldn’t say Washington will pull off the upset—and not having Curtis Samuel (groin) or Logan Thomas (hamstring) hurts—but Heinicke gets a shot over the next two weeks to prove he should remain the starter by going toe-to-toe with Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers. Consider him a borderline QB1.

 

Thumbs Up: Ben Roethlisberger (v SEA)

I guess Roethlisberger’s arm talent is just fine following a season-high 10.1 yards per attempt in last week’s win over Denver, and the highlights were a 50-yard deep ball to Diontae Johnson and an 18-yard strike to Chase Claypool (both touchdowns). Before last week, I said Sunday Night Football versus Seattle was a lookahead spot where you might be able to feel confident using Big Ben, and the strong outing in Week 5 solidifies that belief.

 

Thumbs Up: Jared Goff (v CIN)

The lack of weapons on the perimeter will continue to limit Goff’s upside, but he’s averaged 39.2 pass attempts per game with a very respectable 7:3 touchdown-interception ratio, and Cincinnati has allowed 318+ passing yards in three-of-five games. Detroit could have a difficult time stopping all the weapons for the Bengals, so we’ll see if Goff if forced into more throwing as the Lions hope to finally get in the win column.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Ryan Tannehill (v BUF)

Tennessee’s passing attack has been a major disappointment to date, and although injuries are playing a factor, Tannehill has only surpassed 14.6 fantasy points twice through five weeks. A matchup against the red-hot Bills probably won’t be the cure for the Titans’ woes through the air, and Tannehill might need a rushing score to live up to QB1 expectations that we had for him entering the year. Wait until a probable shootout versus the Chiefs in Week 7 to get Tannehill in your lineup.

 

Thumbs Down: Daniel Jones (v LAR)

Jones’ worrisome concussion from last week puts him in doubt for Sunday, but if he plays, it will be difficult to trust the 24-year-old against a rested Rams team and without many of his top playmakers. Despite playing very well so far this season, Jones has only one multi-score game, and no Saquon Barkley (ankle) or Kenny Golladay (knee) really limits the upside. Even with bye weeks beginning, I have Jones outside the top 24 at quarterback.

 

Thumbs Down: Justin Fields (v GB)

The Bears have had success with Fields operating a low-volume passing attack, but I highly doubt they’ll be able to win that way this week with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers coming to Soldier Field. Maybe the need for increased aggressiveness on offense will lead to a big fantasy day—I’m just worried about taking a risk to find out, so Fields is barely a top-20 option in Week 6.

 

Thumbs Down: Derek Carr (@ DEN)

One of the main reasons to believe in Carr as a top-15 fantasy option was the fact that he was operating Jon Gruden’s complex offense at a high level, but that’s now over, and it’s fair to wonder if the group will struggle for the rest of 2021. In recent years, Carr has seemed to run hot-or-cold versus Denver, and I wouldn’t anticipate a big game from him on the road.

 

Running Back

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Joe Mixon (@ DET)

A clutch, eight-yard touchdown saved Mixon’s day last week in limited work, but simply being active and barely contributing would have boded well for this week and beyond—so fantasy owners should feel comfortable about playing the star runner against Detroit. Other than a surprising performance versus Baltimore running backs in Week 3, the Lions have allowed fantasy point totals of 27.9, 42.4, 37.3, and 25.0 to the position; encouraging practice reports would be reason to move Mixon back into the top ten.

 

Thumbs Up: Darrel Williams (@ WAS)

Jerick McKinnon will see increased playing time, too, but Williams is going to be a trusted, three-down option for Kansas City with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) on injured reserve, and he can be a plug-and-play RB2. The Chiefs will need to rely more on the running games if opponents continue to show light boxes, and Williams’ status as the lead back with a projected short-yardage role gives him a high floor.

 

Thumbs Up: Latavius Murray (v LAC)

Baltimore continues to throw more than anticipated this season, but it’s a great sign that Murray played 49% of the team’s offensive snaps on Monday night with the Ravens trailing throughout. I’d expect Los Angeles will have their sights set on stopping Lamar Jackson, which should open the door for Murray to have some rushing lanes against a defense that has shown susceptibility to ground attacks. Latavius is a low-end RB2 for me.

 

Thumbs Up: Sony Michel (@ NYG)

Run defense was supposed to be a strength for the Giants in 2021, but they’ve allowed 138.4 rushing yards per game (sixth worst in the NFL) and 4.7 yards per carry (fifth worst), so there might be opportunity for Michel to have another strong game behind Darrell Henderson. It’s very encouraging that Michel was trusted for a goal-line touch in a close divisional game last week—showing he’s not in the doghouse after losing a fumble two weeks ago.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Miles Sanders (v TB)

Sanders played a season-high 75% of the offensive snaps last week, but even playing 100% of the snaps might not be enough to return RB2 value versus the stingy front of the Bucs. It’s difficult to trust someone with zero touchdowns this year—and only nine rushing scores in 33 career games—to fall into the end zone, so I have Sanders as my RB39 for this week.

 

Thumbs Down: Devontae Booker (v LAR)

I have Booker almost ten spots higher than Sanders as a quality FLEX option in place of Saquon Barkley—but expectations should maybe be contained. For the season, the veteran is averaging 2.8 yards per carry, and he’ll be banking on volume and/or a short score this week against a Los Angeles team that could jump out to an early lead and not look back. Last week, the Rams limited Seattle running backs to 59 scoreless yards on 20 attempts.

 

Thumbs Down: Mark Ingram (@ IND)

Getting back into the double-digits in carries for the first time since Week 2 wasn’t enough for Ingram to pay dividends as a fantasy start, and the 85-yard, one-touchdown performance in the opener looks more and more like a mirage as the weeks pass. Indy played hard on Monday night, and Darius Leonard won’t let a heartbreaking loss change that; Ingram can be safely dropped, and David Johnson (snap percentages of 57% and 53% over the past two weeks) is the preferred option in Houston’s backfield.

 

Thumbs Down: Alex Collins (@ PIT)

Volume was there for Collins last Thursday night (17 touches), but it took a couple of late receptions to save fantasy owners from a disastrous outing, and volume alone wouldn’t be enough to start him confidently against Pittsburgh if Chris Carson (neck) is unable to return. Should be draw another start, Collins will probably be at least a dozen spots lower than where I have Carson currently ranked (RB15).

 

Wide Receiver

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Chris Godwin (@ PHI)

Godwin is obviously a must-start in all formats, but he’s here because a monster game feels like it could be coming on Thursday night. While Antonio Brown and Mike Evans seemed to have all the fun versus Miami, it was Godwin that led the team with 11 targets—which he turned into a solid seven receptions for 70 yards. The Eagles are often lost in coverage, and Godwin could be the beneficiary this week with Rob Gronkowski (ribs) out again. He’s a top-five play for me.

 

Thumbs Up: A.J. Brown (v BUF)

It’s rare to have a wide receiver as a “Thumbs Up” option with his quarterback being a “Thumbs Down” option, but there is enough concern about Brown to highlight him. As stated on this week’s episode of The Fantasy Consigliere Podcast, I could see Brown slipping a tackle and taking a short pass to the house with defenders preoccupied by Derrick Henry, and he’s too talented of a player to bench after getting through last week’s game healthy. Buy low while you can, and that will remain true even if Brown doesn’t come through on Monday night.

 

Thumbs Up: Emmanuel Sanders (@ TEN)

Through five games with the Bills, Sanders has 19 receptions, 322 receiving yards, four receiving touchdowns, 17.0 yards per reception, and 10.4 yards per target—making defenses pay for diverted too much attention to Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley. One of these games will undoubtedly be a Diggs blowup when he goes for 35+ fantasy points, but until that happens, Sanders should continue to be played as a high-upside FLEX with two multi-score games already this season.

 

Thumbs Up: Nelson Agholor (v DAL)

Agholor hasn’t had a big game since the opener (5/72/1), but I’m giving him another shot for a matchup versus Dallas. For as good as the Cowboys have been defensively, they still allow quite a bit of production through the air (200+ yards to opposing wideouts in four-of-five games), and I think Josh McDaniels would be wise to find ways to get Agholor targets in single coverage. He’s at least worth consideration as a cheap option in DFS lineups.

 

Others: Eagles WRs (v TB)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Tyler Lockett (@ PIT)

The chemistry between Russell Wilson and Lockett is special, so no matter how well Geno Smith plays off the bench, it’s difficult to imagine the usual production is replicated over the next few weeks for the dynamic receiver. Already a volatile option to being with, Lockett may need a busted coverage to have one of those high-ceiling games, and Pittsburgh will be focused as they hope to build momentum following last week’s win over Denver. Lockett is outside my top 25 at the position.

 

Thumbs Down: Odell Beckham Jr. (v ARI)

Beckham Jr. catching two passes (on three targets) for 20 scoreless yards in a 47-42 game is not a good sign for his rest-of-season outlook, and an impressive debut hasn’t been followed up by much production over the past two games. Fantasy owners might feel better about seeing Baker Mayfield on the same page with OBJ before being confidence in using him in lineups, and Jarvis Landry (knee) is nearing a return to potentially lower the stock even more.

 

Thumbs Down: Cole Beasley (@ TEN)

It’s not accurate to call Beasley a non-factor this season considering he caught 23-of-30 targets over the Bills’ first three games, but it’s been quiet since then, and now he’ll face a Tennessee team that has limited him to 12 receptions for 90 scoreless yards in three matchups with 60% of the snaps played (one such game in each of the past three years). I’d prefer playing an upside target like James Washington or Jalen Reagor.

 

Thumbs Down: Bryan Edwards (@ DEN)

Edwards was having a quiet season despite a full-time role when Jon Gruden was running the show, and as previously stated, I’m now much less confident in the Las Vegas offense. Similar to the aforementioned Odell Beckham Jr., it might be a good idea to see a big game rather than counting on one happening out of nowhere.

 

Others: Terrace Marshall Jr. (v MIN), K.J. Osborn (@ CAR)

 

Tight End

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Hunter Henry (v DAL)

Henry becoming more of a factor as a pass-catcher—despite his lowest number of snaps in back-to-back games—is evidence of New England’s coaching staff gaining comfortability regarding the current collection of talent on offense, and the former Charger has caught a touchdown in both games this month. Dallas has allowed 20+ fantasy points to tight ends twice already this year, so Henry is a TE1 option in a plus matchup.

 

Thumbs Up: Ricky Seals-Jones (v KC)

The usage for Seals-Jones last week (99% playing time; eight targets) makes him the envy of almost every tight end in the league, and Taylor Heinicke will continue looking for him in a possible shootout versus the Chiefs this weekend. I’d expect J.D. McKissic gets more involved, but Seals-Jones is essentially the No. 2 option behind Terry McLaurin in the passing game, and he’s ranked as a low-end TE1.

 

Thumbs Up: O.J. Howard (@ PHI)

The Bucs being without Rob Gronkowski (ribs) again opens the door for Cameron Brate to get another start, but I have a feeling Howard could find the end zone on Thursday night. Good things can happen when you’re on the field in a Tom Brady-led offense, and Howard has notably played at least 59% of the snaps in two games without Gronk. It’s worth a shot for desperate owners.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Eric Ebron (v SEA)

Maybe the loss of JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) may lead to some taking a chance on Ebron, but he’s totaled 37 scoreless yards on five receptions this season, and Pittsburgh’s offense shouldn’t change all that much with James Washington stepping up. Even though tight end remains thin, I’d be looking elsewhere.

 

Thumbs Down: C.J. Uzomah (@ DET)

Uzomah was an expected disappointment in Week 5 (and a good reminder to not overvalue recent/past production), as the floor is too low with all three of Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd in the lineup. I don’t see Detroit taking away those three and Joe Mixon, so Uzomah isn’t a highly recommended play for season-long leagues or DFS action.

 

Thumbs Down: Tyler Conklin (@ CAR)

Playing time has remained high for Conklin, but he’s now totaled 12 receptions for 99 scoreless yards in the  four games sandwiching his 7/70/1 performance. I’m still anticipating Chris Herndon to eventually become more of a factor for the Vikings (zero targets so far this season), and the offense in general is always going to be top-heavy with Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and the running backs.

Week 6 Fantasy: Rest-Of-Season Rankings

Week 6 Fantasy: Rest-Of-Season Rankings

The rest-of-season rankings are exclusive to Fantasy Consigliere subscribers, and they will be updated every week throughout the 2021 season.

 

Quarterback

1. Josh Allen, BUF
2. Tom Brady, TB
3. Patrick Mahomes, KC
4. Kyler Murray, ARI
5. Lamar Jackson, BAL
6. Justin Herbert, LAC
7. Jalen Hurts, PHI
8. Aaron Rodgers, GB
9. Dak Prescott, DAL
10. Matthew Stafford, LAR
11. Ryan Tannehill, TEN
12. Daniel Jones, NYG
13. Joe Burrow, CIN
14. Sam Darnold, CAR
15. Kirk Cousins, MIN
16. Matt Ryan, ATL
17. Trevor Lawrence, JAX
18. Derek Carr, LV
19. Russell Wilson, SEA
20. Justin Fields, CHI
21. Jameis Winston, NO
22. Baker Mayfield, CLE
23. Mac Jones, NE
24. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
25. Teddy Bridgewater, DEN
26. Tua Tagovailoa, MIA
27. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF
28. Zach Wilson, NYJ
29. Jared Goff, DET
30. Carson Wentz, IND
31. Trey Lance, SF
32. Taylor Heinicke, WAS
33. Tyrod Taylor, HOU
34. Taysom Hill, NO
35. Deshaun Watson, HOU
36. Geno Smith, SEA
37. Ryan Fitzpatrick, WAS
38. Davis Mills, HOU
39. Andy Dalton, CHI
40. Marcus Mariota, LV

 

Running back

1. Derrick Henry, TEN
2. Christian McCaffrey, CAR
3. Alvin Kamara, NO
4. Nick Chubb, CLE
5. Jonathan Taylor, IND
6. Dalvin Cook, MIN
7. Aaron Jones, GB
8. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
9. Najee Harris, PIT
10. Austin Ekeler, LAC
11. Antonio Gibson, WAS
12. Joe Mixon, CIN
13. James Robinson, JAX
14. Saquon Barkley, NYG
15. D’Andre Swift, DET
16. Chris Carson, SEA
17. Darrell Henderson, LAR
18. Josh Jacobs, LV
19. Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL
20. Damien Harris, NE
21. Chase Edmonds, ARI
22. Kareem Hunt, CLE
23. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC
24. David Montgomery, CHI
25. Elijah Mitchell, SF
26. Melvin Gordon, DEN
27. Leonard Fournette, TB
28. Miles Sanders, PHI
29. Trey Sermon, SF
30. Javonte Williams, DEN
31. Latavius Murray, BAL
32. Jamaal Williams, DET
33. Sony Michel, LAR
34. Mike Davis, ATL
35. Tony Pollard, DAL
36. A.J. Dillon, GB
37. Ronald Jones II, TB
38. James Conner, ARI
39. Zack Moss, BUF
40. Darrel Williams, KC
41. Myles Gaskin, MIA
42. Devin Singletary, BUF
43. Nyheim Hines, IND
44. Damien Williams, CHI
45. J.D. McKissic, WAS
46. Rhamondre Stevenson, NE
47. Michael Carter, NYJ
48. Kenneth Gainwell, PHI
49. Ty’Son Williams, BAL
50. Giovani Bernard, TB
51. Kenyan Drake, LV
52. Alexander Mattison, MIN
53. Alex Collins, SEA
54. Ty Johnson, NYJ
55. Mark Ingram, HOU
56. David Johnson, HOU
57. Devontae Booker, NYG
58. Chuba Hubbard, CAR
59. Samaje Perine, CIN
60. Marlon Mack, IND
61. Tevin Coleman, NYJ
62. Le’Veon Bell, BAL
63. Malcolm Brown, MIA
64. Brandon Bolden, NE
65. Khalil Herbert, CHI
66. Phillip Lindsay, HOU
67. Devonta Freeman, BAL
68. DeeJay Dallas, SEA
69. Tony Jones Jr., NO
70. Carlos Hyde, JAX
71. Salvon Ahmed, MIA
72. Demetric Felton, CLE
73. Jeff Wilson, SF
74. Joshua Kelley, LAC
75. Jerick McKinnon, KC
76. Peyton Barber, LV
77. Larry Rountree III, LAC
78. Anthony McFarland, PIT
79. Jeremy McNichols, TEN
80. Chris Evans, CIN
81. Benny Snell, PIT
82. Ty Montgomery, NO
83. Matt Breida, BUF
84. Rashaad Penny, SEA
85. Justin Jackson, LAC
86. JaMycal Hasty, SF
87. Wayne Gallman, ATL
88. Jermar Jefferson, DET
89. Mike Boone, DEN
90. J.J. Taylor, NE
91. Royce Freeman, CAR
92. Jacques Patrick, SF
93. Kerryon Johnson, FA
94. Darrynton Evans, TEN
95. La’Mical Perine, NYJ
96. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, TB
97. Boston Scott, PHI
98. Tarik Cohen, CHI
99. Jake Funk, LAR
100. Rex Burkhead, HOU
101. Travis Homer, SEA
102. Devine Ozigbo, NO
103. Todd Gurley, FA
104. Gary Brightwell, NYG
105. Eno Benjamin, ARI
106. Jaret Patterson, WAS
107. Kalen Ballage, PIT
108. Kylin Hill, GB
109. Jordan Wilkins, IND
110. Corey Clement, DAL

 

Wide receiver

1. Davante Adams, GB
2. Stefon Diggs, BUF
3. Tyreek Hill, KC
4. Cooper Kupp, LAR
5. Chris Godwin, TB
6. Mike Williams, LAC
7. DeAndre Hopkins, ARI
8. CeeDee Lamb, DAL
9. Justin Jefferson, MIN
10. Calvin Ridley, ATL
11. Terry McLaurin, WAS
12. A.J. Brown, TEN
13. D.K. Metcalf, SEA
14. D.J. Moore, CAR
15. Antonio Brown, TB
16. Amari Cooper, DAL
17. Mike Evans, TB
18. Diontae Johnson, PIT
19. Ja’Marr Chase, CIN
20. Keenan Allen, LAC
21. Adam Thielen, MIN
22. Deebo Samuel, SF
23. Julio Jones, TEN
24. DeVonta Smith, PHI
25. Tee Higgins, CIN
26. Robert Woods, LAR
27. Marquise Brown, BAL
28. Kenny Golladay, NYG
29. Tyler Lockett, SEA
30. Allen Robinson, CHI
31. Odell Beckham Jr., CLE
32. Corey Davis, NYJ
33. Chase Claypool, PIT
34. Marvin Jones, JAX
35. Brandin Cooks, HOU
36. Courtland Sutton, DEN
37. Tyler Boyd, CIN
38. Emmanuel Sanders, BUF
39. Brandon Aiyuk, SF
40. Jaylen Waddle, MIA
41. Michael Thomas, NO
42. Darnell Mooney, CHI
43. Nelson Agholor, NE
44. Henry Ruggs III, LV
45. Christian Kirk, ARI
46. Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX
47. Rondale Moore, ARI
48. DeVante Parker, MIA
49. Michael Gallup, DAL
50. Marquez Callaway, NO
51. Mecole Hardman, KC
52. Jakobi Meyers, NE
53. Robby Anderson, CAR
54. Bryan Edwards, LV
55. Sammy Watkins, BAL
56. Josh Gordon, KC
57. Rashod Bateman, BAL
58. Michael Pittman Jr., IND
59. Jerry Jeudy, DEN
60. Kadarius Toney, NYG
61. Elijah Moore, NYJ
62. Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR
63. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB
64. James Washington, PIT
65. A.J. Green, ARI
66. Cole Beasley, BUF
67. Hunter Renfrow, LV
68. Curtis Samuel, WAS
69. Tim Patrick, DEN
70. Tre’Quan Smith, NO
71. Jalen Reagor, PHI
72. Jarvis Landry, CLE
73. Van Jefferson, LAR
74. Sterling Shepard, NYG
75. Jamison Crowder, NYJ
76. Will Fuller, MIA
77. Gabriel Davis, BUF
78. Darius Slayton, NYG
79. Russell Gage, ATL
80. T.Y. Hilton, IND
81. Kendrick Bourne, NE
82. Randall Cobb, GB
83. Denzel Mims, NYJ
84. Parris Campbell, IND
85. Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET
86. DeSean Jackson, LAR
87. K.J. Osborn, MIN
88. Allen Lazard, GB
89. Demarcus Robinson, KC
90. Tyrell Williams, DET
91. Dyami Brown, WAS
92. Anthony Miller, PIT
93. Quez Watkins, PHI
94. Nico Collins, HOU
95. Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE
96. Zach Pascal, IND
97. Anthony Schwartz, CLE
98. Tavon Austin, JAX
99. Deonte Harris, NO
100. Keelan Cole, NYJ
101. Adam Humphries, WAS
102. Tyler Johnson, TB
103. Tyron Johnson, JAX
104. Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL
105. Chester Rogers, TEN
106. John Brown, DEN
107. Rashard Higgins, CLE
108. Albert Wilson, MIA
109. N’Keal Harry, NE
110. Tutu Atwell, LAR
111. Trent Sherfield, SF
112. Byron Pringle, KC
113. Josh Palmer, LAC
114. Chris Conley, HOU
115. D.J. Chark, JAX
116. Jalen Guyton, LAC
117. Devin Duvernay, BAL
118. Preston Williams, MIA
119. Amari Rodgers, GB
120. James Proche, BAL
121. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, TEN
122. Danny Amendola, HOU
123. John Ross, NYG
124. Dee Eskridge, SEA
125. Josh Reynolds, TEN
126. Dede Westbrook, MIN
127. Marquise Goodwin, CHI
128. Mohamed Sanu, SF
129. Auden Tate, CIN
130. Isaiah McKenzie, BUF
131. Ray-Ray McCloud, PIT
132. Jaelon Darden, TB
133. Cam Sims, WAS
134. Zay Jones, LV
135. Jauan Jennings, SF
136. Scotty Miller, TB
137. Miles Boykin, BAL
138. Khalif Raymond, DET
139. Freddie Swain, SEA
140. Jakeem Grant, CHI
141. Ihmir Smith-Marsette, MIN
142. Trinity Benson, DET
143. Chris Hogan, NO
144. Damiere Byrd, CHI
145. Willie Snead, LV
146. Jalen Hurd, SF
147. Mike Strachan, IND
148. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, PHI
149. Greg Ward, PHI
150. Dax Milne, WAS

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce, KC
2. Darren Waller, LV
3. Rob Gronkowski, TB
4. T.J. Hockenson, DET
5. Kyle Pitts, ATL
6. Mark Andrews, BAL
7. George Kittle, SF
8. Mike Gesicki, MIA
9. Noah Fant, DEN
10. Dalton Schultz, DAL
11. Dawson Knox, BUF
12. Tyler Higbee, LAR
13. Hunter Henry, NE
14. Robert Tonyan, GB
15. Dallas Goedert, PHI
16. Logan Thomas, WAS
17. Jonnu Smith, NE
18. Jared Cook, LAC
19. Zach Ertz, PHI
20. Cole Kmet, CHI
21. Evan Engram, NYG
22. Gerald Everett, SEA
23. David Njoku, CLE
24. Dan Arnold, JAX
25. Austin Hooper, CLE
26. Juwan Johnson, NO
27. Anthony Firkser, TEN
28. Pat Freiermuth, PIT
29. Adam Trautman, NO
30. Hayden Hurst, ATL
31. Tyler Conklin, MIN
32. Donald Parham Jr., LAC
33. Mo Alie-Cox, IND
34. Blake Jarwin, DAL
35. C.J. Uzomah, CIN
36. Chris Herndon, MIN
37. Eric Ebron, PIT
38. Will Dissly, SEA
39. Jack Doyle, IND
40. Tommy Tremble, CAR
41. Jordan Akins, HOU
42. Jimmy Graham, CHI
43. Cameron Brate, TB
44. O.J. Howard, TB
45. Ricky Seals-Jones, WAS
46. Harrison Bryant, CLE
47. Kyle Rudolph, NYG
48. Tyler Kroft, NYJ
49. Albert Okwuegbunam, DEN
50. Demetrius Harris, ARI
51. Pharaoh Brown, HOU
52. Foster Moreau, LV
53. Kylen Granson, IND
54. Darren Fells, DET
55. Colby Parkinson, SEA
56. James O’Shaughnessy, JAX
57. MyCole Pruitt, TEN
58. Darrell Daniels, ARI
59. Ian Thomas, CAR
60. Drew Sample, CIN
61. Brevin Jordan, HOU
62. Ryan Griffin, NYJ
63. Noah Gray, KC
64. Geoff Swaim, TEN
65. Josh Oliver, BAL

Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings 2021

Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings 2021

The rankings are based on 0.5 PPR leagues, but feel free to reach out with any questions via Fantasy Consigliere. Also, you can subscribe to The Fantasy Consigliere Podcast for some added insights on why players are ranked where they are when Episode 6 is released.

 

Quarterback

1. Josh Allen (@ TEN)
2. Patrick Mahomes (@ WAS)
3. Tom Brady (@ PHI)
4. Jalen Hurts (v TB)
5. Kyler Murray (@ CLE)
6. Lamar Jackson (v LAC)
7. Justin Herbert (@ BAL)
8. Aaron Rodgers (@ CHI)
9. Dak Prescott (@ NE)
10. Taylor Heinicke (v KC)
11. Joe Burrow (@ DET)
12. Trevor Lawrence (v MIA)
13. Matthew Stafford (@ NYG)
14. Kirk Cousins (@ CAR)
15. Sam Darnold (v MIN)
16. Ben Roethlisberger (v SEA)
17. Ryan Tannehill (v BUF)
18. Carson Wentz (v HOU)
19. Derek Carr (@ DEN)
20. Justin Fields (v GB)
21. Jared Goff (v CIN)
22. Baker Mayfield (v ARI)
23. Mac Jones (v DAL)
24. Teddy Bridgewater (v LV)
25. Tua Tagovailoa (@ JAX)
26. Daniel Jones (v LAR)
27. Geno Smith (@ PIT)
28. Davis Mills (@ IND)
29. Andy Dalton (v GB)
30. Jacoby Brissett (@ JAX)

 

Running back

1. Derrick Henry (v BUF)
2. Jonathan Taylor (v HOU)
3. Ezekiel Elliott (@ NE)
4. Austin Ekeler (@ BAL)
5. Najee Harris (v SEA)
6. Kareem Hunt (v ARI)
7. Aaron Jones (@ CHI)
8. James Robinson (v MIA)
9. Dalvin Cook (@ CAR)
10. Joe Mixon (@ DET)
11. D’Andre Swift (v CIN)
12. Antonio Gibson (v KC)
13. Darrell Henderson (@ NYG)
14. Chuba Hubbard (v MIN)
15. Josh Jacobs (@ DEN)
16. Leonard Fournette (@ PHI)
17. Khalil Herbert (v GB)
18. Darrel Williams (@ WAS)
19. Javonte Williams (v LV)
20. Melvin Gordon (v LV)
21. Chase Edmonds (@ CLE)
22. Latavius Murray (v LAC)
23. Damien Harris (v DAL)
24. Jamaal Williams (v CIN)
25. Alex Collins (@ PIT)
26. Tony Pollard (@ NE)
27. Myles Gaskin (@ JAX)
28. Zack Moss (@ TEN)
29. Devontae Booker (v LAR)
30. Sony Michel (@ NYG)
31. James Conner (@ CLE)
32. J.D. McKissic (v KC)
33. Devin Singletary (@ TEN)
34. Alexander Mattison (@ CAR)
35. Nyheim Hines (v HOU)
36. A.J. Dillon (@ CHI)
37. Kenneth Gainwell (v TB)
38. Rhamondre Stevenson (v DAL)
39. Miles Sanders (v TB)
40. Ronald Jones II (@ PHI)
41. David Johnson (@ IND)
42. Jerick McKinnon (@ WAS)
43. Mark Ingram (@ IND)
44. Giovani Bernard (@ PHI)
45. Kenyan Drake (@ DEN)
46. Brandon Bolden (v DAL)
47. Demetric Felton (v ARI)
48. DeeJay Dallas (@ PIT)
49. Le’Veon Bell (v LAC)
50. Malcolm Brown (@ JAX)
51. Carlos Hyde (v MIA)
52. Marlon Mack (v HOU)
53. Royce Freeman (v MIN)
54. Jeremy McNichols (v BUF)
55. D’Ernest Johnson (v ARI)
56. Devonta Freeman (v LAC)
57. Salvon Ahmed (@ JAX)
58. Justin Jackson (@ BAL)
59. Joshua Kelley (@ BAL)
60. Phillip Lindsay (@ IND)
61. Trayveon Williams (@ DET)
62, Ryan Nall (v GB)
63. Chris Evans (@ DET)
64. Travis Homer (@ PIT)
65. Gary Brightwell (v LAR)
66. Benny Snell (v SEA)
67. Peyton Barber (@ DEN)
68. Kalen Ballage (v SEA)
69. Anthony McFarland Jr. (v SEA)
70. Jaret Patterson (v KC)

 

Wide receiver

1. Davante Adams (@ CHI)
2. Tyreek Hill (@ WAS)
3. Stefon Diggs (@ TEN)
4. Mike Williams (@ BAL)
5. Chris Godwin (@ PHI)
6. Cooper Kupp (@ NYG)
7. D.J. Moore (v MIN)
8. Terry McLaurin (v KC)
9. DeAndre Hopkins (@ CLE)
10. Justin Jefferson (@ CAR)
11. Ja’Marr Chase (@ DET)
12. D.K. Metcalf (@ PIT)
13. A.J. Brown (v BUF)
14. Antonio Brown (@ PHI)
15. CeeDee Lamb (@ NE)
16. Diontae Johnson (v SEA)
17. Keenan Allen (@ BAL)
18. Mike Evans (@ PHI)
19. DeVonta Smith (v TB)
20. Julio Jones (v BUF)
21. Amari Cooper (@ NE)
22. Robert Woods (@ NYG)
23. Adam Thielen (@ CAR)
24. Tee Higgins (@ DET)
25. Chase Claypool (v SEA)
26. Courtland Sutton (v LV)
27. Tyler Lockett (@ PIT)
28. Marquise Brown (v LAC)
29. Brandin Cooks (@ IND)
30. Emmanuel Sanders (@ TEN)
31. Jaylen Waddle (@ JAX)
32. Laviska Shenault Jr. (v MIA)
33. Allen Robinson (v GB)
34. Marvin Jones (v MIA)
35. Tyler Boyd (@ DET)
36. Kadarius Toney (v LAR)
37. Odell Beckham Jr. (v ARI)
38. Nelson Agholor (v DAL)
39. Jakobi Meyers (v DAL)
40. Henry Ruggs III (@ DEN)
41. Mecole Hardman (@ WAS)
42. Michael Pittman Jr. (v HOU)
43. Darnell Mooney (v GB)
44. Tim Patrick (v LV)
45. Rondale Moore (@ CLE)
46. Christian Kirk (@ CLE)
47. Robby Anderson (v MIN)
48. Hunter Renfrow (@ DEN)
49. A.J. Green (@ CLE)
50. James Washington (v SEA)
51. Jalen Reagor (v TB)
52. Cole Beasley (@ TEN)
53. Quez Watkins (v TB)
54. T.Y. Hilton (v HOU)
55. Randall Cobb (@ CHI)
56. Van Jefferson (@ NYG)
57. Rashod Bateman (v LAC)
58. Amon-Ra St. Brown (v CIN)
59. Bryan Edwards (@ DEN)
60. Kendrick Bourne (v DAL)
61. Josh Gordon (@ WAS)
62. Sterling Shepard (v LAR)
63. Kalif Raymond (v CIN)
64. Terrace Marshall Jr. (v MIN)
65. Adam Humphries (v KC)
66. K.J. Osborn (@ CAR)
67. Albert Wilson (@ JAX)
68. DeSean Jackson (@ NYG)
69. Allen Lazard (@ CHI)
70. John Ross (v LAR)
71. Cedrick Wilson (@ NE)
72. Parris Campbell (v HOU)
73. Zach Pascal (v HOU)
74. Gabriel Davis (@ TEN)
75. Donovan Peoples-Jones (v ARI)
76. Chester Rogers (v BUF)
77. Tavon Austin (v MIA)
78. Chris Conley (@ IND)
79. Rashard Higgins (v ARI)
80. Freddie Swain (@ PIT)
81. Jalen Guyton (@ BAL)
82. Anthony Schwartz (v ARI)
83. Devin Duvernay (v LAC)
84. Demarcus Robinson (@ WAS)
85. Byron Pringle (@ WAS)
86. Dyami Brown (v KC)
87. Kendall Hinton (v LV)
88. Mack Hollins (@ JAX)
89. Dede Westbrook (@ CAR)
90. KhaDarel Hodge (v CIN)
91. Ray-Ray McCloud (v SEA)
92. Josh Reynolds (v BUF)
93. Chris Moore (@ IND)
94. DeAndre Carter (v KC)
95. John Brown (v LV)
96. Jamal Agnew (v MIA)
97. Nico Collins (@ IND)
98. Josh Palmer (@ BAL)
99. Anthony Miller (v SEA)
100. Tyler Johnson (@ PHI)

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (@ WAS)
2. Darren Waller (@ DEN)
3. Mark Andrews (v LAC)
4. T.J. Hockenson (v CIN)
5. Mike Gesicki (@ JAX)
6. Dawson Knox (@ TEN)
7. Noah Fant (v LV)
8. Zach Ertz (v TB)
9. Dalton Schultz (@ NE)
10. Hunter Henry (v DAL)
11. Jonnu Smith (v DAL)
12. Ricky Seals-Jones (v KC)
13. Tyler Higbee (@ NYG)
14. Jared Cook (@ BAL)
15. Robert Tonyan (@ CHI)
16. Evan Engram (v LAR)
17. Dan Arnold (v MIA)
18. Cameron Brate (@ PHI)
19. David Njoku (v ARI)
20. Gerald Everett (@ PIT)
21. O.J. Howard (@ PHI)
22. Austin Hooper (v ARI)
23. Cole Kmet (v GB)
24. Mo Alie-Cox (v HOU)
25. Tyler Conklin (@ CAR)
26. Anthony Firkser (v BUF)
27. Blake Jarwin (@ NE)
28. Pat Freiermuth (v SEA)
29. Jack Doyle (v HOU)
30. Tommy Tremble (v MIN)
31. C.J. Uzomah (@ DET)
32. Will Dissly (@ PIT)
33. Donald Parham Jr. (@ BAL)
34. Eric Ebron (v SEA)
35. Jordan Akins (@ IND)
36. Ian Thomas (v MIN)
37. Jimmy Graham (v GB)
38. Kyle Rudolph (v LAR)
39. Jack Stoll (v TB)
40. Demetrius Harris (@ CLE)

 

Defense/ST

1. Los Angeles Rams (@ NYG)
2. Indianapolis Colts (v HOU)
3. Buffalo Bills (@ TEN)
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (v SEA)
5. Cincinnati Bengals (@ DET)
6. Minnesota Vikings (@ CAR)
7. Dallas Cowboys (@ NE)
8. Denver Broncos (v LV)
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@ PHI)
10. Miami Dolphins (@ JAX)
11. Carolina Panthers (v MIN)
12. Green Bay Packers (@ CHI)
13. Arizona Cardinals (@ CLE)
14. Los Angeles Chargers (@ BAL)
15. Las Vegas Raiders (@ DEN)
16. Cleveland Browns (v ARI)
17. Jacksonville Jaguars (v MIA)
18. New England Patriots (v DAL)
19. Seattle Seahawks (@ PIT)
20. Detroit Lions (v CIN)
21. Chicago Bears (v LAC)
22. Baltimore Ravens (v LAC)
23. Houston Texans (@ IND)
24. New York Giants (v LAR)
25. Kansas City Chiefs (@ WAS)

 

Kicker

1. Harrison Butker (@ WAS)
2. Justin Tucker (v LAC)
3. Tyler Bass (@ TEN)
4. Matt Gay (@ NYG)
5. Nick Folk (v DAL)
6. Mason Crosby (@ CHI)
7. Daniel Carlson (@ DEN)
8. Evan McPherson (@ DET)
9. Ryan Succop (@ PHI)
10. Matt Prater (@ CLE)
11. Brandon McManus (v LV)
12. Greg Zuerlein (@ NE)
13. Greg Joseph (@ CAR)
14. Chase McLaughlin (v ARI)
15. Graham Gano (v LAR)
16. Jason Sanders (@ JAX)
17. Dustin Hopkins (v KC)
18. Tristan Vizcaino (@ BAL)
19. Zane Gonzalez (v MIN)
20. Chris Boswell (v SEA)
21. Randy Bullock (v BUF)
22. Cairo Santos (v GB)
23. Austin Seibert (v CIN)
24. Jake Elliott (v TB)
25. Jason Myers (@ PIT)

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 6, 2021

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 6, 2021

The waiver wire rankings may vary depending on your scoring settings and overall league/roster construction, so feel free to reach out with any questions. [Note: all players are rostered in less than 60% of ESPN leagues]

 

Overall rankings

 

1. Trey Sermon, SF RB

The rankings for the top five (all running backs) can be switched up depending on what you need, but for those tracking towards a playoff spot, we like Sermon’s chances of breaking through in the second half. Elijah Mitchell returned on Sunday and was the clear starter, but San Francisco’s offense will be improved when Jimmy Garoppolo is under center, and Kyle Shanahan should feature both rookie runners as they try to get out of a 2-3 hole following the bye.

 

2. Sony Michel, LAR RB

A case could be made for Michel at No. 1 because he is in a somewhat similar position to Sermon, but his standalone value appears to be higher if Week 5 was any indication. The former first-round pick ran with determination, and it’s a great sign that he was trusted at the goal line.

 

3. Darrel Williams, KC RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) being out for a few weeks sets up Williams to be Kansas City’s lead back, so he needs to be rostered everywhere in a high-powered offense. The regular season production for Williams hasn’t been great when given a bigger opportunity, but he notably came through last postseason with 94 total yards against the Browns and then 61 total yards and a touchdown versus Buffalo.

 

4. A.J. Dillon, GB RB

Dillon only had eight carries for 30 yards on Sunday, but he caught all four targets out of the backfield—resulting in four receptions for 49 yards and a score. Continuing to play about a third of Green Bay’s offensive snaps will lead to solid production in one of the league’s best offenses.

 

5. Latavius Murray, BAL RB

Game flow wasn’t in his favor last night, but Murray has scored in three-of-five games to begin 2021, and a possible trade of Ty’Son Williams would only improve his outlook. It’s a surprise he still sits below 60% ownership percentage at this point.

 

6. Darnell Mooney, CHI WR

Chicago again had a low-volume passing attack last week, but that will have to change over the next two weeks with games against the Packers and Buccaneers. Mooney should be an upside FLEX that is searching for his first touchdown of 2021.

 

7. DeVante Parker, MIA WR

Parker unfortunately missed a cupcake matchup last week with a hamstring injury, but it doesn’t sound like it will keep him out for long, and the big-bodied wideout had 32 targets over his first four games. He should be added if available in your league.

 

8. Josh Gordon, KC WR

Gordon’s role was surprisingly limited with one target on nine snaps against Buffalo, but he’s still being worked in, and the former All-Pro provided a spark with an 11-yard reception. The 30-year-old can still be a difference-maker catching passes from Patrick Mahomes.

 

9. Ronald Jones II, TB RB

Jones is clearly the backup to Leonard Fournette, but investing in him is a long-term play with the hopes that he can break a long run to carve out more weekly touches. We’ll see if there is a more even split on a short week versus Philadelphia.

 

10. Devontae Booker, NYG RB

Early indications are that Saquon Barkley (ankle) will miss at least one game, so Booker is back on the FLEX radar after dominating work for New York in Week 5. Playing 88% of the snaps against Dallas, the veteran had 16 carries, 42 rushing yards, three receptions, 16 receiving yards, and two total touchdowns.

 

Quarterback

1. Derek Carr, LV

2. Daniel Jones, NYG

3. Trevor Lawrence, JAX

4. Sam Darnold CAR

5. Jameis Winston, NO

6. Matt Ryan, ATL

7. Justin Fields, CHI

8. Kirk Cousins, MIN

9. Baker Mayfield, CLE

10. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

 

Running back

1. Trey Sermon, SF

2. Sony Michel, LAR

3. A.J. Dillon, GB

4. Latavius Murray, BAL

5. Darrel Williams, KC

6. Ronald Jones II, TB

7. Devontae Booker, NYG

8. Alex Collins, SEA

9. J.D. McKissic, WAS

10. Ty’Son Williams BAL

11. Rhamondre Stevenson, NE

12. Kenneth Gainwell, PHI

13. David Johnson, HOU

14. Giovani Bernard, TB

15. Le’Veon Bell, BAL

16. Samaje Perine, CIN

17. Khalil Herbert, CHI

18. Brandon Bolden, NE

19. Mark Ingram, HOU

20. Marlon Mack, IND

21. Ty Johnson, NYJ

22. Malcolm Brown, MIA

23. Tevin Coleman, NYJ

24. Jeff Wilson, SF

25. DeeJay Dallas, SEA

 

Wide receiver

1. Darnell Mooney, CHI

2. DeVante Parker, MIA

3. Josh Gordon, KC

4. Sammy Watkins, BAL

5. Michael Gallup, DAL

6. Rondale Moore, ARI

7. Christian Kirk, ARI

8. Marquez Callaway, NO

9. Mecole Hardman, KC

10. Kadarius Toney, NYG

11. Bryan Edwards, LV

12. A.J. Green, ARI

13. Nelson Agholor, NE

14. Curtis Samuel, NO

15. Rashod Bateman, BAL

16. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB

17. Hunter Renfrow, LV

18. James Washington, PIT

19. Randall Cobb, GB

20. Tre’Quan Smith, NO

21. Van Jefferson, LAR

22. Elijah Moore, NYJ

23. Tim Patrick, DEN

24. Jamison Crowder, NYJ

25. Jalen Reagor, PHI

26. T.Y. Hilton, IND

27. Terrace Marshall Jr., CLE

28. Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET

29. DeSean Jackson, LAR

30. Darius Slayton, NYG

 

Tight end

1. Hunter Henry, NE

2. Jonnu Smith, NE

3. David Njoku, CLE

4. Zach Ertz, PHI

5. Cole Kmet, CHI

6. Evan Engram, NYG

7. Dan Arnold, JAX

8. Austin Hooper, CLE

9. Ricky Seals-Jones, WAS

10. Tommy Tremble, CAR

11. Juwan Johnson, NO

12. Adam Trautman, NO

13. Donald Parham Jr., LAC

14. Pat Freiermuth, PIT

15. Gerald Everett, SEA

Week 5 Fantasy Football Awards 2021

Week 5 Fantasy Football Awards 2021

Team of the Week

 

QB: Justin Herbert, LAC

Tom Brady (37.74 fantasy points) in the early slate and Josh Allen (36.5 fantasy points) in the night game both went off, too, but it was Herbert’s 42.82 fantasy points that easily led the way in Week 5. The downfield connection with Mike Williams in particular was a boom to his production, and Herbert now has an 11:0 touchdown-interception ratio over the past three games after starting with a 2:3 touchdown-interception ratio in Week 1 and Week 2.

 

RB: Derrick Henry, TEN

Jacksonville actually did a decent job at least containing Henry to begin yesterday’s game, but he eventually wore them down for 130 yards and three scores on 29 carries. Those who believed Henry might slow down in 2021 have been sorely mistaken.

 

RB: Austin Ekeler, LAC

Ekeler seemed genuinely disappointed about being carried into the end zone for his third and final score against the Browns, but fantasy owners will certainly take the points. Overall, Ekeler again was great on the ground (17 carries for 66 yards and two touchdowns) and through the air (five receptions for 53 yards and a score) in Week 5.

 

WR: Mike Williams, LAC

Anyone facing a Chargers stack probably is too mad about fantasy football to be reading this article right now, but Williams completed the trifecta of big-time performances on Sunday—catching eight passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Excluding the Week 4 disappointment, Williams has gone for lines of 8/82/1, 7/91/1, 7/122/2 and 8/165/2 this season.

 

WR: Davante Adams, GB

We have been waiting for a monster game from Adams this season, and he came through on Sunday by catching 11-of-16 targets for 206 yards and one touchdown in Green Bay’s win over Cincinnati. Through five weeks, Adams is actually averaging what would be a career-high 115.8 receiving yards per game.

 

TE: Kyle Pitts, ATL

Pitts—to an even higher level because the production has been held in check—was also waiting for a huge game, and it came in London with nine receptions, 119 yards, and his first career touchdown. The high-end TE1 upside can still be met if Pitts is able to catch fire with a hot streak in terms of finding the end zone.

 

FLEX: Antonio Brown, TB

It only took eight targets for Brown to torch Miami with a 7/124/2 line in Week 5, and the 33-year-old has averaged 11.2 yards per target. A trip to the COVID-19 list derailed things a bit, but overall, Brown has caught 20 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns in four games this season.

 

D/ST: Eagles

Philadelphia was able to get to Sam Darnold for three interceptions to fuel an upset win over Carolina, and Darius Slay in particular finally came up clutch by living up to his “Big Play Slay” moniker with two takeaways himself. You won’t want to be using the Eagles on Thursday night against the Bucs, but Sunday’s showing was encouraging.

 

K: Nick Folk

Folk struck the potential game-winning field goal (that hit the upright) well last Sunday night, and he continued kicking well with a couple of 52-yard makes in New England’s win against Houston. Despite missing an extra point, Folk nailed all four of his field goals in the 25-22 victory.

 

Surprise of the Week: Low-scoring game in Arizona

Arizona had put up at least 31 points in each of their first four games, but San Francisco was able to make it a slugfest, and fireworks for Kyler Murray and Trey Lance didn’t happen. The Cardinals should get back to their high-flying ways for a possible shootout next week in Cleveland, and the 49ers now head into the bye with the hopes Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) is back to run the offense in Week 7.

 

Disappointment of the Week: Saquon Barkley

There were tons of disappointments this week—and many were due to unfortunate injury. Barkley is the headliner, and while the ankle ballooning up isn’t as bad as it looked, he obviously didn’t return in a game where he rushed just twice for nine scoreless yards. Fantasy owners might not be able to count on an October return.

 

Rookie of the Week: Kadarius Toney

Toney was almost the last-man standing for New York’s offense, and he did his best to put the group on his back with a full-fledged breakout—hauling in ten-of-13 targets for 189 yards. The Giants’ first-round pick has made the highlight reel as both a pass-catcher and with the ball in his hands, so his arrow is pointing up if he can avoid mistakes like the ejection due to a thrown punch on Sunday.

 

Week 5 MVP: Justin Herbert

Again, Tom Brady and Josh Allen gave Herbert a run for his money, but the second-year quarterback finished comfortably in the No. 1 spot for Week 5. Brandon Staley’s aggressiveness combined with the weaponry in Los Angeles makes Herbert impossible to consider benching ahead of matchups versus Baltimore and New England to close out the month.

2021 NFL Week 5 Daily Fantasy Recommended Lineup Advice

2021 NFL Week 5 Daily Fantasy Recommended Lineup Advice

The Week 5 daily fantasy lineup recommendations include a couple of same-game options. Prices are from FanDuel.

 

QB: Joe Burrow vs. GB ($7,000)

Packers-Bengals has the feel of a shootout between Aaron Rodgers and Joe Burrow, and Burrow is one of the top quarterback values in Week 5 daily fantasy lineups. Burrow has a shot to get Tee Higgins (shoulder) back in the lineup, and Cincinnati might be more pass happy with Joe Mixon (ankle) potentially out.

 

RB: Derrick Henry @ JAX ($10,400)

Perhaps the Jaguars will respond and play hard. They haven’t been bad against the run this season. However, there’s a chance the team comes out totally flat after the Urban Meyer issues from last week. The Titans have no problem giving Derrick Henry the ball about as much as possible every week, and he’s killed Jacksonville throughout his career.

 

RB: Leonard Fournette vs. MIA ($6,400)

Miami has gotten killed by opposing running backs all season, and Leonard Fournette offers great upside on Sunday. It’s easy to envision Fournette not performing for whatever reason in what looks like an ideal spot, but he’s worth considering as a relatively low-cost option in your lineup.

 

WR: Davante Adams @ CIN ($8,200)

Davante Adams has simply been too quiet by his standards for much of the first four games. A two or three touchdown performance should be on the horizon, and a potential shootout could be the spot for it.

 

WR: CeeDee Lamb vs. NYG ($6,900)

CeeDee Lamb is another guy that’s poised to turn it on at some point. James Bradberry figures to be on Amari Cooper for much of this Sunday’s Cowboys-Giants matchup, and Lamb has a high ceiling with the ability to hit double-digit receptions, 100+ touchdowns, and a score or two.

 

WR: DeVante Parker @ TB ($5,700)

[UPDATE: Parker is now dealing with a hamstring injury and may be out or limited on Sunday. Jaylen Waddle is a recommended play in his place.] The Buccaneers are hurting at cornerback, and the Dolphins are probably going to need to score to keep up this weekend. That could be a recipe for success for DeVante Parker on the outside. He offers among the best touchdown capabilities in his salary range.

 

TE: Mike Gesicki @ TB ($5,600)

Following a quiet week one, Mike Gesicki has been heavily involved as a receiver in Miami’s offense. Jacoby Brissett trusts the athletic tight end, who has 15 receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown over the past two games.

 

FLEX: Damien Williams @ LV ($5,800)

The Bears are moving forward with Justin Fields as their starting quarterback, and a strong rushing attack will make things easier on the rookie. Filling in for David Montgomery, Damien Williams has a chance at 20+ touches.

 

D/ST: Steelers vs. DEN ($4,000)

Pittsburgh’s defense had some huge outings last season, and this Sunday against Denver could be a spot where they do that. Anything can happen, but this looks like a defensive battle between the Steelers and Broncos.

 

. . .

 

Other recommended Week 5 options

 

QB: Derek Carr vs. CHI ($7,100)

RB: Aaron Jones @ CIN ($8,400)

RB: D’Andre Swift @ MIN ($6,900)

WR: A.J. Brown @ JAX ($6,900)

WR: Antonio Brown vs. MIA ($6,500)

TE: Robert Tonyan @ CIN ($5,300)

Week 5 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 5 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

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Quarterback

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Trey Lance (@ ARI)

From a real-life perspective—and as someone who really liked Lance coming out of North Dakota State—I’m not sure the rookie is ready to be an NFL starter; however, that doesn’t matter for fantasy purposes, and Lance’s rushing upside makes him an immediate QB1 option for Week 5. Arizona’s defense is fast and aggressive to potentially create havoc, but Lance should still be able to finish with standout fantasy numbers for his first career start.

 

Thumbs Up: Trevor Lawrence (v TEN)

Jacksonville has been disappointing this year (for a variety of reasons), but Lawrence has at least been used more as a runner with 14 carries for 66 yards and a score over the past two games, and that should remain a part of the playbook moving forward. Even without D.J. Chark (ankle), the Jaguars can get contributions from a variety of players, and Tennessee just allowed a breakout game to Zack Wilson (297 yards and two touchdowns). I have Lawrence as a top-20 option.

 

Thumbs Up: Zach Wilson (@ ATL)

Sticking with the rookies, Wilson gets a great draw versus an Atlanta defense that has allowed the third most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks—including at least three touchdown passes allowed in three-of-four weeks. A healthy Jamison Crowder adds another playmaker to contend with for opponents, and Wilson’s confidence should be high after getting his first career win. London games can get weird, but perhaps that will mean an offensive explosion for the Jets.

 

Thumbs Up: Derek Carr (v CHI)

Monday night was a disappointment for Las Vegas, but they showed life in the third quarter, and Carr has thrown for multiple scores in all four games to begin 2021. Especially at home, the Bears won’t be as difficult of a matchup as Brandon Staley’s defense was, and the weaknesses in the Chicago secondary will be tested by all the weapons in Jon Gruden’s offense. Carr remains a top-15 play for me, and I’m assuming the offensive line will hold up.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Justin Fields (@ LV)

Fields played well in a win over Detroit last week, but from a numbers perspective, that resulted in 11 completions, zero touchdowns, and nine rushing yards, so it’s tough to count on the upside suddenly being unleashed a week later. Also, Las Vegas will have a much more ferocious pass rush than the Lions did, and Fields’ floor isn’t worth the risk with other capable options out there.

 

Thumbs Down: Ben Roethlisberger (v DEN)

It’s basically impossible to trust Roethlisberger at this point, as he has a 4:4 touchdown-interception ratio with just 6.1 yards per attempt (down from a career-low 6.3 yards per attempt in 2020; both easily the worst marks of his career), and now a hip injury is something else to deal with. Being at home isn’t enough to strongly consider Big Ben until we see a return to form out of him—which might never happen.

 

Thumbs Down: Jameis Winston (@ WAS)

Washington has bled points to opposing quarterbacks, but Winston continues to operate a conservative offense, and Taysom Hill is coming off his most involved game yet with six carries, three pass attempts, and two receptions last week. It wouldn’t be a surprise if New Orleans turned into more of a two-quarterback system to provide a spark until Michael Thomas (ankle) and Tre’Quan Smith (hamstring) return.

 

Thumbs Down: Russell Wilson (v LAR)

Wilson remains a QB1 option for Week 5 because there aren’t many candidates to move up, but the Rams have given him more trouble than anyone throughout his career. Just looking at the three matchups last year, Los Angeles limited Wilson to 215.7 passing yards per game and a 3:3 touchdown-interception ratio—plus was able to get to him for 16 sacks. It may take rushing production and/or a couple of chunk plays connecting for Wilson to pay dividends as a low-end QB1.

 

Running Back

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Damien Harris (@ HOU)

A quiet day was expected for Harris last week against the stingy Tampa Bay defense, but now is the perfect time to buy low ahead of a great matchup versus the Texans. For as good as Mac Jones has been, New England will want to get back to running the ball like they did over the first two weeks, and I don’t see the defense allowing Davis Mills to jump on them for an early lead that would negatively flip the game script. Harris should be viewed as a borderline RB1/RB2 with the hope that Isaiah Wynn and Michael Onwenu are cleared from COVID protocols to open holes on the left side.

 

Thumbs Up: Damien Williams (@ LV)

David Montgomery (knee) will fortunately be back by next month, but Williams is one of the NFL’s most underrated running backs, and he’s immediately on the RB2 map as the starter. In extended action last week, the veteran turned ten touches into 70 yards and a touchdown, so roll with him against a Las Vegas defense that allowed Austin Ekeler to go off as a runner and receiver on Monday night.

 

Thumbs Up: Kenneth Gainwell (@ CAR)

Gainwell has looked like Philadelphia’s best running back through four games, and he should be leaned on more for a matchup against an aggressive Carolina defense this week. He only had four touches in the blowout loss to the Cowboys, but the rookie has had at least nine combined carries and targets in the other three outings, and he’s simply a more decisive player than Miles Sanders. The gap between the two is narrowing in all formats.

 

Thumbs Up: Trey Sermon (@ ARI)

Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) is set to return this week and will be the preferred play, but I doubt the 49ers completely go away from Sermon like they did early in the season—especially with Trey Lance at quarterback. With a full week to prepare for Lance being under center (assuming Jimmy Garoppolo is indeed out), San Francisco could come out with an offense similar to the one in Baltimore with Sermon as the between-the-tackles pounder to complement Lance and Mitchell. He’s still on the FLEX radar.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Miles Sanders (@ CAR)

I hit on this already with the write-up for Kenneth Gainwell, but Sanders has been in a 60-40 split, and it could soon flip the other way as the Eagles try to get back in the win column. On the offensive line, Brandon Brooks (pectoral) is obviously out, and Jordan Mailata (knee) and Lane Johnson (personal) are highly questionable, so I’m not sure how much space Sanders will be able to find in a difficult matchup. He’s firmly more of a FLEX than RB2.

 

Thumbs Down: Mike Davis (v NYJ)

Davis had his Week 4 saved by a short receiving touchdown, but he rushed for just 14 yards on 13 attempts, and Cordarrelle Patterson continues to make plays for Atlanta. New York remains fairly stout against the run (4.1 yards per carry allowed), and the Falcons probably won’t have too much of an emphasis on the ground game with Matt Ryan averaging 39.8 passing attempts through four weeks.

 

Thumbs Down: Javonte Williams (@ PIT)

Pittsburgh is struggling at 1-3, but defense will be what gets them out of their slump, and I expect the group will be flying around against a Denver offense that is done Jerry Jeudy (ankle) and K.J. Hamler (knee). Williams hasn’t seen much of a change in terms of role with between 40% and 51% of the snaps played in all four games, so I think some might be getting too eager by ranking him over Melvin Gordon for a playoff-hopeful team.

 

Thumbs Down: Myles Gaskin (@ TB)

Fears of a full-blown committee for Miami have come to fruition with Malcolm Brown being the lead back in Week 4—and Gaskin handled just two carries on 12 snaps. The Dolphins are going to have little-to-no success running the ball against the Bucs this weekend, so Gaskin falls all the way outside the top 50 for me. In deeper leagues, I’d rather gamble on a big-play option such as Tevin Coleman.

 

Wide Receiver

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Jaylen Waddle (@ TB)

Waddle has been used in an underneath role to begin his career, but he couldn’t ask for a better matchup to breakout in, and I expect Miami will get him matched up on Richard Sherman to see if the veteran corner can stick the electric wideout. Plus, no Will Fuller (finger) might lead to expanded downfield opportunities for the rookie, and the Dolphins will have to score points to have a shot versus Tom Brady and company. I have Waddle as a top-25 option in 0.5 PPR leagues.

 

Thumbs Up: Odell Beckham Jr. (@ LAC)

For anyone that didn’t watch the Browns-Vikings game last week, Beckham Jr. was missed for multiple monster gains and a would-be deep touchdown, but I’m confident Baker Mayfield will be able to hit layups in the future, and Cleveland’s top wideout has looked good through two weeks. Odell probably won’t be the focus for Los Angeles as they try to stop the run, so he should be able to get loose similar to Henry Ruggs III a couple of times on Monday night.

 

Thumbs Up: Emmanuel Sanders (@ KC)

Sanders had another strong showing for Buffalo in Week 4, and it’s encouraging that targets have been there despite blowout wins over the past three games. Now, the Bills enter a possible shootout in Kansas City with future No. 1 seed implications on the line, and Sanders should be able to take advantage of single coverage. Consider him an upside WR3 on Sunday Night Football.

 

Thumbs Up: Tyler Boyd (v GB)

Whether or not Tee Higgins (shoulder) is back, Boyd’s increasing usage should remain high with lines of 7/73, 4/36/1, and 9/118 on 26 combined targets since a quiet opener, and Cincinnati should pass quite a bit with Joe Mixon (ankle) looking unlikely to play. In general, I’d expect the Bengals will begin to open up the passing attack some with Joe Burrow averaging 26.8 pass attempts per game (compared to 40.4 attempts per game as a rookie).

 

Others: Corey Davis (@ ATL), Marvin Jones (v TEN)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Amari Cooper (v NYG)

Cooper was able to get loose for a 35-yard touchdown last week, but he’s seen target totals of five, four, and three since going off in Week 1, and balance for Dallas has been a winning formula. Furthermore, Cooper struggled in matchups versus the Giants in 2020 with a combined eight receptions for 64 scoreless yards, and I’m not sure having Dak Prescott under center will lead to a big game.

 

Thumbs Down: Mike Evans (v MIA)

Increasing target totals for Evans have been a positive (he had a season-high 12 last week), but he projects to draw coverage from Xavien Howard on Sunday, and I think Tampa Bay will get Chris Godwin and the tight ends more involved versus Miami. While he is difficult to bench because of the touchdown upside, Evans is more of a low-end WR2 for Week 5.

 

Thumbs Down: Brandon Aiyuk (@ ARI)

Aiyuk is unlikely to be in lineups as one of the more disappointing players of 2021, but Trey Lance being at quarterback clouds his outlook even further with Deebo Samuel being the clear top wideout for a run-heavy attack. Last week, Aiyuk saw zero targets from the rookie on 18 attempts, and he reverted back to a split with Mohamed Sanu and Trent Sherfield. You need a big-play connection before feeling comfortable with the second-year receiver.

 

Thumbs Down: Brandin Cooks (v NE)

Cooks had a respectable game last week in a shutout loss—catching five-of-seven targets for 47 yards—but who do you think Bill Belichick will try to eliminate from the Houston offense on Sunday? My money is on one of his former players in Cooks, and I wouldn’t want to count on Davis Mills to try to overcome a difficult matchup. I’d recommend any of the “Thumbs Up” options over Cooks.

 

Others: Kenny Golladay (@ DAL), Michael Pittman Jr. (@ BAL)

 

Tight End

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Mike Gesicki (@ TB)

I might be putting too much stock in the Miami offense this week (Jacoby Brissett is also a decent streaming option), but coverage has been a definite issue for the Buccaneers due to injury, and Gesicki gets a great chance to stay hot after Tampa Bay allowed touchdowns to Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry in Week 4. Overall, tight ends have scored 14.0 fantasy points per game against the Bucs to begin 2021, and Gesicki is a top-five play for me.

 

Thumbs Up: Robert Tonyan (@ CIN)

This is more about feel than anything, as Cincinnati isn’t a favorable on-paper matchup with their impressive cover guys at linebacker and safety; but Tonyan only has one touchdown this season, and he’s had seven targets last week (though it resulted in only eight yards). Green Bay will be the biggest challenge yet for the Bengals, and I have Tonyan as a low-end TE1.

 

Thumbs Up: Cameron Brate (v MIA)

As stated, I think Tampa Bay could attack more in the middle of the field with Chris Godwin and the tight ends on Sunday, and Brate has been the clear top option over O.J. Howard with Rob Gronkowski (ribs) out. With 11 targets over the past two games, Brate is worthy of streaming consideration catching passes from Tom Brady.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Evan Engram (@ DAL)

Engram didn’t do much against Dallas last season (three receptions for 33 yards in two matchups) or Dan Quinn when he was coaching the Falcons (two receptions for 16 yards in one matchup), so there is little reason to believe he will emerge on Sunday—especially with Kadarius Toney and John Ross both stepping up for New York in Week 4. Depending on your league size, it might be a better idea to scour the waiver wire.

 

Thumbs Down: Gerald Everett (v LAR)

The expectation is that Everett will return from the COVID-19 list in time to face his former team on Thursday night, but Seattle will want to keep Will Dissly and Colby Parkinson (68% snaps played in season debut) involved, too, so the floor is low. Also, the Rams might be prepared to erase any play-action opportunities for Everett considering how well the defense knows Seattle’s offensive system.

 

Thumbs Down: Ricky Seals-Jones (v NO)

Seals-Jones being in line to start for Logan Thomas (hamstring) puts him squarely on the radar, but there are better options to target for streamers. Once again, New Orleans is one of the toughest draws for opposing tight ends, and they have yet to allow a touchdown to the position in 2021.

Week 5 Fantasy: Rest-Of-Season Rankings

Week 5 Fantasy: Rest-Of-Season Rankings

The rest-of-season rankings are exclusive to Fantasy Consigliere subscribers, and they will be updated every week throughout the 2021 season.

 

Quarterback

1. Josh Allen, BUF
2. Patrick Mahomes, KC
3. Tom Brady, TB
4. Kyler Murray, ARI
5. Lamar Jackson, BAL
6. Jalen Hurts, PHI
7. Aaron Rodgers, GB
8. Justin Herbert, LAC
9. Russell Wilson, SEA
10. Dak Prescott, DAL
11. Matthew Stafford, LAR
12. Ryan Tannehill, TEN
13. Derek Carr, LV
14. Daniel Jones, NYG
15. Joe Burrow, CIN
16. Sam Darnold, CAR
17. Kirk Cousins, MIN
18. Matt Ryan, ATL
19. Trevor Lawrence, JAX
20. Justin Fields, CHI
21. Jameis Winston, NO
22. Mac Jones, NE
23. Baker Mayfield, CLE
24. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
25. Teddy Bridgewater, DEN
26. Tua Tagovailoa, MIA
27. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF
28. Trey Lance, SF
29. Zach Wilson, NYJ
30. Jared Goff, DET
31. Carson Wentz, IND
32. Taylor Heinicke, WAS
33. Tyrod Taylor, HOU
34. Taysom Hill, NO
35. Deshaun Watson, HOU
36. Davis Mills, HOU
37. Andy Dalton, CHI
38. Ryan Fitzpatrick, WAS
39. Nick Foles, CHI
40. Marcus Mariota, LV

 

Running back

1. Derrick Henry, TEN
2. Christian McCaffrey, CAR
3. Dalvin Cook, MIN
4. Alvin Kamara, NO
5. Nick Chubb, CLE
6. Jonathan Taylor, IND
7. Aaron Jones, GB
8. Saquon Barkley, NYG
9. Najee Harris, PIT
10. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
11. Austin Ekeler, LAC
12. Antonio Gibson, WAS
13. Joe Mixon, CIN
14. James Robinson, JAX
15. Chris Carson, SEA
16. D’Andre Swift, DET
17. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC
18. Josh Jacobs, LV
19. Damien Harris, NE
20. Darrell Henderson, LAR
21. Miles Sanders, PHI
22. Chase Edmonds, ARI
23. Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL
24. Kareem Hunt, CLE
25. David Montgomery, CHI
26. Trey Sermon, SF
27. Elijah Mitchell, SF
28. Melvin Gordon, DEN
29. Javonte Williams, DEN
30. Latavius Murray, BAL
31. Jamaal Williams, DET
32. Sony Michel, LAR
33. Mike Davis, ATL
34. Tony Pollard, DAL
35. A.J. Dillon, GB
36. Leonard Fournette, TB
37. Ronald Jones II, TB
38. James Conner, ARI
39. Devin Singletary, BUF
40. Nyheim Hines, IND
41. Damien Williams, CHI
42. J.D. McKissic, WAS
43. Zack Moss, BUF
44. Michael Carter, NYJ
45. Kenneth Gainwell, PHI
46. Myles Gaskin, MIA
47. Rhamondre Stevenson, NE
48. Kenyan Drake, LV
49. Alexander Mattison, MIN
50. Mark Ingram, HOU
51. David Johnson, HOU
52. Tevin Coleman, NYJ
53. Giovani Bernard, TB
54. Chuba Hubbard, CAR
55. Le’Veon Bell, BAL
56. Samaje Perine, CIN
57. Alex Collins, SEA
58. Ty’Son Williams, BAL
59. Malcolm Brown, MIA
60. Phillip Lindsay, HOU
61. Darrel Williams, KC
62. Tony Jones Jr., NO
63. Carlos Hyde, JAX
64. Ty Johnson, NYJ
65. Peyton Barber, LV
66. Salvon Ahmed, MIA
67. Marlon Mack, IND
68. Demetric Felton, CLE
69. Jeff Wilson, SF
70. Larry Rountree III, LAC
71. Brandon Bolden, NE
72. Anthony McFarland, PIT
73. Devonta Freeman, BAL
74. DeeJay Dallas, SEA
75. J.J. Taylor, NE
76. Royce Freeman, CAR
77. Chris Evans, CIN
78. Benny Snell, PIT
79. Ty Montgomery, NO
80. Matt Breida, BUF
81. Joshua Kelley, LAC
82. Rashaad Penny, SEA
83. Justin Jackson, LAC
84. JaMycal Hasty, SF
85. Jacques Patrick, SF
86. Jeremy McNichols, TEN
87. Wayne Gallman, ATL
88. Khalil Herbert, CHI
89. Jerick McKinnon, KC
90. Jermar Jefferson, DET
91. Kerryon Johnson, FA
92. Darrynton Evans, TEN
93. La’Mical Perine, NYJ
94. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, TB
95. Boston Scott, PHI
96. Devontae Booker, NYG
97. Tarik Cohen, CHI
98. Jake Funk, LAR
99. Rex Burkhead, HOU
100. Travis Homer, SEA
101. Devine Ozigbo, NO
102. Todd Gurley, FA
103. Eno Benjamin, ARI
104. Jaret Patterson, WAS
105. Kalen Ballage, PIT
106. Kylin Hill, GB
107. Mike Boone, DEN
108. Jordan Wilkins, IND
109. Corey Clement, DAL
110. Trenton Cannon, SF

 

Wide receiver

1. Davante Adams, GB
2. Stefon Diggs, BUF
3. Tyreek Hill, KC
4. Cooper Kupp, LAR
5. Chris Godwin, TB
6. Calvin Ridley, ATL
7. D.K. Metcalf, SEA
8. DeAndre Hopkins, ARI
9. CeeDee Lamb, DAL
10. Justin Jefferson, MIN
11. Mike Williams, LAC
12. Terry McLaurin, WAS
13. A.J. Brown, TEN
14. D.J. Moore, CAR
15. Julio Jones, TEN
16. Antonio Brown, TB
17. Amari Cooper, DAL
18. Keenan Allen, LAC
19. Mike Evans, TB
20. Adam Thielen, MIN
21. Diontae Johnson, PIT
22. Tyler Lockett, SEA
23. Ja’Marr Chase, CIN
24. Deebo Samuel, SF
25. DeVonta Smith, PHI
26. Kenny Golladay, NYG
27. Allen Robinson, CHI
28. Tee Higgins, CIN
29. Odell Beckham Jr., CLE
30. Robert Woods, LAR
31. Corey Davis, NYJ
32. JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
33. Chase Claypool, PIT
34. Marvin Jones, JAX
35. Brandin Cooks, HOU
36. Tyler Boyd, CIN
37. Marquise Brown, BAL
38. Brandon Aiyuk, SF
39. Nelson Agholor, NE
40. Courtland Sutton, DEN
41. Jaylen Waddle, MIA
42. Michael Thomas, NO
43. Darnell Mooney, CHI
44. Bryan Edwards, LV
45. Henry Ruggs III, LV
46. Emmanuel Sanders, BUF
47. Christian Kirk, ARI
48. Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX
49. Robby Anderson, CAR
50. Curtis Samuel, WAS
51. Rondale Moore, ARI
52. Mecole Hardman, KC
53. Michael Gallup, DAL
54. Sammy Watkins, BAL
55. Josh Gordon, KC
56. Marquez Callaway, NO
57. Elijah Moore, NYJ
58. Jakobi Meyers, NE
59. DeVante Parker, MIA
60. Rashod Bateman, BAL
61. Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR
62. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB
63. Cole Beasley, BUF
64. Hunter Renfrow, LV
65. Michael Pittman Jr., IND
66. Jerry Jeudy, DEN
67. A.J. Green, ARI
68. Tim Patrick, DEN
69. Sterling Shepard, NYG
70. Tre’Quan Smith, NO
71. Jalen Reagor, PHI
72. Jarvis Landry, CLE
73. Jamison Crowder, NYJ
74. Van Jefferson, LAR
75. Will Fuller, MIA
76. Gabriel Davis, BUF
77. Darius Slayton, NYG
78. Russell Gage, ATL
79. T.Y. Hilton, IND
80. Kendrick Bourne, NE
81. Randall Cobb, GB
82. Quintez Cephus, DET
83. Kadarius Toney, NYG
84. Denzel Mims, NYJ
85. Parris Campbell, IND
86. James Washington, PIT
87. Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET
88. DeSean Jackson, LAR
89. K.J. Osborn, MIN
90. Allen Lazard, GB
91. Demarcus Robinson, KC
92. Tyrell Williams, DET
93. Dyami Brown, WAS
94. Anthony Miller, HOU
95. Quez Watkins, PHI
96. Nico Collins, HOU
97. Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE
98. Zach Pascal, IND
99. Anthony Schwartz, CLE
100. Keelan Cole, NYJ
101. Tyler Johnson, TB
102. Tyron Johnson, JAX
103. Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL
104. Deonte Harris, NO
105. Chester Rogers, TEN
106. John Brown, FA
107. Rashard Higgins, CLE
108. Albert Wilson, MIA
109. Tutu Atwell, LAR
110. N’Keal Harry, NE
111. Trent Sherfield, SF
112. Byron Pringle, KC
113. Josh Palmer, LAC
114. Chris Conley, HOU
115. Dee Eskridge, SEA
116. D.J. Chark, JAX
117. Adam Humphries, WAS
118. Marquise Goodwin, CHI
119. Jalen Guyton, LAC
120. Devin Duvernay, BAL
121. Preston Williams, MIA
122. Amari Rodgers, GB
123. James Proche, BAL
124. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, TEN
125. Danny Amendola, HOU
126. Tavon Austin, JAX
127. John Ross, NYG
128. Josh Reynolds, TEN
129. Mohamed Sanu, SF
130. Auden Tate, CIN
131. Isaiah McKenzie, BUF
132. Jaelon Darden, TB
133. Cam Sims, WAS
134. Zay Jones, LV
135. Jauan Jennings, SF
136. Scotty Miller, TB
137. Miles Boykin, BAL
138. Khalif Raymond, DET
139. Freddie Swain, SEA
140. Jakeem Grant, CHI
141. Ihmir Smith-Marsette, MIN
142. Trinity Benson, DET
143. Chris Hogan, NO
144. Damiere Byrd, CHI
145. Willie Snead, LV
146. Jalen Hurd, SF
147. Mike Strachan, IND
148. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, PHI
149. Greg Ward, PHI
150. Mack Hollins, MIA

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce, KC
2. Darren Waller, LV
3. George Kittle, SF
4. T.J. Hockenson, DET
5. Rob Gronkowski, TB
6. Kyle Pitts, ATL
7. Mike Gesicki, MIA
8. Mark Andrews, BAL
9. Noah Fant, DEN
10. Robert Tonyan, GB
11. Dallas Goedert, PHI
12. Tyler Higbee, LAR
13. Logan Thomas, WAS
14. Jonnu Smith, NE
15. Hunter Henry, NE
16. Dalton Schultz, DAL
17. Jared Cook, LAC
18. Zach Ertz, PHI
19. Cole Kmet, CHI
20. Evan Engram, NYG
21. Dawson Knox, BUF
22. Gerald Everett, SEA
23. Austin Hooper, CLE
24. Juwan Johnson, NO
25. Dan Arnold, JAX
26. Anthony Firkser, TEN
27. Pat Freiermuth, PIT
28. Adam Trautman, NO
29. Hayden Hurst, ATL
30. David Njoku, CLE
31. Tyler Conklin, MIN
32. Blake Jarwin, DAL
33. C.J. Uzomah, CIN
34. Chris Herndon, MIN
35. Eric Ebron, PIT
36. Donald Parham Jr., LAC
37. Mo Alie-Cox, IND
38. Will Dissly, SEA
39. Jack Doyle, IND
40. Maxx Williams, ARI
41. Tommy Tremble, CAR
42. Jordan Akins, HOU
43. Jimmy Graham, CHI
44. Cameron Brate, TB
45. O.J. Howard, TB
46. Harrison Bryant, CLE
47. Kyle Rudolph, NYG
48. Tyler Kroft, NYJ
49. Albert Okwuegbunam, DEN
50. Pharaoh Brown, HOU
51. Foster Moreau, LV
52. James O’Shaughnessy, JAX
53. Kylen Granson, IND
54. Darren Fells, DET
55. Colby Parkinson, SEA
56. Drew Sample, CIN
57. Brevin Jordan, HOU
58. Ryan Griffin, NYJ
59. Noah Gray, KC
60. MyCole Pruitt, TEN
61. Geoff Swaim, TEN
62. Ian Thomas, CAR
63. Josh Oliver, BAL
64. Blake Bell, KC
65. Chris Manhertz, JAX

Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings 2021

Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings 2021

The rankings are based on 0.5 PPR leagues, but feel free to reach out with any questions via Fantasy Consigliere. Also, you can subscribe to The Fantasy Consigliere Podcast for some added insights on why players are ranked where they are when Episode 5 is released.

 

Quarterback

1. Josh Allen (@ KC)
2. Kyler Murray (v SF)
3. Patrick Mahomes (v BUF)
4. Tom Brady (v MIA)
5. Lamar Jackson (v IND)
6. Dak Prescott (v NYG)
7. Aaron Rodgers (@ CIN)
8. Jalen Hurts (@ CAR)
9. Justin Herbert (v CLE)
10. Matthew Stafford (@ SEA)
11. Trey Lance (@ ARI)
12. Russell Wilson (v LAR)
13. Sam Darnold (v PHI)
14. Daniel Jones (@ DAL)
15. Ryan Tannehill (@ JAX)
16. Derek Carr (v CHI)
17. Joe Burrow (v GB)
18. Kirk Cousins (v DET)
19. Trevor Lawrence (v TEN)
20. Zach Wilson (@ ATL)
21. Taylor Heinicke (v NO)
22. Jacoby Brissett (@ TB)
23. Matt Ryan (v NYJ)
24. Mac Jones (@ HOU)
25. Baker Mayfield (@ LAC)
26. Jared Goff (@ MIN)
27. Justin Fields (@ LV)
28. Jameis Winston (@ WAS)
29. Ben Roethlisberger (v DEN)
30. Carson Wentz (@ BAL)
31. Teddy Bridgewater (@ PIT)
32. Davis Mills (v NE)
33. Taysom Hill (@ WAS)
34. Andy Dalton (@ LV)
35. Mason Rudolph (v DEN)

 

Running back

1. Derrick Henry (@ JAX)
2. Alvin Kamara (@ WAS)
3. Nick Chubb (@ LAC)
4. Aaron Jones (@ CIN)
5. Saquon Barkley (@ DAL)
6. Ezekiel Elliott (v NYG)
7. Jonathan Taylor (@ BAL)
8. Austin Ekeler (v CLE)
9. Najee Harris (v DEN)
10. Alexander Mattison (v DET)
11. James Robinson (v TEN)
12. D’Andre Swift (@ MIN)
13. Damien Harris (@ HOU)
14. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (v BUF)
15. Darrell Henderson (@ SEA)
16. Damien Williams (@ LV)
17. Cordarrelle Patterson (v NYJ)
18. Antonio Gibson (v NO)
19. Chase Edmonds (v SF)
20. Alex Collins (v LAR)
21. Kareem Hunt (@ LAC)
22. Josh Jacobs (v CHI)
23. Joe Mixon (v GB)
24. Leonard Fournette (v MIA)
25. Elijah Mitchell (@ ARI)
26. Chuba Hubbard (v PHI)
27. Latavius Murray (v IND)
28. Melvin Gordon (@ PIT)
29. Jamaal Williams (@ MIN)
30. Zack Moss (@ KC)
31. Mike Davis (v NYJ)
32. Miles Sanders (@ CAR)
33. Javonte Williams (@ PIT)
34. Trey Sermon (@ ARI)
35. Tony Pollard (v NYG)
36. J.D. McKissic (v NO)
37. Ronald Jones II (v MIA)
38. Kenneth Gainwell (@ CAR)
39. Nyheim Hines (@ BAL)
40. Devin Singletary (@ KC)
41. Michael Carter (@ ATL)
42. James Conner (v SF)
43. A.J. Dillon (@ CIN)
44. Sony Michel (@ SEA)
45. Samaje Perine (v GB)
46. Kenyan Drake (v CHI)
47. Mark Ingram (v NE)
48. Giovani Bernard (v MIA)
49. Tevin Coleman (@ ATL)
50. Le’Veon Bell (v IND)
51. David Johnson (v NE)
52. Brandon Bolden (@ HOU)
53. Larry Rountree III (v CLE)
54. Malcolm Brown (@ TB)
55. Myles Gaskin (@ TB)
56. Jeremy McNichols (@ JAX)
57. Demetric Felton (@ LAC)
58. Ty Johnson (@ ATL)
59. Darrel Williams (v BUF)
60. Royce Freeman (v PHI)
61. DeeJay Dallas (v LAR)
62. Travis Homer (v LAR)
63. Rhamondre Stevenson (@ HOU)
64. Ameer Abdullah (v DET)
65. Phillip Lindsay (v NE)
66. Chris Evans (v GB)
67. Devine Ozigbo (@ WAS)
68. Ty Montgomery (@ WAS)
69. Joshua Kelley (v CLE)
70. Marlon Mack (@ BAL)
71. Carlos Hyde (v TEN)
72. Anthony McFarland Jr. (v DEN)
73. Salvon Ahmed (@ TB)
74. Khalil Herbert (@ LV)
75. Kyle Juszczyk (@ ARI)

 

Wide receiver

1. Stefon Diggs (@ KC)
2. Davante Adams (@ CIN)
3. Tyreek Hill (v BUF)
4. Cooper Kupp (@ SEA)
5. DeAndre Hopkins (v SF)
6. Justin Jefferson (v DET)
7. Chris Godwin (v MIA)
8. D.J. Moore (v PHI)
9. Terry McLaurin (v NO)
10. CeeDee Lamb (v NYG)
11. A.J. Brown (@ JAX)
12. D.K. Metcalf (v LAR)
13. Mike Williams (v CLE)
14. Deebo Samuel (@ ARI)
15. Keenan Allen (v CLE)
16. Adam Thielen (v DET)
17. Antonio Brown (v MIA)
18. Diontae Johnson (v DEN)
19. Ja’Marr Chase (v GB)
20. Tyler Lockett (v LAR)
21. Mike Evans (v MIA)
22. Corey Davis (@ ATL)
23. Jaylen Waddle (@ TB)
24. Tee Higgins (v GB)
25. Robert Woods (@ SEA)
26. Marquise Brown (v IND)
27. Odell Beckham Jr. (@ LAC)
28. Tyler Boyd (v GB)
29. DeVonta Smith (@ CAR)
30. Marvin Jones (v TEN)
31. Emmanuel Sanders (@ KC)
32. Amari Cooper (v NYG)
33. Allen Robinson (@ LV)
34. Courtland Sutton (@ PIT)
35. Kenny Golladay (@ DAL)
36. Chase Claypool (v DEN)
37. Nelson Agholor (@ HOU)
38. Laviska Shenault Jr. (v TEN)
39. Christian Kirk (v SF)
40. JuJu Smith-Schuster (v DEN)
41. Jakobi Meyers (@ HOU)
42. Darnell Mooney (@ LV)
43. Brandin Cooks (v NE)
44. Cole Beasley (@ KC)
45. Henry Ruggs III (v CHI)
46. A.J. Green (v SF)
47. Olamide Zaccheaus (v NYJ)
48. Robby Anderson (v PHI)
49. Marquez Callaway (@ WAS)
50. Bryan Edwards (v CHI)
51. Sammy Watkins (v IND)
52. Tim Patrick (@ PIT)
53. Hunter Renfrow (v CHI)
54. Kadarius Toney (@ DAL)
55. Jamison Crowder (@ ATL)
56. Preston Williams (@ TB)
57. Michael Pittman Jr. (@ BAL)
58. Van Jefferson (@ SEA)
59. Rondale Moore (v SF)
60. Kendrick Bourne (@ HOU)
61. Josh Gordon (v BUF)
62. Mecole Hardman (v BUF)
63. Curtis Samuel (v NO)
64. Jalen Reagor (@ CAR)
65. Allen Lazard (@ CIN)
66. Brandon Aiyuk (@ ARI)
67. Randall Cobb (@ CIN)
68. Quintez Cephus (@ MIN)
69. Elijah Moore (@ ATL)
70. K.J. Osborn (v DET)
71. DeSean Jackson (@ SEA)
72. Terrace Marshall Jr. (v PHI)
73. Deonte Harris (@ WAS)
74. Zach Pascal (@ BAL)
75. Kalif Raymond (@ MIN)
76. Quez Watkins (@ CAR)
77. Freddie Swain (v LAR)
78. Chester Rogers (@ JAX)
79. Cedrick Wilson (v NYG)
80. Amon-Ra St. Brown (@ MIN)
81. Albert Wilson (@ TB)
82. John Ross (@ DAL)
83. Parris Campbell (@ BAL)
84. Christian Blake (v NYJ)
85. Rashod Bateman (v IND)
86. Josh Reynolds (@ JAX)
87. Gabriel Davis (@ KC)
88. Jalen Guyton (v CLE)
89. Tyron Johnson (v TEN)
90. Anthony Schwartz (@ LAC)
91. Adam Humphries (v NO)
92. Marquise Goodwin (@ LV)
93. Collin Johnson (@ DAL)
94. Mohamed Sanu (@ ARI)
95. Devin Duvernay (v IND)
96. Chris Conley (v NE)
97. Tavon Austin (v TEN)
98. Donovan Peoples-Jones (@ LAC)
99. DeAndre Carter (v NO)
100. Kenny Stills (@ WAS)

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (v BUF)
2. Darren Waller (v CHI)
3. Mike Gesicki (@ TB)
4. T.J. Hockenson (@ MIN)
5. Kyle Pitts (v NYJ)
6. Mark Andrews (v IND)
7. Noah Fant (@ PIT)
8. Dallas Goedert (@ CAR)
9. Robert Tonyan (@ CIN)
10. Jonnu Smith (@ HOU)
11. Tyler Higbee (@ SEA)
12. Hunter Henry (@ HOU)
13. Dalton Schultz (v NYG)
14. Dawson Knox (@ KC)
15. Cameron Brate (v MIA)
16. Jared Cook (v CLE)
17. Zach Ertz (@ CAR)
18. Evan Engram (@ DAL)
19. Will Dissly (v LAR)
20. Cole Kmet (@ LV)
21. Tyler Conklin (v DET)
22. Austin Hooper (@ LAC)
23. Pat Freiermuth (v DEN)
24. C.J. Uzomah (v GB)
25. Dan Arnold (v TEN)
26. Maxx Williams (v SF)
27. Anthony Firkser (@ JAX)
28. Blake Jarwin (v NYG)
29. David Njoku (@ LAC)
30. Juwan Johnson (@ WAS)
31. Hayden Hurst (v NYJ)
32. Mo Alie-Cox (@ BAL)
33. Jack Doyle (@ BAL)
34. Eric Ebron (v DEN)
35. Tommy Tremble (v PHI)
36. Ricky Seals-Jones (v NO)
37. O.J. Howard (v MIA)
38. Ross Dwelley (@ ARI)
39. Donald Parham Jr. (v CLE)
40. Ryan Griffin (@ ATL)

 

Defense/ST

1. New England Patriots (@ HOU)
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (v MIA)
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (v DEN)
4. New Orleans Saints (@ WAS)
5. Baltimore Ravens (v IND)
6. Denver Broncos (@ PIT)
7. Washington Football Team (v NO)
8. Las Vegas Raiders (v CHI)
9. Minnesota Vikings (v DET)
10. Los Angeles Rams (@ SEA)
11. Dallas Cowboys (v NYG)
12. Arizona Cardinals (v SF)
13. Carolina Panthers (v PHI)
14. Tennessee Titans (@ JAX)
15. Atlanta Falcons (v NYJ)
16. Green Bay Packers (@ CIN)
17. Los Angeles Chargers (v CLE)
18. Cleveland Browns (@ LAC)
19. Chicago Bears (@ LV)
20. Philadelphia Eagles (@ CAR)
21. Indianapolis Colts (@ BAL)
22. Buffalo Bills (@ KC)
23. Cincinnati Bengals (v GB)
24. New York jets (@ ATL)
25. Miami Dolphins (@ TB)

 

Kicker

1. Justin Tucker (v IND)
2. Younghoe Koo (v NYJ)
3. Daniel Carlson (v CHI)
4. Matt Gay (@ SEA)
5. Matt Prater (v SF)
6. Harrison Butker (v BUF)
7. Tyler Bass (@ KC)
8. Greg Zuerlein (v NYG)
9. Ryan Succop (v MIA)
10. Mason Crosby (@ CIN)
11. Evan McPherson (v GB)
12. Jason Myers (v LAR)
13. Nick Folk (@ HOU)
14. Graham Gano (@ DAL)
15. Chase McLaughlin (@ LAC)
16. Rodrigo Blankenship (@ BAL)
17. Greg Joseph (v DET)
18. Brandon McManus (@ PIT)
19. Zane Gonzalez (v PHI)
20. Randy Bullock (@ JAX)
21. Dustin Hopkins (v NO)
22. Tristan Vizcaino (v CLE)
23. Jake Elliott (@ CAR)
24. Cody Parkey (@ WAS)
25. Joey Slye (@ ARI)

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 5, 2021

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 5, 2021

The waiver wire rankings may vary depending on your scoring settings and overall league/roster construction, so feel free to reach out with any questions. [Note: all players are rostered in less than 60% of ESPN leagues; Update with Damien Williams moved up after David Montgomery timeline reported to be four-to-five weeks]

 

Overall rankings

 

1. Damien Williams, CHI RB

The veteran turned ten touches into 70 yards and a score on Sunday against the Lions, and he will be the lead back for Chicago into November with David Montgomery (knee) out for a few weeks. Williams should be rostered/added in all formats.

 

2. A.J. Dillon, GB RB

Dillon had been quiet through three games, but he saw an even split with Aaron Jones against Pittsburgh—totaling 81 yards on 15 carries (plus a 16-yard reception on his lone target). The standalone talent combined with handcuff upside makes him a must-own in all formats after dropping below the 60% threshold.

 

3. Bryan Edwards, LV WR

Edwards has cleared 80+ yards in half of his games so far, and the ceiling will soon increase despite a quiet against the Chargers. Dating back to his rookie season, Edwards has averaged 12.7 yards per target.

 

4. Latavius Murray, BAL RB

We said last week that Murray looked to be angling for the No. 1 job in Baltimore’s backfield, and that’s what happened in Week 4 with 18 carries for 59 yards and a score. The no-nonsense style of the veteran should keep him at the top of the depth chart in a run-first offense.

 

5. Darnell Mooney, CHI WR

If we throw out the historically bad performance by Chicago’s offense in Week 3, Mooney has caught at least five passes in his other three games, and the upside was reached on Sunday with 135 total yards (125 receiving yards plus a ten-yard rush). The second-year wideout can stay hot this weekend against Las Vegas.

 

6. Ronald Jones II, TB RB

Leonard Fournette is clearly the back to own for Tampa Bay right now, but Jones scored the lone touchdown for them in a huge win over New England, and the talent remains worth holding onto. A big run should be coming soon.

 

7. DeVante Parker, MIA WR

Parker went for a 4/77/1 line in Week 4, and he’s seen target totals of seven, nine, seven, and nine to begin 2021. Jacoby Brissett should continue hitting his big wideout against a depleted Bucs secondary for a game in which they will likely need to score.

 

8. Josh Gordon, KC WR

Gordon is primed to make his debut on Sunday night against the Bills, and already being in game shape is no surprise at all. Most in the industry overlooking him could be a major misstep as he joins a high-powered offense.

 

9. Daniel Jones, NYG QB

You’ll notice that Trey Lance is No. 3 at quarterback, but he was a bit erratic in terms of accuracy, and the rookie might only make one start with San Francisco having a Week 6 bye. For a more long-term pickup, Jones has been a borderline QB1, and New York is still gelling together offensively.

 

10. Sam Darnold, CAR QB

Darnold has five rushing touchdowns through four games, and he’s also thrown 300+ yards in each of the past three weeks. Dual-threat ability and a strong supporting cast in Joe Brady’s offense has Darnold playing at the level many were expecting from him coming out of USC.

 

Quarterback

1. Daniel Jones, NYG

2. Sam Darnold, CAR

3. Trey Lance, SF

4. Matt Ryan, ATL

5. Kirk Cousins, MIN

6. Trevor Lawrence, JAX

7. Justin Fields, CHI

8. Baker Mayfield, CLE

9. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

10. Mac Jones, NE

 

Running back

1. Damien Williams, CHI

2. A.J. Dillon, GB

3. Latavius Murray, BAL

4. Ronald Jones II, TB

5. Alexander Mattison, MIN

6. J.D. McKissic, WAS

7. Michael Carter, NYJ

8. Kenneth Gainwell, PHI

9. David Johnson, HOU

10. Le’Veon Bell, BAL

11. Samaje Perine, CIN

12. Peyton Barber, LV

13. Giovani Bernard, TB

14. Rhamondre Stevenson, NE

15. Mark Ingram, HOU

16. Brandon Bolden, NE

17. Malcolm Brown, MIA

18. Tevin Coleman, NYJ

19. Marlon Mack, IND

20. Phillip Lindsay, HOU

21. Tony Jones Jr., NO

22. Darrel Williams, KC

23. Jeff Wilson, SF

24. Alex Collins, SEA

25. Ty Johnson, NYJ

 

Wide receiver

1. Bryan Edwards, LV

2. Darnell Mooney, CHI

3. DeVante Parker, MIA

4. Josh Gordon, KC

5. Emmanuel Sanders, BUF

6. Sammy Watkins, BAL

7. Christian Kirk, ARI

8. A.J. Green, ARI

9. Nelson Agholor, NE

10. Rondale Moore, ARI

11. Curtis Samuel, WAS

12. Mecole Hardman, KC

13. Elijah Moore, NYJ

14. Jamison Crowder, NYJ

15. Rashod Bateman, BAL

16. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB

17. Marquez Callaway, NO

18. Hunter Renfrow, LV

19. Randall Cobb, GB

20. Van Jefferson, LAR

21. Tre’Quan Smith, NO

22. Jalen Reagor, PHI

23. T.Y. Hilton, IND

24. Tim Patrick, DEN

25. Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR

26. Kendrick Bourne, NE

27. Quintez Cephis, DET

28. James Washington, PIT

29. DeSean Jackson, LAR

30. Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET

 

Tight end

1. Hunter Henry, NE

2. Dalton Schultz, DAL

3. Dawson Knox, BUF

4. Zach Ertz, PHI

5. Cole Kmet, CHI

6. Evan Engram, NYG

7. Jared Cook, LAC

8. Juwan Johnson, NO

9. Austin Hooper, CLE

10. Dan Arnold, JAX

11. C.J. Uzomah, CIN

12. Pat Freiermuth, PIT

13. Gerald Everett, SEA

14. Maxx Williams, ARI

15. Tommy Tremble, CAR

Week 4 Fantasy Football Awards 2021

Week 4 Fantasy Football Awards 2021

Team of the Week

 

QB: Patrick Mahomes, KC

He didn’t go crazy against the Eagles in terms of yardage (278), but Kansas City’s fancy plays near the end zone led to five touchdowns for Mahomes, and his 31.72 fantasy points were exactly what people were hoping for. Next up is a Sunday Night Football clash against the Bills.

 

RB: Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL

Patterson has quickly turned into a complete monster with Atlanta, and yesterday was a career day in which he caught five passes for 82 yards and three touchdowns (plus six carries for 34 yards). The amount of ways Patterson has contributed is reason to believe he will stay hot, and the veteran is arguably a top-20 option the rest of the way.

 

RB: Saquon Barkley, NYG

He was bottled up for the better part of four quarters, but Barkley broke out with a 54-yard touchdown reception with under seven minutes to play in regulation, and then capped off the comeback with a six-yard score in overtime. Even for tough potential matchups over the next two weeks (@ DAL, v LAR), Barkley is back to strong, every-week RB1 status.

 

WR: Tyreek Hill, KC

Philadelphia decided to take away Travis Kelce rather than Hill (which was somewhat surprising), and they paid for it by allowing an 11/186/3 line. The highlight was the game-sealing, 44-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter where the Eagles somehow allowed him to be singled up on safety Anthony Harris.

 

WR: Deebo Samuel, SF

The clear WR1 for San Francisco through four weeks, Samuel had a monster performance with eight receptions, 156 yards, and two touchdowns in a loss to Seattle. Usage in Kyle Shanahan’s offense makes it not matter whether it’s Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) or rookie Trey Lance under center.

 

TE: C.J. Uzomah, CIN

Uzomah getting free for two scores was basically the difference in Jacksonville’s loss last Thursday night, and the big outing came out of nowhere with just 39 scoreless yards in the first three weeks. Still, those who used Uzomah in DFS lineups have to be happy, and he’s played at least 70% of the team’s offensive snaps in every game.

 

FLEX: Terry McLaurin, WAS

McLaurin was excellent in Week 4—catching six passes for 123 yards and two scores to help Washington win a shootout over Atlanta. Some had unwisely expressed displeasure about McLaurin through three games, but he’s cleared 62 yards every week.

 

D/ST: Bills

Weather played a factor, but rookie quarterback Davis Mills tossed four interceptions against the Bills, and overall, the Texans were limited to 109 total yards of offense in the shutout loss. Fantasy owners should be gearing up for New England’s defense taking on the Texans in Week 5.

 

K: Tyler Bass, BUF

Rain didn’t play a factor for Bass—who nailed four-of-four field goals and four-of-four PAT attempts to continue a hot start to the season. He’s been impressive enough that Josh Allen talked him up following the game.

Surprise of the Week: Giants offense

Sunday was supposed to be a spot where New Orleans would create chaos for their first game in front of the Superdome crowd, but that didn’t happen, and Daniel Jones tossed for a season-high 402 passing yards in New York’s victory. Jones, Saquon Barkley (previously discussed), Kenny Golladay (six receptions for 116 yards), and even rookie Kadarius Toney (six receptions for 78 yards) all shined.

 

Disappointment of the Week: Sony Michel

We might be able to chalk up Michel’s day to being part of a throw-out-the-tape game for Los Angeles, but a lost fumble gave him negative fantasy points, and he didn’t receive a touch after the turnover. Darrell Henderson, on the other hand, looked healthy and totaled 116 yards on 19 touches, so it was obviously a disappointing game overall.

 

Rookie of the Week: DeVonta Smith

No rookies went crazy this week, but Smith had his first 100-yard game in the NFL by hauling in seven-of-ten targets for 122 yards. A couple of highlight grabs in the fourth quarter showed the kind of talent Smith has, and hopefully the passing attack is able to stay on track as the Eagles hit an important five-day stretch (@ CAR, v TB) starting this weekend and into next Thursday night.

 

Week 4 MVP: Cordarrelle Patterson

Patterson has been on a tear, and he’s almost a discounted cheat code in terms of his fantasy outlook. It’s asking a lot for the production to remain what it’s been (354 total yards and five total touchdowns through four games), but you have to stick with the hot hand when Atlanta faces the Jets next week in London.

2021 NFL Week 4 Daily Fantasy Recommended Lineup Advice

2021 NFL Week 4 Daily Fantasy Recommended Lineup Advice

Josh Allen, Saquon Barkley, James Robinson, Mike Williams, and Browns D/ST were all big hits last week, but some disappointments due to usage (Ty’Son Williams) and injury (A.J. Brown) held the lineup’s upside back. These are among the options to consider in your Week 4 daily fantasy lineup. Prices are from FanDuel.

 

QB: Josh Allen vs. HOU ($8,500)

Allen paid off last week, and he might do the same this Sunday at home versus the Texans. The Bills have scored point totals of 35 and 43 in the past two games, and they should stay hot in a matchup they are the biggest favorites of the week in, by far—that could mean another big afternoon for Allen, both through the air and on the ground.

 

RB: Jonathan Taylor @ MIA ($6,600)

It’s time for the Colts to hand Jonathan Taylor 25 touches. At 0-3, Indy must take advantage of a struggling Miami run defense, which should lead to a breakout performance from Taylor. This is a great price for someone with obvious overall RB1 potential in Week 4.

 

RB: Miles Sanders vs. KC ($6,500)

We should trust actions over words, but getting ahead of things, the Eagles might finally back up their talk by actually running the ball more this weekend. Two carries for Miles Sanders on Monday night is inexcusable, and he has some sneaky upside for 20+ touches in a potential shootout with the Chiefs.

 

WR: Davante Adams vs. PIT ($8,100)

Davante Adams played well in the first two games, but he really got going last Sunday night against the Niners. Look for that to continue this week while facing a Steelers defense that was just hit with two touchdowns by rookie Ja’Marr Chase in Week 3.

 

WR: Stefon Diggs vs. HOU ($8,000)

Josh Allen had his breakthrough outing last week, and it might be top target Stefon Diggs’ turn this Sunday. Diggs is due for one of his games with several catches, over 100 yards, and a score or two.

 

WR: Odell Beckham Jr. @ MIN ($6,600)

With 87 total yards, it was a strong 2021 debut for Odell Beckham Jr. against the Bears last week. The Vikings have Patrick Peterson and company to contend with at cornerback, but OBJ should move around the formation and will look to keep it going as a top target for Baker Mayfield.

 

TE: Zach Ertz vs. KC ($4,700)

Even if the Eagles do commit to the run at outlined above, they might eventually be forced to throw more than they’d like late to keep up with the Chiefs. Either way, Zach Ertz can still thrive off of play-action, and he’s a good value if you want to save at tight end and target high-end options at other positions.

 

FLEX: Kareem Hunt @ MIN ($6,400)

This was between Chuba Hubbard and Kareem Hunt in the FLEX, but let’s go with the upside of Hunt facing a Vikings run defense giving up 4.8 yards per carry.

 

D/ST: Bears vs. DET ($4,500)

Whoever is at quarterback for the Bears, the team will be looking for their defense to carry them to a win in a potential low-scoring contest against the Lions. Chicago’s defense had a huge game in their only time at Soldier Field early this season (when they hosted the Bengals in Week 2).

 

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Other recommended Week 4 options

 

QB: Jalen Hurts vs. KC ($7,900)

RB: Nick Chubb @ MIN ($8,000)

RB: Chuba Hubbard @ DAL ($6,300)

WR: Calvin Ridley vs. WAS ($7,200)

WR: DeVonta Smith vs. KC ($5,900)

TE: Travis Kelce @ PHI ($8,200)