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Fantasy Football: 10 biggest reactions to NFL Week 6

2T1W5X9 Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (27) is congratulated by quarterback PJ Walker (10) after scoring against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

• Backup running backs fighting for the starting job: Both Devin Singletary and Kareem Hunt received significant upticks in playing time this week.

• Starting running backs reestablish themselves: Rhamondre Stevenson and Alexander Mattison saw their roles decrease recently, but that stopped in Week 6.

• New sleeper tight ends: Two young tight ends earned significant increases in playing time.

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These are my 10 biggest reactions to the games from the Sunday slate. To get a more in-depth breakdown, check out the full Sunday Week 6 recap.

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Devin Singletary leads the Texans in rushing yards

Singletary played the majority of the available snaps and the majority of early-down work in a major change for Houston.

  • Dameon Pierce had been largely ineffective the first five weeks. He averaged 2.9 yards per carry and gained a first down on 10.7% of his carries. It was assumed a lot of the problem was the offensive line because he was still avoiding plenty of tackles.
  • Pierce played 42 offensive snaps to Singletary's four on first and second downs on the first two drives during the first five weeks, but the two split snaps — four each — in those situations this week.
  • The Texans also used Singletary to close out the game. He played nine of 13 snaps in the fourth quarter, compared to two for Pierce and two for Mike Boone.
  • Singletary ended up as the more effective runner of the two, averaging 4.8 yards per carry to Pierce's 2.6.
  • Singletary should be one of the top waiver wire pickups of the week, and Pierce should be kept out of fantasy starting lineups.

Kareem Hunt cuts into Jerome Ford’s playing time

Hunt started for Cleveland and was heavily involved in the run game.

  • Pierre Strong Jr. and Hunt both played significant snaps on early downs, but Hunt took over a majority of Strong's previous workload.
  • Hunt also cut a little into Ford’s work on early downs.
  • Hunt was the primary short-yardage back and Ford was the primary third-down back, which was consistent with their previous game.
  • Hunt tied for second on the team in receiving yards (24) and was leading the team in rushing over the first three quarters.
  • Ford gained 52 yards on five carries in the fourth quarter, which should help him keep his role in the offense for the immediate future.
  • Hunt should be a waiver wire target in case he overtakes Ford as the Browns' lead back.


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