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Before we get to the Week 6 Storylines to Watch, let’s take a look back at last week.

The biggest of the storylines involved the return of Tom Brady. Boy, he did not disappoint. The Patriots offense was lethal and efficient, and has led us to a different type in one of my Week 6 storylines to watch.

Latavius Murray was out and looks to miss this week as well. Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington seemed to split the workload and neither seems to viable as a Fantasy option as of now.

The Giants still struggled with their passing game as well as clock management. Eli Manning got the ball to Odell Beckham a little more but it was not enough.

Nevertheless, let’s get to the here and now with the Week 6 Storylines to Watch.

Week 6 Storylines to Watch

Kaepernick’s Effect

The biggest of all Week 6 Storylines to watch involves the anthem kneeler himself, Colin Kaepernick. He will get the start for the 49ers and no one is quite sure how this will play out. Blaine Gabbert had been inefficient and ineffective as the San Francisco starter. Many have thought that Kaepernick fits Chip Kelley’s system better anyway.

For Fantasy Football purposes, there is only Carlos Hyde worth starting as of now. He had his biggest game of the year last week and we will see if he can continue it with Kaepernick behind center. Receiver wise, Jeremy Kerley was starting to become a viable starter. However, I would not use him just yet. Let’s see how the offense unfolds this weekend.

Zeke vs. The Pack


Green Bay is on a historic pace against the run this season. They are giving up just 42.8 rushing yards per game and have only conceded one rushing touchdown.

However, they have not faced a single running back currently in the Top 26 in rushing yards. So is the Pack’s high standing a product of good defense or bad offense?

In the Strength vs. Strength of the Week 6 Storylines to watch, Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys come to Green Bay. Elliott is the leading rusher in the league by over 80 yards. The Cowboys as a team are leading the league with over 155 yards on the ground and over two touchdowns a game. We will see if Green Bay does have one of the most dominant rush defenses ever, or if Zeke is match-up proof.

Detroit Backfield

Detroit is now down it’s Top-2 running backs as Theo Riddick has been deemed out this weekend. They signed Justin Forsett this weekend, but it is still a jumbled mess.

Dwayne Washington would seem to be the guy to take over the starter’s workload. He had been splitting time with Riddick after Ameer Abdullah went down. However, he missed last weekend because of an injury and would seem to be somewhat limited this week.

The Lions also have receiving specialist Zach Zenner in the mix. There is no certainty how the carries and targets will get split up. That is why this is one of the more puzzling Week 6 storylines to watch.

Detroit has produced a solid PPR Fantasy Running Back for years with Matthew Stafford. Whoever gets the most work, will be an option going forward with the injury-prone starters ahead of him.

Patriots Dual TE’s


Tom Brady started his vengeance tour with an evisceration of the Cleveland Browns last week. The most telling effect of Brady’s return was the tight end production. Rob Gronkowski had by far his best game of the season. Martellus Bennett scored three touchdowns. But for the Week 6 storylines to watch, we need to see if they can continue this production.

I said before the season that I think the Patriots could support two different Top-10 Fantasy Tight Ends. The last time that Brady had two tight ends of this caliber, both Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez finished as Top-10 options. Now it has only been one game, but boy what a debut for this Two-Headed TE Monster. I would keep an eye on this going forward.

Quick Hits

• The Atlanta Falcons’ passing offense has been on a tear this season. Matt Ryan is leading the league in passing yards and Julio Jones has had a 300-yard game. This week they face the best secondary in the league in Seattle, so we can gauge just how good Atlanta can be.
• Can Carson Wentz bounce back? He had his worst game in his young career last week with a fumble and interception late. He gets the swiss-cheese-like Washington Redskins this week so he should have a solid outing.


• DeAndre Hopkins has really struggled to start the season. No, Brock Osweiler has really struggled. Osweiler has not had much success getting the ball to his star receiver, but they have drawn plenty of pass interference penalties. Watkins caught a touchdown late last week, and we can see if that will jump start his season.
• The Pittsburgh Steelers’ second receiving option has been a revolving door so far this season. It seemed to be Eli Rogers after Martavis Bryant’s suspension. Then Markus Wheaton got a turn before Sammie Coates burst out last week. Coates has a hand injury, so we will have to see if a Steeler receiver besides Antonio Brown can stay consistent.


That’s it for the Week 6 Storylines for Fantasy Football! If you have any Start/Sit questions, consult our article on it, or shoot them to us on Twitter @Tomlin3 or @SoCalledFanEx.

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