Fantasy Football Deep Cuts: Week 6 (Video)
Jen Piacenti pores over the data and brings you some fantasy football deep cuts for heading into Week 6 of the NFL season.
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Mike Gesicki caught 2-of-5 targets for 35 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 against the Jets.
Gesicki scored his first touchdown since Week 3 on a throw from Ryan Fitzpatrick in the back of the end-zone. He had another one vultured by backup TE Adam Shaheen in the fourth quarter. Gesicki and the entire Miami offense played better with Ryan Fitzpatrick starting. Gesicki has a favorable matchup with the Bengals secondary in Week 13.
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Curtis Samuel caught 5-of-5 targets for 72 yards in the Panthers' Week 12 loss to the Vikings.
Samuel has emerged as an every-week starter in fantasy over the last month, and that could be here to stay depending on the severity of D.J. Moore's lower-leg injury. If Moore's non-contact injury proves serious, Samuel's floor would be far higher even with Christian McCaffrey due back following the Week 13 bye. Samuel has big play potential as a receiver and mixes in as a running back in the red zone occasionally.
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Nyheim Hines rushed ten times for 29 yards in the Colts' Week 12 loss to the Titans, adding eight catches for 66 yards.
Hines was the Colts No. 1 running back with Jonathan Taylor (COVID-19) out. He was oh-so-close to breaking a couple big plays on screen passes from Philip Rivers, whose propensity for the running back dump off keeps Hines on the RB2 radar for as long as Taylor is sidelined. Hines couldn't punch it in on his only carry inside the five yard line, leaving goal line back Jacoby Brissett to punch it in for his second score of the day. Hines has a dream Week 13 matchup against a horrendous Houston defense.
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Jamison Crowder caught 3-of-4 targets for 31 yards in Week 12 against Miami.
Even with Sam Darnold starting, Crowder continued to see fewer targets than Denzel Mims and Breshad Perriman. The yards were his most since Week 5, but there weren't many plays for the Jets' slot man. Crowder should remain on fantasy benches for a Week 13 matchup with the Raiders.
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K. Cole - WR
Keelan Cole caught 3-of-6 targets for 44 yards in the Jaguars Week 12 loss to the Browns.
The Jaguars were without D.J. Chark and Chris Conley this week. Cole was out-targeted by Collin Johnson 6-8 and both receivers were competing for looks from Mike Glennon. Once Jacksonville's primary receivers get healthy, Cole's role will diminish. He's a deep FLEX option if the Jaguars are forced to run out the same group of receivers that they did today.
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Robby Anderson caught 4-of-7 targets for 94 yards and one touchdown in the Panthers' Week 12 loss to the Vikings.
Despite a strong WR2 season as the Panthers' leading receiver, Anderson entered Sunday with just one touchdown. He cashed in his positive touchdown regression touchdown against Minnesota's bottom-level secondary on a missed assignment over the middle. Anderson's floor is set and his ceiling could be higher down the stretch depending on the severity of D.J. Moore's lower-leg injury. Anderson will be, at worst, a WR2/3 play coming out of the Week 13 bye.
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Cam Newton completed 9-of-18 passes for 84 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions in the Patriots' 20-17, Week 12 loss to the Cardinals, adding nine carries for 46 additional yards.
It was a horrific performance, one cameras appeared to find Newton apologizing to coach OC Josh McDaniels for as the assistant tried to congratulate Newton on the Pats' last-second win. The W was set up in part by a 14-yard Newton run where he took a helmet-to-helmet shot as he was going out of bounds to add 15 more yards. Newton was simply out of sorts, with his first pick getting batted up into the air in the face of the blitz. For No. 2, the ball needed to be to Damiere Byrd's outside on the sideline. Instead it was hopelessly in. Instead of logging goal-line rushing scores, Newton watched as Damien Harris got stood up and James White cashed in a pair of Newton's pitches. The disastrous effort comes on the heels of one of Newton's better passing games of the season. There is simply no one for him to throw to, while he's not exactly upping the play of the pass catchers around him. It's hard to keep going back to Newton in fantasy after these kinds of days, but his rushing will keep him in the low-end QB1 mix for Week 13 vs. the Chargers
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Mike Davis rushed 15 times for 55 yards and caught 3-of-6 targets for 24 yards in the Panthers' Week 12 loss to the Vikings.
Davis has been hot-and-cold in his eight games as the lead back with Christian McCaffrey sidelined. He averaged out to a high-end RB2 in those starts, although he was a disappointment throughout November. Davis proved that he can run between the tackles in a pinch, but expect Christian McCaffrey to handle his monster workload coming out of the Week 13 bye. Davis will be an insurance-only bench hold moving forward.
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