NFL Week 6 gave us another quadruple-header, starting with the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars from London and ending with the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football.
This is the first of nine weeks where some NFL teams have bye weeks, so some players will now be in the spotlight after spending the majority of the fantasy football season on the bench.
PFF's fantasy football recap focuses on player usage and stats, breaking down all the vital information you need to achieve fantasy success in 2021.
- Snaps include plays called back due to penalties like offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.
- Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.
- Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.
MIA @ JAX | CIN @ DET | KC @ WFT | HOU @ IND | GB @ CHI | LAC @ BAL | LAR @ NYG | MIN @ CAR | ARZ @ CLE | LV @ DEN | DAL @ NE | SEA @ PIT
Dallas Cowboys @ New England Patriots
- CeeDee Lamb: 9 receptions, 149 yards, 2 TD (3.1 YPRR)
- Damien Harris: 18 carries, 101 yards, 1 TD, (4.0 yards after contact per carry), 1 reception, 7 receiving yards
|Dallas Cowboys||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|New England Patriots||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
Monitor the Patriots backfield: Damien Harris was questionable coming into the game with a rib injury. That definitely limited his play at times in this game, including when he was in the medical tent while Rhamondre Stevenson scored his first NFL touchdown. Throughout the game, Harris and Stevenson split work on first and second downs while Brandon Bolden played on third downs.
If this split carries on, it would hurt Harris’ fantasy value going forward. Stevenson wouldn’t quite be a fantasy starter because he would see a few carries and a few targets per game. There is also a chance this role change was highly influenced by Harris’ injuries, and in the future Harris will go back to a higher percentage of carries in the future.
Monitor the Cowboys receiver rotation: The Cowboys wide receivers were frustrating at times last year with how much they were willing to rotate their backups in. That didn’t seem to be much of an issue in the early weeks but has become more of a problem. Cedrick Wilson had season-highs in targets (7), receptions (4) and yards (42). Noah Brown had just one catch over the first four weeks, but has since been more involved in the offense. The former seventh-round pick caught three passes last week and two passes for at least 20 yards each today. The more that backup receivers for the Cowboys find success, the harder it is to trust the Dallas star players.
Sell high on Dalton Schultz: The Cowboys tight end has taken the world by storm with three touchdowns in the last four weeks and a fourth straight game with at least 50 receiving yards. The first problem is his percentage of pass routes per pass play was lower than recent weeks. He finished fifth in targets for the team. The Cowboys have a bye next week, and there is a chance Michael Gallup returns to the team after that. That will lead to fewer two tight end sets, and further dilute Schultz's routes run. With other intriguing tight end options, it could be good to upgrade at another position.
Las Vegas Raiders @ Denver Broncos
- Henry Ruggs III: 3 receptions, 97 yards, 1 TD (24.6 aDOT)
- Noah Fant: 9 receptions, 97 yards, 1 TD (2 explosive plays)
|Las Vegas Raiders||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Henry Ruggs III||37||25||4||0|
|Willie Snead IV||6||3||1||0|
|Denver Broncos||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Melvin Gordon III||43||29||3||10|
Sell the Broncos running backs: The Broncos backfield had been relatively stable but will likely get more frustrating. Mike Boone came off of injured reserve and took a couple of offensive snaps. It wouldn’t be surprising if that role grows and this becomes a three-back committee. Most people want to see rookie backs eventually take over a backfield, but Javonte Williams taking over doesn’t appear to be happening in Denver anytime soon. There have been some weeks where the two backs were near even in snaps and others where Melvin Gordon III had a lead. Gordon has graded better over the season as both a rusher and receiver, so his job is secure. With the three-man backfield, their fantasy value will be very touchdown-dependent; and today none of the backs scored.
Sell high on Kenyan Drake: The former Cardinal has been held to seven carries and two catches over his last three games. That is low enough that he can be cut from fantasy rosters. He played in just 20% of offensive snaps or less for the second straight week but happened to convert two of his touches into touchdowns. There is a chance his role could increase after these plays, but there was no sign of that happening in this game. He is not someone who can be trusted in fantasy starting lineups.
Sell high on Courtland Sutton: Sutton put together a great game, catching eight passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. His only problem is that Jerry Jeudy will be coming back soon. He was given the designation to return yesterday, opening up a three-week window for him to return to the active roster. When that happens, Sutton's target share will decrease. The Broncos wide receivers don’t have a great schedule the rest of the season.
Arizona Cardinals @ Cleveland Browns
- DeAndre Hopkins: 3 receptions, 55 yards, 2 TD (6.0 YAC/Catch)
- Donovan Peoples-Jones: 4 receptions, 101 yards, 2 TD (19.8 aDOT)
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|Cleveland Browns||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Odell Beckham Jr.||32||22||8||0|
Don’t add Donovan Peoples-Jones: The second-year receiver came into this game with the third-lowest threat rate (7.8%) among wide receivers with at least 100 routes run. He led the team in receiving categories today, which in large part was helped by a 57-yard Hail Mary to end the half. Odell Beckham Jr. was limited with injury, and Jarvis Landry will be coming back soon from injured reserve. He was given the designated to return label earlier last week. Once both receivers are healthy, Peoples-Jones won’t see as much playing time.
Monitor the Browns' running backs: Nick Chubb missed this game with a calf injury, which gave Kareem Hunt top-five potential for the game. He didn’t quite live up to that, though, as the offense struggled and he eventually left the game with an injury. He was dealing with both wrist and knee injuries coming into the contest, so he also wasn’t 100%. If neither back can play next week, D’Ernest Johnson would be the man to target off the waiver wire.
Hold on Rondale Moore: All arrows were pointing up for Moore last week as he was taking time away from Christian Kirk, and the injury to Maxx Williams made it seem like Arizona could use more four-wide receiver sets going forward. The arrow went right back down after the Cardinals traded for Zach Ertz. Kirk led the team in targets, and Moore was back to mostly playing in four-receiver sets only. The second-round rookie has too much talent to be a backup, but that’s his role currently.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Washington Football Team
- Darrel Williams: 21 carries, 62 yards, (53 yards after contact), 2 TD, 3 receptions, 27 receiving yards
- Tyreek Hill: 9 receptions, 76 yards, 1 TD (6.5 aDOT)
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|Washington Football Team||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
Add and prepare to use J.D. McKissic: Antonio Gibson spent the past week limited in practice with a shin injury, and he was taken out of the game multiple times. McKissic always took over in these instances. He led the team in both rushing yards and receptions. If Gibson misses any time, McKissic would be a must-start. He is still available in over 50% of ESPN leagues. Jaret Patterson would be the backup and see a few carries.
Monitor the Kansas City star receivers: Tyreek Hill was questionable coming into the game with a quad injury. That injury bothered him at times, greatly limiting his number of snaps compared to usual. The other three wide receivers who typically rotate all saw more playing time. It’s worth noting Josh Gordon didn’t see much of an increase in role despite Hill’s injury.
Travis Kelce got up slowly after one play and was looked at by the trainers. His playing time was also limited compared to other weeks. It could be worth staging some of the Kansas City wide receivers, as they will all see an increase in targets if one or both of these players miss time. It’s worth noting we are several weeks away from the team’s bye week.
Add and start Ricky Seals-Jones: The Washington tight end continues to take the role once occupied by Logan Thomas. He played 100% of the team’s offensive snaps and finished with the second-most receiving yards (58). He also scored the team’s only touchdown. It’s pretty rare for a team to give a tight end 100% of snaps or close to it, making him valuable even if there are other tight ends more talented or efficient. Seals-Jones has graded better as a receiver compared to Thomas so far this season on a similar sample size, so there is a chance he could maintain a role even when Thomas is back.
Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers
- Dalvin Cook: 29 carries, 140 yards, 1 TD, (5 explosive runs), 2 receptions, 3 receiving yards
- Adam Thielen: 11 receptions, 126 yards, 1 TD (3 for 4 on contested catches)
|Minnesota Vikings||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Carolina Panthers||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Terrace Marshall Jr.||23||12||2||0|
Sell high on Adam Thielen: The veteran receiver had his best game of the year in terms of receptions and yards, but it’s not something that’s likely to continue for Minnesota. With the game going into overtime, the Vikings ran a lot more plays than usual. Thielen was coming off two games where he wasn’t even a top-60 wide receiver, and the Vikings have a below average strength of schedule for wide receivers the rest of the season. He still has the talent to be a great wideout, but a number of things are working against him in fantasy football.
Monitor the Terrace Marshall Jr. injury: The rookie receiver left the game with a concussion and didn’t return. Sam Darnold relied heavily on his two other primary receivers. D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson accounted for 58% of the team’s targets. If Marshall misses any time, then Anderson should be starting in more fantasy lineups than usual.
Monitor Tommy Tremble: The Panthers' third-round rookie tight end started the season as a backup, but he appeared to be in store for a bigger role after Dan Arnold was traded to the Jaguars. He saw a slight uptick in snaps and his first career touchdown last week. And he saw a substantial increase in playing time this week, although he was too often staying in to block. Ideally, his routes run will also increase in the coming weeks, potentially putting him on fantasy radars this year.
Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears
- Khalil Herbert: 19 carries, 97 yards, 1 TD, (0 times stuffed in the backfield), 2 receptions, 15 receiving yards
- Aaron Jones: 13 carries, 76 yards, 4 receptions, 34 receiving yards, 1 TD (4 total avoided tackles)
|Green Bay Packers||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Equanimeous St. Brown||12||3||0||0|
|Chicago Bears||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Allen Robinson II||56||34||8||0|
Cut Robert Tonyan: For the fifth time this season, you could count the number of receiving yards Tonyan had with your fingers. Green Bay has too many other weapons on offense that it prioritizes, and Tonyan plays only in certain personnel groups, making him too inconsistent. There are plenty of tight ends with more secure roles who are available off the waiver wire.
Consider starting Justin Fields: Fields had his best day of the season from a fantasy football perspective. A big part of his upside was his ability to run, and he reached a career-high in rushing yards (43). Chicago was able to pass more in this game than in the past, leading to his second-most passing yards (174) and his second straight game with a passing touchdown. The Bears took a loss, though, and they ideally would have put more successful drives together. Still, things are trending in the right direction from a fantasy football perspective.
Monitor the Bears' tight ends: Cole Kmet notched a season-high in receiving yards (49), but his playing time has been on the decline. Conversely, Jimmy Graham has been seeing more time with the offense, including a season-high in routes run today. He wasn’t targeted in the game, but the former red-zone threat could still have some touchdowns left in him. It’s unlikely Kmet will have much, if any, fantasy value this season, but it might not be too late for Graham if his snaps continue to trend up.
Los Angeles Rams @ New York Giants
- Darrell Henderson: 21 carries, 78 yards, (50 yards after contact), 1 TD, 2 receptions, 29 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD
- Cooper Kupp: 9 receptions, 130 yards, 2 TD (4.19 YPRR)
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|New York Giants||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
Don’t worry about any Rams starter: The Rams dominated this game, allowing them to turn to John Wolford and other backups for the last 10 minutes of the game. Darrell Henderson, Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Tyler Higbee all played an overwhelming majority of snaps prior to that point. All of their roles remain very secure. Thanks to several turnovers, Los Angeles often had short fields to work with. This hurt the offense's ability to rack up yards and fantasy points.
Monitor the Giants' wide receivers: Sterling Shepard returned to the Giants' starting lineup, catching 10 passes for 76 yards. He is again a must-start, even when more of the New York wide receivers are healthy. Kadarious Toney was limited all week with an ankle injury. The Giants rotated him in and out to start the game, but he lasted only six offensive snaps. New York had no problem having both on the field with either one in the slot, so Shepard’s playing time and efficiency shouldn’t change much even when Toney is healthy.
Both Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton missed this game with injuries. Slayton seems to be the odd man out once everyone is healthy based on where his snaps were trending pre-injury, as well as a clear gap in PFF grade between him and the rest of the receivers.
Start Devontae Booker as long as Saquon Barkley is out: Booker had a relatively quiet game, with 69 total offensive yards, but it was clear he was the team's primary running back. He should be able to have more success when the team isn’t facing a fearsome Rams defense. The next two matchups are significantly better for the New York run game, according to PFF's strength of schedule tool.
Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts
- Jonathan Taylor: 14 carries, 145 yards, 2 TD, (5 explosive runs), 1 reception, 13 receiving yards
- Brandin Cooks: 9 receptions, 89 yards (30.9% threat rate)
|Houston Texans||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Mark Ingram II||33||11||2||18|
|Indianapolis Colts||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Michael Pittman Jr.||46||23||3||1|
Add T.Y. Hilton: The Colts wide receiver spent the first five weeks of the season on injured reserve and went straight to leading the Colts in receptions (4) and receiving yards (80). It’s worth noting that Hilton started the game rotating in and out with Parris Campbell. Campbell left with a foot injury and didn’t return. Hilton then rotated with Ashton Dulin for snaps. It’s possible Indianapolis was just limiting him because it was his first game back, in which case he could have bigger games ahead. It’s also possible that at his age, he will be a pitch count all season.
Add Nico Collins in deeper leagues: The rookie wide receiver returned to the Texans lineup after spending the last few weeks on injured reserve. He split time with Chris Conley, with Collins tending to play more in passing situations and Conley more on rushing. He finishes second or tied for second on the team in targets (6), receptions (4) and receiving yards (44). The offense should be better once Tyrod Taylor returns, giving Collins a chance to put up bigger numbers going forward.
Avoid the tight ends from this game: Jordan Akins of the Texans had his best game of the season with four catches for 41 yards, while Mo Alie-Cox of the Colts had his third touchdown in three games. It’s hard to trust either of these tight ends because they are only playing in a fraction of their team’s offensive snaps. Their roles have remained relatively consistent all season and seem unlikely to change despite putting up some fantasy points today
Cincinnati Bengals @ Detroit Lions
- Joe Mixon: 18 carries, 94 yards, (6 avoided tackles), 5 receptions, 59 receiving yards, 1 TD
- T.J. Hockenson: 8 receptions, 74 receiving yards (31.4% threat rate)
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|Detroit Lions||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Amon-Ra St. Brown||49||36||7||0|
Buy low on Tyler Boyd: The Bengals dominated this game, which means they could spend a lot of time running the ball as well as spending more time in two tight end sets where Boyd wasn’t on the field. Cincinnati had one of the easiest schedules to date but has one of the hardest schedules remaining. That will mean plenty of passing in future weeks, including more playing time and targets to Boyd.
Monitor the Lions' running backs: Jamaal Williams had led the team in carries each of the last two weeks. D’Andre Swift had the lead the prior three weeks, but only by one or two carries. This was the first game where Swift dominated in playing time, carries and routes run. Both players were on the injury report this past week, so there’s a chance Swift is just healthier than Williams. It’s also possible that Swift has established himself as the lead back. If it’s the latter, Swift has top-five fantasy back potential the rest of the season.
Add Amon-Ra St. Brown: The fourth-round rookie had his third-straight game with at least five receptions on at least seven targets. The Lions wide receiver group seemed unpredictable to start the season, but Quintez Cephus is likely out for the season, while Tyrell Williams has shown no signs of returning from injured reserve. This has allowed the rookie to become a favorite of Jared Goff. The offense needs to be playing better before starting St. Brown, but he’s at least shown consistency recently.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Baltimore Ravens
- Mark Andrews: 5 receptions, 68 yards, 1 TD (all first downs or touchdowns)
- Latavius Murray: 9 carries, 53 yards, 1 TD, (44.4% first down rate), 2 receptions, 12 receiving yards
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|Baltimore Ravens||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
Add Rashod Bateman: The first-round rookie missed the first five weeks of the season and then was ready to be second on the wide receiver depth chart. He caught four passes for 29 yards, all for first downs. There is some concern about playing time, as Sammy Watkins returns next week. Ideally, Bateman can continue to play the majority of snaps, while Watkins replaces Devin Duvernay in the slot. He is no guarantee to work out, but he has high upside and his future looks even brighter after today.
Monitor the Mike Williams injury: Williams spent the entire week not practicing due to a knee injury, making it a little surprising that he played at all today. His playing time declined as the game went on with no fourth quarter snaps, allowing rookie Josh Palmer to see an extended look. Williams still finished second on the team in receiving yards at 27. Palmer didn’t make much out of his opportunity with an 8-yard catch. Luckily, the Chargers have a bye week next week, so ideally Williams is good to for Week 8.
Don’t trust the Ravens' backfield: The Ravens backfield has become even harder to trust over the last 24 hours. Baltimore has gone back and forth between having Le’Veon Bell and Ty’Son Williams being active. Williams was inactive today despite having the best receiving and pass-blocking grade of the team's four backs. The three RBs and Lamar Jackson all had between 8-9 carries each. For the past two months, we hoped one or two backs would pull away from the group, but instead they are closer together.
Miami Dolphins @ Jacksonville Jaguars
- Jaylen Waddle: 10 receptions, 70 yards, 2 TD (27.1% threat rate)
- Marvin Jones Jr.: 7 receptions, 100 yards, 1 TD (13.4 aDOT)
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Marvin Jones Jr.||56||39||10||0|
|Laviska Shenault Jr.||52||38||9||0|
|Miami Dolphins||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
Hold on Myles Gaskin: Gaskin led the Dolphins backfield early in the game. However, a fumble and a drop made Miami turn toward Malcolm Brown and Salvon Ahmed, who were more effective on the ground today. The Miami Dolphins' backfield has been a fluid situation all season. Because of his talent, we expect Gaskin to lead this group again next week, but there is no guarantee.
Don’t overreact to the Dolphins' receiving numbers: Three of Miami's top four wide receivers were out due to injury today. Mack Hollins was an every-down receiver, but he would typically play very few snaps. The lack of pass-catchers also led to more two-tight end sets that included Mike Gesicki. Durham Smythe was also more involved in the passing game than usual. Once the receiving room is healthier, these players won’t impact the game as much as they did today.
Buy low on Laviska Shenault Jr.: The Jaguars’ top two wide receivers had a great matchup coming into the game, and that was before we knew the Dolphins' top two cornerbacks would be out. Shenault was tied for the most-targeted receiver for Jacksonville but inaccurate throws and drops held him back.
Add Dan Arnold: The former Panther remained the Jaguars' top tight end for the second straight week. He caught two passes for 27 yards. There was also a target that didn’t show up on the stat sheet due to a defensive penalty. The Jacksonville wide receivers had an advantage this week, but Arnold should lead the team in receptions and receiving yards in others.
Seattle Seahawks @ Pittsburgh Steelers
- Alex Collins: 20 carries, 101 yards, 1 TD, (3 explosive runs); 1 reception, -3 receiving yards
- Diontae Johnson: 9 receptions, 71 yards (36.1% threat rate)
|Seattle Seahawks||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Ray-Ray McCloud III||52||34||2||0|
Add Alex Collins: Chris Carson was added to injured reserve two days ago, which left Collins flying a little under the radar compared to some of the other backup running back options. Seattle used Collins on the vast majority of plays, and he only left the field for some third downs and two-minute situations. Seattle seemed to rely more heavily on the run with Russell Wilson out.
Collins can be a fantasy starter for at least his next two games. If he continues to play well, they might let Carson stay out even longer until he’s 100%. Collins is still available in over 60% of leagues at ESPN.
Add Gerald Everett: The former L.A. Ram established himself as the clear receiving tight end in Seattle over the first month of the season but then missed the last two games while on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He continued where he left off, with two catches for 40 yards. He is a high-upside play thanks to his ability after the catch but should also have a decent floor of a few catches per game.
Buy low on Chase Claypool: Claypool dealt with a hamstring injury throughout the week and missed a few snaps early in the game. He caught only two passes for 17 yards.
The good news is his role increased compared to games in the past. He played more in two-receiver sets tonight due to JuJu Smith-Schuster’s season-ending injury, and this is a role he should remain in for the rest of the season. He’s had plenty of good games already this season, and his ceiling will be even higher once he’s healthy.