The fantasy football season has entered a treacherous stretch for managers, as bye weeks, injuries and illnesses have conspired to empty benches and force savvy decision-making.
In Week 6, fantasy managers had to make do without their star players from the Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks since they were on a bye.
There was some good news this week, however. Atlanta Falcons wideout Julio Jones entered the day without an injury designation, and fans who were patient enough to stick with him were rewarded. Jones totaled eight receptions on 10 targets for 137 yards and two touchdowns on the day. He and his quarterback, Matt Ryan, were the only players from the same team with more than 30 points on the day.
Green Bay Packers wideout Davante Adams also returned to the lineup in Week 6, giving fantasy managers back the player they drafted with an average draft position of No. 8 overall in point-per-reception leagues. Unfortunately, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense ran out of steam in Week 6, and Adams netted just 12.10 points in his return.
Week 6 proved to be a high-scoring one across the league, with eight teams scoring 30 or more points and two teams, 40 or more. Accordingly, in PPR leagues, five players were over 30 points on the day: Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Ryan, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, Minnesota Vikings wideout Justin Jefferson and Falcons wideout Julio Jones.
We'll update the top fantasy performances of the day after each block of games below, including highlights, point totals and stat lines.
Week 6 Results
Tennessee Titans 42 OT, Houston Texans 36 (RB Derrick Henry, 22 att, 212 yds, 2 TDs, 2 rec, 52 yds, 38.40 pts)
Pittsburgh Steelers 38, Cleveland Browns 7 (RB James Conner, 20 att, 101 yds, 1 TD, 16.50 pts)
Baltimore Ravens 30, Philadelphia Eagles 28 (QB Carson Wentz, 213 yds, 2 TDs, 5 att, 49 yds, 1 TD, 29.42 pts)
New York Giants 20, Washington Football Team 19 (QB Kyle Allen, 280 yds, 2 TDs, 16 pts)
Atlanta Falcons 40, Minnesota Vikings 23 (QB Matt Ryan, 371 yds, 4 TDs, 31.64 pts)
Detroit Lions 34, Jacksonville Jaguars 16 (RB D'Andre Swift, 15 att, 127 yds, 2 TDs, 25.40 pts)
Indianapolis Colts 31, Cincinnati Bengals 27 (QB Philip Rivers, 371 yds, 3 TDs, 24.74 pts)
Chicago Bears 23, Carolina Panthers 16 (QB Nick Foles, 198 yds, 1 TD, 5 att, 4 yds, 1 TD)
Denver Broncos 18, New England Patriots 12 (QB Cam Newton, 157 yds, 10 att, 76 yds, 1 TD, 17.48 pts)
Miami Dolphins 24, New York Jets 0 (RB Myles Gaskin, 18 att, 91 yds, 4 rec, 35 yds, 16.60 pts)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38, Green Bay Packers 10 (RB Ronald Jones II, 23 att, 113 yds, 2 TD, 26.10 pts)
San Francisco 49ers 24, Los Angeles Rams 16 (TE George Kittle, 7 rec, 109 yds, 1 TD)
Top Fantasy Football Stars
Derrick Henry, RB, Titans
The NFL's leading rusher last year is off to another hot start this year. In Week 3, he nearly doubled his projected scoring, with 27 actual points on 17 projected.
Henry did it again in Week 6, by far leading all running backs in scoring with 38.4 points, compared to the next-best rusher on the day, D'Andre Swift, at 25.4. Henry carried the rock 22 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns and added two receptions for 52 yards.
The highlight of his day by far, however, was his 94-yard rumble to the end zone.
With the game-winner in overtime, Henry carried his team throughout all five frames, and he did the same for those lucky fantasy managers who started him.
Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
Fantasy managers who were either the beneficiaries of a high enough draft order position to select Jones or have made sure to hang on to him in dynasty and keeper leagues were surely wondering at season's beginning if the clutch veteran was losing some of his fantasy magic.
A nagging hamstring injury threatened to hobble the star wideout through the first half of the season.
Aside from Week 1, in which Jones was projected to score 18.7 points and actually scored 24.7, Jones has scored less than his projected totals each week. Heading into Week 6, however, Jones wasn't on the injury report, and many analysts predicted a resurgence.
They were right. Jones finished his day with eight receptions on 10 targets for 137 yards and two successful trips to the end zone.
Needless to say, Jones won't be a healthy scratch for his fantasy managers anytime soon.
Justin Jefferson, WR, Vikings
In Week 3, Minnesota wideout Justin Jefferson set a new high for most receiving yards by a rookie since 2018, with 175.
In Week 6, he made sure to give his high-water mark a little breathing room by setting the next-highest total with 166.
Jefferson hauled in nine receptions on 11 targets and added two touchdowns to his collection of yards as the Vikings fell to the Falcons 40-23. His receiving yards (371) on the year are second only to fellow rookie CeeDee Lamb (433) among first-year players.
Three times already this season, Jefferson has outperformed his expected scoring. In Week 3, he more than quadrupled it, with 30.5 points scored on just 7.1 projected. Traditional league managers may still be using him as a flex option at best, but dynasty and keeper league players have already gotten an immediate return on their investment this season.
Anthony Firkser, TE, Titans
The top tight end on the day Sunday wasn't San Francisco's George Kittle or Los Angeles' Tyler Higbee. It was former undrafted free agent Anthony Firkser, one of Harvard's recent dual-threat, H-back weapons.
Taking over for Jonnu Smith when he went out to injury, Firkser caught eight passes on nine targets for 113 yards and a touchdown, for 25.30 total points.
He also came in clutch on Henry's 94-yard touchdown scamper.
It was the first time in franchise history the Titans had a 300-yard passer (Ryan Tannehill, 364 yards), a 200-yard rusher (Henry, 212) and a 100-yard receiver (Firkser) in the same game, per Paul Kuharsky.
Firkser's previous highest point total this season was 4.5.
Fantasy scoring and roster data via Fantasy Pros for PPR scoring.