This week saw just one bonafide superstar crack the All-Bust fantasy football lineup during a slate that featured generally solid outputs from the big names. Well, except the consensus No. 1 pick of the preseason.
The Week 6 All-Bust team also features a couple running backs who might be nearing the end of their careers as they continuously struggle to adapt to new offensive schemes in 2016.
Note: All projected point totals were pulled Sunday morning from Yahoo’s standard scoring system. Skill players must be owned in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues and could not have been injured during the game to qualify for All-Bust “honors.”
QB: Carson Wentz, Eagles
Projected points (position rank): 18.4 (16th)
Actual points (position rank): 7.4 (29th)
Wentz finally looked like a rookie in his fifth NFL start. He completed 11-of-22 passes for 179 yards, marking his first game without a touchdown.
The most concerning aspect of Philly’s offense was the effectiveness of the Eagles’ retooled offensive line following the upholding of tackle Lane Johnson’s 10-game suspension. Wentz took five sacks and was under pressure all day.
It’ll be tough for Wentz to bounce back his next time out. The Eagles will travel to Minnesota to face one of the league’s best defenses, coming off a bye week no less.
RB1: Matt Forte, Jets
Projected points: 11.2 (15th)
Actual points: 2.2 (T-53rd)
The Jets depended on Ryan Fitzpatrick’s arm to try and win against Arizona, a plan that did not go well. But giving the ball to Forte was just as ineffective. He gained 19 yards on nine carries, looking tentative in between the tackles.
Forte has a ton of mileage, even for a soon-to-be 31-year-old. Through his age-30 season, he recorded the fifth-most touches out of running backs who have debuted since 2000 behind LaDainian Tomlinson, Steven Jackson, Jamal Lewis and Adrian Peterson. All of those guys fell off rather sharply by their 10th season. What I’m saying is: it’s possible he’s lost a step.
RB2: Darren Sproles, Eagles
Projected points: 8.0 (28th)
Actual points: 2.4 (51st)
Wendell Smallwood popped up in Philly’s backfield rotation again to account for five touches on offense against Washington, further clouding the Eagles’ RB situation after he played just one snap in Week 5.
Sproles’ fantasy value figures to take a hit if Smallwood maintains his increased role, since the two change-of-pace backs have similar skill sets. The 33-year-old Sproles logged just five touches on Sunday, including a season-low one target in the passing game.
WR1: Antonio Brown, Steelers
Projected points: 15.4 (1st)
Actual points: 4.5 (64th)
The Steelers’ loss to Miami ended a lot of survivor pools in Week 6, and Antonio Brown’s subpar production (four receptions, 39 yards) against Miami’s maligned secondary likewise cost some of his fantasy owners.
Brown’s numbers were probably affected by Big Ben’s bad day at the office following a second-quarter knee injury. His ceiling would be limited by a prolonged Landry Jones stint under center, but he’d still likely put up borderline WR1 numbers.
WR2: Demaryius Thomas, Broncos
Projected points: 9.7 (17th)
Actual points: 1.5 (97th)
Though Thomas garnered a season-high 10 targets on Thursday against San Diego’s depleted cornerback corps, he gained a season-low 35 yards on five catches.
Has Thomas been officially passed by Emmanuel Sanders as the No. 1 receiver in Denver? Sanders leads Thomas in receptions and targets and trails him by three yards. They’ve both hauled in three touchdowns. It’s at least plausible the 5-foot-11 Sanders has better chemistry with Trevor Siemian.
TE: Delanie Walker, Titans
Projected points: 7.3 (4th)
Actual points: 2.1 (T-32nd)
Walker seemed primed for a monster day against the Browns, who had allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends entering Week 6. Though Marcus Mariota ably guided Tennessee’s aerial attack, the team’s leading receiver was mostly shut down.
Walker attracted just two targets after racking up at least five in every other game played this year, and tallied a lone catch for 21 yards. He’s still Mariota’s most reliable red-zone target, and should be able to rebound against a pair of AFC South rivals in the Colts and Jaguars in the coming weeks.
FLEX: Travis Benjamin, Chargers
Projected points: 9.1 (23rd)
Actual points: -0.3 (N/A)
Starting a receiver who doubles as a returner brings the added benefit of cashing in on the occasional special teams touchdown. It also comes with the risk they’ll muff a punt, just as Benjamin did on Thursday against the Broncos.
That more than negated the 17 receiving yards he totaled on three receptions and five targets, all of which were season lows. It’s not exactly a shock Benjamin failed to distinguish himself against Denver’s talented corners. He should have more luck in Week 7 against Atlanta.
D/ST: Carolina Panthers
Projected points: 8.3 (3rd)
Actual points: -1.0 (30th)
It’s official: Carolina’s defense is broken.
The Panthers gave up 40-plus points to a division rival for the second time in three weeks, as the unit’s pass defense was torn to shreds by Drew Brees.
With Carolina headed into a bye, it might be time to cut bait with this crew and start streaming other options. In Week 8, the Panthers’ struggling secondary will have to try and solve its issues against Arizona’s dangerous stable of receivers.
KICKER: Graham Gano, Panthers
Projected points: 10.1 (7th)
Actual points: 7.0 (T-20th)
Like much of Carolina’s roster, Gano has underachieved in 2016. On Sunday, he missed a game-tying extra point in the fourth quarter.
It was Gano’s second missed extra point of the season, and the Florida State product also has three missed field goals through six games. Even though two of those failed field goals were from beyond 50 yards, those mistakes are magnified on a team that’s scrambling to save its season.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday that they’d “stand pat” with Gano for now, but that could change in a hurry if he misses another crucial kick.