Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is absent from meetings during the bye week Monday, Oct. 15.
Huddle Up: The team doesn't have to pay him during the bye, and he may not show up all week. When/if he reports, it's very likely he's going to be part of a two-headed attack at running back, which could push him to RB2 status.
Baker Mayfield - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield (ankle) suffered a sprained ankle Sunday, Oct. 14, and will receive treatment this week. He's not expected to miss time.
Huddle Up: Mayfield is a low-end QB2 as he ranks 20th in standard leagues in fantasy points the last three weeks. However, he faces the best matchup possible with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If you have an iffy matchup or a bye to cover, Mayfield might be an option.
Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones' 707 receiving yards are the most a player has had in the first six weeks without a touchdown in NFL history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Huddle Up: That zero hurts, but he still picked up at least 24 points in PPR leagues with his 10 grabs for 143 yards this week. He is actually performing better in the other categories because he's healthy. His 44 grabs for 707 yards are about half of what he did in 16 games last season in two fewer games. Keep running him out there as a WR1.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Updating an ongoing story, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell hasn't told the team when he'll report, but NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport expects Bell to return to a committee with RB James Conner.
Huddle Up: Bell is the gift that keeps on giving his fantasy owners this season since he could be an RB2 when he finally returns.
James Conner - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner is expected to remain involved in a committee when and if RB Le'Veon Bell returns, in the opinion of NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Conner would lose some value, but he should remain on rosters as a flex option.
Josh Allen - QB - Buffalo Bills
Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen (elbow) will have an MRI on his right elbow Monday, Oct. 15.
Huddle Up: The team is going to be cautious with him, and we'll know more after the MRI. Nathan Peterman wouldn't make a good fill-in in fantasy if Allen were out.
Adam Thielen - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen had his sixth straight 100-yard game Sunday, Oct. 14, and only four players in NFL history have a longer single-season streak.
Huddle Up: He'll have another tasty matchup against the New York Jets in Week 7. Thielen is a must-start WR1 right now.
Julian Edelman - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman turned seven targets into four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown in Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Edelman posted 54 yards on seven receptions in his season debut last week. Given the influx of weapons in New England and Tom Brady's heavier reliance on James White as an option in the short passing game, the catch and yardage totals are probably the types of performances owners can expect from Edelman going forward. He'll be a serviceable WR3 in PPR leagues again in Week 7 versus the Chicago Bears.
Cooper Kupp - WR - Los Angeles Rams
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee) returned to the game after halftime, despite being carted off the field following a horse-collar tackle. Kupp played the first offensive series of the third quarter but was held out the rest of the way. After the game, Kupp indicated he was feeling 'alright' and believed he'd be good going forward, though he's expected to undergo further tests on Monday, Oct. 15.
Huddle Up: Somehow it appears that Kupp has avoided serious injury, which would be greats news for fantasy owners (and, ya know, that Kupp guy, too). Keep an eye out for an update in the next 24-48 hours to see if the second-year pro will miss any time.
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed caught five passes for 36 yards against the Carolina Panthers in Week 6.
Huddle Up: Reed was targeted a team-high nine times, three more than anyone else, but it didn't equate to production, and he finished with fewer than 40 yards for the second straight week. Washington hosts Dallas next week, and Reed remains a midrange TE1 despite some early struggles.
Chris Hogan - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan caught all four of his targets for 78 yards in Week 6 versus the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Hogan did the bulk of his damage on a 45-yard catch in the fourth quarter. The former lacrosse player has been one of the bigger early-round disappointments in fantasy this season, as he set season highs in catches and yardage with this effort. Playing time hasn't been an issue either; his 315 snaps through five weeks was the ninth-highest total among receivers entering this week. Hogan should be considered no more than a bench stash in most leagues.
Josh Gordon - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon caught five of his season-high (and team-high) nine targets for 42 yards in Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Gordon hurt his shoulder in the first half but was cleared to return. The most targets the former Cleveland Browns had seen with his new team prior to this game was four, so owners should be encouraged by this performance despite the relative moderate production. If this is the kind of activity New England has in mind for Gordon going forward, he'll be in the WR2 discussion before long. Owners should probably give him one more week on the bench in Week 7 against the Chicago Bears just to be safe.
Jordy Nelson - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders WR Jordy Nelson caught two passes for six yards against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6.
Huddle Up: Ewwwwwwwww. That about sums up Oakland's offensive effort in London on Sunday, and Nelson got caught up in the stink wave. The Raiders will get a week to lick their wounds before hosting the woebegone Colts in Week 8, but if the offense can't get it going against Indy it might time to reevaluate which Raiders are actually worth owning in fantasy leagues.
Travis Kelce - TE - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce turned nine targets into five catches for 61 yards in Week 6 versus the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Kelce was Patrick Mahomes' favorite target early, but he did not record a single catch in the second half of a shootout as the Patriots made some adjustments to take him away, freeing up Tyreek Hill to go crazy instead. Since his one-catch opener, this is the worst fantasy effort Kelce has posted this season, so owners don't have much to complain about. He'll be in the running for overall TE1 honors next week against the Cincinnati Bengals' defense that has struggled mightily against tight ends.
Tyler Lockett - WR - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett caught three passes for 13 yards and a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in Week 6.
Huddle Up: This was by far Lockett's quietest game from a yardage standpoint this season -- he averaged 71.6 combined yards per game over the first five weeks -- but the touchdown was his fifth of the year, with one in every game except Week 4. Seattle's off next week, but when they return from their bye at Detroit in Week 8, Lockett should be back in the WR3 range.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski caught three of his four targets for 97 yards in Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski was stuck on one reception for 16 yards until deep in the fourth quarter until he hauled in a 42-yarder on the team's second-to-last drive and a 39-yarder with less than a minute remaining to put the Patriots in position for the game-winning field goal. While he has not exactly been his dominant self for fantasy purposes, owners should find some solace defenses are often selling out to stop him. Gronkowski's big game should be coming soon, perhaps as early as Week 7 against the Chicago Bears.
Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith carried the ball 11 times for 22 yards and a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Oct. 14.
Huddle Up: With Devonta Freeman out, Smith got 11 carries to Tevin Coleman's 10, averaging just two yards a pop. He caught two passes but managed to lose a yard in the process, giving him 21 total yards for the day. While he salvaged some value with a touchdown, Smith isn't worth using even with Freeman sidelined.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins managed only two catches for 18 yards on four targets in Week 6 versus the New England Patriots. He also lost a yard on his only rushing attempt.
Huddle Up: Watkins had managed at least 78 yards or a touchdown in his last three games, so this was a disappointment for his fantasy owners. He didn't make his first catch until late in the third quarter and obviously did not appear to be a big part of the game plan at any point. Nevertheless, expect him to bounce back and deliver WR3 production against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7.
James White - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RB James White ran for 39 yards on six carries and added 53 yards on five receptions (seven targets) in Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: It's a bit surprising given the shootout nature of this game that White didn't find the end zone for the fourth straight game, but he was due for some regression after entering Week 6 on pace for 102 catches, 864 receiving yards and 16 total touchdowns. This kind of production is about what owners should expect moving forward. He is a favorite of Tom Brady, however, so he will remain a key part of the offense. White should be considered a high-end RB2 in PPR leagues in Week 7 against the Chicago Bears.
Kareem Hunt - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt rushed 10 times for 80 yards and caught five of his six targets for 105 yards and a touchdown in Week 6 versus the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: For perspective, Hunt tallied five catches on nine targets for 66 yards over his first five games combined. The second-year back did the bulk of his damage early in third quarter when Patrick Mahomes quite some time and Hunt got past his defender for a 67-yard connection. Head coach Andy Reid's usage of his top back has been curious at times this season, but Hunt still finds himself as the overall RB8 after six games. Kill remain firmly in the RB1 discussion in Week 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals.