What We Saw: Week 6

The QB List staff catches you up on everything you missed during Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season.

Packers Buccaneers

 

If you were expecting to see this game turn into a high-scoring shootout, you were left scratching your head as Tampa Bay’s defense completely shut down QB Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense. Green Bay dominated possession in the first quarter and got out to a 10-0 lead, but after an uncharacteristic pick-6 from Rodgers early in the 2nd quarter, the tide shifted for good and the Bucs turned it into a rout. In fact, the Buccaneers went on to score 38 unanswered points to win 38-10. We knew Tampa Bay’s defense has been a tough matchup for most teams this season, but it is officially time to be worried about facing them in your fantasy lineups. Let’s dive into what we saw:

 

Green Bay Packers

 

Quarterbacks

 

Aaron Rodgers: 16/35, 160 yards, 2 INT | 2 carries, 14 yards

 

Touching a bit more on being worried about players in your fantasy roster matching up with Tampa Bay’s defense, the Buccaneers made Packers QB Aaron Rodgers look like a below-average quarterback on Sunday. Rodgers threw a pick-six for just the third time in his entire career, and he threw multiple interceptions without a TD pass for just the second time in his entire career – the last time this occurred was in 2014 against Buffalo.

 

 

After Rodgers’ pick-six, he threw another interception on Green Bay’s very next possession, and the game’s momentum flipped entirely. Left tackle David Bakhtiari left early in the second half with an injury, and though the coaching staff is optimistic about his health, a prolonged absence would be concerning. It was a rare fantasy dud for Rodgers and the Packers’ offensive skill players all suffered as a result. Rodgers will look to bounce back next week against a much less troubling Houston secondary.

 

Running Backs

 

Aaron Jones: 10 carries, 15 yards, 1 TD | 5 targets, 3 receptions, 26 yards

Jamaal Williams: 4 carries, 34 yards | 1 target, 0 receptions

A.J. Dillon: 5 carries, 31 yards

 

As goes Aaron Rodgers, so go the rest of the Packers’ offensive players – and today wasn’t pretty. We worried about Packers’ RB Aaron Jones going up against one of the best rushing defenses in the league, and it turns out we were right to be concerned. Jones’ 1.5 YPC was the lowest of his career in games where he had at least 10 carries. While Jones’ short TD plunge in the 1st quarter and his 3 receptions salvaged him from being a complete bust, he didn’t play nearly up to his RB1 ceiling we’ve seen so far this year.

 

 

After a huge receiving performance against Atlanta in Week 4 (8 receptions, 95 yards), RB Jamaal Williams was held in check against Tampa Bay as well. If you started either of these backs today, you were surely left disappointed. Rookie RB A.J. Dillon had the best fantasy performance of his young career while working in mop-up duty after the game was out of hand. Green Bay’s backs should be in line for a better day against Houston in Week 7.

 

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

 

Davante Adams: 10 targets, 6 receptions, 61 yards

Marquez Valdes-Scantling: 5 targets, 3 receptions, 32 yards

Darrius Shepherd: 1 target, 1 reception, 16 yards

Robert Tonyan: 4 targets, 3 receptions, 25 yards

 

It was safe to assume that Green Bay’s pass-catchers would fare better against Tampa Bay’s defense than the running backs would – seeing as how Tampa Bay has only been average against the pass this season while being dominant against the run. That did not come to fruition on Sunday, however. If you have Packers’ WR Davante Adams rostered, you hoped he would provide a strong outing with a fully rested hamstring following Green Bay’s bye week. While Adams was clearly the focal point of the offense and it was good to see him looking healthy, this was not an elite WR1 performance.

If you have TE Robert Tonyan rostered, you hoped that Rodgers would still look his way plenty even with Adams’ return. While Tonyan was the Packers’ fourth most targeted pass-catcher, his three catches for 25 yards were clearly a step back. Tonyan appeared to turn his ankle during the game and hobbled off, only to return later, so keep an eye on the injury report this week.

Tampa Bay’s defense kept Green Bay’s pass-catchers in check – even as the game script skewed pass-heavy with Green Bay playing from behind for the entire second half. Adams, Tonyan, and the rest of the Packers offense will likely bounce back next week against a much more porous Texans defense.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

Quarterbacks

 

Tom Brady: 17/27, 166 yards, 2 TD

 

Buccaneers’ QB Tom Brady had a second straight lackluster fantasy outing against Green Bay on Sunday, even though he led Tampa Bay to a win. Brady did throw 2 TDs, but with the running game working as well as it did, it made more sense for Brady and the Bucs to employ a heavy rushing attack. At this point, it’s getting tough to trust Brady as a starter in one-QB leagues. He did have a huge game against the Chargers in Week 4, but otherwise, his outings have been hit-or-miss from a fantasy perspective. Brady will have a pretty juicy matchup next week in Las Vegas against the Raiders, and if he underperforms again, it may be time to consider searching for a starting QB option elsewhere. With the defense playing this well and his receivers recovering from injuries, there just hasn’t been a need for Brady to air it out most weeks.

 

 

Running Backs

 

Ronald Jones: 23 carries, 113 yards, 2 TD | 2 targets, 2 receptions, 8 yards

Ke’Shawn Vaughn: 5 carries, 42 yards | 1 target, 0 receptions

LeSean McCoy: 4 carries, 1 yard | 1 target, 1 reception, 6 yards

 

With Buccaneers’ RB Leonard Fournette inactive with an ankle injury, second-year RB Ronald Jones had another solid outing against the Packers on Sunday. Jones was firmly in RB2 territory coming into this week’s matchup with Green Bay, but after his strong showing today, looking forward it’s possible that Jones starts to enter the RB1 discussion. Either way, he is practically a must-start at this point until he shows us otherwise. Even with Fournette’s monster performance in Week 2, Fournette hasn’t shown to be much of a threat to Jones’ workload as a whole. That being said, Fournette’s absence certainly gives Jones’ value a slight boost and Jones made the most of it today with 100+ rushing yards and 2 TDs. Rookie RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn looked sharp in relief of Jones in the second half but didn’t see any significant work until the game was out of hand. Whether or not Fournette returns, Jones should definitely be in your starting lineup next week against the Raiders.

 

 

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

 

Mike Evans: 2 targets, 1 reception, 10 yards

Chris Godwin: 7 targets, 5 receptions, 48 yards

Tyler Johnson: 1 target, 1 reception, 7 yards, 1 TD

Scott Miller: 2 targets, 1 reception, 6 yards

Rob Gronkowski8 targets, 5 receptions, 78 yards, 1 TD

 

Managers with Buccaneers’ WR Chris Godwin were relieved to see him return this week after missing 3 out of Tampa Bay’s first 5 games this season – including the last two weeks. Those managers with WR Mike Evans or WR Scott Miller rostered probably winced at the idea of Godwin’s return, and it turns out they were right to. Although none of Tampa Bay’s WRs provided a great fantasy performance, we did see the best outing of the year thus far for TE Rob Gronkowski. Gronk caught his first TD of the season against the Packers on Sunday – invoking a ‘Gronk Spike’ that was a long time in the making. 

 

You can see that Gronk spiked the ball with his left hand, and when he was asked about it after the game he mentioned that his right arm was sore – so that will be something to keep an eye on. Gronk hasn’t done much this season, but this game could be an indicator of what’s in store in the future. Gronk has seen at least 6 targets in 3 of Tampa Bay’s last 4 games, and he will match up against Las Vegas next weekend – who has been below average against TEs so far this season.

 

–Corey Saucier

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