Week 6 Recap:
Buffalo: Duke Williams
Oakland: Zay Jones
Look Ahead Defense: Kansas City Chiefs
Buffalo was on bye last week so there’s no news on Williams’ situation, but with John Brown popping up on the injury report this week I still feel as good, if not better, about the situation and matchup Williams has coming up against the Dolphins.
Oakland was on bye, as well, but I feel even better about Zay now than I did last week. Check out more below.
We had the luxury of seeing how this one played out because the Chiefs played the Broncos on Thursday night. They recorded 9 sacks, and returned a fumble for a touchdown. If you were in need of a defense I hope you got Kansas City ahead of time and were rewarded with their big week against Denver.
Oakland WR2 (Temporary WR1):
Jones was acquired by Oakland on October 7th, which gives him almost 2 full weeks of practice(Oakland was on a bye last week) to get prepared for their week 7 matchup against Green Bay. The matchup with Green Bay isn’t a great matchup, but it’s not as bad as people might think, as Green Bay allows the 13th most passing yards per game, and Jones is going to be Oakland’s de facto WR1 this week with Tyrell Williams still dealing with a foot injury. Tight end Darren Waller will be the only other significant passing game threat on this team, meaning Zay is likely to see a steady flow of targets regardless of the matchup.
New York Jets QB:
All Sam Darnold did in his first week back in action was throw for 338 yards 2 touchdowns and 1 interception against a solid Dallas defense. Fantasy owners weren’t rushing to pick him up because of his matchup with New England this week, but doesn’t really have a bad matchup the rest of the way. The Jaguars traded away Jalen Ramsey, and that’s probably his toughest matchup until he plays the Steelers in week 16. If you just lost Patrick Mahomes or are still trying to find a QB you’re confident in Sam Darnold is going to be a guy you want to start the rest of the way.
Walton has clearly passed Kalen Ballage as Miami’s RB2. Walton played 32 snaps to Ballage’s 4. Walton outgained his backfield counterpart Kenyan Drake through the air; Drake gained 30 yards on 6 receptions, while Walton was able to gain 60 yards on 5 receptions. As the Dolphins are trying to evaluate talent going forward Walton may get even more opportunities. As an added wrinkle to this whole situation Drake has been reported to be on the trading block, and if Drake is moved at any point this season, Walton would be a weekly flex play at worst the rest of the season.
Look Ahead Defense:
New York Jets DST
The Jets defense has all the same matchups as Sam Darnold, so it makes sense why I like both going forward. The Jets are the 11th highest scoring defense so far this season, and are only owned in 9% of ESPN fantasy leagues. They have forced at least one turnover in 4 of their 5 games this season, and have a string of good matchups after their week 7 game against New England. The only offense they face from week 8 through week 14 that has averaged over 350 yards per game is Jacksonville. Grab them now and start them for the rest of the fantasy regular season.