2020 Fantasy Football Rest of Season Rankings
It hurt to adjust the Week 6 update with the season-ending injury to Dak Prescott after an incredible stretch to start the season. The risers headline the list of the Week 6 update of the 2020 fantasy football rest of season rankings. Andy Dalton, Chase Claypool, and Travis Fulgham moved up the most in the rankings due to the Prescott injury and explosive performances. We’ll dive into the risers and fallers on the Week 6 update of the 2020 fantasy football rest of season rankings while also breaking down players at each position.
2020 Fantasy Football Rest of Season Rankings
Risers – 2020 Fantasy Football Rest of Season Rankings
The Week 6 update of the 2020 fantasy football rest of season rankings includes many more risers than fallers. Notable risers involve a mixture of quarterbacks, young wide receivers, and intriguing running backs. Derek Carr and Andy Dalton were the two rising quarterbacks. With Carr, it’s more about his performances through the first five weeks. Unfortunately, with Dalton, it’s due to the Dak Prescott season-ending injury.
Jonnu Smith and Robert Tonyan headline the tight end risers that we’ll discuss under the tight end section. Smith pushed himself into the top-5 at tight end with the struggles for Zach Ertz. Although touchdown regression appears like a potential outcome, Aaron Rodgers seems to trust Tonyan. Other risers include Chase Claypool with his Week 5 explosion along with Travis Fulgham after earning a 36% target share last week.
Lamical Perine moved the most with the Jets releasing Le’Veon Bell. Myles Gaskin and J.D. McKissic top the list of the other running back risers that we’ll discuss in the running back section. Damien Harris and Mike Williams also made small jumps up the 2020 fantasy football rest of season rankings and may continue to rise with further production.
Fallers – 2020 Fantasy Football Rest of Season Rankings
As mentioned earlier, the Week 6 update of the 2020 fantasy football rest of season rankings involves fewer fallers than in previous weeks. The most notable fallers this week – Evan Engram, Dalton Schultz, Le’Veon Bell, Amari Cooper, and Jerick McKinnon. Initially, Bell fell quite a bit, but since the Chiefs signed him, he moved into the RB3/Flex spot range for now. Other notable fallers moved only a few spots at each position. After receiving a 92.4% snap share in Week 4 against the Eagles, McKinnon logged only 25.9% of the snaps, with Raheem Mostert returning in Week 5. Last week against the Dolphins, Mostert led the 49ers backfield, but the snap share and touches split three ways with McKinnon and Jeff Wilson.
Derek Carr quietly threw over 4,000 passing yards but averaged only 20 passing touchdowns the past two seasons. Carr currently ranks 8th with 1,440 passing yards, 9th with 8.9 yards per attempt, and 16th with 19.0 fantasy points per game. He also ranks top five in True Completion Percentage at 78.0% (No. 5) and play-action completion percentage at 73.8% (No. 4). In five games, Carr logged three top-15 performances and averaged 22.0 fantasy points per game. Carr lands in this group of Baker Mayfield and Teddy Bridgewater, where they rank as streaming quarterbacks with the potential for more depending on the matchup.
Since the Cowboys lost Dak Prescott, Andy Dalton slides into the 2020 fantasy football rest of season rankings a few spots behind Carr. Over the last five seasons, Dalton finished as high as QB10 in fantasy points per game at 18.8 back in 2015. From 2016-2019, Dalton ranked 17th, 26th, 23rd, and 21st in fantasy points per game, meaning he likely falls into the back end streaming quarterback group. However, Dalton arguably has the best talent in his career with the trio of Cowboys wide receivers, Ezekiel Elliot and Dalton Schultz. Therefore, his offensive weapons could elevate his fantasy production and efficiency.
Another mind-boggling move for the Jets and an Adam Gase led team as they released Le’Veon Bell. Remember the saying – all players produce and perform better after they leave Adam Gase, meaning keep an eye on how Bell plays in Kansas City. A few notable players that parted ways with Adam Gase include Kenyan Drake, Ryan Tannehill, and Robby Anderson.
With Bell released, that means the value of Lamical Perine increases. Not astronomically by any means since it’s still the dreadful Jets offense with Jamison Crowder as the only startable option. In college, Perine received an 11.8% target share (84th percentile) but ranked below average in the NFL Draft workout metrics. Although I tend to value pass-catching running backs higher, especially in PPR, it’s hard to envision Perine moving farther up the 2020 fantasy football rest of season rankings.
A few other notable running back risers include Myles Gaskin, J.D. McKissic, and Damien Harris. McKissic continues to receive work in the passing game and shares 51.2% of the snaps (No. 27). Nothing flashy, but McKissic provides flex-worthy production with 124 receiving yards (No. 12), 17 receptions (No. 10), and 50.7 Weighted Opportunities (No. 30). Until Antonio Gibson increases his snap share and opportunities, McKissic ranks in the bye week replacement or deep league consideration range.
Jordan Howard was a healthy scratch on Sunday, and that indicates Gaskin’s role could increase even more moving forward. Gaskin ranks 15th with a 64.2% snap share, 18th with a 61.4% opportunity share, and 10th with 77.7 Weighted Opportunities, and he rates as a sneaky player to acquire via trade.
Chase Claypool exploded in Week 5 with four total touchdowns, and thus he rocketed up the 2020 fantasy football rest of season rankings. As mentioned in the Week 6 waiver wire article, Claypool reached season-high marks with 11 targets, seven receptions, 110 receiving yards. Keep in mind that Diontae Johnson left the game with an injury, and Claypool stepped up time and time again. The Steelers run a three-wide receiver set 61.8% of the time, and his involvement potentially increases moving forward.
Mike Williams made several jaw-dropping catches on Monday Night Football, and thus he moves up several spots in the 2020 fantasy football rest of season rankings. Although Williams showed inconsistent performances, it’s partly due to injuries and adjustments at quarterback. Justin Herbert looked better than advertised in his first few starts, and that elevated the Chargers receivers. Williams ranks 24th with 386 receiving yards, 3rd with 17.6 average target distance, and 15.7% target share (No. 59). To explain the low target share, Williams logged 17 targets in two games and five targets in the other two games.
— NFL (@NFL) October 13, 2020
Outside of Claypool, Travis Fulgham rocketed up the 2020 fantasy football rest of season rankings as well. I love his journey to the NFL. Fulgham was waived and claimed by several teams over the past two months and then caught a game-winning touchdown in Week 4. Then in Week 5, Fulgham received 36% of the targets for ten receptions, 152 receiving yards, and one touchdown. Although he isn’t startable in most leagues, monitor Fulgham and he falls into this large group of risky WR4’s.
After Jonnu Smith’s two-touchdown performance in Week 5, he jumps up into the top five amongst tight ends. With Zach Ertz struggling, Smith jumps ahead of Ertz. Through four games, Smith earned a 21.6% target share (No. 4), 155 air yards (No. 20), and 16% air yards share (No. 11). Jonnu Smith also ranks 8th in receptions (18), 8th in receiving yards (221), and 4th with 17.5 fantasy points per game. Although many (including myself) screamed regression on the Titans offense, they increased their pace of play and pass plays per game that, in turn, demonstrated continued efficiency.
— NFL (@NFL) October 14, 2020
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