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Dynasty Fantasy Football Stat Pack: Week Six

We break down the weekly and season-long leaders at each position.

Ja'Marr Chase

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed a series of tweets I share on a weekly basis regarding player and team defensive performances, all from a fantasy lens. I’m going to be sharing some of that same information with you here.

I use this each week as I am making my own lineup and waiver wire decisions and thought you might find this valuable as well.

Note: The scoring system used for this data is always PPR with four points for passing touchdowns.

All year to date fantasy ranks are based on total points.

Quarterbacks

Week Six QB1s (top 12 scorers)

The Bengals traveled to New Orleans, which was a homecoming of sorts for Joe Burrow (and his star receiver Ja’Marr Chase) and the former LSU star did not disappoint. Burrow had a massive game including 300 yards and three scores, along with a bonus rushing touchdown and Cincy needed every point to steal a win. Matt Ryan popped up with a surprise performance against the Jaguars but based on his play throughout the season, this could be the closes he ever gets to another overall QB1 week.

Bailey Zappe continues to surprise in relief of Mac Jones and posted his first 300-yard passing game against the Browns. In the Boston area, there is real talk of a quarterback controversy, though Jones could be ready to return to the field as soon as this week. Finally, it has been a slow process, but Justin Fields is improving as he posted his second consecutive QB1 performance. Fields is running the ball more, which is good news for his fantasy outlook. He set a new career-high with 12 rush attempts against the Commanders.

Year to Date QB1s

Burrow’s overall QB1 week pushed him up two spots on the season-long ranks, making him a top-five fantasy quarterback through six weeks. Trevor Lawrence rushed for a pair of touchdowns last week and that helped move him inside the QB1 range while Marcus Mariota rejoined the group as well. They replaced bye-week quarterbacks Derek Carr and Jared Goff.

QB1 Games this Season

Most QB1 Games Allowed

The Falcons, Bears and Packers have each allowed five QB1 games through six weeks. That could mean another big week for Burrow as the Bengals face the Falcons, one of the worst pass defenses in the league. Following last week’s injury to veteran Carson Wentz, the Commanders turn to Taylor Heinicke, who faces a not-so-scary matchup against the Packers. Finally, the Bears play on Monday night against the Patriots, though it is still unclear if we’ll see Zappe or Jones.

The Bengals, Broncos and Eagles are the only three teams yet to allow a QB1 performance on the season. Philadelphia is on bye this week but Marcus Mariota (vs. CIN) and Zach Wilson (vs. DEN) could be in for long days.

Running Backs

Week Six RB1s (top 12 scorers)

As is often the case, injuries played a big part in the story of Week Seven’s running back production. Filling in for injured Colts backs Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines, Deon Jackson played the game of his career, highlighted by his ten-catch for 79 yards passing game role. Jackson essentially replaced both backs at the same time, a role most fantasy players would like to see Taylor play sometime.

Rhamondre Stevenson, Kenyan Drake and Kenneth Walker all saw increased playing time as a result of injuries to teammates and all played well. Most notable is the rookie from Seattle. With Rashaad Penny done for the season, Walker’s dynasty value has quickly climbed, with most seemingly valuing him as a top-ten back already.

Year to Date RB1s

There was a ton of movement among the season-long RB1 group last week. Leonard Fournette’s recent hot streak pushed him inside the top-five backs on the year while rookie Breece Hall is right behind him. Stevenson, Dalvin Cook and Joe Mixon move into the top 12 replacing Jamaal Williams, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Dameon Pierce.

RB1 Games this Season

Most RB1 Games Allowed

Teams are tightly packed when it comes to RB1 games allowed. While it’s the Jaguars, Chargers, Steelers and Seahawks who have allowed the most RB1 games through six weeks, there are other teams to target when selecting your backs for the week. The Texans are allowing over 30 fantasy points per week to the position and Josh Jacobs and the Raiders this week. Both teams are coming off a bye and Jacobs is playing the best ball of his career. The Lions (vs. Ezekiel Elliott) and Browns (vs. Kenyan Drake and/or JK Dobbins) are next in line for most fantasy points allowed to opposing rushers.

Back to the RB1 numbers, Saquon Barkley (vs. JAX), Kenneth Walker (vs. LAC), Raheem Mostert (vs. PIT) and Austin Ekeler (vs. SEA) also have favorable matchups this week.

With seven teams tied for the fewest RB1 games allowed, one each, let’s go back to the fantasy points allowed data. The Buccaneers, Patriots, Titans and Cowboys are allowing less than 18 fantasy points per game to opposing backfields. No one is benching Christian McCaffrey, Jonathan Taylor or D’Andre Swift, assuming the latter two suit up, but each has a difficult matchup this week. The Bears coaching staff suggested earlier this week that they could use a “hot hand” approach to their backfield. But it may be difficult for either David Montgomery or Khalil Herbert to get going against the Pats on Monday night.

Wide Receivers

Week Six WR1s (top 12 scorers)

We’ve already discussed what Chase and Burrow did in New Orleans but he wasn’t the only star wideout to enjoy a huge Week Six game. Stefon Diggs and Tyreek Hill round out the top-three scorers of the week before things get a little weird. Rookie Tyquan Thornton took advantage of some injuries ahead of him on the depth chart and scored twice while Parris Campbell and Michael Pittman came up big for the Colts, who relied on the passing game to get a win against the Jaguars.

Year to Date WR1s

Chase moved from outside of the top 12 to WR6 in just one week, which was the biggest move of the week among the season-long WR1s. Deebo Samuel, Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb also joined the list following their Week Six games, and that pushed Tyler Lockett, Mike Williams, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Courtland Sutton out of the WR1 range.

WR1 Games this Season

Most WR1 Games Allowed

Week Seven could be huge for some of the league’s top receivers. The Steelers have allowed five WR1 games already, the most in the league, and now face the Dolphins duo of Hill and Jaylen Waddle. Fire them up, as always. Atlanta and Detroit are other obvious defenses to target. This week, Atlanta tries to slow down Chase and Tee Higgins while the Lions return from their bye to matchup with Lamb and Michael Gallup. Good luck!

The Raiders and Patriots have yet to allow a single WR1 performance. The Patriots will try to keep that going against Darnell Mooney, who is finally starting to play well though Vegas has a more difficult task of stopping Lockett and DK Metcalf.

Tight Ends

Week Six TE1s (top 12 scorers)

The good news is Kyle Pitts finally scored his first touchdown of the season, and his first-ever NFL score on US soil, but it still was only good enough to make him the TE12 for the week. Pitts’ snap share and overall volume continues to disappoint, limiting his upside in the current Falcons offense.

The more notable performances, especially for dynasty managers, came from a trio of rookies. Daniel Bellinger has been the Giants’ most consistent pass-catcher on the season and posted another TE1 game. His NFC East rival Jake Ferguson has played well with Dalton Schultz out of the lineup, and he posted the first TE1 game of his young career. Finally, Greg Dulcich made his NFL debut, which pushed Albert Okwuegbunam off the active roster on gameday. Dulcich caught a touchdown and had another end zone target.

Year to Date TE1s

The tight end group continues to be the most static of the four positions, but Pat Freiermuth and Tyler Conklin did fall off the list this week, replaced by Mike Gesicki and Robert Tonyan.

TE1 Games this Season

Most TE1 Games Allowed

Veterans Gerald Everett and Hayden Hurst have the juiciest matchups of Week Seven as the Seahawks and Falcons are the only teams in the league to allow more than four TE1 games through six weeks.

The Saints have yet to allow a TE1 game on the year, a streak I expect Zach Ertz to end this week, but it is the Rams who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to the position. Of course, they are on bye this week. The Commanders (vs. Tonyan), Packers (vs. Logan Thomas), and Bears (vs. Hunter Henry) are other matchups to avoid, if possible.

Finally, here is the chart summarizing how teams have fared against each position. I’ve also included the schedule for this week for reference.

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